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Weather Doesn’t Spoil Domainer Mardi Gras

February 15, 2010domain conferences, Domain Services, domainer mardi gras, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Weather Doesn’t Spoil Domainer Mardi Gras

Bad weather not enough to ruin Mardi Gras.

Despite mother nature’s best attempt, the weather couldn’t spoil the second successful Domainer Mardi Gras conference.

The event kicked off last Thursday night in New Orleans, concluding in the wee hours of the morning Sunday. Widespread snow storms made it difficult to fly into New Orleans, but most of the 150-odd registrants made it.

For those that didn’t, Domainer Mardi Gras’ technical team did its best to bridge the gap. Two speakers weren’t able to make it, but a Skype hookup connected Elliot Silver and John Berryhill to the event.

John Berryhill was on a panel I moderated about new top level domain names. It was kind of scary, actually. Picture a 15 foot tall Berryhill on two screens behind the stage.

Michael Ward, Executive Director of the event, deserves props for thinking of all of the details. He did a fantastic job making sure all of the speakers were prepared well in advance, which led to interesting and thought-provoking sessions. Sig Solares and Donny Simonton from Parked also did a great job, making everyone feel at home.

And whomever had the idea to fly in bartenders from Florida (I believe that’s a first for a domain conference) deserves a round of applause.

I can’t wait for Domainer Mardi Gras 2011.


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Domainer Mardi Gras Kicks Off in New Orleans

February 12, 2010Domain Services, domainer mardi gras, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Domainer Mardi Gras Kicks Off in New Orleans

Despite snowstorms, most make it to conference in New Orleans.

This could have been a story with photos and videos from last night’s Domainer Crawfish Boil in New Orleans. But it’s not. It’s about how difficult it has been to get to New Orleans.

domainer mardi grasThanks to widespread snowstorms, air travel ground to a halt yesterday. Apparently the snowstorm will cause the most canceled flights since 9/11.

My personal adventure started when American Airlines called me at 9 am yesterday to say that my flight was canceled thanks to snow in Dallas. Yes, Dallas. A foot of snow in Dallas. After some back-and-forth, we determined there was no possible way to get me to New Orleans yesterday via American.

After trying other airlines that fly through Houston instead, I found them all booked. There was only one way to get to NOLA — drive. So I dropped my car off at the airport, rented a car, and began the trek on I-10 to New Orleans. Normally, that wouldn’t be so bad. About 8 hours, but generally easy driving. Except that it rained the entire way.

Nonetheless, I made it, and actually caught the final few minutes of the crawfish boil. But I was worried most of the people on my new top level domain panel Thursday wouldn’t arrive. Ken Hansen of Neustar was traveling from D.C., and Jeff Eckhaus of Demand Media had a stopover in Dallas.

As of this morning, it looks like everyone on the panel has arrived, except for John Berryhill. The Domainer Mardi Gras team is working on a technical solution to video conference John into the panel, as well as Elliot Silver, who is trapped in New York.

The good news is that Domainer Mardi Gras has attracted a larger crowd than last year. There will be a number of great panels today, followed by a night on a Bourbon Street balcony. There’s hope that the rain (and possibly sleet) will clear up by this evening.


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Snow Slows Down Domainer Mardi Gras Procession

February 11, 2010domainer mardi gras, Domaining, Domainnamewire, UncategorizedComments Off on Snow Slows Down Domainer Mardi Gras Procession

Widespread snow brings travel to a halt.

Domainers heading to Domainer Mardi Gras in New Orleans are facing a big obstacle: lots and lots of snow.

Domain Name attorney John Berryhill had to call it quits after the Philadelphia airport shut down. “It is really difficult to describe the weather situation here,” Berryhill wrote in an email. “I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve seen plenty of snow. This is an ungodly amount of snow.”

Lest you think Berryhill is just wimping out on Mardi Gras, he sent a few pictures along:

berryhill-snowberryhill-snow2

The first picture is of a deck covered in snow. The railing you see is waist high. In the second picture, Berryhill claims there’s a car underneath all of that snow.

With snow stretching up and down the east coast, travelers from Washington D.C. and New York are also facing challenges. Ken Hansen of Neustar is trying to make the trek from D.C. Both Berryhill and Hansen are on a panel I’m moderating tomorrow about new top level domain names. We’re going to try to work out a technical solution to include any panelists who can’t make it.

Believe it or not, even my trip from Austin to New Orleans won’t be easy. I have to fly through Dallas, where it’s currently snowing.


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DNW’s Guide to Surviving Domainer Mardi Gras

February 10, 2010Domain Services, domainer mardi gras, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DNW’s Guide to Surviving Domainer Mardi Gras

How to prepare for New Orleans.

