Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-12

  • G morning sweetie! I coming home! I a physical, mental, and emotional basket case. I need you so much. Love you see you soon! #
  • Landed in phoenix. Flight home on time. I can’t hear, so I no call. You OK? I need a hug, give you one too. Love you! #
  • Oops. I sent SMS to Twitter instead of my wife. That’s what shape I’m in. Thanks for the hug offers. πŸ™‚ #
  • Looks like I did it earlier, too. How embarsssing… #

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-11

  • Audio of the SXSWi Zuckerberg/Lacy keynote has been posted to the SXSW Podcasts page: http://tinyurl.com/39szo5 I’m sure video is out there. #
  • @ejacqui What does @funkatron babble about when he’s sober? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @photomatt Yeah, that WP2.5 "upgrade guide" article was weak sauce. Childish and petty. I, for one, can’t wait for WP 2.5! πŸ™‚ #
  • Thanks goodness for sleep. Feeling a bit better this morning. Good thing – last day of SXSW! #
  • @peat Yay! Congratulations on being a new daddy! And I second @turoczy – send Eillott’s twitter handle as time allows. πŸ™‚ #
  • @annierodkins What are you using TwitterFeed for, and what problems are you having? Its been pretty reliable for me. #
  • @ahockley its because the "big" voices like Scoble and Arrington (who’s not even here!) won’t shut up about it. #
  • There’s much more interesting stuff going on. Frank Warren’s keynote was stellar. Kathy Sierra has returned. Lots of geeky stuff. #
  • As in life in general, if you choose to listen to the real geeks and not the "cool kids", you’ll find much more interesting stuff. #
  • In the video compression session. Getting started with a meaty conversation about H.264. These are my people! #
  • @selenamarie et al – I’m sorry I haven’t blogged more. I’ve been sick, and bandwidth sucks at my hotel. But I will post more soon! πŸ™‚ #
  • Panel talking about how hard it is to search for video because there’s no good metadata. Funny, I never have any trouble finding video. You? #
  • In all for good metadata, but I think they’re making this harder than it is. Talking about CPU-intensive algorithms to detect porn, etc. #
  • Panel is disconnected from reality. Wish I could show them Miro, podcast and torrent feeds. Works fine. #
  • Why worry about metadata in the video file itself? When does video on the web ever exist without an associated web page or feed to dscrb it? #
  • Yay! Someone spoke up and recommended Miro! Beat me to it. πŸ™‚ #
  • I ranted about how the metadata/findability problem just isn’t that hard. They dodged my question, then cut me off. πŸ™‚ #
  • There’s a huge line for the Michael Eisner (being interviewed by Mark Cuban) session. Its in the smallest room here. WTF? #
  • this really should have been in one of the really big rooms. What were the SXSW organizers thinking!? #
  • Standing room only in the Michael Eisner/Mark Cuban session. And connectivity is horrible. Probably no live tweets from me. #
  • Eisner didn’t turn off his BlackBerry, and it buzzed the sound system with the GSM noise. "Oh, is that me?" #
  • Line is huge to ask Michael Eisner a question. Looks like I won’t get a chance. #
  • What I would ask Michael Eisner: "How long do you think copyright should last, and why?" #
  • Someone just asked Eisner what he thinks about Creative Commons and the remix culture… #
  • Trolled through the SXSW trade show. The haul: B&H coupons/catalog, SocialThing invites, UStream stickers, and a Vidoop demo. #
  • @kveton wasn’t at the Vidoop booth, but I did meet Kevin Fox, and I finally know what Vidoop does (and it’s awesome!) #
  • Vidoop is going to finally get me to start using OpenID seriously. Smart unified login manager FTW! πŸ™‚ #
