NAB Day One: A few insignificant observations.

You may have heard that I’m currently in Las Vegas, the land where anyone can come for a weekend, spend all their money, and wake up in a strange bed as they slowly come to the horrible realization that they got drunk and made a life-altering mistake…they actually bought tickets to see Carrot Top. All these poor, alcoholic souls are the sole reason that man still has a career

But I’m here for the NAB Show, where all the major companies who have products dedicated to the creation of film/TV/radio/media gather and attempt to show you, the media creator, how the NEWEST version of their product is the way of THE FUTURE, unlike all those OLD versions which as of today are only used by total squares who probably still think the special effects in the original “Doctor Who” are impressive.

My boss and I spent the majority of the day exploring the expansive convention floor, no doubt the largest and geekiest to not feature cosplayers. I recall a few stray observations from the day here:

* Maybe I only noticed this because I opted to dress as casual as ever, but I couldn’t help noticing that a LOT of women were wearing EXTREMELY high heels. I suppose this made SOME sense for the booth models, but for the regular attendees? Is that really the most comfortable option when you’re spending the day walking across three buildings’ worth of convention floor?
* Speaking of booth models, that must be the most boring job in history. They have to sit there, usually in some sort of tiny sitcom-like set, while attendees look at them through whichever cameras the company is showing off. Some of these models get to play the part of people who are reading, but more than a few of them just sit there, with nothing to do but feel the eyes of all the production company representatives. I’m sure they were paid well, but geez, I’d go insane.
* If any of you are trying to think of what overpriced gift to get me for my birthday this year, I won’t complain if it’s the Adobe CS5 pack. I’m sure content-aware fill and roto brush are much messier than the demos indicated, but they still look fun to play with.
* I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but I’m beginning to suspect this city enjoys its nightlife. Sadly, I tend to be an early-to-bed kind of guy even on nights when I’m NOT in a foreign time zone, so that pretty much brings this entry to a close. Good night, all.

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