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March 11, 2012

Geeks, designers and techies from around the world gather in Austin, TX at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive to learn, shmooze, and party with their peers. I was one of 30,000 who attended this year.

SXSW, Day 3

Green eggs and ham at IHOPIt's a short walk but an immense distance from yesterday's breakfast to today's Green Eggs & Ham at IHOP.

The scrambled eggs with chopped spinach were a surprisingly healthy option, though I doubt that many kids will fall for this version. I asked the waitress and she confirmed that most leave the eggs untouched on their plates.

I liked it, though.

People sitting on floor with laptopsA common sight throughout the conference: people charging their laptops and/or phones at a wall outlet.

The pole with a yellow cable wrapped around it is a portable wi-fi hotspot. My guess is that before long our devices will be able to recharge via wi-fi, making scenes like this a relic of the past.

There's a social aspect to this method that I'll miss. I had several pleasant conversations while sharing a prime wall outlet with others. Reminds me of how smokers cluster together outside of building to share a cigarette and some conversation.

Blue sky and clouds outside rain-spattered windowIt took a while, but finally: blue sky and sunshine. The pattern for the next couple of days was foggy and cool in the morning, followed by clearing and sun in the afternoon.

I'll take it.

Sushi on plate.I don't usually eat sushi, but it was lunchtime, it was free, and I was hungry.

The veggie sushi in the front was good, but I really like the Cajun in the back. The bite-sized pieces of spicy crawfish wrapped in sticky rice may have won me over to more experiments with sushi.

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