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The New American Dream - Greed or Prosperity?

Saturday, November 14, 2015Technology is always created with a goal in mind. In America, the majority of our businesses aim to create technology to gain revenue and bring a return to shareholders. It is plain to see that technology can create new financial opportunities and most businesses are looking to hire people who can bring technological innovation to their companies. The American dream of prosperity and freedom have taken a unique twist of fate. Once looked at as a way to provide and create abundance for you and your family have turned into a collection of pyramid schemes. Education has become a failing business with no return on investment. Students are going in debt to graduate and then not be able to find a job. Greed has overcome the ethics of traditional business. Businesses are trying to find innovative ways to use technology in order to maximize their financial growth while being negligent about how their innovations cause many of the problems we face in our society like unemployment, insecurity, poverty, hunger, and depression. Technology offers many unique advantages for its creators besides just creating wealth. It allows us to connect the world and bring in a new kind of existence where people no longer suffer and people experience a better quality of life. It allows us to determine the type of future we want to live in. Technology is simply a tool to bring about the results of a desired goal. We must think of new ways of using technology in order to change the fabric of our social foundations. We must modernize foundational structures like business models, education systems, and the economy in order to help society evolve to a positive outcome. We must ensure that the goals for the creation of technology is built with the focus of increasing the quality of life for it's users. Innovation often occurs when there is a need for an outcome or need to fix a problem. First, the idea takes shape when someone makes a connection between 2 or more factors and applies a visionary use case to fill the need. This is the point in the process which is most vital and determines the actions taken next to bring the idea to life. Culture has always prevented change but we now have the power to use technology to shape a new future. The digitally connected world allows us to share ideas and gives us the ability to work together to build a future of abundance and freedom for all. Our focus and attention must be on creating a new future. Making laws that just puts bandaids on the problems and will not fix the root causes. Instead of trying to fight against systems that are built on financial slavery we can use our talents to work together to think of new ways to solve many very important issues which face our society today. Entire business models can evolve to bring new benefits to all. Education can be freely shared and new schools can be created to edicate people on subject matters that really make a difference in that person's future. I believe a lot of people are now realizing that we can create anything they put their our minds to and are waking up to the fact that technology has much better advantages than just simply creating wealth. The world is full of bright future and I believe 99% of them are good hearted people and if they refocus their attention on creating technology to help increase people's quality of life then we can build a prosperous future for all of us. Together, It is up to us to mold the new American dream. What will you choose? Greed or Prosperity?

EFF Austin - Surveillance Self-Defense Workshop

Date: Monday, December 15, 2014 - 7:00pmLocation: Capital Factory701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601Austin  Texas  78701United StatesDescription: We'll be at the Capital Factory for the monthly EFF meetup. They are typically held the third Monday of each month. Postings can be found on social networks and via Meetup. This specific meetup event can be found from http://www.meetup.com/EFF-Austin/events/218770762/ Follow the group for other meetups via http://www.meetup.com/EFF-Austin/ or check out http://effaustin.org/ for general info. "Learn how to protect your privacy and defend your digital life from government and corporate surveillance. This is a hands-on interactive workshop, so bring your phone and laptop! We'll start with a short presentation introducing threat modeling, password hygiene, encryption, and the current array of free and open-source tools recommended by EFF. Then we'll break up into small groups to install these tools together and discuss the topic in depth. Enjoy free pizza and drinks, sponsored by ACLU of Texas. Parking validation is available for the Omni garage. Details: http://capitalfactory.com/about/parking/ "

Refresh Austin Holiday Web Bash

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 7:00pmLocation: Buffalo Billiards201 East 6th StreetAustin  Texas  78701United StatesDescription: Come and join the WebHosting.Coop board members at the annual ATX Web Bash. There are a good number of local meetup groups participating (Drupal, Wordpress, Girls Who Hack, and others). Come out and say hello and meet the local web professionals and fanatics. Check out http://www.refreshaustin.org/ for more details. Cover is $5.00 and the proceeds benefit Keep Austin Beautiful. We hope to see you there!

