The Good, the Bad, and the Sad (Day One of SXSWi, After the Panel)

The good news… I met Matt Mullenweg after the Rawk panel. I said “the magic words” and therefore received two WordPress stickers. In retrospect, I should have used the line I give other designers: “WordPress is my Photoshop.”

After the panel, Tantek was swarmed by his numerous fans. After a while, I saw him (gasp) by himself. So what else to do but bug him? I just said hey and I admire his work… mentioned I did some questioning of “rel=hcard” on the Microformats list. After GTalking with new pal Nick Peters, I found out that Tantek would have known of that as “The Darowski Problem” (Nick talked about it in those terms with Tantek before). Should have dropped my own name! Next time, I’m totally getting a shirt that reads I AM THE DAROWSKI PROBLEM.

So, the thing that sucks is I’m pretty far away from the hotel. I mentioned I took a $25 cab ride to the convention center, but was going to try public transportation on the way back. The new Google Transit (still in Google Labs) mapped my path. The actual bus itself was fine. Where Google dropped me off and told me to walk was the problem.

Hey Google, what am I? Superman?

Um. Am I Superman? How the hell am I expected to pull that off? I was stumped. Here I am behind some warehouses in the pitch dark, trying to find out how to get over/under that highway. It’s a tangled mess of high speed lanes. I come across train tracks. Of course, I look to my left and a train is coming (of course, I was at a safe distance). But are you kidding me? I’m trudging all over the place. I finally call my hotel (which I can SEE but can’t get to), and they walk me through the way to get there. Which was very long. I think I have a permanent crater in my shoulder from my laptop bag and the huge SXSW bag. I was walking for about 90 minutes when it was all said and done.

Here’s the path they gave me. You can click through to Flickr to see notes on the image. Or, the gist is that I had to go all the way down Spicewood Springs Road, cross an overpass, and work my way back.

Here's my solution...

Rid.iculo.us.

The sad part is, I get back to my room, see Chris Messina left me a comment telling me BarCamp is tonight. I had heard something about BarCamp, but I had no idea it was tonight. I blew it. I would have loved to be there. I’m sure Brian, Tara, and maybe Dan were there. Instead, I’m sweaty from my trek, eating Starburst, trying to re-motivate myself to do some work for a project at Aptima I need to catch up on. Perhaps I should just sleep and try it all again tomorrow.

I shall rawk SXSW. Just apparently not today.

Update: Man, Google came through, in a BIG way.

15 Comments

  1. On March 10th, 2007 at 10:48 am Chris Messina said:

    Actually, it didn’t work out so well last night since they apparently opened up the bar to the public. You’re in luck though! The real deal is actually today so there’s still plenty of time to swing by!

  2. On March 10th, 2007 at 1:10 pm Matt said:

    Definitely book a hotel earlier next year. It was good meeting you, and thanks for spreading the good word about WordPress. :)

  3. On March 10th, 2007 at 1:18 pm Adam Darowski said:

    I’m so there. Thanks for the update. :)

  4. On March 10th, 2007 at 3:16 pm Adam Darowski said:

    @ Matt:

    I shall continue to do so, Matt. Life changing software doesn’t come around too often.

  5. On April 30th, 2007 at 6:08 pm Blog Personal de Xoxe » Blog Archive » La curiosa y veraz historia de “Superman” said:

    [...] En un post en su blog, pues bien, dando ejemplo de que Google se interesa mucho de las opiniones de sus usuarios mediante la blogosfera le ha respondido con una carta de disculpa junto con una felicitaci√≥n d√°ndole las gracias tanto por usar los servicios Google como por destacar posibles errores pero eso si, envi√°ndole un kit de Superman con capa incluida y con un “Querido Superman:” al inicio de la carta como indica en otro post en su blog. [...]

  6. On April 30th, 2007 at 6:33 pm Un buen caso de m√°rketing: Google escucha a la blogosfera at …::: Cholulaje :::… Cholulismo Web said:

    [...] Adam Darowski es un blogger de Boston cuyo blog tiene cierta relevancia, y que el pasado mes de marzo viaj√≥ a Texas para acudir a unas conferencias. Seg√∫n cuenta en este post, acudi√≥ a ‘Google Transit‘ para que √©ste le recomendase las mejores conexiones, en medios de transporte p√∫blicos, para llegar desde el lugar donde se celebraba el evento hasta su hotel. [...]

  7. On April 30th, 2007 at 11:27 pm Google to the Rescue (Again) | Marketing Pilgrim said:

    [...] There’s definitely a reason why Google Transit is still in Google Labs. In March, one blogger at SXSW, Adam Darowski, got directions back to his hotel that told him to cross an eight-lane highway. Actually, looking at the map, he had to cross two highways. They recommended that he cross at their intersection. The straightest distance between two points, and all. Here I am behind some warehouses in the pitch dark, trying to find out how to get over/under that highway. It‚Äôs a tangled mess of high speed lanes. I come across train tracks. Of course, I look to my left and a train is coming (of course, I was at a safe distance). But are you kidding me? I‚Äôm trudging all over the place. I finally call my hotel (which I can SEE but can‚Äôt get to), and they walk me through the way to get there. Which was very long. I think I have a permanent crater in my shoulder from my laptop bag and the huge SXSW bag. I was walking for about 90 minutes when it was all said and done. [...]

