Category: Travel

Speaking at Where 2.0, hanging at Hyperlinked Society.

Giant 2005/6 conference recap coming soon. In the meantime – I’m speaking at O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference in San Francisco next week. I’m really excited about this conference – I was so bummed I had to miss it last year due to visa issue. I’m also speaking right at the tail-end of a trifecta of mobile locative social people including Walt Doyle from uLocate and Shawn Conahan from Intercasting.

Check out the schedule and give me a shout if you want to meet up.

I’m also hanging out at the Hyperlinked Society conference organized by Joseph Turow in Philadelphia later this week which promises to be tons of hypertextual fun. UPDATE: Couldn’t make this one – Dan is currently enjoying this conference at his alma mater.
Conferences-a-go-go!

Shackwatching’

The other day, I met Ejovi for lunch and unwittingly suggested heading to the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. OMG. What a mistake. It was like the great wall of people. The line snaked down almost to 23rd St. Where, I asked, was the light social technology that enabled the community to combat this menace and ensure that waiting 1hr+ for a burger was somebody else’s problem? Today, my prayers have been answered. Thank you Shake Shack Watchers.

Moving around…

Ok, so I’ve bowed to popular demand and am finally updating my blog. Because clearly, I cannot have been sitting in a PC Baang in Korea for 2 months (although I imagine that these things are possible).

I’m going to be to off to the UK on Saturday 18 December to visit a couple of friends that I haven’t seen in ages, then flying down to Joburg on the 24 – which means I’ll land on Christmas Day. After that we’re heading off to Mozambique on the 26 or 27 I think and then we return sometime in the first or second week of January. Hopefully on the 10th of January we’ll be flying off to Cape Town for a week there with Dan and some serious get back to nature things. Then it’s back to Joburg on the 18th and back to NYC on the 20-something of Jan.. heh.. I’ll actually try to post pictures this time…

Hanging at the Baang

So I’m in South Korea for 10 days, partly to present a paper at the Mobile Communications & Social Change conference being held here in Seoul and partly just to soak up all the high speed broadband, craziness and kimchi (pickled cabbage) that I can.

I’m sitting inside one of the PC baangs that are found on nearly every block, surrounded by kids playing Starcraft, free coffee and some tastefully positioned blue neon lights. It’s glorious. The internet access is blindingly fast… how fast exactly, I can’t really say, Speedguide reckons it’s about 2.5Mbps – but since the average speed of home access is 8Mbps – I reckon it’s a bit more than that. Tonight we’re going to a restaurant called Sanchon which is “speciallized in the dishes cooked in buddhist-temple style. It offers urban people the dishes in temples which are located in deep forests.” Just as long as they don’t pump Deep Forest into the temple – I’ll be happy. Tomorrow I think we’ll be checking out some temples and the electronics shopping district called TechnoMart.