I am very, very tired.Ã‚ I had to get up at 8, which is like 6 to me because of the time difference.Ã‚ I registered without any real problems, and went to my first session.
Tag Clouds for Grandma, or something like that
This was so-so.Ã‚ The panel was alright, maybe a little too soft spoken.Ã‚ The subject didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem to be very well thought out though.Ã‚ I really thought we were going to cover things like new navigation and stuff like that.Ã‚ Really, it was kind of boring, and nothing like I had hoped.
Dan Gilbert Ã¢â‚¬“ How to Do Everything Right
I missed Malcolm Gladwell last year, which IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still trying to get over.Ã‚ So I thought that this guy might be the next big thing.Ã‚ Somehow I doubt it.Ã‚ He made some good points, but I could argue with a lot of what he was saying.Ã‚ I really need to read his book to get a fair assessment.Ã‚ For all I know, I could have walked out of GladwellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s session thinking the same thing, but I doubt it.Ã‚ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll give it a read, especially because he gave me an advanced copy for free!.Ã‚ If IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m wrong, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll admit in the public (2 Ã¢â‚¬“ 3 people who read this) forum.Ã‚ On the up side, I did sit behind a girl with the most amazingly pleasant laugh.Ã‚ Not a thing I ever noticed in someone before.
Opening Remarks with Fried and Coudal
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to give this itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own posting.Ã‚ Let me just say here though that these guys are my heroes.
Bluff Your Way Through DOM Scripting
I have to give this a marginal thumbs up.Ã‚ The only reason itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a big, happy thumbs up is that last year this session was so much fun.Ã‚ Jeremy Keith and Andy Budd were a great pair with a very funny session on CSS.Ã‚ This wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t funny.Ã‚ I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean that they failed at being funny; they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to make it funny.Ã‚ ButÃ¢â‚¬ ¦it was good and informative.Ã‚ I have a much better grip on DOM than I did before, and I have a couple items we are going to make a standard best practice requirement for our own Web development.
Create Passionate Users
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m pretty much alone of this one, but I was bored out of my mind.Ã‚ I just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel that she made any point during this presentation. Ã‚ I was already tired, and this just made it much worse.Ã‚ And auto points off to anyone that makes me site through an entire Sarah McLachlan video.Ã‚ I felt like Joel on MST3K.Ã‚ I was being punished or something.Ã‚ For the record, I did hear that her blog is really amazing, so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll check it out.
Overall the day was a bit of a disappointment.Ã‚ The conference is much bigger now, with a lot more people.Ã‚ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking forward to tomorrow.