I just spent an hour browsing through the SXSW 2010 Panel Picker voting site. If you haven’t seen this, it’s worth a look. The SXSW program team posts descriptions of proposed panels for the conference (where panel can also be a presentation). Anyone can view the proposals, but the cool part is that you can vote thumbs up or down on any proposal (to vote you need to register, but it’s free and fast).
I went over to the site because XML Press author Alan Porter has two panel proposals, Wikis are Wonderful – or Are They? and Spandex and Software: Can Comics Get You To Read The Manuals?. Both look very interesting and well worth voting for. Alan always has something interesting to say, and you can bet he will show some good comics as part of his panels.
In addition to Alan’s panels, which I urge you to check out and vote for, I was really pleased to see proposals by several other people whose work I respect, including:
Greening Your Content: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Rahel Bailie
Coauthoring Without Homicide by John Hedtke
All About Audience: Improving User Experience by Brenda Huettner.
Will User-Generated Content Wipe Out Technical Writers? by Sarah O’Keefe.
I was also pleased to see several panels on publishing, which curiously does not have its own category, but which is represented in categories like Writing. In addition to reading about, and voting on, several publishing related panels, I followed links to some interesting sites, including a blog by Richard Nash that’s now in “tight rotation” on my list of daily reads.
On a completely different note, after watching Julie/Julia yesterday, I started reading the original Julie/Julia Project blog, which is fascinating. I started with the first entry and am working my way through in the order it was written. Well worth checking out. I’m reading it in parallel with Julia Child’s My Life in France. I haven’t seen Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, yet, though if the blog and Julia don’t wear me out on butter-based food, I may give it a try, too.