Create More. Consume Less.

I’m taking a break from Twitter, Facebook, App.net, Foursquare, Instagram, Google+, etc. for a while. The shear number of social networks I belong to is, in and of itself, a problem.

I love the discussions I have on them. I love what I learn from them. I love seeing what my friends are up to, how their kids are doing. But the reality is… it’s getting to be too much; too distracting.

So I join Jesse and Anton in beginning a social media hiatus as of today. I don’t know how long it will last. But I fully intend to spend more time creating instead of consuming. The only way to combat FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is to Force Ourselves to Miss Out (and hopefully come to the realization that we haven’t missed much at all).

Super Happy Block Party: Greater Augusta

On June 1 – as part of the National Day of Civic HackingSuper Happy Block Party will be held at TheClubhou.se. Augusta’s goal is to bring hackers and artists together to help build a greater Augusta. They’re planning to have several curated challenges, but participants will be encouraged to create their own projects as well, using available data. They’ll be focusing primarily on Health, Happiness and Open Public Data. (The party will last from 1-9p and the hackathon will run from 1p-1a.)

About #HackForChange — The National Day of Civic Hacking is a national event that will take place June 1-2, 2013, in cities across the nation. The event will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country. National Day of Civic Hacking will provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society.

The event will leverage the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside federal, state and local government to drive meaningful, technology-based solutions for federal, state and local government. It demonstrates what’s possible when we all work together to strengthen our society and our lives. YOU can make a difference no matter where you live.

Victoria Stilwell is a bully.

When celebrities use their influence to incite their fans to attack and harass random internet strangers, they have a responsibility to apologize if/when they’re wrong. Victoria Stilwell posted a link on her Facebook wall (102,000+ Likes) to a video my friend posted of his son with his well-trained English Mastiff. She encouraged her followers to harass Wyatt and “let him know how stupid he is”. She’s apologized for how her fans reacted, but has yet to apologize directly to Wyatt for the damage this attack has caused. Victoria Stilwell is a bully.



TheClubhou.se Logo

Last month, something happened in Augusta that I’ve wished for ever since I started working downtown: a coworking space opened up. TheClubhou.se, located at 816 Broad Street, is one part workspace, one part meeting space, one part workshop. While it’s currently geared towards Augusta’s technology crowd, it’s really designed for anyone interested in working and learning alongside other smart people. (Disclosure: I’m a member and minor partner in the TheClubhou.se.)

Who should be a member of TheClubhou.se? Freelancers. Telecommuters. Makers. Hackers. Photographers. Craftsmen. Writers. Marketers. Entrepreneurs. Basically: anyone interested in learning, sharing, collaborating, or building. The space will only get better as it’s membership grows more diverse.

What does membership entail? Being a member costs $100/month. It gets you 24/7 access to the facilities. You’ll get free high-speed access. A first-come, first-serve desk. Access to things like a 3D Printer. Free workshops. And more.

Want more info? Check out http://theclubhou.se, or check them out on Facebook or Twitter.