EFF-Austin July Meetup

Date: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 7:00pmLocation: Capital Factory701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601Austin  Texas  78701United StatesDescription: 21st Century Virtual Identity Speaker: Tom Brown, with an update of his June 1, 2011 talk on Internet Identity The commercialization of the web and the spread of mobile devices have increasingly changed how we identify ourselves and interact with each other online. In this meeting, we'll consider what might be at stake as this evolution progresses, and how we might have more control over our digital identity and personal data. Bio: Tom Brown is an open source software developer who can be found on github.com as herestomwiththeweather. Tom has added OpenID, OAuth and OpenTransact to popular open source ruby projects and has attended most of the identity workshops since IIW7. Tom co-founded SuperBorrowNet, Inc. and maintains the os currency project in use by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibilty and timebanks in the Bay Area, Chicago and Athens, Greece. For the official meetup page and RSVP please visit: http://www.meetup.com/EFF-Austin/events/189629232/

Drupal Commerce

Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 7:30pmLocation: Capital Factory701 Brazos StAustin  Texas  78701United StatesDescription: Come join up with us and the Austin Drupal User Group at the Capital Factory as we discuss Drupal and Commerce Kickstart. Full event details available from http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Drupal-Users-Group/events/189612442/

Docker Demo Day

Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 7:00pmLocation: Rackspace Austin9001 N I H 35 #150Austin  Texas  78753United StatesDescription: Join us at Rackspace for a second night to cover some Docker use cases and learn. Full event meetup details via http://www.meetup.com/CloudAustin/events/189283852/

DevOps in the Wild

Date: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 7:00pmLocation: Rackspace Austin9001 N I H 35 #150Austin  Texas  78753United StatesDescription: Come check out the DevOps in the Wild panel session at Rackspace. Direct meetup event via http://www.meetup.com/austin-devops/events/184115422/

ACE Institute 2014

Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 3:30am to Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:30pmLocation: The Thompson Conference Center on The University of Texas2405 Robert Dedman DrAustin  Texas  78712United StatesDescription: The Association for Cooperative Educators will be in Austin, Texas for the ACE Institute 2014 conference. Details can be found at http://ace.coop/InstituteConferenciaCongr%C3%A8s/tabid/87/Default.aspx as well as the program guide and daily event schedule.

yardtomarket.coop - Take your Yard (Eggs) to Market!

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pmLocation: Austin Public Library: North Village Branch2505 Steck AvenueAustin  Texas  78757United StatesDescription: Meetup Description: "Proud of your garden produce and yard eggs? Did you know you can sell your lovely eggs and produce at Hope Farmer's Market as part of Yard to Market? Join Annelies Lottman and Lesley Williamson as they tell us more about the co-operative business model and their story with Yard to Market Co-op. Learn another way to participate (through a co-op) in our growing local food economy! Learn more about Yard to Market at: http://www.yardtomarket.coop More info on becoming a Y2M member, including specifics for selling products, is at: http://www.yardtomarket.coop/member-resources/become-a-member-owner/ Schedule (subject to change) 12:30 - 12:35 p.m. Sign-in. Get your raffle ticket! 12:35 - 12:45 p.m. Welcome, raffle prize drawings, and announcements 12:45 - 12:55 p.m. Meetup member quick self-intros 12:55 - 1:00 p.m. Presenter Introductions 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Featured presentation 1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Presentation Q&A 1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Individual visiting with members 2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Wrap-up. Thanks for coming! Meetup Event: http://www.meetup.com/AustinBackyardPoultry/events/190642622/

OpenStack 4th Birthday, Docker integration with Solum

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 6:15pm to 9:00pmLocation: Tech Ranch Austin9111 Jollyville Rd #100Austin  Texas  78759United StatesDescription:  Meetup Description: "In addition to our "regular" meetup in July, sponsored by RackSpace, join us to celebrate the 4th Birthday of OpenStack! Drinks and giveaways sponsored by the OpenStack Foundation and Rackspace. We will have some "special" activities to mark the occasion! Make sure to schedule this special session now - we will have happy birthday treats and beverages, and a few surprises! Content wise, Paul Czarkowski of Rackspace will lead a eneral discussion about Openstack+Docker. This session will go over the high level differences between VMs and Containers, different ways to use Docker inside openstack as well as openstack related docker tools. Then we will explore specifically about Solum with is a openstack related project with half a dozen developers working on it out of Rackspace Austin that uses Docker heavily. Followed by a short demo of Solum in action." Meetup Event: http://www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Austin/events/180761452/ Slide Location: http://tech.paulcz.net/presentation-osatx-solum

