Utah brunch on Friday

So, we leave San Francisco at about 2 p.m. today and head east on 80. I expect we’ll drive all the way to Salt Lake City, which is about a 12 hour drive. So, that’s about 2 a.m. or so.

We need to get a little sleep and a shower, so why don’t we meet for brunch at 11 a.m.? That way we can get on the road at around 12:30. Come and join us!

How about meeting at the Lion’s House Pantry, which is real near the Mormon Tabernacle? Even if you’re not religious, this is a sight to see.

Traveling will be Irina Slutsky and Eddie Codel of GeekEntertainment.tv, Ryanne Hodson (she wrote the book on videoblogging), Jay Dedman, me and Patrick.

Oh, Irina announced that she’s working on putting together a videoblogging awards show to help bootstrap the community that’s doing that. If you’re a videoblogger you should drop Irina a note. We’re working on categories in the van today.

As always, my phone is on. 425-205-1921. Please do call us while we’re on the road. We love hearing from geeks, bloggers, video freaks, and even normal everyday people.

Comments

  1. It’s actually Temple Square. The Tabernacle and the Temple are inside Temple Square. Saying Temple Square is more accurate ;-). Don’t sound like a hick ;-)

  2. It’s actually Temple Square. The Tabernacle and the Temple are inside Temple Square. Saying Temple Square is more accurate ;-). Don’t sound like a hick ;-)

  3. More info about the Lion House Pantry, including a menu:
    http://www.DiningAtTempleSquare.com/pantry.html

    More info about Temple Square:
    http://www.VisitTempleSquare.com/

    The Tabernacle is currently closed for construction (seismic upgrade), but if you’re on Temple Square, you might want to check out either the observation deck on the 26th floor of the Church Office Building or the 8th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for a great view of the city (both are free).

    The Apple Store, by the way, is only a few blocks west of the Lion House, and TRAX (our light rail system) runs between the two.

  4. More info about the Lion House Pantry, including a menu:
    http://www.DiningAtTempleSquare.com/pantry.html

    More info about Temple Square:
    http://www.VisitTempleSquare.com/

    The Tabernacle is currently closed for construction (seismic upgrade), but if you’re on Temple Square, you might want to check out either the observation deck on the 26th floor of the Church Office Building or the 8th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for a great view of the city (both are free).

    The Apple Store, by the way, is only a few blocks west of the Lion House, and TRAX (our light rail system) runs between the two.

  5. Sounds great. Glad you will get to meet some of the great tech community here in Utah.

    Look forward to meeting you and the team tomorrow.

  6. Sounds great. Glad you will get to meet some of the great tech community here in Utah.

    Look forward to meeting you and the team tomorrow.

  7. Huh… Lets see. I live @ 201 E. South Temple, and The Lion’s House Pantry is on the corner of State St. (100 E) and South Temple.

    We met once, Scoble, at the Geek Dinner in Portland just before the last SellsCon in October, 2004.

    It’ll be good to meet you again, and chat a bit about Podcasting, etc…

    FYI… Kurt Cagle [ http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2006/08/understanding_xforms_events_an.html ] and I have a podcast we do every so often (its supposed to be weekly, but … well, its not so much weekly, lets put it that way.) — http://channelxml.com/explorations — It will be nice to gain some insight from you on how we can make things better.

    Given that I can leave my place at 10:58, walk to the restaraunt, and be a good 30 or so seconds early, so I’d best make sure I don’t miss this opportunity.

    See ya at 11a.m. :)

  8. Huh… Lets see. I live @ 201 E. South Temple, and The Lion’s House Pantry is on the corner of State St. (100 E) and South Temple.

    We met once, Scoble, at the Geek Dinner in Portland just before the last SellsCon in October, 2004.

    It’ll be good to meet you again, and chat a bit about Podcasting, etc…

    FYI… Kurt Cagle [ http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2006/08/understanding_xforms_events_an.html ] and I have a podcast we do every so often (its supposed to be weekly, but … well, its not so much weekly, lets put it that way.) — http://channelxml.com/explorations — It will be nice to gain some insight from you on how we can make things better.

