Bay City rollin'

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SAN FRANCISCO — Made it to San Francisco in one piece, despite learning that buying a last-minute plane ticket on a newly-minted credit card is a great way to ensure that you’re subjected to a lengthy and thorough TSA search.

Last night’s festivities centered around a launch party for summit-organizer J.D. Lasica’s new book, Darknet: Hollywood’s War Against the Digital Generation.

I met and had a great time chatting wedia with the Cali-centric crowd, that included folks whom I’ve come to know via trackbacks and emails over the past year: Tim Porter (and his wife, KT, another old-media refugee), Dan Gillmor, Mary Lou Fulton, Evelyn Rodriguez (!), Chris Nolan, Mark Potts, Craig Newmark — and I’m sure serveral others that I’m regrettably forgetting in my early morning haze. Also met Edgar Canon and Ari Soglin, finally putting faces to GetLocalNews; and Andrew Haeg of MPR, who, like me, flew in on a last-minute whim.

I’m looking forward to today’s "summit," although no one I talked to seems to be sure of the agenda. The themes that were already emerging for me last night were that everyone has a different business plan; no one is convinced theirs is "the" one (maybe even the contrary); and our plan is still considered "ambitious."

Mike Orren is the Chief Product Officer of The Dallas Morning News; President of Belo Business Intelligence; husband to Crystal Orren; and a Mungarian at Munger Place Church in Dallas, TX. All opinions herein are mine alone.