The second annual Domainer Mardi Gras kicks off tomorrow in New Orleans. I’ve attended 100% of these shows, which makes me an authority to write this survival guide.

1. Bring your patience. With inclement weather across the nation, getting to NOLA won’t be easy today and tomorrow. When you get to the city, be ready for some long lines for taxis and other services. It’s a busy weekend.

2. Check your expectations. Think Mardi Gras is like a Girls Gone Wild video? Nah. It’s more like an American nude beach. Much of what you see is not stuff you will want to remember. Most of the time you throw beads off the balcony you will be aiming for someone’s open beer cup rather than a girl.

3. See some amazing feats. Have you ever seen someone hold a beer in one hand, toss beads off a balcony in the other, and write a response to a UDRP all at the same time? Keep an eye out for this guy:

berryhill

4. You’ll get messy. From the crawfish boil to powdered sugar covered funnel cake, plan on getting it all over ya.

5. Flying objects may be closer than they appear. For some reason, people on floats like to throw hard objects at your head. They think it’s cute. It’s all fun and games until the Knife Skills Training float comes by.

6. For a good time, follow this guy around:

stafford

7. Keep an eye on Ron Jackson. I’ve never seen that guy take as many pictures as when he was at Domainer Mardi Gras last year. Most of the photos were off the balcony. He kept talking about “making sure I get the perfect shot” or something like that.

8. Eat plenty of greasy food. It soaks up the beer. Sig is a partner in a restaurant by the hotel, and rumor has it attendees will be able to use it as their refueling station 24/7.

9. Don’t overdo the first night. Pace yourself, folks. Nothing’s worse than having a hangover after the first day of Domainer Mardi Gras.

See you in New Orleans!


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DNW’s Guide to Surviving Domainer Mardi Gras

February 10, 2010Domain Services, domainer mardi gras, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DNW’s Guide to Surviving Domainer Mardi Gras

How to prepare for New Orleans.

The second annual Domainer Mardi Gras kicks off tomorrow in New Orleans. I’ve attended 100% of these shows, which makes me an authority to write this survival guide.

1. Bring your patience. With inclement weather across the nation, getting to NOLA won’t be easy today and tomorrow. When you get to the city, be ready for some long lines for taxis and other services. It’s a busy weekend.

2. Check your expectations. Think Mardi Gras is like a Girls Gone Wild video? Nah. It’s more like an American nude beach. Much of what you see is not stuff you will want to remember. Most of the time you throw beads off the balcony you will be aiming for someone’s open beer cup rather than a girl.

3. See some amazing feats. Have you ever seen someone hold a beer in one hand, toss beads off a balcony in the other, and write a response to a UDRP all at the same time? Keep an eye out for this guy:

berryhill

4. You’ll get messy. From the crawfish boil to powdered sugar covered funnel cake, plan on getting it all over ya.

5. Flying objects may be closer than they appear. For some reason, people on floats like to throw hard objects at your head. They think it’s cute. It’s all fun and games until the Knife Skills Training float comes by.

6. For a good time, follow this guy around:

stafford

7. Keep an eye on Ron Jackson. I’ve never seen that guy take as many pictures as when he was at Domainer Mardi Gras last year. Most of the photos were off the balcony. He kept talking about “making sure I get the perfect shot” or something like that.

8. Eat plenty of greasy food. It soaks up the beer. Sig is a partner in a restaurant by the hotel, and rumor has it attendees will be able to use it as their refueling station 24/7.

9. Don’t overdo the first night. Pace yourself, folks. Nothing’s worse than having a hangover after the first day of Domainer Mardi Gras.

See you in New Orleans!


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Domainer Mardi Gras Just Got a Whole Lot More Exciting

February 7, 2010Domain Services, domainer mardi gras, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Domainer Mardi Gras Just Got a Whole Lot More Exciting

Mardi Gras plus Saints celebration makes New Orleans the place to be this week.

Last month I interviewed Domainer Mardi Gras Executive Directory Michael Ward about this year’s conference. After the interview, he sent an email to me about how important it was that people reserved their hotel rooms early. Here’s what he wrote:

The hotel is already fully booked and they plan on selling out any rooms that I give back to them. We ran into this problem last year where attendees tried to book a room last minute and found that they could not find one. This is New Orleans and this is Mardi Gras and if the Saints end up going to the Super Bowl (the week before DMG 2010) and winning even MORE people will come to New Orleans to celebrate. Don’t say that last part because I don’t want to jinx the Saints ;-)

Well, now that the Saints won, I’m sure Michael won’t mind me printing that!

By the way, if you haven’t yet registered for the event, Michael might be able to hook you up with a hotel room or other accommodation for Domainer Mardi Gras. Send an email to him at mward (at) domainermardigras.com.


