Recently, we spent the week in Austin at SXSW. Here’s some of the observations and other highlights from the time there.
Anne encountered the Uncanny Valley with this video-projection-on-a-human-shaped-cutout.
In one session, I sat behind a cyborg.
Ridiculous marketing language abounds.
A cafe made use of physical “Like” buttons next to posted artwork. The LCD counter increments each time someone clicks the button. Curious to see interactions specific to the virtual world being replicated in the physical world. See here, previously.
The Frito pie is made from a bag of corn chips, where the bag is ripped open and topped with chopped onions, meat, sauce and cheese.
One really has to wonder about how complex everyday technology use can become. Even though Austin is fairly tech forward, this sign in the convention center is beyond ridiculous.
Gourdough’s used to be just an Airstream that served the biggest donuts you’d ever seen, but now they’ve opened a proper restaurant. Most if not all of the main courses (e.g., friend chicken) feature a donut.
Live music, including the Waco Brothers and Ian McLagan.
And of course, there were mascots.