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Tuesday
Aug 18, 2009
UX Book Club: "The Design of Everyday Things"

Interested in user experience in all of its forms? Enjoy reading? Want to combine the two in a social setting with other smart, like-minded people, and maybe drink a beer?

Join us for Portland's third UX Book Club meeting on Tuesday August 18. For this session, we're reading "The Design of Everyday Things" by Donald Norman: http://bit.ly/1aEa7D

Feel free to bring snacks or drinks (alcohol is a-okay), for yourself or to share. We'll be meeting at Tyesha's house--the address will be posted closer to the date.

Please RSVP here: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/3070658

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Wednesday
Jun 23, 2010
3rd Annual Charity Book Sale
through McKenzie Books

Beaverton, OR - June 9, 2010 – This year 100% of proceeds will be donated from the Third Annual McKenzie Books Sidewalk Sale. The used book sale will be held June 23, 24 and 25 from 10 am – 6 pm. DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit charity that accepts donations to fund classroom supplies for teachers and their students locally and nationally, will benefit from the sale of more than 4,000 popular used books. The book selection will span all categories at prices of $0.50 for paperbacks and $1.00 for hardcover books. There will be something for everyone including children’s books, technical, professional, computer, mystery, romance, health, mind & body, home & garden, science fiction, and many more. Credit cards will be accepted.

About McKenzie Books, Inc. McKenzie Books is a Beaverton-based online bookstore with a selection of over 65,000 quality new and used books in their Beaverton warehouse. A locally owned business since 2001, McKenzie Books has bought and sold over a million used books online in just the past two years. Although the bookstore is internet-based and serves customers worldwide, McKenzie Books also invites local customers to order online and pick up at the business address. They also welcome visitors to use their lobby computer kiosk to search their virtual bookshelves. The lobby is open for business from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located on the southwest corner of 153rd and S.W. Millikan Way in Beaverton; two blocks from the Beaverton Creek MAX station.

About DonorsChoose.org Today’s public schools often lack resources for students to thrive. “Citizen philanthropists” can choose and fund specific project requests from teachers, and even receive thank you cards directly from the classrooms. Charles Best, a former Bronx public high school teacher, started DonorsChoose in 2000 so that individuals could connect directly with classrooms in need. Projects range from as little as $49 to several thousand depending on the supplies requested by the teacher. Approximately 75% of projects costing less than $400 get fully funded. 100% of the funds go towards purchasing the supplies and delivering them directly to classrooms. DonorsChoose has raised over $51 million dollars helping more than 3 million students in the process.

Contact:

Jim Smith [email protected] 15370 SW Millikan Way Beaverton, OR 97006 Ph: 503-488-5439

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Friday
Mar 4, 2011
The Oatmeal Book Tour
Powell's City of Books

I'll be giving a short lecture about bear testicles and then signing copies of my new book.

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Thursday
Jun 28, 2012
UX Book Club PDX
tenfour

Come and join us to discuss our book for June 2012: Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World http://www.amazon.com/Situations-Matter-Understanding-Context-Transforms/dp/1594488185/

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Wednesday
Aug 22, 2012
UX Book Club PDX
tenfour

Hold onto your hats, because we're reading Mike Monteiro's Design Is A Job (http://www.abookapart.com/products/design-is-a-job), a short, easy to read, essential guide for any designer, especially those who are, or thinking about, contracting.

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Tuesday
Dec 3, 2013
UX Book Club PDX
Puppet

Come along and join us to discuss the excellent Just Enough Research by Mule Design's Erika Hall. Erika, will be joining us via video at 6:30PM to answer any questions you have.

Just Enough Research is a short, really useful book on getting research done in your job. It's just the thing to read if you're looking to get started with research, or you know you need to do research but don't have much support to get it done. Visit our Google Group for a book discount code.

We're being hosted by the fine folks at Puppet Labs at their offices in The Pearl.

If you don't manage to finish the book on time, please still feel free to attend!

