March 5, 2007
The first "week off" I started taking was for WWDC, and then for MacWorld (during years we go). And, for the past two years, another week, by far the most fun, is for TED.
So, this is my vacation this year. Four days in Monterey.
I don't want to try to summarize what TED is again; I've written about it a bunch and the link above seems as good an intro as any if you haven't read my earlier posts.
Every year, I do worry that I'll end up not really meeting anyone that interesting; that all the cool speakers, famous people, and successful entrepeneurs will be at some secret other party (these do exist), or will gather together with their backs interlocked like star-bellied sneeches -- and, in fact, I have seen some of this latter, as well. Some of the people I most wanted to talk to in past TEDs simply would not acknowledge my existence. And, conversely, there's the worry that uninteresting people will take over the conference, and I'll suddenly find myself surrounded by a bunch of buzzword-spouting business dudes whose claim to fame is integrating content markets under provider platforms that zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. And, finally, there's the disappointment of meeting someone you really admire and having them forget you -- I met LP from Google two years ago, and in fact on the final day he came up and put his arm around me as part of the biggest cock-block in the history of cocks and blocking, but the next year when I said hi I got the eye-scrunch of "who are you?" Sure, dude meets 3,000 people a year... I know. But I wanted to be *special*... "OH HEY! It's MY OLD PAL WIL SHIPLEY! Come see my new helicopter! Dean Kamen built it for me! Can I drop you off in Seattle?"
But, mostly, I've met tons of amazing people each of whom has done something much grander than anything I have even attempted. And I love it. I'm giddy for four days straight, and frankly I could use a good dose of giddy right now.
So, here's hoping I finally get to talk to Elon Musk and tell him I think he's probably the coolest person on earth right now, and the closest thing we have to a messiah. (Name someone else who is working both to establish a redundant backup of our planet and simultaneously trying to save the planet by making conservation cool.)
And here's hoping I get to talk Matt Groening's ear off again, because he's hella cool and pretty much 1/10th of my brain is cordoned off just for a universe that HE created. (Name someone else who has written as many of America's memes... Excellent, Smithers. Everything is coming up Millhouse! Ow, my doctor said not to get jigs in that eye!)
Plus, I want to meet Bill Clinton because, well, frankly, I think his daughter is REALLY hot. I'm not sure how you approach this subject with an ex-president. I mean, it seems like it could lead to serious trouble, what with the prevalence of armed men around him. I just have to convince him my intentions are pure. Surely Clinton can understand how an older man could see a pretty, witty young lady and find that he innocently just wants to make her acquaintence... mmm... note to self try different tack.
And maybe this will be the year I do NOT bother Thomas Dolby... nah.
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