Saturday, March 24, 2012

SxSW Day 10

Sunday, March 18

For the third year in row, I drove down to Krieg Field for the BBQ. My friend, Frank Souders, says the BBQ serves as a psychological anchor, letting you know that SxSW is over. It was rainy, overcast day, so I dined and dashed.

I was surprised to notice that there were still two clubs with local bands playing showcases, later on in the night. I was too exhausted to contemplate that.

However, I sort of miss the tradition from the old days where Alejando Escovedo would close out the festival at La Zona Rosa, on Sunday night. I was trying to remember when that stopped, because I can remember going to that show. Then I found this link on his site, and have made a note for next year.

I'm finding that I don't wish every week was SxSW, but it would be nice to have something like it once a month. At the very least, a film festival. Oh well, back to the Salt Mines.

Friday, March 23, 2012

SxSW Day 9

Saturday, March 17


So I rolled into this last day of SxSWm, running on fumes. The panel pickings seemed pretty slim this year on the last day, to boot.

The Big Pink on the Day Stage

I can't remember much about this band. I remember staying for a listen, so I must have enjoyed it.

The Big Pink

Run for Cover: The Future of Cloud Commerce

This was a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) session for lawyers, but the sessions are also open to all badge holdes. The topic was Cloud Computing, and I must say that the panel while somewhat informed, still seemed to be missing some key points.

I think much of the debate during this session is for naught, since ACTA snowball is already rolling down the hill, and will probably flatten anything in its path. I guess we'll see.

Lawyers talk clouds

Style X

Having no interest in fashion, I didn't stay for the event. Apparently, this was one of the SxSW experiments for this year. I'm going to have to look for a write-up, and see whether it was considered a success or not.

Style X Runway

Soul Train Tribute

Strangely, this was presented on the smaller day stage, not at a panel. It was a retrospective about the history of Soul Train, given by one of Don Cornelius' sons.

Soul Train Tribute

Day Parties

World Beat Online Party

My good friends the Srinivasan brothers, are musicians who have started a new music called World Beat Online. The site promotes and features all genres of world music. This being their first year of operation, they celebrated in a big way, with a day party, on South Congress.

I walked over the Congress Street bridge to this party, and spent most of the afternoon there. In addition to a full line up of bands, featuring a variety of Asian, African, and South American music, there were also food carts, including one that sold Creme Brulee.

World Beat Online Party


Chrysta Bell at Ballet Austin

Some time during the afternoon, I ran into Cedric They again, and he informed me that we had missed Chrysta Bell. A quick check of Pat Mastelotto's site showed that he had not played Friday night, but would be doing a free show at Austin Ballet with her, on this night.

I changed my plans, and opted for this instead of the clubs. Chrysta played in a small intimate room at the Austin Ballet Studio, that had been setup for recording. There were about 40 people present, including her family, and Pat's wife, Deb.

The show lasted about 90 minutes, and was outstanding. Afterwards, I hung around and talked to Pat and Deb. The conversation eventually turned towards camp this year again (and I can't wait). It turns out, that a scheduling conflict occurred, and the camp has moved back one week.

Chrysta Bell

Attempt to get into Antones

After Chrysta finished her show, I walked up to Antones in an attempt to catch Candlebox. No luck, the club was packed to the gills. I then walked over to 6th street, and after finding nothing that piqued my interest, I decided to call it a night.

SxSW Day 8

Friday, March 16


Cool Garage Tools and the Crap to Avoid

This was a nice session discussing home recording tools and options, for the semi-pro, or musicians wanting to tackle their own recording. Judging from the attendance compared to some other panels, SxSWm would be well served to schedule more panels like this.

Producing Ecstacy

I started out the morning with a panel featuring the following speakers:

  • Sandy Pearlman (aka. Doctor Doom)

    Presently a visiting professor at McGill University. Was a well known producer working with bands such as the Clash, and Blue Oyster Cult. He is also the infamous Cow Bell producer responsible for BOC's, Don't Fear the Reaper. I have been privileged enough to speak with Sandy on multiple occasions. He's one of my favorite speakers at SxSWm.

  • George Massenburg

    Professor of Sound Recording at McGill. A producer and engineer of note and renown within the AES, with a resume too long to wedge in here.

  • Don Mclean

    Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.

This session hit on a lot of areas of personal interest. Basically, they discussed how the human brain reacts to music. There is an incredible amount of research in this area, backed up by things such as functional MRIs of the brains of subjects, while they listen to music. I was furiously taking notes, and have quite a long reading list, that I came away with.