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Tuesday
May 13, 2014
UX Book Club PDX discussing George Lakoff's Metaphors We Live By
Mozilla

Join us to discuss George Lakoff's classic Metaphors We Live By.

This is a book that changed people's understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects.

Sound interesting? Then come along and talk! Also: there will be beer :)

If you haven't managed to finish the book before the event, please feel free to come along and join the discussion.

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Thursday
Jul 10, 2014
Come and talk to Sam Ladner, the author of "Practical Ethnography: A Guide to Doing Ethnography in the Private Sector"
Mozilla

Come along and talk to Sam Ladner, the author of the super-useful and well-received new book, Practical Ethnography: A Guide to Doing Ethnography in the Private Sector.

Sam's book is aimed at two groups of people:

  1. Social scientists who want to adapt their academic skills to the private sector, either to find a full-time job or to practice as an independent researcher; and
  2. Designers and researchers already working in the private sector who may not have formal training in ethnography.

Sam is based in Seattle but is coming to Portland to talk to us. Don't miss this opportunity to talk about the research skills that are so critical in creating successful products.

Note: if you haven't finished the book, please still come along and join the conversation

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Thursday
Sep 4, 2014
UX Book Club PDX is talking about Erving Goffman's classic "Interaction Ritual - Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior"
Mozilla

We're following on from July's excellent discussion on Sam Ladner's Practical Ethnography: A Guide to Doing Ethnography in the Private Sector with a classic from sociologist Erving Goffman.

"Interaction Ritual - Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior" is one of several classic books by Goffman, and one that is studied by UX researchers. The book is a collection of six essays: "On Face-work", "Embarrassment and Social Organization", "The Nature of Deference and Demeanor", "Alienation from Interaction", "Mental Symptoms and Public Order", and "Where the Action Is". If you want to brush up on your understanding of people, this is one of the books for you.

If you haven't finished the book, but still want to come along and talk, the please do—we'd love to see you.

Monday
Oct 12, 2015
a11y Working Group: Gitbook Part II
Puppet

Didn't make it to part I? That is ok - come along anyway! At our September meetup, we started our open-source accessibility planning guide, using Gitbooks. We defined the goal of the book as a concise guide for decision-makers in companies making software applications. We roughed out chapters and each took one (see book for details on page one of each chapter).

Our first milestone will be a chapter draft from each of us by the November meetup, when we will work on it more. Gitbooks enables anyone to write and design lovely books with as much public collaboration as they wish.

Thursday
Nov 5, 2015
SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series -- Portland
Mississippi Pizza

The Pacific Northwest is home to a Tardis-Full of Science Fiction and Fantasy writers, a fact celebrated every quarter with the Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free quarterly events provide the Northwest Science Fiction and Fantasy community a chance to gather, network and enjoy readings from local and visiting authors in Portland and Seattle.

This November's reading features Kate Elliot, Jason Hough, and Rhiannon Held.

Each event features three authors who read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. In addition, space is provided for networking and conversation.

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Thursday
May 5, 2016
SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series -- Portland
Mississippi Pizza

The Pacific Northwest is home to a Tardis-Full of Science Fiction and Fantasy writers, a fact celebrated every quarter with the Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free quarterly events provide the Northwest Science Fiction and Fantasy community a chance to gather, network and enjoy readings from local and visiting authors in Portland and Seattle.

Each event features three authors who read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. In addition, space is provided for networking and conversation. Booksellers will be on hand with fresh copies of the authors’ books for you to buy and get autographed.

This May: authors Mishell Baker, Sonia Lyris and Camille Griep.

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Tuesday
Jun 28, 2016
Dawn of Authors: Curtis C. Chen and Claire Humphrey
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Thomas Dunne Books presents a Science Fiction and Fantasy double feature! Join debut novelists Curtis C. Chen and Claire Humphrey as they read from their respective works. See below for details!

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A high-octane science-fiction spy thriller that puts a new spin on the outer space adventure, Curtis C. Chen’s WAYPOINT KANGAROO kicks off a blockbuster series full of adrenaline and intrigue. Meet Kangaroo, a superpowered secret agent who’s about to face his toughest mission yet: Vacation.

