â€œLaid backâ€. Thatâ€™s how Mashable top dog Pete Cashmore described Austin, Texas in an interview with AustinLifestylesÂ at the Summermash party at Buffalo Billiards in the heart of Austinâ€™s 6th Street live music district.Â Mark â€œRizznâ€ Hopkins of Mashable described Austin as â€œcomfortable and intimate, you had no problems striking up a conversation.â€Â
Hereâ€™s the list with a few excerpts from the blog entry at Mashable:
- Austin 3.0 – A website designed to give the â€œyounger Austin Geek a place to see what is going on in Austin.â€
- Austin Startup – Austin Startup is simply a news site that chronicles the goings ons and creation of new tech sector business in the Austin area.
- AustinCast – This site is a frequently updated hub for video and audio interviews of local area movers and shakers in the technology scene. Heâ€™s published over 100 video interviews with the likes of Veronica Belmont, Pete Cashmore, Zadi Diaz, Cali Lewis, Lindsay Campbell, and Leah Culver as well as a number of local heroes to the Austin scene.
- Austin360 – This is the official New Media offering from Austinâ€™s reigning Old Media institution, the Austin-American Statesman.
- GeekAustin – Probably one of Austinâ€™s oldest tech blogs, LinearBâ€™ and Orion have been chronicling the gaming, business and tech communities of Austin since 2000.
- Michelleâ€™s Blog -Â . . .Â sheâ€™s a very active leader and figurehead to the new, young Austin Tech community, and has her hands in just about everything.Â Her personal blog reflects all the myriad of ventures sheâ€™s involved in there.
- Josh Dilworth – Josh is over at PR group Porter Novelli, based in their Austin office. Amongst all his many work related projects like SXSW, he has quite visible presence amongst those in the online Semantic and AI community as well as an avid participant in a number of widely used social media tools. I was recently a guest on a podcast of his, Falkenâ€™s Maze.
- John Erik Metcalf - John Erik Metcalf is a major figure in the Austin scene as well, as heâ€™s a co-founder in one of the townâ€™s two co-working spaces: Conjunctured
- Social Media Club Austin – The site describes itself as â€œpart think tank, part curiosity, all new mediaâ€ and is a repository for all that is going on in the â€œbusiness networking eventâ€ scene for the Austin area.
- Some Assembly Required – a self-described â€œbusiness development and networking blogâ€ authored by Thom Singer.
- The Jeff Beckham Weblog – Jeff is an Austin area blogger who focuses his posts on the evolution of media, specifically in relationship to how the Internet is forcing transformation on not just media industries but â€œthe word itself.â€
- Door64 Blog – The blog for Door64, the forum and community portal for the Austin-area tech community.
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Norman Mailer’s wife speaks at the Texas Book Festival just a few days before his death. His sixth and last wife, married in 1980, was Norris Church (nÃ©e Barbara Davis), a former model turned writer. They had one son together, John Buffalo Mailer, and Mailer informally adopted Matthew Norris, her son by her first husband, Larry Norris.
Norris Church Mailer is the author of a previous novel, Windchill Summer. She was raised in Arkansas and now lives on Cape Cod. Her husband of thirty-one years, Norman Mailer, died just days after this talk.
I was a bit puzzled a while back when Leo Laporte left twitter for Jaiku. It didn’t make sense. Sure he said there was confusion with the name twit (“this week in tech, his trademark) and the twitter mark. I thought at the time he left that he could advance his cause better by staying on twitter and riding the wave at http://twitter.com/leolaporte … within hours of announced the switch he has 1200 twitter followers, compare that to the 2,600 twitter followers I have after about six months. I won’t look over my shoulder because if I did I would see Leo sprinting after me heading for Scoble’s pole position on twitter.
I listened to Leo and Amber’s net@nite podcast and gleaned that Leo doesn’t feel the trademark issue is relevant any more and, besides, twitter is where all the action is and has been for a while.
Here are Leo’s top ten Top 10 Reasons Why he’s Twittering Again
10. I’m not hip enough for Pownce.
8. Alex King’s Twitter Tools for Wordpress mean my Tweets become part of my blog and no longer evaporate.
7. I miss my San Francisco digerati A-list friends.
6. Jaiku is now Gooku and invite only.
5. How else am I going to find out what Merlin is up to?
4. It’s not about functionality, it’s about family.
3. iJustine said she would follow me.
2. All the cool kids are doing it.
and the number 1 reason why I’m Twittering again…
Scoble must be stopped!
What is the price of presence? Well you can have it simple and have twitter. It’s a no brainer to get up and running. You can tweet away instantly and give everyone of your followers updates. And you can follow your friends.
With Jaiku you get bells and whistles. You can create your own little mashup by adding your twitter feed (yea, you can have your cake and eat it too), your del.icio.us feed, your blog feed and any other rss feed that suits your fancy.
This was the gist of the net@nite podcast with Amber Macarthur and Leo Laporte. Leo had to leave twitter because his lawyers told me he had to because his “twit” (This Week in Tech) podcast is too close to “twitter”. But he made it clear he isn’t going to pursue any action against twitter, in fact he’s going to try and work out a mutual exclusivity agreement.
Twitter won’t podcast. And Twit won’t twitter. I guess that’s fair.
The problem is the name. I wish to heck he’d named it Tweeter, or Tooter, or anything but Twitter. Twitter is so close to TWiT that I’m afraid it’s really confusing. And it hasn’t helped the confusion that I’ve been such a fan of Twitter. I’m sure half the people there think we have some sort of relationship. But we don’t. And the proliferation of programs like Twitbox and sites like Twit This are not helping things much. So let me repeat…
Twitter has nothing to do with TWiT.
And, I’m afraid, I can’t have anything to do with Twitter, either. It’s just fueling the confusion. Fortunately, there are several similar services including Groovr, Dodgeball, and Jaiku. After a cursory glance at all three Jaiku seems to have the best mix of features for me (I’m too old to be groovy, or hooking up) so I’m moving to Jaiku. (In truth, it offers a much richer set of features than Twitter.) My handle is ChiefTWiT. Hope to see some of you there.