Since you asked, I’ll tell you what was so cool about the Berkeley stop of the tour: It had the highest proportion of people who are actually my friends in it. In the middle of this picture you see three examples: Susan, Jen and Mo, all of whom I have known for years and who I was thrilled to be able to see and spend a little time chatting with, because they are much, much more awesome than I (also in this picture: Whatever reader/commenter Madeleine F, SF Chron science fiction reviewer Mike Berry, and a lovely young lady whose name escapes me at the moment). It was also notable because Dark Carnival is without a doubt the most delightfully chaotic bookstore I’ve ever been to: between the screaming flying monkeys and the piles of books strewn about, it was what you’d expect a bookstore to be if you caught it mid-explosion, and I personally find that wildly appealing.
I also went to Google, but I signed a non-disclosure going in, so I can’t tell you about all the cool things there, including the time machine (in beta). Whoops. Forget I said that. Suffice to say Google was as wildly Google-tastic as you’ve heard rumors about it being, and also a video of my talk there should be available on the Web sometime next week. I’ll let you know when it goes up, of course.
Now I’m in LA, at a hotel that’s clearly too good for me; As I checked in Jim Lehrer was hanging around in the lobby with some pals, talking about, you know, important stuff. All I want to do is go to sleep. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do now.