All posts for “seattle”


Seattle, Renaissance and the Creative Class

Posted by: leelefever on April 21, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: books, newfriends, seattle


Jordan Rule, a former stranger who stayed at my house recently has a few things to say about his decision to quit his job and move to Seattle. On a related note, he previously pointed me to an article by Richard Florida about the Rise of the Creative Class. It opened my eyes to some of the reasons I, like Jordan, were so attracted to places like Seattle to start a career. Stuck in old paradigms of economic development, cities like Buffalo, New Orleans, and Louisville struggled in the 1980s and... Continue Reading

Jordan, Meet Seattle

Posted by: leelefever on April 17, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, newfriends, seattle


A guest stayed with us this weekend as he looked for a place to live here in Seattle. He is a bright young guy named Jordan Rule and this is the story of how he got here. On Friday night over dinner, a friend of ours said this before Jordan arrived: “So, let me get this straight, you left a comment on this guy’s web site and now he’s staying in your HOUSE?�? My answer was yes, with a grin. This friend was looking at web sites in the old view- that web sites and people are different... Continue Reading

Eating Their Dog Food

Posted by: leelefever on April 17, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: customer service, features, robotcoop, seattle


That phrase always makes me laugh, but I think it's accurate. If you're not familiar, it means that a company that produces a product should use the product themselves. In the online community world, I've been suspicious of companies that purport to understand all things "community" but don't have a community that supports their customers using their platform. It's one of the things I do like about Web Crossing, they have WebXHarbor. I haven't seen a more productive example of eating their... Continue Reading

Come to Seattle for GnomeDex 5.0 June 23-25

Posted by: leelefever on March 20, 2005- 4:00pm

Categories: conference, event, seattle


I just registered for GnomeDex 5.0 - Chris Pirillo's annual technology conference. I've never been before, but Chris is a Seattle guy now so it's good timing. It's shaping up to be a great event and I'm especially happy to see it happening in my own back yard - at the same facility as the Blog Business Summit- Bell Harbor Convention Center. I asked Chris once why he moved to Seattle and all he said was "because it was the best place." I agree.

The Household Wiki

Posted by: leelefever on December 11, 2004- 4:00pm

Categories: home, seattle, wiki


My wife and I have been making an effort to move away from the TV. The winter weather in Seattle makes it easy to sit in front of the tube and eat Cheetos all day- which we both agree is a bad, bad thing. We’re finding that without TV we focus more on computers in the house and getting more things done via wireless Internet connections. I think we’ll have a laptop with a wireless Internet connection in our immediate vicinity from now on. This sets us up for an experiment using wikis in... Continue Reading

Wiki in the Family

Posted by: leelefever on November 27, 2004- 4:00pm

Categories: home, sachi, seattle, wiki


Last night my wife Sachiko and I were talking about a trip we're thinking of taking in the next couple of years. As we talked over the evening, it became a brainstroming session on all the things we needed to remember, manage, discuss, archive, etc. After a little while, I said "Hey, what if we had an online place to keep all this information?" Sachiko's first words were, "We could use a wiki!" All I could think was- I love this girl.

Inside Look at Dinner with Bill Gates

Posted by: leelefever on July 27, 2004- 5:00pm

Categories: seattle, webceleb


Jeff Maurone: Metanoya: More on My Dinner with #1 on the Forbes Jeff Maurone, an intern at Microsoft, recently visited the Gates house for dinner and posted his review...A nice little look inside the house through the eyes of an intern. I swear I saw him once on the highway in a Porsche heading towards Redmond, but I'm not sure.

How to Build a Community

Posted by: leelefever on July 20, 2004- 5:00pm

Categories: community, seattle


In the Central District of Seattle (my old neighborhood), there is a piece of property set aside as small, wooded, urban park called "Nora's Wood". Nora Wood, MD bought the land and created the park before she died in the early 1990's. Neighborhood volunteers now maintain the property. On the corner where the park begins, neighbors erected a sign that means a lot to me, for a number of reasons. A while back I wrote down what is written on the sign to share with an online community I managed... Continue Reading

The Blue Angels and Six Apart's TypePad

Posted by: leelefever on July 31, 2003- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, seattle


Below is a photo I took here in Seattle today. The Blue Angels come every year for a festival called SeaFair that centers on Lake Washington and Hydroplane races. There is a connection between this post and weblogs. I've been a beta tester for the forthcoming product from Six Apart (the Moveable Type folks) called "TypePad." Using my new typepad site, I've created a photo album with 16 pictures from the Blue Angels. Check it out. My prediction is that Typepad is going to take blogging to... Continue Reading