Friday, January 30, 2009

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Check out some of the latest makeuseof discoveries. All listed websites are FREE (or come with a decent free account option). No trials or buy-to-use craplets. For even more app reviews subscribe to makeuseof directory.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Triad Tweetup

The Triad Tweetup last night at 7:00pm was moved, last minute, to Solaris

The staff was incredibly attentive and took our group of 20+ people with the professionalism found in only a handful of Greensboro Restaurants. 

If you love Tapas and a relaxed atmosphere this is your spot! 

Solaris is located in Downtown Greensboro across from the Histroical Museum. We offer an exciting dinner experience, a wonderful late night in the bar and lounge for drinks, and a much needed dj scene for an extended late night on fridays and saturdays! 

Special events are often thrown at Solaris because of its spacious facilities and open atmosphere making one feel comfortable and relaxed. Wedding receptions, rehersal dinners, baby showers, bridal showers, bachelorette parties & more! Art openings, Debates, Blues & Jazz Festivals, small plays, bands and other events are just scratching the surface of events that happen at Solaris. If you have any other ideas, please give us a call @ 336.378.0198 or email

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Future for JPG

I received this email today from Laura and am happy to share the news!

We couldn't ask for a better community. In the week or so since our last 
email, the outpour of support has exceeded our wildest expectations. Your efforts, such as starting, writing blog posts, commenting on Twitter and Flickr, and generally making your voices heard, have provided exciting new opportunities for us. 

We're thrilled to say that because of you, we have multiple credible buyers interested in giving JPG a home. We will be keeping the site up after all, and hope to have a final update in the next week or so on who the acquirer will be. Thank you for making all of this possible. 

Laura Brunow Miner
Editor in Chief

Friday, January 9, 2009

Reasons 2 Rhyme Launches the 2009 Poetic Event Series at StudioB

On Friday January 2nd Josephus III along with musicians, dancers, singers, poets, and

actors, transcended creative barriers and offered First Friday patrons at StudioB an opportunity to experience the soulful performances that will be the key ingredient in making the 2009 Reasons 2 Rhyme Poetry Series a success.

The free Poetry Series will offer the community a variety of spoken word poetry, dance, live music and theater performances throughout the year beginning with the 5th Annual Black History Month Production entitled ‘Passage’, which takes place on Saturday February 7th at 8:00pm, at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium. Doors open at 7pm. 

 “Life is a collective experience, a group effort, a journey that we must work together to complete.” Says Josephus, who is determined in making Greensboro a destination for the arts.


*Event Photo's by Charles and Ruth Jones

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Monday, January 5, 2009

10 Ways Twitter Will Change Blog Design in 2009

In 2009, Twitter will become much more tightly integrated with the rest of the blog in a variety of ways - watch out for tweetbacks and tweetstats to make their debut, and tweet comments to TwitterRolls to start appearing on blogs. Here are 10 ways Twitter will impact blogs this year.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Save JPG

JPG Your World in Pictures

I was checking my email this morning and was sad to discover that was to be no more.  I am posting the email I recieved from the Editor in Chief, Laura Brunow Miner, with the hopes of rousing some potential investors to save this exraordinary photography magazine.

Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media.

We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but we just weren't able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success. As a result, will shut down on Monday, January 5, 2009.

The one thing we've been the most proud of: your amazing talent. We feel honored and humbled to have been able to share 
jpgmag.comwith such a dynamic, warm, and wonderful community of nearly 200,000 photographers. The photography on the website and in the magazine was adored by many, leaving no doubt that this community created work of the highest caliber. The kindness, generosity, and support shared among members made it a community in the truest sense of the word, and one that we have loved being a part of for these past two years.

We wish we could have found a way to leave the site running for the benefit of the amazing folks who have made JPG what it is, and we have spent sleepless nights trying to figure something out, all to no avail. Some things you may want to do before the site closes:

- Download the PDFs of back issues, outtakes, and photo challenge selections. We'll always have the memories!
- Make note of your favorite photographers. You may want to flip through your favorites list and jot down names and URLs of some of the people you'd like to stay in touch with. You may even want to cut and paste your contacts page into a personal record.
- Catch up with your fellow members. Our roots are in this humble flickr forum and we recommend going back to find fellow members, discuss the situation, or participate in another great photo community.
- Keep in touch. This has always been much more than just a job to each of us, and we'll miss you guys! We'll be checking the account in our free time going forward. We can't promise to reply to every email (since we'll be busy tuning up our resumes) but we'd love to hear from you.
- Stay posted. Although the magazine is ceasing publication, we'll be updating you on what's happening with your subscription early next week.

We're soggy-eyed messes, but it is what it is. At that, JPGers, we bid you goodbye, and good luck in 2009 and the future.

Laura Brunow Miner
Editor in Chief

As of January 1, 2009, JPG and 8020 Media are no longer operating and
we are no longer able to receive or answer support emails.

The magazine is ceasing publication and we'll be updating
early next week with information on what's happening with your

We also want to just say thanks to all the members of the JPG
community for making the past two years such an amazing experience.
JPG was so more than a job to us, and we feel so privileged to have
been a part of your lives.

If you want to stay in touch with any of the former JPG staff, please
feel free send a note to We'll try to check in
with that email in our spare, personal time.

Best wishes,

Team JPG