    Given that I can leave my place at 10:58, walk to the restaraunt, and be a good 30 or so seconds early, so I’d best make sure I don’t miss this opportunity.

    See ya at 11a.m. :)

  9. Oops…I meant the 9th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building – that’s where they have that incredible view of Temple Square and the rest of the city that I mentioned earlier. They also have two very nice restaurants up there – “the Roof” and “the Garden”.

    If you end up with a larger group, you might want to consider heading up to the Garden restaurant instead, seeing how they have more room, more variety on their menu, a lot of the food is cheaper, and they have a retractable roof and an awesome view. More about the Garden here: http://www.diningattemplesquare.com/garden.html

    Just for fun, I put together a WLL collection showing where you can get free parking for the restaurants, where there’s free wifi, some other local places of interest, and of course the location of the Apple store for Patrick ;). http://local.live.com/?v=2&cid=3D5BF2D0D071CCF1!1276

    Whatever you end up doing, I wish I could join you, but my Brother is getting married at that same time. I work in an IT position there on Temple Square (in the office tower) and would have loved to meet up with you and all the smart folks you bring along. I hope you enjoy your short trip through SLC.

  10. Oops…I meant the 9th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building – that’s where they have that incredible view of Temple Square and the rest of the city that I mentioned earlier. They also have two very nice restaurants up there – “the Roof” and “the Garden”.

    If you end up with a larger group, you might want to consider heading up to the Garden restaurant instead, seeing how they have more room, more variety on their menu, a lot of the food is cheaper, and they have a retractable roof and an awesome view. More about the Garden here: http://www.diningattemplesquare.com/garden.html

    Just for fun, I put together a WLL collection showing where you can get free parking for the restaurants, where there’s free wifi, some other local places of interest, and of course the location of the Apple store for Patrick ;). http://local.live.com/?v=2&cid=3D5BF2D0D071CCF1!1276

    Whatever you end up doing, I wish I could join you, but my Brother is getting married at that same time. I work in an IT position there on Temple Square (in the office tower) and would have loved to meet up with you and all the smart folks you bring along. I hope you enjoy your short trip through SLC.

  11. I grew up in Utah, and used to work at an ISP just a few block away from Temple Square. Hope you have a good visit!

    If you can, check out the tours they give of the new(ish) LDS Conference Center, across the street to the north of Temple Square. It’s an amazing building – large enough to accomodate more than 20,000 people for the semi-annual general conferences of the church, and other things, and you get a great view of Temple Square and all of downtown SLC from the roof (where they’ve got waterfalls, gardens, etc.).

    Wish I could hook up with you somewhere on your road trip, but I’m out here sweatting on the east coast for Wikimania 2006. :-)

  12. I grew up in Utah, and used to work at an ISP just a few block away from Temple Square. Hope you have a good visit!

    If you can, check out the tours they give of the new(ish) LDS Conference Center, across the street to the north of Temple Square. It’s an amazing building – large enough to accomodate more than 20,000 people for the semi-annual general conferences of the church, and other things, and you get a great view of Temple Square and all of downtown SLC from the roof (where they’ve got waterfalls, gardens, etc.).

    Wish I could hook up with you somewhere on your road trip, but I’m out here sweatting on the east coast for Wikimania 2006. :-)

  13. >> XMission also provides free Internet service to other areas of downtown Salt Lake. They include Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City Library, the Gallivan Center and Main Street.

    Pioneer Park? Huh, for some reason I just don’t find myself sitting on a park bench (night or day!) in Pioneer Park with anything that looks even remotely valuable.

    For that matter I don’t see myself even sitting on a park bench in Pioneer Park at all! ;)

    I wonder what is meant by “Main Street”? I assume between South Temple and 4th South+ a block or two south (given standard range for 802.11x technologies) given that is where XMission is located?

    None-the-less, thanks for the info! This is REALLY COOL to see taking place!

