picture by Jenni
In the traditional manner Interesting2008 is starting to leak out all over the internet. I love this bit. The Imagination folks shot everything and made a 'best of' edit which The Guardian are supposed to be putting up, er, sometime. I've not seen it, and I'm not sure when it's going up, but as soon as I know I'll tell you. And, since they shot the whole day, I'm hoping that they'll also make films of each individual speaker. And I'll put them up here. But, if they've not got the resources to do that I'll get the footage off them and do it myself. (Unless someone fancies helping out?). What I'm saying is; the full video stuff won't be quick. Sorry about that.
However, there's lots to content yourselves with in the meantime.
Michael's written his presentation up on his blog already, and I'm sure I've seen bits of it on vimeo or some such, though I can't find it right now.
James promises here that he'll soon be writing up his work on the geophysics of World Of Warcraft, but in the meantime writes some thoughtful and kind words on the playfulness of Interesting.
Tom's stuck the recorder incident on Vimeo. What a work of genius. Though I suspect you had to be there to get the full value.
Simon's put the audio of their performance with Ken on his blog.
James has put In Vino, Civitas on his blog.
I'm sure more people will write about more of their stuff in due course, and I'll try let you know when they do. But you can also browse through, or contribute to, the pictures in the flickr pool.
I didn't want to link to this before Interesting, I thought it would spoil the nice surprise. But, now, here it is:
picture from Ben
I feel like I'm tempting fate sticking this up now but I guess it might be useful for people if they knew who was speaking when. I should emphasise however that this is just a rough list, subject to, and likely to change. I made the mistake of asking all the speakers when they'd like to go on and they almost all said 'early, but not first'. That of course is not possible so if anyone's really upset with their slot please let me know and we'll negotiate.
It is also entirely possible that I've forgotten someone. If you think you're speaking and you're not on this list please let me know.
8am - Setting up
9am - Wandering in
10am - intro, Roo Reynolds, Gemma Teed, Jenny Owen, Steve Hardy, Daniel Raven-Ellison
11am - break
11.30am - Michael Johnson, Phil Gyford, James Wallis, Matt Dent, Matt Webb, Andrew Webb, Andrew Walkingshaw, Andrew Dick, Collyn Ahart Chipperfield, Matt Irvine Brown
1ish - lunch
2pm - surprise, Simon James & Ken Hollings, Anna Pickard, Younghee Jung, James Bridle, Kim Plowright, James Houston
3pm - break
3.30pm - Jim Le Fevre, Gavin Starks, Joel Gethin Lewis, George Oates, Lea Becker, Leisa Riechelt, Max Gadney
4.30ish - end, pub etc.
(Can I also say how stupidly pleased I am to have scheduled a sequence that goes 'Matt Dent, Matt Webb, Andrew Webb, Andrew Walkingshaw'? It's the answer to the question how do you get from Matt Dent to Andrew Walkingshaw using Interesting speakers changing only one name at a time.)
It seems to be about now that people are starting to realise they can't come to Interesting after all, because of something or other. Which is fair enough. If you're one of those people I'm sure there'd be someone who'd be glad to take your ticket off your hands. You can offer it at the wiki here (the password / invite key is 'interesting').
Interesting2008.com cloud courtesy of the wonderful wordle.
Back in February as part of my ongoing investigation into Tales From The Long Tail I wondered whether there was some way of getting a twitter feed of a particular book's Amazon rank. I imagined such a thing being immensely popular with authors, who get such little feedback about how their book's doing.
Well, Adrian immediately went and built such a thing and it's brilliant. It's just finished and launched and it's called Booklert. You can subscribe via twitter or email (depending how often your neuroticism needs feeding) and regularly watch the random progress of your book through the amazon ranks. Or discover that you're being completely trounced by James.
Read more about it here.
Just like bkkeepr, it's exactly the sort of thing a major book business could have thought of, should have thought of, but didn't.
And, as part of the Tales From The Long Tail experiment, I've signed up to sponsor Booklert with EBCB for a bit, so we'll see how that goes too.
Is there anyone with an office in centralish London who'd be prepared to take delivery of some big bags of tea and biscuits during the day on Thursday or Friday and could then bring them along to the Conway Hall on Saturday? Anyone up for that? We'd be very grateful. If so, please email me russell at russelldavies.com (Does that antispam trick with the 'at' even work? Surely spammers are cleverer than that aren't they? Oh well.)
UPDATE: We're covered, thanks very much to Nonsense.
picture - blackbeltjones
It's just round the corner isn't it? I'm sure there's something I've forgotten.
Anyway, this is stuff you need to know if you're coming to Interesting.
8am - We can get into the hall to start setting up. If you'd like to come along then and help out I'd be very grateful. Chores will include putting out chairs, filling urns, draping bunting, carrying flight cases, saying 'testing testing 1,2,3' into microphones.
9am - Doors open officially. Come early and watch the exciting preparations or hang out with chums and sup coffee (NOTE: bring own coffee). To get in you need to bring your email/confirmation from eventbrite. We do not print the tickets.
10am - Interestingness starts with community singing. Much talking and presenting ensues.
(There'll be a break in here somewhere. We'll be providing boiling water, teabags, milk, sugar and instant coffee. If you want anything fancier than that you'll have to bring it yourself. Mine's a short, skinny, cappuccino please.)
picture - kjpm
12.30ish - Lunchtime. We won't be providing lunch. We're warning the cafe in the square to expect an influx, there are good cafes and pubs nearby. Or you could bring your own.
1.30pmish - Off we go again.
(Another break here too.)
4.30pmish - And we're done. We'd be grateful if everyone could help with the tidying up. And we're going to try and book the back room of the same pub as last time. Its name escapes me for now. Just for some post-Interesting drinks. We were going to try and do a proper post-Interesting party with Last.fm deejaying action but I've not got round to it and it's too late now. If anyone would like to organise a party let me know and I'll announce it here and on the stage.
Er. Anything you need to know that I've missed?
picture - kjpm
Ah - kids. A few people have said they're going to bring their children along. That's splendid. I think it makes the feel of the thing a whole lot friendlier. So feel free to do that. We can't provide any sort of official facilities I'm afraid, but they are completely welcome. And Arthur's bringing his DS and will be looking for challengers.
The best tag for all your social media doodahing is probably Interesting2008.
We're not providing wifi because the lack of it last time made the whole atmosphere a lot better. Even the hardcore wifi fans seemed to like it. But we'll be doing some sort of slow liveblogging via the medium of scribbles and drawing.
And I think that's it. See you on Saturday.