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BarCamp Memphis – November 12 #BCMEM

BarCamp Memphis 2011 will happen November 12

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BarCamp is an tech UN-conference, open to all.  Web 2.0 topics are addressed in presentations chosen and presented by participants.  To steal a line from Forrest Gump:  BarCamp is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you are going to get.  Topics could range from software tricks, blogging, development,  social media, or e-marketing, to the future of the online experience.  One thing for sure – there will be lots of lively conversation and networking in a very friendly atmosphere, all for a very small price.

Click here for registration information

Location:
Southwest Community College
Barnblum Library Complex
5983 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN 38134

Time:
8:30AM – 4:30PM

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Check it out on Facebook  and Twitter  And if you want to Tweet about it, the hashtag is #BCMEM

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BarCamp Memphis – November 13

BarCamp Memphis – the 2010 Edition will happen at 8:00 AM Saturday, at Emerge Memphis, 516 Tennessee St.

barcamp memphis lunawebWhat in the world is BarCamp? It’s an unconference, generally driven by Web 2.0 topics. Unconference? An unconference because content is determined by the attendees, who present, discuss, and learn about specific technologies, trends and gadgets. Attendees vote on the day’s sessions based on offerings submitted by other attendees. Sessions may take the form of short presentations, panels, Q and A sessions with experts and thought leaders, or roundtable discussions.

If you are on the cutting edge of the new technology and social media,  want to hone your skills and knowledge, or if you are trying to get a handle on what platforms and approaches are right for you, you NEED to be at BarCamp on Saturday.

See you there!

Go here for complete information and registration.

Auto inspection station – some real Memphis misery

>>>>>UPDATE<<<< Thanks to my Facebook friend Ruth Hendrix for providing this link. Check the web cams at the inspection to see how busy they are…. Thanks, Ruth. <<<<>>>>

Maybe I am just a grumpy old wimp, but 78 minutes seems like a lot of time out of my life to get the mandatory car inspection, just to be able to renew my vehicle registration, which is probably more expensive here than anywhere else in Tennessee because, in addition to the normal registration fee of $24 + a $2 EDP fee, we get to pay a wheel tax of $50 (It is my understanding that this was a temporary tax about 30 years ago, but it just never got cancelled.) + a $30 municipal fee (which, one must assume, pays the expenses of the highly efficient inspection stations plus adds a few bucks to the City’s coffers). {My English professors used to call that a run-on sentence, I think}   So the rest of the state pays $26/year for car registration renewal, but we Memphians pay $106 – more if you do your transaction by mail and/or use a credit card.  Oh, and did I mention that it’s only Memphians that have to have the inspection and pay more.  You can get cheap registration, with no inspection, and drive your smoking, missing brake light, no windshield wiper junker in from Germantown to your job in Memphis every day with impunity.

I probably would not be on this rant if I could have gotten through vehicle inspection in a reasonable amount of time.  In years past, the wait was never very long, but over the past few months I have heard reports of waits of well over an hour for the inspection.  Mayor Wharton, a quality of life kind of guy, even extended the hours of the inspections to lessen the misery.  When it was my time to go I took along my Flip camera.

with apologies to the Indigo Girls
I spent four years 78 minutes prostrate to the higher mind, got my paper and I was free.
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