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ETech — Good Pitches · This is just a pot­pour­ri of pitch­es, specif­i­cal­ly the ones that were good and mem­o­rable. In­cludes rare com­pli­men­ta­ry re­marks about Mi­crosoft tech­nol­o­gy ...
ETech — San Diego Trolley · It’s a nice enough town, but it’s out of the way and, in my ex­pe­ri­ence, not that easy to get around in. The ho­tel was sold out when I tried to get in a cou­ple weeks ago (but some last-minute ar­rivals got in fine, hrumph). Any­how, I end­ed up at a Dou­ble­tree at a place called “Hazard Center” which is bit of a ways out, but when I was driv­ing the rental in I no­ticed some­thing that looked like a train sta­tion across the street. Sure enough, the San Diego Trol­ley will take you from there to the con­ven­tion ho­tel in about 20 min­utes for $1.50, which beats strug­gling through the traf­fic in the car and pay­ing at least ten times that for park­ing. Oddly, the peo­ple on the train were few in num­ber, and they all seemed well-dressed, well-fed, and well-rested; a typical-California eth­nic mashup, and most were read­ing book­s. This isn’t like pub­lic trans­port in oth­er places. On the oth­er hand, when you want to go home af­ter ten at night, the trains run less of­ten, and many of the peo­ple are nei­ther well-dressed, well-fed, nor well-rested (y­ou can tell be­cause they’re asleep­). But the trains aren’t crowd­ed then ei­ther. All in al­l, it seems to be a fine sys­tem.
ETech — Mark Pilgrim · Hey, I fi­nal­ly got to meet Mark Pil­grim, with whom I’ve had a lengthy and oc­ca­sion­al­ly vexed on­line re­la­tion­ship. This frag­ment is most­ly just an ex­cuse to post a pic­ture ...
ETech — On Attention · The con­fer­ence blurb said “It’s time to build The At­ten­tion Econ­o­my”. What’s that, I won­der? The shindig was cer­tain­ly equipped with lots of peo­ple hold­ing forth on the sub­jec­t, so this was my chance to find out. I took to ac­cost­ing to­tal strangers in the hall­ways say­ing “What do you think about this whole ‘Attention’ thing?” ...
ETech 2006 — Generalities · I’ve been here at ETech since sup­per­time Mon­day, and I thought I’d just let my re­port grow as I went along, which is dum­b, be­cause it flies in the face of the medi­um, and the piece grew tumer­ous­ly to a re­al­ly un­rea­son­able size. So I’ll break it up in­to a bunch of fo­cused frag­ments. This one is on the con­fer­ence it­self, and whether you’d want to come to it ...
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