  • At the Adobe Day Stage. Grabbed some food, think I’ll watch the McGonigal keynote from here. I scored a seat at a table with power! πŸ™‚ #
  • @memathews Power is more precious at SXSW than water. πŸ™‚ #
  • Why oh why did Firefox 3 beta 4 make the "feed detected" icon in the address bar blue and white instead of the standard orange and white? πŸ™ #
  • That throws off my whole "orange and white" theme for my Crocs, my blog, everything! Blue and white is so boring, so common, so normal… #
  • @memathews Actually, I haven’t used my laptop hardly at all at the actual conference. Been camera+iPhone the whole time. #
  • @memathews iPhone has most definitely replaced the need for a laptop when mobile for: reading and writing microposts, reading feeds, etc. #
  • McGonigal keynote starting, with a "world premiere" video from her new ARG, Lost Ring. #
  • @ejacqui I wondered how that music piracy panel would go with MediaDefender there. Please do tweet anything interesting. πŸ™‚ #
  • @chartier view, toolbars, customize, and select "small icons" to get the normal, non-swollen back button in FF3b4. #
  • My sinuses are killing me. I’m a snotty, drippy mess. Don’t shake my hand. #
  • The session with Dr. Carlos Brown, a trauma surgeon who videoblogged his 7 month tour at a MASH hospital in Iraq, was very emotional. #
  • @billpearson I don’t think so, sadly. I’m going downhill, going to go crash in my room. Have fun, and eat some BBQ for me! πŸ™ #
  • Writeup by @turoczy on Tweetpeek, a "build your own pulse-of" Twitter mashup from Portland’s own @mtrichardson and @pixelmatrix. It rocks! #
  • Here’s the writeup on Tweetpeek: http://tinyurl.com/36s3b4 #
  • You know, the 5GHz wifi here at SXSW is super speedy now that most people have gone home. I just tested at 15Mbps down, 4 Mbps up. πŸ™‚ #
  • @mellowynk I thought of DP the whole time. I’ll try to find a link to a video of his presentation, his blog, etc. It was very, very powerful #
  • @mellowynk Here’s his blog (it’s "closed" now that he’s come home): http://trapperlosmd.blogspot.com/ . Send that along to DP? #
  • Bacon alert! Bacon alert! Get some maple-bacon lolipops! http://tinyurl.com/ypj89p Yes, I’m delerious. I can’t even tweet coherently anym #
  • @verso They’re $2.50 a pop (ha! see what I did there? πŸ™‚ For that much money, I’d rather have just a big pan of bacon. πŸ™‚ #
  • Ooh, plasma balls! #
  • What WAS the thirteenth sign? #
  • @susanreynolds Rachel’s getting better, but still sick. I go home tomorrow. Yay for flying with sinus problems! πŸ™‚ #
  • Now that I’m back in my room for the night, i can do what civilized people do when they have a runny nose – shove wads of TP up my nose. #
  • Playing with Skitch-to-Twitter. Enjoy! πŸ™‚ http://skitch.com/t/gq #
  • @WiredPig When your sinuses are completely, totally blocked, though, sniffing does no good. I am beyond sniffing. #
  • Wish I could go to Curitiba, Brazil for this: http://tinyurl.com/2puzby (I lived in and around Curitiba for almost two years) #
  • @garotasemfio I will come to Curitiba some day, and I’ll definitely let you know. Would love to meet you! Same if you ever come to Oregon. #
  • Yay for Dirty Jobs reruns and chocolate from Whole Foods. Om nom nom nom. This is how I party at SXSW. #
  • Go watch this post-interview interview with Sarah Lacy, and tell me you’re not overwhelmed by her arrogance: http://tinyurl.com/2jj8cr #
  • "Early bloggers said only an idiot would blog it, but that doesn’t stop this hardy crew at Idiot Creek." #
  • I’ve decided that companies just won’t succeed in Second Life. That it’s destined to be the realm of individuals. And I’m OK with that. #
  • "There’s an old blogger saying: You run in for the job, you run out for your life." #
  • Someone asking me Asus R2H questions via Google Chatback on my blog. Trying to help them. #

