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I am again live blogging this year's Okie-Blogger Round Up, this time from Tulsa's Hideaway Pizza on 15th Street.
In attendance are the following Oklahoma bloggers (in no particular order):
This years Okie-Blogger Awards recognizing the best Oklahoma Blogs as voted on by Oklahoma bloggers included twelve categories and, for the first time, announcement of runner ups:
Best Overall Blog
Winner: Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
Runner Up: dustbury
Well, that about wraps it up. No U.S. premier movie this year, unlike last year. But, as always, it was great to see everyone and to put a faces with blogs. Thanks to Mike Hermes for all his work recognizing and bringing together Oklahoma bloggers.
I'm going to start with a list of attendees and their blogs:
Mike Hermes of Okiedoke*
Sean Gleeson of Gleeson Bloglomerate*
Charles G Hill of dustbury*
Dan Lovejoy of Dan & Angi Have Something to Say*
William Kerr of Passionate America*
Jan of Happy Homemaker*
Michael Bates of BatesLine*
Kurt Hochenauer of Okie Funk
Cissy of North of the Red River
Melessa of But I Digress...
Kristin Hoover of Redneck Diva
Heather Stelle of Ssshhh...I Hear the Tater's Talkin'
Barbara Martin of Babs Conversation Station
Fred Roper of Satellite Sky
Jeri Smalley of Jeri Smalley
Kevin Latham of Blog Oklahoma
Donna Latham of Poison DDT
Carleta Latham of Carleta.org
Steph Waller of Incurable Insomniac
Lynette Erwin of Nettl's Notes
Chris Arps of Oklahoma Political News Service
Brian Stone of An Audience of One
Shannon a/k/a Monty of The Daily Bitch
(* 2005 Okie-Blogger Bash attendees.)
Sean Gleason is hilarious...his Intro to Blogging presentation is filled with great quips like reference to Live journal and Xanga ghettos and the special audience attracted to quizzes like What Flavor Ice Cream Are You?
Thanks to Oklahoma Christian University for helping sponsor the Blogger Round-Up.
Raffle time...I won a $20.00 gift certificate to Barnes & Nobel!
[3:00 pm] The Advanced Blogging panel is moderated by Dan Lovejoy of Dan & Angi Have Something to Say with panelists:
Dr. Kurt Hochenauer of Okie Funk,
Kevin Latham of The Program Witch Pages, Blog Oklahoma Webring, BlogOklahoma.us, ITLnet Blog and Blog Elk City, and
Sean Gleeson of Gleeson Bloglomerate.
Lots of great tips on programs, images, design, rss syndication and readers, spammers, trolls and everything else.
Kevin Lathan has set up an Okie Blogger Round-Up group Flickr page for everyone to upload their photos. I'm taking an occasional photo and will upload them to the group page as well as to my Flickr page.
[4:00 pm] The liberals and progressives have outed themselves! Oklahoma's lefty bloggers are alive and kickin'.
[4:40 pm] Dinner and sightseeing/shopping break. I had dinner with Charles Hill, Michael Bates, Dan, Angi and Elijah Lovejoy at the Bricktown Brewery. A burger and a few Copperhead Amber Ales really hit the spot. Thanks to Charles for picking up the tab for the out-of-towners, Michael and myself. I skipped out right after finishing dinner and stopped by Oklahoma's only Apple Computer store in Penn Square Mall.
[7:45 pm] 2006 Okie Blog Award winners are announced:
Best Overall Blog: dustbury
Best Political Blog: Okie Funk
Best Family Blog: Rocks in my Dryer
Best Humor Blog: Redneck Diva
Best Audio Blog: The Daily Bitch
Best Blog Layout: Taste the World
Best Unusual Blog: 3:40 a.m.
Best Writing Blog: Audience of One
Best Culture Blog: Blog Oklahoma.us
Best Commentary: Two-Headed Blog
Best Inspirational Blog: Counseling Notes
Best Commercial Blog: Oklahoma Wine News
[8:00 pm] Time to get funky...the geeks have hit the dance floor. And by "geeks" I mean people who all can dance better than me.
[9:30 pm] Raffle time again...I won a DVD of Mozartballs!
[10:30 pm] Screening of the United States premier of Mozartballs starring two attendees, Steph Waller and Lynette Erwin. The film, already shown at the Cannes Film Festival, all over Europe and much of the rest of the world, was commissioned by a German film company for this year's commemoration of Mozart's 250th birthday and will be publicly released in the U.S. this December.
[11:30 pm] Well...quite a film, especially with two of its stars sitting next to me while it played. Without giving too much away, it is in the style of a documentary about different individuals around the world whose lives are unusually linked to/with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It, therefore, is not specifically about Mozart himself...although Steph might disagree on this point. Steph and Lynette's roles definitely fall in the truth is stranger than fiction category. The only other thing I'll say is that they both attest to the fact that there was no acting in the film and that everything was unscripted and completely real. All and all, I enjoyed the film and I'd say its creators succeeded...if there goal was to make a movie about Mozart, but not about Mozart, and in a way that's not been done before.
[11:45 pm] Heading home. And, guess where I filled up before hitting the turnpike?
It's been incredible. The topics have ranged from technical issues, to international adoption, to politics both local and national. Wrapping up now and heading home...
Dan has posted some pics on his site.
I've taken some, but too engrossed in conversation to post them right now.
We've now been joined by:
Dan Lovejoy of Dan & Angi Have Something to Say from Oklahoma City.
Sean Gleeson of The Gleeson Bloglomerate from Oklahoma City.
As well as Brett Thomasson from Oklahoma City. Brett doesn't have a blog of his own...he's siteless.
In attendance today are:
Charles G Hill dustbury from Oklahoma City.
Dwayne and Barb Hendrickson of AKA Mike Horshead from Oklahoma City.
Jan of Happy Homemaker from Oklahoma City.
Dawn Eden of The Dawn Patrol from New York City area.
Michael Bates of BatesLine from Tulsa.
William Kerr of Passionate America from Midwest City.
And, me of course, from Tulsa.