Archive for March 8th, 2006

Am talking with Rhod Sharp instead of Chris Vallance. I’m in DC which makes reading the Dada Alphabet subtitled An Absurdist Illustrated Primer extremely appropriate. Rhod asks about Cheeseburger Brown whose book, Simon of Space, didn’t make the shortlist. I am sad that Cheeseburger and Mimi Smartypants didn’t make the cut. He is excited by Egg Bacon Chips and Beans. We get off track when I mention that the Beans should be replaced by Grits. He is down on grits not having had them properly prepared. I say Grits are polenta before the Italians got hold of them. He’s only had soupy white grits, poor fellow. Back to Blooker. I mention several food related blooks, Julie and Julia, EBCandB, Biodiesel Power. He asks if the blooks have been edited. Most have that I’ve read so far. There are a couple of daunting fatties there tho. Unmemorable chatter and we’re done. Be back in April.

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Radio Five’s Up All Night’s Pods and Blogs’ Chris Vallance was one of the voice mails that I couldn’t answer whilst blanked out in the World Bank. I did get in touch and I’m to be on Pods and Blogs again tonight after 9:30 EST (US) to talk about the Blooker Shortlist. Mimi Smartypants didn’t make the cut. Neither did the Search nor Ambient Findability.

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I’ve enjoyed the conference and the people at the Consortium for School Networking, but the World Bank facilities are another thing. We meet safely underground where the cell phones won’t quite work. I can get sms telling me I have voice mail, but I can’t contact the voice mailbox. I can see two wi-fi networks, but one is password protected and one is a tease. I see it. DHCP gives me numbers. I can’t get DNS or pings or any packets out.

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I would have stayed at the Marriott Courtyard instead of the Hyatt if the MC weren’t completely booked. First it’s cheaper and second the MC wireless is free while the Hyatt’s is T-Mobile for $10/day. Not that I’m all that cheap despite being Scotts, Welsh, and German — all tightwad strains –but that it galls me that a upscale hotel doesn’t see wireless as something like water (oops they charge for that too!).
But here I am in the lobby of the Hyatt waiting for check-in or the conference bus whichever comes first and I see two wireless nets. Thanks Marriott, you have a warm place in my heart. I’ll miss not having the Book of Mormon by my bed here in the Hyatt but I’ll be thinking of you.
Also just ran into Jimbo Wales and Don Baer of a UNC alum who’s with Discovery Communications (as in Channel).
The expensive crab gravy over grits (cooked in polenta style cakes) with egg over light, steamed tomato and asparagus was a good way to make up for having gotten up at 4:30 so as to get here.

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