You can almost set your watch on it.
I either get on a plane and/or leave the country, and an acquisition is bound to be announced (kind of like you can expect an earthquake when traveling with me to anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region).
No sooner did I land at SFO yesterday and I started getting the pings about Facebook friending FriendFeed in a really big way.
I come out to spend a few quality days in Silicon Valley, and I'll be darned if I'm not already behind before I ever hit the ground.
Now I know why all my digerati friends are so excited about in-flight wifi -- you don't get off a flight with three or four hours of the digital information flow completely missing, like a bad dream.
Speakng of dreams, though I have visited Vienna, I'm not a big student of Freud.
But if my dream from last night's slumber is any indication, I'm already re-safely inculcated into Valley culture.
In my dream, I was in some kind of a meeting and Mike Arrington from TechCrunch was there, and he was being really, really nice.
Now, I've never met Mike, but do follow TechCrunch as much as I have time to, and what he was doing in my dream being really nice God only knows.
It could be he was trying to explain MG Siegler's post about what the Facebook/Friendfeed friendfest was really all about?
Siegler writes that the parties are saying it was a "talent acquisition," while also expounding about the filtering and search improvements.
I'd say it was, oh, about $50M in stock and cash and the Price is Right.
For now, it's ridiculously early California time, and I have to set off in search of my badge.
If the action in the San Jose Marriott bar last night was any indication, there's plenty of searcherati to talk to and learn from, and like I said, I'm already behind.
More when I can find the time and a wi-fi connection.