May 07, 2005

BlogNashville Ends

(Lots of "update" material below, so be sure to scroll down.)

BlogNashville is over, and John and I had an excellent time. It was a pleasure to meet so many bloggers in person (see below). We were interviewed for Andrew Marcus's documentary:BLOG along with many other participants. Andrew filmed John sketching his caricatures (which we may post more of later), so perhaps one or two will end up in the film. Also video taped was an encounter John (and others) had with Dave Winer during a discussion called, ironically, "A Respectful Disagreement." I wasn't a witness, but below is John's sketch of it. For other accounts, see Dave Winer, Glenn Reynolds, Les Jones and Scared Monkeys.


Some of the bloggers and participants we met (as best as I can remember -- I apologize if we left you out!):

Robin Burk of Random Probabilities
Bill Roggio of The Fourth Rail
Tim Schmoyer of Sisyphean Musings
Donald Sensing of One Hand Clapping
Steve (USMC_Vet) of The Word Unheard
Greg Gray of Toe In Water
Linda Seebach of Rocky Mountain News
Todd Anderson of
Chris Muir of Day by Day cartoons
Glenn Reynolds of InstaPundit
Bill Hobbs of HobbsOnline
Tom and Red of Scared Monkeys
Chris Wage of My Quiet Life
Pink Kitty
Mathew Sheffield of Dialogue Media
Rex Hammond of RexBlog
Jason Clarke of Moore Lies
Mark Tapscott and Kirk Johnson of The Heritage Foundation
Gabe Rivera of
Eric Janssen of Quixtar Blog
Mark Dunn of Business Wire
Bob Cox of The National Debate
Stan Brown of Two Minute Offense
Sean Hackbarth of The American Mind
Tom Biro of The Media Drop
Les Jones
Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit
Don Mooradian of The Nashville City Paper
Barbara Iverson of Columbia College Chicago
Andrew Marcus and Tori Marlan of documentary:BLOG

UPDATE I -- May 8: More accounts of the David Winer "discussion" from The Media Drop and Paul Chainey, and The Political Teen has video of Winer interacting with Stan Brown.

UPDATE II: More drawings from John's sketchbook:


UPDATE III: You can see another sketch here.

UPDATE IV -- May 9: More accounts of "A Respectful Disagreement": Stan Brown and Greg Gray. And Technorati has more links on the convention in general: .

UPDATE V: Glenn Reynolds has a excellent review of BlogNashville as well as video interviews with participants, including me and John, Chris Muir and others: Are Blogs Busting Loose? (the video link is at the end of article). And the documentary:BLOG guys have posted photos from the convention here (a pic of me and John is in the fourth row down, last picture, right by a vertical picture of Chris Muir).

UPDATE VI -- May 11: Glenn Reynolds has another encounter with Dave Winer, and it's a perfect illustration of why Dave was the wrong person to conduct a "respectful disagreement" session, to put it lightly. Scared Monkeys has more links: GLENN 2, DAVE 0.

Posted by Forkum at May 7, 2005 11:59 PM



Posted by: Elton John at May 8, 2005 01:19 AM

Comments!! Excellent!


I have nothing to disagree with here. :(

Posted by: Chris Wage at May 8, 2005 01:21 AM

John: Are you still "angry"?! ;)

Thanks for the reports from BlogNashville. I am working on my Annual Blog Report III. EGO had its third blogiversary yesterday.

All the Best,

Martin Lindeskog - American in spirit.
Gothenburg, Sweden

Posted by: Martin Lindeskog at May 8, 2005 07:29 AM

It was really great meeting you both. It was a great weekend.. hope everyone's blood pressure has gone down!

For the record, Chris and I don't have the same blog. Mine is


Posted by: Pink Kitty at May 8, 2005 02:21 PM

Lemme try that again..

Posted by: Pink Kitty at May 8, 2005 02:23 PM

Chris Wage: And I opened the comments just for you! :-) Nice meeting you in person. At least we have the MX-5 as a shared value!