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-10

  • ZOMG lightning and thunder in Austin! #
  • And I’m on the 24th floor. :-O #
  • Breakfast with @billpearson. I’m not a breakfast person, so it’s the fruit plate for me. #
  • I’m from Oregon. I don’t believe in umbrellas. πŸ™‚ #
  • I’m hearing a drum/Samba band, or something, out in the street from my hotel room. People cheering at 9AM? Wha? #
  • @PragueBob Heh. Portland, actually. I grew up in Utah, but lived in Oregon for almost 10 years, and that’s home. Wife is from Springfld, tho #
  • @RichSPK I have no idea why there’s a drum band, chanting, and cheering in the streets, in the rain, at 9AM. Only at SXSW! πŸ™‚ #
  • What I thought was a Samba drum band turned out to be some sort of protest. Justicia! #
  • @RichSPK I have no idea. They had a tomato shaped sign that said Justicia, and were chanting in Spanish. I speak Spanish, couldn’t understnd #
  • Connecivity sucks today. Wifi is spotty, and I have no cell signal. Can’t even send text messages. πŸ™ #
  • Last session convinced me more than ever that TV is dead. So sad that so many people haven’t noticed. The corpse is rotting! #
  • PSA to all SXSW attendees: turn off the key click on your iPhone, and the beep on your camera. It’s annoying, and marks you as a n00b. #
  • @croncast I’ll try to drop by the bloghaus. Is it still a zoo? #
  • @r just came by and caught me cat napping before the “web that wasn’t” session. πŸ™‚ #
  • “The best technology doesn’t always win.” – Alex Wright #
  • I can has cheezburger. Liberty Tavern at the Hilton, across the street from the convention center. #
  • Dear HostMySite people: Please stop calling me, spamming me, trying to sell me web hosting. I’ve killfiled you in GrandCentral. #
  • Even though I’m unhappy with mediatemple, I am NOT shopping for a new web host, and if I was, I wouldn’t pick the one that spams my phone. #
  • @turoczy That was a very kind writeup. How come it won’t show up on the front page? (not that I care, but I’m sorry if your site is borken) #
  • @turoczy *blush* keep that up, and I really WILL have to start paying you as my PR agent. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Being kind of a loner, cause I still feel sick, and I don’t want to share. #
  • @rachelbancroft It’s OK. How are you feeling today? Better, I hope. πŸ™ #
  • @billpearson UMPCs have been 800×480 for a long time. My guess is that the LCDs with that DPI are cheap, while higher res ones are more $$. #
  • @billpearson The EeePC supports 800×600 as a virtual scrolling resolution. The new 9″ model is 1024×600. They’re both a weird aspect ratio. #
  • SXSWi Podcast recordings are starting to show up on the page/feed: http://2008.sxsw.com/blogs/podcasts.php #
  • At the Day Stage for the simulcast of the Frank Warren (PostSecret) keynote. #
  • Has the Frank Warren keynote started? Nothing yet here at the Day Stage. #
  • Nevermind. It’s started. #
  • Regarding yesterday’s keynote, “When we say SXSW Interactive, we MEAN interactive.” πŸ™‚ #
  • Frank Warren has us all transfixed, enchanted. This is great stuff. He’s a wonderful storyteller. #
  • @sourcecode yes, the EeePC 9″ model bumps the physical screen size AND the resolution. #
  • “All of us have a secret that would break your heart, if you just knew what it was.” – Frank Warren, PostSecret #
  • Live proposal on stage, during Frank’s “come share a secret”. She said yes. #
  • Holy crap. Go Google “frank warren twitter”. One of my tweets from a few minutes ago is the first result! *boggle* #
  • So what is Frank Warren’s Twitter username, anyway? πŸ˜‰ #
  • At the “don’t abuse your fans” session, surrounded by my twitter friends (@billpearson, @ejacqui, @turoczy, etc.) Hi! πŸ™‚ #
  • I have no idea why, but I get the vibe that Jon and Heather Armstrong don’t like me. They seem like the type who make fun of guys like me πŸ™ #
  • I’ve never met them, so that’s not fair, I know. Just my insecurity, I guess. #
  • @ejacqui the only person who DOESN’T know Ars and think you’re cool is Ron May. πŸ˜‰ #
  • I love Heitor Alvelos’ Portuguese accent. It’s so Iberian! πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson you’re right. It was unfair of me to even say anything. My brain-to-twitter filter is leaky. πŸ˜‰ #
  • “Stop seeing the final product as the final product.” Hector Postigo on mashups and remix culture. #
  • Kathy Sierra on the mic in the griefers session. Let me reiterate that I think what happened to her TOTALLY SUCKS. πŸ™ #
  • Got to meet Kathy Sierra! Said Hi, gave her a Moo card with a cute pic of me and Emma, told her we support her and miss her. #
  • The best part? Kathy Sierra knew who I was, from our online interactions! w00t! That totally made my week. πŸ™‚ #
  • @memathews I actually missed her panel yesterday. Met her after a session on griefers today upon which she commented. #
  • And a little birdie might have over heard that another little birdie might return to blogging soon. πŸ™‚ #

