Spoke6 Changes Hands

Big news in the Tucson coworking scene this week. My favorite coworking spot, Spoke6, is changing hands with founder and owner Tim Bowen handing over the reins to the excellent folks at GraphicFusion.

No major changes planned, according to GraphicFusion—our bi-monthly WordPress meetups will continue to meet there. (Next WordPress meetup is Wednesday November 7th, 7–9 PM.)

Read the full story here.

Event Recap: Web with Molly

I recently attended the excellent Web with Molly workshop held in Tucson, Arizona (February 2012).

The overall topic was the Open Web. Understanding its history, key technologies, and important concepts. Molly presented over two full days, with interludes and additions by special guest Kimberly Blessing (who also took photos).

Even considering myself an industry veteran—I’ve worked full-time on the web for over seven years, I learned new things and solidified several of my weak areas. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who works on the web. And, Molly organized the weekend on her on time—and her own dime. Thanks Mols!

Here are my notes from the sessions.

Open Web

Preserving the infrastructure of the web so it remains open to everyone.

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WordPress 3.2, Gershwin

Last night I shared about the latest and greatest WordPress release at the July 2011 Tucson WordPress meetup.

The focus for the 3.2 release was making WordPress faster and lighter. Highlights include a new distraction-free writing mode, a completely refreshed admin UI, faster updates (only updating files that changed), support dropped for IE6, PHP 4, and MySQL 4, and the new default theme, Twenty Eleven.

Go update now! (3.2.1 is out now, by the way, with some minor fixes.)

Here are the links I mentioned in my talk.

The next Tucson WordPress meetup is scheduled for September 7th, 2011. Mark your calendars, and see you there.

Thanks to Andy Nacin for allowing me to use his slides from WordCamp Columbus as a starting point for my talk.

Coworking at Spoke6

The May 2010 edition of Tucson Green Times includes an excellent writeup of my favorite Tucson coworking spot, Spoke6. Centrally located in the Warehouse Arts District, Spoke6 is run by Tim Bowen of Creative Slice, a Tucson-based web design agency.

I work there once a week—usually on Friday—and love the quite, productive atmosphere, fast WiFi, and the ability to connect with like-minded individuals (learn more about coworking). It’s also within walking distance of three areas: Downtown, 4th Avenue, and University Boulevard, all of which offer great choices for lunch or a post-work happy hour.

You should come try it out if you live in the area. Your first visit is free!

Spoke6 also hosts Tucson Digital Arts Community events, including the Tucson WordPress Meetup which I host once a month.