Portland Tech Showcase

You’re welcome to join us at a party for Portland’s tech community in The Parker, a new apartment building on NW 12th and Pettygrove. The grand opening is Monday September 22nd and special events are on the top floor.
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Indie game developers will have an apartment showcasing their work, including an Oculus Rift development kit brought by Cinder Solutions, a local hardware developer. Cinder made a game controller for use with the virtual reality headset. Will Lewis of Portland Indie Game Squad and a group of local developers will set up their games for people to explore. And in a neighboring apartment, we have a reception room for the tech community. The social hour with food and drinks starts at 5:30pm and presentations by local companies and start-ups will be from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Learn about new work from these Portland entrepreneurs:

Nate Geier, CEO, and Randall A. Gordon, CTO of www.coursetto.com

Terry Thornton, CTO of www.cleanreach.com

Crystal Beasley, CEO of Qcut www.crystalbeasley.com

Balki Kodarapu, CEO of www.ondreampath.com

Tyrone Poole CEO of www.noappfee.com

Mara Zepeda, CEO of www.switchboardhq.com

Paul Burdick, VP of Engineering www.impactflow.com

Ian Pulicano and Anna Guyton, Co-Founders of www.bitconsultants.org

Judy Tan of www.genkisu.com

Sara Morrow, Corporate Recruiter at www.jamasoftware.com

Portland Film Festival 2014

Last November I began inviting filmmakers and authors to participate on panel discussions at the Portland Film Festival. Thanks to Steve Doughton, we’re fortunate to have Jon Raymond on the screenwriting panel. Raymond has a collection of short stories, Livability, featuring the Pacific Northwest (most take place in Portland), and he’s made four movies set in Oregon with Kelly Reichardt, including Night Moves and Meek’s Cutoff. PDXFF14indie

I first discovered Ted Chiang in an article about a movie, Enemy, that mentioned the director’s next project, Story of Your Life. Ted Chiang is a 21st century Borges, a master of short fiction. His story, Understand, is also slated for a screen adaption. PDXFF14scifi

We’ve also got the area’s hottest literary agent, Fiona Kenshole, moderating a panel discussion on adapting books to film. She’s worked with major directors and screenwriters, acquiring and adapting books and original scripts into movies, including the Academy-nominated Coraline. See portlandfilmfestival.com to discover what we’ve prepared for you. PDXFF14booksI put together the posters using Photoshop and InDesign.

An essential commodity is food.

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In the industrialized world, most people buy their food rather than raise it themselves. If money can’t buy you a meal, the currency has little value. Mass starvation happens throughout history, in the recent past, and right now. Hunger is constant. Temporarily relieved, you may forget it even exists. If you couldn’t purchase food at the market, how much food could you get by hunting, gathering, and growing?

Identity is a social condition.

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Who you are with your family can be different from who you are at work. An identity that is useful in one situation could be abhorrent in another. Creating an identity is natural, it can happen without conscious manipulation. You have a core identity that adapts around the edges to accommodate each situation. An individual can do many things but the useful action comes to the fore. It becomes your role in society.