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Interactive Austin 2009 (IA09) Update

February 22nd, 2009 No comments

The details for IA09 (Interactive Austin 2009) are coming together nicely. Big thanks to Mike Chapman for his efforts.

  • The date is set: April 27, 2009.
  • The location is set: Norris Conference Center
  • The program is set and session details will be be posted soon.
  • The keynote speakers, Dion Hinchliffe and William Hurley, have been announced. The other speakers are locked in and information is being added to the event site.

I will be speaking on the Search, Analytics and Metrics panel. More information on the rest of the panel will be coming soon.

You can get updates and more details by following @ia09 . Alternatively, it looks like we have settled on the #ia09 hash if you want to keep up with the conversation. We can see how many people interested in IA Summit 2009 #ias2009 show up :).

Things I Liked This Week

February 22nd, 2009 No comments

Connecting to people:

I noticed that business intelligence blogger Stephen Few includes his signature at the end of each blog post. It’s a small detail, but it changed my perception of his posting. No longer was it a blog post, mass marketed to anyone who reads his blog. Instead it become a letter to me, an individual reader. Small change, big impact. Nice.

Making me think:

Seth Godin’s “Do You Deserve It?” post. This is an issue I think about a lot. I am been amazingly fortunate in my life. The circumstances of my birth (first world country), my parents (well educated, focused on a education and a work life balance), my friends and family (good people). His question, “what are you going to do with it now that you’ve got it?” is spot on. Now I need to do something about it.

Smarter Technology:

The new Canonical Link Tag introduced by Google, Yahoo, and MSN. Although technically introduced the week before at SMX West, the utility of this really only sank in fully this week. Great tool. I hope the search engines support it well.

Friends & Talks:

Dinner with friends at Boulevard Grill on Saturday night. The place isn’t much to look at, but the food is great. All in all the the evening had food, drinks, and great conversation; followed by the surprise of other friends showing as well. The very definition of what a neighborhood bar should deliver.

Flavor:

The Panama Boquete I picked up from Anderson’s Coffee yesterday. Rich flavor, with a hint of caramel. Great flavour and a great deal at $8.95/lb.

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