Missed the ACES conference? Catch up here … and here … and …

Even though I didn’t attend this year’s conference of the American Copy Editors Society, I was able to glean plenty of great information from the coverage attendees provided through tweets and blog posts.

Following the #ACES2011 hashtag was no replacement for geeking out with a few hundred people who love editing as much as me in meatspace, but I did my best with what I had.

I’ve rounded up a ton of ACES coverage below. If you know of something I missed, leave a comment and I’ll get it thrown in. Don’t be afraid to pimp your own content.

The easiest place to check is the official ACES 2011 website, where quite a few members and officers pitched in with summaries of the sessions they attended as well as other happenings at the conference. They also set up a page where they’ll post handouts and other documents from session presenters in the coming days.

I found useful tidbits on Nick Jungman’s blog, especially on his own session about web-first copy desk changes at the University of Missouri. He’s nickjungman on Twitter.

Leslie-Jean Thornton, journalism professor for host Arizona State University, rounded up some of the links and social media buzz she found and threw together a paper.li from it all. I definitely recommend her Twitter account. She was one of the folks tweeting her thumbs off* at the conference, keeping those of us at home afoot.

Arizona State’s contribution wasn’t done with hosting and Thornton’s coverage. The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism also pitched in with stories about Mizzou professor Marty Steffens teaching editors economics, reviewing business-copy red flags with Dallas Morning News business copy chief Chris Wienandt and tackling math with Rich Holden of the Dow Jones News Fund.

Malik Siraj Akbar added a few rehashings of sessions he attended to his WordPress. He’s stunningmalik on Twitter.

Los Angeles Times reader representative Deirdre Edgar and I used Storify to capture some of the Twitter talks from sessions while at our homes. Edgar’s storified sessions are here, and mine can be found here.

I was happy with how much I learned while at home this year, but I’m planning on seeing you in person at ACES 2012 in New Orleans.**

*It’s possible she had a laptop or netbook, in which case maybe she typed all her digits off.

**You know you want to spend some time in the Big Easy before the world ends.

Xbox 360’s ESPN app needs party support

When ESPN came out with its app for the Xbox 360 last year, it changed my life — at least until Call of Duty: Black Ops sucked it away for a few months.

ESPN app

The rollout brought my 360 closer to becoming the only set-top box I need* (I already have my cable TV on the 360 through Windows Media Center and my tuner card-equipped PC).

But the first time I sat down with a friend to watch a college football bowl game and chat in an Xbox Live party, I noticed a big weakness in the ESPN app: Our streams of the game were 60 seconds apart.

OK it was funny for a bit as I spoiled some of the plays for him on purpose.

The problem was exacerbated when watching a more fast-paced sport like college basketball. I could be three or four possessions ahead of my friends.

The party support is the biggest feature the app is lacking.**

For someone like me who is no longer within easy driving distance of his college friends, the party feature could be the next best thing to being in the room and watching the game with them.

I called the customer service number for ESPN and was told there are no set plans to add the feature in at this time. An Xbox product team member said in a November forum post that it was being considered. I passed along the following feedback to the service rep I called:

Netflix app party

Netflix has party support for its 360 app, and I think it would provide a great model for the addition to ESPN. It delivers all members of the party the same feed at the same time. No spoilers. I can let out my loud BOOOOOOMMMMMM! when Thomas Robinson shakes the rim with a crazy dunk and not upset anyone (OK I might upset their ears).

Honestly, ESPN is the better forum for the party support. Who talks up a storm during a movie? If I hear chatter during a movie I’m likely watching it with Rifftrax, which aren’t available through Netflix instant. It’s during sporting events that you share the “holy hell” and “Did you see that!?” community chatter.

But in the early stages, the app’s community efforts have focused on polls asking who everybody on Xbox Live thinks if going to win a certain game. While that’s a cool feature (and likely easier to create), synced party watching and chat is vital to the experience.

If you want to encourage ESPN to add the feature, you can e-mail them or call (888) 549-3776.

* And coming Hulu Plus support will make it even closer, theoretically at least. Who actually has Hulu Plus? If only Microsoft would add free Hulu.

** Now that I don’t have problems with the video strangely zooming in on a quarter of the stream whenever I fast forward.