Number Johnny Five is Alive!

blogfest5.jpgLast night was Pittsburgh Blogfest 5. These events just keeping getting better and better. This time, we had a special treat in the form of über-blogger Robert Scoble. Robert is a “technical evangelist” for Microsoft. He also co-wrote a book with Shel Israel called “Naked Conversations : How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers“. Don’t let his current employer fool you, though. He’s been known to use his blog to dis the 800-pound gorilla on occasion, as well as praise their competitors. Anyhow, Robert was in town to participate in a panel discussion on business blogging organized by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. The event will be podcast and I’ll get you the link as soon as it’s up. Since Robert was to be in town anyhow, someone thought it would be cool to invite him to our blogfest. We celebrated his 41st birthday with a cake and the gift of a Terrible Towl™. He seemed to have a good time with us. Everyone seemed to enjoy his company as well. I spent a little while talking to him, but I didn’t too deep into anything because 1) I’d be talking out of my tuchus (regarding a lot of tech industry current events) and 2) I would have had to admit that I’d never read his blog (though I’ll rectify that soon). Despite having a pseudo-celebrity in our midst, there was no press presence this time. I’m sure those who saw the horrible picture of me in the Post Gazette are thankful for that. 😉

Here’s a group pick taken just before we left Finnegan’s Wake.


After the main gathering broke up, Rich, the proprietor of Aldo’s Coffee Co. in Mount Lebanon (good coffee, btw), kept the place open after closing time so some of us could continue conversing. Poor Rich never did learn my name, though. To be fair, though, I should mention that he was in the same boat as most folks, and for many the anonymity was mutual. This may come as a shock to my readers, but I’m actually a pretty shy guy around folks I don’t know. It’s only once I’ve gotten to know you that you can’t shut me up. 😉 Here’s a pic of the coffee chat gang.


Here’s one of just me and Robert.


Comments 6

  1. Rob wrote:

    Coffee’s especially troublesome, and I would have had to try some at Aldo’s. Photos of me barfing would have knocked you down a few classifications on the Ecosystem.

    I missed seeing everyone.

    Prayers would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Posted 20 Jan 2006 at 5:52 am
  2. Sean McCune wrote:

    I’m gonna have to get to one of those shindigs one of these days…

    Prayers… you got ’em, Rob.

    Posted 20 Jan 2006 at 6:04 am
  3. Powerball wrote:

    Sorry I missed it. The show wraps at 6, I’m out the door by 7 on a good day and then I have my wife and son waiting for me. Needless to say, it’s tough for me to break away midweek.

    I’m am thinking about maybe hosting one of these shindigs one of these day. I have a friend that owns a place at PNC park. I will try to attend one soon.

    Posted 20 Jan 2006 at 6:18 pm
  4. Liz wrote:

    Hey, Eric – great to meet and talk with you. Thanks for the links – the sign photo is all you said it was. I’m making sure that it gets to that eccentric fellow 🙂 I’m married to, so that it winds up part of the Pittsburgh Signs Project.

    Posted 22 Jan 2006 at 3:56 am
  5. Funky Dung wrote:

    There’s another angle here.

    Posted 22 Jan 2006 at 4:59 am
  6. Mark wrote:

    If by eccentric you mean someone who does the exact right thing at the exact right time, I’ll buy that. But more likely you were referring to the difficult hair on top of my head and my capitulation to its unruliness. In any case, please send date the photo was taken and the site’s location.

    Posted 22 Jan 2006 at 6:44 pm

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  1. From Overheard in Pittsburgh on 03 Jan 2007 at 12:41 pm

    we graduated to a better site, several publications wrote about OIP, and Pittsburgh’s especially awesome bloggers extended their goodwill. I accepted an award awkwardly in a room full of people who were either cooler or much richer than me, and I stood out like a sore thumb at Blogfest 5, where people were very nice. Oh, and a Suicide Girl linked to Overheard in Pittsburgh in her blog, which makes me consider whether I am, in fact, a CoolDude™. Readers e-mailed just to tell me they liked the site, and more than I might

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