    One other place worth noting: Salt Lake City Coffee Break [http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2745228-salt_lake_coffee_break_salt_lake_city-i] also has free wi-fi, and while the Starbucks on the corner of State St. and 2nd South (base of the Marriott) has service, its through a third-party in which charges some of the most ludicrous rates I have EVER seen, and their service sucks! Fortunately, Gallivan Center is (literally) right out the side door (to the West) so my guess is that gaining access to the XMission free service should be pretty straight forward.

    Nice! I get my morning Chai Tea Latte from that Starbucks — Guess I should think about pretty my laptop again (although, then again, its kind of nice being disconnected during that time as well — obviously this is a bit more information than the rest of you need. I’ll work it out on my own time. ;))

  14. >> XMission also provides free Internet service to other areas of downtown Salt Lake. They include Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City Library, the Gallivan Center and Main Street.

    Pioneer Park? Huh, for some reason I just don’t find myself sitting on a park bench (night or day!) in Pioneer Park with anything that looks even remotely valuable.

    For that matter I don’t see myself even sitting on a park bench in Pioneer Park at all! ;)

    I wonder what is meant by “Main Street”? I assume between South Temple and 4th South+ a block or two south (given standard range for 802.11x technologies) given that is where XMission is located?

    None-the-less, thanks for the info! This is REALLY COOL to see taking place!

    One other place worth noting: Salt Lake City Coffee Break [http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2745228-salt_lake_coffee_break_salt_lake_city-i] also has free wi-fi, and while the Starbucks on the corner of State St. and 2nd South (base of the Marriott) has service, its through a third-party in which charges some of the most ludicrous rates I have EVER seen, and their service sucks! Fortunately, Gallivan Center is (literally) right out the side door (to the West) so my guess is that gaining access to the XMission free service should be pretty straight forward.

    Nice! I get my morning Chai Tea Latte from that Starbucks — Guess I should think about pretty my laptop again (although, then again, its kind of nice being disconnected during that time as well — obviously this is a bit more information than the rest of you need. I’ll work it out on my own time. ;))

  15. >> “about pretty my laptop”

    Huh, not sure how that turned from “about bringing my laptop” in the above during the transfer from my brain to my finger tips, but stranger things have happened. ;)

  16. >> “about pretty my laptop”

    Huh, not sure how that turned from “about bringing my laptop” in the above during the transfer from my brain to my finger tips, but stranger things have happened. ;)

  17. Update: Still editing :D

    Actually, I live/work on a GMT schedule, so I am now just getting my “day” started. I ran out of steam before I finished editing earlier, but will hopefully have things ready to go before too long.

    I’ll update accordingly.

    NOTE: I’d rather not post a publicly accessible link to the raw, unedited audio files as they are in WAV format, and as such are HUGE! However, if any of you who were involved with this conversation would like access to these files to use for your own purpose, please send me an email to m.david AT xmlhacker DOT com and I will send you the link just as soon as get them posted to one of my production servers that can handle the higher bandwidth requirements. Even with a 1.5mbits/s DSL upstream, these are going to take some time to get uploaded, but given the fact that I doubt many of you work on GMT as well, by the time you might read this, the upload process will more than likely be complete.

    Either way, if you send me an email, I will send you the link just as soon as its available.

  18. Update: Still editing :D

    Actually, I live/work on a GMT schedule, so I am now just getting my “day” started. I ran out of steam before I finished editing earlier, but will hopefully have things ready to go before too long.

    I’ll update accordingly.

    NOTE: I’d rather not post a publicly accessible link to the raw, unedited audio files as they are in WAV format, and as such are HUGE! However, if any of you who were involved with this conversation would like access to these files to use for your own purpose, please send me an email to m.david AT xmlhacker DOT com and I will send you the link just as soon as get them posted to one of my production servers that can handle the higher bandwidth requirements. Even with a 1.5mbits/s DSL upstream, these are going to take some time to get uploaded, but given the fact that I doubt many of you work on GMT as well, by the time you might read this, the upload process will more than likely be complete.

    Either way, if you send me an email, I will send you the link just as soon as its available.