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Pre-SXSW 2007 Hype-mobile

Won’t you join me, just for a moment, in a SXSW Interactive sing-along?

“It’s that time of year, when the (geek) world falls in love, every sound you hear seems to say… “let’s go to Austin and get crunk!”

OK, so it’s a poorly bastardized version of The Christmas Waltz (as for the “crunk” reference, I’m looking at you Mr. Keith), but I’m just in a singing mood today, in large part because I’m already dreaming of (no, not sugarplums) the six days I’m about to spend in Austin, TX, for SXSW Film & Interactive 2007.

Speaking of which…

If you haven’t added it to your SXSW calendar already, I highly recommend attending The Influence of Art in Design on Saturday at 11:30am, in room 10AB (and not just because I’m on the panel, of course). I have the pleasure of moderating a fine group of folks, and I’m sure you’ll all appreciate what Anton, Patrick, Glenda, Erik and Dave will have to share with you over the course of an hour. Those of you who attend will also get to go to lunch with us following the session, but we’re only going to share our destination with those in the room, with the hopes of continuing the conversation over food and beer (as if the panel itself weren’t reason enough to attend :)

Don’t Hide Your Shame, Display It Proudly

My panel is all about influence, and so on a related tangent, the panelists of my session and Tags to Riches (Saturday at 4:05pm, room 19AB) thought it would be fun to see how much fashion influence we could pull, so we’re all going to wear Cindy Li’s Geeks * tshirts for our panels, and we want to see how many audience members we can get to do the same on Saturday. I already know a good number of folks who will be dressed accordingly, but if you don’t have your shirt yet, don’t worry: Cindy is bringing a ton of the shirts with her, so all you have to do is track her down and fork over the cash.

SXSW Interactive 2007 Panel Smackdown

It can be a might frustrating when more than one exciting panel is scheduled opposite another, and this year, you’ll have the pleasure of deciding between the above mentioned session and another, both with similar topics, and both at the same time. Rather than pimp the competition, I think you’ll enjoy the friendly-but-competitive banter found in the comments on Jason Santa Maria’s recent SXSW post. We’ll try to keep it professional once we get to Austin, but no promises… ;)

Book Signing, Sheet Stamping & Related Tomfoolery

This year, I’m all about the printed word: I’ve coauthored two books over the last 6 months, and been technical editor for yet another two, and I’m happy to report all will be very well represented in human form in Austin.

Pro CSS Techniques

The authors of Pro CSS Techniques will be in Austin, and we’re scheduled for a book signing on Sunday at 4:30pm at the SXSW Book Store. This is a great chance to meet and chat with Jeff, Ian and me in person, plus get our John Hancock’s and maybe even a picture (I promise, we’re all rather photogenic, though somehow we always take better pictures with women…).

Web Standards Creativity

What do you get when you ask 10 designers who all live and breathe web standards to write a chapter each about the design side of the business? A pretty kick-ass book if you ask me, and Web Standards Creativity is the result of this designer-mind-meld.

Unfortunately, the book is about to ship, which means there won’t be any copies at SXSW. “Woe is me!” I hear you wail in disappointment. “How can I possibly make use of the 9 authors who will be in Austin if I don’t have a book for them to sign?” Well, thanks to Rob Weychert (one of our dastardly band of scoundrels), we have a plan: A free copy of WSC will go to the first 10 people to track down the authors during SXSW.

9 of us (minus Simon Collison, who has already been apprehended by the appropriate authorities) will be on the run while in Austin–by following these instructions, you’ll not only have a good excuse to meet us face to face, but if you’re quick on the draw, you could win a free book:

  1. Download and print this WSC wanted poster. Got it? Good.
  2. Track down each of the authors/outlaws, using the location information included on the poster (feel free to improvise and find us outside of our scheduled appearances)
  3. Get us to stamp your poster (starting Friday night, we’ll each have custom rubber stamps on our person throughout the week)
  4. When the final stamp has been applied, the stamping author will note the date/time the task was completed (make sure you put your email address clearly on the poster!) and collect your sheet.
  5. The first 10 time stamps will win a copy of the book!

That’s all there is to it (ok, so it’s not as simple as some publishers are making it, but c’mon, it’s fun! :)

The Art & Science of CSS + Beginning CSS Web Development

I noted earlier that I have also been the technical reviewer for two terrific books, and although one author will not be at SXSW (Colly, as mentioned above), I want to make sure you check out both the books and the authors during the conference.

The Art & Science of CSS is a new multi-author book from Sitepoint, and in addition to having two Sidebar Creative friends on the cover (Jon and Steve), the ever-impressive Jina Bolton makes her publishing debut, plus Cameron Adams and David Johnson round out the group nicely. This is a solid offering in the same vein as WSC, especially for designers wanting to try their hand at improving the visual details of their standards-based sites.