Google Cloud Platform Announces New Products & Services

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:00amLocation: The Capital Factory701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601Austin  TexasUnited StatesDescription: MomentumSI will host a viewing event ( simulcast) at the Capital Factory on March 25, 2014, when Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure, and the senior engineering leadership of Google Cloud Platform will announce new products and services for Google Cloud Platform and share Google’s vision for the future of cloud computing. Google will be talking about new approaches to computing that move beyond traditional divisions of PaaS and IaaS, models for processing big data at Google speed and scale, and how they are building a developer experience that aims to make you more productive.

Texas Bitcoin Conference

Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 7:30amLocation: Circuit of the Americas Tech Center9201 Circuit of the Americas BlvdAustin  Texas  78617United StatesDescription: Full event page http://texasbitcoinconference.com/ Hackathon - Workshops/Tutorials - Exhibitor Garage 7:30 am Hackathon Registration Begins 9:00 am Conference Badge and General Admission Registration Begins 10:00 am 29 Hour Hackathon Starts 10:00 am Paddock Suite 1 Paul Snow - Passing Bitcoin 10:00 am Paddock Suite 2 Stephanie Murphy - Introduction to Bitcoin 11:00 am Paddock Suite 1 Networking Lounge 11:00 am Paddock Suite 2 Mt. Gox Explained - Andrew Ittleman, Andreas M Antonopoulos - Ryan Selkis 12:00 pm Paddock Suite 1 Charlie Shrem 12:00 pm Paddock Suite 2 Lamar Wilson - Installing a Native Bitcoin Wallet on your iPhone; The Pheeva IOS Wallet and Beyond 1:00 pm Exhibitor Garage Opens - Networking / Lunch Break 2:00 pm Paddock Suite 1 Ryan Singer - Using Multisig to Secure Bitcoin Wallets 2:00 pm Paddock Suite 2 Dan Held - Designing Wallets for the Mainstream Consumer 3:00 pm Paddock Suite 1 Josh Zerlan - The Future of Bitcoin Mining: What Businesses & Individuals Need to Know 3:00 pm Paddock Suite 2 CoinTerra Workshop 4:00 pm Paddock Suite 1 Vitalik Buterin - Ethereum 4:00 pm Paddock Suite 2 St. Clair Newbern IV - Bitcoin Mining Demystified 5:00 pm Paddock Suite 1 Robert Murphy - Austrian Economics and Bitcoin 5:00 pm Paddock Suite 2 Russell Reese - Deborah Thoren Peden 6:00 pm Day 1 Ends

High productivity DevOps with Docker

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 6:00pmLocation: Rackspace9001 North IH-35, Suite 150Austin  Texas  78753United StatesDescription: "Developers are the most expensive resource" Lets hear and discuss how to create a high productivity development environment using Docker. I can describe how we use it at Flux7 and some of our clients. More speaker suggestions are welcome. Visit the events primary page via http://www.meetup.com/Docker-Austin/events/164689782/

CryptoCurrency Austin Meetup

Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:00pmLocation: Scholz Garten1607 San Jacinto BoulevardAustin  Texas  78701United StatesDescription: This meetup is for experienced Bitcoiners, new users, and anyone bit-curious. For the specific meetup event page please visit http://www.meetup.com/BitcoinAustin/events/169212672/ We have a mix of structured and unstructured events including wallet tutorials, trading basics, project promotion, and general networking. You should come to this meeting if: * You've heard about Bitcoin want to know more. * You have questions of any type and would like to pick the brains of any of our resident experts and early adopters. * You're thinking about accepting Bitcoin at your business. * You have a Bitcoin-related project to promote, brainstorm, or find collaborators for. * You'd like to keep abreast of the latest news in Bitcoin, both globally and locally.

