So I have been off-line more than usual because I have been traveling, central in my trip was attending the Foursquare Conference in NY, a semi-secretive gathering about which the NYTimes says "The FourSquare conference has become the East Coast incarnation of Allen & Company’s annual summer gathering in Sun Valley, Idaho, which has been the hatching place for all kinds of major and minor deals."
Not sure I walked away with any deals, but did very much enjoy the proceedings (thanks to Quadrangle partner Josiah Rotenberg for sneaking me on the invite list). For more on the actual conference, see this posting from the uber-blogger, Jeff Pulver :see here . I will try and opine on the actual content in the coming days, but for now just want to lodge a complaint about the gift bag!
Yes, I know, shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, but the gift bag was so nice...mp3 player, bluetooth headphones (nice ones), the new Bruce album, a Barry Manilow album (ok, that isn't no nice, but is funny). And then...Spider-Man 3, which was actually on the request list of my kids. I proudly announced to my four year old son that I had Spider-Man 3...and then broke our no movies during the week rule to try and show him (at least a few scenes....). And then...the DVD would not play. Got an error message saying "disc not readable." Tried it on a another machine, same error message. neThen I looked at the box: "Blu-Ray" and "Plays on Blu-Ray Players and on Playstation 3." I have ither. Thus resulting in a VERY UPSET four year old. Well, an hour later and many stories read by yours truly, he calmed down.
BUT WHAT IS SONY THINKING? How many people have Blu-Ray players at home???? Would it have been such an incredible engineering feat to have Blu-Ray discs sideways compatible with "regular" DVDs???? Does this sound like Laser Disk to you? A little Beta Max perhaps?
And the box is so nice, with raised picture of Spidey and everything...Sigh. Maybe it will make a nice coaster. And if anyone of you out there has a Blu-Ray player with no disc to play, have got a match for you!