One output of WOWCS (the Workshop on Organizing Workshops, Conferences, and Symposia for Computer Systems) is a wiki to collect information on organizing conferences. I haven't looked at it in detail yet, but I'm putting the link here for future reference. Collecting experience in this way sounds like a good idea to me.
Here is your chance to be a patron of the arts. Robin Sloan, the author of Mr. Penumbra (see earlier blog entry), is writing a book. Sponsor him, and you get a copy and updates on the book's progress. Progress reports include use of Google ad-words to choose the lead character's name, and a short story about flying written during a flight from San Francisco to New York.