Austin!

It’s time for this year’s South by Southwest film, music, and interactive conference, and with my brother living here now, I don’t have a lot of excuse for not coming down, despite any irrational for-entertainment-purposes-only personal aversions to the lone star state.

Met Dad okay before our flight from Atlanta. We managed to, through no coordination of our own, book ourselves on the same flight from the ATL to Austin, in nearly the same row. Mom met us in baggage claim (she came down Thursday), and we eventually met up with Eric and Johannah for dinner.

After a fine hands-on dinner at Rudy’s, which bills itself as the “worst barbecue in Texas” (think Fat Matt’s Rib Shack without the live blues), we commenced to planning the weekend… which amounted to everybody else trying to figure out what we’d all try to hit at the film festival while I reviewed the interactive panels to see if there were any must-sees that conflicted with the movies. There were naturally the obligatory “geez, bri, why didn’t you figure out all this panel stuff sooner?” (mostly from Eric), but with the standard millions of other things going on in the ATL day-to-day, panels had to wait. (Picking what panels to go to is the least of the SXSW preparations I didn’t get to before coming down.)

Despite the whining, if all goes as planned, we’ll get some interesting movies tomorrow. Why We Fight and a doc on Al Franken. Tomorrow’s must-see interactive session is How to Create Passionate Users with Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. Looks like it will fit around the movies just right. So I’ll get a good share of family time tomorrow.

The evening finished with a fun political discussion with Eric and Jo. Being among fellow liberals, my internal devil’s advocate naturally attuned to speaking for conservative views, especially when we got into “I don’t understand how they…” sorts of comments. There weren’t too many, but it was fun to see my little dialectic engine shift to the right. Maybe C-snail’s right about how Libra I am.

Probably the most important part of that though… it looks like Jo’s realizing that despite the political differences in the family, she’s among friends. We have our differences in the fam on various issues, but hopefully she’s seeing that we can disagree on politics without being too disagreeable.

So, met up with the fam, ate, had some fun conversation… Tomorrow get my badge and wait in lines for small release and independent movies… should be a good time. And with one movie on militarism and another on a key liberal media figure, fun political discussions are sure to ensue. (As long as we can all get in.)

I wonder if I’ll manage to devil’s advocate my way into alienating the folks in the family I normally agree with on political issues… be fun to see.

Music
Cibo Matto | Spoon
Mood
amused
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