I'm back from SXSW, and am happy to report that LAX spat my luggage onto the carousel before Paul Reiser's. The return flight was chock full of funny people--Brian Posehn, Zack Galifinakis (sorry if I got your name wrong, Z.), Me, Paul Reiser. I wanted to snap some pictures but I always get self-conscious and feel like a stalker/out-of-control fan. Plus I like to think that I, too, am a celebrity, even if no one other than the occassional Starbuck's worker recognizes me.
So the Web Awards went really well. I didn't blog too much about my hosting fears before hand because I didn't want the staff to know they'd made a huge mistake in selecting me as the emcee. It turns out my procrastination wasn't as detrimental as I suspected it might be, and I was actually adequately prepared. I have to give major props to Joey the Intern who made a video montage for me that aired during the ceremony. I couldn't have done it without him. Literally. I have no idea how to edit, do Adobe Photoshop or otherwise create anything on video that involves more than pressing a red button. I may put it online at some point. It was a montage of tech luminaries who passed away last year. It's incredibly moving.
I also moderated a humor panel on Monday. Fellow panelists included creators of benbrown.com, zug.com, mrsun.com and topfive.com. After it ended I went to the Bloggie Awards and sat in front of someone who attended my panel. A guy asked her what we covered and she said, "It wasn't very informative. They mostly talked about themselves." In my defense, I must point out that I don't know anything informative about online humor, except what's funny and what's not. Nevertheless, I learned some valuable lessons about online humor from the panelists. One thing I learned is that people want fresh content. So when I don't post everyday, sometimes more, my audience is most likely dwindling. Good to know.
And according to Wonkette, the keynote speaker, language is very important. Apparently, it's better not to post a first draft. Sadly, I don't have time to pour over my every word. And that's why you get entries like this one.
Another speaker I saw was Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink. He describes it as, "A book about rapid cognition, about the kind of thinking that happens in a blink of an eye. When you meet someone for the first time, or walk into a house you are thinking of buying, or read the first few sentences of a book, your mind takes about two seconds to jump to a series of conclusions. Well, "Blink" is a book about those two seconds, because I think those instant conclusions that we reach are really powerful and really important and, occasionally, really good."
His talk was interesting enough that I just purchased the book.
Ummmmm....I guess that's all for now.