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Walkin’ in Austin

From the earlier part of the week before the festival started and definitely before the sun came out. Our experience was that walking anywhere more than a couple of blocks marked you out as either a tourist or poor. Or like us, poor tourists.

This happened to me a couple of years ago too when I went to Barcelona and it felt more like Bangor. We seem to have brought the sunshine back with us from Texas, but not the temperature, I think it’s still up in the seventies there.

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Random notes from Austin

1. This is America, we’re really in America not just a strange city in England that I’ve never been to before. And America and Americans really are different from us.

2. I am too much of a mimic, I nearly said “y’all” non-ironically and last night at dinner I asked for the “check”

3. You can choose to be seen or not seen here, since the convention centre is so huge – you can hide – or you can easily sit on one of the thoroughfares and someone interesting will walk past.

4. More than ever we (I) can’t get away with trying to sell premium stuff at the cutting edge. What people want right now, especially is how social media can help people get stuff done, even more so when the stuff you’re getting done is selling.

5. It’s cold here, it was supposed to get a bit warmer, but my weather widget still says 45 degrees.

6. We saw a bat on it’s own circling a lampost near 6th Street. We haven’t seen the bats properly since Tuesday night, I think it might be too cold for them.

7. I had a full-size American meal last night and I found it difficult to walk back to the hotel unaided. I then slept particularly well.

8. It’s the complementary stuff that really works. I wrote yesterday: ” Our experience has been that the most powerful uses of the social web have come where the technology has been used to complement and enrich existing face to face engagements. ” and incidentally where real-life stuff has been layered onto the technology plays.

9. I’m now in my first panel and treating it like a podcast or radio, it’s kind of on in the background, occasionally my ears will prick up but mostly I’m just letting it wash over me.

Travel day

I’m in the USA for the first time – just had my first american breakfast (burp) which also included sightings of Linda Gray and Larry Hagman – you know that you’re in Texas when…

Before yesterday, I hadn’t been on a plane for more than 4 hours and never been on anything bigger than an airbus. So being on a 777 with individual movie screens made it not as awful as I’d imagined a 10 hour flight to be.

I watched Kung-Fu Panda which reminded me that there is no special ingredient. Then I listened for some random reason to one of Dave Winer’s earliest podcasts which reminded me that you don’t find out what your business model is by thinking and watching other people, you find it by doing what you love doing. And then I watched the new version of The Day The Earth Stood Still which reminded me that shit movies do still get made.

I don’t know how much blogging I’m going to do before SXSWi kicks off on Friday, right now, I’m enjoying being on holiday – we’re just going out now to explore.