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-09

  • In @charleneli’s session on revolutionaries. Rumor has it I make a cameo in her slides (she interviewed me for her book, Groundswell). #
  • w00t! @charleneli put my picture up in her preso, and told the story of Intelpedia. My head is getting big. πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy I’m going to have to hire you as my PR agent. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Lunch with @geekygirldawn, @turoczy, and @tlucich (not @tlockney) was yummy. #
  • Holy Crap! The keynote ballrooms are in another freaking time zone from the rest of the rooms! #
  • In the overflow room b. Daft Punk is BLARING for some reason. Whatzizburg is up next. Then Dooce. I’m not moving til 4:30. #
  • Why Facebook is doomed: they keep focusing on "infrastructure for people to communicate efficiently". Except… #
  • That infrastucture already exists. It’s called the Internet. It’s open. It’s efficient. And it’s going to be around longer than Facebook. #
  • So, are they lying about their real focus, or are they that misguided? #
  • And communicating on Facebook is NOT efficient. Walled garden. Ever used the Inbox? You get an email that says "you have a message." #
  • In the overflow room after the Zuckerberg interview, no one is talking about him. Everyone’s talking about Sarah Lacey, the interviewer. #
  • Hmm. My VPN connection to Intel doesn’t seem to work on the SXSW wifi. Prolly a blocked port. @billpearson, I’ll do that thing @ hotel, OK? #
  • Why do Kathy Sierra and Heather Armstrong have to be at the same time? Staying here in Room B with Dooce. Will watch Kathy timeshifted. πŸ™ #
  • Wishing I had gone to Kathy Sierra instead of Dooce. It wasn’t bad, but I could hear people cheering next door. Didn’t know Kathy was close. #
  • Going to the LOLWhut/I Can Has Cheezburger session now, Adobe Web Awards later tonight. #
  • Guess what? I think I’m getting sick. My sinuses are killing me. Maybe it’s just the dry climate… #
  • Cheezburgrs coming to the ICHC session. Yarly. This is going to be good. #
  • Stick with people who are fans, rather than educating the people who don’t get it. #
  • ZOMG I didn’t even know about ihasahotdog.com. Subscribed! WHARRGARBL! #
  • Where’s @anildash? We need him to comment on kitty pidgin/LOLspeak. πŸ™‚ #
  • Just talked to @rachelbancroft. She’s really sick, headed home from Springfield/Grandma’s. I hate that I’m not there to take care of her. πŸ™ #
  • The I Can Has Cheezburger guys were awesome. They’re wicked smart, and I think their panel was the best of SXSWi so far. #
  • I could not, sadly, has cheezburger. They were long gone by the time I got out of the room. #
  • @ericskiff They had vegburgrs, too. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @betsywhim Sudafed sounds nice right about now. But I’m not about to smuggle a bunch home to Oregon on the plane! πŸ˜‰ #
  • Waiting for the ballroom doors to open at the Adobe Web Awards. #
  • @betsywhim I know that. And you know that. But I don’t trust the TSA to know that. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Oops. I accidentally snuck in early. Followed someone through the door. Just looking like I belong/know what I’m doing. They’re ignoring me. #
  • Heh. Big black camera around my neck makes me look all official, even without a press pass. πŸ™‚ #
  • Im the loner sitting at the very back of the web awards, if anyone wants to say hi. #
  • Who’s this Eugene Mirman dude? He’s only kinda sorta funny… #
  • I’ll live tweet the web awards winners. In the category Activism: World Without Oil #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Amusement goes to… Elf yourself #
  • Ha ha ha! AskaNinja is accepting the award. Yay @kentnichols! πŸ™‚ #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Art goes to… Viscosity #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Blog goes to… Passive Aggressive Notes #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Business goes to… Wikinvest #
  • The SXSW Web Award for CSS goes to… Ficlets #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Classic goes to… Wired #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Community goes to… Flock #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Educational Resource goes to… The Story of Stuff #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Experimental goes to… Metanotes #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Film and TV goes to… Animoto Productions #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Games goes to… Launchball #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Mobile goes to… Mozio #
  • Er, Mosio. #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Motion Graphics goes to… HL2 #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Most Pointless and Meandering Blog goes to… Eatin and Sittin. What? #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Music goes to… Minuit #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Personal Portfolio goes to… JLern Design #
  • Ninja is back. Shameless book plug. πŸ™‚ #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Student goes to… Paper Critters #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Technical Achievement goes to… Twiddlot #
  • The SXSW Web Award for People’s Choice goes to… Kongregate #
  • The SXSW Web Award for Best of Show goes to… Launchball #
  • That was… kinda lame. I’m beat. Back to my room! #
  • Watching a show about loggers on History Channel. And I keep thinking they’re saying “bloggers”. #
  • Same for logs/blogs. According to the show, blogs are extremely dangerous, and bloggers get killed all the time. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @ahockley @grigs I’m not defending anyone, but I was there, and Lacy was rude, annoying, childish, and pouty. Unlike any interview I’ve seen #
  • @ahockley You have a point. She was annoying regardless of her being a she. #
  • @grigs Yeah. She had every right to be like she was, just like we all have the right to say what we thought about it. #
  • @grigs Yeah. Everyone sucks. I wonder how people would have like to see the keynote covered. Nothing I’ve seen written is wrong about it. #
  • @susanreynolds yes, I’ll put everything on Flickr. But it will have to wait, because I have atrocious upload bandwidth at my hotel. πŸ™ #
  • @grigs While mean, I don’t see anything factually inaccurate in that post. When the crowd turned, she got indignant, instead of humble. #
  • @grigs Hence my comment, “we all suck”. Lacy’s actions don’t justify people’s posts, but people’s posts don’t justify her actions, either. #
  • That’s going to be my new slogan: “We All Suck!” #
  • So, are any of the SXSW 2008 podcasts online yet? Where will they be when they’re done? http://2008.sxsw.com/coverage/podcasts/? #
  • OK, I officially feel like crap. Sinuses, achy, etc. Sympathy symptoms for @rachelbancroft? Who knows. Need rest. Hope for the best tomorrow #
  • Man, I need to pick up Super Smash Bros Brawl. But I don’t even get home to my Wii until Wednesday night. Who knows when I’ll have time… #

