This is just weird. And every year it just gets more so. There’s no other way to put it. I literally had no idea that the night I scrambled out of bed and to my computer — inspired to register a new domain name, discovering that name was taken, and then tongue-firmly-in-cheek registering one that was available — would result in this. How could I? And yet, here we are. Twelve years later. And this side project just keeps going. And going. Yep, it’s still here. It’s still Silicon Florist.
Tag: rose city
Want to explore a new world this weekend? The World Next Door awaits
If it’s going to be a rainy weekend, I wanted to give you something to do. So if you’re Nintendo Switch owner or if you have a Steam account, I’ve got a new locally produced game for you to try. Enter The World Next Door.
Rose City (Tetris) 'Til I Die
The Portland Timbers are no strangers to the world of video games. I mean, they had that little game where Timber Joey bravely lopped of the heads of encroaching Seattle Flounders. But now, the Timbers Army is getting their own treatment, inspired by something for which the Army is well known—one of its chants. Read More
Picturing Portland properties: A visualization of Rose City structures based on construction dates
Maybe today we’re a little introspective around here. Or maybe today is the day Silicon Florist is focused on Rose City’s age. Or maybe—just maybe—I couldn’t resist posting on this breathtaking visualization of the age of the buildings in Portland created by Justin Palmer. Read More
Portland's Visere acquired by Jawbone, putting the Rose City at the center of Quantified Self hardware
Another Portland company just got snapped up. And now Jawbone has a Portland office—bringing the agency that collaborated with Jawbone on UP into the mothership. Read More
Portland’s inventory: Inventors of digital image processing, the wiki, and Linux all call the Rose City home
I’ve no idea what it is about Portland that attracts interesting inventors, but we seem to have more than our fair share. Read More
Banking on Portland: BankSimple consolidates its offices in the Rose City
It wasn’t so long ago that Alex Payne moved to Portland. And co-founded a new startup that wasn’t anywhere near Portland. That startup was BankSimple.
As time went on, Alex helped the BankSimple office in Portland grow, made some interesting local hires, and continued to work as the company landed more funding for its cause—reinventing the consumer experience with banks. Read More
Rose City ‘Til I Die: Portland Timbers’ Flickr photostream crowdsources PDX’s love of soccer
Now, those images of true Portland Timbers’ fans are available on the Timbers’ Flickr photostream.
[HTML2]Portland is a town of many loves. There are the obvious ones. The coffee. The beer. The food. The books. And the technology. But some folks outside the town might not be as well phrased in one of the most well-loved sports in the city: soccer. Or to be more specific: The Portland Timbers.
When billboards of “Timbers fans” began popping up all over town, there were any number of “I could do that” claims from locals. Well, the Timbers heard those claims too. And they took the opportunity to ask their fans to do just that. Now, those images of true Portland Timbers’ fans are available on the Timbers’ Flickr photostream. Read More
Vidoop Troop #3: Portland by way of Tulsa
Well, it’s happened quickly, but it’s been fun. As Vidoop has brought various groups of employees up for a tour of their new hometown, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting Vidoop Troops one, two, and—after this Friday’s Beer and Blog—three.
After that, all that’s left is actually getting them moved up here. And that, my friends, is going to a-whole-nother adventure.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ve got new Vidoopers to meet and welcome to the Rose City.
Who? I’m glad you asked.
Nick Davis, Founding Software Developer
What? I’m involved in several projects, but tend to focus on designing and developing authentication solutions. I also work on some information security related things when not writing code.
How? Raised in Southeast Oklahoma (Spiro), I moved to Tulsa for college and have been here ever since. I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science at the University of Tulsa, and did research in secure operating systems (SE Linux) while at TU. I joined Vidoop as a founding member in March 2006. Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, reading, video games, biking, working out, and movies (especially sci-fi/cyberpunk). Recently, I got married to a wonderful girl named Adrienne, who manages to put up with my various technology obsessions (still trying to get her on Twitter 🙂 )
Links? Nick on Myvidoop, Nick on Twitter, Kernel trap, Bruce Schneier’s blog, FreeSCI
Questions about Portland?
- Good neighborhoods to live for young married couples?
- Good biking trails in and around the city?
- What are the best “weird Portland” places that are unique to the city, and what things must I do/see to have the whole Portland experience?
- What is the best seafood restaurant in the city?
Rachel Garrette, Marketing + Copy Writer
What? I write and edit copy, assist in the development/maintenance of our websites, create and maintain marketing videos as well as other marketing material, work with vendors, etc.
How? Born and bred in Oklahoma, I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Journalism / Broadcast and Electronic Media. After college, I worked for a couple of years as a video editor at the largest independent sports production company in the U.S., serving clients such as ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Sports Net, Discovery, Major League Soccer, and many more. One fateful night in 2006, I met Luke Sontag at a concert. He pitched what then seemed like only an outlandish idea, and it soon came to fruition in the form of Vidoop. A year later, I finally joined the wild ride.
