March 11th, 2005

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Blogging the Big Bags

I just got home from SXSW registration. It was moving along smoothly -- the line for registrants involves filling out a green card with your info and waiting in a single queue until you get to the front where a volunteer directs you to an open badging station. It's like the checkout queue at Fry's, but without the cheap electronics upsells.

One of the benefits of being a registrant is getting the big bags for each of the conferences. I just picked up the Interactive and Film bags this afternoon; the Music bag will be available on Wednesday. So, in the interest of being a Platinum-badge-wearing-bastard, I thought I'd list what came in each bag:

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The swag level feels lower than last year, although I'm sure there will be more interesting stuff on the trade show floor. The ultimate big-bag is the Music festival bag; it usually has more stuff than the film and interactive bags put together. Also notable is the absence of Hyde Park Bar & Grill and Schlotsky's coupons; they've been in the bags the last three years.
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Veggie Heaven keychain


Catching lunch on the way back home from downtown, I stopped in at my favorite vegetarian place, Veggie Heaven. The owner dropped off this really cute keychain at my table while I was eating. On the back, it has "Veggie Heaven", their phone number, and www.fofg.org, the website of Friends of Falun Gong, the group with which the restaurant is associated. The gift is much appreciated, as was the very spicy and filling Fire Dragon Tofu.