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Joi Ito's Party

Joi Ito hosted a party in San Francisco last night and was kind enough to invite me. It was a chance to meet some people for the first time, to meet others face-to-face for the first time, and to catch up with some people I hadn't seen in a long while.

Above are Tom Rielly and Joi. Tom and I knew each other in the late 1980s, when I worked at Silicon Beach Software and he was a key player in the Macintosh community. I don't know anyone who has a single bad word to say about Tom.

Above are Joi and Marc Canter. Marc and I had never met before tonight, but shared many mutual acquaintances. Marc recently wrote a very nice blog entry on tools for mobile blogging. Recommended.

Above are Reid Hoffman (who isn't linked because I don't think he wants to be found, at least not at the moment) and Barak Berkowitz. I met Barak through Joi a few months back -- a very sharp, very nice guy. As for Reid, he's one of the co-founders of PayPal, a great friend, and working on very cool stuff.

Above are Cory Doctorow and Howard Rheingold. Cory describes himself as a "30 year-old renaissance geek." I've wanted to meet him since admiring his work on boing boing, and he was as every bit as clever as I had expected. As for Howard, this was our first face-to-face meeting, though we know each other through Brainstorms, his private online community. He's quite wonderful and was kind enough to sign a couple of copies of Smart Mobs for me.

Snippets of conversation heard throughout the evening:

This chip is an HDTV display?

Q: Are you on Wife 1.0 or Wife 2.0?
A: I'm in beta with 2.0.

After they made us get out of the chairs, we sat down on the floor. They made us get up because it was a "security risk."

Q: Did you do the Atkins thing?
A: No, I did it the old-fashioned way -- diet and exercise. I hate the old-fashioned way.

Watch the 15 year-olds. They're already doing it.

I was so busy talking with such interesting people that I didn't make it around to talk to many others -- damn! Anyway, thanks to Joi for putting on such a great party.

Oh, and to Mike Backes: I'm sorry; there seemed to be some sort of networking problem, and the remote possession of me you promised never seemed to take hold. I mean, I didn't ask Joi to tango with me, at least not that I remember. It's too bad, because I'm sure everyone was looking forward to it. We'll have to work on it for the next party.

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