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March 2006 Blog Archive

SxSW notes, for you and for me

(This post originally started on March 13, 2006 at 10:36 AM CST)

The crazy thing about SxSW is that you get busy and don’t have time to do the things you mean to do. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just the way it is. So you go with the flow.

Anyway, I wanted to post notes, cool quotes, and links to folks I’ve met (or reunited with). I’ll update this whenever I have time… maybe not until after I get home!

So far, here are some new folks that I’ve met:

There are many people here that I already knew (virtually) but am meeting for the first time:

  • Chris Kaminski, a fellow WaSP member, and the guy who saved me from having to take time to write some scripts for the new site when I was still busy working on templates and design issues
  • Drew McLellan, another fellow WaSP and creator of 24ways
  • Kazuhito Kidachi, yet another fellow WaSP, whose done a fine job of translating and testing for the group

And I’ve gotta call out some of my AOL and ex-AOL friends:

  • Tom Crenshaw, fellow hockey fan, Corrado enthusiast, and author of the foreward to the Flash 8 Bible
  • JoRoan Lazaro, creator of the AOL Running Man

There are some really good pictures up on flickr from various activities, too:

And all of my photos are up on Flickr as well.

And here are the slides from the panel I did with my AOL pals!

The Buzz about WaSP

There was lots of buzz about the Web Standards Project during SxSW Interactive, and for good reason! After a panel on WaSP Task Forces, an open meeting, and the (slightly troubled but finally debugged) redesign launch, it’s clear that people see WaSP as alive and well, and ready to start stinging again. Woo hoo!

I’ll toot my own horn a bit and admit to my role in the redesign, which was the porting of the design created by Andy Clarke to WordPress. A proud moment for me just yesterday was in describing how I accomplished some of the content presentation objectives to Matt Mullenweg; he told me that I’d figured out some pretty cool stuff (which I fully intend to write about in the future)! But projects like this aren’t accomplished single-handedly, so I have to give big virtual hugs to Chris Casciano for porting tons of content to WP, Chris Kaminski for doing the scripting, and Holly Marie Koltz for doing lots of QA and content tweaking.

Meanwhile, the response to the Education Task Force has been overwhelming. I’ve probably got 30+ business cards and notes in my suitcase from folks wanting to know how they can help in our mission, as well as wanting to know how they can help affect change in their schools. And the contacts and ideas keep coming in via e-mail too… now to get some plans together! You can be sure that you’ll be hearing more from the eduTF soon.

Heading SxSW

Well, since everyone else has mentioned it, I guess I should too!

If you’re headed to , come to How to Convince Your Company to Embrace Standards on Tuesday at 10 AM. Kevin, Steve, Arun, Alla, and I will tell you how we got AOL to get with the times (and standards).

You can also see me speak with my friends from the Web Standards Project on Monday during WTF: WaSP Task Force Panel and later at the WaSP Annual Meeting (with a very special unveiling!).

Even if you don’t come to any of my panels, don’t be a stranger if you see me. I’m all about networking, talking geekery, or just being silly, so come say hello!

Apparently, I’m just a breeder

South Dakota lawmakers have just signed a law that could make nearly all abortions illegal. I want to vomit. I want to scream!

South Dakota lawmakers, and others that support this type of legislation, clearly see it as their right to enslave women of reproductive age, making us into nothing more than breeders. In the case of the SD law, they’d force women who have suffered through rape or incest to carry and birth a child. This puts SD on par with countries like Afghanistan and Iran, where women’s rights are often restricted in other ways. What’s next, South Dakota, what’s next?

And tell me, South Dakota lawmakers, is access to birth control going to be improved? Would sex education be improved?

And what legislation are you proposing to punish men who commit rape and incest? Forced vasectomies? Castrations? What requirements do these men then have in assisting financially in raising the child that they helped create? Or in assisting the mother with medical bills, lost wages, etc.?

If you have no answers to these questions, South Dakota lawmakers, you’ve been foolish in your policy making, and you are clearly unfit to fill your jobs. I hope that the people — women and men of your state — will vote you out in upcoming elections.

If you feel as I do about South Dakota’s abortion law, I encourage you to join Planned Parenthood’s National Day of Solidarity with South Dakota. Or post signs, write letters, post to your blogs!

South Dakota can’t repeal a woman’s right to free speech!