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Musing on Mix Tapes

Mix Tapes

Ah, the mix tape. Through it’s many forms: tape, CD, thumb-drive, hand scribbled note, .m3u file; it remains, to me, one of the most personal ways of audible expression short of actually composing a song or poem. A mix tape is the original “social media.” The mix (as it will herein be referred to) is a once often practiced, now sadly neglected, art and ritual amongst friends, crushes, significant others, new acquaintances, pen pals and strangers. Continue reading

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Meeting Gary Vaynerchuk IS as AWESOME as you think.

Reading all the other blogs and tweets about people meeting Gary V only made my anticipation that much more. It was one of my SXSW goals- I only started following/watching him mid/late last year but I totally vibe with his style and message.

So, I was waiting for the elevator at the Hilton Austin to get to the 4th floor to go to a panel and all the sudden I saw a very familiar figure with green beanie strutting into my view. As I stared for a brief second the persons smile grew bigger and then I realized “holy shit, it’s Gary V.” Immediately he came up to me and we greeted each other. The aura of openness and friendliness was awesome, like an old friend. We spoke briefly in the elevator. I asked him to sign my Gary Vaynerchuk “Internet All Stars” Card (which I’ve carrying around with a Sharpie since yesterday for just such a “run in” occasion). I gave him a JESS3 poster and then he was off. I don’t know, it was probably the best “meeting a mentor” experience I’ve had, probably, the best first impression of meeting anyone, ever- no joke.

Then, minutes later, I got a DM on twitter from Gary following up and telling me he thought the poster was “BOMB.”

Sick.

I sort of feel like a giggly little girl in the 90s meeting N*SYNC or the Backstreet Boys writing about this- but seriously, it was epically legit.

BTW, here’s the poster.

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@SWSX in Austin! The arrival…

Ok- so I apologize for the absence of pictures right now- I thought I would be cool and save space in my bag, and thinking “oh look, my camera and USB harddrive both use USB, I’ll just bring one cable! Brilliant!” Except that my iPhoto library is on said drive and I need both of said devices to be plugged in to transfer the glorious SXSW pix to said iPhoto library… get what I said? Basically I FAIL. So I should be getting another cable from someone soon. Until then, enjoy tweets and twitpics @adamdexter

Also Z-Tejas is legit, the food and service are great and they “Get It” with social media PR, madd props!

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