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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 ;-)

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It's not the nickname I'd be worried about... it's the rest of the caption. ;)
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Gone... post them Winooski...I am dying to see, but not as terrified of what they will show as at the last one.

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Winooski, I was in the limo with y'all. Feel free to post any of mine up... Even though I know you caught me in mid sentance... So, I'll likely look like a fool. We'll call it the mid-sentance-BS-action-shot. ;)

(edited because I can't spell a two letter word)

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It was great seeing everyone! I thought the conference was the best one yet (although I missed pubcon1). Still trying to catch up from being out since last week, so I'll have to post my favorite highlights later.

"seeing Seth Wilde sober, strange or what"

*lol* Shak your going to ruin my reputation! :) We can't let these people know that there's a serious side to me.

Beside, if the Brits didn't start me drinking at noon every day I would have been in better shape at midnight :)

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>ruin my reputation!

hehehehe, I wish I'd seen the 'flies' incident ;)

>brits at noon
We call that lunch! - And by 45 we call it stomach ulcer ;)

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Best PubCon "pick-me-up" line yet: "I'm a good friend of Brett Tabke". ;)

Sorry Brett - I don't believe it helped though! :)

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All right, the "ayes" and acquiesces have it:

PubCon IV pics [estey.com]

Apparently I have about a week, and then they'll get pulled down. Brett also may be posting some or all of 'em at some point...

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Winooski - Picture #19, the unknown at the very far right end is Go60Guy

Picture #21, the unknown in brown jacket is Go60Guy and I "think" the unknown in black shirt is PillDoctor. Go60Guy would know for sure.

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the unknown guy in #19 is moderator Travoli and the guy next to G060Guy in the other pic is pilldrugstore - he had the most flashy business cards there :)
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oilman and warlordbb, thanks. warlordbb, I remember running into you in the elevator, and you explained how your nickname has a holdover from gaming boards, and now people think you're 13. :)
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We MUST go to 2 days next time in the states. There were just too many people I didn't get the chance to talk too.
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> We MUST go to 2 days next time in the states.

I'll be there!

> There were just too many people I didn't get the
> chance to talk too.

My ONLY complaint!

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Brett, you were able to sit down with me at Dominic's for a minute, and I was quite honored. I couldn't expect any more time from ye, all things considered!
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Just a friendly suggestion:

It would be real cool to do it in San Francisco.

(The search engine speakers wouldn't have to travel far either).

:) Y

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We MUST go to 2 days next time in the states. There were just too many people I didn't get the chance to talk too.

Agree Brett... our longest conversation was about my sweater... and we didn't even have a clue who we were talking to. :)

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"hehehehe, I wish I'd seen the 'flies' incident ;)"

Suffice to say, Seth will never trust any of us in attendence that evening again :).

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It's pretty clear my wife had a good time as well. I just walked in and caught her reading WebmasterWorld. :) Will we have another female crackhead on our hands?
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We MUST go to 2 days next time in the states. There were just too many people I didn't get the chance to talk too.

Couldn't agree more. I was described by a moderator (who shall remain anonimous) as "one of the older female members". Although accurate, I wasn't too thrilled with that description. ;)

I was unable to keep up with those who are slightly younger and I certainly can't drink as I once was able to! I discovered that the large majority of the networking took place in various pubs while I was sound asleep at the hotel. :(

I'd love for workshop sessions to be set up similarly to the forum structure ... but obviously, cut down to a manageable level. One to two hour sessions for various topics to be discussed.

Don't know really how this would work, but I'm sure something along these lines could be done. It doesn' need to be too formal ... just some kind of structure so that those who really want to discuss similar topics could find each other at a specific place and time.

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Oh what it would be to pick up and travel to pubcon at the drop of a hat. Alas that would be life before small children - being "the mommy" precludes this type of travel (for now).

Seriously folks, this thread has me envious of those who can partake...Maybe next time? But many thanks to those who posted tid-bits and errata here and elsewhere. I've most enjoyed reading your reports.

LisaB

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It might sound as though pubcon meant a lot of, well, pubs! But as another non-drinker along with Shak, I can definitely say that PubCon is a great event for the sober as well as those who enjoy their pints and sips. I did put away a fair number of club sodas, and I got to see how the price for that beverage varies from free to $6 a glass, depending on the venue.

