Later, we went to a reception for the conference, which involved eating dinner.
Today I rode the trolley and the bus to Pacific Beach and went out on the pier to watch the surfers floating in the waves. Then I made the walk down the concrete boardwalk and looked at the sun and the water. For a while, I took off my shoes and got my feet sandy and wet. The beach was pretty empty, but it was warmer than I'd expected.
Now I'm at the conference. I was part of an afternoon talk (which went pretty well); so I stuck around to hear the closing presentation by Andy Lark. He's talking about the participatory age and social networking and that sort of thing. The funny thing is that whenever he mentions something like myspace or friendster or flickr; I'm reminded to check them to see what's up (not much, it seems) since I didn't get the internet to work in my hotel room.
I don't know if that was his intent or not. He also showed a video that speculated on the future of all of the tech consolidation that included a service called MSN Newsbotster, which I found more than hilarious. The resterization of the internet, people.