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October 2, 2004

Gnomedex VIII

And now, the final proof: Gnomedex really has gone to the dogs.

At the end of the day, I can say this conference rocked. Wil Wheaton got up for an hour and a half today to read some excepts from his two books, and to tell a few William Shatner jokes. William Shatner jokes are always a hit. And I’ll never be able to see Jonathan Frakes again without picturing him saying, “Shatner took a shit on the Teen Idol here.” If you have spare time, give it a listen over at IT Conversations. In fact, give the whole conference a listen. I know I will, since my swiss cheese memory has already discarded most of what was talked about there.

There was some music and some hotel hors d’oeuvres last night. Robert Scoble handed out a bunch of Channel 9 foamheads, and everybody immediately set about to photographing them in compromising positions. Those pictures should be popping up soon.

The panels today didn’t capture my attention quite the same as yesterday’s. There was a lot about podcasting in the morning, which from what I could tell is just audio blogging, only it’s called podcasting because people have their computers set to download the audio to their iPods overnight. I have neither an iPod nor the extemporaneous speaking abilities to create audio posts, so much of that discussion flew right by me. Give me another six months to get into it. Tonight was the farewell banquet, but I skipped that. Instead the family came up to the Lake and we went to the Hard Rock Cafe across the street. The conference is fun, but family is more important. And besides, who wouldn’t rather have dinner with this?

There will be a Gnomedex 5, and if it’s at Tahoe again I’ll be there.

Gnomedex VII

This morning we had the Future of Online Content panel, with Jason Calacanis, Greg Reinacker, Scott Johnson, Peter Kaminski, Dan Gillmor, and Steve Gillmor. We actually got some heated discussion this time around, with Jason saying C|Net reviews are worthless because there’s so much advertising, and Steve Gillmor and Patrick Norton (in the audience), both of whom work for C|Net, coming back at him. Somehow the discussion also drifted along to gun control and whether auto manufacturers should take responsibility for highway deaths. It’s safe to say things got a little off topic.

Right now we’re on a lunch break, but it seems like there’s always something going on here. They’re up on the stage now doing a live edition of the Gillmor Gang with some of the panelists. Actually, they say it’s live, but don’t believe it. I tuned in here in the hall, and there’s at least a twenty second delay. Truth in advertising, folks.

How to be a hero

If you want to be a hero at a conference, you only need to do one simple thing: bring power cords. Bring extension cords, bring splitters, bring power strips. If your conference room only has two plugs, and fifteen people want to plug into it, he who provides the power strips will be as a god.