• The SXSW Avoidance Guide

    by  • March 12, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    You don’t need me to tell you about SXSW. In fact, if you’re going, just skip the rest of this post. I’m here today to help those of you who are over the whole SXSW thing. Believe me, I know you’re out there, stewing about it in your jammies. Relax. I can help.

    Here are three things that have nothing to do with SXSW, just for you:

    Go see a movie. Believe it or not, Hollywood movies can still be seen in Austin. The Green Zone and Remember Me are some of the new options. Or you could put on your blue makeup again and go see an Avatar marathon.

    coreysYou could rent all of Corey Haim’s movies and remember the good times with Lucas, License to Drive, and Dream a Little Dream. Or just pick the best vampire movie ever made, The Lost Boys. I’m not hating floydohbythewayhere; the Corey’s were awesome.

    Block the windows with a blanket, get under a quilt, and listen to “Oh By The Way”, Pink Floyd’s 14-disc set on some good headsets. Eat only pine nuts and cherry soda. In three days time, you’ll be amazed at how much you now hate Pink Floyd. Oh, by the way, which one’s Pink?


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.