get back to your happy place 2011
three great design themes 2011
choose your universe 2011
Go for the record 2011
FOMO and social media 2011
need to want less 2011
donate some books today 2011
Let go of that useless fear and denial combo 2011
Plan your work. Work your plan. 2011
getting started with Discardia 2011
Happy Discardia! 2011
Cast out the snakes! 2011
the no-longer-awesome box 2011
fear and work 2011
Notes from Austin—Agile Self Development 2011
Getting Closer, Going Later (#SXSW) 2011
I missed morning sessions here at SXSW Interactive today. Partly that was my fault – I set myself up for a bad night's sleep by having caffeine (which I normally don't), drinking at parties and dinner, and reading scary news from Japan – and the spring forward clock switch is always tough, but even in my sleep-deprived state there was a critical moment this morning (8:44am) when I could have rallied, quickly showered, and made it to the first time slot session I wanted to hit.
So why didn't I? I had told my friend doing the session I'd get there, I was excited about the topic, and my first choice for the subsequent time slot was at that same campus.
The problem is that that campus was outside of rallying range.
Unless I paid for a cab it likely would take me about half an hour to get there. With room size now frequently smaller than demand, the risk of arriving late and being unable to get in after a long-range scramble to reach the campus is daunting.
So what would be better?
Instead of spreading out to the Hyatt Regency Austin, over the bridge down on Barton Springs Road, or the seriously distant AT&T campus, I'd rather see 6:30pm sessions at the locations within six blocks of the Brush Park/Hilton/ACC hub.
There are 27 sessions today at the Hyatt campus. If 11am is typical of the number of rooms (and skipping meetup rooms), those sessions could all fit in a 6:30pm slot at ACC, Hilton, Courtyard and Hilton Garden Inn campuses without even needing to stretch out to the Sheraton, Driskill, or Radisson.
I'd like to see SXSW grow in time, not space. Stretching session programming a little bit more into the evening won't cramp people's style in having evening opportunities to connect and have fun. We've had 5pm happy hours competing with last sessions for a long time now and it's worked out fine.
small, incremental changes 2011
flight to Austin 2011
United Airlines(UA) #4032
dep SFO 6:10am PST
arr IAH 11:50am CST;
(Operated by Continental Airlines flight 469)
United Airlines(UA) #3895
dep IAH 1:20pm CST
arr AUS 2:12pm CST;
(Operated by Continental Airlines flight 241)
Bounce onto it 2011
Jenny clicked it when she saw,
Smiling at the screen she glanced on;
Time, you thief, who like to paw
Sweets into your list, put that on!
Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,
Say of health & wealth I'm cheated,
Say I'm growing old, but add –
(with thanks and apologies to Leigh Hunt)
Facebook grrr 2011
flight home 2011
Flight number: United 996
Departing: 5:20 PM Lic Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International (PVR)
Arriving: 6:30 PM Los Angeles International (LAX)
Flight number: United 712
Departing: 8:30 PM Los Angeles International (LAX)
Arriving: 9:52 PM San Francisco International (SFO)