I mentioned that RubyConf Michigan has been announced in my weekly blog post over on Linux Journal, but it's worth talking about again. It's being held on Saturday, August 26th, and will feature a number of local speakers as well as David A. Black and I.
Sadly, this conflicts with the upcoming BarCamp Utah. I wish there were a way I could do both, but short of cloning I don't see how it can happen. I hope the local BarCamp goes well, and that we get a solid Ruby presence there.
Another announcement of note was that the JRuby team has released a shiny new JRuby 0.9.0. According to the announcement, this one will run untweaked Rails an RubyGems 0.9.0. Great work guys!