SXSW: March 9 2024

The morning started out a bit cold, but temperatures eventually warmed up to the mid-60s. So far, so good, weather-wise. Somehow I chose mostly heavy topics for today’s sessions: online safety and privacy, antiracism, and homelessness. Even Amy Webb’s usually upbeat Trend Report held some ominous predictions. So, Conan O’Brien and Nick Kroll’s antics were a welcome mid-afternoon break.

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SXSW: March 8 2024

SXSW 2024 opened on a lovely spring day in Austin. A thunderstorm had rolled through around 7 AM, but within an hour, the sun was out. Bill and I hustled to get to the Austin Convention Center by 9 AM, since that’s when the Express passes (for the following day) become available online. We can tell that this will be an ongoing challenge over the next few days. Anyhow, opening day was fun, even though I spent most of it in Ballroom D.

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Texas Book Festival: 2023

The Texas Book Festival took over the Texas State Capitol building, including nearby streets, churches, and theaters. The two-day schedule featured many esteemed authors, including Ann Patchett, Abraham Verghese, Roxanne Gay, and Walter Isaacson. However, I suspect the organizers were biting their nails about this weekend. On Saturday morning, a Veterans Day parade, ceremony, and 21-gun salute also took place on the Capitol grounds. On Sunday afternoon, a huge pro-Palestinian protest was held on the north side of the Capitol building. As far as I know, everything peacefully coexisted.

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