Well Andrew asked me several times if he could quote me. I agreed and I'm not one to go back on my word. He might of gone a bit over the top (his description of me is somewhat over-flattering) but, hey, that's The Register we all know and love.
But I'm not terribly impressed by this "failure in communications" argument - when Rael was interested he replied immediately to several mails... afterwards it was total communications blackout. I think that most O'Reilly staffers have a basic grasp of email. My communication with Andrew started more or a less as a comment to an article of his which expressed some views on the "closed shop" feel emanating from the Etconf community. Probably I would not have reacted to this if I had not felt somewhat shut out myself.
I don't want anyone to think I'm particularly bothered about all this - we have the usual emotion amplification problem of e-text - and it is all ancient history as far as I'm concerned. Also I should restate - I'm not disappointed about not being chosen, but I was disappointed that there was / is nothing at all in my field, despite Rael Dornfest's initial indication that it was considered a hot topic. But, really, it's your conference, you call the shots.
I'd recommend people have a read of http://www.mobitopia.com - writings there may not conform to the USA definition of Emerging Technology, but you should get these guys on board for next years conference.
And unless I'm banned I hope to find a reason to be there :-)