Spring is in the air, and to celebrate I joined in the annual pilgrimage to Austin for the South by Southwest Interactive conference. This is my second year attending, and though knowing the lay of land makes many things easier, every day still has more than one can possibly take in. The days full of sessions, packed with more food for thought than a week’s reading in regular times. The nights are filled with events, many offering free drinks. Since it’s rude to refuse a drink, one must take pains to visit them all and not risk offending the hosts. In between, it’s a carnival of BBQ, which isn’t so great if you’re vegetarian, but makes for good memories for the omnivorous.
Normally on trips like this my SLR camera would be a nearly-constant companion, making the best of a fresh context and different light. I got in some decent still shots, but most of my recreational photography was with a Flip Mino HD camcorder. I had this in my pocket most of the time, and shot about an hour’s worth of footage. A few hours in iMovie 09 has trimmed that down to about 8 minutes.