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1:53 am on Apr 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Myself and SugarKane celebrated the first beers of PubCon 4 tonight. (eg: I probably shouldn't be posting at this time. lol. If you log in and find anything really really weird, it can be safely discounted.)

- hotel - most excellent. Everything it was billed to be.
- hotel bar - rather small, but cozy. Micro brewery within one block!
- odds are running 40-60 on a certain WebmasterWorld member making it into the states ;-)
- Top new SEO tips and tricks...as if...you had to be there ;-)

5:54 pm on Apr 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hey, I just got done getting a mind-meld from Matt after he got back. He said that he got to meet a ton of people and that folks asked him things for 9 or 10 straight hours--all kinds of interesting questions. He still has his voice, but it was a little close for a while. In fact, he said that the one question that nobody asked was "Who is GoogleGuy?" :) So I appreciate that folks are kind enough to keep the identity of GoogleGuy private.

Definitely sounds like a blast though. Matt said that he picked up several new ideas for improvements, and that he really enjoyed meeting and talking to so many people. He said he even ran into webmasters on the street and talked to them, and met a webmaster on the shuttle to the airport and talked to him the whole way. :)

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Is it just me, or is Matt looking a little uneasy in this photo?

In theory, when matter and antimatter contact each other, annihilation takes place. Apparently that doesn't occur when spammer and antispammer contact each other. ;)

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>several new ideas for improvements

O MY

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fathom was there? Doh!

A few of my thoughts from a first timer's perspective:

It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. It was sooo unlike any other conference I have been to.

As much as I tried to mingle, I didn't meet all the people I wanted to, however, the people I did were all great.

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As I was writing this, I was trying to determine the best way to describe it to someone who has not been. This is the best I can come up with:

Remember that conference you went to that was all blah blah blah, hot air, hot air, and you came home and thought, "why did I even go at all" and then you found out later that all the real "action" went on after the conference at a Pub down the street and you smack your head and think, "Doh, I walked right by that Pub on the way to my hotel room".

Well, take all the fluff/blah blah from that conference, throw it out, and proceed directly to that Pub. =)

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>fathom was there?

hehehe,

threatned to kill me if he didn't get a Google Pen! - Ivana told him we'd got the last two ;) (she did think that at the time!).

HEY FATHOM!
You happy now? ;) - Metting him was cool, even if it was a little too early in the day for me ;-)

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6:17 pm on Apr 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>#73
and if u really want some fun, maybe u want to have a vote on which members room should get a phonecall right now

Man who ever voted for me, you'll get a call 7 in the morning next "con"

Really had a blast, there was so much stuff which was fun so it's hard to mention specifics

Best Quote: Someone - "Are you a crackhead"
And the person who got the question was not happy.
Really had a blast on sunday morning too.

The "toy" of the moment seemed to be PDA's (Yeah i know rockpeople ;) )

Going to the doctor to see if i catched SARS, but i think i will be fine :)

And it was good food too, so conclusion was that it was a great event.
Will try to get some sleep now, have been up a bit over 30 hours so i am a bit tired.

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Matt ... got to meet a ton of people and that folks asked him things for 9 or 10 straight hours

Matt was incredibly patient, and graciously allowed himself to be cornered by non-stop questioners while everyone else was eating or enjoying beverages. A great ambassador for Google.

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To add.. as some put it... talking shop to others who don't stare at you blankly while nodding was awesome.

"the "pre-show" activities could have been announced somewhere online (as the hotel had 8 bars, and many people just opted for other restraunts, so when somebody arrived it was a matter of asking everybody you see "are you webmaster" (I never knew that question could get such strange looks...)"

Ha ha... yes... the 8 bars filled with college kids and some "sparkling" Kareoke ;).

"For anyone who reads all of these posts and thinks that it couldn't possibly be as good as it sounds, you're somewhat right, it's better than any of us could possibly explain."

Exactly... couldn't have said it better.

Rae

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the "pre-show" activities could have been announced somewhere online.

Yeah, I agree with that. The "semi-official" gathering spots could've been a little better well-known/organized.

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wow - with all the people I DID meet I'm surprised at the names I see posting here that I DIDN'T meet! (next time!)
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I agree with the pre-show too - while trying to find others, Rae and I were mistaken for local bar bunnies.

And was anyone else amazed at the number of teeny boppers that descended on the hotel each night? I think that is one of the few hotels I have been in that has managed to turn their "night spot" into something popular for more than just the guests. Their club upstairs held 1500 people.

And what can you say about that Karaoke singer - just way too small of a place for that loud of a singer like that!