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-08

  • Headed over to BarCampAustin III, hoping they have food there, because I have yet to eat breakfast. #
  • Great. My mediatemple sites are down. They’ve been up and down like a yo-yo for the last week. I left 1and1 because of this crap… πŸ™ #
  • @clint I know! Isn’t it amazing? I wonder what the percentage of people who have iPhones here versus everything else is. Got to be way high. #
  • At BarCamp. Peeked in on iPhoneDevCamp2. Now up front, next to @raines. @factoryjoe just came in. #
  • Just met @josephpalumbo at BarCamp. I love it when people introduce themselves as "I’m a huge fan of your blog!" πŸ™‚ #
  • Oops. Joseph is @palumbo. #
  • @barcampaustin OK, where’s lunch? I’m starving. About to head across the street to Whole Foods. Fat geek hungry! #
  • Got video interviewed by @giovanni’s company at BarCamp. Ran into @bre and @kveton. Grabbed chocolate and popcorn at Whole Foods. #
  • Had to run to catch the "Dillo" trolley/bus. That’s a sight you don’t want to see. Dropping stuff off in my room, then over for more panels! #
  • In the video production panel in 12. Was going to go to @grubet’s session on design, but it’s clear on the other flippin’ side of the place. #
  • Oops. Meant @gruber in my previous tweet. As in John Gruber. As in Daring Fireball. #
  • I want some BBQ for dinner. Iron Works is close. Is it any good? Going to be too busy? #
  • Hung out and watched Freddie Wong, Guitar Hero Champion. He’s absolutely amazing. I shot a few videos. Unreal! #
  • Now recording video of the "user revolt" panel for @annaleen. Interesting stuff. Power to the users! πŸ™‚ #
  • 700 of the 30,000 or so users of Metafilter have been banned. #
  • So, who has dinner plans? Anyone want to come to Iron Works for BBQ with me? Got something better? #
  • Recording time on the Aiptek Go-HD video camera, on a fresh battery, was just seconds under 1 hour. Better than the 30 minutes I was hearing #
  • But I’m missing the very end of the "user revolts" panel because the battery died. πŸ™ #
  • Trying to decide where to go to dinner. Apparently everyone else is headed to crowded parties. Not for me! #
  • @billpearson, what was the name of that BBQ place you recommended? I forgot! πŸ™ #
  • @ejacqui What? There’s a Fogo de Chao here? (googles) Holy crap! It’s only a block away. Screw BBQ tonight, I’m getting churrasco! πŸ™‚ #
  • Anyone want to come with me to Fogo de Chao for dinner, or should I bring my laptop? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Just started my Turbo.264 encoding the 1 hour HD video file from the user revolt session. Off to churrasco, hope it’s done when I get back. #
  • At this moment, I am eating a piece of filet wrapped in bacon. And yes, it is wrapped-in-bacon good. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @segphault I’m definitely not hungry anymore. Definitely. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Fogo de Chao was a wee bit more expensive than I thought. I’ll make up for it by not expensing any meals for a day or two. Was worth it. πŸ™‚ #
  • Processing photos from the day. Wish I had better upload bandwidth here at the hotel, so I could get more photos and video out there. #
  • Don’t forget to spring your clocks ahead an hour tonight, in the places that celebrate DST. SXSWers lose an hour of partying. #

