SxSW Wrap-up

As always, South by Southwest was the real conference highlight of the year. I tell people that if they can only go to one conference in a year, SxSW is the one to go to. It’s hard to match the sheer quantity of amazing people in one place anywhere else in the world. There is definitely a strong San Francisco contingent, but what really makes it fun is the people who come from all over to participate, thanks to the conference being so cheap. Also there is always a nice vibe with the film and music part overlapping a little bit, brings a little more diversity into the mix.

This year was certainly bigger than any other year I’ve been, and I can only imagine it’ll continue to get larger at least as long as our economic boom continues.

Creativity Panel

I was just in this panel on creativity and it was fantastic. The sole panelist was a yoga teacher of some sort and had a really interesting perspective on how posture, breathing, stretching, etc can have dramatic effects. It was probably the first (only?) panel I’ve seen that actually got people to get off their laptops. Everyone was up and stretching and yelling at it was great. Good to see more diverse topics at these sorts of things.

Web and Email Woes

As you may have noticed, has been down along with, which means that I can’t blog and I’m not getting any email. It’s very rough! There seems to be a hardware problem with the server, so hopefully the people at the DC can get it sorted soon enough and I can get back to falling behind on my email.

In the meantime, if you send me a message it may be a bit before I get it.

At Les Blogs

I’m here at the Les Blogs conference, which seems to be well-attended. The wifi is mostly working, though extraordinarily slow.  I think the only problem is the chairs are too comfortable, as I see quite a few dozing off. It’s an old-style conference, with very little audience participation. I believe this room is used as a lecture hall, and the format fits.

There are some very interesting folks here, I think the highlight is really going to be the interaction and conversations. If we haven’t met before please introduce yourself, I’d love to meet more people here.

Another Theme: Toni

By popular request I just added the Toni theme, which I had to adapt a bit because it was designed for WordPress 1.0. 🙂

This one has a few color options we’ll try to make available soonish. In fact all of the current themes will be getting some more color, photo, and sidebar customizations in time.