June 30 2007 – Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge on a foggy morning.

Originally uploaded by Bryper.


Driving over the bridge

Over the weekend I formally announced that Social Media Breakfast 4 will be held on Monday, stuff December 17, from 8:00-10:00am at The Wine Cellar at the Mooo Restaurant, at Fifteen Beacon Hotel in Downtown Boston.

Side cover for Now is Gone book

Geoff Livingston, author of the new book Now is Gone: A Primer on New Media for Executives and Entrepreneurs, will be flying up from Washington, D.C. to speak a passionate group of Boston-area social media professionals and enthusiasts that I hope will include you!

To register for the event, please RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

Big thanks go out to Kyle Flaherty, Lisa Azizian, and everyone at the Horn Group for their generous sponsorship of the breakfast.

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Announcing a last-minute Boston Tweetup for Tuesday, more about December 4: “The We-Don’t-Live-in-Our-Grandmothers’-Basements Bryper Tuesday Tweetup.

Here are the event details:

  • Venue: Beantown Pub
  • Address: 100 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02108
  • Google Map (nearest T stops: Park Street and Downtown Crossing)
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
  • Cost: Pay for your own food and/or drink
  • Upcoming.org announcement

Full disclosure here: I do have a selfish reason for organizing this event. I just got word that I’m going to be profiled for included in an article in a Boston newspaper, and the reporter (a well-known blogger herself!) needs a group photo or two to go along with her story.

But the angle of the article should resonate with those of us who are big believers in real-time social networking: that we’re not all a bunch of introverts living in our grandmothers’ basements. Instead, we really do put the social in social media. I hope you’ll join me on Tuesday night to reinforce that very point, just like these guys did at a Boston Tweetup to meet and greet Jim Long (center) in late October).

Photos from Boston Tweetup
(Joe Cascio photo)

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I tend to be party pooper when it comes to blog tagging games, physician but when Scott Monty tapped me for the “Eight Things” meme a few days ago, I decided I should play along. I needed a good excuse to rouse myself from my blogging holiday slumber, and this was it.

A photo of me from Thanksgiving Day 2007

Here goes:

1. My wife and I were married in Brisbane, Australia in September, 2003 and nobody from either of our families attended. I don’t think it’s because they didn’t want to; we just didn’t really give ‘em the chance. We organized the ceremony in short order, and it simply wasn’t practical — or affordable — for them to make the journey from the US (my fam) or Kenya (hers). But rest assured they made up for it by throwing us impressive receptions when we went back home.

2. I learned to speak Portuguese in June 1998 in order to impress my then Cape Verdean girlfriend. It turned out to be a fortuitous decision for my career development as well, because a couple of months later I was able to shoot the bull on a job interview with a university professor who had lived in Portugal. I got the job!

3. When I was a kid, I turned the kitchen floor and adjacent hallway into a playground for baseball, hokcey, and nurf basketball and football. I dreamed up the games, announced them out loud, and amazingly performed the roles of all the players from both terms. It might have helped prepare me for my days calling Syracuse University women’s basketball games in college, but, alas, it did nothing for my athletic prowess.

4. I smother waffles, pancakes, or french toast with molasses instead of syrup.

5. I’ve been in Belgium ever so briefly — even though I can’t prove it. In early January 2000 I jumped on a last-minute European travel discount and flew to Europe for a five-day long weekend. I landed in Paris, and then took an express train to Amsterdam (the answer is “yes”). Along the way, we stopped in Brussels, and I hopped out of the train and snapped a quick photo, just so that I might one day say, “Heck, yeah, I’ve been to Belgium. Great place.” Unfortunately — and this was in my pre-digital days — my camera self-destructed a few days later when I was back in Paris, and the negatives couldn’t be recovered. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

6. I’ve visited 32 of the 50 United States and hope to hit all 50 before I kick the bucket.

7. While I can boil water (c’mon, Mitch Joel!) I’m otherwise pretty much hopeless in the kitchen. The lone exception: I can cook a mean chicken noodle casserole dish.

8. My daughter and I have just started our third annual reading competition, where we compete to see who can finish more books in a year. She kicked my ass in years 1 and 2, but I have a good feeling about 2008. The kid’s going down.

I think I’m meant to tag eight others as well, but I’m breaking the rules and picking just three: mdy, Simon Young, and Kyle Flaherty.