IT in The D – The Show, Plus News, Jobs and Other Assorted Chaos for 5/30/2013

“Spaceballs-the T-shirt, Spaceballs-the Coloring Book, Spaceballs-the Lunch box, Spaceballs-the Breakfast Cereal, Spaceballs-the Flame Thrower.” – Yogurt, in “Spaceballs”

Nope, we’re not abandoning our plans for September, but we are taking the “IT in The D” name along for a ride while we experiment.

We’ve also got our next casual networking event coming up in a couple of weeks, everything’s confirmed for us to hold one of those events in Ann Arbor, we’ve got blog entries, we had an anniversary of sorts, and there’s all kinds of other fun and excitement rolling around.

So no more playing around, let’s get started…

lI really want to dive in to the “IT in The D” stuff…but, as always though, we kick things off with our next event.

Thursday, June 20th.


Atwater Brewery.

Details out at

As always, details can also be found out on our Facebook page at, or in our Meetup group at

Can’t wait.  Should be awesome.

And yes…we’re finally getting to Ann Arbor:

yoda-slideWe had an anniversary last week.  Our very first Pink Slip Party took place on May 21, 2009 at BlackFinn in Royal Oak.  What a long, strange trip it’s been since then.  You can read some Star Wars based reflections, commentary, and thoughts about the growth and evolution of the group at

On the blogs front, we’ve got a couple oldies but goodies for you to check out:

Don’t Be That Guy: Inspirational Quote Guy is about one of the most annoying types of people on the planet.  The one that fills your feeds full of inspirational quotes from some stupid text file and make you want to gouge their eyes out with…   whew…  breathe deep…  You can read all about that guy here:

Not her.  Not that far off...but not her.Don’t Be That Guy: The MBA Candidate is still probably one of the best ones I’ve done, and it was written after a series of conversations with recruiters about a particularly annoying kind of candidate.  So job seekers, you’re going to want to pay attention to this one…because this is one of the fastest ways to find yourself on the unofficially official blacklist with a recruiter…and because recruiters talk, this can really hurt you.  Read up at


…now let’s talk about what we’re doing with the “IT in The D” name.

So you know that “IT in The D” is a name we’ve been kicking around and putting through various incarnations over the last few years.

It’s was an alias just pointing here at for the longest time.  Then it was a news aggregator.  Then it became the name for our conference.  Then it was the name for the 3/13/13 Pink Slip Party event down at St Andrews Hall.  Hence the “Spaceballs” reference to kick things off.

Well, now it’s the name for a live internet radio show, too.


Starting on this coming Monday, June 3rd, from 9pm to 11pm, you’ll be able to catch us live talking about what we do here, as well as just about anything else that comes into our heads while the show’s going on.

broadcast time
Safe bet this is us five seconds before broadcast time…

You know us – it’s physically impossible to keep us on a single topic, so I expect a lot of rambling.

And probably swearing at each other.  Thank god this is an internet show and not terrestrial radio.

We’ve got a couple of pretty cool guys coming in to join us for our inaugural show to talk about what they’ve got going on here in the Detroit area, so we’re definitely going to be using this additional “reach” to help get the word out about things that matter.

You can read up on the basics here: …and then keep an eye on the site here for details about catching the stream.

We hope you’ll come along for the ride with us on this next little experiment of ours.

We hope it won’t be like this.

We think it’s going to be fun.

Outside of this coming week, we’ve already started lining up guests from a whole variety of topics.


Because we’re not really just all about the information technology industry, and neither are you.

So we’ve got the guys that run the wrestling circuit we babble about from time to time coming in to chat about their events and what they do.  We’ve got a couple of brewmasters on tap (ha ha, see what I did there? I crack me up) to talk about their establishments and what’s new and cool that you need to know about in the world of beer.

But yes, we’ve also got people deeply embedded and involved in the IT community queued up as well.

Should be…interesting…at the least.  Two hours of live air time for us to play with, and we’ll be editing and chopping things up as podcast segments after the fact.  But that’s probably going to take some trial and error, so bear with us.

This is why we can’t have nice things…

Which is also why we’re not doing “hey, call into the show!” the first time or two.

Because we know you people.

Yes, you people.

We’re already going to be freaking out enough, thankyouverymuch.

You can harrass us live on the air in a couple of weeks.  Promise. 🙂

Anyway, so that’s the big fun we’ve got rolling right now.

Again, you can read up on the basics here – – and then keep an eye here on the site, in our LinkedIn group and on our Facebook page for evolving details, just like our events.  We’re also going to start letting the @ITinTheD twitter handle be the conduit and “voice” of the show, so you should probably follow that to keep up to speed on whatever fresh hell we’ve run into during a particular evening’s broadcast.

So now that that little bit of business is out of the way, let’s talk about our LinkedIn group.

As always, there are a decent amount of jobs posted in the group, which you can find here:

And of course the usual round of chatter, which you can find here:

So we’ll see you in a couple weeks at Atwater Brewery:, and don’t forget to tune in and listen on Monday night:


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