South By 3…(44 of 90)

South by Southwest (SXSW) is simply seven days of heaven. The weather was gorgeous and the panel sessions really kicked off today.

It’s fair to say the conference is under way.

I started the day with a nice 3 mile run, although the hamstring is now acting up regularly. I think when I get home I may have to look for alternatives to running until it heals. For now, running is all I’ve got to keep myself going.

After that, I headed to grab Micki (@mickipedia). She’s promoting her company, Neighborgoods, at the conference so we picked up her flyers from down south. (Her business partner lives in town.)

After that, it was off to the panels. First up: Andrea Phillips talking about Alternate Reality Games.


The talk focused on how female stereotypes harm the writing process. I’m usually very skeptical of these talks (from my days as in the Women’s Study minor at Miami University), but she made a really compelling case for why writers should focus attention on female characters. When the talk becomes available, I’m posting it here.

Next, Eric Hellweg (@ehellweg) and I headed to the Driscoll Hotel to each lunch. In 14 years, I never once stepped foot inside that place. It’s a shame because the outside patio area was brilliant.


Before we left, though, we ran into Travis Kalanick (@konabone), one of my buddies from the Wired days. The founder of Scour and Red Swoosh, he’s not an angel investor and world traveler. What a great find at the hotel.

I headed back to the Hilton to catch the Media Armageddon: What Happens When the New York Times Dies panel.


A few interesting things happened here.

  1. I had the chance to meet Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu), an NYU journalism professor who occasionally stirs the hackles of Jason Pontin (@jason_pontin) and I.
  2. I became a fan of David Carr (@carr2n), a writer I’d dismissed after reading his memoir about drugs and writing. He was brilliant on the panel and now I must re-evaluate my view of his writing.
  3. And my live Tweeting of the panel, which was displayed with other folks Tweets on a big screen, drew some…attention.

Ah well.

Along the way, I managed to catch up with Shane Richmond (Head of Technology – Editoria, Telegraph Media Group) and Andrea Phillips (the ARG writer) to film FIVE GOOD MINUTES (which will be up on The Cult of Me tomorrow AM).

Eric and I headed over to the Unwired Nation party, our annual confab across the street from the convention center. We ran into Eric Smith, the CEO of Unwired Nation, and Brian Zisk (@zisk), a serial entrepreneur from San Francisco (and one of the co-founders of The Future of Music Coalition, along with Jenny Toomey whom is ALSO in town).


After all that, Stephanie (@swfrost), Miami University professor Glenn Platt and V.P. of New Sports Products at Turner Sports Michael Adamson all showed up at the convention center. I ran across the street where we hung out for a few hours (and I snagged Adamson for FIVE GOOD MINUTES).

When dinner rolled around, I headed to The Frisco to meet Julia (@JungleJulia), an old friend from Antone’s. We hadn’t seen each other in ages, although we chat through social media all the time. She is still, of course, as gorgeous as ever.

It was a very good day.

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