I’m having an absolute ball here at SXSW. By day, I’m filling up my brain with incredibly useful information and ideas. By night, I’m meeting great people and generally having a fun time.
Yesterday’s speaker schedule had a great one-two punch by Eric and Tantek. They were both talking about microformats and XHTML. It really got my creative juices flowing. In fact, when I should have been paying more attention to a panel called "Building your brand with blogs", I was quickly knocking together a little DOM script to create a Met-roll on the fly.
There’s a lot of creative energy flying around and there’s one point that keeps coming across in all the panels, no matter how technical the subject matter, which is: "it’s all about people". At the end of the CSS panel called "How to be beautiful: more hi-fi design with CSS", Doug related a very powerful and touching story that really drove the point home.
I thought I knew what to expect from this conference but I was wrong. It’s exceeding all my expectations.
The only down-side is that Jessica isn’t here. Still, she was able to vicariously share the geekiness via iSight. Everyone waved hello from Austin to Arizona.