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Real live Mario Kart

SXSW Mario Kart Real live Mario Kart at SXSW [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 on Mar 12, 2014 - 4 comments

Snowden To Address Audience in First Live Q&A, Days After EU Testimony

The good news is that there are solutions. The weakness of mass surveillance is that it can very easily be made much more expensive through changes in technical standards: pervasive end-to-end encryption can quickly make indiscriminate surveillance impossible on a cost-effective basis. The result is that governments are likely to fall back to traditional, targeted surveillance founded upon an individualized suspicion. Governments cannot risk the discovery of their exploits by simply throwing attacks at every “endpoint,” or computer processor on the end of a network connection, in the world. Mass surveillance, passive surveillance, relies upon unencrypted or weakly encrypted communications at the global network level.

Edward Snowden submits written testimony to an EU committee investigating mass surveillance, and answers questions. The testimony takes place 3 days ahead of his highly anticipated SXSW appearance, to take place later today. Snowden is expected to speak about privacy, security, mass surveillance programs, free speech and whistle-blowing in a rare remote video appearance before a live audience.
Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo finds this “deeply troubling” in a letter he's sent to the organizers of the conference.

Meanwhile, people who wish to #asksnowden questions can use the hashtag on Twitter. The talk is to take place at 12pm PT, today.
posted by fantodstic on Mar 10, 2014 - 89 comments

"Also - too many moustaches to count."

Stream or download songs from 100 of the bands at the SXSW Festival.
posted by Sebmojo on Mar 9, 2014 - 13 comments

Sex! Drugs! Apps!

SXSW Interactive At 20
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 26, 2014 - 11 comments

Productivity: Effectively Scaling Yourself

Scott Hanselman talks about productivity. On information overload; prioritising and how we can be more effective. (Video)
posted by zoo on Aug 19, 2013 - 4 comments

iTunes in my Butt

cloud-to-butt is an open-source extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari that replaces all instances of "the cloud" with "my butt." Hilarity ensues. (via stellar.io) [more inside]
posted by schmod on Mar 13, 2013 - 67 comments

First Much Ado About Nothing Trailer

First trailer for Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. (Direct MP4 link based on the official site.) The film (shot in 12 days at Joss's house while taking a break from making The Avengers) will be getting its U.S. premiere this weekend at SXSW, with limited general release starting in June. Previously shown at TIFF, the Dublin Film Festival and the Glasgow Film Festival. [more inside]
posted by kmz on Mar 7, 2013 - 114 comments

The Mix: The Austin 100

NPR is offering online streaming and a download of 100 songs by artists to discover at SXSW 2013.
posted by helloknitty on Mar 6, 2013 - 42 comments

Pretty Little Demons

The youngest band to perform at SXSW this year is made up by two friends who love music. Lydia Night and Marlhy Murphy will play songs from their recently released CD Flowers [more inside]
posted by Sailormom on Mar 1, 2013 - 26 comments

Brent Grulke, creative director at SXSW, has passed away at age 52

Brent Grulke, creative director at SXSW, has passed away at age 52. A friend of Grulke writes this memory, indicating the cause of death was cardiac arrest while having oral surgery.
posted by CNNInternational on Aug 13, 2012 - 24 comments

On a Bus: From Stranger to Startup in 72 Hours

11 buses full of strangers have 72 hours to build and launch startups on the road to a meeting with investors at SXSW. StartupBus is a tech industry boot camp on wheels.
posted by rageagainsttherobots on Jun 5, 2012 - 104 comments

This is a strange thing. This is a look, a style, a pattern that didn’t previously exist in the real world. It’s something that’s come out of digital.

"Above all, the New Aesthetic is telling the truth. There truly are many forms of imagery nowadays that are modern, and unique to this period. We’re surrounded by systems, devices and machineries generating heaps of raw graphic novelty. We built them, we programmed them, we set them loose for a variety of motives, but they do some unexpected and provocative things." Bruce Sterling (Previously) writes about the New Aesthetic movement in Wired magazine. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 9, 2012 - 49 comments

Rhyme for rhyme til the mic stops working

Kimbra performs Settle Down live at SXSW, looping her voice and singing, following in the live sampling footsteps of Imogen Heap and TuneYards.
posted by cashman on Apr 4, 2012 - 54 comments

"How important can this speech be if we're giving it at noon?"

