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unconference the bookI hadn’t heard about this effort before I was twitter-messaged about it and David Crow blogged about it, but it appears that there’s an effort to capture the experience of our community and others on a bunch of mushed up dead trees.

Unconference the Book was formally launched yesterday at WikiCamp in India by none other than Jimmy Wales himself.

Various folks have been pinged to help co-author the book and, without knowing more about the project, I would encourage anyone to write up a few pages of content to add to the mix. In fact, an “unbook” from the “unconference” community would be a very appropriate demonstration of the social technology we’ve been developing over the past year and a half. Being able to fold in chapters and essays like an open source project would be a logical progression of the community and a nice way to capture the work coming out of the BarCamp Planners Summit at SXSW.

Now if only they’d add OpenID to the wiki….

When I went to the first BarCampLA last year, I stayed with Jason Roberts, one of the co-organizers. He showed me a project he’d quit his dayjob to pursue called Preezo, essentially an AJAX-powered online version of PowerPoint.

Though I encouraged him to open up his beta as a soon as possible, his timing around Office 2.0 might really pay off as he’s gotten some good TechCrunch juice today. What with Google’s Docs & Spreadsheets giving Microsoft a run for its money, will Preezo be the first BarCamp-related acquired by Teh GOOG?

But I’ll let Eric tell you about it.

Fancy yourself a Drupalhead? Well our friend and soon-to-be-wed WineCamper Greg Beuthin is hosting a DrupalMentor Open Work Session Monday, August 28th to more or less coincide with this weekend’s BarCampEarth.

He writes:

What better way for some new users to see how things work on Drupal than an open work night? A couple of us will be working on some (basic) Drupal projects we’ve been neglecting for a while (like upgrading to 4.7, or installing some new modules, etc – i.e. no coding), and we want to do it in an open space like a bar, so new users and people who want to learn more in an open environment can just come, hang out, ask questions, etc.

You don’t need to bring a laptop, but if you have one, you can probably play a bit with some of the things we’re working on. We might be able to get a bona-fide expert in the room, or at least promise to be available online during the session.

RSVP so we can make sure we’ve picked a big enough spot (and if we get more than 4 people signed up I will consider this a raging success….)

Now, I’m not sure exactly where this will happen, but it sure sounds fun!