Started the day with a stacked pork enchilada at Iron Cactus…
…which has a very nice rooftop patio, and yesterday’s weather was perfect for it.
I then went to the convention center, where I helped out a little at the Windows Phone booth. I noticed that the Kinect lounge was quiet and neglected, so I fired up Dance Central and got the crowd going.
My efforts did not go unnoticed…
Even better, an unexpected treat. My friends Kate Melville and David Halls are here for their first SxSW! They decided to come at the last minute in order to look for backing for their film Twenty Questions. So far, things seem to be going well; while the Canadian film industry has been responding to them with excuses for why it can’t be done, the Americans have been looking for reasons why it can.
I caught Jane McGonigal’s presentation on how games can make for better people and a better world. I’ll post my notes from it later.
Best poster of the conference:
And yes, I do like ‘em too.
You couldn’t miss these posters for tomorrow’s Internet Explorer 9 launch event – it features Yeasayer, The Head and the Heart and Fences. If you’re not familiar with YeaSayer, check out the video for their best-known track at the moment, Ambling Alp.
…which featured Karaoke Apocalypse, a karaoke competition where singers are backed by a live band:
I made it into the finals with an accordion-backed rendition of the Ramones’ I Wanna Be Sedated…
Three finalists were picked, and I was one of them. For my finals number, I did AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, and in the end, we were ranked by audience applause. I won second place!
The first place prize was a year’s worth of movie tickets courtesy of Fandango. As much as I would’ve liked this prize, they’re no go to me in Canada. So I’ll have to make do with the second-place prize:
…and iPad! The original version, not the 2.0 (I don’t mind, free cool tech is still free cool tech), 16GB wifi model. Not bad for eight minutes’ work!