After a great breakfast at El Sol y La Luna and a quick chat with Tantek on der cellphonen, I spent most of the day on planes and arrived back in Cleveland this evening sans Kat; we parted ways in Houston as I flew back home and she flew to San Francisco for a conference of her own. I miss her already.
A quick SxSW Interactive braindump:
- There was nowhere near enough time for me to talk with everyone I wanted to talk to, let alone spend time on it and really get in-depth.
- WiFi is a particularly sharp sword of the two-edged variety. It’s great to be able to check mail and IM while you’re sitting in a session, but it’s also kind of rude. I sat listening to Bruce Sterling talk, and sort of felt like I was the only one doing so as everyone around me typed furiously.
- Speaking of which, Tantek posted this journal entry while sitting on the podium during our panel. While I was talking, in fact.
- Apparently the panel was very, very well received. There was a good deal of positive feedback from various people, and I heard a rumor that we scored very high on the audience evaluation cards.
- If you’re going to have live entertainment in a small space, try not to deafen everyone with too much volume and way too much feedback. (No, I’m not talking about Fray Café, which was very well mixed.)
- Now I am talking about Fray Café: Scott Andrew’s bet-winning song is both a hoot and a holler. Although it was much funnier when Scott performed it.
- Apparently in Texas they spell it “Austin Geek Party” but pronounce it “Adult Webmasters Party.” A small group of us found this out by dropping in to talk to the Austin geeks. Imagine our surprise!
- If there’s one useful thing I’ve learned about Austin, it’s that you need to either stay downtown or rent a car. We did neither, to the detriment of our overall experience.
- Cory Doctorow is a very high-speed guy.
Possibly I’ll have more to say, upon reflection. For the moment, I’m going to go get some beauty sleep so I’ll be at my best for tomorrow’s Web Design Meetup.