So there was this thing last week, and I went to it. I even gave a talk! For those of you interested, there is video of Beyond the Brunette (ARGfest 2010 edition), recorded by the lovely Lauren Soffer, and including the Q&A afterward:
This is a shorter, more ARG-focused version of the talk I delivered at SXSW this year. If you'd like the whole thing, the slides plus notes are up on Slideshare, or you can listen to the audio of the SXSW talk cut in with the slides on Vimeo.
It was a great audience, and I think what I had to say really resonated. I got a lot of feedback from people who were happy that I spoke so early, because every single time a girl in distress came up for the rest of the conference -- and it came up in more sessions than not -- it got a chuckle and reinforced my point. Though I have a sinking feeling that everyone is going to be calling me "cupcake" for the rest of my career.
ARGfest was amazing all around, though, for reasons having nothing to do with me -- the sessions and attendees were absolutely perfect. I couldn't have dreamed up a better event if they'd put me in charge. Big, big thanks go to the organizing committee for their hard work and excellent taste.
Thank you, too, to everyone who hoisted a mai tai and rocked out to Tongo Hiti with me, or who spoke candidly about how the heck to earn a living, and extra-special super mad props go to Jonathan Waite (he knows why). Man, I love you guys so much. Never leave me!
After ARGfest every year, I say, "Wow, that was great! But given the time and money... I don't know if I'm going to make it next year." This time, I'm not saying that. There is no way I would skip ARGfest next year. Not after this year.
I'll see you there, too, right?