I set aside Thursday through Sunday this time. I realized in London that the official day of the conference is only the tip of the iceberg, so I KNEW I wanted to be there early for maximum effect.

But I will say that the official day itself was without a doubt the best Internet conference I've been to of any kind. Having the chance for some real face to face conversation with the SE reps, that alone was amazing. And that spirit of happy tolerance for all kinds of folks was something I really needed.

As the population thinned out on Sunday, I knew that even four days wasn't enough for me. There's a whole bunch of people I really wanted to hook up with, and I barely had a chance to say more than a short hello to some of you. Sorry for that -- I'll try to catch the folks I missed in London this fall.

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Two days would be interesting. There were definately alot of people I didn't get the chance to chat with. Saw the name tags but they were already busy talking up a storm with others.

I'm hoping Dan from Overture will make good on his offer to make the slide show available as I really do want to get a copy of it.

I especially enjoyed cornering the Teoma and Google reps to ask them a couple of pointed questions about XML in the future of their engines. Interesting responses from both.

Already started getting my wife used to the idea I'll be out of the country come fall.

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Bun... I have a two year old and a five year old with severe special needs. It takes some strategic planning, but it can be done ;).

And yes, I also was sober the entire weekend and had a BLAST! Drinking is definately not a must to have fun... and that way you remember every single embarrassing event to laugh later :).

Rae

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Having to do a runner out of Cheers, after they kindly arranged a table for 28, but most of the attendees had changed their mind.

I left with a large group (15 at least). How many were finally seated at the table for 28? :)

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And I am a single mom of a two year old, and I made it work =) And that included flying all the way from the west coast.

I am already planning on going to London - just waiting for the dates so I can get it all organized. And I agree with the two day thing too - there were so many people I didn't get a chance to meet.

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Oh, by the way, Ms. lawman said Shak was the most interesting character she met at PubCon. Bum Phillips once said of Earl Campbell, "[He] may not be in a class by himself, but whatever class he's in, it doesn't take long to call roll." The same might be said of Shak. ;)

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And I was not going to go!

What an opportunity to meet some talented and interesting people. I want to thank Brett for providing me access to this PubCon – Thanks! My interpreter was great and did well for such short notice…

How did this PubCon change me?
1.) I am now convinced that people here at W W really do exist.
2.) I don’t have to lurk.
3.) I am convinced I need to go to London PubCon!
4.) Thanks to 4eyes – A good Porter is now my choice of beer!

Really great meeting you all!
Cheers
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eboda...Oh, so that was you I met at Starbucks on Sunday. Sorry I didn't put it all together. Just further proof that we need the nametags on all the time. :)

I was very impressed to see a sign language interpreter for the presentations. It says a lot about WebMaster World.

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For those of you who thought my old salt stories were fiction, and LinkShark didn't need to change profession:

On several occasions Canadian submarines have proven their worth in surveillance. In 1993 HMCS OJIBWA, with a DFO official embarked, successfully conducted a surveillance operation in the region of Georges Bank off Nova Scotia [cda-cdai.ca]. As a result of this operation, violations of the Canadian economic fishing zone (EFZ) in this area decreased from 33 in 1993, to 6 in 1994 and only 1 in 1995. This possibly led to Canadian scallop fishers landing larger catches as the competing US fishing violations decreased. The post-operation analysis of the patrol stated that the lack of comfort on a submarine might make it difficult to get volunteers from DFO for future operations.

As a matter of record -- I got 14 hours sleep in 10 days, due to all the trawling rakes around us (since the boats didn't know we were there... until we surfaced in the middle of them.

Almost as much fun as PubCon! ;)

[edited by: fathom at 8:41 am (utc) on April 30, 2003]

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Agree with Vitaplease here the next update must be called:

Dominic's

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>For those of you who thought my old salt stories were fiction, and LinkShark didn't need to change profession:

That was a great story - thanks for reminding me.

(I doubt if LinkShark has any regrets) ;-)

> extending to 2 days

I like the idea. I was there for four days, but so many folks suddenly appeared on Sat. that it was a little overwhelming, not mention I was already running on fumes by then and had to go to bed early on the biggest day!

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