My SXSW experience and photos (3.27.11)

I really wanted to go to SXSW, but the badge price was a bit pricey for me, so I decided to volunteer.  I was lucky enough to volunteer with the interactive crew, and the team I was on, was awesome (I was most interested in seeing the interactive portion).  One thing I ended up realizing is that it was too hard to see the panels I was interested in, if I was working (will keep that in mind for next year).

This year they had SXSW EDU, which from what I understand was mostly for teachers and administrators.  I found some of the talks quite fascinating, specially with everything going on with school funding etc.  Great ideas for merging technology with teaching, I hope they try at least a portion of those ideas.  Then I worked the meet up rooms, which were a big hit.  A great idea for networking with like minded people in whatever topic you were interested in.

I got to listen to a few panels (that day job just gets in the way! 🙂 ) But I definitely want to catch more panels next year.  I was able to sit in and listen to the keynote speaker one day (Seth Priebatsch) and was blown away.

The parties were something else!  You could just walk a few steps and there was free alcohol!  But having a badge is almost a must for that! (To get into the good parties anyway).  I actually met and spoke with people more during the parties than anywhere else, so it was a great networking opportunity!  Also RSVP for parties EARLY!  I found Do512 had the best listing of parties (official and unofficial).

Here’s just a few photos.  Most were done with my EVO phone, the one day I took my camera I could not get into a party! 🙁

Frog Design Party SXSW

Frog Design Party SXSW

SXSW World of Tweets

SXSW World of Tweets

Interactive! Port-a-potty

Interactive! Port-a-potty

CNN Grill SXSW

CNN Grill SXSW

SXSW iPhone Developers Meet Up

SXSW iPhone Developers Meet Up

Pepsi Max Lot- SXSW

Pepsi Max Lot- SXSW

Mashable Party- SXSWi

Mashable Party- SXSWi

Gowalla SXSW Party

Gowalla SXSW Party

SXSW Interactive Closing Party (Foo Fighters were playing)

SXSW Interactive Closing Party (Foo Fighters were playing)

SXSW Posters

SXSW Posters

Bands Everywhere

Bands Everywhere

Foo Fighters Limo- Cruising through Austin

Foo Fighters Limo- Cruising through Austin

SXSW Party at the W

SXSW Party at the W

Seaholm Power Plant SXSW Party

Seaholm Power Plant SXSW Party

Parking Lot Party- SXSW

Parking Lot Party- SXSW

6th St SXSW

6th St SXSW

British Music Embassy SXSW

British Music Embassy SXSW

Jammin on 6th St

Jammin on 6th St

Line for Perez Hilton Party- SXSW

Line for Perez Hilton Party- SXSW

Daily Photo 7.9.10 (Almost Sunset at The Oasis)

We were at the Oasis tonight for my daughter’s Birthday Party #1 (she is planning on partying all weekend!)  We went to listen to the Eggmen, a Beatles cover band.  They are so much fun!  I definitely recommend them!  It was a bit cloudy after this shot, so this is the best “sunset” photo I could get!

View from The Oasis

View from The Oasis

Daily Photo 6.27.10 (World Cup Watching- Buenos Aires Cafe)

Went to watch the Argentina vs Mexico game at Buenos Aires Cafe on E. 6th St.   What a blast!  Here’s a few photos of the “festivities”.

Buenos Aires Cafe- game about to start

Buenos Aires Cafe- game about to start

Buenos Aires Cafe- Argentina vs Mexico Game

Buenos Aires Cafe- Argentina vs Mexico Game

Buenos Aires Cafe- GOL! Argentina!

Buenos Aires Cafe- GOL! Argentina!

Buenos Aires Cafe- Argentina vs Mexico Game

Buenos Aires Cafe- Argentina vs Mexico Game

Buenos Aires Cafe- Argentina vs Mexico Game

Buenos Aires Cafe- Argentina vs Mexico Game

My refreshment during the game!!!

My refreshment during the game!!!

Buenos Aires Cafe- Argentina vs Mexico Game

Buenos Aires Cafe- Argentina vs Mexico Game

Buenos Aires Cafe- Argentina vs Mexico Game

Buenos Aires Cafe- Argentina vs Mexico Game

Daily Photo 5.28.10 (Quattro Gatti Ristorante)

My friend Kathi and I decided to try the Quattro Gatti Ristorante tonight.  It’s located on 908 Congress Ave, Austin, which happens to be the space we had an art show a couple of years ago.  We enjoyed it very much!  Everyone was super nice and friendly, and our Montanara Pizza was wonderful.  We had a glass of wine with it and Tiramisu for dessert. We had a wonderful time.  Here are a few photos of the place.

Quattro Gatti Ristorante, Austin

Quattro Gatti Ristorante, Austin

Quattro Gatti Ristorante, Austin

Quattro Gatti Ristorante, Austin

Pizza Oven- Quattro Gatti Ristorante, Austin

Pizza Oven- Quattro Gatti Ristorante, Austin

Daily Photo 5.10.10 (View from Red’s Porch)

We tried out Red’s Porch on South Lamar tonight and we liked it!  The view is great, the Margaritas were pretty good (I personally tried them 🙂 ), and the food was pretty good.  We tried the Fried Stuffed Olives, which were pretty darn good! Stuffed with Bleu Cheese & Beer Battered. Yum!  This was the view from there.

View from Red's Porch