Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Ignite Portland 2

At the Bagdad Theatre the speakers of Ignite Portland 2 spoke to a capacity crowd about 750 people. The line to get went around the block. I was one of the lucky ones to get in. The rest who didn’t get in were able to watch it online. With my beer and pizza I sat down to enjoy a wonderful set of talks. The five minute time limit with 20 automatically advancing slides gave the talks a comedic timing. There were lots of laughs and a few somber moments. Talks that I especially liked were: Beauty in Abandonment - Peat Bakke; he had beautiful pictures of abandoned places in Portland, How to be an Undercover Hooker - Jessica Bruder, she shortened a seven hour class into a very funny five minute talk, Living a Made Up Life - And Getting Away With It! - Adrienne Fritze, she gave a very poignant talk about how to be a whole person after being abused, Why Deutschland Loves David Hasselhoff - Mario Schulzke, got the most laughs, and A History of the Stick Figure - Eric Lewallen, was an informative and humorous presentation.

Look for ignite Portland 3 in the spring at a bigger venue.

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