A local journo, and a blast from my past

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When I was Puerto Rican kid and obsessively devoted to my collection of science-fiction novels, I would create paper bookplates with my personal details along with drawings of zooming spaceships, planetary panoramas and the like.

I carefully attached the ex libris slips to the insides of the books’ front covers, and I felt a swelling of geeky pride at having enhanced my beloved library so.

I had forgotten all about the bookplates until, to my shock, I found myself staring at one of them this week … in a tweet.

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My tech blog wins an SPJ Page One prize

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My work-related Your Tech Weblog technology blog has garnered a Page One award in the “best newsroom blog” category from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

I will find out next month whether I placed first, second or third in the category … but I am beyond thrilled regardless.

I have been doing my tech blog for a long time, but the MNSPJ’s newsroom-blog category is a relatively new one, and this news-industry recognition means a lot.

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I join Minnov8 Gang Podcast at MinneBar

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I’ve been on the Minnov8 Gang podcast a bunch in recent years, but it’s usually via Skype. I have not done this in the flesh for a long time.

So it was a pleasure and an honor to join Steve Borsch, Graeme Thickins and Phil Wilson during Minnebar at Best Buy headquarters today.

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A fish-eye view of St. John’s Abbey Church

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As an alumnus of St. John’s University, the central-Minnesota institution run by Benedictine monks, I am perpetually in awe of the school’s Abbey Church.

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I’m Julio Ojeda-Zapata, a nerd, boricua and tech writer living in St. Paul, Minn. This is my personal site.
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