As a food writer with a special passion for the foods of Southeast Asia, I was excited about the 2000 Worlds of Flavor International Conference and Festival, Mick Vann writes. My pulse quickened and I salivated uncontrollably every time the possibility of attending crossed my mind. I would love to go, but my financial picture was in its usual bleak and blurry mode. Then came the call from my editor. I had gotten a surprise, last-minute press pass.
"I don't think information is property, and thus I don't think it's possible to buy it, and therefore, it's not possible to steal it." A keynote speaker at SXSW Interactive, Dublin native Ian Clarke speaks about Freenet, the peer-to-peer system he created.
It wasn't all doom and gloom at SXSW Interactive, but anyone who doubts that the New Economy euphoria has been replaced with a post-dot-com hangover need only check out the list of career-track panels offered this year.
With no startling new technical innovations around to distract, this year's SXSW Interactive Festival panels devoted to the visual creative process stressed that now is the time for designers to find their roots.
For years, mail art has been enlivening the world's postal systems and creating a "meeting of minds" among creative types across the world. Three Austin artists are profiled in a look at the history and continuing appeal of mail art.