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Rub The Felt: Looking Back At ETech 2007

I’ve just spent the week in San Diego at O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference – aka ETech 2007. The theme was the old Arthur C. Clarke quote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

I came out to San Diego for two reasons. The first was intentional: my job has an underlying requirement that I be aware of what’s going on in the tech world, and I can’t think of a conference more targeted at that line of thinking than ETech. The second was unintentional: in the time since I booked my conference registration, I have burned out very hard on a serious personal project, and I grew to look forward to this time as a chance to reboot myself in terms of technological interests.

In both respects, I believe it was a success.


Unofficial eTech 2007 Google Calendar

If you were to make a Venn diagram where circle A is “my blog readership” and circle B is “people going to eTech 2007”, the intersection would be non-existent. Still, in the off chance that there’s a slight overlap…

I’ve spent about an hour pulling the [eTech 2007 schedule]( into Google Calendar, so that I can quickly push and pull it off of my personal calendar and plan which sessions I’m looking forward to.

If you’re not using Google Calendar, you can also get it in [Atom format](, [iCal format](, or [plain ol’ HTML](

Note that the conference is at the end of March, so looking in February for events may be pointless.

Again, the calendar is a work of my own; it should not be treated as gospel and all inaccuracies are my fault, not O’Reilly’s. Unless they put up faulty information that I correctly copied – that would be their fault.

Finally, if you’re going, please let me know – I’d love to meet up with some readers.

(crickets chirp)

Oh. Right.