Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.
Mapdango from Portland-based CartoSoft has been named Mashup of the Month by Mashup Awards.
The folks at Portland-based DB Clay’s Evil Backwards write “Yesterday, April Fools Day 2008, marked the (2) Year Anniversary of the official launch of evilbackwards.com. Image above was taken at our launch party 732 days ago- evil backwards has come a long way since and it has a long way to go.”
The COWPU blog shares “The O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) is returning to Portland, Oregon. Once again we’re offering a special discount to the locals–User Group members in Oregon and Washington. With this ‘locals only’ discount, you get 20% off the registration price for OSCON. Use code ‘os08pdxug’ when you register.”
The folks at COLOURlovers write “With the release of the COLOURlovers API, you can now access almost 1 million named colors and more than 325,000 color palettes for your creative projects and applications. Creating a theme editor and want to give your users some color theme options? Creating a visual project that ties keywords to colors? Who knows what amazingly creative stuff people will come up with.”
Selena Deckelmann writes “I ran a panel discussion about Women in Open Source at the PostgreSQL Conference East (last weekend). I talked about all the conference events that I’d seen in the last 1-2 years specific to women, and a pair of researchers talked about communication patterns among women on the KDE women’s list. Then we had a 2 hour discussion with the 10 people in attendance. Three issues that stuck with me from the discussion were…”
This is a bit of beyond the Silicon Forest, but I think it still belongs here. As it really resonates with why I started the Silicon Florist in the first place: trying to recognize really good people who are doing really good things. Tangentially, I’m half toying with the idea that we woo Gary V. out here for a little Willamette Valley tour.