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Thoughts and Photos from SXSW Interactive 2008, Day One

It’s Friday night, the end of Day One of SXSW Interactive. Or Day Zero. Or whatever it was. The first day. I’m sitting in the lobby of the Hilton hotel, after being thwarted on a late night search for something sweet (what I wouldn’t give for a 7-Eleven nearby!). Anyway.

Registration and badge pickup opened at 10 AM this morning, and I went over to the Austin Convention Center (conveniently across the street – lucky me booking this trip like six months ago, to get such a good hotel) around noon. I was hearing on Twitter that the line was bad, but it wasn’t (later, it would be massive). Got my badge (with my avatar photo on it), and picked up “the big bag”. Man, they weren’t kidding. It was FULL of crap. Flyers, ad cards, magazines, etc. It was really heavy, there was so much crap in it. Most people were emptying theirs out and dumping the unwanted stuff on tables right out side of the pickup room. At least it’s likely to get recycled that way. This year, Hugh McLeod, of gapingvoid and art-drawn-on-business-cards fame, did the artwork on the bag. It’s very cool!

Badge and Bag

After getting my stuff, I wandered around a bit. Played some Guitar Hero 3 with the guy who runs Northwestern University’s TV station (for whom “Welcome to the Jungle” on Expert was no problem – I muddled through on Medium). The place started to fill up, and I started to get an idea of the scale of this thing. Thousands and thousands of people!

For some reason, a young lady in a fancy dress and a “Homecoming Queen” ribbon was greeting people at the top of the escalators (and head of the long, long badge line) in her best parade style.

Homecoming Queen

Looking around me, I realize that I’ve never seen so many 1) MacBook Pros, 2) iPhones, and 3) DLSR cameras in one place before. It’s the standard uniform, apparently. I never got the memo, but luckily I fit right in!

Macs and iPhones

I went to a couple of panels in the afternoon. First was Amy Hoy and John Arysomething (I’ll look it up later) on basically how to stay a “n00b”, and retain an open mind and develop your talents. I first met Amy at OSCON 2006 in Portland. The talk was fun – lots of jokes. Kind of scattered, but I got a few good quotes out of it (check my Twitter stream).

After that, I went to the “Battledecks” session. The premise was a competition style session, where the presenters had never seen the (random) slides that they got, until they got up to present. Afterwords, they were judged on how well they thought on their feet, kept the whole thing together, integrated buzzwords and lingo, etc. What a cool idea! I imagined it would be something like an Ignite event, but with all the presentations mixed up, so no one had their own. πŸ™‚ It was very, very fun. Lots of laughs. Much credit goes to Mike, the guy who crafted the slides, for including just about every current Internet meme I can think of (and even some that were new to me). The competitors included Jon Armstrong (yes, that Jon Armstrong) and SixApart’s Anil Dash. In the end, Anil KILLED his presentation, in a very good way. He owned the room. It was awesome. πŸ™‚

Oh, and just like Ignite Portland got started from something cool I saw at a conference and tweeted about, I fully expect us to have some version of BattleDecks, perhaps attached to Ignite, sometime in the future in Portland. You heard it here first. πŸ˜‰

When dinnertime rolled around, I checked with my Twitter peeps to see where everyone was going. Dawn Foster and Adam Duvander headed over to the Iron Cactus, and kindly invited me to join them. Matt Beck was there too – a mini PDX meetup in Austin! Dinner was yummy (the guacamole was terrific – they make it fresh at your table), and the company was great.

Matt Beck, Dawn Foster, and Adam Duvander at the Iron Cactus

Dawn and I were messing around, taking pictures of each other taking pictures, and I lucked out and got this shot of her camera, right as the flash fired. I love how the colors turned out!

