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Tiny Pencils and Screams – My first Experiences at SxSw

Friday, March 9th, 2007

So, I’m at SxSW … you know, THE conference for web geeks such as yours truly? I have my list of panels all picked out already and I came here with a lot of expectations about how amazing it was going to be. Well, I’m not giving up hope quite yet, but I must tell you that my first experiences here have been anywhere from frustrating to inane.

To set the stage, let’s go to the conference center to register and get our badges. The line is mammoth. I mean, it snakes back and forth around two floors of the huge conference center. We stand in it for about an hour. Occasionally people in SxSW t-shirts yell at us to move this way or that. We inch along. The woman in front of us has a big fight with her partner. He leaves, he comes back, he leaves again. A prolonged anguished phone call ensues and tears are shed.

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