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March 22, 2011, 05:52:18 PM
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How many of you hail from Portland, OR? This would be a useful number to have if I'm to start trying to get any local businesses to accept bitcoins.
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March 22, 2011, 08:47:20 PM
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When I'm in the US I'm in Portland and I think it's a great city for this type of thing.

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May 12, 2011, 07:07:08 PM
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I live in Portland and would be thrilled to spend Bitcoins on things locally.

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May 12, 2011, 11:34:12 PM
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Obligatory Portland reference : http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1919

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May 13, 2011, 12:19:09 AM
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My brother is quite the geek, and I think he'd be very interested in this if I told him about it. He lives in Portland.
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May 13, 2011, 07:44:57 AM
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Portlander reporting, I've seen you pop up a few times on Bitcoin maps Ryan. I'd love to buy some stuff with bitcoins, Not sure how you or I would handle it tho.
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May 13, 2011, 11:58:25 AM
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About to move to Portland.  Not sure I'd part with my bitcoins though.
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May 13, 2011, 03:47:14 PM
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Yeah, I operate one of the grinders.

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June 08, 2011, 06:24:01 PM
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Whoah, looks like I got some more replies on this thing! Awesome.  Grin

Portlander reporting, I've seen you pop up a few times on Bitcoin maps Ryan. I'd love to buy some stuff with bitcoins, Not sure how you or I would handle it tho.

Well, we could meet in person and exchange, if either of us have things the other wants. I was also thinking of starting a Meetup group and then using the leverage to get a local coffee shop or microbrewery to let us buy their products with bitcoins. From there we can start expanding the local bitcoin economy. My only issue right now is one of time. I tend to take on too many projects. My girlfriend was just complaining to me this morning about never getting to see me or really talk to me because I'm always either off doing things or working on my laptop.  Sad

But if I can pare away my biggest time sucker (getting my mining cluster to stay up for more than 12 hours at a time) as well as the most pressing of my backlogged client projects, I'll definitely have to get something going here.
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June 08, 2011, 06:31:28 PM
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How many of you hail from Portland, OR? This would be a useful number to have if I'm to start trying to get any local businesses to accept bitcoins.

I was born in Portland, but I moved away. Some day I will buy me a big house way up in the West Hills.

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June 08, 2011, 06:41:05 PM
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Let's organize a meetup!  I'd like to see pictures of your mining setup, ryepdx.  Maybe you can give us a description of what you've done.  We could try meeting next week.  What if we tried Tuesday, 6/14, 6pm at the Green Dragon on SE 10th and Belmont?

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June 08, 2011, 07:09:57 PM
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Count me in.

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June 08, 2011, 07:55:01 PM
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Our first meeting.  Keep Portland Weird Mining!

http://pdxbitcoinjamboree.eventbrite.com

I'll keep my politics out of your economics if you keep your economics out of my politics.

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June 09, 2011, 07:38:45 PM
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Our first meeting.  Keep Portland Weird Mining!

http://pdxbitcoinjamboree.eventbrite.com
Awesome.  See you there.
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June 14, 2011, 04:35:15 PM
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Great choice of venue. Never been there myself, but the literary reference is rather apropos.

I'll try to get some photos of my mining operation posted. I have some old photos on my phone, but I've added three cards and a couple PSUs since taking them. Still trying to get things stable, too. Those things draw so much power I'm going to have to get another circuit put in to power them all. I keep tripping the other three available to me. :-p

Has anyone contacted The Green Dragon to see if they'll take bitcoins? I thought about doing it myself, but figured it might be easier with more of a group present. That and it kept slipping my mind. :-/
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June 15, 2011, 01:06:38 AM
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Wow! This place is packed! We should've come up with some way of IDing each other. I'm the guy in the brown long-sleeved shirt, jeans, and brown boots, if anyone else is checking the forums about now...

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Look! I made a sign! http://www.flickr.com/photos/60160670@N03/5834225937

I hope it is not too little too late...

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Half a beer later and I'm wandering around flashing that sign to everyone like I'm some kind of idiot. "Are YOU into Bitcoins?" :-p
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June 15, 2011, 01:39:21 AM
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I'm not in Portland but feel free to stake out a spot on the Meetup community map.
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June 15, 2011, 02:39:10 AM
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Apparently Tuesdays at The Green Dragon are Tropical Tuesdays, as I overheard a patron say. Wear a Hawaiian shirt and get a free beer. Also, finally found the meetup. Yay!
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June 15, 2011, 07:30:12 PM
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I never managed to find the meetup!  I was sitting out back with a Bitcoin sign stuck in my hat band.  Oh well---next time.

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June 15, 2011, 08:11:57 PM
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Oh no! When did you arrive? I totally came by about five minutes early. Wandered around for about half an hour trying to find the group before finally making that sign. Finally sat on the bench out back for a while, then did a circuit around the whole place holding the sign out in front of me before staking out a position by the door. Where out back were you?

We should definitely organize another one to give people who couldn't find us another chance and to perhaps draw in some new blood. We actually ended up gaining another member at our meetup. Someone who was curious about Bitcoin approached me while I was standing by the door. He'd apparently just gotten off a long flight during which he'd found out about bitcoins. Awesome timing for him, methinks.

I also found out today that my girlfriend's ex-boyfriend is now mining bitcoins, so he might be interested in attending the meetup as well. He's only pulling 49Mh/s, but if the bitcoin bug has bit him hard enough he may be interested in bitcoin activities beyond mining.
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