The nature of the booth traffic is visible not only in a relative dearth of exciting action demo photos on my part (I am giving them aforementioned demos, and thus otherwise occupied), but also in my relative lack of trade show mobility.
Greetings from the Los Angeles equivalent of a serious cold snap (which equates to an exceptionally nice respite from a Midwestern winter).
The first version of MSP was released eight years ago -- December 21, 1997 to be exact.
The Jamoma Project recently released version 0.2 of its modular framework for Max, MSP, and Jitter.
When I started this series of short "advice" pieces to Max/MSP/Jitter beginners, I also decided to ask a number of my friends and colleagues about what their ideas of what good advice might be so that you won't be left with just my admittedly biased advice set. There was one piece of advice I wouldn't really give, but it's been showing up in every other set of answers I've gotten back, so I've decided to honor it by mentioning it here:
You, the beginner, are living in a golden age. There are three things out there in the world that didn't exist when I was a beginner that will improve the quality of your Maxing life.
I learned Max, MSP, and Jitter as a non-student, which meant that I pretty much taught myself by reading and making patches and then trying to make them work.
I qualify as a beginner because I've been one.
Dear Diary, I think I've recovered enough from the ICMC (and the subsequent bout with an ear infection, replacing a wrecked car, and a few of the other shocks to which the mortal life is heir to say a few things about my trip to Miami.... For those of you who are acquainted with the ICMC, it's an annual international conference, held in a different place each year, that lets you hear the latest technical papers, hang out and exchange recipes for sugar cookies, and generally sit through a whole lot of concerts of all kinds of music made using computers.