# Saturday, March 17, 2007
The Living Room Theater

Why have I forgotten to mention this place before now?

It is a spectacular theater in Vancouver, Washington that provides a near perfect viewing experience for your favorite movies.

We went to see "300" up there (GREAT movie, btw!). This was our third time going to the theater and our first time in a Living Room Theater (pictured at the right). Just in case we weren't already convinced that this is the best theater ever built, the LR Theater pushed us over the top.

I never really understood how good a movie's picture could be. The sound is phenomenal; the seats are luxurious; and the food, beer, wine, and concessions are fabulous - and yes, you can dine and drink in the Living Room Theaters. I don't use the word 'dine' lightly, either.

From the Cinetopia FAQ site:

10 Reasons to make Cinetopia your first theater choice:

  1. Extra Wide Leather Seating
  2. Extra Wide Rows
  3. 50% Steeper Stadium Seating
  4. Digital Super High Definition Projection
  5. Finest Dolby / Klipsch Sound System
  6. Giant Curved Screens up to 50 feet wide
  7. Special Living Room Theaters with Private Box Seating
  8. Premium Concessions / Gourmet Popcorn Bar
  9. Gourmet Restaurant – 4 Star Chef
  10. Lunch and Dinner available in Theaters
Saturday, March 17, 2007 6:56:07 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Friday, March 2, 2007

All the way from Australia, Microsoft MVP and Regional Director Adam Cogan will be joining us for a very special BONUS PADNUG presentation.


Wednesday 03/07/2007
6:00 p.m. Pizza (by Corillian Corporation)
6:30 p.m. Presentation


Corillian Cafe
3400 NW John Olson Place
Hillsboro, OR 97124


Adam Cogan
Adam Cogan, all the way from Australia, is the Chief Architect at SSW, a Microsoft Certified Partner specializing in Office and .NET Solutions. At SSW, Adam has been developing custom solutions for businesses across a range of industries such as Government, banking, insurance and manufacturing since 1990 for clients such as Microsoft, Quicken, and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.


Rules to Better Code and Successful Projects
Managing a team of coders can be a tricky experience, especially as most coders like to do things their own way. During this session we go through a list of rules that help make the development process as smooth as possible. These rules govern the creation of specifications and schedules, best methods for testing and fixing bugs and even the employees working conditions.

He'll also likely cover some of his tools like SSW Code Auditor that can help you write better code.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Friday, March 2, 2007 5:47:39 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Thursday, February 22, 2007

'Tis a busy time of year and there's just not enough days in this month. We do get paid more per day this month than most, though, so let's go blow that extra cash on a fine dining experience at the mall!

What: Portland Nerd Dinner
Where: Washington Square Food Court (Second Floor; typically, straight out from Picture People)
When: Tuesday, February 27, starting around 6:30 PM
Why: So the wallet doesn't get to thick and cause back problems.

Be There and Be Square!

Thursday, February 22, 2007 7:24:54 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, February 21, 2007

All the way from Redmond, Washington, Keith Pleas will be joining us for a great discussion about the Enterprise Library.

WHAT: February PADNUG Meeting

Wednesday 02/28/2007
6:00 p.m. Pizza (by INETA)
6:30 p.m. Presentation

WHERE: Microsoft Portland Office located in Lincoln Tower
10260 SW Greenburg Road
Suite 600
Portland, OR 97223

Keith Pleas
Keith is one of the founders of Guided Design and has worked for more than two years on the team developing the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET. Keith is an internationally known writer and speaker and is the Editorial Chair for VSLive 2003. He is also a Contributing Editor to "Visual Studio Magazine", has developed Microsoft Professional Certification Exams. Keith also serves as an advisor to the INETA board and is the liaison for the INETA Speakers Bureau.


The Evolution of Enterprise Library
See how the integrated library of “patterns & practices” application blocks has evolved, and learn how you can make effective use of them in your enterprise-scale applications

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 10:59:19 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Sunday, February 11, 2007

Via Eric Gunnerson's blog, I just couldn't resist this challenge. I'm very pleased with my results :-)!

The Veteran
You scored 88%!
You've picked up the majority of the classic rock basics. You probably have a classic rock collection and can sing along with most of the songs on your local radio station. This is not the highest score, but it is arguably the best: that subtle combination of impressive knowledge and not being a pretentious geek.
My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 99% on notes
Link: The BASIC classic rock Test written by allmydays on OkCupid Free Online Dating.
Sunday, February 11, 2007 1:25:47 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Thursday, January 25, 2007

From Jason's Blog:

XNA Game Studio Express has been released! XNA is the next generation of game development with .NET, and you can use GSE today to build games for Windows and Xbox 360. Everything you need for Windows game development is free. To run your games on the 360 you'll need to sign up for the XNA Creator's Club, which is $99/year and includes free content you can use for your games (like 3D models, source code, goo, etc).

If that isn't reason enough to start cranking out games, the Dream-Build-Play contest starts [this] month where you can win prizes and earn money for the XNA games you build. You may even end up with your game in the Xbox Live Arcade bringing in the bucks from royalties!

WHAT: January PADNUG Meeting

Wednesday 01/31/2007
6:00 p.m. Pizza (by Ascentium)
6:30 p.m. Presentation

WHERE: Microsoft Portland Office located in Lincoln Tower
10260 SW Greenburg Road
Suite 600
Portland, OR 97223

Jason Mauer


XNA is the future of game development with all the comforts of managed code, and it's here today for the PC and Xbox 360. Come see how much easier XNA makes it to build a game for Windows, and run it on your 360 in the living room.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Thursday, January 25, 2007 11:40:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Wonderful weather we're having out this way! I suppose not everyone agrees; Greg doesn't seem to enjoy it as much as I do. Hey, in these modern times, I have full access to my work from home, so I don't find it necessary to leave the house.

