Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Edwards coming to SJSU

May 29, 2007

John Edwards is going to be in San Jose next Thursday to meet with local supporters, and he would like to invite you join him. Space is limited, so I hope you sign up to reserve your spot right away .

Here are the details:

  • What: “Small Change for Big Change” grassroots fundraiser with John Edwards and you
  • Where: San Jose State University Student Union, Loma Pietra room One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192
  • When: Thursday, May 31st

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15
*Cash bar*
RSVP to reserve your spot online

This is an important event, because it’s our first “Small Change for Big Change” grassroots fundraiser.

It’s very expensive to reach out to voters in early primary states and across the nation. But the trouble with the usual fundraisers is that they are only open to those ready to write huge checks—and this campaign is built on reaching out to everyone.

So John asked his campaign to organize this series of grassroots fundraisers for supporters who share our passion but may only be able to spare $100, 50, or $25 dollars. In fact, for this Thursday’s event, tickets are just $15 each.

This campaign is about working together to achieve truly transformational change for our country and our world. We’re about creating a world where to every man woman and child in America has the quality health care they need, where no child here (or anywhere) has to go to bed hungry, where the planet and its people do not have to face the ravages of global warming, and where our men and women in Iraq are swiftly brought home to a hero’s welcome.

Is this all possible? Can we create that world? Yes. But not without you.

If you’d like to join us in this great effort, John would like to meet you this Thursday and talk to you about what’s next. We really hope you’ll be able to make it.

Here’s the link again to RSVP to reserve your spot online

Bike to work day

May 17, 2007

Cameraphone Post: It is bike to work day
Did you ride your bike to work today? I did, and it was a great day to ride. This energizer station was set up at the corner of Fourth and San Fernando on the northwest corner of SJSU. They had coffee, fruit, powerbars and cake as well as a bag and handouts for all cyclists. What a great way to start the day!

Podcaster Meetup Tomorrow

May 9, 2007

This is from Here
Here’s your chance to attend the Silicon Valley Podcasting Meet-up — the next meeting is 7 p.m. this Thursday, May 10, and the meeting will be held right here in DBH 226!

It’s your chance to meet and mingle with some local podcasters, get tips on audio recording, and on how and where to post your podcasts, etc.

Be there or be square!

Hodson and Dedman on Video Blogging

May 7, 2007

Hodson and Dedman

Ryanne Hodson and Jay Dedman at SJSU
On April 25, 2007 Hodson and Dedman came to SJSU. They spoke to Professor Cynthia McCune’s Journalism 163 class about videoblogging. Devon Thames, from our class, was there and she shot a video of their presentation. It is being made available here in multiple parts. Here is part one of their presentation.

Happy Birthday To Us

May 4, 2007

Gus Lease

Grey skies bright future
Despite inclement weather the university concluded Founders Week with a big birthday cake and a free lunch for all employees and students.

Bob Sutor on Open Source

April 27, 2007

Bob Sutor

Sutor’s visit rocked!
Yesterday Bob Sutor, IBM’s Vice president of Standards and Open Source, visited SJSU. He spoke to a small group of Business, Engineering, Computer Science and Journalism students and faculty. He put on a great presentation, I wish my whole class could have heard it.

Sutor spoke about open source and how it differs from open standards and about the need for hardware and software manufacturers to comply with open standards to ensure interoperability. He also spoke about Web 2.0 and blogging. According to Sutor blogging, which has been in the mainstream for 4-5 years, is changing the face of journalism, business and politics. Sutor said, “everybody is a journalist.”

On the subject of open source, Sutor spoke extensively about Web Services and Apache Web Server, the free application that powers the majority of the world’s web servers. “Apache is an example of open source,” Sutor said. According to Sutor the first web services standard was published seven years before by both IBM and Microsoft on the same date as his presentation. “There is still a place for proprietary solutions,” said Sutor. But, he said, “you can build a business on open source, just ask Google.” Google’s servers run their own version of Linux according to Sutor. “Education is the biggest adopter of open source,” Sutor said. As an example for how open source applies to education and government agencies, Sutor recommended the Guide to Open Source Software for Australian Government Agencies. Sutor also spoke a lot about Moodle and other open source solutions for education.

Sutor spoke a lot about open standards and how they relate to competition and innovation. From the perspective of the provider competition may not seem good and they may work very hard to convince you of the need to go with a sole provider. But for the buyer competition is good as it drives down prices and drives the providers to innovate. But, in order for this to be possible buyers have to insist on open standards to assure interoperability, according to Sutor. It is hard for some vendors to let go of closed standards. Sutor said letting go of closed standards for them can be compared to the five stages of grief.

Sutor  spoke extensively about virtual worlds and specifically Second Life. He showed the group IBM’s SOA island in Second Life. Note – IBM SOA stands for Service Oriented Architecture. The IBM island has customer briefing rooms where employees can meet with each other and with customers in a virtual environment that eliminates the need for travel. According to Sutor there are between 36,000 to 38,000 people in Second Life at any given moment. Second Life has its own currency and its own virtual economy. They are planning to open source their server software which would enable organizations like SJSU to create our own virtual worlds, said Sutor. “This is huge,” he said.

We need to do a better job of spreading the word on events like this. I have only captured a small amount of what Sutor said. I was inspired.

Full Disclosure
My wife, Susan Graziano Sloan works for IBM in a different division than Sutor. She works on IBM’s DB2 database product and wrote a couple of books on DB2 including DB2 for z/OS.

Ryanne Is Coming April 25

April 25, 2007

Ryanne of Freevlog to be here tonight
Ryanne Hodson
of Freevlog is coming to Cynthia McCune’s Journalism 163 class tonight. The class meets at 6pm in DBH226. This is an event not to be missed if you can make it!

SJSU May Film Festival

April 25, 2007

SJSU Film Society

SJSU Film Festival May 10
On May 10 is the 2007 Film Festival being put on by the SJSU Film Production Society. Students are invited to submit films for consideration for the festival. The event is at 7p.m. on May 10 at the University Theater. Films may be submitted in Mini-DV or DVD format to the FPS Box in the TRFT Office on the first floor of HGH. No deadline information was given for submission.

Bruce Chizen Adobe CEO Coming

April 24, 2007

Bruce Chizen, the chief executive officer of Adobe Systems will talk at noon on Thursday, April 26, in Engineering 189. For more on the speaker series, check this out.

Come one, come all!! SALSA LESSONS!!

April 24, 2007

This Thursday from 6 to 9pm in the SJSU Event Center Sports Club, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is hosting salsa lessons. This will be a two part lesson, with the first being basic, individual footwork and styling, and the second lesson being parter dancing. The event costs $8 to get in, but its a good price to pay to learn salsa!!! So bring your friends, your mother, your father, brother, sister, cousin, aunt, your creepy next door neighbor… you get the idea. All are welcome. Lessons will be taught by none other than our very own member, and pro salsa dancer, Anthony Umina. See you all there. Oh, and water will be provided.