So, moot (founder of 4chan.org) won Time magazine’s audience poll for most influential person. He got over 16 million votes, with an average rating of 90 out of 100 (the next highest rating anyone got was 47). If you’ve never heard of moot, you’re probably wondering how somoene you’ve never heard of can get such a high ranking and so many votes. If you know who he is, or you’re familiar with 4chan, you know that his community is huge, internet savvy and very, very active when it comes to causes they care about. An internet poll is just the place for them to show up in force and make their opinion known.
April 30, 2009
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April 29, 2009
I’ve been accused, by a couple people, of becoming a “professaional conference-goer.” I should point out that the people who say this are people that I met at conferences, and I generally only see them when I’m at a conference, so perhaps they have a slightly skewed view of how I spend my time.
But the fact remains that I do go to a lot of conferences. I prefer to think of myself as a conference enthusiast, though, not an aspiring professional. Most of the conferences I go to are in the realm of tech, internet, digital culture, digital arts, or popular arts. I include film festivals too, because, well, I love them. Some are more professionally oriented, and some are more social. In both cases, though, my goal is the same: to meet interesting people and to be inspired.
Here are some the conferences and film festivals that I’ve been to so far in 2009:
- Sundance (January)
- ROFLthing-NYC (January)
- IA Summit & Content Strategy Consortium (March)
- Enterprise Data World (April)
- Notacon (April)
- Tribeca Film Festival (April/May)
And here are several that I’m planning to go to, or thinking about going to later this year:
- Web 3.0 (May)
- Semantic Technology Conference (June)
- Open Video Conference (June)
- Toorcamp (July)
- Defcon (July/August)
- MIMA Summit (October)
- Web 2.0 Expo (November)
I know, you’re probably thinking, “There are whole months in there with no conference plans at all.” But it’s early, yet, and there are a lot of interesting things going on out there.
April 23, 2009
An event next week that should be interesting. From Karen McGrane:
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the IA Summit. If you didn’t make it to Memphis (or even if you did) come see New York locals give abbreviated versions of their talks. This event is free!
- Cindy Chastain: Experience Themes: An Element of Story Applied to Design
- Anders Ramsay: Agile For The Rest of Us
- Christine Boese: Are Human Beings Becoming Dumb Terminals?
- Karen McGrane: Designing For, With, and Around Advertising
- Elena Melendy + Rachel Lovinger: Content Strategy Consortium Highlights
- Nasir Barday: Professional IA/UX Organizations – How to start and run a successful local group or chapter
- Chris Fahey + Whitney Hess: The Courage to Quit: Starting, Growing and Maintaining Your Own UX Business
- Whitney Hess: Evangelizing Yourself: You can’t change the world if no one knows your name
Tuesday, April 28
6:30 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM Presentations Start
9:30 PM Discussion + Networking
White Rabbit, 145 E Houston Street btw 1st and 2nd Avenues