Berkeley Dinner with Dave Winer


Thirty of us joined Dave Winer this evening at the King Tsin restaurant on Solano at the Albany/Berkeley border for feast and conversation. We filled four tables. I talked with a couple of people who didn't know who Dave is!

Unlike the Chinese dinner event in Palo Alto a few months back, where everybody had a camera, I seemed to be the only one taking photos and rudely flashing at people as they ate. In the great majority of my shots, everyone has their eyes closed.

Dave's M.O. at these dinners is to start a new table when the one he's at fills up. This keeps the group from feeling like there are tables for adults and tables for children. Unfortunately, given this game of musical chairs, I didn't get to speak to Dave all evening. Next time I'll arrive late.

Mark & Chris contemplate the whole fish that arrived after we were stuffed.
These are both Scobelizers.

Sylvia pulled the group together.

Paul writes for Wired, among others.


Oh, boy, nothing like a big plate of broccoli for dessert.
← Tom Hunt, sys op and teacher at Longfellow Middle School in Berkeley, told our table that adolescents learning to program is parallel to their learning a foreign language. Do it early on and the student will speak fluently for life. Learn a language as an adult, and you end up sounding like Henry Kissinger. Tom believes that fluency in one programming language begets fluency in another. If schools were flexible (ha, ha, ha), wouldn't we map the curriculum to the plasticity of students' minds?

Yours truly. I told you we had our eyes closed.

Posted by Jay Cross at November 26, 2003 12:24 AM | TrackBack

An interesting item from Scobelizer:

    I have a vision of a day when every single Microsoft employee will have a weblog. Now, what happens when you have 55,000 people weblogging inside of a corporation? Well, for one, I want to see weblogs in different ways? Why shouldn't it be possible to see results from a search engine in order of where you are on the org chart, for instance? So, how can you match RSS data up with your domain data that's stored in Exchange and/or other corporate data stores?

    How about seeing data from corporate webloggers based on revenues? Or other metrics?

    Also, one thing I miss is being able to tell readers what I think are my most important items.

Posted by: Jay Cross at November 27, 2003 09:03 PM

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