Now This is a Conference Bag!
Now This is a Conference Bag! by cogdogblog posted 22 Apr ’08, 11.38pm MDT PST on flickr

They don’t make them like the used to… most of ther bags I get at conferences end up in the filing cabinet. This heavy duty tool box was the cool giveaway at UCON97, the 1997 Macromedia Users Conference, besides the nice travel bag from the 2003 MERLOT conference, is the only one I have every kept.

In the 1990s, my multimedia work revolved around Director. I actually scammed my way into the 1997 Macromedia conference on a “press” pass, a claim I made based on the amount of free coverage I provided Macromedia on the old Director Web site.

And there is nary a web shred left of the old sites, as they all now point to the mothership’s mothership.

Looking back, I see that I more or less rolled a basic blog tool tool in 1997 to provide “press coverage” for the conference under the name of “Johnny Lingo”– see UCON 97 Exposed!, where I created a simple tool for several folks to post news stories and to post photos.

There’s even an entry by Marc Canter or someone posing as him.

Seriously, look at this site- its a blog software! I wrote this in 1997! I invented blogging!

The post "Now This is a Conference Bag!" was originally pushed out of the bottom of a purple jar of Play-Doh at CogDogBlog ( on April 22, 2008.


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