Thursday, July 21, 2005
Free Geek Street Fair
I had a busy little Saturday last week. Here's a video of just part of it, Free Geek's Fifth Annual Street Fair. For those unfamiliar with the organization, Free Geek is a Portland non-profit that provides all number of ecological and community-minded services for the geek community. Not carnival geeks, computer geeks. Individuals and organizations may donate their old hardware and software to the organization for reuse or recycling. People with little extra money to throw at computers or classes can volunteer at Free Geek to earn such things. Free Geek educates. Free Geek recycles. Free Geek fosters community. And their facility is less that a mile from my house. I am truly fortunate.
The fair itself was fun. I saw some of my favorite people and even participated in the "Geek Arena" where I challenged the alpha-geek in a glorified trivia contest. Due to some judges that were generous in my favor, I came close (not really) to unseating the champion. The only round I truly won, hands down, was the "name actors who've played Doctor Who" round.
Hopefully this video captures some of the spirit of the event. There was far more going on than I could hope to capture in a short video. Go visit the Geek Fair page for an overview of the excitement. If you're in Portland and haven't visited Free Geek... I urge you to make an appointment immediately.
What else did I do saturday? Well, I got myself a new video/still camera (Casio 505), on which some of the Geek Fair was recorded. Also, I attended a meetup of podcasters over near PSU. The occasion? Eric Rice's Podcast Roadshow was in town. It was interesting to meet all these people with a fetish for gadgets... but I confess I am not familiar with any of their podcasts yet. I think I was the only "vodcaster" (videoblogger) there. I've since joined the PortlandPodcasting.org blog and will likely be seeing that crowd at upcoming gatherings.