I enjoy music, art, traveling, history, puppies and fireworks (though not fireworks in, on, or under puppies). My favorite food is cereal. I love a good estate sale. I despise banana flavored taffy, and I’m the clumsiest person you’ll meet. I have an astute adolescent sense of humor eloquently coupled with a love for corny jokes. My Boston Terrier, Henry, can’t wait to explore Portland’s parks.
Links? FreeIndie.com, @rachelpalooza
Questions about Portland?
- I’m having trouble finding a rental property in the NW district that accepts dogs. What gives?! Any suggestions?
- Where is the best place to go for a run outdoors?
- Where is the best place to hear live music outdoors?
- What is the best place to get your hair cut?
Adam Kuert, Lead Web Developer
What? Attend a meeting, write some code, upgrade a server, accidentally delete a vital directory, restore from backup…you know, the usual life of a web dev.
How? Got a degree in Computer Science; realized programming was slightly more complicated than TI-83 BASIC. Ran my own company from 2 years, escaped to find job security, found… another startup. When I’m not coding, you can find me on the soccer field pretending I didn’t get cut from the team in High School. I Lived in Kenya for 18 years and I’m hoping Portland weather is just like Kenya’s: when it’s not raining…it’s perfect.
Questions about Portland?
- Is the weather really as great as hear? Or does everyone trudges through the rest of the year just waiting for summer to return? [Editor: Truth be known, it’s really more of a “slog” than “trudge.”]
- Do people actually ‘ski or go to the beach only 90 minutes away’ or is that just a sales pitch for getting people like me to move? [Editor: We have a beach 90 minutes away? Oh wait. I mean, yes.]
Steven Osborn, Founding Software Developer
What? I built the first prototype of our ImageShield technology and since then I’ve worked on nearly every project conceived at Vidoop. Currently working on alien browser plug-in technology to take over the world.
How? I’ve lived in the Tulsa area most of my life, excluding a short tour to Afghanistan. I previously worked for a healthcare software company developing web applications. I’m involved in just about every technology group in Tulsa including Tulsa PHP, Python, Ruby, and even .NET and Java which means I have access to more free pizza than any human can safely consume in their lifetime. Some technologies I’m currently excited about: Django, Python, Android and Mercurial.
Links? Steven’s Blog, Steven’s Twitter, Steven’s LinkedIn
Questions about Portland?
- I have a 18mo son who was born 16 weeks premature. Does Oregon offer a program similar to SoonerStart? (They send out therapists on a regular basis to check up on his progress regularly free of charge.)
- Are there any outstanding childcare facilities?
- What are your favorite fun weekend family activities?
John Whitlock, Software Developer
What? Lead of the RecognitionAUTH team, making the backend service that runs myVidoop faster and smarter, then packaging it for licensees. I think in Python, write C++, and study software management.
How? I was raised in Arnold, just south of St. Louis. I begged for a computer, then a Borland C++ compiler, and spent my allowance on programming books. I got an electrical engineering degree from the University of Tulsa, because I wanted to dive one level deeper into computers. However, code mistakes are less painful than electrical mistakes, so I put away the soldering iron and stuck with programming. I worked for 8 years at a flight simulation company, helping to make pilot training simulators and learning
more Fortran than I ever wanted. When my company started to dissolve, I was surprised to find a web startup in our own backyard.
My wife Jennifer is a research librarian, advocating for new technologies to support the information needs of customers. She is also the Foundation Center Coordinator, helping local non-profits find funding. Our daughter Ainsley recently turned four, and confuses Austin and Portland.
Links? Ambient Librarian, John @ Twitter, CppUnit Wiki, ConfIdent Technologies Software Development Kit
Questions about Portland?
- Where are the good, affordable, all-day child care centers / pre-schools?
- Was is the difference between Austin and Portland? [Editor: We have better beer. Our parks feature green grass as opposed to dead yellow grass. And our birds know to quiet down at night.]
- Are earthquakes a problem? Is there something we tornado-dodgers should do to prepare?
- Can someone please babysit for Corin so that Sleater-Kinney can put out another album?
How can I meet Vidoop Troop #3?
Well, the place to meet and greet the past two troops seems as good of a place as any don’t you think? C’mon down to Beer and Blog on Friday afternoon. We’ll be back at one of our favorite haunts: the Green Dragon. That’s right. Not that other place. The Green Dragon. You know. The one where they have more than one bartender? Yeah, that one. Let me give you one more nemonic device to remember that: Green Dragon.
And no Justin Kistner, this week. And no substitute appointed.
Looking forward to seeing you and the last flight of the Vidoopers there.