Writing from February 2004

I’ve had it up to here

In the past twelve days I've received over 5,000 MyDoom virus emails (or their associated bounces). Add this to the background noise of spam and I'm giving up. Despite my reservations last summer, I'm signing up for Knowspam to claim my sanity back. Hopefully I've imported the email addresses of everyone I've received mail from over the past couple of years, so few people will have their human-ness challenged by the system. And I'll only receive the email I want to read. How novel!

In Misc on 7 February 2004. Permalink

I forgot to pack my cynicism

(Sunday afternoon.) Right now it's hard to believe California's original boosters were in any way exagerrating. Trundling south from Santa Barbara on the Pacific Surfliner, listening to the sunny sounds of Camera Obscura, marvelling at the ocean's dazzle, kids waving from the sand, palm trees and sea birds, surfers gliding the waves. It's the middle of winter and the world is like the start of a David Lynch movie, when the world is way too good to be true.


In Misc on 9 February 2004. Permalink

Pre-conference fun

Monday, I avoided the conference tutorials and headed north, walking 30 blocks to Hillcrest where I boosted my cholesterol levels (in a good way) with a big breakfast at City Delicatessen.


In Personal on 10 February 2004. Permalink

Why not to buy a Roomba

I'm not planning on writing about every moment of EtCon; there are plenty of people doing that already, and it's hard enough for me to concentrate on what speakers are saying without the burden of massaging that into something publishable. I probably won't even expand on the atmosphere to any great extent. Suffice it to say that hanging out with a gaggle of London friends in a place full of clever folks discussing ideas and projects is a lovely holiday.


In Misc on 11 February 2004. 11 comments. Permalink

Back from California

I'm now back in chilly and grey London. I can't come up with a summary of Etcon better than Fiona's NTK's, but my session highlights included illuminating talk on how kids use social software; Danny's entertaining thoughts on how geeks keep organised; David Sifry's talk on new things to do with Technorati; and Matt Webb's presentation, which filled my brain in double-quick time. I only endured a couple of really tedious sessions, and there were a lot of slightly disappointing presentations that had nothing new to say. But good, all in all. The other highlight was just hanging out with friends I don't see nearly enough of in London (even if I did do my best to escape the crowds at times).


In Personal on 16 February 2004. 1 comment. Permalink