WebWise Recap and Miscellaney, Part 4, The Final.

Day Three, Continued: 

We’ve been thrust out of our comfy Queens beds and luxurious shower amenities into the sunny Baltimore Inner Harbor. hwat to do with five hours to spare? Lunch. Then sightseeing! There were a few options open to us for the day. First, was a suggestion made the night before, a visit to the Baltimore National Pinball Museum. Second, was the National Aquarium of Baltimore.  Could we do both? Sigh, unfortunately not. We chose the aquarium as our first adventure, but afterwords we were pooped and hungry again, two things that don’t make for energetic pinball excitement. One thing though: Pinball Museum, I WILL VISIT YOU! Mark my words.

The Aquarium welcomes you with a 4-story, glass-enclosed indoor greenhouse, which you can see a little of here, just beyond these super-cool dragon paddle-less paddleboats:

The aquarium itself is a little pricey, but seriously, it was amazing once you got inside. You had the usual fish cases with apt descriptions and habitats, but then you turn the corner, and BAM, huge manta rays. Oh, and this guy, chillaxin’ as he swims around and around with his tiny face and HUGE teeth.

Rain came, we were soaked once the bus picked us up, and we rode home with a group of privileged Baltimore 20-somethings who spent the entire time regaling stories of nightclubs past while they networked with their ‘Meatpacking District’ friends for the night’s pre-gaming, and what I can only assume, actual-gaming.

Thanks Baltimore, IMLS, and Webwise folks. You were all exceptional, and I’ll be back post-haste! Oh, and here’s an old man eel for you:

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WebWise Recap and Miscellaney, Part 3

Day Two, Continued:

And how could I not include the amazing late-addition that made most of the nights of the conference attendants- Ian MacKay’s mini-keynote explaining his involvement and motivations in creating the Fugazi Live Series archive? Shame on you for thinking I would forget. Pshaw.

This man is amazing. He’s calm, understated, and yet powerfully passionate about himself, his music, and the way it affects others. Oh, and about collecting. SERIOUS COLLECTING. The Fugazi Archive is not a celebrity project. It is his way of giving that live-show experience back to the folks that made it all possible; the audiences. He and his band played for them. They gave him motivation to keep playing, and in turn Fugazi treated their audiences like family; as many of the professionals in the audience walked up and told him throughout his address. I’m not one to plug too much, but you need to take a look at this thing: http://www.dischord.com/fugazi_live_series

After the conference, through some Twitter miracle, I found some folks to grab a drink with. Total strangers no more! Met some of the presenters from the day, got a little shy, ate a few crab cakes, drank a few beers, and throughout the whole night realized that we are all in the same boat–some of us just have a stronger oar.

Day Three: 

The last morning of the conference was all about oral histories! Now I dont have much experience with conducting or providing access to oral histories, but I understand the immense value these archival materials have in the preservation of the human experience. Reading the liveTweets during the presentations, it seems like there were a few others who commiserated over the overall mystery of oral history preservation: “Oral history is a problematic, complex information package that freaks people out – Doug Boyd”

Had to check out and skedaddle out of the hotel at noon, so I unfortunately didnt get to attend the last section of speakers. Heard you guys did great, though!

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WebWise Recap and Miscellaney, Part 1

So I’ve had a few days to process last week, and I can’t help but still feel honored and inspired. Sign of a good conference, right?

Waiting to depart down to Baltimore my friend (and conference room-share bud) Susie and I ran into one of our old professors from our Master’s program, a sign that not only were we in the right place to pick up the bus, but that right off the bat, we were with like-minded folk. Not many students/recent students attend conferences like this (or so we were told numerous times during the networking downtimes), and we were happy that we took that time out of our schedules to make it happen.

FF four hours later, and we’re there. Baltimore, land of Domino Sugar, Utz, and the city’s patron saint, John Waters. Oh, and the Inner Harbor, home to the conference/hotel, the aquarium which houses a 4-story rainforest, and the U.S.S Torsk, an angry little submarine.

Day One: Unload and eat. It’s pouring and we’re exhausted, so we stumble over to Phillips, known for their ‘award-winning crab cakes,’ and unbeknownst to us, the most excitable acoustic-playing, 1990s-music-loving live act this side of the harbor. Phillips is situated next to Baltimore’s own Barnes and Noble and Hard Rock Cafe, both known for their cookie-cutter innards. Interesting about these retail spots however, is that they are all built into an old power plant, which gives the interiors an amazing industrial feel. Makes you think about years past and proper theories on architecture and ecosystems: power plant right on the harbor? sure, why not.

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