A strange phenomenon with the forthcoming Educause trip. The conversation goes as follows:
Me: "I'm going to Educause"
Just about everyone: "Where is it this year?"
Me: "It's in Seattle"
Just about everyone: "Oh, that's where Starbucks/Frasier/Nirvana/Microsoft/Amazon/Jimi Hendrix/Grey's Anatomy are from" (or any combination thereof)
Just thought I'd mention that this is pretty strange, I've never known it happen with any other conference location, is Seattle secretly the best known city in the US?
But what 'just about everyone' doesn't seem to know is that Seattle is the home of one of the coolest local government websites I've ever seen. My favourite part is the Seattle Fire Department Real-Time 911 Dispatch - on this site you can check out all the dispatch calls for today indicating which are still active, what sort of apparatus is used and the nature of the incident (updated every 60 seconds), you can also check out the archive for the past four years - why? I don't know but it is public service at its best and it is one of the most visited areas on the site.
Secondly, on a sister site, Seattle Climate Action Now check out the Blitz and Moose video (you need to scroll down a bit) with voice over by the Seattle Mayor, if Susannah and Abbi would be willing to "mascot up" a bit I'm sure we'd see a greener LTI in no time ;-)