Preparing for SXSW

In the midst of the madness while juggling as many projects as I have fingers, I thought there was at least one thing I could do in advance: Start preparing for SXSW 2007!
Since I may be liaising with the home office during my US trip, I’ve created a timesheet in Excel format, which tells me what time it is in Austin, Singapore and Los Angeles. It was interesting learning how to use a new formula to add a specific number of hours. I relied on for the time zone differences.
I checked my passport to make sure it hadn’t expired yet. Out of curiosity I decided to find out exactly what needs to be done to renew a passport. This MFA web page has all the info. And I never knew that the system you use to apply for new Singapore passports, is called APPLEs! You have to give them some credit for making the letters fit the acronym 🙂
I looked up the list of SXSW Interactive registrants and discovered two other ‘Tans’ in the list! Hmm, maybe I should drop them a line and have a clan gathering in Austin. Gosh, there are so many registrants from Yahoo! There are many registrants working at Adaptive Path too. There are a handful of Microsoft registrants. My web heroes Jeffrey Zeldman (whose books and websites I read) and Shaun Inman (whose Mint I use) will be there, too. Absent so far are names like Scoble and Kottke. Still, there are 2,888 registrants and counting. It’s time to upload a nice photo of myself.
I discovered that the Los Angeles airport (LAX), where I will be waiting for nearly 5 hours in between flights, has no free internet access. Darn! However, I am glad to hear that the crime rate in LAX has dropped by 6.4% between 2004 and 2006. There were only 2,520 crimes committed in 2006 compared to 2,694 in 2004, making LAX ‘one of the safest airports in the world, and one of the safest areas in all of Southern California’, according to their press release. That means there were only 6.9 crimes committed per day in that airport, in 2006. That’s an average of 1 crime committed every 3.5 hours.
How long did I say I’d be in the airport, again?


  1. Wilson

    Hey, I’m one of the two. What is the Tan clan gathering going to be? : )
    It’s a bummer that LAX doesn’t have WiFi. Unless you are able to tether a GSM/EDGE smartphone, you ought to consider signing up for a Boingo account:
    Hope to meet with you in Austin, where I’m currently based, during SXSW.

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