We've made it to Austin safely and ready for our first South-by-Southwest experience. Looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones and meeting old friends that I've never actually met in person. This should be a few days of fun. We're both so bummed that we're going to miss the SXNW party that is sponsored by our good friends at Blue Flavor in Seattle as well as Bryght and Rain City Studios in Vancouver, BC. We are leaving Austin on Monday for the Community 2.0 conference. That... Continue Reading
Across a few different conferences I've met some folks face-to-face that impressed me. Here's a shout out to some of these folks... I hope our paths cross again soon. Mark A. Smith is the founder of Mikonoclast, LLC. Mark's idea is all about connecting people through personal icons or Mikons that you can create, share, wear, etc. Look for Mikons at SXSW this year. Denise Wilton is the lead designer for Moo, a UK-based business that prints mini business/contact cards from your Flickr photos... Continue Reading
Northern Voice is starting this Thursday and we can't wait. Honestly, it's a little scary for me personally since I will be the after-dinner entertainment for the pre-conference party at Heritage Hall. I've done informative talks, but this one is a different animal - it's after dinner, people will be drinking and they will want to be entertained. Aside from working on my dance moves, magic tricks and ventriloquism, we've been shaping up the show, which will include all sorts of multimedia,... Continue Reading
Man, it's so great to see so many community-focused conferences. Having been away for 2006, we knew we would be doing the conference circuit, but didn't know there would be such a great selection. Here's where we'll be over the next few months (in chronological order). I hope we'll see you there. This event is sold out. February 13th, Seattle, WA (I will be doing a quick talk about the trip) Northern Voice - I will provide evening entertainment for the pre-conference dinner on... Continue Reading
Blogs-n-Dogs today was much less about blogs and much more about dogs. We took a break, piled into the Howling Dog Tours vans and went up into the mountains for a couple of hours of dogsledding. Being that Common Craft is not so focused on recreation, I'll point you to the entry on TwinF, Eric Rice's videos and the Flickr tag blogsledding. Great, great fun.
If last year was any indication, Northern Voice 2006 in Vancouver BC (Feb. 10-11) will be an excellent event for bloggers. I went last year and had a great time and met lots of cool and interesting people. What more could you want for $30 a day ($50 for both days) and that's Canadian dollars! Do it for me! I wish I could go... Tags: northernvoice2006
I few months ago, I had a bar-b-cue at my house and invited the Internet to come over. It was the afternoon before GnomeDex and I wasnâ€™t sure what I was getting into. I didnâ€™t write about it much then, but the results were incredible and I hope others will do similar events. It all stated with the guys at Bryght, who planned to come over that afternoon. I offered a BBQ and someone mentioned that I should have something for other folks coming into town. I accepted the offer and, on a whim... Continue Reading
I think there is something special in the air at GnomeDex. The only word that really makes sense right now is revolution, or perhaps evolution. Never before have I felt such a strong sense that the world is changing. What is so special about GnomeDex is that it brings together revolutionaries from related yet disparate fields. Talking to all these people make you feel like youâ€™re hearing about the next big thing, over and over, and digging every bit of it. Here are some of the brief, random... Continue Reading
As you might have seen, I put a call out to anyone interested in coming to my house for a pre-GnomeDex BBQ. Thankfully, it turned out better than I could have imagined. People seemed to have a great time and the folks that showed up still have me in a bit of awe. It was so very cool to meet so many folks I admire (and lots of new people too), in my own backyard. Oh, and big thanks to Boris for the Mann-ing the grill (I know, bad pun). Check out the photo set on Flickr, where I've been using... Continue Reading
I've learned that I prefer either good wifi access or no access at all. Having the constant prospect of a page reloading 1 in 5 times is just enough to keep on trying to make it happen. I feel bad for Chris, I know he's doing everything he can. It'll be interesting to see if Bell Harbor gets it figured out for tomorrow...