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Austin Social Media breakfast Aug 25

Social Media Breakfast Aug 25

The nth Social Media Breakfast (insert the correct number) was my first, and was held at the Statesman Conference room on Tues, Aug 25, 2009.  I sat at a table with Alex Jones of Plurk and Refresh, Ekaterina of ytrepreneur.com and watched a panel with Elise @elisewho Hu.   Statesman social media editor Rob Quigley (Twitter handle: @RobQuig) led a panel discussion on how local mainstream media professionals and organizations are making the transition to social media.

Since I flipped it, you might as well see the video of the whole thing (the audio gets clear for the last 50 minutes, the first 10 minutes are full of the buzz that you would expect from a roomful of 40-50 social media and network types).


Watch TourofTexas.com – Austin Statesman Social Media Breakfast in News |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

I have a longer commentary on Spring.net/Blog

Lance to ride on “Team Radio Shack”

As we watch the Tour Time trial today, the breaking news sprung by Austin Statesman’s Suzanne Halliburton is that Lance’s team next year with be Team Radio Shack!

To quote Suzanne, “In addition, the domain site teamradioshack.com was registered this week by an employee of Capital Sports and Entertainment. That’s the Austin-based company which has represented Armstrong throughout his Tour de France career. It’s also the same company that managed Team Discovery, Armstrong’s last squad in 2005.”

On the lighter side, I did a little video of one of my favorite riders, Norwegian Thor Hushovd, trying and failing to open a can of coke and throwing it down in disgust.  But he did much better in yesterday’s stage than he did with the cavity inducing sugar water, winning two green jersey checkpoints.  Hushovd got in a controversy the day before when his main rival was disqualified for cutting him off and he wanted to demonstrate that he deserved the jersey.


Watch Thor Hushovd in green but can’t open can of coke in Sports|View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

Tour of Texas supports twestival

More discussion with Dr DD Faye about the twestival.com on Feb 12 in Austin and around the world. One in six people worldwide lack adequate drinking water – 1.1 billion people – and twestival.com and Dr Faye are both part of the solution to providing clean drinking water to the world’s population.


Water Shortage Worldwide – twestival.com and Dr Faye from Paul Walhus on Vimeo.

AustinCast named “one of 13 Important Austin Technology blogs” by Mashable

“Laid back”. That’s how Mashable top dog Pete Cashmore described Austin, Texas in an interview with AustinLifestylesat the Summermash party at Buffalo Billiards in the heart of Austin’s 6th Street live music district. Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins of Mashable described Austin as “comfortable and intimate, you had no problems striking up a conversation.”

Mashable put together a list of Austin’s most important technology blogs and AustinCast.com – sister site of AustinLifestyles.com – wound up on that list in some pretty great company.

Here’s the list with a few excerpts from the blog entry at Mashable:

  1. Austin 3.0 – A website designed to give the “younger Austin Geek a place to see what is going on in Austin.”
  2. Austin Startup – Austin Startup is simply a news site that chronicles the goings ons and creation of new tech sector business in the Austin area.
  3. AustinCast – This site is a frequently updated hub for video and audio interviews of local area movers and shakers in the technology scene. He’s published over 100 video interviews with the likes of Veronica Belmont, Pete Cashmore, Zadi Diaz, Cali Lewis, Lindsay Campbell, and Leah Culver as well as a number of local heroes to the Austin scene.
  4. Austin360 – This is the official New Media offering from Austin’s reigning Old Media institution, the Austin-American Statesman.
  5. GeekAustin – Probably one of Austin’s oldest tech blogs, LinearB’ and Orion have been chronicling the gaming, business and tech communities of Austin since 2000.
  6. Michelle’s Blog –. . .she’s a very active leader and figurehead to the new, young Austin Tech community, and has her hands in just about everything. Her personal blog reflects all the myriad of ventures she’s involved in there.
  7. Josh Dilworth – Josh is over at PR group Porter Novelli, based in their Austin office. Amongst all his many work related projects like SXSW, he has quite visible presence amongst those in the online Semantic and AI community as well as an avid participant in a number of widely used social media tools. I was recently a guest on a podcast of his, Falken’s Maze.
  8. John Erik Metcalf – John Erik Metcalf is a major figure in the Austin scene as well, as he’s a co-founder in one of the town’s two co-working spaces: Conjunctured
  9. Social Media Club Austin – The site describes itself as “part think tank, part curiosity, all new media” and is a repository for all that is going on in the “business networking event” scene for the Austin area.
  10. Some Assembly Required – a self-described “business development and networking blog” authored by Thom Singer.
  11. The Jeff Beckham Weblog – Jeff is an Austin area blogger who focuses his posts on the evolution of media, specifically in relationship to how the Internet is forcing transformation on not just media industries but “the word itself.”
  12. Door64 Blog – The blog for Door64, the forum and community portal for the Austin-area tech community.