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Domainer Mardi Gras on Tap for Next Week

February 3, 2010Domain Services, domainer mardi gras, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Domainer Mardi Gras on Tap for Next Week

Domainers head to New Orleans for third domain conference of the year.

Domainer Mardi GrasI’ve barely unpacked my bags from DOMAINfest, but now it’s time to turn my attention to next week’s Domainer Mardi Gras in New Orleans. For a preview of the event, including how you can get a discounted pass, listen to this episode of Domain Name Wire Radio.

I will be involved with two panels at the event on Friday, February 12.

At 1:30, Ron Jackson and I will take part in a reporter roundtable, discussing the state of the industry. Then, at 3:45, I will lead an interesting panel discussion on new top level domain names. Panelists will include a cross section of the domain industry and views on new TLDs, including Mike Rodenbaugh (attorney) Michael Berkens (The Domains), Jeffrey Eckhaus (Demand Media), and Ken Hansen (Neustar). I promise you there will be some disagreement amongst the panelists.

Executive Director Michael Ward is doing an excellent job organizing the event and sessions. Thanks to his legwork, you can expect well organized and prepared sessions.

If you’re heading to the event, please leave a comment below so we can connect in New Orleans.


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Domainer Mardi Gras on Tap for Next Week

February 3, 2010Domain Services, domainer mardi gras, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Domainer Mardi Gras on Tap for Next Week

Domainers head to New Orleans for third domain conference of the year.

Domainer Mardi GrasI’ve barely unpacked my bags from DOMAINfest, but now it’s time to turn my attention to next week’s Domainer Mardi Gras in New Orleans. For a preview of the event, including how you can get a discounted pass, listen to this episode of Domain Name Wire Radio.

I will be involved with two panels at the event on Friday, February 12.

At 1:30, Ron Jackson and I will take part in a reporter roundtable, discussing the state of the industry. Then, at 3:45, I will lead an interesting panel discussion on new top level domain names. Panelists will include a cross section of the domain industry and views on new TLDs, including Mike Rodenbaugh (attorney) Michael Berkens (The Domains), Jeffrey Eckhaus (Demand Media), and Ken Hansen (Neustar). I promise you there will be some disagreement amongst the panelists.

Executive Director Michael Ward is doing an excellent job organizing the event and sessions. Thanks to his legwork, you can expect well organized and prepared sessions.

If you’re heading to the event, please leave a comment below so we can connect in New Orleans.


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Last Chance for Domainer Mardi Gras Hotel Rooms

January 18, 2010Domain Services, domainer mardi gras, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Last Chance for Domainer Mardi Gras Hotel Rooms

If you’re thinking about attending Domainer Mardi Gras ‘10, the bell is tolling for hotel rooms.

Domainer Mardi GrasUsually when you miss out on a domain conference’s hotel block, it’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of other hotels in the vicinity where you can stay.

But Domainer Mardi Gras is different — and that’s why you need to reserve your room by Thursday, January 21. If you don’t book by Thursday, here’s what’s going to happen:

1. Any rooms from Domainer Mardi Gras’ block will be given back to the New Orleans Marriott.
2. The New Orleans Marriott has sold out of regular rooms for the dates of the event, so the rooms given back will instantly sell out.
3. Good luck finding another hotel room in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, especially on Canal Street.

Last year a number of people tried to make last minute reservations for the trip and had difficulty finding a room.

So even if you’re not sure if you’ll be making the trip, reserve your room by Thursday (you can cancel later if necessary). Information on the event is at DomainerMardiGras.com, and the hotel link is here.


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DNW Radio: It’s Domainer Mardi Gras Time

January 11, 2010DNW Radio, domainer mardi gras, Domaining, Domainnamewire, michael wardComments Off on DNW Radio: It’s Domainer Mardi Gras Time

Michael Ward discusses Domainer Mardi Gras 2010.

One of the most talked-about domain name shows from last year kicks off one month from today in New Orleans – Domainer Mardi Gras 2010. Whether you’ve been to Mardi Gras or not, this is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a domain conference and some of the most fun you can have in a weekend.

I caught up with Domainer Mardi Gras executive director Michael Ward to get the scoop on this year’s show. In this show, you’ll learn:

-How to get a conference pass for just $495
-About the great parties, including the crawfish boil and balconies
-Why the conference moved to a hotel, and when you need to reserve your hotel room
-Details on the auction, which will be hosted on Moniker’s Snapnames platform

If you still aren’t sold by the time you finish listening to this episode of DNW Radio, just drop a note to domainer Sean Stafford. I think he’ll convince you to make the trip.

Listen to the show below, embed it into your web site, or read the transcript here.

DNW Radio


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