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Barcamp 2011

If you want to immerse yourself in the Nashville technology scene, the best and most relaxed way to do that is at the annual Barcamp Nashville conference. It has quickly become one of my favorite yearly events. It’s free, informal, and packed with great people. The amount of information available is incredible and the exchange of ideas among the attendees is a special thing.

I’ve gone to Barcamp for the past 3 years and each time I leave I have a laundry list of new ideas. Being in that environment gets the brain pumping and shines a bright light on shortcomings in my business that I’ve been trying to ignore, and even ones I didn’t know existed. The presenters are all very open about how they cleared the hurdles they’ve faced and why it’s so important to get moving. No one hides the secrets of their success, it’s all presented free for the taking.

The amount of new ideas generated from that one day should keep me busy for a few months. I don’t know how I’ll get it all done, but I’m sure there was a session on that.

It was so good to see the great turnout this year. The amount of talent in Nashville is staggering. The community that talent has created is even more staggering. If you’ve held off on becoming a part of the conversation, I encourage you to start right now.

If you have any interest in learning more about design, marketing, programming, entrepreneurship, social media and more, make a plan to attend Barcamp in 2012. I’ll see you there.

Tomato Art Fest

Saturday I hit up the Tomato Art Fest for an hour or so. It was a busy day but I had to make time to go down and see what this event was about. Since it began, I’ve meant to attend each year but this was the first time I actually made it down.

The weather was hot and a little muggy, but the clouds provided a break every now and then and there was a slight breeze that helped a bit. It didn’t stop the crowd from showing up. There were lots of people and quite a few dogs there. Extremely dog friendly environment, something to keep in mind for Trixie next year.

I saw some great art, some great photography and quite a bit of hand made goodness. I saw some people I knew and even one woman I hadn’t seen in many years. Oh yeah, they also have tomatoes.

Here’s a few shots from the festival.


Robots love tomatoes, apparently.

Truck rust lust.

The intensity of these pants may not be broadcast safe.

Face in the parade.

One of three.

Reflection in VW Bus windows.

State Capitol Stairs

State Capitol Stairs

A shot from a recent photo walk downtown. There are so many angles and nooks in the architecture there. The contrast of dark and light caught my eye here. I love all the shades of gray. It was insanely hot this day.

If you look close, you can see the concrete sweating, though it is possible those are tears.