Bruce Springsteen's SXSW 2012 Keynote Address
posted by Optamystic on Mar 16, 2012 - 42 comments

Homeless people used as mobile 4G hotspots at SXSW

Homeless people are being used as mobile hotspots at SXSW, as part of a project called Homeless Hotspots. According to the official website, "Homeless Hotspots is a charitable innovation initiative by BBH New York. It attempts to modernize the Street Newspaper model employed to support homeless populations." Reactions online have been mixed. Some commentators are outraged, while others wonder whether the project is helpful or exploitative.
posted by asnider on Mar 12, 2012 - 73 comments

An Apology of Sorts...

Popular punk band Screeching Weasel has dis-banded after front man Ben Weasel punched two women at SXSW last week. Weasel offered an apology (kind of). Last night, the other four members of the band resigned. [more inside]
posted by shesdeadimalive on Mar 24, 2011 - 206 comments

"You're a plumber, Mario. You need to stop doing so many mushrooms!"

What if Mario was really just drug-addled and lovesick? [SLYT] Filmmaker Joe Nicolosi's short film remakes Super Mario as indie flick, produced for South by Southwest. WARNING: May contain content hipsters find appealing.
posted by Fizz on Mar 19, 2011 - 24 comments

SXSW winners

SXSW is winding down and there are winners! Skateboarding punks and crippling anxiety! But is winning worthwhile? What happened to these guys?
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 15, 2011 - 25 comments

Creatively Heinous

Toronto band Fucked Up was everywhere at the South By Southwest music festival this year--playing at official and unofficial showcases, even once on the street, but often at unofficial massive advertising areas by, say, Pepsi or Levis. Some might think: How can a hardcore band justify their position in these marketing schemes? The answer, posted on the band blog by Mike the Guitarist, is simply titled: SXSW WHY? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 26, 2010 - 47 comments

Oh yes she did

The concealed artist behind the quirky videos posted on the iamamiwhoami account on YouTube has uploaded another video, and in the process helped to reveal her identity. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Mar 15, 2010 - 32 comments

Release early, often and with rap music.

The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. You may know them from such projects as How to build a fake Google Street View car, public domain donor stickers, internet famous class, the first rap video to end with a download source code link, or their numerous firefox add-ons (such as China Channel, Tourettes Machine, or Back to the future). FAT members have been hard at work standardizing various open source graffiti-related software packages, including Graffiti Analysis, Laser Tag, Fat Tag Deluxe and EyeWriter [previously] to be GML (Graffiti Markup Language) compliant. Fuck Google. Fuck Twitter. FuckFlickr. Fuck SXSW. Fuck 3D. FAT Lab is Kanye shades for the open source movement.
posted by finite on Mar 13, 2010 - 8 comments

The People vs. George Lucas

"George Lucas made "Star Wars"; but it was the fans who turned it into a seemingly undying worldwide phenomenon. So I thought it appropriate to give them a prominent voice in the documentary." The People vs. George Lucas premiered at this year's SXSW. Official Site. FB page. More.
posted by zarq on Mar 13, 2010 - 42 comments

Building a blog you can be proud of

John Gruber of Daring Fireball:
"My friend Merlin Mann and I had a session at SXSW Interactive about two weeks ago. It certainly wasn’t a panel, and it wasn’t really a presentation. It was more like an hour-long duet rant, the main goal of which was to inspire anyone who wants to publish or write on the web to pursue their obsessions in a serious way. We got the audio recording of the session from SXSW a few days ago, recorded short intro and outro segments, and Merlin spliced it together and has published it on his 43 Folders podcast. I encourage you to go ahead and listen to it."

posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 27, 2009 - 26 comments

A touching song about gay trees.

