Headlines for Wednesday:
- Aftermesh 02:15
- Can I Crash 17:54
- Tagging places, and the power of stories 18:22
- Agile methods for building communities 18:34
- Genetic engineering and individuality 18:52
- The world is changing 18:53
|A||X||@1630-1900 Hang out at the Linux Caffe at Grace and Harbord to talk about open source, student life, innovation, etc.|
|A||X||@1900 Mush, the anti-mesh party|
|A||C||Improv night with Simon, Leigh, Ali(?), and others|
1. Aftermesh: 02:15
What did I learn from mesh? I loved the keynotes by Dr. Michael Geist and Tara Hunt for both content and presentation style. I enjoyed Phillip Smith's whirlwind discussion of grassroots movements and the Web 2.0. I was fascinated by the not-quite-successful social experiment of a projected backchannel chat in Michael O'Connor Clarke's session on engaging the blogosphere.
But all of those things paled in comparison to corridor chats and afterparties. Those were totally, totally cool, and I'll tell their story after I wake up.
Here are, I think, a few of the reasons why this conference was a spectacular experience for me:
- Barcamp and other tech gatherings meant that I already knew a few people there, which made it much easier to meet others.
- Volunteering at the registration desk meant that I could say hi to all the people I knew and make an impression (positive, I hope!) to the organizaton.
- Smiling certainly helped.
- Oh, and of course writing down notes in my little black Moleskne notebook. =) That way, I can remember a little bit.
Mentors? Everywhere I turned, I found someone who was not only doing exactly what I want to do but was also happy to help me learn more about it.
I'll blog more some other time, as my eyes are closing of their own will. Maybe when I wake up tomorrow...
(*) Well, not so starving thanks to the fellowship...
Random Japanese sentence: 犬は猫を追いかけようと木に登ろうとしたが、うまくいかなかった。 The dog's attempts to climb the tree after the cat came to nothing.
2. Can I Crash: 17:54
See someone's blog post about Can I Crash?, too.
3. Tagging places, and the power of stories: 18:22
Good stuff! That totally makes sense now. I needed his story to figure out how the pieces fit together.
Random Japanese sentence: ウサギの耳は猫の耳よりも長い。 The ears of a rabbit are longer than those of a cat.
4. Agile methods for building communities: 18:34
- barcamp, ad-hoc gathering where people can share whatever they're passionate about
- mashpit, day-long hackathons
- coworking, or creating places where geeks can work and hang out
5. Genetic engineering and individuality: 18:52
I thought that was an interesting idea. <grin> Along the lines of self-modification: I probably wouldn't hack anything externally, but a better memory would be really cool.
Random Japanese sentence: 大まかに言って、犬は猫より忠実だ。 Broadly speaking, dogs are more faithful than cats.
6. The world is changing: 18:53
Random Japanese sentence: 私たちの子供は犬が好きだが私は猫の方が好きだ。 Our children like dogs, but I prefer cats.
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