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08 March 2008

SXSW Day 2

SXSW 2008Day 2 is obviously NOT meant to be an introduction to SXSW. It's more like trying to drink from a fire hose. The day started at 10:00 a.m. and (for me) went to 9:00 p.m.

Panels today:

  • Creating Findable Rich Media (Various)
  • Geolocation in Web 2.0 (Various)
  • Book Reading: The Back of the Napkin (Roam)
  • Opening Remarks: Henry Jenkins & Steven Johnson
  • Ten Things We've Learned at 37Signals (Jason Fried)
  • Interactive Media Trends: Are you on top of it? (Various)

Great Takeaways from Today:

  • What's your consumption to creation ratio? Are you teaching your kids to create as much as they consume?
  • "You can't build a democracy on the premise that people are stupid." Henry Jenkins
  • In discussing the time some spent on analyzing the map (shown for 2 seconds) in the second season of LOST: "We shouldn’t ask what's wrong with them. We should ask what's wrong with a society where people have the time to do this stuff because they aren't challenged in their jobs?" Henry Jenkins
  • "Err on the side of simple." "Interruption is the enemy of productivity." "It's ok to think about the future - just don't write it down." "When you make tiny decisions you can't make big mistakes." Jason Fried
  • "Invest in what doesn't change. People aren't going to wake up a few years from now and say, #&@*!! I wish this software was hard to use." Jason Fried
  • "The brain is infinitely more capable than any piece of software we have on our machines." Dan Roam

Excitement for the day:

  • Attempted the Google Party: Realized I was going to be standing in a line around the block for a couple hours so determined that dinner was the better option. Got to hang out with the Digerati Team from - good times...
  • ScreenBurn 2008: Got to walk through a room full of amazing gaming technology and watch expert gamers do their thing.

Tonight's meal:

  • Katz's Deli & Bar