I'll be at Stanford all day to attend BloggerCon. Pre-conference dinner last night at Ming's was fun although there weren't any cigars. I hate lugging things around so I'll probably go to the conference with just my moleskine.
I skipped the last session, Fat Man Sings, and got home early because I didn't get much sleep last night. This was my first BloggerCon and I enjoyed most of it. I wanted to attend Julie's Emotional Blogging session but Larry Lessig's Law session was just too compelling. In retrospect, I think I would have been better off at other sessions because while Larry's session was interesting, I had nothing in the end.
There was an ugly moment during the Scoble's session, Overload, when a vendor apparently talked about his product and Dave got up to put a stop to it. Seemingly most of the participants in the room thought vendor participation would be all right and thought that they, the participants, should have the right to decide, overriding Dave's protest in the process. They didn't realize that, while they thought it would be alright for that session, Dave was concerned about the wellbeing of the whole BloggerCon conference series. Although his stance might seem harsh to some participants, I think he was right to not give in.
On the other hand, I think he could have handled the situation a little more diplomatically. In the next BloggerCon, it might be a good idea to ask for volunteer Vendor Watchers instead of Dave having to wade into such delicate situations.
My thanks to Dave for organizing the conference and Stanford Law School for letting us invade their space for a day. I sure hope Dave does it again in the west coast soon, ideally once a year.