Celebrate San Diego Beer Week 2010 with SDTweetup and TapHunter!

Remember when we used to all get together every month or so for the SDTweetup? Well, SDTweetup is getting back into a groove. We had a very fun movie event in September with the advanced screening of Catfish, and now a new SDTweetup has been scheduled for November.

The time seemed right to introduce two somewhat overlapping groups to each other, formally. SDTweetuppers, meet SD Beer Week. Craft beer lovers in San Diego, how’d you like to come to an SDTweetup? In this spirit, we’ve joined up with Melani and Jeff “Flash” Gordon of TapHunter.com to create a unique event.

What: SDTweetup Celebrates SD Beer Week with TapHunter
Where: West Coast Tavern, 2895 University Ave., San Diego
When: Tuesday, November 9, 7:00 PM
Who: The first 250 people who RSVP here

We’ll have all the usual SDTweetup mayhem, giveaways, and usual suspects (who are probably some of your closest friends by now), along with a new injection of hops, malt, and beer culture. There will be tasty craft beer and food pairings from West Coast’s chef Peter Zakarian to satisfy your palate, and a TweetWall to post your juiciest OH’s and most random photos of the event. (Many thanks to Gabe Lawrence and tweetwalllive.com for this.)

You’ll also learn more about the over 300 events scheduled to happen during SD Beer Week, and have an opportunity to plot out your attending strategy with your Twitter friends.

Our sponsors will make coming worth your while, too. The generous folks at mophie will be giving away 10 mophie juice packs for keeping your iPhone or iPod Touch charged up all day. TapHunter is also planning to bring some special prizes. To enter to win, please win a business card of some sort–time to order those moo cards!–so we can draw yours to win.

Attendance is capped at 250, so RSVP today! If this is your first SDTweetup, get the most out of it by first reading these tips.

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SDTweetup returns with sneak peek screening of Catfish

Many San Diego folks active in social media remember SDTweetup with some affection. It was among the first local real-life gatherings of folks who had met online, specifically on Twitter. The last official SDTweetup happened a year ago at Halloween. I don’t know about you, but I missed it.

Hurrah! A new SDTweetup has been scheduled, and there is dancing in the streets! But to get in on this one, you will have to be quick.

What: SDTweetup at the Movies – Catfish Advanced Screening
Where: AMC Theatres La Jolla 12
When: Wednesday, September 15, 6:00 PM
Who: The first 75 people who RSVP at Eventbrite.com will get an “admit 2″ ticket

Check out the Catfish trailer. This will fill up fast, so please RSVP as soon as possible or risk sadface.

Why is this SDTweetup so special? Well, besides being the first one in about a year, it is also the last SDTweetup that will be organized by its creator, Jenn Van Grove (@jbruin). Jenn has done great things in the tech space in the last few years, like joining Mashable as an associate editor and becoming a TV tech correspondent for NBC San Diego. Now she is taking her talents to San Francisco and has bequeathed the SDTweetup event to your humble reporter (AKA me, Peggy Gartin, @thepegisin on Twitter).

Hope you can join us this Wednesday! And if you have ideas for future SDTweetups, please let me know at @thepegisin, thepegisin@cox.net, or http://www.meetup.com/sdtweetup.

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AIDS Walk & Run San Diego returns for 21st year Sunday Sept. 26

If you like getting up early, enjoy a walk in the park, and want to support a worthy cause, you’re in luck. The 21st Annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego, the largest one-day HIV/AIDS fundraiser in San Diego County, is being held Sunday, September 26.

The 5K walk starts at 8:05 AM, and the 10K run starts at 8:00 AM. The starting point is in Balboa Park near the corner of Sixth Avenue and Quince Street. Online registration is available, and you can register in person on the day of the walk/run starting at 6:00 AM at the registration tent at Sixth Avenue and Olive Street.

Supporting local HIV/AIDS services is especially important this year, when the state has been hit with record unemployment and medication assistance programs have been cut. Funds are desperately needed for testing, prevention, education efforts, treatment for those with low incomes, or counseling for those infected and affected. The money raised at this event stays here in San Diego and supports dozens of local groups and programs which might not otherwise exist.

I’ll be walking with the Qualcomm team, as I have for the last 5 years. Show you care and make a donation today!

