Sorry folks, I just don't feel like blogging right now. Rest assured, I'll be back after I've refreshed myself. Enjoy the archives. -Adam

This is why I hate salad bars

Mother Futon noticed I haven’t been posting so frequently. This is a sure sign that I’ve placed way too much on my plate. I do this at salad bars too. I always come back to the table with a mound of lettuce, fifty tomatoes, a dozen cucumbers, and a pile of croutons – do I really need that much salad before a meal? I think not.

I’ve so many ideas, and so many opportunities. Working on today’s “New Internet” is already starting to feel a lot like salad bar hacking. Apparently I’m not alone either.

What have I been over-indulging on lately? Well, first, there’s my job that I never seem to talk about. You see… I’m a full time consultant. I’ve come to realize that the whole 9 to 5 thing can take up way more time than should really be necessary. Thankfully it pays accordingly because it is by far my most time consuming obligation.

Then there are the big things. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with David working on Wists and some other things. I’m pretty excited about this because I see a ton of potential in Wists and, like I’ve mentioned before, David has some truly earth shattering ideas for the project.

Before I could really dig into Wists though, there was the Ajax Summit. I’ve been really nervous ever since I was invited to present at this event by Adaptive Path a couple weeks back. I scrambled to get something “cool” finished for the presentation, only to realize there simply wasn’t enough time in my days. I decided to just go with the flow.

I had nothing revolutionary to introduce. Let’s face it, this little Tackboard thing may have been cool a few months ago, but it’s been replicated a hundred times over now. How can a little guy like me really impress a room dotted with the biggest geeks on the Web? He can’t.

Nonetheless, I shared a few thoughts, examples, ideas, projects, and milestones. I don’t know if I served up any divine knowledge in my presentation, but at least a bunch of very cool people now have a face to put with my name.

I felt most at home during the second day’s round table discussion. I had a lot to say there, more than most it seemed. I was quite surprised to see how many stayed relatively quiet during what I expected to be the most productive phase of the summit. Derek Powazek fed us an eloquent analogy, “Ajax is to traditional Web, what instant messaging is to e-mail”. This is a perfect way to describe the technology to managers, clients, etc. It must have worked for him because he showed off an immensely ajaxified, and drop dead gorgeous, Technorati redesign.

After flying all night, I got back from San Francisco yesterday morning and headed straight back to the office. I’m exhausted, but it was worth it. I had a great time, met a bunch of great people, made some good business contacts, and I think I made a few new friends too.

So what now? As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to be spending more time on Wists. I’m not yet sure where I’m going to find this time, as I’ve already been spending the bulk of my free time on that “next big thing” I talked about when I got back from the Bahamas. I did buy a shiny new Vietnamese coffee press in San Francisco though; hopefully that can help power me through a few sleepless nights.

I’ve yet to even mention what’s going on with Higgle, and completely ignored the fact that I’ve yet to release this Tackboard. But since I’ve been going on about not having enough time, I’ll save those topics for another article. Noah says I should be writing at least daily anyway, so now you have something to look forward too. ;)