Main LA Drupal meetup: Mar 12, 2013 | website Case Study + Why and How to be Drupal Fit

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2013-03-12 19:00 - 21:00 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
User group meeting

Join us Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 for our monthly gathering to learn, share, and meet others interested in Drupal. This month our meetup will be at Stauffer Inc (map) and the agenda will include a case study on: 2013 website by Bao Trung and presentation on: Why and How to be Drupal Fit by Erin Clerico and Steven Rifkin.

Mark your calendars for the second Tuesday of each month as "LA Drupal DAY"! This event is FREE.

New Drupal users are encouraged to join us! Every month experts guide

our local community showcasing professional Drupal techniques, industry standards, and best practices. LA Drupal brings a spectacular lineup of topics and presentations centered around Drupal. We help users answer questions, and resolve issues with solutions surrounding planning, supporting, and developing with Drupal. Our meetups are a good place for Job seekers and employers to find talent. Also, we typically have raffle prizes including various Drupal books, DVD's, and subscriptions!!!

The Stauffer team has proudly supported the LA Drupal community for years and is excited to host LA Drupal meetups through the first half of 2013!


Stauffer, Inc.
12540 Beatrice St., Suite #200
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Park on the streets, but be mindful of the signage!.


6:45pm-7pm Early Arrivals
* Venue setup
* LA Drupal Open Lab & Users Helping Users - Bring your laptop and Drupal questions, or contribute to an issue in the queue.
* Lightning Talk prep - need help getting a lightning talk together, show up to the pre-meetup lab and we can help!
* Early Networking - looking to chat with folks before the meetup begins, this is your chance.

* News & Announcements
* Job announcements (free)
* Presentations
* Lightning Talks (5min ea): Open Floor. Come share something cool, new, and Drupalie! (post a comment to lock in your spot)
* Users Helping Users - bring up a question to the crowd and see how they can help you overcome your latest Drupal roadblock.
* Raffle prizes & Giveaways
* Networking - bring your business cards

* Drupal After Dark - after the meetup come out to meet new friends, network, grab a drink or bite to eat. Details are posted in a comment each month (sometimes during the meetup). If you have a recommendation, please comment!

Appreciation for our Sponsors

Venue & Wi-Fi: Stauffer Inc: Give a shout! staufferinc
Raffle Prizes: Build-A-Module: Offers awesome Drupal training online and on DVD's.
Food & Drinks: Exaltation of Larks

Presentation Details

2013 website by Bao Trung and Kevin Colligan - still pending is one of the busiest websites on the web on a single day every year. Come learn about the Drupal magic that makes this site awesome.

What Will Be Covered?

Bao Truong (and Kevin Colligan - still pending) from will come share updates regarding how things went this year. Overview will include server setup, performance analysis, the upgrade process from D6 to D7, responsiveness design and site editor workflow.

Who Should Come?

Everyone is welcome, but if you're site architect or drupal nerd this is a real treat!

About the Presenter:

Bao holds the position of Digital Media Consultant at The Recording Academy, which continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community. The GRAMMYs are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.

The Case for + Drupal Fit in Practice by Erin Clerico and Steven Rifkin

This month Erin and Steven will be sharing complimentary presentations they both have been wanting to share about Drupal Fit.

What Will Be Covered?

Erin will disucss The Case for Drupal Fit, shaping-up to be a better Drupaler. New science points the way to maintaining and improving mental agility with diet and exercise. Find out how to add fitness to your daily and weekly iterations to live long and prosper.

Steven will cover Drupal Fit in practice. After having noticed body changes after many years of sedentary work, it was time for a change. Beginning with the 2013 work year, I integrated changes into my daily work routine to include new techniques for staying sharp and keeping fit. At the time of this meetup, I will have 60+ days of statistics to relay as a proof of concept to the scientific information that Erin will be presenting. I will cover my new walking desk as well as integrating life tracking devices such as the Jawbone Up and the upcoming Fitbit Flex. Time permitting I will be joined remotely by a special guest in the Drupal community to whom I sub-consciously attribute some of my work changes. We will also open the floor for Q&A and to hear the process that other community members take to stay mentally agile and in good health while working.

Who Should Come?

Everyone. No really. If you're drupalisto working behind a desk this is especially for you!

About the Presenters:

Erin practices Drupal professionally in the Bakersfield area and regularly participates in LA Drupal events.
Steve Rifkin - Who has two thumbs and loves Drupal? This guy. I am a jack of all trades and now master of one (Drupal). Having started out as a Physics major, I graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in Theatre and Economics. Read more on his profile page.

Users Helping Users and open Q&A

The general meetup begins at 7:00pm but the doors open a little earlier for Users Helping Users, which is a chance for members of the community to help and be helped by others with whatever questions and problems they're having with Drupal. Please note that while Users Helping Users is not designed to be a replacement for bonafide consulting from a Drupal professional that there are plenty of Drupal experts and professionals who attend our meetups and sometimes they need help, too!

Lightning talks

We have time as well for lightning talks, which are 5 minute presentations from attendees who would like to share something with the group. If you'd like to give a lightning talk, be sure to come a few minutes early and bring your laptop (and power and display cables) and whatever else you need.

As always, please feel welcome to leave a comment below and let others know what you'd like to present ahead of time.

Job announcements

At the beginning of each meetup LA Drupal provides an opportunity for local businesses to make job announcements and ask for referrals and recommendations.

Raffle! Prizes! Collect them all!

