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What Would Jesus Buy? (Starbucks Protest from SXSW)

Sxsw: what would Jesus buy?

One of my friends described SXSW Interactive as a pilgrimage, and that's the best description I've heard yet. Amazing things tend to go down, and I was lucky enough to catch one of the most interesting protests with the video clip function on my digital camera. I saw a man in a white suit leading a choir dressed in red robes.

They were on a mission to prevent the Shopocalypse -- overconsumption and bastardization of Christianity in America. I dabbled on this point in my I'll Show You a War on Christmas post back in December 2005.

Check out the video below. I continue to experiment with the pretty awesome SplashCast player below. The video is actually on YouTube, but SplashCast lets me add some cool transitions and explanatory posters around the video. Even though I told no one about the YouTube link, it's received an Honor in the News & Politics section.

Watch the video, and read more below after you finish

The protest was led by Reverend Billy who is featured in a new documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame. The film debuted at SXSW, but I missed the first showing. I'm gonna try like mad to make the next one. According to superblogger and friend Liza Sabater, it's off the hook.

I saw Spurlock speak about the film in a panel, and he just makes you want to rise up and take over some ish. The idea of using art as an agent of change or at least raising awareness is right where he's at. He's trying to help the medicine go down, and judging from what I saw, America is set to receive a heavy dosage.

p.s. if you want to grab the YouTube link, go ahead, but try using the SplashPlayer for your embeds. It's just prettier.

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SXSW: I met blackpeopleloveus.com

I can't believe I forgot this, but I met one of the people behind blackpeopleloveus.com. For years I've used them as a comedy writing credit on my resume since they posted one of my testimonials (people still contact me about that). If you somehow missed the Internet over the past five years, be sure to check out their site. Good work, Josh! BTW, Josh is on to new things at FireAnt.tv

SXSW: still in texas

So I've been in Texas over a week, the cops haven't arrested me, hillbillies haven't dragged me behind their truck, and the governor hasn't executed me. I'd say it's a good week for a black man in Texas! Just a quick check in from SXSW. The geeks have left and the musicians and leeches (music biz people) have moved in with their faux-hawks, precisely ripped jeans and homeless-man beards. I'm havin fun and will check in with you good people lata! Gotta eat, man. Gotta eat.

SXSW: sunday was a great day

I'm not carrying my laptop around, so I can't post on the fly and haven't installed the plugin which lets me email them in. That means I have more time to pay attention though. Sunday made the whole trip worth it.

Quick rundown cause I got a bus to catch.

 Started off the day in a panel called "Respect Your Elder Blogger" presented by Ronnie Bennett. This was one of my top panels of the whole conference so far. They got into the demographic change in the US (aging) and how tech development and especially design was ignoring elders. Ronnie spoke about how blogging was really good for elders in keeping their minds active and providing them with a new network of conversation and friends. The panel resonated so much with me because my mom was a huge Internet fan, podcasting junkie, and I think she would have made a great blogger had she been around longer

 Swung through a panel of teens talking about how they use technology

Missed out on HENRY ROLLINS'S AWESOME SPEECH because I decided to talk to people, but in the meantime, my friend Marc Scheff hooked me up with a store at goodstorm and helped design an awesome t-shirt that I hope yall will buy. 

Went to another superdopefly presentation about RFID and ubiquitous computing called "Everyware" run by the author of that new book. Get it. (will provide links later, I REALLY need to catch this bus).

Topped off the panels with "Blogging While Black, Revisited." The most fun panel so far and it was good to mingle with fellow members of the blackosphere. I even got myself interviewed on Geek Entertainment Television

Evening culminated in The Fray Cafe, a night of story telling. I told stories about "why my mom was great" and closed with the blog piece I wrote the night she passed. I ended in tears and so did many in the audience.

 

aight den. i'll be late if I don't go RIGHT NOW.

lata 

SXSW: this conference is the bomb!

So much to say and so little time. Austin TX is hot. Really. Like 85 degrees. The panels are good so far, and I'm chillin with my coding, podcasting, blogging, wed designin peeps. More later. Gotta check out Henry Rollins. Big up to allaboutgeorge and Elder Blogger Ronnie Bennett and more folks