Yesterday was a boring day-at-the-airport kind of day; I had to miss the last day of GDC in order to get down to SXSW in Texas in time to host a panel here first thing this morning. By first thing I mean 11.30, but we had a panel breakfast, and had to register, etc, etc. I slept face down for a solid 9 hours post-GDC too, so awoke to two glued-shut, baked-potato eyes. Nice!
The panel went well, I thought. Good, interesting, talktative panellists. Good, interested, question-asking audience. What more could you ask for?
SXSW is fun! First time here: you get a Sharpie with your intro bag so you can doodle on people/bags/lampposts. That's encouraging. You see random things like this:
There're lots of fun folk here to talk to and listen to: Tony Walsh from Clickable Culture .. Raph Koster's here .. Corey Bridges from Multiverse , and - hyperventilate - WILL WRIGHT. I hope I never actually get to meet Will Wright in person, because I would dribble on him in gibbering delight. He probably gets that a lot, though.
This stopped me in my tracks: SXSW's bag prep area:
This was one third of the whole area .. yes, SXSW is BIG.