Sometime in the near future, I hope to write an in-depth post about my own journey and research into these areas. Among other things, it seems to include:

  • Analysis of Leonard Bernstein's 6 part lecture at Havard, The Unanswered Question.
  • Studies of Polyphonic singing throughout the globe.
  • Hypersonics or the idea that our perception of music is influence by ultrasonic and possibly subsonic frequencies.
Producing Ecstasy Panel

Day Parties

Cutting Edge Music Conference and Capitol View Arts

Because of my involvement with Capitol View Arts, I headed over to their non-official day party, at the Victory Grill, held in conjunction with the Cutting Edge Music Festival. The highlight for me was seeing Drastik perform. They're similar in sound and genre to Rage Against the Machine. Their lead singer is quite the showman, and has a lot of charisma and energy.

Cutting Edge/CVA Day Party

While I was over in East Austin, I also stopped by Kenny Dorham's Backyard, right next door, and had a basket of Perogies from the Food Trucks down at the end of the block.

Kenny Dorham's Backyard

I ended up spending about 4 hours over in East Austin, before headed back towards downtown, at City Hall, where I parked.


The War on Drugs at the Moody Theater

After eating dinner at Austin Java, I headed across the street to ACL Live/Moody Theater to see the Philadelphia based, psychedelic band, the War on Drugs. I also ran into some friends, who were raving about this band.

My friends were right, this band is excellent. Every aspect of their performance was exceptional, and they are all fantastic musicians. I have bought some of their music, now that I have seen them live, and would consider going to see them again.

The War on Drugs The War on Drugs
Wild Belle at Antones

I walked up the hill from the Moody, towards Antones, and was able to just walk right in. While milling around as the band was setting up, I turned around and noticed Greg Kot, from the Sound Opinions show.

I have been a regular listener of the Sound Opinions podcast for well over 4 years. I have run into the two hosts Greg Kot, and Jim DeRegotis every year at SxSW. Having spoken to him in prior years, I reintroduced myself, and had a nice conversation. It was at the time, I also realized that some of the staff mentioned on the show, were with him. So, I asked Greg, along with staffer Jason Saldanha to pose for this shot.

Two of the crew from Sound Opinions

The band Wild Belle was actually from Chicago, and Greg was raving about them. They played good solid Indie Rock, and while I say I enjoyed their set, I didn't fall in love with them.

Wild Belle at Antones
Little Roy in the Victorian Room, at the Driskill

Leaving Antones, I stopped in at the Victorian Room, in the Driskill because it always has good sound. A reggae band from London, Little Roy, was playing. They did a great job, but they weren't Bob Marley.

Little Roy at the Driskill
Next Stop Central Presbyterian Church

Along with St. David's, I find the acoustics and listening experience at the Central Presbyterian Church, to be superb. I caught two acts here, before moving on.

Charlie Mars

Charlie Mars is a very accomplished singer/songwriter from Oxford. The lighting was too low to get a good picture with my phone, but his show went great. Most notably, he succeeded in getting the entire crowd to sing along with several of his songs. This is always a sign that the audience is enjoying the show, and having a good time.

Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid was a multi-intrumentalist, singer/songwriter from Staten Island, NY. She was accompanied by four additional musicians, who also sang backing vocals.

She was another exceptional performer, and could most likely pursue a second career as a stand-up comic, if she desired. I think I have a band crush on her.

Ingrid Michaelson

Graham Reynolds at the Elephant Room

I had to swing by the Elephant Room to catch my good friend, Graham, at the Elephant Room. He was playing with four other musicians, which included:

  • Ruby Jane - teen fiddling phenom extraordinaire
  • John Mills
  • Jeremy Bruch
  • Utah Hamrick
  • Todd Reynolds

Unfortunately, I didn't get to talk to Graham afterwards. The Elephant was SRO, so I decided to move on after listening to 5 songs.

Graham Reynolds

Candy Claws at the Tap Room

I quickly ducked in to the Tap Room to check out this young, pop band, from Fort Collins, CO. What they lacked in musicianship, they made up for in spirit, and showmanship. Very listenable, regardless.

Candy Claws

St. Patrick's Day

It seems that every year, St. Patti's day coincides with SxSW, and the section of 4th street near Fado is always blocked off, with a drunken party. To be honest, this just adds more people to an already crowded situation.

