South by south met

South by Southwest Interactive is over for another year. Contrary to some of my expectations, it was quite wonderful.

Yes, there were plenty of social media marketing douchebags thrusting schwag and spouting pitches, but there were also shedloads of enthusiastic friendly geeks eager to hang out and share ideas.

Knowing how big the event had grown, I thought I might have trouble seeing all my friends, but I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of running around in a mad dash to see everything and meet everyone, I took things nice’n’slow and ended up meeting up with everyone anyway.

Southby is a great opportunity for me to meet up with peers that I haven’t seen in a year, but it’s an even greater opportunity to meet with new people. This year I met some of my idols in Austin, like David Baron and Fantasai from the CSS Working Group—the unsung heroes of web standards.

I also met the Jason Scott: head of Archive Team and custodian of Sockington the cat. We got together and geeked out about digital preservation with inevitable anger and vehemence when discussing the fate of Geocities or the current plan by the BBC, the technical term for which is “a dick move.”

I highly recommend that you set aside twenty minutes to listen to Jason’s talk from the Personal Digital Conference. It will entertain and energise you.

The Spendiferous Story of Archive Team on Huffduffer

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Previously on this day

13 years ago I wrote Storytelling at South by Southwest

Never mind the technology, it’s all about people.

14 years ago I wrote A proper podcast for South by Southwest 2006

Jason Landry has rolled his own RSS feed for us.

14 years ago I wrote Back from Austin

The whirlwind that is South by SouthWest is over.

16 years ago I wrote Tour Guide

My friend Diarmaid has been over visiting from Ireland for the past few days.

17 years ago I wrote Clutter

Clutter is an aptly named little OS X application that at first glance appears to be a candidate for PerversionTracker but which, on further investigation, is actually really handy.

17 years ago I wrote Happy St. Patrick's Day

Today is my national holiday.

18 years ago I wrote Bodiam Castle pictures

I’ve just spent a nice sunny Sunday at beautiful Bodiam Castle and I’ve got the pictures to prove it.