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TECHIE


Never without a few touch screens to ease the doldrums that are IRL, the techie would rather push wireless updates through than engage in small talk… unless there’s an app for that. BY MAT T RU S S E L L


DO


If you’re in to the wild world of open-source coding, it doesn’t get much more DIY than Drupal.


With more than 11,000 community-contributed add-ons (called “modules” in Drupal speak) this content management system has a lot of personal- project friendliness going for it, even for the uninitiated. The Grand Rapids Drupal User Group (Grupal) is a monthly meet up for “developers, designers, content managers, and businesspeople who use Drupal personally or professionally.” “To me, the significance of Drupal is that it’s an


open-source platform,” said Denise Cheng, GRupal co-facilitator. “That’s why it doesn’t just have a user base but one that gives back. And this is an inherent factor of building a culture: Culture’s life blood draws from cooperative works, draws from things that have come before.”


Grand Rapids Drupal User Group (Grupal) Wealthy Street Annex 1110 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids Dec. 12, 6 p.m. groups.drupal.org/grand-rapids-mi


DRINK


Like any good website’s back end (heh), a techie needs a home base of operations from


which to survey the cyber world. It doesn’t hurt if there’s caffeine, either. MadCap Coffee not only offers some of the best directly sourced coffee in Grand Rapids, it’s a great WiFi-enabled place to blog, tweet, update your status, network or do school work from, after you check in on Foursquare, of course.


MadCap Coffee Company 98 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids madcapblog.com, (616) 242-9194


LISTEN


As one of the most creative in- strumental rock bands in the area when it comes to tempo


and space, Charles the Osprey knows a little bit about clicking through paths of their own. “When we first started, it was about mashing together fast-tempo, odd time signature parts in a very jarring and unconventional manner,” Drummer Derek Lancioni said. “But as we got better at doing that, we realized that it actually sounds better when the time signature is barely detectable in most cases, and that the transitions between parts flow in a way that is not so abrupt.”


Charles the Osprey charlestheosprey.com


EAT


At Marado Sushi, the menu fea- tures a full selection of regular rolls, more than 25 specialty


rolls, deep fried rolls, hand rolls, vegetable rolls, combo plates, nigiri sushi, hibachi, Bibimbob, noodle dishes and more. Whether you remember Pac-Man from an ‘80s arcade or the 2010 Google Doodle, you can imagine how tasty the life of such a man must be.


Marado Sushi 49 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids (616) 742-6793


WATCH


The idea is simple and symmetri- cal: five people submit their five ideas before a panel of five


judges. They have five minutes to go through five slides and win the night’s $5,000 prize. 5×5 Night votes and applications are due one week prior to the event and can be submitted online. Drinks, socializing and announcing the night’s winner happens afterwards at Reserve Wine Bar.


5x5 Night Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Cook Auditorium 101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids Last Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. $5; 5x5night.com


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