Normally, I would not take further note of the holiday, despite being of partial Irish descent, but I noticed that the Frost Bank (aka. the Rice Owl) building was bathed in green light for the ocassion.

Must be St. Patrick's Day

Lost in the Tree at Antones

This was a prog-ish sort of band from Chapel Hill, NC. There were 6 or 7 people in the band and included, 2 female vocalists, one of whom played keys and flute, the other of which played violin. There was also a cellist, guitarist, bassist (who also played Tuba), and drummer.

I enjoyed the set, but am not sure I wouldn't have gotten bored with their music with an extended listening. From their demeanor and stage presence, their showcase seemed like a chamber music concert.

Lost in the Trees

Thursday, March 22, 2012

SxSW Day 7

Thursday, March 15


Keynote: Bruce Springsteen

Having gone to college in Bergen County, NJ, in the early 80's, I feel like I've listened to more Springsteen than anyone should have to in one lifetime. As a result, I made no attempt to enter the badge holder lottery to see him play at ACL Live. However, I did go to his keynote.

As I entered the Ballroom, there seemed to be additional security in place to insure no one filmed the speech. Things seemed very heavy handed, in comparison to other keynotes that I have attended. When Bruce took the stage, I found his speech nervous and stilted. I'm not sure what, if anything, I got out of it.

SxSW Interview: Ann and Nancy Wilson

Later in the day, I went to see the Wilson sisters interviewed. This was a nice complement to the show I had seen last year, when Heart came through town.

Day Party - Israeli Music

I stared off the evening of music, over at the Brushy Creek Park, and walked into the Israeli Music Party. There was a very good band on stage, featuring a female lead singer with a very powerful voice. Unfortunately, I could not find out the name of the band.

Zenzile at the Loft

One of the friends that I made at TOAPP Camp this past summer, was a French born, bassist from Houston, Cedric Theys. Cedric recently moved to Austin, and was helping and hosting a band from France called Zenzile. He asked me to go, but I must say that this didn't make them any less fantastic.

Zenzile was an amazing Dub Step band, with a very charismatic, female lead singer. The set went by way too quickly, and I will be touching base with Cedric, to check on their progress.

Woodie Guthrie Centennial at St David's Bethell Hall

After Zenzile, I headed over to Bethell Hall, and caught 4 segments of the Woodie Guthrie Centennial celebration. Each musician and/or singer performed for approximately 15 minutes. I stayed for about an hour and saw:

  • Carrie Rodriguez
  • Ray Benson
  • Lila Downs
  • Michael Fracassa

It was nice hearing this music in such a wonderful listening space. This hall is a treasure.

I continued over to the other section of St. David's, the Sanctuary, but did not really enjoy the band from Montreal, Little Scream, all that much.

18th Floor at the Hilton Garden

The 18th Floor is another SxSW venue that I like to hit, because it seems to draw smaller crowds, and I often hear good bands there. Surprisingly, the crowd was very thin, even for this venue.

The iphone was not up to the task of taking photos in low light, provided by red and purple gels, so I don't have any pictures to show from this part of the evening. I heard two very good acts:

  • Charlene Soraia - a singer songwriter from London, with a very strong voice, who accompanied herself on acoustic guitar
  • Lily and the Parlour Tricks - a band from NYC fronted by three female vocalists, who did exceptional multi-part harmonies.

SxSW Day 6

Wednesday, March 14


Providencia on the Day Stage

This band from Columbia played some potent Reggae and Cumbia. Without a doubt, they were one of the best, day-stage bands that I saw during SxSWm.


Adventures in Songwriting with Paul Williams

With my recently adventures in songwriting, this was a not to be missed panel. I'm old enough to remember Paul, but I never realized how prolific he had been with his songwriting.

Paul was fantastic, and delivered a very engaging interview. What made this really special, was the he brought his musical director and piano player with him, and stopped at various points throughout the hour, to punctuate his stories with the actual songs.

Before the panel, I had been sitting on the fence about going to see his movie. Afterwards, there was no question about going.

Paul Williams

Downloaded: The SxSW Interview

This was an interesting panel discussing a soon to be released documentary, Downloaded, directed by Alex Winters (Bill of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure fame).

The movie is about Napster, the creation of Sean Parker, and Shawn Fanning. Having lived through this era, I was somewhat aware of the history, but I'm certain I go watch this film when it is released.

Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning, Alex Winters


Paul Williams Still Alive

This was another great, music oriented, biographical documentary. I have developed a new found respect for Paul Williams, after watching this film. Hell, I would even contemplate going to see him perform now.

Kudos to director, Stephen Kessler, for making this film work. I'm not sure another director could have pulled this off.

Still Alive Paul Williams


This film is loosely based on a true story, about events that took place in Carthage, Texas, in the mid 90's. The main character Bernie Tierde, was an effeminate, former mortician, who became the companion of a older widow, and eventually murdered her.

The film reunites Richard Linklater with Jack Black. It's the type of dark comedy, that's right up my alley. Richard supposedly went to Tiede's trial, and has been in contact with him in prison.

An added bonus with this film was the fact that my friend, Graham Reynolds, did the soundtrack for this film.

Bernie Q and A



I spent the first part of the first real evening of SxSWm, at Stubbs. I wanted to see a bit of Alabama Shakes' set before heading over to see Thomas Dolby.

  • Sharon Van Etten
  • I had seen Sharon two years ago, as a solo act over at St. David's. This time she had a band. She still has an incredibly haunting voice.

  • Dan Deacon - 2 drummers and DJ from Balto.
  • Even though I was tempted to give these guys a pass, because they were from my home town, I can't say I really enjoyed this set.

  • Alabama Shakes
  • Perhaps the hype for this band is a little overdone. None the less, there was a lot of roots rock goodness on display.

Thomas Dolby at the JR

I totally fucked up on this one, missing the opportunity to see Thomas at a day party. From all accounts, that appearance was fantastic.

The night time performance I chose, was one of two showcases that he was doing. It was located at the JR's, or the club formerly known as Emo's.

Thomas and band took the stage almost a half hour later than they should have. Of course, there were insurmountable sound problems, and they never really got things straightened out. They played through their set, but you could tell that Dolby was visibly annoyed at the sound crew.

One of these years, I'll get to see him under better conditions.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SxSW Day 5

Tuesday, March 13


3 Secrets to a Killer Elevator Pitch

This panel included Austin based entrepreneur, Joshua Baer, who is CEO of Other Inbox, and one of the people behind Capital Factory. They discussed the importance, and key elements of an Elevator Pitch, followed by real life examples, of people practicing their pitch. From my involvement with Austin on Rails, I know Joshua, as well as several of the people they showed videos of, like Info Chimps.

Towards the end of the session, they had some first-time entrepreneurs rehearse their pitch, through several iterations, followed by immediate feedback from the panel. Very useful, and interesting session.

A Conversation with Mark Mothersbaugh

This year at SxSW, Mark spoke solo. After starting with the obligatory personal history, Mark quickly shifted the focus on Mutato Music, his production company, rather than Devo. Of course in my case, there was no way I was missing this session.

Mark Mothersbaugh

Digital Debauchery with Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain is on the polar opposite end of the spectrum from Willem DaFoe. Bourdain has a digital media team that seems so efficient, that it seems unfair. I was very impressed with his team, and how they work. He gets technology, and social media in particular.

My biggest regret from this year's SxSW is that I ran in Anthony multiple times and don't have a photo to show for it.


Funeral Kings

I absolutely loved this film about a group of kids at a Parochial, Catholic High School who are altar boys. As a result, they often get out of school for funerals. The director in this case really captured the environment in which this is set. Having been an altar boy myself, I could really relate. (Yes, we used to sneak chugs of the wine).

I won't spoil the plot, and will just add that this was just a great, and fun film.

Sleepwalk with Me

This film was based upon real life comedian, Mike Birbiglia, and his sleepwalking problem. There a few places where the story line had an odd flow, but for the most part it was enjoyable. Mike and some of his family were present afterwards to take questions.

Sleepwalk with Me

SxSW Day 4

Monday, March 12

Star Gazing

There's plenty of opportunity for Star Gazing at SxSW.

In addition to spotting Anthony Bourdain on multiple occasions, other celebrities were here in Austin. Sitting down in the Hilton lobby to finish my coffee, I looked up and noticed Morgan Spurlock. So, I had to take a picture.

Morgran Spurlock


Art and Advertising: Two Sides of the One Sheet

Honestly, I went to the panel to bide time. It turned out to be about Movie Poster art, and featured a number of designers that still did things the old way. I found the panel surprisingly interesting, and filed away what I learned. (Perhaps this will work for me the same way that auditing a Calligraphy course at Reed College, worked out for Steve Jobs.)

