If you were there, you understand. If you weren’t there, feel free to add your own captions to this photo of jared spool and me. Jared is the founding principal of User Interface Engineering (UIE), and gives a damn good presentation. lessig, eat your heart out.
I just returned from the 2008 Portlets and Consortium conferences for the CampusEAI Consortium. I participated in three presentations (more on that later), stood up and talked a lot, and showed how Wii bowling both helps and hurt you when you go to a real bowling alley.
I am at sxsw interactive. This is my second year. This conference gives me the ideas and the energy to try and make a place for myself in the web industry. This is Day Two, and the panels have been great (most of them), the people I meet and re-meet have made this a blast (most of the time), and in the same day I met Heather Armstrong (dooce.com) and Jonathan Coulton. I also walked past Mike Birbiglia but he was sitting at a table and I figured it would be like swooping down on a helpless rabbit who told really funny jokes, so I kept on walking.
I’m not a fanboy. Right, I have an iPhone. Right, I wear Converse or Adidas shoes. But I have never a) stolen a set list and gotten it autographed, or b) told a famous blogger that my mother doesn’t like it when she uses the F-word. Until today.