Ifyou an Austin area blogger and want to be added to the OPML file email Mark at Mashable to be included in the next version of the list.

Download Now! (OPML) (import this into your favorite feed reader)

Austincast Hope Show (Sherry) sandwich

This is the interview within an interview… inside the interview I did with ijustine is this interview done by Sherry Smith of the Hope Show. A veritable AustinCast – Hope Show – Austincast sandwich.

sxsw video Zadi Diaz on drums at Cedar Street Courtyard

One of the brightest stars in tech podcasting, Zadi Diaz plays drums in a rock band competition at SXSW at the Cedar Street Courtyard on 4th Street in Austin, Texas.She was on the panel at SXSW called “Quit your day job and vblog” Watch Zadi Diaz play drums at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin here. Speakers on Zadi’s SXSW panel: Lindsay Campbell (wallstrip.com and http://moblogic.tv), Zadi Diaz (epicfu.com), Lisa Donovan (youtube.com/lisanova), Bre Pettis (imakethings.com), Tim Shey (nextnewnetworks.com)

pingbacks austincast.com/blog bastropbuilder.com/blog compuslides.com/blog gameslides.com/blog magickpapers.com/blog shopslides.com/blog touroftexas.com/blog spring.net/blog socobuzz.com/blog web2.0slides.com/blog webgirlvillage.com/blog wholetech.com/blog wmeyers.com/blog

sxsw interview 11 – Lindsay Campbell – moblogic.tv

Lindsay Campbell did hundreds of episodes of the insanely popular Wallstrip and is now doing something totally new and different, a show about news and politics. We luckily catch her in an interview on day 1 of SXSW. There will be blog is Lindsay’s clip from sxsw which includes two cuts of austincasts Paul Terry Walhus talking about Matt Mullenwegg and “wholesome, family podcasts”. “MobLogic shamelessly pimps fellow bloggers in a pathetically transparent attempt to promote itself” it says on moblogic.tv’s episode page.

pingback austincast.com/blog bastropbuilder.com/blog compuslides.com/blog gameslides.com/blog magickpapers.com/blog shopslides.com/blog touroftexas.com/blog spring.net/blog socobuzz.com/blog web2.0slides.com/blog webgirlvillage.com/blog wholetech.com/blog wmeyers.com/blog workontheweb.com/blog

Thanks to Lindsay Campbell for including me in moblogic.tv

Casey Mckinnon, Veronica Belmont, Leah Culver rock sxsw

This is the veoh version of the rock band hottest women in tech performance at SXSW 2008. First time on veoh!
Online Videos by Veoh.com

Norris Church Mailer, Norman Mailers wife talks days before he dies

Norman Mailer’s wife speaks at the Texas Book Festival just a few days before his death. His sixth and last wife, married in 1980, was Norris Church (née Barbara Davis), a former model turned writer. They had one son together, John Buffalo Mailer, and Mailer informally adopted Matthew Norris, her son by her first husband, Larry Norris.

Norris Church Mailer is the author of a previous novel, Windchill Summer. She was raised in Arkansas and now lives on Cape Cod. Her husband of thirty-one years, Norman Mailer, died just days after this talk.