I thought Etech this year was the best one yet. The highlights ranged from Danny Hills' virtual tour of his fantasy workshop at Applied Minds, to George Dyson's history of proto-geeks in John von Neuman's world, to Clay Shirky's devastating takedown of taxonomies to Larry Lessig's inspirational call to arms to spur remix culture.
This morning I spoke on the economics of the Long Tail,
a subject I've been noodling around a bit here. Your comments were
incredibly helpful in steering the presentation, which you can download
(Note: it's a largish file--6.9MB--and is best viewed in presentation
mode, so the animations show up in the right order.)
I followed the talk with an onstage conversation with Joe Kraus, who talked about how he missed the Long Tail opportunity at Excite and is aiming to capture it with JotSpot, his new company. You can find coverage here, here, here and, well, I guess here too.
In other news, I'm delighted to report that Wired has been nominated
in the prestigious General Excellence category of the National Magazine
Awards, which are the Oscars of our industry. That makes three times in
four years (we had a sophomore slump), and I'm really proud of the