Flash Duel

There are who knows how many parties going on right now. Laughing Squid is throwing a big one at a place called Six, and that’s where all the cool kids are right now (Clint and Jacqui from Ars, Scoble, etc.). Me? I’m a party pansy. A wimp. I stayed in my room for a while, History Channel on in the background, called and talked to Rachel and the kids, worked on photos, and read some feeds.

The desire for some kind of dessert finally propelled me downstairs. Of course, I brought my laptop. How else could I be writing this blog post? I’m not about to put a few hundred words out on my iPhone! πŸ™‚ But since everything is closed, I think I’m going to hunt down a vending machine or SOMETHING. Then go to bed. Tomorrow is the first “full” day of panels, activities, etc., and I have a feeling it’s going to be insane.


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-07

  • OK, I guess it’s time for me to venture out in search of food, then head over to pick up my SXSW badge. Should I take my laptop? #
  • @giovanni Thanks. I was thinking should I bring it for the rest of the day, but thinking I’ll leave it behind/locked up. #
  • Feels weird to be on Central time. It’s 11:30AM local, 9:30 on my home time. But it feels like its 4 in the afternoon. Weird. #
  • In the SXSW badge pickup line. Quite the operation. #
  • There’s an amazing amount of crap in the SXSW schwag bag. Luckily, there are tables where you can dump/recycle the stuff you don’t want. #
  • Sad to say, but I feel naked and bored without my laptop. Headed back to my room to drop off schwag, get it, then back for panels. #
  • Played Guitar Hero 3 with Bruno from Northeastern U. He runs their TV station, and "Welcome to the Jungle" on Expert was no problem for him. #
  • Going to Amy Hoy’s "Career rev 342" panel instead of the "SXSW 101 for n00bs" panel. πŸ˜› #
  • SXSW celeb sightings: passed @chrisbrogan and Phillip Torrone on the escalator within minutes of each other. #
  • @geekygirldawn be warned, the badge line is ENORMOUS. πŸ™ #
  • Dear John Athayde: please do not chew gum, or sunflower seeds, or whatever it is you’re eating while you’re presenting to us. Thanks, SXSW. #
  • "When you can’t kick any more asses, because there are no more asses to kick, your foot is really sad!" – Amy Hoy #
  • "If you’re full of crap, and don’t know you’re full of crap, you’re a danger to yourself and others." – Amy Hoy #
  • I’ve never seen as high a concentration of Macs and iPhones in one place. This is significant. #
  • Ran in to @turoczy and @tlockney, in search of beverages. #
  • @kveton how’s the line? Any better than a while ago, when it was ginormous? πŸ™ #
  • In the "Battledecks II" session. Presenters compete, talking about slides they’ve never seen before. Sounds like fun. πŸ™‚ #
  • @tlockney oh crap. How embarrassing. Not only did I mistake you, I mistook the guy with @turoczy, too. Sorry! πŸ™ #
  • @Adamd its just starting, but I also am intrigued by the "blind Ignite" idea. Its like if we switched everyone’s slides! πŸ™‚ #
  • OK, BattleDecks is going to be awesome. Energy in the room is hot. We need this in Portland – you heard it here first! πŸ™‚ #
  • Competitors include Jon Armstrong and Anil Dash. I can’t wait! #
  • @ellybabes totally understand. How you come back next week! πŸ™‚ #
  • @rachelbancroft Twitter hugs for you. Hang in there, and have some N&Ms. #
  • First bacon reference of SXSW! Bonus points for being on a slide with Mike Arrington. πŸ™‚ #
  • @anildssh just pwned Battledecks. #
  • So, where’s everyone going for dinner? #
  • @geekygirldawn Where are you going for dinner? @ or d me, I’ll come. #
  • @geekygirldawn I’m on my way. πŸ™‚ #
  • Dinner at Iron Cactus with @geekygirldawn, @adamd, and @mattbeck was yummy. #
  • @ejacqui I know! That big flock of birds at Brush Park is… Strange. And noisy after dark! Have you gone to the Bat Viewing Area? #
  • You know, it’s only a matter of time before we see live video streaming apps, like Qik, for the iPhone. I can’t wait! #
  • In desperate need of something sweet. Anyone know of something in the Hilton, or within a block or two? #
  • @clint Dude, I’m a party weenie. Wimp. Pansy. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Crap. Coffee place is closed. Restaurant is closed. And the Hilton bar is a zoo. No dessert for me! πŸ™ Hanging in the lobby for a while. #
  • @danielpunkass What are the chances of us ever seeing MarsEdit for iPhone? I’d pay for that! πŸ™‚ #
  • Just ran into Rex Hammock (@r) and his son. He introduced me as "the guy who runs Intel.". Heh. πŸ™‚ #
  • In case you HAVEN’T had enough of me tweeting about SXSW, here’s a post with photos and thoughts on Day Zero: http://tinyurl.com/yssjkn #

