JFK 5AM

I’m sitting by Gate 15 at JFK (Jet Blue), by myself in a corner charging up the laptop. I’m struck by how surreal things feel right now. There are maybe two other people (that I can see) here, aside from six airport staff (four of which are struggling with a malfunctioning door alarm. I don’t actually hear the alarm, as I’m wearing a badass pair of Skullcandy Titan earbuds. I made the mistake of taking them out a few minutes ago, and OMG that alarm is piercing. That means the noise cancelling on these $39.99 headphones is pretty damn awesome. I recommend!

Anyway, back to surreal in JFK. I’m listening to some decent tunes…already gone through some Cloud Cult, Jordin Sparks, Cake, Teddybears, Daft Punk, Bomb the Bass, Robyn, La Roux, Hybrid, Gipsy Kings, and Utah Saints (hey, I like variety). I feel a little disjointed, kind of like I’m not really here, or I am only partially here. Time is passing pretty slowly, but also pretty fast. This isn’t the first time I’ve effectively stayed at an airport all night, but it is nowhere as bad as it could be (or has been in the past).

I’m feeling pretty contemplative…thinking back over the panel I was on at Comic Con NYC with Alex Macris and Greg Costikyan titled “I’m From the Future and I LARP: Augmented Reality, Role Playing and You”. There were a lot of great questions and I met some interesting people, but in retrospect I feel like I could have answered some questions better. For the few people that got my email address at the end, I hope they follow through and contact me with their questions.

I was only at the Con for today, which kind of sucks, as I didn’t get to see everything, but I did get to hang out with the folks from the Escapist (I love these guys), and I got to meet Karl Kerschl, the creator of The Abominable Charles Christopher, one of my absolute favorite webcomics. I ordered one of his books a couple months ago and paid extra for the autograph/custom sketch inside the cover. I picked it up today and watched as Karl blew my mind with a quick sketch (I’ll scan and add to this post later). I swear, it doesn’t look like he penned it on the spot…it looks like it was printed. Yeah, he is that good. I am totally a fan. He is amazing.

Anyway, after everything was over, I hooked up with Chris Grayson (@chrisgrayson) for several hours. Chris is a great guy and a great host. We chatted about a lot of things, but mostly about advertising, marketing, broadcast, mobile, virtual, augmented, and so on. Very good stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. And then he had to go home and I had to head here to the airport.

I’m thinking now about how long it has been since I last posted here (January?!). So much has happened since then. I’ve been to a couple of events (usually as a speaker or keynote) and I’ve missed some big ones…SXSW, ARE, E3, ISMAR, etc. Really sucks. On the other hand, I’ve been completely busy with some family stuff and working to keep my startup cranking. I think we are up to 13 or 14 people now, and we are flying. I’d kill for another local mobile developer (Raleigh NC baby!), but we are doing pretty good. Yes, we are several weeks behind schedule, but otherwise, I think the ultimate timing is going to be good. We have some neat stuff that we are going to roll out in the next month or so, and some even cooler stuff shortly after that. It is hard to avoid talking about it : )

I’m going to try to get back into the habit of posting here regularly again. I still have a lot to say and a lot of observations to make. There are some interesting things developing in multiple industries, and they are definitely worth discussing. And of course, there is a lot going on in the whole, Social, Local, Augmented Reality sector.

We shall see. In the meantime, feel free to post some comments on here and let me know what you are thinking. I like feedback and I feel a bit weird if I don’t get any.

By the way, if I met you today or at SASK Interactive 2010 in Canada a couple weeks back, Yes, I know I need a haircut. I don’t always look like I stuck my fingers in a socket. Its just how my hair likes to grow when it gets long haha.

See you soon.

Robert Rice