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Texas and some other stuff
Monday, March 19th, 2007
Hey there! I hope you enjoyed the last Mostly True update, because I have yet another computer nerd conference to tell you about. That’s right y’all! Last week I went to “South By Southwest” in Austin, Texas- better known as sxsw. I think South by Southwest started as a music/film festival, but now they invite nerds too to a segment called “interactive.” You might be wondering why I have a picture of “Michael Dory’” above. I’ll tell you why- it’s because I barely took any pictures at sxsw-- but Mike took like 5 million, so I’m going to steal all of them and use them on this blog. Thanks Mike!! PS - you can check out Mike’s flckr here and his bloggie blog here.
So, I’m gonna make this recap quick cause I gotta get back to my thesis- but basically sxsw is a bunch of parties and panels. Here’s a panel.
Here’s a party.
Here’s Josh Knowles winning this computer-dj competition thing (sorry Josh, I don’t remember what it’s called...but- congrats!) Josh hosted 10 ITP’ers at his family’s house in Austin. Josh’s parents are pretty much awesome. They put up with us strolling in anywhere from 3AM-7AM each night. His mom also made us extravagant breakfasts including but not limited to: breakfast burritos, bagels, fresh fruit, and french toast. You name it, she made it.
She even made us cookies one night! Mrs. Knowles-- we love you.
All in all - sxsw was really fun. Here’s Mike and Rebbecca livin it up at the Good Magazine Party.
Here’s Kate sneaking a photo with Ze Frank. Kate you’re such a Groupie!!! I would never chase some video blogger around.
We saw a presentation of this thing called Spore. Spore is awesome. I don’t care if you don’t like computer games--- this is rad. You’re going to love it. I was most impressed by how quickly you can model and animate custom 3D characters. I took a couple 3D classes at ITP and spent hours and hours in the labs making ugly things that walked funny. This program magically automates everything-- but still gives you a completely unique character. You can read more about Spore here.
Everyone Loves The Telephone
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Last week I went to a conference called ”Etel“ in San Francisco. Etel is short for “Emerging Telephony.” Me and a couple other ITP’ers went to present some projects we did that
utilize an open-source PBX called “Asterisk” let us program robots that will talk to you when you call them. We were just a small part of the conference. Some other bloggers covered everything way better than I could- if you’re interested you can check out the press here.
One of my favorite things at the conference was this OpenMoko phone-- that little orange thing above. (Pic stolen from Shawn’s Flickr) If you’re a control-freak this phone is for you. You know how your Verizon or Cingular, or Shi-t-mobile phone menus kinda suck? Like, maybe you have to go through about 8 menus before you can get to your missed calls list? Or maybe your ringtone keeps defaulting to that one Britney Spears song unexpectedly. Well, if you had a OpenMoko phone you could change all that. You could make any menu system you wanted. The whole phone is a touch-screen (no keypad), so, if you wanted to replace all the numbers on the touch-screen keypad with little dancing hamsters, you could. Then every time you made a call, instead of pushing buttons with numbers on them, you could play with dancing hamsters. Get it? The options are infinite!
Unfortunately, the first day of the conference I missed a bunch of talks to work on my thesis and another school project. This is the view from the lobby. It was nice to see water and sky for a change.
Wednesday evening we presented our projects. Here’s Anh showing his ”Surprise Dialer“ which lets you surprise someone with a message from a bunch of their friends.
Before the presentations we took a quick trip to Kinkos to make about 500-too many flyers. (I needed maybe....20?!)
Did I mention we presented our projects during Etel Happy Hour? Everyone seemed to think our ideas were really good after a few glasses of wine. Why don’t we serve drinks at the ITP Show??
Cupcakes and Chocolate Fountains
Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
So the 3-day birthday extravaganza started out with TNO, but I’m going to skip ahead to the real fun which was at the “Bite Me - No really, I insist” party Kate and her roommates hosted last Friday. There were so many great things about the party, I can’t possibly blog them all, so I’ll give you a few of my favorite highlights, like the chocolate fountain you see above.
Kate showing off her years of experience doing the wine-glass-and-hair-dryer balancing act.
Candy necklace eating contest.
drunk. God bless the digicam. These are the photos I blog for.
Did i mention everyone had to pick a boyfriend for the night?
Everyone stashed them in different places.
And, just like in real life, some were greedy and insisted on taking two (ahem! girl in the red!)
Friday, February 16th, 2007
I’m 27. Kate is 26. Come to Back Room and bring us twenty-something cupcakes.
Here’s the original version of the invite that Kate drew. I asked her to re-draw it and give us bigger boobs. Don’t you think it looks better now?