I was traveling the past few days, attending the Open Source Business Conference, which is a... um... conference about the business of open source software.
It sort of sidetracked personal blogging activity a bit.
I am always surprised by how, when I attend these things, I become completely immersed in the goings-on, to the exclusion of the rest of the world. Meetings, conference sessions, drunken walks with business associates through The Streets of San Francisco after a late dinner of saki with a side order of sushi - all conspire to distract from what's happening outside the "trade show bubble."
So, yes, I missed President Obama's press conference. And I guess he got called out for being all giggly on 60 Minutes, and I sort of caught wind of the latest plan for Tim Geithner to bail out the Pacific Ocean, but I really don't know anything beyond the headlines.
Which, in a way, is sort of comforting. It is nice to attend a conference where smart people at great companies are talking about doing business, in spite of the constant Sturm und Drang that spills over us every minute through the media and on highly questionable blogs like this one.
There is some good news out here in the semi-real world. Companies are still doing stuff - making things, taking orders, delivering products, serving customers and cashing checks.
Sure, times are tough. But life goes on in (at least) some parts of the business world (like open source software).