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13 February 2009 @ 10:18 pm
Friday confessional 2-13-2009  

Originally published at Nice Mommy~Evil Editor. Please leave any comments there.

The confession today is that I’m so sick, being upright is a struggle. I flew home yesterday (3 flights total and 12 hours of travel time/layovers) with winds gusting to 50 mph and a raging case of the flu. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Yeah.

I’ve never been so happy to be home, where I could huddle in bed and have my husband coddle me. And I was even happier (to be home safely) when I woke up this morning and heard about the plane that crashed here on the East Coast, with no survivors. So I’m trying hard not to whine too much about how nauseous I am or what a miserable travel experience I had.

Anyway, rather than the rather massive page of links I normally give you, I’m going to link you to some things from the conference I attended this week, the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference in New York City. Really, it was a fabulous conference and it for exceeded my expectations. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but I attribute that to my inner geek, which silently squeed in joy at every keynote and panel I attended. But mostly I attribute it to the amazing people I got to meet and chat with, none of whom got that glazed-eye look when I talked about things like DRM, social media, target audience, eink devices or other things regarding digital publishing. If anything, they were even more passionate about it than me!

Tools of Change conference notes from Mark Coker

The Tools of Change twitter feed and a raw dump of the feed from Andrew Savakis

The best of TOC is available as a free book here

See my interpretive dance

A post with some thoughts on my (our) panel along with a link to a video interview with SB Sarah.

Kassia gave a small preview of what we’d be chatting about in the panel.

SarahW has a post on what she got out of the panel.

Links to some of the incredible people I met at Tools of Change:

Ron Hogan of Beatrice.com

Richard Nash of Soft Skull

Kirk Biglione–awesome husband to Kassia Kroszer of Booksquare, who is equally as awesome. Individually, they’re slightly frightening but together they’re awe-inspiring and intimidating as hell.

Colleen Lindsey, who I met at the Monday night TweetUp and swore I’d met before. Very, very funny and bright lady.

Of course there were many others, but since this short post has now taken me all day to write thanks to the stupid flu, perhaps I should post it before the day is over?

And on a related side note, the #1 thing I learned from the TOC conference? I want to be smart like that. Oh my god those people are bright, amazing and talented. I wonder if God could suddenly endow me thusly?

But seriously, if you have any interest in techno-geekery and digital content, TOC is a conference you should think about for 2010. It rocked!

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