Top 10 Things Idiots at SXSWi have to say about Minneapolis


Erica and I have been livin la vida loca in Austin, Tx this week at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference.

Sunday night we had a Metroblogging meet-up with Sean Bonner featuring representatives from Minneapolis, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles on Sunday. As Metroblogging Austin mentioned, the main topic of conversation was the trainwreck Mark Zuckerberg interview that had just taken place. In fact, a website to commemorate the occasion was conceived and implemented during the meetup.

You’ll notice everyone in the photo is pretty much wrapped up in their laptop and/or pda. That’s geekdom for ya.

I’ve been in Austin since last Monday, and as I meet people at panels, parties and restaurants, I’ve been collecting reactions from people when I say I’m from Minneapolis. These are absolutely true:

  1. Wow, it must be warmer here, even though it’s been cold in Austin this week.
  2. Life must go by very slowly there compared to (insert where idiot person lives).
  3. Grumpy Old Men is my only reference for Minnesota.
  4. The person I’m rooming with at my town is from Minnesota. Her name is Zara. What? You don’t know her.
  5. I was there once. Actually, just in the airport. It was okay.
  6. Oh, well I’m sure you can’t wait to leave there.
  7. Do you like the Vikings? I’m a Patriots fan.
  8. I love Fargo.
  9. The Twin Cities have a vibrant arts scene. I bet it’s great living there.
  10. Where is that again?

5 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on March 11th, 2008 @ 8:52 am

    Who was #9? Give that person a prize.

  2. moe (emoeby) on March 11th, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

    This is really funny.

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  5. mrbula on March 12th, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

    This is funny, but kind of odd as well. I just go back from SXSW, and the people I met there were generally very positive (and knowledgeable) about Minneapolis.

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