“Sci-fi fans will love this fun, high-tech adventure.” - Kirkus Reviews

Info: http://www.waypointkangaroo.com/

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In her extraordinary debut, SPELLS OF BLOOD AND KIN, Claire Humphrey deftly weaves her paranormal world with vivid emotional depth and gritty violence. Bringing together themes of death, addiction, and grief, Humphrey takes readers on a human journey that goes beyond fantasy.

“exciting and furiously paced” - Publishers Weekly

Info: http://us.macmillan.com/spellsofbloodandkin/clairehumphrey

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MORE #DAWNOFAUTHORS EVENTS: https://www.facebook.com/curtis.c.chen/events

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Thursday
Nov 3, 2016
SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

The Pacific Northwest is home to a Tardis-Full of Science Fiction and Fantasy writers, a fact celebrated every quarter with the Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free quarterly events provide the Northwest Science Fiction and Fantasy community a chance to gather, network and enjoy readings from local and visiting authors in Portland and Seattle.

Each event features three authors who read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. In addition, space is provided for networking and conversation. Booksellers will be on hand with fresh copies of the authors’ books for you to buy and get autographed.

This November, come meet authors Rhiannon Held, Todd Lockwood, and Laura Ann Gilman.

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Monday
Mar 19
Agile Practitioners' Book Club: Let's tackle Agile Estimating & Planning - again
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

Agile Estimating and Planning deserves a second discussion. Planning and estimating projects and their costs is here to stay in our business lives, often viewed as a necessary chore. Mike Cohn's book articulates the common mistakes that come along with creating a "project plan" - and provides practices and tools to better assess and solve business problems by iteratively planning, sizing, communicating, and executing - built on agile principles. We invite you to pick a chapter in the book that is especially interesting to you to read, and provide your insights to the group.

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Monday
Apr 30
Agile Practitioners' Book Club: The Human Side of Agile
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

This time we dive into the people side of Agile. Best practices are necessary and valuable, and will build your foundation for success. But what if your team's agile journey to greatness is stagnating?

Let's read Gil Broza's The Human Side of Agile and talk about how we can foster our teams to excellence. Join us to discuss concrete takeaways to tackle these kinds of "soft" problems that can be so hard to overcome. We hope to see you there and hear your insights about this book!

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Saturday
May 19
Where Do Good Ideas Come From?
TVF&R Station 67

Steve Buss will share how innovation works by inspiration from Steven Johnson's book "Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation"

Learn and share your passion in a supportive community. Free Knowledge Mission is an ethos of sharing, creativity, and inspiration.

Our Meetup provides an opportunity to "Show and Tell" followed by a feedback and Q&A. You'll have the opportunity to share with our channels such as Meetup, GitHub, YouTube, and Facebook to connect with more passionate people.

The second half of our session we'll collaborate on new topics. The winner wins an award for the most interesting topic and the opportunity to share in an upcoming session.

Join us online for desktop or mobile at https://appear.in/knowledgemavens

Join us at TVF&R Station 67 in Beaverton every Saturday at 11 AM for Music/Art and 1 PM for Science/Tech.

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Monday
Jun 18
Agile Practitioners' Book Club: Inspired
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

Chad Dickerson (Former CEO of Etsy) says: "If you only have one book on product management, this is the one."

He is talking about the book 'INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love' by Marty Cagan. This book, now as a second edition, provides stories and information on how companies release a technology product that does not simply deliver a solution - but something customer love and rave about.

Review the book description to see if this is something you want to dive into, and join fellow product and development agile readers for a discussion. Oh, and for the listeners of the modern "reading" age, this book is available in audio.

Need more inspiration? Jeff Patton says of the book: "When I was a product leader, I experienced a fair bit of accidental successes and puzzling failures. Marty's writing has helped me understand how product managers and product organizations really should work. I wish I'd had this book years ago."

Visit our Meetup link to RSVP to the gathering. Thanks!

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