SXSWi gives geeks a chance to revel

The “inner geek” is beside himself.

I will be covering SXSWi activities on Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16. With the plethora of offerings, my head is swirling with indecision at the thought of missing one topic while at another.

On Sunday I did find a 10-11 a.m. presentation that is like candy for my inner geek: Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Creative Suite 4 promises to be a fun and informative session.

The rest of the day might look like this for my choices:

11:30 am–12:30p.m. Design for the Wisdom of Crowds

The 2–3 p.m. Toss-up: Keynote interview or CSS3; I need CSS3 information for practical purposes, but I am intrigued by the genius of Nate Silver from He should offer some great insight to the use of database farming for the insightful predictions he made during the past presidential election.

3:30-4:30 p.m. This one was another difficult choice for me. The practicality of Designing Our Way Through Web Forms is pitted against my journalistic interests for Get Me Rewrite! Developing APIs and the Changing Face of News.

5–6 p.m.  My interests are generally video oriented, so naturally I am drawn to the Video Blogging: Turning Wine into Gold discussion.

Monday’s 10–11 a.m. discussion, Grokking Bloggers: It’s about Love and Underpants, is interesting for only two real reasons: What is Grokking and what underpants have to do with it? Granted there may be other more informative offering at this time, but that title is a winner.

I need to take in the Trade Show, so I want to catch a bite to eat miss out on some info and walk the floor from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

2–3 p.m.  It looks like a keynote that I can’t miss. The reality is I don’t have a job to quit or business relations in China, so I learn the Gospel of Open Source.

3:30–4:30p.m. This hour has a long list of choices, but I settled on Core Conversation: Advertising is Entertaining – Who’s Selling Out?

5–6 p.m.  Shift Happens: Moving From Word to Pictures will end my SXSWi coverage.

Whatever your choices are, I’m sure we’ll all be fully entertained, informed, educated and fully exhausted by the end of this year’s SXSWi.