Overall it was great. Day two had a couple informative panels on advertising and the future of online content. Also, Wil Wheaton came and read from his new book.
Now, I’ll say this: I know it’s chic to hate Wil Wheaton. I really don’t think that’s justified. I read his blog. I’ve now seen him in person, and the people who know him seem to genuinely like him. I think what people hate are his fans.
They are loyal and star struck and while many may be missing their phasers and rubber ears, they fit the same profile. Don’t hate him because of them. You should have gotten over hating those people back in high school- back before many of them got rich on the internet. Get it out of your system- go stuff someone in a locker.
Many of the people I met at Gnomedex were great. A few were big surprises. A few were aloof or more interested in talking to someone a bit more connected than me. A few seemed on their way to find their red Swinglines.
On the way back from trying to steal whatever we could from the left-over promotional stuff, Jason and I got to meet Joz of jozjozjoz and Patrick Norton from TechTv as well as his wife Sarah. Great people. We only hung out a few minutes but Jason and I left saying that it really made to conference for us. That and the poker and free drinks.