WordCamp San Francisco Day Blog

May 30th, 2009 @ 9:31am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We’re at the Mission Bay Conference Centre in San Francisco for WordCamp which is a conference and all-out love-fest for WordPress (the platform on which this site runs and on which I’ve based my entire business. I’ve decided I won’t possibly be able to cover everything I’d like to in a timely fashion today so instead of liveblogging sessions I’ll be doing a day blog throughout the day today.

Matt @ WordCamp

Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com / WordPress) announced that today’s hashtag on Twitter is simply #WordCamp since we’re the only WordCamp happening right now. He began WordPress 6 years ago (when he was 19) and we’ll be having an anniversary party for the platform later tonight.

WordCamp

I’m currently doing a tour at the Genius Bar, which is a help desk for all things WordPress. I’ll be here til 10am with Lloyd Budd (of Automattic) and then Duane, John Biehler, Dale, and John will also have shifts.

Update: I already ran into Mark from Weblog Tools Collection (an amazing WordPress resource online) and look forward to meeting many more cool people.

Biehler

A fellow Vancouverite

Update: I’m heading over to live blog Matt Cutts’ talk but will keep this post open to collect all of my thoughts throughout the day.

Update: The BBQ lunch was great and we’re gearing up for Matt Mullenweg’s Q&A session.

WordCamp SF

WordCamp SF T-Shirts (Ladies)

WordCamp SF

Vancouver Crew

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Follow my Twitter updates throughout the day:

Genius

His and hers

Update: I sat in on Scott Porad’s talk as well as one from Cali Lewis. I’m shutting down the Twitter feed now for the rest of the day.

Update: We headed out to the WordPress anniversary party at Automattic’s headquarters where I met some great people including Tara “missrogue” Hunt and Cali Lewis.

Automattic

Yum

Cupcakes

Crepes

Automattic office

Branded popcorn

Brave New Code

Matt addressing the crowd

Tara Hunt  (@MissRogue)

Cali Lewis (@CaliLewis)

Matt (@photomatt)

Caution: Duane

Automattic were fantastic hosts, providing free beer/wine, crepes made before your eyes, fresh popcorn, and a delectable selection of desserts (including the WordPress cupcakes). Duane wanted the “Canadians” to represent shut things down so it was a late night but very fun-filled.

San Francisco Photowalk

May 29th, 2009 @ 5:09pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This afternoon John and I met up with John Biehler (who is also in town for tomorrow’s WordCamp) and we took a stroll.


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

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Streetcar

Bay Bridge

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

Texture

Pier 7

Port

Geometric

Steep

We went from the waterfront up through Chinatown and back down through Union Square. It was really fun to explore a city with such a unique landscape, cultural diversity, distinct architecture and rich history.

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest outside of Asia and the oldest in North America, established in the 1850s. Vancouver boasts the second largest Chinatown, after San Francisco.

Vancouver San Francisco History Tidbits

May 29th, 2009 @ 10:58am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We arrived in San Francisco yesterday evening and checked into our wonderful boutique Kimpton Hotel (full review will be posted when we’ve checked out).

Since we haven’t had too much time to explore yet, here are some interesting Vancouver/San Francisco history tidbits to kick start the coverage of my trip.

  • Gustav Roedde came to Vancouver via San Francisco and opened the city’s first book bindery in 1886. You can visit the Roedde House Museum in the Barlcay Heritage Square in the West End. [VancouverHistory]
  • Yip Sang was a pioneer of Vancouver’s Chinatown and came to town via San Francisco. In 1889 he built the Wing Sang Building (51-67 E. Pender), the oldest standing structure in Chinatown. [VancouverHistory]
  • The grand memorial to President Warren G Harding in Stanley Park was commissioned in when, a week after visiting Vancouver in 1923, he died in San Francisco. [VancouverHistory]
  • Sam Cohen, who started the Army & Navy chain in Vancouver, hailed from San Francisco.
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    Vancouver Pet Fashion Week

    May 28th, 2009 @ 8:38am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I noticed an update on Twitter from @EcoPup, makers of pet clothing, about the kick off of Vancouver Pet Fashion Week. Immediately I thought this was something worth looking into and it turns out that this Sunday, May 31st, festivities will indeed be underway at the Roundhouse in Yaletown.

    “Designer-dressed model dogs will strut their stuff on the “cat” walk in the latest fashion collections. Followed by a pet competition for best dressed dog in a fun parade. Bring your dressed up Vancouver fashionistas and they could win terrific prizes for model attitude.”


    Photo credit: DebbieC on Flickr

    Photo credit: circulating on Flickr

    Photo credit: andreina_photos on Flickr

    Pet Fashion Weeks have been around for a few years however this is the first for Vancouver. The event is free and open to the public from 12:00pm – 5:00pm and donations to support animal shelters will be accepted. Sunday is also Dog Day in Yaletown down at Cooper’s Park from 11:00 – 2:00pm.

