Thursday update: Online file folder, Mpact Memphis events, Westin Hotel

– My friends and I have been wrestling with the issue of exchanging photos since last Halloween. There are several of us with digital cameras, and we’ve tried exchanging photos by burning CDs, passing flash drives around, and trying free online file-sharing services. Nothing seemed to work very well.

Well, today I decided to do something about it. My hosting service offers a feature called Online File Folder, where you can buy up to 2 GB of space to use to share files. So today I bought the two gig (it’s inexpensive – only $19.95 a year) and set up an account. Pretty cool service – not only can you upload and download files through Online File Folder’s interface, but you can also connect using Windows Explorer, Mac OS X, or FTP. You can also e-mail people a link to your shared files. Well worth the money to not have any more file-sharing hassles, and now I can share all the tube top photos I’ve taken.

– There are a couple of Mpact Memphis events downtown next week. Monday the Community Involvement Committee will meet at the Cheesecake Corner at 7 PM. You can meet them for dinner, cheesecake and a discussion about bettering the community. If nothing else, it’s an excuse to have a slice of cheesecake (Cheesecake Corner has dozens of flavors) and meet some new people.

Mpact will also participate in the NBA Draft Party at the FedExForum – Thursday, June 28, doors open at 5, party starts at 6. Get the inside scoop from the Grizzlies operations team, and get autographs from the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies dance team, the Beale Street Flippers, and Grizz the team mascot will also be there. Free door prize to the first 1,000 attendees. Music by the Grizzlies house band, Elmo and the Shades and the Grizzlies Jazz Ramblers band. Will be interesting to see who we draft that night… I’d kind of like to see us get Joakim Noah – from what I’ve read he seems unusually mature for his age, has tons of energy and enthusiasm, could help Pau in the paint and could fill a motivational role for the team the way Battier used to.

– Downtown Night at the Westin happens this Monday night from 5:30 to 7:30 in the hotel’s elegant lobby. Happy hour prices (last month I had Crown & Cokes for $4), free appetizers (last month they had enough food to make a meal), and Di Anne Price on the piano.

– Also at the Westin, the new Starbucks is now open. They have a patio, it’s the only Starbucks downtown with street level access and it’s open from 6 AM to 10 PM daily.

– If you’re going to any of the rooftop parties tonight, you may want to stop by the Saucer where Deep Shag will be performing at 9:30. They’re very good. So my schedule tonight will be the Saucer for a friend’s plate party, then the Peabody rooftop, then the Saucer again to catch Deep Shag’s first set, then EP’s. Out for now, time to get a couple hours work done before the evening begins.