Beginning CSS Web Development is Colly’s prequel and companion to Pro CSS Techniques, and a damn good read. Even though Colly isn’t able to make SXSW this year, you can always get your humble technical reviewers (Richard Rutter and yours truly) to sign our bio pages :)

Once For The Bulk, And Again For The Remainder

What would a conference be without schwag? With the web award nomination I figured I should have something with me to commemorate the occasion, so I’ll have a very limited edition of 50 buttons with me for those of you who would like to show support at the SXSW Web Awards ceremony on Sunday night (I’ll be in attendance for as long as I have to before heading over to the Avalonstar Bowling Extravaganza, which is my recommended course of action to anyone wishing to attend both). I mean, I really love Twitter and all (seriously, I’m addicted), but I would love kicking their Obvious-ass even more ;)

And More Buttons

I’ll also be splitting another short run of 50 buttons for an not-quite-revealed project I’m working on with the lovely and talented Jina Bolton, so make sure you find one of us early in the conference if you want to grab one and find out what it’s all about :)

Party Together, Die Alone

So I’ve been watching too much Lost lately, sue me—the parties and events at SXSW are essentially more important to many attendees (and speakers) than the panels, so here’s a short-list of the ones I’m planning to crash-erm, attend (though don’t hold me to it–if you really want to keep track of my whereabouts, get on the Dodgeball train or enable your Twitter account for SMS). Check the SXSW Evening Events page for directions and locations:

As Porky says, that’s all folks–leave a comment if you’re going to be in Austin, I’m looking forward to seeing and talking with everyone!

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

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15 comments on “Pre-SXSW 2007 Hype-mobile”

  1. Posted by Jina Bolton on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

    I’ll be in Austin. But you already knew that. :P

    btw, some jb buttons will be given away (first come, first serve) as well. :P

  2. Posted by Garrett Dimon on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

    It’s a shame that all this posting has probably worn you out and you won’t be able to party. Rest up, because we’ll be going for round two of bar-hopping this year.

  3. Posted by Dan Rubin on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

    @Jina: sweet, save me a button please :P

    @Garrett: Yeah, I’m worn out, but never too much to miss dragging your ass around 6th Street… though I’d prefer if we didn’t get jaywalking tickets this time, mm’k? ;)

  4. Posted by Keith on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

    Can’t wait!

    To all y’all who’ve got buttons: you’ll need ’em to get into the SXNW party. Just make sure I have one and you’re golden, otherwise it’s Vinnie and the back door. Oh and don’t let any of the other hosts fool you, I’m the guy who gets the buttons.

  5. Posted by Anton on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

    I’ve got buttons! Wheee!
    So yeah, this is going to be a seriously good time. Panels and night-life. Who needs sleep anyway? Not me, that’s for sure!

  6. Posted by Jeremy Hubert on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

    oh my. here it comes again.

    This time, I’ll be sure to pace myself with the tequi… oh nevermind. ;)

    2. more. days.

  7. Posted by Erik Sagen on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

    Booyah! Yeah, so not a very constructive comment or one that adds anything to the conversation but it’s all I got.

    Just a few more days.

    Ohhh, and I’ll have me some buttons!

  8. Posted by Patrick Haney on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

    Apparently all the cool kids will have buttons this year. Buttons are the new business card.

    I will also have some to give out, featuring the time tested “ph” on them, so maybe I’ll save one for you. Hook me up with one of the “secret project” buttons in return!

  9. Posted by Jonathan Snook on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

    My buttons better show up or there’ll be hell to pay. I won’t be able to get into any of the parties! Gah! But of course, I’ll be there. Sidebar representin’

  10. Posted by Scott on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007.

    I’ll flip ya a Wishingline, Veer and Darns button for a Project Cheese button. See ya Friday!

  11. Posted by Jina Bolton on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007.

    I see Scott knows the secret project’s code name. hehe. Speaking of… why *didn’t* we make any buttons with CHEESE on it? Maybe next year…

  12. Posted by Dan Rubin on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007.

    @Jina: does it count that all this button talk is a bit cheesy? ;)

  13. Posted by Richard Rutter on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007.

    Man, this ‘buttons’ thing is confusing. We call them ‘badges’ on this side of the Atlantic. Buttons are what you use to fasten a cardigan or do up your trousers.

  14. Posted by Mike Stickel on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007.

    All this button talk makes me glad I didn’t spring for business cards but sadly I missed the “badge” train too. Oh well, there’s always next year. T minus 1 day and change (for me anyway).

  15. Posted by Angelgeräte on Saturday, November 3rd, 2007.

    It is true that the general public does understand that something is “worth something” but all too often the “coders” are so caught up in “the internet is free” that they loose site os the end goal.