It is with great sadness that I announce…

…I will not be at Northern Voice this year 🙁

It has been the single most important event in my thinking about educational technology over the past two years, as well as a social blast with the cats I love most. But times and my wallet being as they are, I just couldn’t swing it this year.  It’s my great loss, and I will have to quietly cry from the sidelines as I watch the festivities, which sadly for me include a whole new group of folks that I was really looking forward to meeting for the first time.

Alas, there’s always  D’Arcy’s Flickr stream, through which I can simultaneously trace what’s happening and long for all the good times I once had.

Have fun you freaks, and here is to hoping I see you all next year.

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22 Responses to It is with great sadness that I announce…

  1. Leslie M-B says:

    Dammit. I guess we’re destined never to be in the same place at the same time. Hope our paths cross somewhere else soon. . .

  2. Reverend says:

    “We’ll meet again, don’t know how, don’t know when…” 🙂

  3. Cole says:

    Sorry to hear that, Rev. We made a similar decision with some folks from PSU a couple of weeks ago. The damn economy is killing the progress of education technology on an international scale!

  4. Andrea_R says:

    It’s okay – I won’t be there either. 🙁

    Mostly becasue of finances, it being clear at the other end of the country and I have another conference I have to speak at in March.

  5. Can’t be there myself. Killer travel schedule this month.

  6. Gardner says:

    Still haven’t been to Northern Voice. It’s the biggest gap in my odyssey, the calypso island I’ve never visited. Dagnabbit.

    I mourn with you for both of us. And now you’ve got me thinking about the end of “Dr. Strangelove.”

    Some sunny day!

  7. Alan Levine says:

    The eduglu band will be list without the growls of the lead singer.

    You will be missed no matter how many public jokes (clown!) are said at your expense.

    And that should say “lost” in that first sentence. *#+ing TwitterFon interface does not let you access forts sentences

  8. Jon says:

    ‘m selfishly kinglad you won’t be there, as neither will I this year…

  9. Chris Lott says:

    Even though I can’t be there this year either, it makes me even sadder to know you won’t be either!

  10. Scott Leslie says:

    @Reverend no biggie, it’s just a blogging conference. 😉 those of us who will be there will do our best to channel a tiny bit of the inspiration you’ve brought in the past, though I fear the eduglu singers might have to turn our hands to a solely instrumental jam. So…come in August to the Open Ed conference!

  11. Mike Bogle says:

    I’ve not had the pleasure of attending before either; from what I hear it’s an event not to be missed. Perhaps when the economy recovers I’ll try and beg for a chance to go. Though I shudder to think of what I’ll have to trade to get the trip from Australia paid for :S



  12. Steven Egan says:

    Might it be possible to arrange a digital conference thing with no physical location? A mash-up of sorts using different digital communication tools? AV chats, chat room discussions, feeds and more through a portalesque webpage to the individual locations? If needed I have a domain that would work well for this, and this goes right along with my plans for it. Unfortunately I don’t have the hosting or know-how to do that, or I would.

    Kinda makes me think of the live twitter feed Downes had displayed during a presentations you told me about, and other such presentations I’ve come across. If some of us could pull that off, it might be just what we need to give more people access to the great events that go on.

    As a person who doesn’t have the option to go to any of those events, this is a dream of mine. If I can’t go to the event, I’d like the event to come to me.

  13. Is it time for… Bavacon?

  14. Chris L says:

    Wait… do you mean a Bava Convention (of which I approve) or the Bava + Bacon (of which I also approve most enthusiastically)?

  15. Brian says:

    I don’t think I’m going to go to Northern Voice this year either…

  16. Steven Egan says:

    Bavacon?! Uuummmmm… That sounds scary.

  17. Jon says:

    Oh, and forgive the garbled comment earlier… blame the iPhone!

  18. Bavacon *is* scary, or it wouldn’t be Bavacon.

    But perhaps we could prove ourselves worthy of it, if we try. The plan comes to be in a vision:
    …During the morning: shoot video.
    …Afternoon: WPcamp.
    …At night: film festival.
    …Later at night: dreams of madness.

  19. Mikhail says:

    I’m in the same boat, Rev. Stupid college-wide travel ban. All for Bavacon, though.

  20. Scott Leslie says:

    seriously, if this bavacon thing gets legs, let us know, even if it’s by horse-drawn wagon I would try to get there. “Later at night: dreams of madness” – I mean, how could I miss that?

    • Reverend says:


      You’re all maniacs! And if you all are serious about bavacon, I’ll have my people call your people and we’ll sort out a figure for my appearance. It’s gonna be big, and I ant a personal assistant and a driver, and I have a special menu as well. Additionally, you’ll each have to write a post for me, 500 words or more, explaining why the bavacon is the best idea you have ever read on the internets.

      P.S. –Brian, good luck bowing out 🙂

  21. Steven Egan says:

    I for one am serious about this, so here is the URL of my 900 word post.

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