Welcome to SXSW!


For the second year in a row, I’m back in Austin attending SXSW. Below are some thoughts. I attended some cool stuff, saw some cool things, met cool people, had a lot of cool encounters and even cooler conversations.

First day in Austin. Landed this morning, straight to the Palmer Center to work on the Mario Kart experience we’ve been putting together since late last year. It’s nice to see all the hard work and big ideas come to life. It’s the most rewarding part of the job, by far. Make sure you check out the accompanying website that my team in Dallas put together. I’m really proud of the work they did.


January 16, 2010

From Abby's science kit, appropriately titled, "My First Science Kit".

Last night, after dinner, we "did science". My daughter got a science kit from Santa Claus, and the first series of experiments are all about color theory. We created all those various colors by pipetting three primary colors from test tubes. Then we added Polyacrylamide crystals to the colored water and "grew" colored crystals. She loved it, almost as much as I did.

October 13, 2010

South Carolina Cotton Field

Yep, they still grow cotton in the south. Fields of it. On the way back from a field trip with my daughter, I pulled over and we both walked a little ways into the field. I let her pick some cotton. It astonished her that cotton balls actually grew on a plant and you could pick them. This led to a lively discussion about things that were made of cotton that lasted all the way home.

October 9, 2010

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

You work all day, you get home, you throw your daughter's balance bike in the car, grab the family, and go down to the ocean to walk on the boardwalk to watch your daughter ride her bike. Trust me when I tell you that life absolutely does not get ANY better than this. Moments like this make me acutely aware of how absolutely perfect my life and family are. I'm a blessed, lucky man who's surrounded by beautiful, wonderful people. I couldn't ask for a better life.

She's got AMAZING balance for 4 years old.

It's a balance bike. No pedals. It teaches her the most important thing to learn when riding a bike, balance. She'll graduate from this starter bike to a full blown bicycle completely bypassing training-wheels and as a result, no training-wheel anxiety. I watch her, amazed. She's skilled, she's fast, and she's got the balance of a circus performer. I couldn't be more proud of her.