Episode 060: Rooftop Skinny Dipping SXSW

There is a place where, once a year, every geek worth his or her salt comes together in the magically weird city of Austin. For five days we mingle, bond, network, and bring our alcohol consumption up to par with our 3G bandwidth consumption. We call this beer- and bandwidth-infused tribal gathering SXSW Interactive, and this year a couple of us from BF got the privilege of attending it. BF mainstay Jediah Cummins, photoblogger and Rackspace contractor Simon Ponder, and yours truly gathered in the Austin Hilton to reflect on our experiences, share some thoughts on location-based gaming, and forget to talk about robots. We even managed to match the sucky audio quality of our first episode with our 60th! How is that NOT worth your time? Have a listen…

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This Week’s Post-Show Song Pimpage: “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats

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8 Comments on "Episode 060: Rooftop Skinny Dipping SXSW"

  1. lenire
    19/03/2010 at 5:28 pm Permalink

    chin fisting to safety dance = awesome

  2. ChaosPlatypus
    21/03/2010 at 1:18 am Permalink

    I just recently got started on foursquare, after seeing you guys have so many links to it on your twitter accounts. So, still in the trial phase. How do the extra badges work? I understand how you get the newbie, adventurer, explorer, etc. badges, but how do you get specific ones like name dropper and swimmies? Do you have to just know to type specific words into the shouts? Or does it automatically give you, for instance, swimmies if you check into some place that has a pool? Do you get name dropper if you are in a room with someone famous who has also checked in, or does their name have to be in your shout? Thus far, I can’t take advantage of the friend-locating aspect, as no one I know on foursquare lives in LA.

    If anyone wants to add me as a friend on foursquare, I’m on as ChaosPlatypus, but I think I’m already friends with Stephen, Jed, and Kevin.

    Also, non foursquare related, you should all see “See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary” when it comes to Texas. I saw it tonight and it was great, and I got to meet the entertainers who were followed, after the Q&A. Got pics and autographs. And, yes, I checked into the theater on foursquare!

  3. ChaosPlatypus
    21/03/2010 at 1:22 am Permalink

    Oh, and I would love to be a guest on BF, or at least manage to make one of the tapings in the chat room. I have Skype, but I tend to be busy when you guys record. I’ on Pacific time, and I work until 9pm PST on Sundays, and some Mondays. If you could please announce ahead of time (like at least the day before) when you’re recording, and have more episodes open to watching on the chatroom in Stickam, that would be great.

  4. LittleFugu
    21/03/2010 at 1:50 am Permalink

    Thanks for explaining sxsw because I am definitely one of the people who follow your twitter and was quickly becoming very confused by everything being posted. But it sounds like a lot of fun! I think I read somewhere that Leo Laporte lives in Petaluma, California? That’s about 20 minutes south from where I go to school. 🙂 I thought that was kind of cool. Next uber geek convention…WonderCon in San Francisco in less than a month! So excited!

    But yeah, great episode. I learned some new things from it. 🙂

  5. StephenTorrence
    21/03/2010 at 5:05 pm Permalink

    Yay! Another location gamer joins the cause! I would suggest checking out http://foursquare.com/help/ for a run-down on how it all works. The “Swimmies” and other badges were specific to SXSW, though, so there’s no way to get those unless you were in Austin last week. As for having you on an ep, I’ll have to be in touch. Is your Twitter handle the same as your handle here?

  6. LittleFugu
    21/03/2010 at 7:25 pm Permalink

    Just to add, I’d love to guest on BF again if ever needed.

  7. ChaosPlatypus
    21/03/2010 at 9:22 pm Permalink

    Yep, Stephen, my twitter handle, AIM sn, Skype sn, Stickam sn, foursquare sn, screen name here . . . all ChaosPlatypus.

  8. HHErebus
    28/03/2010 at 3:39 pm Permalink

    Hey there, it’s a big honor to be able to post on BF’s WordPress 😀

    I wanted to say that I love listening to BF, it’s one of my favorite podcasts, it’s so brilliant and engaging I have no doubt it will be A Thing (it already is)!

    Remember when you talked about facebook fake personas? I have a little project about that, and I thought getting you involved (obviously if you want to) could be interesting 🙂 you can contact me at [email protected], since I couldn’t find your (anyone’s) email on the website

    Well, I’m looking forward to another great episode!

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