Other highlights include:
Mark Liberman suggested that linguistics as field look to Linux as an inspiration for growth. Specifically, our goal should be "Word domination. Fast." However, although he didn't mention it by name, I think he implicitly suggested using "Embrace and Extend" as a strategy. And speaking of Liberman, my copy of Far from the Madding Gerund is now signed by both authors.
I learned that ish, as in it's two o'clock-ish is a full blown word in many people's idiolects. Not mine, though.
I was totally one of those other linguistics bloggers.