Next week I'll be flying to "overcast with possible showers"1 San Diego for the O'Reilly Emerging Technologies conference. I'll be one of a number of Amazonians attending and, in some cases, presenting.
My track record on getting value out of conferences is pretty poor; the last conference I attended laid an 8 hour (plus two days of travel) egg on my schedule. Etech's anecdotal track record is pretty strong though, so I have faith it will beat the curve.
My belated planning has also left me with a dearth of information about extracurricular activities during the week. Chris Butler, my good friend and Microsoft hack, was planning on attending but informed me tonight that he won't make it. That's bad news since things to do generally find him. My hope is that my rank and position will get me into all the hottest Geeks Gone Wild after hours parties, but it is also possible I'll be eating cold pizza alone.
Regardless, I plan blogging about anything that captures my interest while down there. I also plan on doing most of my writing with my Mac. Since I won't need to be connected to the company network during the day I'll enjoy unshackling myself from my Dell, whose design is so defective that it is larger than my PowerBook but still requires an external DVD drive. Besides the overwhelming design superiority, having my Mac will allow me to make sweet and smug eye-contact love with the other hip Mac users. One would imagine that Etech will have disproportionately high number in attendance.