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Tuesday, August 09, 2005


I'm writing some articles and had to create a bio, so I put one together this morning:

Brad Neuberg has been creating advanced collaborative systems since 1998, including the OpenPortal WikiWiki, the BaseSystem content management system, the Fusion prototype, and most recently Paper Airplane, a research project exploring the possibilities of a two way web.

Brad has done extensive work in the open source community, contributing code to Mozilla, JXTA, the Jakarta Feed Parser, and more. His experience includes developing on Wall Street with distributed systems, n-tier design, and J2EE. As Senior Software Engineer at Rojo Networks, Brad focused on next-generation aggregators, the blogosphere, MySQL, AJAX, and Lucene. Recent work includes the P2P Sockets framework, an open-source web service stack ported to run on the JXTA P2P network, and coworking, a group that helps self-employed developers have community and structure.

Brad completed his undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Humanities at Columbia University. He has presented at JavaOne, The University of California at Berkeley, and Columbia.

Brad's passions include yoga, tap dancing, volunteering with the X Prize, trekking through the blue sky and pink dunes of the Sahara, and creating inventions that promote creativity and community.

Coworking - Community for Developers Who Work From Home

This week is the first week of coworking, something I am setting up. From the flyer:

Do you work for yourself from home?
Do you miss community and structure?

Join Spiral Muse and Brad Neuberg in creating a new kind of work
environment for free spirits!

Traditionally, society forces us to choose between working at home for ourselves or working at an office for a company. If we work at a traditional 9 to 5 company job, we get community and structure, but lose freedom and the ability to control our own lives. If we work for ourselves at home, we gain independence but suffer loneliness and bad habits from not being surrounded by a work community.

Coworking is a solution to this problem. In coworking, independent writers, programmers, and creators come together in community a few days a week. Coworking provides the "office of a traditional corporate job, but in a very unique way.

Unlike a traditional office, in the Spiral Muse Coworking Group we begin the day with a short meditation and circle to set our personal and work intentions, and check in physically and emotionally with where we are. Then, we work in the amazing Spiral Muse house, sitting at tables or relaxing on couches as we do our work. Even though each of us is doing separate work, perhaps programming or writing a novel, we can feel each others presence, run ideas by the community, or take breaks together at the "watercooler." We take lunch as a group, and then later in the day have a 45 minute break where we do a different healthy activity every day, such as guided yoga, meditation, a nice walk, or perhaps a bike ride in the sun. We end the day at 5:45 PM sharp, supporting each other in both starting a good work day at 9 AM and ending our work in a healthy, balanced way at the end of the day.

Spiral Muse will be hosting a coworking group beginning August 8th. We will meet for two days a week, Monday and Tuesday, from 9 AM to 5:45 PM. Every Tuesday from 4:45 PM to 5:45 PM we host a free open house; drop by, have some tea, and check out the space and learn more about coworking. You can also drop by the coworking space for a full day for only ten dollars suggested donation. After three days of trying out the space we ask that you then decide whether to join the group or not. The price per month for both the space, activities, and wireless is only $100 dollars.

Coworking is the most ideal for those who work from laptops, such as computer programmers and writers.

Space is limited to 8 people and is filling up, so reserve your space now in the coworking group. Please contact Brad Neuberg at or call him at 510-938-3263.

The Spiral Muse house is located at 3387 and 3389 22nd Street between Guerrero and Valencia. The Spiral Muse website is at Feel free to drop by on Mondays and Tuesdays, between 9 AM and 5:45 PM!

I'm Back!

I just got back from being out in Morocco and Amsterdam with my girlfriend. It's good to be back! The vacation was amazing, more an experience than a vacation. It was beautiful and intense. Over the next few weeks I'll share some travel vignettes.

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