I'm back in California after a week in New York and Boston. The Syndicate conference came off well from my perspective, with interesting keynotes from Jeff Jarvis and Doc Searls bracketing the two days of the show. My keynote rocked of course, thanks to Marc Canter's timely disruptions. I have a video of it that will be released to GestureBank contribuors in the next week or so.
My 40th high school reunion in Weston outside Boston was magical. Our chorus director Joe Schaaf, looking unchanged from 1966 at 80, led us in a round at dinner that melted away the years like so much silly putty. The sweet smile on his face at the end will linger in our hearts forever.
David Sanborn and I met on Sunday about a record he's planning for the fall. Doc Searls and I are also discussing a project as well, and I'm talking with Dan Farber about the future of this blog. I've agreed to participate in the fall Syndicate in San Francisco. I continue not to be invited to speak at either Supernova or Web 2.0, both of which I spoke at last year.
Last week's Gillmor Gang is up, with guest Jason Calacanis of his own mind fame. He's so good I invited him to show up anytime, which he did on Friday's show which will start rolling out Friday. I've gotten a fair amount of negative feedback about dividing the Gang up into 3 or 4 24 minute segments, but this allows me to run them both on the Net and Sirius. Besides, I like the way it feels in chunks. I agree that it's too bad that Jon Udell has dropped out (hung with him in NY though), but the addition of Mike Arrington and now Jason (and maybe Sam Whitmore) is breathing new blood into this tired old reunion guy. So, unsubscribe if you like, but no apologies. I'm having the time of my life.