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OMG! - First real cup of tea in 5 days ;)

Any Brits manage to get a Tea fix whilst there? And did anyone else find 'white star' on Boylston? - Yum....

Nick

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Rae and I were mistaken for local bar bunnies

Hmmm, "What's your sign?" and "Come here often?" may be replaced by "What's your PageRank?" and "Do you exchange links on a first date?" ;)

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>"Do you exchange links on a first date?"

Not if ya want to get ..........PR0

7:32 pm on Apr 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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OMG... I laughed at those comments soooo hard!

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I'll have to remember those lines for London ;) Maybe I'll get different looks from people than the you-are-crazy ones I got with the "Are you from Webmaster World?" line!

Jen

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Anyone enjoying their 2003 Google Flashy Pen? Heres a short video clip for the people who didnt snag one or didnt make it its over here: Google Pen AVI [geekscene.com]. Its nice and flashy (:
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So THAT is what it does. Mine was broke when I got it, sigh. LOL.
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take out the batteries by unscrewing the top & put them back in the same way - seemed to make one of ours work, just from jiggling/repositioning them.

Winooski -
sorry i didn't get to meet you in person, (so little time, too many beers -next time) but I did finally get to meet Laisha -
just so you know, she's not a real Maine-ah - she's what we call "from away" ;)

even if you've lived here as long as I have, you're still "from away" if you weren't born here:)

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Show me pictures of the GoToast Toaster in the home of the winner :P Action shots! I'll submit a photo of the Overture wooden Jelly Bean dispencer later on :)
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The winner lives in Yurope and the thing will not work there so he will put it on Ebay and we can watch the bidding.
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Would it be possible to create an online version of the handbook we all got? I would like some friends of mine to read it but I want to keep it for myself and treasure it forever!

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What a terrific event, Lesli and I were wondering wether we should be going to the dogshow or pubcon for the weekend, I'm glad we went to the right place.

Seems we had almost as much dog chat as web chat. A special thank you to all we met and had time to exchange thoughts and ideas with, and here's hoping we'll both make it to the next one in the UK.

A couple of memorable quotes or conversations from the weekend. Scott "I was robbed" and the philosophical conversation about his being robbed. And something along the lines of crackheads have more fun!

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Okay, I told everyone I would be posting more - so might as well start with the wrap up! All I can say is WOOOOOOWWWWWWWW. I have been to a lot of conferences, and there has never been such a meeting of minds. The sheer amount of knowledge gathered in one room, was only contained due to the sheer amount of alcohol in our stomachs. Beginning with our trip through the 8 bars in the hotel, to ending the morning at 3:30 with Shak. (One benefit of being a female crackhead, is that alcohol seems to appear right in front of you with no money leaving your purse.) And no Rae - I didn't get carded once!

The people that made the difference for me: Go60Guy, absolutely amazing - we kept running into each other right up to our gate at the airport, and he never stopped amazing me with his knowledge; JustTrying, if you need someone who knows how to ask the right questions - Jason is your man; AmericanBulldog and Wife Lesli (who better get a nick here soon!), great enthusiasm and incredible dedication - and even being Canadian, they just rock!; and of course the rest of our table who I'm just having a hard time remembering nicks, Brett from Nashville, Jim, ProfitPuppy and Jon, you all made the conference incredible for me.

And a special thank you to Roger for sharing a cab with me to the airport, even after I had a coughing fit that probably made him think I had SARS, especially after he started coughing as well! I think I'm okay now!

Oh and one other special thank you to the guys in the lobby for handling our special visitor - Brooklyn is represented!

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And a special thank you to Roger for sharing a cab with me

No problem. I have the rare ability for holding my breath for over 25 minutes while simultaneously speaking, coughing, and acting like nothing's going on.

Takes more than a cough to scare me!

:) Y

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Most amazing item of the weekend: Watching the driverless car slam into the motorcycle in front of Dominic's.

ROFL... Oh that was at least an hour of good fun. Along with all the other hours and hours of good fun before and after.... (especially finally meeting all the laggards that missed the last two ;) )

All in all the weekend *snif* actually made it worth losing my beloved coffee mug. (No worries though, I've got a new one on order today. ;) )

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Lindsay and I had a great time meeting all of you! We look forward to London. :)

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Okey, so now everybody that didn't/couldn't go is envious. How about some pictures from the PubCon to finish us off? :)
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SEM picture [drinkydrink.com]

[it's a joke BT]

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Will there be a summary of the event?

I mean out of all the members of WW 350 is not a heck of a lot of people.

Uh, how many members are there anyways?

AW

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