A Conversation with Willem DaFoe

A seeing The Hunter the day prior, I had to attend this Interview session. Willem discussed his entire career, which started with him being a theatrical set carpenter in Milwaukee.

A great interview, and interesting choice for SxSW in particular, because at the end of the session, it was clear that Willen is not Tech savvy, at all.

Willem DaFoe

Keynote: Expanding Our Intelligence Without Limit - Ray Kurzweil

Being a musician, and the owner of a Kurzweil instrument, I admire Ray in many ways. None the less, I think some of his predictions and projections are ridiculous.

Ray did however pepper his talk with many charts and graphs. I'm hoping I'll be able to find the video with this speech, because much of his data about the growth of technology and science industry was very interesting.


Degenerate Art

This documentary was about the artisans who make glass pipes. Business was booming until the US Dept of Justice came down hard on them, starting with the very visible case of Tommy Chong.

As a result, pipe making has been driven underground, in the wake of the legal trouble. Although ostracized by the fine arts glass blower, they still seem to be pushing themselves into newer frontiers with the art form.

The director of this documentary, and one of the featured glass artists, was available after the screening for Q and A.

Getting back in line at the Ritz for Fat Kids, we ran into a guy with wearing one of the Fedex battery suits, for recharging cell phones. Great idea!

Fedex Guy with Recharge Suit

Fat Kids Rule the World

Without posting a spoiler, let me just say that this was another great indie film, out of Seattle. The lead actor, aka the Fat Kid, is thrown into a friendship with a street hustler, and musician. As a result of the relationship, the Fat Kid is able to change his social status in high school

Fat Kids Rule the World

Black Pond

The final film of the day was a dark comedy, from Britain. The film had a similar setup to the film featuring Bill Murray, What About Bob. A pathetic loser befriends a suburban couple. The ensuing relationship walks the line between innocence and creepy, outright stalking.

This smart film manages to keep the proper balance, so that the humor is maintained.

SxSW Day 3

Sunday, March 11


Digial Sport: Know More, Do More

I would have never gone to this panel if my brother hadn't mentioned it. Late night talk show host and SNL alumnus, Jimmy Fallon, hosted a session to discuss the intersection of fitness and mobile. Nike was there in there in force.

It was surprisingly entertaining, with Jimmy's razor sharp wit on full display. At the very end he challenged one person from the audience to a race. The challenge was accepted and they actually did race. Unfortunately, a finger fart resulted in my not getting the video with my phone.


The Hunter

My appetite for films was in full swing, and I started out my butt-numb-athon at the Paramount, in the afternoon with The Hunter. It featured Willem DaFoe as the lead, and was shot on location in Tasmania. I really like this film, and must say that perhaps I need to add Tasmania to my bucket list of places to visit.

The line for "The Hunter"

Willem DaFoe arrives at the Paramount.
Willem DaFoe arrives at the Paramount

Q and A after the movie.
The Hunter


The second film of the day at the Paramount was the Bob Marley documentary. If there's one thing I enjoy, it's a well made biographical documentary. Particularly when the subject is a musician. This is something that SxSWf seems to excels at. This movie didn't disappoint either. Well done!

Ziggy Marley and the Director field questions during the Q and A.

Marley Q and A

The Raid: Redemption

The last film of the night was creating a small buzz during the festival. It was a martial arts film by the same producers that did Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. In this case, the heros (or perhaps anti-heros) were some gentlemen that were very proficient Silat practitioners.

The action is over the top, but simultaneously jaw dropping. When the final credits began to roll, I realized that I had scored a hat-trick with my selections.

The Raid: Redemption Q and A

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SxSW Day 2

Saturday, March 10


Conversations with Josh Whedon

I started out the day watching the interview of Director, Josh Whedon. Most of you may know him for his work with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly/Serenity, and Dr. Horrible, as well as his work on the new Avengers movie. Josh talked about every aspect of his career, and was a very interesting interview subject.

He was at SxSW to promote Cabin in the Woods, which I unfortunately was not able to see. It received rave reviews from my friends (even the ones that didn't like horror movies). The film had taken two years to release because of the MGM Bankruptcy. I've penciled it in on my list of movies to see in the next few months.

A very enjoyable session, one which a may be tempted to watch a video replay of, should it be made available.

Keynote: How to Read the World

The first keynote of SxSW was given by comedian Baratunde Thurston, best known for his work on the humor newspaper, the Onion. Among other things, he was there to support his new book, How to be Black.

