June 3rd, 2008

hat

new york, new york

I was listening to Tim Harford's "The Logic of Life" recently, and he discussed how the rent premium of large cities is justified because you have much more opportunity to meet interesting people and learn from them. He also included a discussion of how communication technology, rather than changing this, amplifies the effect. Well, I felt like I was living out this chapter today. I met up for lunch with a friend of mine from high school (& college, too.) He normally works for Google UK, but was in New York for a visit. How did I find this out? He kept mentioning New York on Facebook.

Then, in the evening, I met up with another friend from Amsterdam. I found out that he was going to be visiting NYC the same time as me by using Dopplr. Turns out he was there for the NANOG conference. So I crashed their reception, had some drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and caught up with my friend for a while. (As I got to the reception, I asked the bar hostess if this was where the NANOG party was. She said yes and proceeded to put an orange wristband on me, explaining that this way, they'd know I was part of the group and not some guy who just walked off the street.) While there, I also got to meet the directors of two of the largest internet exchanges in the world. According to their projections, they should together be forwarding over a terabit of traffic per second by this time next year. Interesting people.

Finally, to finish it off, I had a brief video chat with fanlain and Soba, using Verizon's wireless Internet. Soba actually recognized some of the commands I gave her over the chat channel, and when we switched to video chat, she tried to jump at the computer. I guess that's as close as I'll get to a Soba tackle until Friday.