Jesann had some fun... as you will see at the right, we now have a well-dressed snow-farmer sitting in the front yard ! She should get an award for this one.

Derek Porter Video As Greg mentions, there have been some exciting events around here, too. Not surprisingly, there have been many accidents and road related problems. This year, a gentleman near downtown Portland was able to capture several problems from his apartment. Derek Porter's Video can be reached by clicking the image on the left (although, the site has been up and down) and it is really amazing.

The video was submitted to KGW by a gentleman by the name of Derek Porter. Apparently, there was at least fifteen collisions and you just have to feel sorry (sorta) for the driver of the Volvo at the beginning of the clip. They said he was the only person to sustain any injuries and they were minor.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 8:23:55 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Friday, January 12, 2007

I feel so bad for Steve and the gang over the iPhone flap and the big Cisco Lawsuit. But, rather than whine about it, I thought I'd be a bit more proactive and help them out.

It's been a few years since 'e' was attached to everything hip. Maybe if we move the 'e' from the front to the back of the words, we would see a resurgence in it's use. With that in mind, I present my proposal for the new logo:

Friday, January 12, 2007 12:05:51 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Well, it was bound to happen. I've reached The Answer today. I've only got two minutes to post this entry on my birthday, so I better hurry. How can I not post for this ostentatious occasion, though?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 11:58:51 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Happy 2007 Everyone!

It's shaken (not stirred) Martinis all year long folks and even though we can't have one at the mall, let's head out and have a Nerd Dinner! It'll give us a chance to exchange recipes in any event.

What: Portland Nerd Dinner
Where: Washington Square Food Court (Second Floor; typically, straight out from Picture People)
When: Thursday, January 11, starting around 6:30 PM
Why: Celebrate another New Year!

Be There and Be Square!

Wednesday, January 3, 2007 10:27:59 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Monday, December 4, 2006

INETA has been kind enough to get Bill Vaughn to make the trip down to Portland to present to us this month. This is going to be a fabulous presentation and I expect to gain a lot of knowledge on this one.

Come out to this months meeting to learn about ADO.Net connecting.

WHAT: December PADNUG Meeting

Wednesday 12/06/2006
6:00 p.m. Pizza (by INETA)
6:30 p.m. Presentation

WHERE: PCC Auditorium at Capital Center
18640 NW Walker Road
Beaverton, Oregon
The auditorium is in room 1508 through entrance B. There is a $3 parking fee. The kiosk for paying for parking is located between entrances B and C.

William (Bill) Vaughn
An industry-recognized author, B will illustrate how to connect to SQL Server and other backend servers. He's been in the industry for over thirty years- working with mainframe,minicomputer and personal computer systems. Bill has written six editions of "Hitchhikers Guide to Visual Basic and SQL Server". Bill is a top-rated speaker and we are honored to have him.


ADO.Net Connecting
Learn how you can use connection options that can help your application connect quickly and stay connected as well as encrypt your connection string. The session includes examples of the new SqlConnectionStringBuilder, the new User instance feature of SQL Express and even funtionality like FullTextSearch and Reporting Services.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Monday, December 4, 2006 11:05:42 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Monday, November 27, 2006

Hey, I like Amazon as much as the next person. I've bought a lot of stuff from them. I've complained about the "Recommendations" feature before, but haven't seen the "Better Together" get so mixed up. I wanted to look at the new Microsoft Mouse today:

Better Together?

How do these relate? Use the mouse as I watch the movie on my computer?

Monday, November 27, 2006 10:45:28 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Sunday, November 26, 2006

TechRepublic has one of my favorite series' of posters plus several other similar ones linked. Fun to check out.

Sunday, November 26, 2006 7:17:04 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Thursday, November 16, 2006

 This is just awesome. They've done Star Wars in ASCII text animation. I can't imagine how long it takes to put this stuff together.

                         /__\                            /__\
                        | <><|         Look sir -       |><> |
                        (__/\)           droids.        (/\__)
                       /      \  /O                    /      \
                      //| __  \\//                     ||/(===o
                     // |/  \| \/                      | /  \ |
                    //__[][][]                         \/][][\/
               ____/|'  |\  /|.                         |\  /|
 ,---,_______ /         |_||_| \                        |_||_|
/|O O|      /           [ ][ ]   \                      [ ][ ]
 |O O|    /             | || |     \                    | || |
~~~~~ "          _______|_||_|_______\                  |_||_|
       " " " " "/       [_][__\        \________________[_][__\____

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:48:30 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Thursday, November 9, 2006

It sounds like Cory Smith has one of those MVP MSDN Subscription cards available and he's giving it away!

The theme is "What would you do to get one?" and it's a great opportunity. Think about it... a subscription just in time for the release of Windows Vista and Office 2007. What more can you ask for?

The idea is to be creative... it doesn't sound like you would actually have to perform your act to win. But don't let me be the final say on that!

Thursday, November 9, 2006 10:38:34 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Saturday, November 4, 2006

I noticed this evening that Microsoft's Live Local has increased the availability of "Bird's Eye" views. Even our house is in here. Now, as cool as this is, I guess I need to be even more careful of what I'm doing in the front yard!

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Saturday, November 4, 2006 11:09:18 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]