The Big Think

January 25, 2004

SXSW

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 5:37 pm

I spent several hours today downtown at the Austin Hilton attending a meeting for South by Southwest volunteers. Instead of paying the $500-odd dollars to attend the massive annual tradeshow, I decided to volunteer to work 50 hours during the 10 day conference. Boy am I glad I did. I’ve already done some serious networking meeting other creative producer-types. Video producers, audio people, film folks, you name it, it’s represented in this group of volunteers. Truthfully, unless there was some conference that I absolutely had to attend, I’d rather volunteer and work some hours here and there. I think I’ll get a much better idea of what goes on during the conference and get to know some great people, rather than just “networking” in that plastic, here’s-my-business-card-let’s-have-lunch kind of way.
Even bumped into the director of the documentary I crewed on last year.
The show is March 11th through the 21st. Here’s the website. If you’re interested in volunteering, they have another general meeting on Wednesday the 28th. See info here.

From the website:
The conference portion of SXSW Film has been described as a four-day crash course on guerilla filmmaking and marketing. The Festival has gained international acclaim for the quality of its programming with a special emphasis on emerging talents who bask in being included in the company of the cinematic greats whose work we regularly present.

Spirit Memory

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:25 pm

via nasa:“We have a vehicle that is stable in power and thermal, and we have a working hypothesis we have confirmed,” Theisinger said. By commanding Spirit each morning into a mode that avoids using flash memory, engineers plan to get it to communicate at a higher data rate, to diagnose the root cause of the problem and develop ways to restore as much functioning as possible.

No Internet for YOU!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 2:33 am

Castro’s Cuba has begun denying access to the internet for its citizens. They will begin charging Cuban’s the equivalent of a month’s income for an hour of internet access, effectively shutting down their citizen’s access through financial means. Cuba says that only certain scientists and government officials will have approved access.

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