Kristini: Conceived at DEMO 08.

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I’ve spent the past 2 and a half days in Palm Desert, CA, soaking up the sights (and sounds) of DEMO 08. This being my second time attending the classic conference, I’m beginning to pick up on some of the traditions that have been cultivated as only traditions can be: over time, with lots of dedication to a unified experience (i.e. branding).

As fun as the Jam Session was (and as happy as we all were to find that it was open bar), I thought it high time to start creating some sub-traditions of my own. With the help of a few choice friends, namely Brian Solis, Frank Gruber, and several other fine folks, we thought up a lovely way to apply all of this web 2.0 ideology to the simple act of mixology. That’s right. We made up a cocktail.

Well actually, I’m certain we didn’t make up a cocktail, but being my usual undecided self, I had a hard time telling the bar tender exactly what I wanted to drink. I had a taste for peaches and mangoes, so Brian was savvy enough to have the bartender create one mashup of a drink. I don’t know exactly what goes into this delectable mashup martini, but it’s been dubbed (by people other than myself) the Kristini. I graciously accept the bestowing of my name upon a martini so yummy.

Now that we’ve developed the Kristini, we thought it would be great to release a platform, where all mashups are welcome, and can play together in this world of collaborative cocktail-mixing. Discussions have already begun for the Mashtini, which would be in honor of my place of employment. Given the pink and blue theme of Mashable, the Mashtini will have to be made with blue Curacao and a heavier liquid that’s pink in color, which will sit on the bottom of the martini glass. Any ideas? Let us know if you’d like to join this movement and offer up some drink recipes of your own.

[image credit brian solis]

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See You at DEMO08!

demo08-logo.pngI’m pretty excited to be attending my second DEMO conference in a row, representing Mashable.com. And I can’t deny the fact that I’m also excited because it’s warm in California, as opposed to very cold here in Chicago! Tomorrow morning (officially later on today) I’ll be hopping on a plane and flying out to sunny Palm Desert to go to DEMO08. I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about this winter’s DEMO conference, so I’m very happy and honored to be going. If you’re headed that way, please let me know! I’d love to chat with you for a while. Feel free to contact me here. I’ll be around for the entire conference.

See you soon!

(I’ve got to go pack now).