Houston, we have liftoff!

StartupWeekend, an idea that originated with Andrew Hyde in Boulder, Colorado has reached the Bayou City. StartupWeekend Houston kicked off Friday at Stag’s Head Pub and has continued nearly nonstop through the entire weekend at the offices of The Method Agency.


The goal of creating a company from idea to launch over the course of a weekend has resulted in a company called TipDish.

TipDish is the online directory and distribution service that connects companies, organizations, PR and Marketing Professionals with the leaders and influencers in social media (bloggers, podcasters, viral video producers, etc.) Social media influencers (dishers) are encouraged to register their blog, podcast or videocast for free, including their specific and preferred topics, products and communication practices. Tippers will receive a list of specific dishers who looked at their information and another on the results of the campaign.


At the end of the weekend, the core of roughly 25 Houstonians will not only have created a new company, but will own founder’s share of stock in the enterprise.

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Peace Out!

On second thought, I’m resigning from MetroBlog. Doesn’t seem like many people want me here and I’d rather spend less time online anyway due to the pain I’m in.

It’s been fun!

You can always catch me at DerekShumate.com, Flickr.com/Photos/Shumate & ArtForTruth.Info

Thanks for letting me be a part of this and for putting up with my rants.

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According to the LA Times and the AP newswire:

“An animal rights group says Alicia Silverstone appears naked in a television ad promoting vegetarianism that was to debut Wednesday in Houston. The 30-second ad was to air about two dozen times in Houston on Wednesday, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said.

PETA said Houston was picked for the commercial’s launch because it is often high on lists of cities with unhealthy eating habits. Houston was named the sixth fattest city in the nation by Men’s Fitness magazine this year.

Silverstone is shown emerging from a swimming pool and talking about the benefits of being a vegetarian. She obscures the view of her body with her arms as she gets out of the pool, PETA said.

“I wasn’t always a vegetarian, but I’ve always loved animals,” the 30-year-old actress said in a statement. “Physically, the effect has been amazing.”


Hey, I am for any organization that brings us more naked women. Oh, and don’t eat fido or fluffy either.

Blogging Hiatus

Sorry folks, I’m punching out for a while. Carpal Tunnel really bad in both hands.
I’ll be back as soon as my health allows…

9-11 Was An Inside Job!

Honor the victims by digging for the truth and holding officials accountable!
It’s been 6 years and it’s time for a new investigation!



Check it out! My friends and I are a part of it! Unfortunately I’ll be out of town…

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Bandana Art Show!

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Turkish Festival 2007

Picture originally uploaded at TurkicFest.org

The Turkic Cultures and Children’s Festival 2007 will be taking place on September 8th and 9th at the Hermann Square from 1pm-10pm. Some of the showcases at the festivities will include Ottoman military bands, displays of glazed tiles, Islamic calligraphy, and Turkish folk dances.
Even cooler, there will be a drawing on the second day of the festival for 2 free tickets to visit Turkey!

More info can be found here.

Lunar Eclipse

Did anyone catch the full lunar eclipse Monday night? We had a pretty good view here in Houston, despite it being at 4 in the morning.

Bagwell Sadly Says Bye

I will readily admit that I know very little about sports… especially baseball. So it should come as no surprise that I was a little more than clueless when I showed up for the game this afternoon and was handed a small pin announcing Jeff Bagwell’s retirement.

Jeff Bagwell Retires And I Get A Pin

While I know zip about baseball, I can tell when something is up.

I noticed that more people that usual were wearing number five jersey’s and that everything around me (except for the hot dog I ate) had the number five stamped on it somewhere. There was also this photo montage and enormous sign that spelled out (using real baseballs) the number of hits Jeff Bagwell had made during his career.

Jeff’s two daughters threw the first pitch of the game, which was quite touching. I took a couple of extra photos during the game (including my scrumdeliescious hot dog) and posted them to the HouMetBlog Flickr page.

Finally a gas price I can live with

If only it were true.

BarCamp Houston II

Get your geek on bigger and better than ever. The second BarCamp Houston kicks off Saturday the 25th and it is a veritable who’s who of Houston area technologists. Those of you who joined me at BarCamp Houston last year might be shocked to hear that as of this blog post there are 144 attendees signed up and growing.

For a complete wiki on what a BarCamp is click here

As far as the details of Saturdays event:
Date: August 25, 2007
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Location: Houston Technology Center
Cost: Always free!
Format: Presentations, development projects, and demos
Estimated Attendance: 150

Sign up and if you attend, make sure you pull me aside to say “Howdy!”

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Could you do this here in Houston?

I saw an interesting post by fellow Metblogger Julian Chadwick of Portland Metblog. In this post he goes into detail about how he has abandoned the idea of having a car (albeit temporarily) and will be documenting this car-less lifestyle. He makes the point that certain cities are more conducive to getting around by bike or mass transit. I tried thinking if I could get away with something like that and it seems difficult to even think about. Houston is just….so….freaking……HUGE!!!

At the same time, however, there are likely people in this wonderful city that simply don’t own automobiles for whatever reason. Are you one of those people? Are you trying to become one? I’m interested in hearing about whether this could be done here in Houston so feel free to leave your opinions in the comment section.

**Photo courtesy of San Diego Backroads Planet

My Website

Since people have been inquiring, I thought I’d take the time and post this little bulleting promoting my artistic endeavors.

For those of you who didn’t already know, I have a personal website that I update from time to time. The address is DerekShumate.com.

Please have a look when you have some free time. I hope you enjoy your stay!

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Get discovered, Houston!

I was allowing my attention drought disorder to run wild the other day and managed to surf 4325 different websites. Website #4324 was a review of a Web 2.0 social networking site (these sites spring up like roaches, although some don’t have as many diseases (-; ). The new site is Yippykya.com and they propose that you can meet friends, make money, or get discovered. I’m choosing to make friends through other outlets and I have no artistic abilities worth bragging about so naturally all I want to do on this site is make money. I was thoroughly frustrated after creating an account, clicking on the option to make money and then being told to create an account. So, I don’t really have a good review about this site but maybe you do. Oh well. They had a launch party on the June 27th (yeah, sorry for the delay, did anyone else even know about the site?). They are developing the Houston community first and will branch out to other enormous cities at some point in the future. You can read another review (maybe a little more favorable) at Profy.com

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