Chris Pirillo dropped a bombshell right at the beginning of the conference: “Techmeme has been hacked(TechMeme Hacked!!!)”:http://chris.pirillo.com/2006/06/30/techmeme-hacked/ This story is still developing, so follow the link for more details.
Gnomedex kicked off Thursday Night with a sort of “social event(Doug Kaye, Steve Gillmor, and Mike Arrington)”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/farber/178336577/. I think Chris did all of us first-timers a real service with that. That way, we could get all of those “Hey! Did you see who that was? That was, you know… Him!” moments out of our system before things really got rolling. That way, the next time you see Mike Arrington, Todd Cochrane, Dan Farber, Steve Gillmor, Doug Kaye, Chris Pirillo, Eric Rice, Phil Torrone, or Dave Winer, you can think to yourself, “Oh, well, I have already met him before.” Oh, and I did meet the person who came the furthest to be here, Africa’s Foremost Authority on all thing new media, “Colin Daniels(youngBLOOD)”:http://nml.ru.ac.za/youngblood/?page_id=2. Oh, and before hand, I went to a Second Life meetup. That was interesting, too, in how little anyone talked about the SL itself. While there were moments, it seemed like they were much more focused on just talking together. Which probably isn’t a bad thing.
I just checked and noticed that I am now listed on the “Gnomedex 2006”:http://www.gnomedex.com/ Attendee List. Having never been to Seattle (or the NorthWest for that matter), I am really looking forward to attending. This will be my vacation for 2006 (I am taking another week off but I have definite working plans for that week). I will definitely be writing more about it when the time comes.
If you are a time traveler who is just now learning of the “Time Traveler Convention(Gathering Time Travelers)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/05/02/time held a couple of days ago, there is still time for you to attend. If you aren’t, you may wish to speculate on “reasons(MIT Time Traveler Convention Update)”:http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/2005_05_01_paleojudaica_archive.html#111553786710353307 why the event was inconclusive.
My “Computer in Libraries CD(Computers in Libraries CIL 2005)”:http://www.digitalrecord.org/products.asp?cat=1&ord=event_location&sort=desc came yesterday, or rather the 3-CD set did. Since I intend to get my money’s worth out of the set, I have a lot of things to listen to.
In Poul Anderson’s “There Will Be Time(There Will Be Time)”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0812523083/qid=1115067952/sr=8-3/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i3_xgl14/002-3632981-9752831?v=glance&s=books&n=507846, a portion of the plot revolves around around the question of just when and where would time travelers choose to gather. In the novel, they chose the city of Jerusalem in the year 33 AD. The good people at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have decided to offer an “alternative site(The Time Traveler Convention)”:http://web.mit.edu/adorai/timetraveler/.
Gary Price and Tara Calishain took us on a whirlwind web tour and showed us a whole lot of “Cool Tools(Cool Tools from Tara and Gary)”:http://www.freepint.com/gary/cool05.html.
This “presentation”:http://www.infotoday.com/cil2005/Presentations/Penne_Wahl.pps described how the IMF put together a portal for a specfic purpose. A lot of it was beyond us, but it still didn’t hurt to hear how they did it.
Oh my, indeed! The Department of Homeland Security Digital Library was “put together(Digital homeland library readied)”:http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2003/0414/web-digital-04-16-03.asp by the Naval PostGraduate School. Besides “buying systems(Naval Postgraduate School Chooses MAIstro for Homeland Security Digital Library)”:http://www.dataharmony.com/news/dhpr021804.htm, they had to do a massive amount work deciding how to make things accessible for users. This presentation gave us some insight into the process.
A lot of talk about what is new and cool in search engines and what will be newer and cooler over the next year or so.