BlogHer: geek’s nirvana

Patrick Scoble, as quoted on Maryam’s blog:

“What’s up with those Mommy Bloggers? They keep hugging each other.”

It is weird being one of only three men in a sea of people at a party. Now I know what it feels like at a usual tech conference, albeit in reverse. And the hugging? Well, this crowd definitely has a different social contract than most of the tech geek things I attend.

Leaving BlogHer for a minute, today I attended (and moderated a couple of demo-style sessions) the AlwaysOn Conference. Lots of suits. VCs. And other various riff raff, like me. Tony Perkins, founder of AlwaysOn (the conference I attended today), showed me Dave.TV, which looks interesting but is way too slow to keep my attention.

The reason he showed it to me is a bunch of the sessions from AlwaysOn are up on Dave.TV.

Then Stewart Butterfield (co-founder of Flickr, now at Yahoo) dropped by the table that Steve Gillmor and I were hanging out at (sorry, I’m so BORED by speeches that come with PowerPoints and hearing Steve explain why links and Office are dead is infinitely more interesting) and told me some tantalizing new things that his team is working on. Of course I immediately asked if I could come over with my new soooopppppeeeerrrrr dooooopppppeeerrrr video cameras (sorry, Christopher Coulter, I got a Sony, not the Panasonic you recommended, cause I couldn’t justify the extra $2,000 and cause I like the Sony) and someone at the table said “oh, so you’re gonna do Channel 9 for the rest of the world now, huh?”

Damn, caught me.

Oh, and if you’re waiting for me to answer your email. Keep waiting. I didn’t do any email today and the pile just gets deeper and deeper. I’m already two weeks behind on email. Not good. But, then, I’m on vacation, and too busy trying to keep up with Maryam (who dragged Patrick and I to two furniture places after the BlogHer speaker shindig tonight).

What else is on my attention radar today? Wiki’s! But, not ready to talk about them. Damn, though, lots of you are really interested in them. That post generated a lot of email and phone calls. All of which are greatly appreciated.

Anyway, all around me tonight I heard great business opportunities. Especially for video bloggers. I’m gonna stay quiet on this one, though, cause I see some opportunities no one else has bothered doing yet.

More to come from BlogHer over the next few days, I’m sure, the tag to watch is BlogHer06.

I’m gonna disappear again. Damn, my email is going nuts. Calling David Allen! Calling David Allen!

If you’re at BlogHer, say hi! I won’t be hard to find. I’m the blonde. Heheh.

Comments

  1. Ahh, no biggie on the Panasonic, I can’t afford either… :) I love Sony too.

    Channel 9 for rest of world sounds great…

  2. Ahh, no biggie on the Panasonic, I can’t afford either… :) I love Sony too.

    Channel 9 for rest of world sounds great…

  3. PS – Actually I’d really want the Panavision Genesis over even the 24P-dream Panasonic’s. :) And start pointing your camera at non-techies, getting Douglas Spotted Eagle, Stephen Pizzello or people like that on camera…

  4. PS – Actually I’d really want the Panavision Genesis over even the 24P-dream Panasonic’s. :) And start pointing your camera at non-techies, getting Douglas Spotted Eagle, Stephen Pizzello or people like that on camera…

  5. Maybe I’m missing this, but why in 2006 do we women need our own blog site?

    Frankly, it looks like the same old fashion, mommies, dating etc. . . . Ladies Home Journal/Redbook/iVillage…stuff

    Can’t we all blog together? And why can’t it be about excellence, real ideas, or expertise rather than gender identification?

  6. Maybe I’m missing this, but why in 2006 do we women need our own blog site?

    Frankly, it looks like the same old fashion, mommies, dating etc. . . . Ladies Home Journal/Redbook/iVillage…stuff

    Can’t we all blog together? And why can’t it be about excellence, real ideas, or expertise rather than gender identification?

  7. Can’t we all blog together?

    No.

    And why can’t it be about excellence, real ideas, or expertise rather than gender identification?

    I am reminded of an old Doonesbury cartoon in which Joanie is on the telephone explaining that she only gives her son “gender neutral” toys.

    Her son suddenly runs into the room, wearing a colander helmet and wielding a broom like a rifle, screaming, “BANG! I SHOT YOU! YOU’RE DEAD, SHE-RA!!!”

    Joanie then tells the person on the other end of the phone, “Unfortunately it hasn’t been entirely successful.”

    (I am quoting this from memory, so the text is probably wrong, but that was the gist of it.)

    Besides, it’s kind of difficult imagining a “mommyblogger” going to Iraq, picking up an automatic weapon, and inadvertently turning a propane tank into a bomb during a firefight with insurgents, then, say, making a batch of cupcakes for the wounded.

    Though that would be cool. In a Sigourney Weaver vs. Aliens sense.

  8. Can’t we all blog together?

    No.

    And why can’t it be about excellence, real ideas, or expertise rather than gender identification?

    I am reminded of an old Doonesbury cartoon in which Joanie is on the telephone explaining that she only gives her son “gender neutral” toys.

    Her son suddenly runs into the room, wearing a colander helmet and wielding a broom like a rifle, screaming, “BANG! I SHOT YOU! YOU’RE DEAD, SHE-RA!!!”

    Joanie then tells the person on the other end of the phone, “Unfortunately it hasn’t been entirely successful.”

    (I am quoting this from memory, so the text is probably wrong, but that was the gist of it.)

    Besides, it’s kind of difficult imagining a “mommyblogger” going to Iraq, picking up an automatic weapon, and inadvertently turning a propane tank into a bomb during a firefight with insurgents, then, say, making a batch of cupcakes for the wounded.

    Though that would be cool. In a Sigourney Weaver vs. Aliens sense.

  9. [...] Techies can put in some funky RegEx in their custom scripts to filter out most of the messages or use Outlook rules … but that doesn’t solve the whole problem. Scoble is constantly reminding us of how busy he is based on how many need-to-reply emails he has left. Heck, everyone has a similar problem. Personally, it doesn’t affect me (yet) … I read the ones that are important and file them, others I glance at and continue on to the next ones. [...]

  10. re: e-mail backlogs..

    When is some startup going to come up with a semantic analysis program for e-mail, that sorts e-mail into categories like:

    “Wants Money”
    “Meaningless Rant”
    “Rant with good points”
    “Reasoned discussion”
    “Personal Attack”
    “Me Too Mail”

    Etcetera. Sometimes a lot of e-mail (and I imagine it’s worse for well known people such as yourself)is just of the last (“Me Too”) category…

  11. re: e-mail backlogs..

    When is some startup going to come up with a semantic analysis program for e-mail, that sorts e-mail into categories like:

    “Wants Money”
    “Meaningless Rant”
    “Rant with good points”
    “Reasoned discussion”
    “Personal Attack”
    “Me Too Mail”

    Etcetera. Sometimes a lot of e-mail (and I imagine it’s worse for well known people such as yourself)is just of the last (“Me Too”) category…

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