CES is finally over, and for the first time, well, ever, I'm returning home without the flu (technically two years ago I had the flu during CES, which believe me was a lot of fun). Team Engadget completely killed it this with year. We had hands-down the best and most comprehensive coverage of both CES and Macworld 2007, and I'm in total awe of how hard everyone worked. It's a privilege to work with the most talented team of tech bloggers on the planet, but beyond that it was just hugely fun hanging out with everyone. I still feel like I need to sleep for 24 hours straight, but I honestly can't wait to go back next year, Ryan and I already have a list of all the things we'd have done differently.
I'm off to Vegas tomorrow for CES, which anyone who knows me well will know is absolutely the most stressful, yet exhilarating, week of my year. The fact that this year it overlaps with Macworld isn't helping much, but there's not much to be done about that, and so right now I'm over at Ryan's house (aka Engadget West) getting ready for six days of intense blogging, walking the floorshow, and getting about one hour of sleep a night. See you there!
I've been on the West Coast for the past week or so now, here are some highlights:1. The Inhabitat holiday party, big ups to everyone who showed up.
2. Hanging out with Dave Winer - I've been blogging for what feels like an eternity now (five and a half years!), but oddly enough I'd never met Dave or even exchanged emails with him. We fixed that -- and chatted a bit about our MP3 player.
3. A 2 hour and 40 minute train ride to Merced that, thanks to Amtrak, descended into a Fellini-esque six and a half hour ordeal seated next to a really sketchy wannabe white gangsta dude with ADHD. Key moment was when he told me he's an illustrator. "So what do you draw?" I ask. "Drawings of the Grim Reaper smoking a cigarette," he responds, completely devoid of irony.
4. Watching the second season of Da Ali G Show with my dad.
5. Watching the first season of Extras by myself (no one else was interested). It wasn't bad, but it's just the same joke over and over again, innit?
6. Spending the better part of a day dealing with the inane bureaucracy that is AOL trying to resolve a minor issue that should have taken at most fifteen minutes. There are some amazing people there -- too bad they're surrounded by layer upon layer of idiots. 7. Steeling myself for CES + Macworld. I'll be back in SF for a couple of days next week before I head to Vegas, if you're fixing for a pre-CES meeting, drop me a line.
I'm headed out to the West Coast next week, and as soon as I step off the plane I'm headed straight to the big Inhabitat holiday party that's going down on Wednesday at the Design Within Reach store on Fillmore Street in SF. If you're in the Bay Area you should swing by and say hi.
I had sort of an unusual day yesterday. Started things off by playing a couple of hours of Gears of War with Major Nelson and the winning bidder of our charity Xbox match, then hauled my ass over to the Meatpacking District to meet up with Ethan Kaplan from Warner Bros. Records. I'd made him promise to let me know the next time he was going to be in town, so he invited me to hang out at the shoot for Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone's latest video. Best part was that the video just happened to be a shot-for-shot remake of Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" -- complete with all the day glo/blacklight stuff, too. Weirdest part was when Jamie asked me not to blog what he was texting to Paris Hilton.