We love our sponsors and have several raffle prizes from our sponsors in the Los Angeles area and around the world. If you or your company would like to sponsor a raffle prize at the LA Drupal meetups, please come early or contact the LA Drupal managers.

Breakout Groups

As we've occasionally done, we'll split up into groups (sometimes called BoFs, or birds of a feather) and each group can jump into a particular topic that's set at the beginning of the meetup. The topics for these BoFs so far have ranged from high performance websites, Features-driven development, PCI compliance and general "getting started" discussions.

What to bring

Bring a co-worker, maybe your laptop or tablet, but definitely bring your business cards for networking. We do a lot of networking!

About LA Drupal

LA Drupal is Southern California's largest hub for all things Drupal, and is one of the world's largest regional Drupal user groups. We host a monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of every month. LA Drupal also produces the annual DrupalCamp LA conference, one of the largest annual volunteer Drupal networking and training events world-wide since 2007.

There are also other member led social gatherings and meetups throughout the southland. Visit for more details.

Attending LA Drupal events is one of the best ways to meet and talk with other Drupaleros and we encourage you to attend meetings and special events regularly. Whether it's about finding solutions to problems you've been having, sharing something you've learned or just meeting interesting like-minded people, the LA Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

How to become a member of LA Drupal

If you aren't already part of LA Drupal, it's easy to become a member (read below). LA Drupal has over 1,500 members, the official ways to become a member is by joining the LA Drupal group here:

  1. First, create an account at, which is the "master" site of
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  3. Finally, click the Join link found in the right sidebar. You'll be a member of LA Drupal after confirming your membership.

As a member of the LA Drupal community, you can participate in discussions, sign up & RSVP for events, post job announcements, vote, and send direct messages to people (via the "contact" tab on their profiles), and more.

LA Drupal welcomes you!

Changes and Notifications

For any changes to our agenda for the evening, stay tuned to this meetup announcement or click the Sign up button below to be notified when the agenda has been updated.


Please bring my APC Surge Protector

pcher1bw's picture


I left my APC Surge Protector at SCaLEX because it was being used. Can someone please make sure they bring it tonight, I need it!

Paul Chernick
Chernick Consulting
(310) 569-2517

I believe I have your APC

Chris Charlton's picture

Unfortunately I did not bring it with me today, sorry. I can drop it off at Droplabs during the week, if that works for you.

Chris Charlton, Author & Drupal Community Leader, Enterprise Level Consultant

I teach you how to build Drupal Themes and provide add-on software at

Not at Droplabs

pcher1bw's picture

Hi Chris,

The drive to Droplabs takes me over an hour, so I am very rarely there. We need to figure something else out, off line so that we don't keep bothering all these nice people with this. :)

Paul Chernick
Chernick Consulting
(310) 569-2517

parking for meetup tonight

cstauffer's picture

It's ok to park in the Stauffer and/or Activision spaces in the parking lot next to our office.

We're looking forward to having seeing you all tonight!

Will you record or stream

crbostick's picture

Will you record or stream tonight's presentation for those of us who cannot attend?

Webex or Skype for tonight meetup?

Mr. B's picture

Will there be a Webex or Skype for tonight meetup?

Great Meetup

mcfilms's picture

Thank you for a great meet up. I found both topics interesting. I salute you guys for keeping moving on a treadmill while working. Although I would argue that exercising outdoors would be even more beneficial. I submit that disconnecting from the keyboard, going outside, changing your focal plane, and exposing yourself to sunlight and fresh air would be an even better way to increase your productivity.

My favorite moment: when two guys sitting in front of me hear about the upcoming presentation on The Grammys. First guy says, "I'm not familiar with The Grammys." Second guy doesn't miss a beat and with a deadpan face says, "It's an award show for grandmothers."

Yeah, that would be oblivious

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Yeah, that would be oblivious me! We were both trying not to laugh at that for about 10 minutes in the beginning of the presentation!

Nice to see new and known faces! Treadmill idea is great. I try to take walks when necessary but this gives me a new option! I also got one of these:

No joke, this thing will get your upper body fit as heck in short order. I do about 15 minutes worth of time with it 3 -4 days a week. Start with a pull up, then do more, then start lifting your legs when you do the pull-ups. I also use it to do push-ups as I have a bad wrist and being able to grab the handles is way easier on it!

See everyone around. I'll be at the OC Meetup next.

Thank you to Stauffer for hosting the event!!

Great Meet Up

pcher1bw's picture

I agree it was a great meet up. I was sitting behind you, and didn't hear the comment, and for that I am really sorry.

Paul Chernick
Chernick Consulting
(310) 569-2517

Slides Posted

stevenator's picture

Thanks to everyone who came out. It is very exciting to see everyone connect on the exercising topic and see how much commonality we all have. Also impressive to understand how much we all gain as a community by supporting and encouraging each other to get fit.

Here are my slides --

Thanks again to Erin Clerico for his looking into not just being fit but staying fit!

I challenge you all to look hard at your day to day working environments and make one change as a result of our time together. Maybe we can take some time at the beginning of next month's meetup to discuss what, if anything, people have done.

Thanks for the presentation

christefano's picture

Thanks for the presentation and for posting the slides, Steve. Would you post your slides to the Drupal Fit group? There are a couple hundred Drupaleros there in that group who may like to see them.

I had no idea that after starting Drupal Fit a couple years ago that I'd walk into a meetup with not one but two presentations on the topic! You guys are awesome.

LA Drupal [Los Angeles Drupal]

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