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The Shiner Bock Party Report II

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It was starting to sprinkle again as we embarked on our final SXSW party circuit, stopping next at the Gawker/Lifehacker/Deadspin party (that combination sounds almost dangerous, doesn’t it?). The Side Bar was packed to discomfort, but we secured a spot outside where other people’s Budweiser wouldn’t be trickling down our arms.

Khoi Vinh and Michael Lopp checked in with rave reviews after their 20×2 performances where people like Amanda Congdon and Murderball’s Mark Zupan got 2 minutes to answer questions starting “What if…?” We finally, finally connected with Core77 founder Stuart Constantine and traded design conference war stories. We forgot to give a shout out to the folks from outside.in (UnBeige readers!). We feel like we’re almost part of the New York Times.com Design Boys Club even though we secretly hated them for getting a room at the tres posh San Jose.

After hearing of Good’s bad behavor, we opted for the SXNW party instead, where at about 2am we reached another milestone of our Austin eating experience. Magnolia Cafe, where the neon proclaims, high above Congress Street, “Sorry, we’re open.” We certainly weren’t.

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Getting Soaked At SXSW

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After our Frank moment, we splashed across the street to carouse with our interactive cohorts in a reunion of sorts. We slugged Stellas and watched drenched co-eds come in from the rain with Khoi Vinh (Mr. Subtraction) and Jim Coudal (aka Steve’s Day Job Daddy), who had just dined with Helvetica director Gary Hustwit. Metropolis/Wired editor Andrew Blum and Daylife’s Liz Danzico bailed early after their panel-participating duties. John Gruber gave wistful advice for Microsoft and extolled the wonders of emollients. Media Temple‘s Chris Leu and Apple‘s Michael Lopp bought the drinks (thanks…and, we’ll see you guys again tonight, right?).

Chris Fahey showed up later with an extra-long umbrella which we stared at enviously as the gutters began to overflow. After waiting 30-plus minutes for the rain to let up so we could walk the three blocks home, we gave up and hailed a cab. Best $2.00 we’ve ever spent.