Matt O'Connell | May 04, 2012
I’ve got plenty for you to do this weekend, if you aren’t too busy watching The Avengers over and over. It’s fine if you are, just remember: this is time you will never get back. If watching this film happens to produce the same chill one experiences when a ghost passes through them, you can make up for it by hitting up one of the awesome and inspirational events we’ve listed here and on our main page.
SOBCon Chicago may sound like a pretty depressing event, but its purpose is quite the opposite. In attempting to be the “Cirque de Soleil of business strategy events,” they are providing an interactive think-tank dedicated to pushing ideas into action in an exciting, collaborative environment “where virtual meets concrete.”
Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, where the TromaDance Film Festival ignites a celebration of independent creative inspiration. This festival is designed to be accessible and encouraging for all budding filmmakers by not charging a penny to submit or attend screenings. They must be doing something right, because this year marks their 13th annual gathering.
Yet another chance to master the cloud comes into play in Cincinnati with the Cloud Intelligence Conference. The cloud is drifting it’s way into all walks of life and business these days, so don’t wait any longer than you have to to get on board.
Washington D.C. is hosting an informative weekend for food writers & bloggers which is cleverly named Eat, Write, Retreat. Bloggers will have plenty of access to hands-on, specially designed dining experiences and great opportunities to strengthen the community of foodies.
Whisky Live finds its way to Tokyo this weekend to offer a delicious and deep assortment of oaky smokey alcohol.
Green Festival Chicago continues reigning as one of the year’s most important sustainability events, and does so with plenty of inspiring keynote presentations spaced out over the weekend.
The newest comic book movie The Avengers is taking the box office by storm, clobbering any and all competition with substantial numbers. It’s opening today and it’s already an undoubted success; before anyone even knows if it’s any good. I guess hype defeats quality these days, but maybe I’m just a pessimist. For a perfect convergence of hype and quality, take a trip over to The Dark Knight Rises and see the new trailer they released this week. It will knock your pants off.
The concept of immortality has taunted us for thousands of years, but some smarty pants folks over in Silicon Valley claim to be relatively close to finding a stop-gap solution. The creation of a digital, silicon entity that continues living after your physical body dies is, as they claim, becoming closer to science fact than science fiction (aside from a few ridiculously huge hurdles). In some dark room somewhere, a highly paid screenwriter is clacking away at some horror-thriller-Vin-Diesel-vehicle that butchers this concept down to another extravaganza of 3-D robots who want to kill us all for some reason. Fortunately they’ll probably write in a band of comic book superheroes to stop them.
About the Author: Matt hails from Boston and has a background in Film and Writing. As weather phenomena go, he prefers earthquakes to Nor'easters these days, so he's currently residing in the East Bay. He produced a feature film called "Night Sounds" after graduating from Emerson College, which premiered at a film festival in Massachusetts. Matt continues to write screenplays and work in the film community, while working as a freelance copywriter, editor, and part-time member of the Hound.