Thou shalt...

This isn't my first rodeo folks. I've been SXSWesting since I was knee high to a grasshopper. It has gotten considerably easier since I turned 21, but it is still maddening at times. Here's some tips, sweet cheeks:

1. You don't need a badge or a wristband.
I used to get that inferior feeling from middle aged guys with goatees and
platinum passes. No more I say! That which I don't have sets me apart from the tourists. There's too many free things going on anyway.

2. RSVP for everything, even if you don't plan on going.

3. Expect chaos

4. Parking SUCKS.
I've got my bike tuned up, I learned my lesson.

5. Special Guest does not always equal special.
It either means the booking agent is shitting their pants trying to find a band that already isn't playing 5 shows that day (looking at you Vivian Girls) or there could possibly be a let down. Remember the Moby incident?

6. Go see international bands
They never disappoint.

7. Forgo the Sparks.
Caroline tells me they are stopping production anyway. "Thank Fucking God!" -My Kidneys.

8.Respect the badge.
They have their hands full. And if you're not from Texas, well, the APD tends to be a little aggro. If you end up in the clink you'll have to stew for a while because guess who else has their hands full? The 147th District judge, with unruly Californians.

9. Swimsuit.
Nothing cures a hangover better than Barton Springs. Enjoy, because UT is back in session next week.

10. Don't buy beer!
Just drop by a venue that promises free alcohol as a pit stop. I wouldn't recommend a flask, though (see #8).

$5 million for affordable housing?

That's it. For the entire state. And guess what? Texas is also getting screwed in the stimulus package. We're in the bottom 5 states and Rick Perry doesn't even want to accept the cash. Its like we're being punished for George Bush fake acting like a Texan. Well, on my lunch break, I'm heading down to the capitol building. And don't even get me started on funding for adult education.


Mmmm gentrificationy

There was a time when I was a guerrilla radio DJ. The space that hosted us and still hosts many grassroots programs is under threat of eviction.
Here's the press release:

Rhizome Collective Sounds International Call: Code Violations
May Force Eviction

Austin, Texas – March 11, 2009 - The Rhizome Collective is a
consensus-run 501c3 nonprofit organization that has operated a center
for community organizing and urban sustainability in an East Austin
warehouse since 2000. This warehouse was inspected on March 3rd by
officials from the Building and Standards Commission of the City of
Austin. On Thursday, March 5th The Code Enforcement Division of The
City of Austin delivered a letter outlining a list of code violations
to the Collective. The City mandated that the residents and
organizations based in the warehouse must vacate before March 16th.
The Collective is looking into all options, but is preparing to vacate
the warehouse by the deadline. Before this inspection, the Collective
was in negotiations to buy the warehouse from its current owner.

The Rhizome Collective is making every effort to work with the City on
this matter. Contractors are currently completing an estimate of the
cost required to bring the building into compliance with city building
codes. Based on conversations with contractors, the Collective does
not believe it will be possible to get an estimate, obtain permits and
complete the work by the City’s deadline.

The Rhizome Collective including Inside Books, Bikes Across Borders
and Food Not Bombs is making an international call to supporters. The
Collective is seeking monetary donations, in-kind donations, funding
sources and statements of solidarity. Donate through the link below.

In 2004, the City of Austin donated a 9.8 acre brownfield in the
Montopolis neighborhood to the Rhizome Collective. The property served
as a legally operated municipal landfill from 1967 to 1970, and was
illegally dumped on for approximately fifteen years following the
closure of the landfill. In the same year, the EPA awarded the
Rhizome Collective with a $200,000 Cleanup Grant as part of their
Brownfields Program. From January 2005 to July 2006, 680 tires, 10.1
tons of trash, and 31.6 tons of recyclable metal were removed from the
brownfield. This property is not being affected by the code
violations on the warehouse.

The Collective is an internationally recognized model for intentional
communities that comprise a massive movement focused on justice and
autonomous sustainability.

In the nine years of its existence, the collective has collaborated
with many local, national and international organizations by providing
free or low cost space and through direct participation in their
initiatives. The Collective has provided space to people working with
the organizations mentioned above and, to name a few others: The
University of Texas, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Acción
Zapatista, Rosa Clemente and Monkey Wrench Books. Members of the
Collective have supported initiatives including projects of Indymedia,
PODER, El Comite Obrero Fronterizo, Pastors for Peace, The American
Friends Service Committee, The Student Farmworker Alliance and
communities in both Mexico and Cuba. Inside Books sent over 18,000
books to Texas prisoners last year. Bikes Across Borders has organized
more than fourteen bike delivery caravans since 2001, sending over 700
bicycles to Cuba, Mexico, and Central America. Projects directly
benefiting the community have been prioritized at the Collective such
as the creation of educational systems for sustainable living in urban
areas, workshops on puppetry and street theatre, after-school programs
focusing on bicycles, gardening and the arts.

The people affected include those who work at the warehouse in order
to: furnish books to Texas prisoners, feed the homeless, teach
neighbors how to fix their bicycles, run independent media projects
and organize workshops on urban sustainability. The work performed
here over the past nine years is a point of pride for the Collective,
the greater Austin community and communities worldwide.

This is an official communication arrived at by consensus of the Collective.

For more information, please contact Laura Merner.

Contact Info:
Laura Merner
Collective Member
Phone: (201) 739-6341
Email: lorax@riseup.net

- Donate Now!
- http://www.rhizomecollective.org/
- http://www.insidebooksproject.org/
- http://www.bikesacrossborders.org/
- http://www.kpwr.org/
- http://www.myspace.com/austinfoodnotbombs
That is cold. Honestly, if you've seen the space, there's very little chance they can bring it up to code by that deadline. Maybe if anyone is going to the Bikes Across Borders, there can be some preliminary clean-up.


Interactive Fest, Blurb

Blurb is this amazing service where you can publish your own book. It is usually used for photographers and artists, and I hope to get a nice looking portfolio made soon. They're also going to be at the SXSW Interactive portion.

Google Street View

Big Brother creeps me out. I don't like those chips in your pets, satellite navigation systems, or Teflon (I know Big Brother has something to do with this). Google streetview falls into this category. After selling many things on craigslist, a buyer for my IKEA Lack shelves informed mt that my car was visible on the street map. AS with other things:

Some more.


SX mobile social

March 14, 2009, 2pm-6pm

Urban Ride 2PM: Meet at the Susanna Dickinson House, 409 E 5th St (5th and Neches).
BBQ 4PM: Brush Square Park, West Tent.
After Party 10PM: Mellow Johnnys.

More Info.

SXSW Sunday Night