Sunday, November 20, 2005

WebmasterWorld PubCon @ Vegas

So it's been a busy couple of weeks since the last post. This week I spent 2.5 days in Vegas attending the WebmasterWorld PubCon. This is primarily a gathering of webmasters and SEO (search engine optimization) practitioners that get together a couple of times a year to swap tips and war stories. Matt and I were there to find out anything we should've known that we didn't.

The conference sessions themselves are fairly uninteresting. The fun is in chatting with everyone over drinks till 2am. That's when the juicy information gets spilled. There's a fly in the ointment though. Ever since Jayita's been taking CalTrain up into San Francisco every morning, I've gotten into this really nice schedule of waking up at 6:30am. On the dot. No matter what time I've gone to sleep. You get the picture. By the time I was back (Friday afternoon), I was a sleep-deprived zombie.

By the way, I have to plug the hotel that we were at; the Renaissance. What I loved about this place was that it felt like we weren't in Vegas anymore. It didn't have those damned slot machines beeping and booping all over the place, and to cap it off, it has an awesome steak house, and was across the street from both the convention center and the monorail (if you're really desperate to hit the strip). If I'm ever unfortunate enough to go to Vegas again, I'm staying there.

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Free Jazz

So of the more interesting events Eric and I attended this weekend was a performance by the Ornette Coleman quartet. Ornette Coleman is the legendary jazzman who turned the jazz world upside down in the late 50s when he pushed the notion that harmonic and rhythmic form were, eh, not really required; bringing "free jazz" to the forefront of New York's thought processes.

It was an interesting setup. Two basses, a drummer, and Ornette on saxophone (and briefly violin and trumpet). With no pianist to provide any harmonic "gravy", the music sounded like these guys just cut loose and wandered willy-nilly. As a listener, it's interesting to appreciate the effort your brain puts into trying to force structure around what you're listening. It's really hard! I'm thinking I probably won't be attending another free jazz concert for a while. But it was great to experience it first hand at the feet of the master.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

This Week

Several good things (tm) this week.
  1. I'd been hearing about this British series called "The Office". Oh. My. G. This is the funniest damned show *ever*.
  2. The other woman's in town for a weekend of jazz, coffee, sarcasm, and general toe-fetishness.
  3. I've just been introduced to "The Weekly Address". This is possibly even funnier than the first two.
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