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Rex Sorgatz

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mar 18
2009

SXSW Redux

I guess the personal highlight of sxsw was the "Bikini Flashmob" that Foursquare and I threw at the Omni Hotel pool, where I wore the worst Japanese-tourist-trapped-in-Texas outfit one could possibly assemble at the souvenir shop -- David Carr describes the scene in today's NYT. Post-Austin, people ritualistically debate panels versus parties, but for me the best part is the space in between: dinner with groups of eight or so smart people and spontaneous conversations in the hallways between sessions. The booze is fun, but you forget it in the morning; the panels are theatrical, but seldom revelatory; that leaves you with the conversation, which is always why we always trek to Austin in March.

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Just noticed Caro has a report from the party too.

posted by Rex at 1:33 PM on March 18, 2009

Jesus Christ, this is the worst Charlie's Angels remake I've ever seen.

At least they got Bosley right.

Austin is like an NY-style safe zone where everyone can let their hair down and make fashion mistakes with no fear of reprisal.

Sad testimony for my state, though. If we want to put 8 smart people around a table we have to bring four of them in from out of town.

posted by Michael Duff at 5:44 PM on March 18, 2009

So bummed I couldn't make it this year.

Going to have to pre-sell my boss on me going to SXSW next March.

posted by Gavin at 8:57 PM on March 18, 2009

I keep thinking it won't scale -- that it can't possibly grow any bigger without my personal experience suffering... But then it just gets better. As long as everybody making neat things continues to show up, it'll continue to be great.

posted by Andy Baio at 5:32 PM on March 19, 2009

WHERE DA CROCS AT?

They shut down a 6 block radius by the Fairgrounds for a Crocs warehouse sale in Longmont tonight. Peoples where flocking for cheaper cheap shoes and they had the 5-0 there to control the madness.

I'm guessing a zombie outbreak would play about the same.

posted by rico at 11:57 PM on March 19, 2009

If only I could have been there to see that flash mob.. would have been a great addition to my 1227 Photo Redux video -

posted by Adam Scott Paul at 1:32 PM on March 26, 2009




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