Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Bay City Jive



Ah, San Francisco. I just got back from a few days in my hometown, popping in for the sometimes multi-annual CTIA Conference, something the ol' day job requires of me at times. The conference itself wasn't that exciting, lots of stuffy suits talking about "mobile solutions" and "network synergy." There are a couple cool things going on in the wireless world outside of games, at least things that are coming to America since we are leagues behind Europe and Japan. Thirsty? Need a soda but short on cash? How bout you just stand next to the soda machine and SMS your beverage of choice. That's just one of the nifty things on the way. In Europe, where mobile dominates the tech culture, you can make all kinds of everyday purchases through stores or vending machines with a simple SMS text message.

Outside of the conference it was just nice to be in SF. It was beautiful weather, and San Francisco is definitely a walking town. I love to girl watch downtown, there are lovely ladies all over the place. Sure, here in North Hollywood you can run into porn stars at the grocery store, but SF has a diversity hard pressed to be found elsewhere (yay brunettes!). At the Sony Metreon Center I was able to pick up a couple girls of my own, albeit in lithographic form. There was a small display showcasing some of the awesome works featured in the equally awesome book The Art of Modern Rock. A nice score.

There was a gathering for dinner at Momo's, a well-known local restaurant in the shadow of 3Comm park, where I was the only artist amidst a horde of programmers. Imagine people are talking about all the crazy shit Neo is doing in the Matrix while watching that funky green streaming code. Now imagine you can't read the code.

The phonepic above was from our hotel, the lounge atop the Hyatt Grand.

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