So my four-in-a-row at MACUL was just too much fun, highlighted by a really whacky Skype call with Dave Cormier of Worldbridges.com during the Podcast, Vodcast, Screencast Nation session and some just really great comments and discussions by people in the audience. But I gotta say that I am tapped out, and am not thrilled about the fact that my flight home just got pushed back two hours (though there is free wi-fi goodness at the Grand Rapids airport.) Surprisingly, the podcast session was the most well-attended, probably about 300 people, but I’d say it was also probably the best. One of the worldbridges regulars, Jeff Flynn, was in attendance, and unbeknownst to me was Skyping my whole presentation to Dave who was waiting in the wings. I’d mentioned that Matthew Bischoff, the first kid podcaster I remember, used to podcast from his bedroom, so the first thing Dave assured us when I called him was that he was definitely not in his bedroom. The whole place cracked up. Good, fun stuff.
There seemed to be a real buzz this year about these technologies, more of an openness. The questions were better, less about what, more about how. People seemed genuinely eager to learn and think and talk as opposed to being overwhelmed by the prospect. The level of that acceptance was definitely a first, and very welcomed. It just raised the whole level on the discussion, and maybe it’s a sign that this discussion can move into a different phase. We’ll see.
The other good news? They sold out 50 copies of my book before noon. Very cool.