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Would You Pay $25 to See Me?

f you live near Palo Alto, have $25, and want to see me make a fool of myself, now’s your chance.

To my horror, I have slowly realized that on July 28th I am on a panel with a bunch of venture capitalists and academics, talking to a roomful of engineers. How did this happen? I was invited and it was local, and it seemed like such a good idea. They wanted a Librarian. It was a free pass to hear Vinton Cerf. Now I realize I am the Token Librarian, given my brief moment to peep away about the Information Commons before this crowd returns to the really important question about how they can make a lot of money privatizing media to the point where you can’t read a toothpaste label without getting charged.

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

In following the discussion about this presentation, with its absorption with How Much Money New Media Means to All of Us, I have also realized what librarians really are: we are venture socialists.

Anyway, if any librarians show up I may pay THEM $25 just for being supportive. With the new site migration and its demands, I’m a tad fragile these days (I broke down in the lingerie section of Target this afternoon, weeping because I couldn’t find a sports bra that fit me). I would hate to start crying in front of an audience of engineers.


Stanford’s School of Engineering cordially invites you to the July 28, 2005 Summer Research Forum.

The Internet: Today & Tomorrow

What are the potentials and pitfalls as the Internet continues to expand? Please join Stanford University professors, business thought leaders, and keynote speaker Vinton G. Cerf, one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” as we celebrate the birth of the Internet and think about its global impact for the future.

To attend, please register and learn more at the event Web site

When: Thursday, July 28, 2005, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Where: Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University

Web Site:

This event is presented by the Stanford School of Engineering. We are grateful to have the event sponsored by Alloy Ventures, Mayfield and Packet Design.

This unique forum is intended for corporations and their employees, Stanford Engineering alumni and current graduate students, faculty, and invited guests. Advance registration is required.

We hope that you will join us for this exciting event!

Best regards,

William J. Dally
Chair, Computer Science Department
Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor in the School of Engineering
Stanford University

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