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SxSW: rabid bats, nuclear tacos, and more of my favorites

SxSW

I’ve been neglecting this post and I apologize. It’s not that it’s going to be difficult to write, it’s simply that I have had no time to write it. Rather, I’ve been “micro-blogging” my time at SxSW using Twitter (like usual). It’s so much easier to post a brief “tweet” to my friends than to open up WordPress and hammer out a full blog post.

To call SxSW incredible is an understatement. While I throughly enjoy the “single track” small-crowd style of conferences like Gnomedex, or the multi-track, but not overly-crowded New Media Expo, SxSW is different, with an organized chaotic feel that is too cool. At Gnomedex the god fathers of our geeky ways usually congregate and historic things occur. At New Media Expo a mix of some of the god fathers and some newer folks gather. At SxSW it’s a refreshing mix of god fathers, rock stars, newbies, oldies, film geeks, musicians, business leaders, and just about anyone who’s interested in the interactive portion of this amazing event.

My highlights of SxSW include the following (in no specific order):

I’m sure there’s much more that I’m forgetting, but for now these are the best bits of SxSW Interactive for me. Thanks to everyone who helped make my experience unforgettable.

Were you there? What was your favorite?

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  • Edubya

    My highlights: the keynotes, evoking feelings anywhere from compassion to schadenfreude, the food, my god, the FOOD, Guitar hero in the bloghaus (nice to meet you there, btw), The Driskill Bar, Some great panel discussions on user engagement and overall renewed energy for my industry. yay.

  • Edubya

    My highlights: the keynotes, evoking feelings anywhere from compassion to schadenfreude, the food, my god, the FOOD, Guitar hero in the bloghaus (nice to meet you there, btw), The Driskill Bar, Some great panel discussions on user engagement and overall renewed energy for my industry. yay.

  • It was great seeing you at SXSW – apparently we arrived too late for the I heart caveman party and many people told me it was their favourite. We were just having too much fun atht eh SXNW party to pull ourselves away!

    My personal highlights were hanging at BlogHaus, my BBQ adventure with Scoble and HP crew, meeting my Twitter buds face to face, and my favourite party was, by far, the 16 Bit party at the Scoot Inn. Two days back and I’m still suffering from SXSW withdrawal and planning my return in 2009!

  • It was great seeing you at SXSW – apparently we arrived too late for the I heart caveman party and many people told me it was their favourite. We were just having too much fun atht eh SXNW party to pull ourselves away!

    My personal highlights were hanging at BlogHaus, my BBQ adventure with Scoble and HP crew, meeting my Twitter buds face to face, and my favourite party was, by far, the 16 Bit party at the Scoot Inn. Two days back and I’m still suffering from SXSW withdrawal and planning my return in 2009!

  • Heckava post. Looks like you got just about everything.

    You did forget to mention how you now exude omnipresent coolness after seeing MCA at Las Manitas.

  • Heckava post. Looks like you got just about everything.

    You did forget to mention how you now exude omnipresent coolness after seeing MCA at Las Manitas.

  • Ah yes, good point Michelle. I forgot about that one. I guess it’s because we certainly didn’t have to fight for our right to party at SxSW, eh?

  • Ah yes, good point Michelle. I forgot about that one. I guess it’s because we certainly didn’t have to fight for our right to party at SxSW, eh?

  • Glad to finally meet you outside Champions. One of the highlights for me was hearing Jane McGonigal do the keynote. She is an awesome and engaging speaker.

  • Glad to finally meet you outside Champions. One of the highlights for me was hearing Jane McGonigal do the keynote. She is an awesome and engaging speaker.

  • Jesse McPherson

    SXSW was my first conference ever and I believe it may spoil me when it comes to others. I’m still wrangling in the chaos of awesomeness in my head, but I guess my favorite thing about SXSW was putting faces behind a lot of names, proving that there really is people behind the curtain. In a way the web community seems a lot smaller and more personal now, even though I know it really isn’t. My only complaints are that I wish there was some more technical panels, and shorter lines for beer!

  • Jesse McPherson

    SXSW was my first conference ever and I believe it may spoil me when it comes to others. I’m still wrangling in the chaos of awesomeness in my head, but I guess my favorite thing about SXSW was putting faces behind a lot of names, proving that there really is people behind the curtain. In a way the web community seems a lot smaller and more personal now, even though I know it really isn’t. My only complaints are that I wish there was some more technical panels, and shorter lines for beer!

  • Dave, great roundup. I think i’ll have some of the mentioned events on Flickr/video over the next week. I’ve over 600 videos/photos to go through on the plane back to London tomorrow.

  • Dave, great roundup. I think i’ll have some of the mentioned events on Flickr/video over the next week. I’ve over 600 videos/photos to go through on the plane back to London tomorrow.

  • Thanks so much for sharing Trapper Los MD’s video with me. It’s a rare find for me to see something like this in the new media community. Thank you again!

  • Thanks so much for sharing Trapper Los MD’s video with me. It’s a rare find for me to see something like this in the new media community. Thank you again!

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  • Sounds like a coop event but I think publicity was not enough. Otherwise I wouldn't have heard it until now. Perhaps, I should spend more time on your blog.

  • I loved watching Sarah Lacy getting grilled. Should be the highlight of the event. ;-)

  • I think the non Geeks will be out of place. The stuffs that are going on sounds so advanced.

  • You should see the look on Sarah's face.

  • SxSW was an awesome event. Those who missed it should attend the next one.

  • More people should get to know about this awesome event.

  • Sounds good post i enjoyed your post thanks for sharing.

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  • SxSW is not popular as twitter itself, even a month back I didn't know about it and had to research a little to get started.

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  • I guess my favorite thing about SXSW was putting faces behind a lot of names, proving that there really is people behind the curtain. In a way the web community seems a lot smaller and more personal now, even though I know it really isn't. My only complaints are that I wish there was some more technical panels, and shorter lines for beer!