Since a large part of making sure your company can flourish and grow is making sure the city it’s in can do the same, Quicken Loans is a vocal supporter of Detroit and along with that, making sure that new employees know what’s here to see and enjoy.
So it was that I took a bus tour of Detroit during the middle of my work day. D:Hive is an awesome organization that exists to help visitors and transplants make the most of Detroit. Whether it’s showing you all the great entertainment options, giving you a walking/bus tour of the area and its history, helping you find a job or a new place, they try to cover it all. (more…)
The Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix (as it is officially called) was held May 31-June 2, 2013.
It featured cars from the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. The track is 2.3 miles long and is actually temporary. It takes months to set up the full track area including paddock, bleachers, vendor area, and more.
Thanks to a random giveaway at work, Chris scored 2 tickets for Saturday along with parking, shuttle, and paddock access. (more…)
As a finalist in the ESPN XGames search for a new city to host them for the next three years, Detroit stepped up and threw a massive bash to show ESPN just how this city can rock. With only three days notice we had a half pipe with BMX and skateboard demonstrations, food trucks serving up awesome menus, Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys spinning on a stage complete with light show and fog machine, and local graffiti artists showing their talent on large plywood boards.
Hold on to your keyboards folks, this one is going to be lengthy! I have ton of photos to share, along with summaries and thoughts on the convention and panels.
So just what is Penguicon? First, let me tell you what it isn’t: it isn’t just one thing, one genre. I mention this because when I talked about Penguicon to friends I heard “Oh, but I don’t really know Linux.” Let me stop you guys right now, because it is WAY more than a Linux con. It is everything geeky, nerdy, open-source, Sci-Fi, and a bit of things in between.
Panels ranged from “how to promote yourself” to “creating 8-bit music” to “making pasta from scratch”. If you like anything DIY at all, from cooking to electronics, it’s here for you. I hope by the end of my write-up, you’ll be super excited to get your hands on a 3-day badge for next year (which will be May 2-4, 2014 at the Westin in Southfield).
Just to show you don’t have to have the fanciest most expensive cameras to take an awesome photo:
This image won “Thumbs Up” on ViewBug in a Self Portrait contest. It was taken on an iPod while sitting in my car (parked, not driving!). I glanced in the rearview mirror and noticed the sun coming in the back window gave me this great rim light on my hair. I grabbed the only camera I had with me, my iPod, and clicked.
Now, it’s not the most prestigious award in the world, but I’m mostly pointing out that it’s the vision not the gear that creates something that not only you are proud of but others can appreciate as well. They didn’t know how this shot was taken, only that they liked the end result. That is what counts.
I decided to have a mother daughter dinner out and have an excuse to try one of the places participating for Detroit Restaurant Week. My mom cares for my grandmother full time and does not get the opportunity for a nice evening out very often, so I was really looking forward to this (as was she!).
One week until Penguicon! They have their schedule up now – go check it out and plan what you’d like to see.
I will be there as media coverage taking awesome photos of all the stuff you don’t want to miss.
Take a look at their site: Penguicon for details of what/where they are and the current schedule details.