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I’m in Austin, Texas, for SXSW Interactive

I arrived last night in Austin, Texas, for the SXSW Interactive conference. I’ve watched this event from afar for a couple of years, and it always seems to be an awesome mix of fun, cool web technologies, and community. So this year, I decided to come.

Slightly off topic, I had an amazing view of Mt. Hood as we flew out of Portland yesterday. Sadly, my D40 was stowed, and I couldn’t get to it in time, but I did have the little Aiptek Go-HD, so I shot some HD video and a couple of the 5MP stills that it can do. Not the greatest quality, but hope it communicates how amazing the view was:

Mt. Hood from the air

The actual SXSW event hasn’t even started yet – I’ll head over to the Austin Convention Center across the street in a little bit to pick up my badge, and attend one or two of the opening panels. There’s so much stuff going on at any given time that it’s kind of intimidating to decide where I should be at any given time. Not only are there actually three components to the SXSW festival going on at the same time (Interactive, Film, and Music), but each timeslot has like ten panels, all of them sound great, and there are tons of “extracurricular” events going on, like the Screenburn gaming festival, film premiers and screenings (I want to go see “Nerdcore Rising” and MC Frontalot!). Oh, and BarCampAustin. And lots and lots of friends that I haven’t seen for a long time. And tons of parties (which I probably won’t go to – I’m not much of a party person. Downside of being a true geek, I guess.) It’s so hard to plan ahead that I simply decided not to. There are a few things that I want to be sure to see, but I’m mostly playing it by ear.

I’ll be taking photos and shooting video, and posting real blog posts, but mainly, you can expect to keep up with what I’m doing via my Twitter microposts. You’ll find a daily summary posted here to the blog (but not in the feed), or you can see it all as it happens in my lifestream at www.joshbancroft.com, or follow me on Twitter. And if you’re in Austin and want to get together, just D me on Twitter, or email me (jabancroft@gmail.com). You can call me at 503-334-1889, but you’ll probably get my voicemail.

I’m going to head out, get some lunch, then go over and pick up my badge, check the place out, and sit in on a panel or two. Catch you later! πŸ™‚


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-06

  • @turoczy what gate? I’m at wendy’s in the C concourse, catching up on Apple event tweets. πŸ™‚ #
  • Lokling around, expecting to run into @turoczy at any minute here at the airport. We may be on the same flight. πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson Gate C17. Saw you’re headed to Utah – going to that thing Jeff is at? #
  • Bummer. @turoczy was on the other side of the airport. See you in Austin, Rick! πŸ™‚ #
  • Waitaminit – Spore for the iPhone? Yes please! πŸ™‚ #
  • On the ground at PHX, waiting about an hour for my flight to AUS. Yay for free wifi! πŸ™‚ #
  • @divadanese I don’t know Annalee, but if I’m free on Sat. night I’d be happy to record her. Doing what? #
  • @annaleen @divadanese Your recording options: audio, HD video, or both. πŸ™‚ #
  • Kinda glad I’m travelling today, or I’d be driving myself crazy trying to d/l the iPhone SDK like you guys. πŸ™‚ #
  • Great. My flight to Austin is delayed. And oversold. πŸ™ #
  • Got an amazing view of Mt. Hood flying out of PDX. I grabbed some HD video and stills with the Aiptek. Bummed my D40 was stowed… #
  • Boarding now. Catch you in Austin! πŸ™‚ #
  • Landed in Austin. #
  • It snowed in Dallas today? These texans are freaked out. All they can talk about. I’m not afraid of snow/cold! πŸ˜‰ #
  • In the hotel room (Hilton). Settling in. I’m beat, and only kinda hungry. Debating venturing out for food. #
  • @AndruEdwards Oh, there will be BBQ this week. Lots and lots of BBQ. But I’m not up for it tonight. πŸ™‚ #

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