SxSW: March 11 2014

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Bill and I tried, but didn’t win tickets to the iTunes Festival concert featuring Coldplay today. But it was still a good day. Downtown is starting to get really crowded now that SxSW Interactive has ended and Music is starting. SxSW Film goes through Sunday.

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Bill showed me the PayPal Lounge this morning. Too bad I didn’t know earlier about this room with free coffee, tacos, power outlets, and a stage. While I was there, the CEO of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie, came running in for a 15-minute interview. In the photo above, he’s standing under the PayPal sign. Notice how no one is paying any attention to him.

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Lauren Bush Lauren, granddaughter of George H.W. Bush. She explained that she was a student spokesperson for the World Food Program and this led her to co-found FEED as a mechanism to give back.

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The Notesketch for Lauren Bush Lauren’s session.

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Oh Myyy!: A Conversation with George Takei. He’s as interesting and articulate in person as he is on Facebook. He spoke about his childhood in a Japanese interment camp and how he was inspired by the civil rights movement.

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Closing Keynote speaker was Chelsea Clinton. The room was not as crowded as I expected. She talked about the Clinton Foundation’s focus areas around the world and her personal causes of addressing childhood diarrhea and childhood obesity.

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After saving money with yesterday’s free food, I treated myself to a lobster roll at the SxSW food trailer court near Rainey Street. This served as lunch/dinner.

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Attended Wicker Kittens, an entertaining documentary about a jigsaw puzzle contest in St. Paul. My Minnesota friends must see this movie.

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Walked around Sixth Street for a while, then checked out the light displays over at Republic Square Park. And tried to catch up on my blog entries!

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