Saturday, March 17, 2007

Geeks of Providence, Unite!

Great new organization where my pocket protector side will feel right at home!

“The goal of Providence Geeks is to help Rhode Island’s digital innovators connect, collaborate, and ultimately make the City-State and its geeks info-technology leaders.”

They have dinners, they judge robot competitions, they have a community bulletin board (although no wiki-- come on geeks, get with it!)

In general, it looks like a really cool thing that's going on-- getting the info-digital community of Rhode Island together.

So, put some extra tape on those glasses, button that top button, calculate the square root of pi, check out their website, and subscribe to their RSS feed.

You'll be smarter for it.

Old Fashioned Robot Store!


A shop focused on Computer Controlled Robotics for Hobbyists.

This is next to the CJ Fox building in Federal Hill. The weird thing is that about 15 years ago I looked at this building (to buy, when I was looking for loft space) and placed an offer on it, but the seller removed it from the market.)

The store is basically a hobby studio, with a store attached.

There's also a project room, where the owner works on projects, and a conference room for robotic enthusiast meetings.

I haven't been, but it sounds like this guy is living his dream. Best of luck to you, sir!

Check out the website:

Monday, March 12, 2007

Winner of Waterfront Park Design competition

Waterfront Park Design Competition

The award winning landscape architectural firm of Brown, Richardson & Rowe, Inc. has been selected as the winner of the Waterfront Park Design Competition. This design was chosen by the 11-member Waterfront Design Selection Committee appointed by Mayor Cicilline.

Key elements of the winning park design feature the Ember House – a beautiful, transparent, free-standing structure along the riverwalk inspired by Waterfire that could be used as a cafĂ© or gathering space; a sculpture garden; terraced amphitheatre; a centrally located granite disk that reflects the history of the Providence River; and the Fish Playground featuring artist-designed play equipment including wave slides, turtles, fish and shells found in the Providence River.

Although the park will not be built until 2012, it looks like this proposal has a lot of great elements to it.

Find out more about it by clicking here

Jewelry District Meeting

The Jewelry District Annual Meeting & Cocktail Party is tomorrow

Tuesday, March 13th, 5-7pm
at the Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street in the District.

The Annual meeting will include:

· A presentation by the city on the Providence 2020 plan
· A presentation by two landscape architects about greenway possibilities along the waterfront to connect India Point and the District
· A performance by Sit Down Baby , a great local blues band
· Hors d'ouevres courtesy of MuMu Cuisine (220 Atwells Ave.), a fabulous new Chinese restaurant
· Cash bar courtesy of Lot401
· As well as the usual Annual Meeting business
Join us as we celebrate the past year, prepare for the coming year, thank our outgoing board members and welcome in the new. We hope to see you all there!