The talk was popular enough that I was forced to watch the video feed from a satellite room. He spoke about his career, and addressed head-on the his issues concerning being an African American in the Technology industry. It was pretty much what I expected, after hearing Baratunde numerous times on This Week in Tech (TWiT), all delivered with his usual comedic wit.



Midday, I decided to take a break from SxSWi, and check out a film that I had selected based upon the trailer. It was supposed to document the Mardi Gras experience, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, through the eyes of some kids. Other than getting to walk over to the Ritz, I must say, this ended up being a disappointing choice.

Visually the film was fine, but it was very thin on dialog, story and plot. Three teenage boys (presumably brothers) and their dog, take the Ferry over to the French Quarter, wonder around during Mardi Gras, and then miss the last Ferry back. As a result, they have to stay there all night.

I may have been able to accept things as they were more, but the editing also left something to be desired. Inexplicably, the dog disappears during one whole section of the film. I felt somewhat vindicated with my assessment of the film, because I overheard a couple behind me complaining about it too, while we waited for the Paul Williams movie to start.

The View from Inside Rainn Wilson's Brainstem

I like Rainn as an actor, and director, but I have to say that this talk was rather bizarre and hard to follow. He managed to completely fill one of the large exhibit halls, so I guess this counts for something.

California Guitar Trio

In an unusual move for me, I left my brother and SxSW for the evening, and headed up to the Cactus Cafe at UT, in a cab, to catch the California Guitar Trio.

California Guitar Trio at the Cactus Cafe
As always, these guys delivered the goods, and the crowd was filled with the usual suspects. Additional pictures and a set list can be found in the Hideyo's Roadcam section, of the Trio's website.

After the show, I stayed quite a while talking to Bert, Paul, Hideyo, and our mutual friends. So, I was unable to make the late screening of Beware of Mr. Baker. I tracked my brother down around 1AM, and we headed home.

Monday, March 19, 2012

SxSW Days 0 and 1


Now that it's over, I am attempting to summarize yet another, SxSW. This year marks my eighth straight with a Music Badge, and my fourth straight with a Platinum. I'll try to touch on the highlights of each day, in a vain attempt to recount the experience.

Thursday, March 8

Badge Pickup and Dinner

I left work at the normal time, and met my brother at the Austin Convention Center to pickup my badge. After seeing the lines the next day, going all of the way around 2 sides of the building, early pickup is the only sane choice.
The calm before the storm

Badge Pickup Badge Pickup

After picking up our badges, I took my visitors from Columbus over to the 24 Diner, in order to sample the sublime, Chicken and Waffles.

Friday, March 9

This year, SxSW began with one of the rainiest days of the year. After breakfast with my brother at the Original Pancake House, we headed downtown, prepared to spend a good deal of time inside.


I spent the early part of the day at the following panels:

Man vs. Algorithm: Online Video Curation Face-off

The talk discussed the current techniques for curating video on the Internet. While somewhat interesting, I felt compelled to leave the talk early, and walk around.

Don't Forget About Me! Remember Everything at SxSW

This panel was hosted by a Scottish stand-up comedian, who practices a memorization discipline similar to the the Memory Palace. He identified 4 techniques, and then had the attendees practice them. Surprisingly, we were all able to successfully put them to immediate use. Although a strange choice for SxSWi, I really enjoyed this session.

The Lean Startup: The Science of Entrepreneurship

A fantastic talk with Entrepreneurial star, Eric Reis, author of the book, The Lean Startup. My brother and I are big fans, and really liked Eric's focus on Continuous Improvement and mentions of another hero of mine, W. Edwards Deming.

Seeing this talk convinced me that I may have to re-shuffle my reading list, so that the Lean Startup is next.

Eric Reis - The Lean Startup


Chasing Ice

Faced with the prospect of waiting outside of the Paramount in the rain, my brother and I opted for Chasing Ice, rather than Josh Whedon's, Cabin in the Woods. Regardless of you thoughts and position on Climate Change, Chasing Ice is a fascinating documentary about a project to obtain time lapse photos of glacier fields in Greenland, and Alaska.

Since the first film was at the Alamo Ritz, I started off SxSWf right with a Green Chile Mac 'n Cheese. Yum.


For the second film of the night, my brother and I chose the Wikileaks documentary, at the Vimeo screen in the convention center. Another interesting film, by the time it was over, we called it a night.

Wikileaks Q and A