Paul Ford is back with six-word reviews of SxSW 2009 music (previously in 2008). Also be sure to check out Paul's (another Paul's) SxSW Artist Catalog (previously) for further SxSW music metadata goodness.
posted by shadytrees on Mar 18, 2009 - 12 comments

SXSW 2009 music

If you're interested in the bands playing at SXSW this year, you have more to draw on than the blurbs in the schedule. First, the 2009 collection of mp3s from showcased bands is up - like last year, as unofficial fanmade torrents - offering samples of a thousand bands in five gigabytes. Second, there's Paul's SXSW Artist Catalog, an excellent catalog of artists. It provides links to Last.fm & Youtube for each artist, & many tags to follow sounds you like. (Previously: my 2008 post, & 2007.)
posted by Pronoiac on Feb 22, 2009 - 22 comments

He’s really excited about that girl.

Like a dog fucking a blender. Six-Word Reviews of each of the 763 SXSW Mp3s. [Previously] [Via]
posted by churl on Mar 13, 2008 - 68 comments

standing too soon, shoulders high in the room

Live right now NPR is broadcasting REM from SXSW along with sets from Summerbirds in the Cellar, Johnathan Rice, Papercranes and Dead Confederate.
posted by plexi on Mar 12, 2008 - 53 comments

SXSW 2008 showcased artists

Each year since 2005, SXSW released a torrent of songs for people to sample their showcased artists. It's a terrific source of new, eclectic music. This year, a fan found out they weren't planning to do this, so he took matters into his own hands: here's the torrent, with "764 different artists... almost 3.5 GB of new music, for free." (previously in 2007)
posted by Pronoiac on Feb 22, 2008 - 30 comments

Bruce Sterling's Talk at SXSW

Bruce Sterling's talk at SXSW is described on the landing page as a 'rant'. It isn't. What it is is a survey from 10,000 feet at what's happening in culture and technology and on the web, and I reckon it's worth spending the hour of your life it'll take to listen to it. I hope you agree. [mp3, 59 minutes]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Mar 19, 2007 - 52 comments

Will Wright Keynote at SXSW

Will Wright Keynote at SXSW Will Wright shares his thoughts about the difficulty of telling stories in games, player-driven stories and some of his favorite games and books. During the demo, he apparently also showed sneaks of "An Inconvenient Truth - The Game". Okay I was kidding about that, but there was apparently a part in the demo where he showed creating a global warming disaster scenario. For those of you who like your keynotes with timestamps, Joystiq has a live-blogged version. No bootleg video or photos of the SXSW demo are out yet, so for now this video [Flash] taken during GDC will have to tide us over. [via].
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek on Mar 14, 2007 - 21 comments

Free music - SXSW 2007 artists

Tons of bands playing at this year's SXSW. Not going or going and don't know what to check out? They've put up a torrent of 739 MP3s by 739 artists. The organization also has plans for an upcoming torrent of trailers for scheduled films. {via waxy}
posted by dobbs on Feb 20, 2007 - 39 comments

Bruce Sterling on the State of the World

Bruce Sterling : The State of the World (mp3) from the South By South West Media Conference. (SXSW)
posted by blue_beetle on Mar 17, 2006 - 33 comments

RoombaFrogger: Game of the Future

RoombaFrogger. At SXSW, DIY hackers took an innocent Roomba, modded it and used it to play real-life Frogger on the streets of Austin.
posted by scalefree on Mar 16, 2006 - 21 comments

SXSW freebies

Free stuff at the SXSW Music Festival for the wristbandless.
posted by Julie on Mar 16, 2005 - 8 comments

SXSW

If you are going to SXSW next week, you might want to download the 2005 Showcasing Artist BitTorrent file that CitizenPod has put together. It features over 750 high-quality songs; over 2 GBs worth of tracks from bands playing the festival. [via OneLouder]
posted by Quartermass on Mar 8, 2005 - 10 comments

thieves crash party, steal id, get blogged

danah boyd hosted a party at SXSW in Austin two weeks ago. Six thieves crashed the party and made off with her phone, id and credit cards. Fortunately, she has pictures of the perps. Can the MeFi folks catch a(nother) thief?
posted by paulschreiber on Mar 24, 2004 - 99 comments

sxsw web awards

ladies gents and babies, the 2003 sxsw web awards finalists have been announced
posted by Peter H on Feb 3, 2003 - 15 comments