Martin: Happy Third Blogiversary! (John is a little less angry. Blood pressure being monitored as we speak.)

Pink Kitty: Good to see you again. I'm so sorry about that link mix up. That's what happens when I try to type around midnight. The link should be okay now.

Posted by: Forkum at May 8, 2005 03:31 PM

Hey Cox and Forkum,

Sorry I got your names mixed up on my blog. I've since corrected the error. And after all that talk about name tags you'd think I would have paid closer attention. But I didn't, I blame it on ADD.

By the way thanks for the helpful map to the Wolfie's thing you drew. If this political toon thing doesn't work out I think you have a future in cartography. ;o)

Posted by: Eric J at May 8, 2005 04:25 PM

So did Chris give you any tidbits as to what Sam & Zed and Jan & Damon will do next?

Posted by: Macker at May 8, 2005 05:59 PM

Allen & John:
Y'all need medication. As do I. Which we got at that beer joint.It was fun, and the fact that John & I almost fell down seems appropriate, somehow.

Macker, you'll see. Here.

John:Awesome caricatures, and I salute your capacity to tolerate Wild Turkey-the drink, I mean, not the-never mind.

Posted by: chris muir at May 8, 2005 06:52 PM

Macker: Chris told us all the "Day by Day" plots for the next two and half years, and let me tell you -- hang on to your mouse!

Aw, who am I kidding? We plied him with 11 different kinds of beer, and got nothing out of him. Hes a vault!

Well, he did tell us one thing...

Posted by: Forkum at May 8, 2005 10:23 PM

Hey, great meeting you guys at the Friday night gig the other day. Also, thoroughly enjoyed my time sitting next to John at the 'disagreement' session.

Posted by: Tom at May 8, 2005 10:39 PM

Tom ... Finally! I knew there was ONE dude who had my back in that particular kerfuffle.

Later on I tried mightily to remember your site and kept coming up empty. When you left your comment...that did it. We've added you to the "met" list in the post.

Really cool meeting you.

Posted by: cox at May 8, 2005 11:21 PM


Really enjoyed meeting you Sat after our lovely time with Winer.

My thoughts just went up on my blog at Two Minute Offense.

Stan Brown

Posted by: stan at May 9, 2005 09:31 AM

Glad to see most of us emerged unscathed from the 85% sanitary lunch spot. Good to meet you all (John, Allen, and Chris, ...)!

Posted by: Gabe at May 10, 2005 12:27 PM

Gabe ... Yes, not only did we survive, but I actually enjoyed the food!

I had trouble finding your site (kept spelling it "memeoranda" instead of "memorandum") until yesterday when I saw this post at Scared Monkeys.

I enjoyed meeting you and wish you the best with your site.

Posted by: Forkum at May 10, 2005 12:39 PM

Cox & Forkum,

You guys were a blast. I am so glad I got the opportunity to meet you. We'll have to plan a beverage consumption outing in the future.

We have a pretty cool tribute thing planned for you guys in the not too distant future.

Posted by: Red at May 11, 2005 05:06 PM

No room for comments on previous blog, so I'll answer the question here. For live cartoon blogging, you will need a tablet computer with a wireless antenna card in the PCMCIA slot.

Not hot-spot wireless, but unfettered walk around wireless like a cell phone. I tested out the Verizon card and was not satisfied. Now that AT&T and Cingular have merged, I'll probably try their card next.

Pricey though, at about $80 per month plus a few bills for the card.

Posted by: American Daughter at May 15, 2005 08:56 PM

American Daughter... That's even more "live" than I had in mind! But I imagine what you suggest would do the trick. I figured a laptop with a handheld scanner, for scanning ink drawings, would work (but even that assumes the venue has wi-fi). Thanks for the advice.

Posted by: Forkum at May 16, 2005 12:32 PM