I’m totally pissed off. This is the second straight evening. I can’t talk about why I was pissed off last night, sorry, it’s not public knowledge, but tonight, I’m just pissed off about my inability to turn my Gnomedex video into something worthwhile. I can’t seem to represent anything in this video that is noteworthy of what the Gnomedex experience was to me, and with each passing day the video is losing relevance. I don’t know what to do at this point, but I’m thinking of just keeping the footage for my archives and calling it quits on this video. However, I have learned an important lesson. Don’t attend something where you’re attempting to create a video without being serious and dedicated to having a vision and filming to capture that vision throughout the entire event. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a bunch of random shit that you filmed and nothing will fit. This is exactly what I have. It fucking sucks ass! There, I feel better now.
I’m so far behind on my blogging and vlogging. I intended to post several things Monday night, then last night, and I’m finally getting to it tonight. I also need to seriously edit up some video from Gnomedex, but the tools I have here on the PC just aren’t going to cut it I don’t think. It’s more learning curve than anything else. OK, so here we go with the Gnomedex wrap-up.
Firstly, I didn’t sit through most of the sessions. The action’s in the hallway. I had a lot of interesting conversations. Lets give the highlights first.
Biggest Disappointment: Marc Canter. It’s probably my fault for not-reapproaching him, but I wanted to have a discussion with him about microformats and what I’m doing to evangelize them, but he seemed uninterested and sort of blew me off. It was Thursday night at the party, and like I said I never reapproached him, so it’s possible I just got a bad impression of him. He was the only notable person there who didn’t seem like he had enough time to talk to me though.
Biggest Regret: Not meeting Rick Segal. I love that guy’s blog. It’s incredibly insightful and it’s always making me think about how I do business and approach potential customers (even though I’m really not in the business of working with customers anymore, I may soon be).
I had a very interesting conversation with Steve Gillmor. That guy is all about attention, I think even to the point of ignoring what may be interim solutions to the problems that will eventually be solved by attention.xml. I started with a conversation about Mediafeedr and how I thought it would solve the problem he was speaking of in his Gillmor Gang episode from Singapore last week about finding interesting podcast content. He wants to solve it with attention data. Basically, the idea would be that the best content would filter through the top based on which people are clicking through and listening the longest to the podcasts. That’s fantastic, but it’s also assuming he’s going get that data from companies soon. I think it’s years off, he told me “Years are now months.” I don’t think a lot of the companies have that data to give, at least not in a format that can be output as attention.xml. It was a bit of an argument. He’s also not big on microformats as he thinks you’ll never be able to get content creators to support them. It’s not really the content creators you have to go after, it’s the software developers, and I think that’s it’s just as likely that people, once shown the benefits that microformats could bring, will be just as likely to support microformats as attention.xml. It was a fun discussion though, although a bit more of an argument than a discussion. Maybe he’ll remember me next time I talk to him :). I really liked him though, he’s an incredibly bright guy.
I talked with Phillip Torrone (pt) out in the hallway for a while. What an incredibly nice guy. He actually seemed to know who I am as well, which was totally awesome. He’s such a geek and I love it. His wife actually landed the Channel 9 job I was interviewing for. Way to go Beth! He lives up here and I’m totally going to try and get him on Clint on Tech for some video coverage of his gadgetry. Hey, Phillip, if you’re reading this, you willing to grant me an interview? 🙂
I talked briefly with Chris Pirillo, the Gnomedex organizer and A-list blogger and podcaster. What a cool guy. It was kinda funny, because he didn’t know who I was, and I was like “Hey Chris!” and he looked at me like he was supposed to know me. I let him off the hook pretty quick and we also had a good conversation (it’s on video :), although it’s not going to make the cut). He’s another local that I’d like to get on Clint on Tech. I’d love to do a hybrid cast with him while he’s doing the Chris Pirillo show. Get some b-roll footage of his gear and show a behind-the-podcast video while it’s going on. That’d be awesome. Hey, Chris, you reading this? How about granting me an interview? 🙂
I talked for a while also with Rick Klau of FeedBurner who is an incredibly smart guy and a pleasure to talk with. I’m talking to him about trying to get FeedBurner to implement some of MediaFeedr’s features. This would save a lot of coding for me and get someone stable to implement the features I want for the good of the new-media community. He changed my opinion totally about FeedBurner and their business model.
There were tons of other great conversations. I especially enjoyed meeting back up again and again with my videoblogging pals Steve, Eric, and Bre as well as the new friends I made that attended my Pre-Gnomedex lunch, Mike Buckbee, Dylan Greene, Gerry Caballero, and Gregory Narain. Those guys are great, and I hope to see them all again.
First day at Gnomedex was awesome. I met up for lunch today with Bre Pettis, Todd Cochrane, Michael Buckbee, Dylan Greene and several other people whom I have cards for and remember first names but either don’t remember last or don’t remember the URLs (I’ll try to come back and complete the list tomorrow, sorry, but I really tired). Excellent lunch, great conversation. They all left to head to a Pre-Gnomedex Barbeque and Bre and I headed down to meetup with Steve Garfield. We then met up with Eric Rice at Pikes Place market. The great thing about meeting vloggers for the first time is the ability to step in just like you’ve known them forever. I talk to these people all the time on videoconferences, email lists, IM, and I watch their videos, so it’s really just like I’ve known them for a long time, but I only met Steve and Eric for the first time today. Awesome.
I had dinner with Eric Rice and some other podcasters (most of whom I didn’t know and I’ve regrettably already forgotten their names.) I did get to meet Doug Kaye, who I follow. I proceeded from there to the registration/party thing. Talked briefly with notables such as Chris Pirillo, Marc Canter, J.D. Lassica, and others. Lots of interesting conversations, too many to count. I wish I could provide some links to some more names of people I talked to, but I’m just too tired. Took a half hour of video or so today, but I don’t have time to edit it up. You should see something from Steve and Eric hopefully though.
Gnomedexers and Seattlites:
A couple of us will be gathering for lunch and walking around downtown Seattle prior to Gnomedex tomorrow. We’ll meet up probably around noon, grab some lunch and see some sites. We even have a couple of locals who know a place or two to go! If you’re interested, send me an email or call my cell. Also, if you’re interested, add firstname.lastname@example.org to your Dodgeball friends so we can let you know where we’re going to be.
We’ll be at Pike’s Place Brewery starting around Noon to 1. We’ll have lunch and maybe a beer or two and then decide where to go from there (depending on the weather). If you’re coming late, we’ll be somewhere in Downtown, so give me a call to see where everyone’s at. See you there!
Gnomedex is in 1 week! See you there!
On another note, Vloggercue, formerly known as Summer of Vlog, is gearing up for multiple meetups across the country that we’re going to tie together via a Flashmeeting. Mel and I will be at the New York meetup, staying a Adam Quirk’s. Gnomedex and Vloggercue within two weeks of each other! My brain is going into overload from excitement!