The first day of college classes each semester was always a little overwhelming. Three new syllabi, $500 worth of dead trees from the bookstore, 8 or 10 handouts, 6 pages of notes (before you realized you didn’t really need to take notes), and the realization that for the next 14 weeks, this was your world. The O’Reilly Emerging Tech Conference was like four semester beginnings all rolled into three days. Lots of stuff to think about, digest, explore, etc. Most of all, I feel like this is my world, and not just for the next 14 weeks. I’ve been given a syllabus to follow; the future is uncertain but the path is clear. Best fucking conference ever.