It’s day two at BloggerconIV. Kinda of a gray, cool, foggy morning here in S.F. as I drove in. I am sure the fog will blow off, and then it will be dazzling!
Had a great dinner last night, met a lovely woman from Minneapolis and we spoke Minnesotan for a part of the evening. Lots of fun! As we were finishing dinner Richard Giles sat down across from me! Richard is from Perth, Western Australia. Great guy, lots of fun! He’s supposed to be here this morning, but no sign so far. My pal Cameron Reilly introduced to Richard over the net. Richard does a podcast on gadgets. I have subscribed! Richard is heading next to Gnomedex! Will see him there!
Clearly this event has been the very best of the three that I have been to. Great give and take. Very committed people. Lots of fun! But the key is Doc is taking quite excellent notes.
This has allowed me to kick back, listen, think, and not have any worries that I am missing the chore of blogging in real time about what people are saying! I am beginning to think about the fact that conference organisers should pay to have someone do what Doc is doing, invaluable! I have been mulling over just copying his outline, and appending my own notes in another color or type of font for my own benefit.
I have been to three Bloggercons. Missed the first, but won’t miss any more! Today I am in S.F. at BloggerconIV. Wonderful event, but really no need to blog as my pal Doc Searls is taking real time notes!
Listening and watching Doc, and thinking about what people are saying is way, way cool! I am sitting next to Scott Beale of Laughing Squid and on the other side is Niall Kennedy, both good friends and smart guys. Scott has this fantastic Canon 5D Digital SLR and is posting pics on Flickr, including a really bad one of me! But so it goes…
Great sessions…really terrific..
I came to San Francisco to attend the Microsoft Windows Vista partner briefing. (Which I will blog about next…) As I have travelled through what I have come to call the ActiveWords Odyssey, I have tried to absolutely maximise the our marketing dollars in any way that I can. This has meant all kinds of things, including sleeping on floors, couches, air mattresses, guest bed rooms, sharing rooms with dogs, kids, and friends.
I have also become a bit of a pro in using Priceline. I have learned to bid far enough in advance so that if things go badly then I have another crack 2 days later. Some of my pals have created 2 or 3 Priceline accounts to really game the system. I have not gone that far! But on this trip I was arriving late on a Tuesday night, and calculated that if I stayed near the airport, I could take the hotel shuttle to BART, and whammo in no time flat would be at the Powell Street Station. So far so good!
So I went on Priceline, low balled the price of a 4 star hotel at the airport, and came up a winner for two nights. $55 a night for a lovely room in a lovely hotel. (name need not be mentioned!)
As I left early Wednesday morning, I walked down this very long hotel corridor, and noticed that very, very few room doors had newspapers in front of them. In the case of the hotel I am staying at you get both the New York Times and the S.F. Chronicle. Before I got in the elevator, I looked down another hall, and noted even fewer rooms with papers. Aha, and what conclusion did I draw? That the place was mostly empty! Upon my return Wednesday evening, and recognising that I was staying in town until Sunday, I went back on Priceline, and reduced the amount of my bid by $10 for three more nights. To my astonishment, Priceline came back in seconds telling that I was the lucky winner of three more nights in the same hotel at $45 per night.
The end result is that I am staying in a lovely hotel for what amounts to $49 per night, slightly less than what it would cost at Motel 6. Hence the lesson that when the New York Times doesn’t get delivered, it is not all bad news, and you might reasonably conclude that if you think about it, you can pay even less for a room!
But now, my mind is being blown by what is on the screen. What I am watching is The Croquet Project! Dazzling….hard to describe unless you see it. When next I am with Scoble, we need to try this on his big screen HDEF set. This has all the makings of being completely immersive. Making Second Life look primitive. One can only imagine that with more bandwidth and faster processors, ideas like Croquet are going to really change how we live and work! Truly dazzling!
Next up is Marsha Kinder of USC. She is giving an interesting talk about creating “interactive memoirs”….
“Intersection between fiction and history”, “narrative is a means of contextualizing experience!” Again, very cool stuff! She is showing a spectacular movie related to the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angels, and a clip of Bobby Kennedy speaking just before he was shot. I remember the night, and where I was when I heard that he had been shot. Now she is talking about the mix of documentary and fiction. What a wonderful tool!
Note to self, I need to look at a role playing game called Montage…
Nice quote from Cecily Sommers, “Essential stories remain the same, but with new ways of retelling them…”
Question…”What is the dark side of the Croquet Project?”
Answer…”Bad guys can do bad things pretty easily…”
The prisoner’s dilemma
Great slides from Howard…
Now Dr. Appiah…”no slides, just words”..”small slice of a big picture…” grew up in a pre-literate culture…” “retrieve what you need from the past”..idea of Comospolitanism. Idea that can be useful in facing the conflicts in our world. Everything is more complicated than we first thought.
Take good ideas where ever you may find them. “Nationalism by itself leads to immorality”..
Two really brilliant talks! I hope Cecily has recorded them. So many ideas..just have my head spinning…. After the talk, I approached Dr. Appiah, and I was about to ask him about his notes from his talk, and then realized that I should just buy his book. Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (Issues of Our Time)
Which I plan to do.
Earlier today Lisa Tarantino posted a comment on my blog. Lisa thought that she was posting on Craig’s list, and landed on my square. But after reading Lisa’s needs, I thought that it would be great to post it, and ask my readers to see if they knew someone who might be able to help her. I have a God child named Jake. Jake is a Downs child. Respite care is essential to Jake’s parents life. If you know someone that could help Lisa, please connect them to her. I am sure that she will be grateful! All the info is below.
Wanted: Respite Care Provider
For : 9 yr.old Boy with Asperger’s
Where: North Attleboro, MA
Start Date: ASAP
Pay rate: $15/hour
When: 1or 2 days a week for4 hours after 3pm and 4 hours on Saturday or Sunday.
Qualifications: First Aid/CPR
Background check (will do if necessary)
Respite care experience
Preferred, not required
If interested : Lisa Tarantino, mother
Human Resources Manager, Jostens
wk#508-222-6730 ext. 1275
I have spent the last few days at the Missouri Bar Association’s Solo and Small Law Firm annual meeting.
I gave two talks, one on the use of a lot of cool software that doesn’t cost much and does a lot, i.e. including ActiveWords, of course. The audience has been great, and content in the other talks that I have listened to quite excellent.
But today, I am sitting in the main ballroom listening to Gerry Spence. Spence is fairly remarkable. His talk has been great, and he has done a wonderful job of railing against the system, the Bush administration, and the powers that be.
I have spent the last 4 days, cleaning, packing, and arranging to move my stuff. In the course of doing so, I found myself spending time, going through boxes of pictures. Many of them were from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. I am sure that my Mother wore out a number of cameras. As I went through the pictures, I resolved to sort them, and file them, and mail them to cousins, friends and anyone that I could connect them with. But, the reality is that as good as my memory is, there were all kinds of pictures of people that I didn’t know or recall.
Too bad that there wasn’t a means by which my Mother could have tagged them, so that they could have made a child happy for a moment. But the faces don’t connect to names, and my choices will be to save them for a day, or throw them away. Not the end of the world, but sad nevertheless.