Scripting News for 5/1/2007

Were you invited? 

Another exclusive, invite-only tech conference, $3000.

Here’s the list of invitees, username “enter” password “thelobby”.

Can’t believe they didn’t invite Scoble. What’s up with that?

However, the format seems really interesting. “No panels, no keynotes,” which is 2/3 of the disclaimers for BloggerCon (we also featured no audience).

It’s a good idea. I’d throw in a few of the Hypercamp ideas as well, but (of course) I wasn’t invited (nor would I go to such an exclusive event).

Frankly, I doubt if they needed to make it invite-only with the steep price and long distance (Big Island of Hawaii). The exclusiveness and publishing the invite list is more of a marketing thing, and more than a little unfair to use people’s names without their permission, if in fact they didn’t have their permission.

Of course you have to look to see if you were invited. Or to see who’s cool enough to be invited. Any surprise omissions? Post a comment.

I’m off to Gordon Biersch for dinner with a bunch of nerds who invited themselves. Heh.

Jay Rosen on Frontline’s News War 

Jay Rosen: “The way the film was edited to bring out one story: heroic press fighting against ownership and its budget cuts, a government that would like to silence it, and untrained bloggers and amateurs buzzing around, stinging like knats. This is the story Lowell wanted to tell. He’s been a part of it in his career and feels very passionate about it. He’s newsroom Joe himself, and he’s got newsroom Joe’s mindset. You let that perspective carry the day. You’re entitled to make that decision, which is an editorial decision, and I’m entitled to be angry about it. Because it’s inadequate. You had the materials to challenge it more, you just didn’t want to.”

Today’s links 

Jeremie Miller, the designer of Jabber, is joining Wikia.

Travel day 

Heading back to Berkeley this morning, going through Oakland, and I’ll avoid the Maze by taking city streets through Oakland and Berkeley.

Tonight there’s a dinner at Gordon Biersch in SF for British blogger Hugh MacLeod. I’ll be there if BART travel isn’t prohibitive.

8 responses to this post.

  1. One more freeway-collapse update, courtesy of Boing Boing: 4/29 Truth

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  2. Posted by Wes Felter on May 1, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Wow. You have to be invited, then you have to be one of the first 150 to register, then you have to pay $3,000 plus hotel plus travel. I guess the cost doesn’t matter since the attendees can just expense it.

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  3. Their response to a little bit of criticism is to put the entire site behind a password? Seems a little knee-jerky to me.

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  4. Posted by Mark on May 1, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Looks like they changed the password.

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  5. Posted by Chris on May 1, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    “more than a little unfair to use people’s names without their permission”

    Uh, they didn’t publish the names. You did.

    “Their response to a little bit of criticism is to put the entire site behind a password”

    They didn’t put the site behind a password in response to criticism. It alway was behind a password. Dave was the one who publshed the password.

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  6. And now something completely different!

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday Dave!

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  7. Dude! Happy Birthday!

    Don’t forget – 52 is 25 backwards. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.

    My 52nd is the day of the last Sopranos. Some kind of gift, eh? I’m thinking of dressing up like Carmella for the occasion.

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  8. Posted by Isis on May 2, 2007 at 9:19 am

    username password combination “enter” “thelobby” doesn’t work

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