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Patrick Earl: Shotgun Houses and Family Ties

Posted by scottstead on Mar 23, 2009 in SXSW, Vlog
New York artist Patrick Earl of www.patrick-earl.com shared his artwork with Jonny Goldstein and I on the streets of Austin. His works are simple and straight forward and had a definite appeal as it captured the essence of his background as a man and an artist, as well as the diversity of SXSW in Austin. He tries to inspire entrepreneurs, pay homage to his father, and still manages to keep things light with works like “Bench Warmers.” If a captive audience is what you desire, he’s got your back on that as well. This is just another example of how art and entrepreneurism is alive and well on the streets of Austin (via NY). Thanks Patrick.

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Jeremiah Owyang Interrupted @ SXSW 2008

Posted by scottstead on Mar 13, 2008 in Bloggers, Gadgets, Partay, SXSW, Vlog

Jeremiah took time out of his busy schedule of blowing away chickens in the BlogHaus to fill us in on what he’s been up to at SXSW.

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Taxi Cab Confessions w/ Irina Slutsky @ SXSW 2008

Posted by scottstead on Mar 13, 2008 in Bloggers, Life, Partay, SXSW, Vlog

Jonny Goldstein, GerryT, and I got into a car with a stranger. That stranger – was Irina Slutsky. Irina, as usual did things a little different; in her words “you bring the mountain to Mohammed.” And that’s just what the folks at the festival did. They came in droves for a drive, but at what cost? A confession. These are our confessions. Enjoy!

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SXSW. 2008. Mobs, Mentors, Meeting and Moo’s

Posted by scottstead on Mar 10, 2008 in Bloggers, Blogging, SXSW, Utterz

Steve Garfield Photo Op

My experience in a nut shell is as follows: I don’t really know if I can say anything incredibly original about my experience at SXSW. Jonny Goldstein and I have interviewed a lot of people over the course of the last several days and their responses to a milieu of questions, while varied, have revolved around “SXSW is a great place to meet people”…”doing a lot of the same stuff”…”in the blogosphere”…”in social media”…”it’s a great time”…”to see the faces of all of the people that you don’t get to see normally”…”are you on Twitter?”.

In addition to finally putting some faces to names, faces to otherwise digital representations of faces, and faces to voices – I’ve been swimming in a sea of creativity. There are a lot of really great people, doing a lot of great things, some not so great things, and some really original things. So the question for me is, is this about the inherent value in a lot of their products/content – or is this primarily a culture of buzz?

I’m not sure what I expected to get out of this, or that I feel any more hip to the scene, or that I’ve had any epiphany’s while I’ve been here. I know that I need to keep creating content and getting better at it. I know that the “market” is saturated and it’s really hard to break out with anything “great.” I just know that I enjoy rockin’ out with Jonny on the Par-tay, that I enjoy shooting and editing videos, but I don’t know if I’m any closer to figuring out how to make a business out of it. I’ve got 10 years of television under my belt as of June/July – production, writing, editing, shooting, and engineering. I’ve got a LOT of ideas. But I’m not really sure I know where to go from here.

I’m not sure how many people share my frustation in this…but I’m sure that I’m not alone. I’ll be 28 in November. I’m young. I’m aware. I would love to have a career in something where I can flex my creative muscles and “own” a piece of something that I’ve made happen. So the question remains for me “where do I go from here.”

Notes:

  • Mobs: The blogging “community” was outraged by their treatment during the Mark Zuckerberg panel due to an unprepared moderator that didn’t respect them. A certain “technosailor” busted out a “Beacon Sucks!” and it spread like wild fire over Twitter in mere moments. Twitter pwnd again when impromptu parties popped up due to quick and dirty Twitters by the likes of Chris Brogan and company.
  • Mentors: I met people that I look up to. I met people that really like helping other people. I hope everyone took away a lot from this conference.
  • Meeting: I got to meet a lot of people that I never would have otherwise met that I cross paths with on a daily basis on the interweb.
  • Moos: Jonny and I busted out a lot of Utterz. Please check them out at Utterz.com. Maybe I have a future as a nerdcore rapper? Hardly. But we had a lot of fun. We also ran around in cow suits and wreaked havoc on the conference. Photos to come later.

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