Yesterday I saw a wonderful movie - Spellbound - a documentary about the annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee - which won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW. It explores the dynamics surrounding kids and parents desire for success in the competition, reconciliation with failure and differing models of education, competition and success. When I was a kid I was on the TV show It's Academic - along with lots of other famous faces. While you may want to make fun of the show - I still remember it fondly. My parents were happy to see me compete but generally unconcerned about the outcome in any way. Now we've got Math Olympics, the Academic Decathlon and a host of other competitive ventures. Any other MeFites remember school days competitions and the drive to succeed?
posted by dhacker on Oct 21, 2002 - 29 comments

The SXSW Interactive Web Awards finalists are up...

The SXSW Interactive Web Awards finalists are up... and the site I submitted isn't mentioned. Am I bitter? No.. no.. OK. YES. Anyway, the sites listed are the best of the best of 2001. Worth a look.
posted by crunchland on Jan 21, 2002 - 17 comments

The World's Largest Music Festival

The World's Largest Music Festival starts today and runs until next Sunday. With acts ranging from Wilco to the artist once again known as Prince, there's usually at least one band worth seeing for everyone. Plus it's cheap, if you go at the right time. But the question remains, what events do you look forward too each summer?
posted by drezdn on Jun 28, 2001 - 23 comments

SXSW still hasn't posted the winners on the site.

SXSW still hasn't posted the winners on the site. Grrrr. Anyone have any news? Gossip? Throw me a bone? Please?
posted by mimi on Mar 13, 2001 - 14 comments

Only nine days left to enter your website

Only nine days left to enter your website in the competition for SXSW 2001. All categories but one are for websites that are newly created in 2000 (the other category is for redesigned/relaunched websites).
posted by beth on Dec 6, 2000 - 7 comments

These people didn't like SXSW too much.

These people didn't like SXSW too much. I know a lot of people here went to SXSW this year, and these people treated it like shit. (Sorry, yes I know it's been over a month since SXSW, but that's what happens when I let personal email get backlogged to 148.)
posted by bluechief on Apr 23, 2000 - 7 comments

it's all about the love.

it's all about the love. congrats matt!
posted by mmanning on Mar 15, 2000 - 9 comments

Not Quite fast enough.
I sent the weblogbiosphere link to Matt's cellphone, so that he could include this important milestone in the sxswweblogpaneldiscussion, but he'd already turned it off. Oh well... so much for wireless contributions to the greater body of weblogknowledge.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Mar 14, 2000 - 0 comments

Anyone interested in UK version of SXSW?

Anyone interested in UK version of SXSW? With all the talk of SXSW in the USA right now, are there people out there (like me) who think it'd be great to have a UK (or maybe European) meet ?
posted by williamtry on Mar 13, 2000 - 4 comments

Me linking to Matt's weblog where he's telling you about himself shooting Jesse shooting the bloggers walking and then telling you about it through a weblog.

Me linking to Matt's weblog where he's telling you about himself shooting Jesse shooting the bloggers walking and then telling you about it through a weblog. This is the whole reason I'm here.
...
That's pretty sad, isn't it?
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Mar 13, 2000 - 4 comments

Note to SXSW Bloggers:
I WANT A BLOGGER T!
Gimmee! Gimmee! Gimmee!
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Mar 12, 2000 - 4 comments

Tonight's SXSW web award event

Tonight's SXSW web award event was a fun one. And unlike that lame primary election last week, pretty much all my favorites won in their respective categories. Ironminds won the Best Current Events site (odd category for them, but there's great writing there that deserves recognition), ArtandCulture.com won an award, Chickenhead won for humor, and a couple of webloggers got some well-deserved awards as well.
posted by mathowie on Mar 11, 2000 - 0 comments

The finalists for the SXSW web competition have been announced.

The finalists for the SXSW web competition have been announced. I'm sad to see that a site I urged the owner to enter, evolt.org, did not make the cut in the online community category. I'll be pulling for a couple cool sites I like and read regularly when I'm at SXSW next month. Do you see any favorites on the finalist list?
posted by mathowie on Feb 5, 2000 - 1 comment

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