I’ve been completely burnt out since the conference ended on Saturday, but here are a few notes I wanted to get down before the post becomes completely irrelevanat:
– Whenever I go to a conference or event with people I know, I inevitably hang out with them, and don’t meet new people. I should work on that.
– There seemed to be a larger valley this year between the technophiles and the storytellers. That said, I think Eric Rice’s “Everything Casting” presentation managed to bring both sides of the picture together and I really enjoyed it. Check out the slides of his “Epsilon Construct” here.
-The Blogs in the Bedroom panel I sat on went pretty much as anticipated. I’ve heard mixed reviews, and have mixed feelings about the whole thing myself. I think the panel was a good idea in and of itself, but as panels sometimes do (since they’re fueled by the audience’s questions), it went in a direction that I don’t think lived up to its potential. Ah well.
– I also have the small complaint that at least two of the panelists and the moderator had no idea who I was or where my site was located. I know I’m not more than a minnow in an ever-growing pond, and that the moderator was put in as a last-minute schedule change in the busy couple days before the event, but I think doing 30 minutes of background research to acquaint one’s self on one’s fellow panelists (I know I did – isn’t that what “About Pages” are for?) is just good practice when doing these things.
-The most important lesson learned of the day: The Templeton doesn’t open until 9:00am on Saturdays. The Elbow Room doesn’t open until 8:00am on Saturdays. However, Two Parrots is open before 7:00am, and the breakfast is plentiful and very edible.