Once A Nerd, Always A Nerd

I can’t wait for SXSW.

Around this time last year I wrote about it being my first trip back after a six year hiatus, and it lived up to all of my expectations. One of the things I mentioned in that blog entry was all of the discussion around Ev Williams and Pyra Labs during my first go-round. Last year, I bumped in to Ev and Biz Stone at the drink line during the 8-bit party, and got to talk to them about some of that, and what was then the beginnings of Twitter. What made the parties really fun for me last year was the accessibility of all of these folks from across the country who are otherwise ireally tough to have a casual conversation with. It’s like a virtual community spread out all over the place convening in one walkable spot for a little while.

I still remember it as the event in 2001 that convinced me I wanted to make a career for myself in Web culture somehow. Last year, I covered it for EarthLink. This year, I was determined to send myself, despite the protests by my bank account.

I recently came across this picture of me from 1984 rocking one of those tiny tabletop Pac-Man machines at a school function, to give a sense of how deep the geek vein runs:
Ready For The 8Bit Party, In 1984
I am so glad i can still remember the names of everyone in the picture. To extreme left, Ryan T., playing a Coleco L.E.D. Football handheld. In the center, Darren, waiting for his turn on the Pac-Man machine. And to the right, the illustrious Neil(Cornelius), showing some 1984 style with those Nikes that would probably be worth a lot more today.

If you’re reading this and you’ll be there, I’d love to meet up with you. I’ll be arriving tomorrow evening. If not, I apologize in advance for being one of the people clogging up your information streams with SXSW stuff for the next several days.

Oh, and if you are still looking for accomodations, or know someone who is who is not creepy, I may have a spare bed in my “1BR suite”. Drop me an e-mail.

Follow-ups, Notes, And Updates

In no particular order:

  • The MetaFilter community continues to amaze me. After getting some much appreciated help from Extraface readers but no resolution, I threw the Jazz Cap question out to Ask.MetaFilter.com. Though I still haven’t found a photo, I got back several solid recollections, a few of which came in within an hour. Here’s one of my favorites, from mochapickle:

    “We owned the whole set. Iconomy’s image is perfect for the fabric, but they were in fact cut like a painter’s cap. There was a hawaaian one in teals and pinks, a black and white and red (and green?) geometic one. Two others, one of them possibly orange, the other one I think primarily red with maybe palm frond accents? My brother and I were big fans of the caps and wore them proudly and completely without irony one full summer in either 1987 or 1988.

    We have pictures, but I think they exploded from tackiness. Good times.”

  • My friend Blake did another distribution of Peanut Butter Dulce De Leches. After a pre-announcement, within an hour of announcing the shipment he had filled up the 32 slots for tasters and then some. He’s got lots of pictures and stories from the tasters in a separate entry. I’m really impressed with the community that has materialized at Blake Makes in such a short period of time, and all the care Blake puts in to it. He also got a nice feature on the Epicurious blog. If you’re interested in joining Blake’s community, tonight would be a good night to do it as he announced a planned chocolate giveaway for tomorrow.

  • One of my Flickr photos was featured in an article on Discovery network’s Planet Green blog. It’s a photo I took with my iPhone of the Tomato Soup at Stone Soup Kitchen on Boulevard in the Reynoldstown/Grant Park area of Atlanta. Kudos to Planet Green for getting the photo credit just right in accordance with the Creative Commons licensing without even needing to ask me. Creative Commons licensing really can and does make art usage easier.

  • A little bit ago I did an interview with Jonathan at lk9 about my experiences at EarthLink and perspectives on where things are headed. Jonathan and his colleague will be road-tripping to SXSW. I look forward to hearing about their way down. And while he was in town for SoCon08, my good friend Chris Heuer interviewed me after we toured a little of intown Atlanta. A few of us had gathered at Rathbun’s the night before to catch up, and the company and the food were excellent. Chris did an impromptu audio review on that as well.

  • Josh and Mike at Voce Communications recently announced that they and Sony released to the community some WordPress plugins they had cnp_studio build for the Sony Playstation blog. From an earlier social media update you’ll remember Mike alluding to the need for social media and communications firms to develop technologies for their clients in addition to just coming up with the ideas. This is an embodiment of that kind of thinking, and it was followed up with an announced partnership between cnp and Voce, and more elucidation on Mike’s blog about the kinds of roles needed to meet social media needs.