Watch your back, Scott Johnson!

I received a beta invite to Bitstrips today, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to break into the web comic world. I’m kidding, of course (we’ll leave that to the people who actually have talent, like Scott) but this new social network and comic drawing site is a lot of fun to play around with. You can create characters (the customization is really good) and save and share your strips for other users. I don’t actually have any friends on there yet, but it seems as though people can also edit your comic (instant collaboration!).

I wish there were more ways to embed the comic, but maybe I just haven’t found that option yet. I’d like to be able to show all three panels at once instead of scrolling through panes. You can save a jpeg version of it, and then post that image, but that’s kind of a workaround. The site is in private beta right now, but they’ll be going live during SXSW (and also “comic blogging” the event, which should be hilarious).

Overheard, rocking out at SXSW


If you missed my Rock Band skills at the Jonathan Coulton show, fear not! Casey McKinnon has assembled a super group of female talent to rock SXSW this year! Here are the details:

Vocals – Casey McKinnon
Bass – Leah Culver
Drums – Bonny Pierzina
Guitar – Me

Location: Next New Networks/Tumblr Party (Facebook link)
Date – Monday, March 10, 2008
Time – 9pm
Location – Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 W. 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Oh, and while you’re at SXSW, come check out the panel I’m moderating:
How to Rawk SXSW: Achieving Geekgasm
Room 19AB
Saturday, March 8th
11:30 am
w/ Ariel Waldman, Casey McKinnon, Ryan King and Glenda Bautista

Image courtesy of Casey’s Flickr

Wiped. Out.

Man, I feel like crap tonight. I guess it’s good that I wasn’t sick at SXSW, but I think it hit me today. It’s just a cold, I hope, but it needs to go away before Friday. Ryan and I are going to Disney World, and then I’ll be covering CTIA for work until Wednesday. Should be fun, but no traveling is fun when you’re sick.

Anyway, I’m happy to be home from Austin. SXSW had it’s ups and downs, but I’m not sure that our audience is really into the things that were covered there, at least not the people that are on CNET TV. Maybe they’re more gadget-oriented, and SXSW Interactive is more… bloggey? Web 2.0? Too industry? I don’t know. And the music stuff didn’t really seem to strike a chord (You like that? Heh!) with people either. Well, it was a good experiment, but maybe next year I’ll just go check out the panels.

I spent the night making TivoToGo work on the MacBook Pro, and trying to figure how to make Nabaztag connect to the WiFi again. But for now, I’m going to eat these Oreos, drink some WalFlu, watch more back episodes of AskANinja and call it a night.

Oh, Ryan and I have been talking for a while now about doing a podcast together… I’m guessing the subject matter would probably center around, oh I don’t know, technology, but if anyone has any ideas let me know!