I didn't have the time at Foo Camp to blog much about what I was doing, who I was meeting, and what we were discussing. I was too busy and interested to tear myself away. I went to bed each night very tired.
Luckily, a few others provided some on-line notes and such:
- Doc took some pictures and wrote stuff several times. Check his weblog.
- Tim Bray has posted his Foo Notes
- Jason Kottke was one of the many to ride the Segway. I, however, forgot to try. Heh.
- Sam Ruby on A Slice of Foo.
I'm sure there will be more as people return home.
The drive to Foo Camp was a pain. I should have known this in advance. I got stuck in traffic on 101 for a while so it took about 3 hours to get there. The return trip was no better. I really need to get that power license to I can fly to stuff like this. On the plus side, I got to watch the Blue Angels flying around San Francisco for Fleet Week.
I arrived unsure of what to expect. I ran into Andy Oram (our editor on the book) at the check-in desk, dropped off my stuff, and headed to the back lawn to find out who was there. I quickly found myself in a sea of interesting people. Chris DiBona brought bread and cheese, others brought wine. Dinner was soon served.
After dinner on Friday night, we were asked to gather upstairs to get things rolling. We did some introductions so that everyone had a [brief] chance to put names with faces. Then they brought in some very large grids (schedules) so that we could start filling in sessions. We had 1-hour time slots on Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday to fill.
It was good chaos.
The rest of the weekend was an excellent mix of food, interesting people, discussions, impromptu sessions, and hackery. There was music, a natural sound presentation, water bottle rockets, portable showers, and more.
Most frequently heard comment at Foo Camp: "I have no idea what I'm doing here--everyone here is so much smarter than me."
It's pretty damn cool to be around 200 people who're all thinking that.
I left a bit early (noon) on Sunday to head back, but not before a meeting in which we managed to hammer out some RSS stuff that will be discussed quite soon. More on that later.
I hope I didn't miss much. Was there any sort of closing event?
I'm sure I forgot a bunch of others. There were so many that I began jotting down names. I got a few funny looks for pulling out my slip of paper now and then to jot 'em down, but I really don't trust my own memory for stuff like this.
In no particular order:
- Adam Flaherty
- Adam Trachtenberg
- Ben and Mena Trott, of Six Apart, MovableType, and TypePad fame
- Bram Cohen - BitTorrent
- Betsy Waliszewski - she's going to promote the book
- Brian Behlendorf of Apache and CollabNet fame
- Brian Jepson came all the way from Rhode Island
- Cameron Marlow of Blogdex fame and an amusing trouble-maker
- Chris DiBona of Damagae Studios and formerly VA Linux
- Dave Mathews, inventor of the CueCat
- Dave McClure of PayPal's Developer Network (and his 500 hats)
- Dave Sifry of Technorati
- David Weinberger of the Cluetrain, Small Pieces, and who was very amusing during Meme Construction
- Doc Searls - we finally met after at least one missed attempt
- Dori Smith of Backup Brain and several books
- Doug Cutting, the creator of Nutch and Lucene
- Fyodor of nmap
- James Cox of Apress
- Jason Kottke of his own fame
- Jeff Barr of Amazon.com web services and Syndic8 fame
- Jeffrey McManus of eBay Developer Relations
- Joshua Schachter of GeoURL and Memepool
- Larry Page of Google fame
- Linda Stone, whose been around Apple, Microsoft, and more
- Lori Park from Google
- Matt Croydon, postneo
- Mike Loukides of many O'Reilly books fame
- Nathan Torkington, Perl, O'Reilly, etc.
- Nelson Minar, also from Google (APIs, AdSense)
- Patrick Scoble, one of the younger Foo Campers
- Paul Vixie of BIND and ISC fame
- Robert Scoble, the Evil Empire's most prolific blogger
- Sam Ruby, IBM's XML guru
- Sara Winge - she made it all happen!
- Scott Heiferman of Meetup.com
- Simon Cozens - Perl geek
- Steve Gillmor - RSS nut
- Steve Tomlin, VC from San Diego
- Tim Bray, Mr. Search and XML/SGML/markup stuff
- Tim O'Reilly - duh
- Wendy Seltzer, EFF attorney
It's no wonder I was tired every night, huh?
And still, there were a lot of people I did not meet but could have, given more time.
One of Doc's pictures features me sitting next to Dave Sifry. It was around midnight and we were listening to an excellent presentation about Rendezvous.
Well, okay. Not really. I'll probably have more to say as some of the stuff we discussed at Foo Camp becomes reality.
Posted by jzawodn at October 12, 2003 09:04 PM