Inverge & Cre8Con

For anyone engaged in the creative practices that are generating the continuing convergence of interactive media, technology and culture, Portland, Oregon will come alive next week with the convergence of both the second annual Inverge 2008 Thu-Fri 4-5 Sep at the Gerding Theater and Cre8Con, Sat 6 Sep at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, not to mention the concurrent MusicFestNW, the Time-Based Art Festival and the only slightly more regular First Thursday.

Last year’s inaugural Inverge event sparked a lot of thinking that crossed all the right boundaries and provided the opportunity to connect with thought leaders from a wide variety of disciplines. This year promises to be even better, with speakers including MIT’s Joshua Green, Weiden+Kennedy’s Renny Gleeson and Jelly Helm, Disney’s Andy Mooney and Chris Heatherly, Nike’s Jay Meschter and Michael Tchao, as well as Oregon luminaries, Scott Kveton from Vidoop, Raven Zachary from and Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist, designer Damali Ayo, Adam Gallardo from Dark Horse Comics and many more. Check out all the speakers at Inverge and Cre8Con.

I’ll be there, will you?

Portlanteau: PDX, a Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That

Not so long ago, someone (Chris O’Rourke? Scott Kveton?) coined the term portvangelist and spawned a not-your-grandpa’s Chamber of Commerce movement to match the term.

The portvangelists in turn provoked the portvangelistas, reactionary reactionaries to not-your-grandpa’s grandpa.

When self-avowed portvangelist Scott Kveton turned up in the official news, characterized as a “job flipper,” when really he is in portvagabondage (n. the state of being willing to accept any job, as long as one can continue to live in Portland, Oregon), it seemed time to remark on the burgeoning spate of Portlandish neologisms.

And so I present a term that describes this wordly phenomenon: portlanteau, n. a portmanteau word that links the name of the city of Portland, Oregon to another word or concept.

Let a thousand portlanteaus bloom in the Rose City!