Member Event: TexasNORML Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 8:00pmLocation: Flamingo Cantina323 East 6th Street, Austin, TXAustin  Texas  78701United StatesDescription: Come and join us at the TexasNORML monthly meeting where we will discuss the failures of criminal prohibition, get the latest on national updates and legislative reform, discuss the sustainable practices associated with hemp cultivation, and discuss action items and strategy for reforming laws pertaining to Cannabis in Texas. The FREE open monthly meetings take place each month on the first Wednesday at 8pm at the Flamingo Cantina, 515 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Immediately following the meetings there will be free live Reggae music brought to you by the always amazing Mau Mau Chaplains! Comedy and jerk chicken are available. Drinks are offered at the venue. Entry is 21 and up. Come meet board members and other volunteers as well as members of our veterans, seniors, patients, and womens NORML alliances.

Member Event: FoodIsFree Volunteer Workday

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:00amLocation: Food Is Free ProjectEast 6th StreetAustin  Texas  78756United StatesDescription: Come out this Saturday for Thermophilic Compost lessons! This is a special cross-meetup with The Compost Tea Collective and Third Coast Aquaponics. We're very excited to be hosting this workshop. Get ready to make some epic compost that changes your life. Thermophilic compost is a form of compost that has been allowed to heat up to 120*-160*. The proper amount of moisture and carbon/nitrogen ratios create an environment that allows for maximum decomposition of materials while maintaining diverse aerobic microorganisms. The high temperatures can kill most weed seeds and pathogens as well. In this multi-week meet up we will start by assembling a pile through a calculated analysis of inputs and hydration. We will then turn the pile and check it's temperature every day until it has broken down sufficiently. There will be a schedule to sign up for "turning days". As the pile increases in temperature, the entire mass will have to be turned repeatedly over the next few weeks. The goal of this meet up is to gain familiarity with proper compost production, inputs, and variables. Everyone who attends and participates should leave with a dynamic introductory understanding of compost production that they can use and teach to others. This meet up will be physically demanding. We are all going to share the labor of turning the pile through out the next few weeks so wear proper attire and bring lots of water. If your not able to perform physical task, your welcome to watch and learn with the rest of us while shouting orders from the sidelines. We'll be needing your nitrogen so if you have any good inputs you would like to add to the pile, your welcome to bring them. The more the merrier. Avoid oak leaves, rotten vegetation, yard or garden vegetation that has been treated with pesticides or herbicides, meat products, or manures. This is a collaborative meet up with the local non-profit "Food is Free Project", "The Compost Tea Collective", Third Coast Horticulture Supplies, and Microbial Earth Farms. Your welcome to share the meet up info with any of your friends and family that you would like to invite.

Drupal Drop-In at SXSW

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 12:00pmLocation: Maggie Mae's323 East 6th Street, Austin, TXAustin  Texas  78701United StatesDescription: Details at http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Drupal-Users-Group/events/163247402/ Sign up at https://drupaldropin2014.eventbrite.com/ "For the third year in a row, we're having a big Drupal get together in March! Come on down for a Texas-style cookout hootnany! Have lunch and a drink on us, and connect with the best and brightest of the Drupal community. What's in store: * Opening remarks by Dries Buytaert * Music by Bearstronaut * ...and more to come! Brought to you by: * Acquia * Four Kitchens * Volacci * Alley Interactive"

Browser Tool Intro Firebug and Chrome Inspector

Date: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:00pmLocation: The Posh Co-Working Lounge3027 North Lamar Boulevard #202Austin  Texas  78705United StatesDescription: Come join as as we meet with the Austin Wordpress User Group for an introduction on browser tools. RSVP via meetup event page at www.meetup.com/austinwordpress/events/164696242/ "This month’s Deep-Dive Discussion will focus on the popular, powerful, and free web browser tools -— Firebug and Chrome Inspector. This will be an introductory examination and comparison of the features of both Firebug and Chrome Inspector. The discussion will look at how WordPress developers use these web development tools to edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page. This Deep Dive discussion will be lead by Bobby Wilson and Nick Batik. Discussion notes will be posted on wpaustin.com for those who can make the meeting. Note: This same topic will be addressed at a more technical level at our March 25th Intermediate WordPress meetup at Build-A-Sign." After attending the Wordpress SEO event it became evident just how large of a WP user base we have locally. There are folks with all levels of experience so feel free to come out and meet others who are looking to learn and network ideas.

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