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Adventure travel web series seeks San Diego locals to feature

Are you a San Diego surfer, kitesailor or paddleboarder who likes to be on camera? A new travel web series centered on adventure and water sports will be filming in San Diego soon, and you could be featured.

CLEAN BREAK, a web series sponsored by Schick Hydro razors and shave gels, will be filming in San Diego June 2-4. The production company is seeking locals who can serve as location experts to be featured on the show. According to CLEAN BREAK’s Meg Roberts, “The perfect local guide is someone who is charismatic, fun-loving, and who can show people what makes their hometown incredible. Guides should be fun, informed, and ready to share knowledge about San Diego with the crew.”

CLEAN BREAK is looking for the kind of in-the-know info only a San Diego local would have, so only individuals who reside within the San Diego area will be eligible to be selected as a guide.

New episodes of CLEAN BREAK will first be shown on Crackle.com (which had 2.1 million unique visitors in March 2010), and will then be uploaded to the official Hydro Experience YouTube and Facebook channels.

Think you have what it takes? Make a video and upload it to CLEAN BREAK’s YouTube channel by Monday, May 10. The CLEAN BREAK community will vote on all submissions from May 11-18. Candidates are encouraged to round up their friends and get them to vote for their videos on YouTube.

Here’s some of your competition:

Links:

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Easy riders: Park-2-Park Shuttle connects North Park, South Park nightlife

Why do bars have parking lots?

It’s a fair question. Drinking and driving is both dangerous and illegal. Yet in San Diego, most people drive to and from their favorite bar.

The truth is, bars will have parking lots as long as their customers have no viable transportation alternative. That’s starting to change in North Park, however, with the newly-initiated Park-2-Park Shuttle Service.

Begun last week, the service runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights starting at 6 PM. It carries foodies and bar patrons to one of 9 stops on a loop that covers 30th Street from Beech to El Cajon Boulevard, then parts of Park Boulevard and Adams Avenue. The cost is $5 for an all-night pass, which is a hard-to-lose wristband. Service continues until midnight on Thursday, and 2 AM Friday and Saturday. Venues on the route include Ritual Tavern, Blind Lady Ale House, Sea Rocket Bistro, Red Fox Room, Live Wire, Lancers, Air Conditioned Lounge, Jayne’s Gastropub, Small Bar, Lei Lounge, and True North.

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Happy Foursquare Day, San Diego!

The world’s first social media holiday is being celebrated today. Foursquare Day, which is 4/16 (get it? Four, squared?), is the brainchild of a Tampa optometrist who loves the social location-based check-in game Foursquare and thought it should have its own day. Though initiated less than a month ago, the idea spread worldwide and is being celebrated with check-in specials at various businesses and even a unique #4sqDay 2010 badge (pictured at right).

Several restaurants, bars and other businesses in San Diego offer discounts and deals for those who check in to Foursquare on their premises, and some have added special deals just for Foursquare Day.

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Jelly: Give coworking a whirl at HIVE

Coworking, according to Wikipedia, is a style of work which involves shared office space but independent activity. It typically attracts telecommuters, freelancers, and others who don’t work in a traditional office, but are sick of working at home or in coffee shops and crave a more collaborative atmosphere. I recently tried out coworking for myself at Jelly, a bimonthly day-long coworking event held every other Friday at HIVE (770 11th Ave. in downtown San Diego).

Patrick Crowley (@mokolabs) initiated the local instance of Jelly, which originally met in his apartment. Jelly itself started in New York City in 2006 and has spread to several cities worldwide; Patrick first encountered it in Sydney, Australia. When HIVE opened as a coworking space in March 2009, he thought it would be the perfect place for Jelly in San Diego.

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Sad sign of the times – SDNB has left the building

Saw a sad thing as I was rolling down Kettner Boulevard this morning – they’re taking the San Diego National Bank sign off its headquarters building.

San Diego National Bank was known for the Wyland mural of whales on the side of its main building and its “whale” logo. Its parent company, FBOP Inc., failed in October, making SDNB the largest local bank to fail during the recent financial crisis.

Let’s hope whoever occupies the building next will be a marine-mammal-loving organization inclined to keep and maintain this landmark mural.

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After the fire


For me, it started with a blaring car horn.