  8. On April 30th, 2007 at 11:35 pm The Way The Internet Should Be! » Blog Archive » Google to the Rescue (Again) said:

    [...] There’s definitely a reason why Google Transit is still in Google Labs. In March, one blogger at SXSW, Adam Darowski, got directions back to his hotel that told him to cross an eight-lane highway. Actually, looking at the map, he had to cross two highways. They recommended that he cross at their intersection. The straightest distance between two points, and all. Here I am behind some warehouses in the pitch dark, trying to find out how to get over/under that highway. It√¢¬Ä¬ôs a tangled mess of high speed lanes. I come across train tracks. Of course, I look to my left and a train is coming (of course, I was at a safe distance). But are you kidding me? I√¢¬Ä¬ôm trudging all over the place. I finally call my hotel (which I can SEE but can√¢¬Ä¬ôt get to), and they walk me through the way to get there. Which was very long. I think I have a permanent crater in my shoulder from my laptop bag and the huge SXSW bag. I was walking for about 90 minutes when it was all said and done. [...]

  9. On May 1st, 2007 at 3:04 am Un buen caso de márketing: Google escucha a la blogosfera | JL Escobedo :: José Luis Escobedo´s Blog said:

    [...] Adam Darowski es un blogger de Boston cuyo blog tiene cierta relevancia, y que el pasado mes de marzo viaj√≥ a Texas para acudir a unas conferencias. Seg√∫n cuenta en este post, acudi√≥ a ‘Google Transit‘ para que √©ste le recomendase las mejores conexiones, en medios de transporte p√∫blicos, para llegar desde el lugar donde se celebraba el evento hasta su hotel. [...]

  10. On May 1st, 2007 at 4:12 am Pixel y Dixel » Google si escucha a sus usuarios said:

    [...] Google sÌ escucha a sus usuarios: Adam Darowski es un blogger de Boston que al usar Google Transit un obtuvo un recorrido casi imposible. AsÌ que escribiÛ un post ironizando con que “no era superman”. Adam ha recibido una respuesta por parte de Google: una carta manuscrita y un traje de Superman, pidiendo disculpas y agradeciendo sus comentarios. Nota: desconocemos si han empezado a mandar trajes de neopreno a Bilbao. ArtÌculos relacionados :Google te busca taxiGoogle Mac BlogGmail para bloggers, segunda oleadaLlegan las flexiputasDaleAlPlay, el clon de YouTube Clasificado bajo:Google / Marketing y Publicidad / Mapas / minipost Comentarios : [...]

  11. On May 1st, 2007 at 5:15 am ¬øAcaso soy Superman? » ZitunLog said:

    [...] Adam Darowski, es un blogger con cierta reputación procedente de Boston. En Marzo Adam fué a una conferencia en Texas. Para saber la ruta desde el lugar donde se celebraba la conferencia hasta su hotel, tal y como cuenta aquí, usó el servicio (Que todavía esta en pruebas y no es la versión definitiva) Google Transit. Lo curioso es la ruta que le recomendó el programa, pues la parada del autobús donde tenía que bajar se situaba a un quilómetro del hotel. Ese quilómetro del trayecto lo tendría que hacer a pie, cruzando una vía del tren y una autopista. Sorprendido, Adam se preguntaba si era Superman. Hasta aquí todo normal. Al fin y al cabo Google Transit esta en beta y es perdonable. La parte curiosa, es que unos días despues un paquete llega a su buzón. Dentro había una carta con disculpas escrita a mano por Joe Hughes, que es uno de los responsables de coordinar el servicio Google Transit. Y aparte, también hay un regalo; un disfraz de Superman con la capa. Aunque este último es para edades de hasta 7 años. [...]

  12. On July 28th, 2007 at 1:14 pm » Google 411 Now Gives Directions Hotel Hotline Travel Blog: said:

    [...] like bridges if the toll isn’t collected in the direction you happen to be traveling, and can direct you to cross over highways where no overpass exists, so use a little common sense when following [...]

  13. On August 22nd, 2007 at 8:11 am » Google escucha a los usuarios… y a los superh√©roes - TuxI - Tecnolog√≠a en Espa√±ol said:

    [...] llamado Adam Darowski. Para trasladarse de su Hotel hasta el lugar donde se realizaba el evento, Adam recurrió a "Google Transit" para que le recomendara la mejor forma de [...]

  14. On December 2nd, 2007 at 10:52 am Kareem Shahzad Diya said:

    +1

  15. On December 6th, 2007 at 7:45 am Coen Jacobs » Google Transit laat snelwegen en oceanen oversteken said:

    [...] Google met haar Google Transit de Amerikaanse blogger darowski een achtbaans snelweg liet oversteken, laat Google haar gebruikers ook 5572 kilometer zwemmen. Darowski kreeg van Google een Superman [...]