Pubcon starts this morning in Las Vegas, and I have to race off to register shortly.
I arrived yesterday, and toured around the City a little. The Hotel/Casino that I stayed at a few months ago, the Stardust is now closed, and has a big fence around it, with signs that an auction will be held later this week for the public.
Noticed these patents had been granted to Google this morning:
Methods and apparatus for providing search results in response to an ambiguous search query
Inventors: Benjamin Thomas Smith, Sergey Brin, Sanjay Ghemawat, John Abraham Bauer
Assignee: Google, Inc.
United States Patent 7,136,854
Granted November 14, 2006
Filed: December 26, 2000
Now that I’ve had a chance to catch a little shut-eye after a restless late night flight from the San Francisco Airport to Baltimore Friday night, I’ve been able to sort through the pictures I took on the trip. I bought a new camera the day I began my journey, and I’m still getting used to it, so sadly many of my pictures were a litle too blurry to share. But some of them turned out ok, and a sampling of those appear below.
I had a great time in California, many chances to share some time with old friends and to make new ones, and the opportunity to exchange some ideas with a lot of sharp folks. Thanks to everyone who made this trip and conference such an enjoyable visit to the west coast. Here are some images from my visit:
Before traveling to the Search Engine Strategies Conference, I had the chance to spend a few days touring around San Francisco, including a trip to some wineries in Sonoma Valley. Here’s a picture of me and one of my hosts, Barry Swain, relaxing in front of a wine tasting room.
I’m packing my bags, to prepare for a flight tonight back to the east coast, after an enjoyable and educational week in San Jose at the Search Engine Strategies Conference.
The crew at Search Engine Roundtable, Barry, Ben, Lee, and Chris, have done a great job of providing information about the many sessions held over the four days of the conference, including a write up of the session I participated within.
I had a chance to talk with a good number of people during the conference, and really had a great time meeting folks, talking about some future plans of working together in one way or another in some instances, and sharing ideas about search and search engines, marketing, and the industry as a whole.
The sessions I attended were informative and inspirational, and I’m having difficulties deciding which I enjoyed the most. I did get a chance to go to some of the parties held in San Jose, including the Google Dance and Webmaster Radio’s SearchBlast.
One of the things that I don’t get to do on the east coast of the United States is to go to some of the more spontaneous events happening in the world of the Internet and web development.
But, after a red-eye flight to the west coast ending yesterday at the San Francisco Airport around noon, I find myself with the luxury of signing up for WordCamp 2006. This is a day long conference for users and developers of wordpress software, which happens tomorrow, Saturday – August 5th, 2006, from 9 AM – 6 PM, with a 8:30 PM after-party. The location is the Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA. The conference is free, and it could be fun to have the ability to provide some input into the future growth of wordpress. There’s a big list of suggested sessions, and it should be fun to discuss many of those topics with people who are passionate on the subect.
I’ll be in San Jose next week at the Search Engine Strategies Conference, speaking on Tuesday afternoon alongside Rand Fishkin of Seomoz and Jon Glick of become.com, in a presentation on Search Algorithm Research.
My part of the presentation will be focusing upon how the analysis of queries from users is playing a stronger role in what the search engines serve, how they collect information from users, and how they could expand their personalization efforts by looking at information outside of the interaction they have with their users.
Been having a great time at the New York SES the last couple of days, with a chance to hang our with some friends I met at last year’s Search Engine Strategies, and an opportunity to meet some new people.
I’ll probably write more about the conference in a few days. I’m in need of some sleep after the past few days of catching up and staying out a little late. I crashed early tonight, only to be awoken by the sound of a fire alarm. A voice over a loudspeaker came on a few minutes later, and informed us all that it was a false alarm.
Since I’m awake, and it may take a few minutes for the adrenalin rush to subside, I decided to post links to a couple of patents that were granted to Yahoo! yesterday, and a patent application from a couple of weeks ago with the name Apostolos Gerasoulis, of Ask (it’s hard to not write “Jeeves”), listed amongst its inventors.
Just a link to the documents and copies of the abstract tonight.
I will be joining Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz and Jon Glick of Become.com on a panel focusing upon Search Algorithm Research at the New York Search Engine Strategies Conference on February 28, 2006.
If you are going to attend the conference, or are in the New York City area during that week, and want to meet up, or say hello, please let me know. I had a great time at last year’s SES in New York, and met lots of great folks. I’m looking forward to attending this year.
That’s because you have a chance to attend a seminar from one of the smartest, internet savviest, and friendliest designers out there at “Web Design from Scratch LIVE” (no longer available).
The seminar is from Ben Hunt, aka Scratch, who is going to share many of the secrets that he has picked up on web design. It’s for:
I do have a selfish motivation in mentioning this seminar, in addition to thanking Scratch for the excellent tutorials about design that he has put on the web.
Rumor has it that he might someday bring this presentation across the sea to this side of the pond.
Web Design from Scratch, Live is an “intensive one-day training course led by Ben Hunt, principal consultant at Scratchmedia, on 07 November 2005 in Chesterfield, England.” If you have a chance to attend, the cost for the course is £295, which sounds like a bargain.
A hearty thanks to those who were able to attend.
The boat ride was wonderful, and I would definitely recommend to any who have the chance to go out on the Skipjack Martha Lewis that they take the opportunity. The boat is one of the last of its type, and riding on it was a glimpse at a life style that supported many people in an industry that we may never see the like of again.
I had the chance to stay at the Vandiver Inn over the weekend, and it was a real pleasure. I’ve never taken the opportunity to stay over at a Bed and Breadfast before, but I got a whole lot more pleasure out of the accommodations than I’ve ever had from staying at a large hotel in the midst of a metropolis.
I really enjoyed the conversations that I had a chance to have very much.