SXSW10: Random Thoughts For the Midway Point Of The Month Friday March 19, 2010

Today marks the midway point of TURNERS MONTH OF MADNESS TRAVEL. Because today is the prep day before my road trip back to Arlington, VA with all of Team Turner’s possessions.

As always, I tried to blog as much as possible in Austin; but if you saw me walk off the plane, you’d know why I didn’t get a chance to post any riveting content. Two 5:00am flights, three time zone changes, 9:30 panel discussions, coupled with 2:00am parties and all the BBQ Brisket you can imagine will do that to you. Actually, it’ll knock at least five years off of your life.

That being said, I think I’m already starting a count down to next year. Because really, TeamGongShow needs to smoke Leave Your Job, Start An Agency Part 2.

So to kill two birds with one stone, here are my random thoughts for this week, but all based on random observations from Austin Texas.

First – Here are some excellent pictures from a great DC Design team Jess3, on potential SNOWMAGGEDON T-shirts.

Second – Some great post from Rhett and Tyler about the chaos that is SXSW.

side note: I take some of the credit for Rhett eating BBQ far too much. Every time the poor boy asked me what I was doing for dinner it was my default rebuttal.

Third – I went to the Milwaukee Beer & Brats party and here are two awesome observations of about the land of the Brewers. One, Milwaukee is for Wicked Beards. Two, the Milwaukee Brewers Secret Stadium Sauce is to die for.

Hell, I may even join their Facebook group.

Fourth – The strong Calgary contingent of trade show company’s down in Austin (iStockPhoto and Veer) both had the best T-Shirts and by far the best swag.

Fifth – If you’re curious who won the big Geo-Locational Battle of SXSW 2010, between Foursquare and GoWalla….

I’m going to have to admit that GoWalla won. I’ll write about this for Armadillo soon, but you all might as well abandon Foursquare and switch on over to the dark side. (photo via Dean Terry)

Sixth – In regards to panels I attended, by far the most entertaining panel of the week was Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s talk I don’t trust you one stinkin’ bit. While they didn’t really touch on anything ground breaking from their book, I can’t stress enough how important it is to read Trust Agents.

If you are in business or dabbling in new media, you need to read Trust Agents. Like seriously go out and buy this book.

Plus, the fact that Julien dropped more F-bombs than any other panelist at the conference, easily made this panel a real treat.

Seventh – As much as I make fun of uber-entrepreneur Gary V by over abusing his catch phrase CRUSH IT!, he really is a solid, solid guy.

Here’s a recording of someone prank phone calling him at 5:00am at SXSW and his reaction. When you listen to the clip, ask yourself if someone phoned you at 5:00am, how would you react.

The best part of the conversation is when Gary wakes up and sounds all sleepy and then pops in to Vanyermode. Very cool. Much respect.

Eighth – The “game” to play on your buddies who are using geosocial devices is to find where there mother lives and become the mayor. So for example you have a good buddy called Doug, you find out where his mother lives and you become the mayor of Doug’s Mum’s House.

Ninth – If you’re curious as to one of the more technical panels I attended, I have to say that Samantha Warren’s discussion on Web Typography was excellent. There are many more, but in terms of changing how I look at a web site, I think one takes the cake.

If you’re interested in this sort of thing or just curious about the idea, check out her slides below.

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