WP Coffee Break

There’s a new YouTube channel created by the folks at Southwest Cyberport to give you small, easy to digest topics about WordPress, our favorite CMS. Here’s some of the topics that have been covered so far. Be sure and subscribe to the channel for new tidbits.

What’s happening at Ideas and Coffee?

The last few months has been fun watching lots of projects coming together at the Coworking Jellies and the WordPress work alongs. Here are a few of the things people are working on.

The Traveling Desk

IMG_7419Alice and Janet have been developing a light-weight, inexpensive, portable standing desk. It’s on it’s third revision and has a really nice design. Alice is a hardware hacker who specializes in low-cost solutions to help people with handicaps. Check out her website at 505 Access. Janet is a free lance developer working with node, angular, phantomjs and several other Javascript technologies.

Eco-friendly Tours

EcotripmatchTerry had the idea that most travel websites really didn’t provide a lot of help when you were trying to arrange a vacation to somewhere special, unusual, adventurous, and out of the major tourist scenes. If you want to spend a night in a hut in the middle of the rainforest, how do you arrange that? Eco Trip Match is the tool you need!  Check it out at EcoTripMatch!

East meets West

DSCN1400-2-300x300Joyce created a marvelous blend of asian and southwestern culture in her website Sashiko Southwest. Using the techniques of Japanese sashiko stitching and the traditional southwestern designs she’s created patterns and kits for a wide range of beautiful products. Joyce has built a WordPress e-commerce site and blog and is becoming a WordPress expert.

Travel Stories

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.49.40 PMTraveling seems to be a theme these days. Kendra of Zunguka has created a website to collect travel stories from around the world. It’s meant to be a repository of interesting tales of travel, and a way to get more personal information about a place. If you’re interested in reading interesting stories or adding to her collection please visit her website: Zunguka.org.

Today at the iOS Meetup

What happens at iOS meetups? From the imaginative, original, collaborative minds of Andrew Stone and Seth Hoffman, an amazing bi-lingual, interactive story telling app … and it sings! Then local creative wizard Michael Deitcher shows off the Roller Box, a cross between pinball and train sets using Sphero robots. Gorgeous craftsmanship and a really fun toy!

Photography!

Last night Kenneth Ingham talked to us about principles of successful photography. His talk was really informative and full of useful tips and tricks. Lighting is everything! He promises to send me a PDF of his slides and we’ll get them posted in the Resources section of this website.

The art show that Kenneth mentioned last night is at the Artistic Image, 1101 Cardenas NE Suite 103. Artist Reception is Mar 24th from 4pm to 8pm.

The iOS developer’s group will start a new project

Andrew Stone, the architect of the Cocoa Conspiracy, a local group of iOS developers and entrepreneurs,  will be starting a new project in the Friday iOS group. Here’s a description from him. It’s a great opportunity to watch an app being developed from the ground up.


Besides our Thursday meetups at Winning Coffee, on the first and third friday of every month, we meet from 10:30 – 12:30 at SouthWest CyberPort’s http://www.ideasandcoffee.com for hands on coding – you are always free to bring your current projects and we provide free engineering and debugging and free ideas too.

My artist, musician and children’s book author pal Seth Hoffman wrote Janie & the Hummingbird | Community Publishing and the app is a multimedia easter egg full version of the book with music.
Seth & I have worked all week to take the app to a place where it’ll be easy to see where we are going, and I won’t fumble writing code – instead, I’m going to show the process of app building from ground zero (but have all the tricky pieces of code pre-built and pre-tested so we’re not thrashing and you won’t get bored.)
Then we’ll start a brainstorming of cool interactive ideas that we can work on to make the app very special over the next months.
Set your clock back tonight if you still have those kinds of clocks!