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May 3, 2007 at 12:17 PM

Dining with geeks: Upcoming events

Seattle’s Web entrepreneurs don’t seem to have as many of the ad hoc gatherings as the Bay Area blognoscenti, but that may be changing.

A Friday dinner event is coming together to toast Hugh MacLeod, a British marketing consultant with a popular blog featuring cartoons he scribbles on the back of business cards.

MacLeod is coming to visit Microsoft, which hired him to work on its image. He apparently won them over with his depiction of the company as a blue monster saying “change the world or go home.” He’s also speaking at the MarketSmart conference at Bell Harbor.

Details are being worked out here for the dinner, which sounds like it will end up someplace between Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market.

MacLeod received similar treatment in San Francisco, where Robert Scoble organized a dinner for him on Tuesday. Maybe more of us ought to try cartooning.

Separately, Seattle blogger and EMC employee Josh Maher is suggesting a more regular gathering similar to the Bay Area’s Lunch 2.0 series.

I can’t make the Friday event but I’d love to participate in the lunch thing if it takes off. I might even be able to convince the Times to buy a round of appetizers.

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