Hearing this sound at 8:00 in the morning is not unusual in our neighborhood. Many tend to hit their horn instead of a doorbell when picking up a friend. We’re resigned to it, though it sometimes inspires my husband to sing “In the ghetto…”

This was different, though. This person was leaning on their horn. Like it was malfunctioning. Or something was wrong.

I went to our second-floor bedroom window that looks out on 22nd Street and glared with my best how-dare-you-some-folks-are-sleeping look. I saw a white minivan parked in front of my house and a Mexican woman standing outside it who seemed agitated. She was arguing with the driver and pointing at the house next door. The horn continued to blare. I wondered if it was stuck and she was trying to tell the driver how to fix it.

Her eyes met mine and she seemed embarrassed, though I think by now I looked more curious than angry. She hurried across the street and the van started driving off in another direction, horn still blaring. What the heck was going on?

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#influenceSD–why didn’t I think of that?

At what point does a new industry need an awards event to unite its movers and shakers and celebrate their achievements? In the case of new media in San Diego, the answer is clearly right now!

#influenceSD, cofounded by locals Matt Browne and Melani Gordon, basically fills a gaping void in the local social media community.

With more than 3,000 votes cast online for over 315 nominees, it also seems to me like there’s been a pent up demand–has me kinda wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

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The San Diego beer scene grows yet further

People who enjoy beer and happen to live in San Diego have been getting a treat this week. It’s been “Storm Week” here – meaning the influence of Stone Brewing Co can be felt far and wide.

Churchills, an english pub in San Marcos recently opened up their new renovated bar area – which has 50 tap handles. FIFTY! They have a LOT of really good beer on tap. I’d been threatening Ivan, the owner, that I would be coming in with my camera to take a bunch of beer-porn shots of his new setup – and I finally delivered.

Follow @churchills on twitter for awesome updates, and if you’re bored – check out the rest of my pictures from churchills!

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Bloggers take over nuclear sub USS Hampton

ourrideWhat dangles when you angle? What slides when you dive? How many ladders can they fit in one sub, and must I climb all of them? This and many other questions were answered Friday when a group of 8 bloggers were invited aboard the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine U.S.S. Hampton for an all-day distinguished visitor cruise.

The bloggers included Smarterware’s Gina Trapani (@ginatrapani), NBC San Diego tech correspondent and Mashable associate editor Jenn Van Grove (@jbruin), Mitch Wagner (@mitchwagner), Angie Swartz (@aaswartz), Chris Cantore (@chriscantore), Scott Kingery (@techlifeweb), Rob Marlbrough (@DowntownRob), and me, Peggy Gartin (@thepegisin). The visit was arranged by Submarine Squadron 11’s public affairs officer Lt. Denise Garcia and led by the squadron’s commander, Commodore Brett Genoble. Waiting to greet us were the boat’s commanding officer Commander Bill Houston and his crew of 134.

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Storm + palm tree = sad car

This is what the storm did on my block.

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How YOU doin’?

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BarCamp San Diego 6 is this Saturday!

barcampsd
It’s THIS Saturday! And I don’t even have my talk prepared yet! Here’s the critical info:
  • January 16th and 17th
  • Intuit, Santa Fe Campus in Carmel Valley
  • our wiki

If you’d like to help out – show up around 8:30 am to help the planners unload and setup.

Some tips for those of you for whom this is not news:

  • If you’re speaking rehearse your talk. It helps!
  • If you’re not done with your talk, don’t wait until the last minute!
  • Bring cameras, video recorders, audio recorders, etc. – people love having their talks recorded.
  • New to barcamp? Search Flickr, Yahoo or Google for “barcampsd”!
  • Not sure what to talk about? Have a peek at this.

Thats it!

See you all Saturday!

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Gulp! Navy invites San Diego bloggers onto submarine

The USS Greeneville, a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine (public domain photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

I recently got a most startling email: the U.S. Navy would like me to come aboard one of their submarines and blog about the experience.

Lt. Denise Garcia, public affairs officer for Submarine Squadron 11 based at Naval Base Point Loma, invited me and 7 other bloggers to an all-day embark aboard one of their Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines on January 15.

“You’ll be one of the first bloggers the San Diego-based sub community has hosted (I think you may be one of the first for the entire submarine community as well). The sub community prides itself on its silent service, but there’s much to talk about too. I think you’ll find the day aboard fascinating.”

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