Monthly Archives: March 2008

Quick Digg Shindig Recap

Leaving the Digg Party 3am
A picture of people waiting to get into the Digg party as I was leaving @ 3am.

The Digg party was nuts. By far the best part I attended at SXSWi. Most of the people were super friendly. However there was one gentleman that harassed me for wearing Gary Vaynerchuk’s Wine Library TV wrist band. Not gonna get into it, but I think he was upset he didn’t have one. Haters…

Tons of SXSW ballers were in attendance. The one person I wish showed up: DYKC. I know you had to hold strong but it would have been nice to hang once more before parting ways.

Towards the end of my night around 3am, the party definitely started to get seedy, there were definitely some interesting folks there, check these two videos here and here to see what I’m talking about.

How did my night end? Lets just say it was an extremely unexpected ending to a surprising evening.

Oh, and a shout out to Mark Cuban who was strolling through the party at 3am. WTF?

Facebook, NNN, Opera Party, Stolen Gift Craziness

Word
The facebook friends.get party was pretty wild. But lets hold off for a second. The night started off at the “Rock Bands Rock Opera” Party.
Strike It Dos
Only stayed long enough to pound 1 beer, then headed off to the Next New Networks party; which rocked!Cedar Street Courtyard Next New Networks "Hey! Ho! Let's Go!"The open bar top shelf aspect definitely fueled the fire, and the rockin’ live music, provided by Brenn and the Vettes, topped it all off. Check out this sick HD performance recorded by my man DYKC here.
Brenn Rock Out
Ok, so one real quick story: Danny and I ran into someone at the bar, who at the time we didn’t know was iJustine. I took a picture of her holding her Junior Mints Lunchbox and only later upon showing people the picture were they like “Dude awesome picture of iJustine” RIGHT ON!
Official Junior Mints Spokesperson
Anyways, Danny was in rare form that night and proceeded to take/borrow this gift wrapped box Justine was carrying and refused to give it back. She finally got frustrated, told him to keep the gift, and left. Jusine if your reading this I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive Danny, he is one hell-of-person with a heart of gold. On this particular night the evil bartender kept feeding Danny jagermeister and it was this jagermeister that got the best of him. As for the giftwrapped box… No Idea.

Coming in fresh and toasted from the NNN party we arrived at the facebook party around 1:00 am. I remembering being fascinated with the amount of facebook paraphernalia: video’s, ceiling projections, schwagged-out bartenders, facebook laptops. And man, people were wasted!

It was an awesome night of partying, meeting people, and stealing presents from strangers (definitely not recommended).

Beyond the Blogosphere

The Wine Guy

This is a quick recap of the Beyond the Blolgosphere panel at SXSW Monday March 10, 2008. This recap mainly covers conversations after the panel ended. Bottom line: Great two way communication. Great information. Panelists were awesome!

Gary Vaynerchuck is the man. Great speaker, to the point, truthfull awesome! It was a wonderful session, one of the best I atteneded.

After the session ended, I spoke with Nicole Lapin, an anchor at CNN.com, in fact she is the youngest anchor in CNN history, at age 22? Lapin anchors “Now in the News,” a fast-paced hourly Web- and wireless-exclusive news update, and provides briefings on CNN/U.S. news. My initial question was what she thought of the current state of broadcast news. Then I told her I thought the 3-letter news broadcast was dying.

Probably not the best way to introduce myself. She stated what she is doing at CNN.com/Live and told me to give them a chance and watch more. She also said, it’s not dead, things are changing she told me. She was also evangelising CNN’s iReport. One gentleman from Current was grilling her on iReports practice of not compensating the user for a picked submission.

Anywho, I told her I submitted videos to iReport. She told me each video is reviewed. I told her that I mentioned the death of the 3-letter news broadcast in my submissions and she hinted that may have a small thing to do with them not being approved. She then brought in a guy standing to my left into the conversation, and introduced him as someone who works on iReport and told me to keep submitting my videos. Then then this dude told me, mutiple times, to keep submitting, submiting, submitting and then throws in, “repeatedly click on the ad’s”. Uhhhh, ok?

I then talked to a gentleman from Revision3. I told him they have to to do a news show. Considering the distribution they possess, they could do get tons of people informed and interested in the news again. He asked me if I had any ideas what the show would look like? I said I had it right here and proceeded to show him a few clips from openSermo on my iPod nano. He liked it, from what I could tell, and asked to see more, gave me his card and told me to contact him to talk more in depth and to share more clips.

(Update: After the Scaling panel, I approached Kevin Rose and told him I met this guy from Rev3 and asked Kevin if he could give me his opinion on openSermo. On a side note, Kevin is awesome, real chill and willing to talk. Honestly, I cant imagine how many times he gets approached regularly, and to still be this chill, mad props Kevin.)
Candid Rose

SXSWi 2008 a few thoughts

SXSWi 2008 has been awesome. Total sensory overload is actually a better description. I meant to write more and post pictures and video over @ blog.opensermo.com. But, it’s been such a fast ride, haven’t really had the time to do anything but meet people, talk, drink and eat.

Just to see the crowd harass Sarah Lacey, during the Mark Zuckerberg interview, was worth the price of admission. Mark was great for Mark, other then the countless repetition of the 2 key words: communication and empathy. However, I’m not going blather on about the details of this interview, I think Nick O’Neil does a fine job here.

Breifly covered my favorite panel here.

About to head out and grab some barbecue. Then another night out in Austin. Man this city rocks!

LOLWUT?

Humorous Pictures

So far, out of all the panels at SXSWi 2008, LOLWUT? has been the best. A panel with the creator (Eric Nakagawa) and CEO (Ben Huh ) of icanhascheezburger.com.

Enteratining. Informative. Inspiring. These 2 guys rocked.

Take away quote: “The good solutions are the simple solutions.”