    BC Liquor Store Opens on Robson

    May 27th, 2009 @ 9:16pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I remember the original liquor store that closed down on Robson, between Bidwell and Denman. It was supposed to re-open with the rebuilding of a Safeway but due to delays in that project, the liquor store building lay vacant for years. When the new Safeway was finally built on Denman and Robson, welcoming ground-floor tenants such as CIBC and Vancity, the BC Liquor Store wasn’t far behind. We walked by today and it seems open if not very close to opening. It will definitely be convenient when walking home from Safeway and wanting to grab a nice Pinot Noir to accompany dinner (although I can already see the line ups forming for fireworks nights).

    Robson Liquor Store

    As a side note, the CIBC will host a grand opening BBQ celebration Saturday May 30th where you can enter to win an autographed Trevor Linden jersey. Rumor has it there will be a magician and caricaturist on site as well.

    Bard on the Beach Winner Announced

    May 27th, 2009 @ 2:35pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Over the last few weeks I have been running a contest (on my site and on Twitter) to win tickets to Bard on the Beach along with a pre-show dining experience at Il Nido. I had an overwhelming response of almost 200 entries which was actually the most to date on any Miss604.com contest. In the video below I mention there were 92 comments on the site but I did in fact get in the last minute comments, bumping it up to about 96.

    And the winner is…

    I’d like to thank everyone for helping to spread the word and I do hope you’ll check out Bard on the Beach this summer regardless. My next prize pack giveaway will be something special in time for Father’s Day – follow me on Twitter for my latest updates and announcements.

    Review: 2009 Chevy Malibu

    May 27th, 2009 @ 11:38am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    About a month ago, when I was chatting with on Twitter about cars, a contact from GM Canada, with whom I had previously corresponded, fired me a note and offered me a Malibu for review. John and I don’t own a car but it’s one of those purchases that’s constantly in the back of our minds so we’re certainly not opposed to seeing what options are out there.

    We had the 2009 Chevy Malibu 2LT for one week and did a bit of city driving as well as a quick trip on the freeway to visit Duane out in Chilliwack. The size of the car was perfect – it wasn’t too big and since my last car was a sedan I enjoy having enough room for passengers plus camping or snowboarding gear.

    Malibu Review

    Wednesday Morning Link Fest: Events Galore

    May 27th, 2009 @ 8:25am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    On the horizon, June isn’t looking quite as busy as May although there is a significant increase in BBQ’s and meetups that involve getting together around fire-roasted feasts — and I have no problems with that. Here’s a roundup of events in the near future that are currently on my radar:


    Photo credit: Pat Zaph on Flickr

    - This weekend the World Partnership Walk is taking place this Sunday, starting out at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park.

    - The SeaWalk Run is also happening on Sunday over in West Vancouver and you can follow @SeaWalkRun on Twitter for updates.


    Photo credit: Pat Zaph on Flickr

    - Launch Party Vancouver 7 is returning June 2nd and you can view videos and vote on the “startup most likely to succeed” ahead of time.

    - The annual BlogHer conference in Chicago is taking place in July however locally, women who blog or are interested in blogging (on any subject matter) are welcome to come by the pre-BlogHer meetup on the afternoon of June 6th in downtown Vancouver.

    - I recently gave away a prize pack in honor of Mojave‘s new album and their release party on May 30th is also a Tweetup, where anyone is welcome to stop by.


    Photo credit: Pat Zaph on Flickr

    - The Sweet Dreams Fashion Show will take place 8:00pm June 6th the Dollhouse Studios with proceeds benefiting Camp Phoenix, a week-long summer camp that accepts children who due to social or financial hardships wouldn’t typically be able to attend a summer camp. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (604) 220-5078.

    - There is a BBQ Beach Tweetup taking place June 6th at East Spanish Banks.


    Photo credit: Pat Zaph on Flickr

    - National Hunger Awareness Day is June 2nd and the Greater Vancouver Foodbank will be on-location at Pacific Centre all day accepting donations at the Rotunda Plaza on Georgia and Howe. Follow them on Twitter for updates @VanFoodBank.

    - Ideas on Tap is June 11th at the Commodore and they’re already sold out of the free early bird tickets. Stay tuned to their Twitter account for more info.

    - I’ll be speaking at the Enterprising Moms Network conference on June 13th.


    Photo credit: Pat Zaph on Flickr

    - Yesterday I received a 7″ album from Nardwuar – it’s a copy of the new record “A Wild Pear” featuring his band The Evaporators along with Andrew W.K.. They’ll be doing an official release party (free) on June 23rd at 4:00pm over at Neptoon Records following by a performance at the Biltmore that same evening.

    *All photos in this post were taken by Pat Zaph and submitted to the Miss604 group pool on Flickr.