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Happy Hour
Join Me For A Cold One?

New events always spook me. Even though I’ve been an event  manager for going on 30 years, I still get butterflies and a tingly feeling in my my hands whenever I try something for the first time. Happy hour? Friday? Menotomy? Would anybody show up? Would everybody show up? I had no idea and the thought of sitting at a crowded bar, by myself, for three hours was downright disturbing.

I should have had more confidence. About a half hour after I shyly reserved a table for four a few folks walked in and asked for the entrepreneurs group. If you were at Menotomy last Friday, I was the one who floated to the ceiling at around 7:30 pm. Thank you, Mike and friends!

We moseyed on over to the bar (still waiting for a table) and started chatting over drinks. Then, I saw someone else – hello, Maureen! – and waved her over. We now had a little posse, still standing near the bar. I had the privilege of meeting some new folks (how do you do, Dan!), who were entrepreneurs and who happened to be there anyway. I think that’s how it went. I’m not sure, since I was too busy hyperventilating!

To make a long story short, people showed up and had a really time, yours truly included. I’m really beginning to like this get-out-and-socialize thing. This was my first time at the Menotomy Bar and Grill and I was really pleased with the overall ambiance as well as the food. Their beer selection was outstanding. I’m into craft beer, more for the taste than anything else. Thank you, Arlington! And thank you, Arlington Entrepreneurs for joining me on that (not very) lonely Friday evening. We’ll do it again, promise. And this time I’ll reserve a table in advance.

Here’s A Digitized Museum – Now Go Play!

Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam:

rembrandt
Download, Remix, Reuse

I caught sight of this article during my daily browse of the internet. This looks like a great resource, not only for artists but for anyone who’d like to add a bit of class to their blog posts (or t-shirts, or mugs, or other appropriate mediums). The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam wants you to download their masterpieces, then remix them in any way you’d like.

Screen Capture Remix
Looks Like Fun!

More information from their website:

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of the grand European museums. Home to many of the Dutch masters (Rembrandt’s Night Watch, which seems to glow from its center, and Vermeer’s Milkmaid, to name just a few), the museum is located on the city’s Museumplein, surrounded by the smaller Vincent Van Gogh museum and modern Stedelijk.

All those masterpieces are now available for close-up view online at the Rijksmuseum’s digitized collection. Users can explore the entire collection, which is handily sorted by artist, subject, style and even by events in Dutch history. The new digital archive has all the same great learning potential as any other online collection. It’s searchable, as is the museum’s library.

But the Dutch are a whimsical people, so it seems right that, in digitizing its collection, the museum went a step further than further. Not only can users create their own online galleries from selected works in the museum’s collection, they can download Rijksmuseum artwork for free to decorate new products. (Note: users will need to create a free account to get started.)

 

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