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March 13, 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 5

Rusty No Trespassing signI passed this sign on the wall of a used car dealership every day and love the colors, textures, and sheer variety of marks on the rusted surface.

Someone else must love it too, since the wall behind it was painted recently and the sign is untouched.

Posters and stickersPosters and stickers covered every pillar, lamp post and parking meter within several blocks of the Convention Center.

The city clearly knew what was coming. All of the posts had been completely wrapped with clear plastic in advance.

Removing the stickers will just take cutting off the plastic wrapping.

people in auditorium looking at screenDuring an afternoon DIY session you could see homemade 3D printers (very cool), robots, and while you were at it, learn to pick a lock.

Rock band performingOne of the last sessions I went to was called Lie To Me, with Haakon Wium Lie. Mr. Lie worked with Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, in the mid-90s.

Mr. Lee showed lots of cool things that can be done with CSS3, from shadows and gradients to multi-column layouts.

He pointed out the nearly all of these now work in all modern browsers. Except Internet Explorer.

Here he shows a sample graphic created entirely in CSS as a test of how well a browser renders CSS. It should look like a face. IE doesn't get it.

Audio Listen to entire Lie To Me presentation.

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