Mon update: Startup conference, Kindle Fire HD one-day sale, Kooky Canuck gift card sale Thur, Petrino, insulting receipts, holiday generosity from TA and Z-Bo

A service was held yesterday at the Silly Goose in remembrance of longtime patron Woody A. Long. Woody was recently decapitated in a freak accident. He was a beacon of inspiration and light to all who knew him.

Exciting news this morning. The world’s largest startup conference is coming to Downtown Memphis in February. The Startup Conference will be held at the Peabody Sunday-Tuesday, February 10-12, 2013. The conference has attracted an all-star lineup of speakers, panelists, investors, startups and entrepreneurs. For three days there will be over 30 panels, keynote addresses, roundtable and fireside chats about the issues startups face “everywhere else,” meaning outside of Silicon Valley. Priceline CTO Scott Case will keynote the event. There will be pitch contests with over $100,000 in cash and prizes, and a “Startup Village” with over 100 startups exhibiting. Startup companies in the village come from all over the US, and from places as far away as Israel and ROMANIA!!!!!!!!! Attendee early bird tickets are on sale for $39 through December 31.

Amazon is having a one-day sale on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″. Enter promo code FIREHD89 at checkout to get $50 off. If you’ve been thinking about buying one as a Christmas gift for someone, today just might be the day to place the order.

Kooky Canuck is having their annual half-off gift card sale this Thursday, December 13, from 11 AM to 7 PM. During that time you will be able to purchase $50 gift cards for only $25. In-store purchases only, no phone sales. Cards will not be active until January 1, 2013.

It’s been reported that Western Kentucky University will announce the hiring of Bobby Petrino as head football coach this afternoon at 4. It will be Petrino’s first job after being fired by Arkansas for lying about the status of his mistress, who he hired to work in his department. Ah, the world of college sports, where if you win you can always get another job no matter how bad you screw up. That’s why Bruce Pearl will be back in another year.

From Gizmodo: Insults found on shopping receipts. Yup, seen this one happen. Customers sit down at a restaurant or bar, and the server, not knowing their names, needs a way to keep track of which table is which. So they enter identifying information into the computer, not knowing that it will be printed out on the ticket… which results in customers receiving a check with “Fat Girls” or “Chink” printed on it.

200 kids are going on a shopping spree today thanks to the generosity of Grizzlies players Tony Allen and Zach Randolph. Each Boys & Girls Club participant will receive a $100 gift card to use on a one-hour shopping trip. Awesome Christmas gift by TA and Z-Bo. This kind of thing is why we Memphians love our Grizzlies so much.

That’s it for now. It’s Monday, so my usual lineup of Pint Nite and poker will be the agenda. If you want to play poker, it’s at the Silly Goose at 8:30 and you can buy in through the first four blind levels.