SXSW, Day 2

SxswIt’s been another good day of programming. Making Your Short Attention Span Pay Big Dividends was fun and rather validating for me. Short attention span: it’s not a bug, it’s a feature! The Designing for Global Audiences panel had it’s moments. There were occasional juicy examples… when you say “I need it at 5 on Friday” to someone in India, that pretty much means Monday or Tuesday. Much of the presentation meandered, though… a couple times I caught myself wondering “man, is he ever going to say anything? Online Advertising: Is It worth it was interesting, but they never really addressed the actual topic or answered their own question. Fictional Bloggers was delightful. Odin Soli talked about his years writing a personal blog detailing the daily life of a bisexual woman, grew a huge audience, and was eventually outed. I met Liz Henry at the BlogHer event Friday — turns out we peripherally know each other through the world of Science Fiction fandom. She had so much to say – it’s unfortunate that this was one of the short (1/2 hr) panels – it really deserved more time. I’m eager to read lots more of Liz.

Tonight it”s the SXSW Awards Cermony, at which the Dewey Winburne award is given out. Dewey was a visionary and a friend of mine. Last year the award went to Dale Thompson, with Austin Free-Net. I’m proud to say I’m a co-founder of Austin Free-Net.

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