Went to my first Beer and Blog in Portland OR today. Reminded me of my days at HotWired - young, techno-literate, single, creative, uninterested in corporate employment. Friendly group.
Scott Kveton demoed an installation of OpenID with Wordpress. Having one username and password on the Internet sounds great - how many usernames and passwords do you have? And I'm interesting in providing better service to our web site visitors. But it's not ready for us. As it is now, if you don't have an OpenID, you'd have to go to another page to select a provider, then create your id there, and then come back to our site. Scott said there are plans to make it easier with less steps. I look forward to that.
Listened to Matt Monroe talk about the surprisingly huge response he's been getting to his photography blog, the Global Photographer. And if you see him, ask him to show you his Visa card - think early Kenny Loggins.
Adam talked about his work at bestplaces.net. Sounds like a great - virtual - environment.
We talked about the history of Tektronix. Once had over 24,000 employees in Oregon (now it's about 4,000). Once they made just about everything in their products, down to the screws! I love this poster showing the Oregon spinoffs from Tek.
On the way home, I was appreciating the fact that Portland is a warm-bed of creativity and innovation; and I wonder if this society of technogeeks is similar to small creative groups of the past, such as the impressionists Monet, Manet, Renoir, Sisley, Cezanne, et al; or the Algonquin Round Table.