On Feb 13: A Love Letter to Austin

The Forrest Four-Cast: February 11, 2019

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we are reminded that if your love is strong enough, then it can withstand the inevitable changes that accompany any long-term relationship.

This context of long-term love provides a good framework for Joe Nick Patoski’s new book “Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers & Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas.”

“Austin to ATX” chronicles the modern evolution of the quirky, bustling, funky, self-contradictory place known as Austin. Patoski describes the series of cosmic accidents that tossed together a mashup of outsiders, free spirits, thinkers, educators, writers, musicians, entrepreneurs, artists, and politicians who would foster the atmosphere, the vibe, the slightly off-kilter zeitgeist that allowed Austin to become the home of both Armadillo World Headquarters and Dell Technologies.

Patoski will appear at the Austin Central Library (710 West Cesar Chavez) at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 13 to talk about his new work, plus analyze how the city has morphed and changed — and still generally retained its essential and unique spirit of creativity.

He will also cover this transformation of Central Texas on Sunday, March 10 at SXSW for a panel titled “Who and What Makes Austin Austin?” Also appearing on this session are Film Editor Sandra Adair, WP Engine’s Heather Brunner, and world-renowned BBQ master Aaron Franklin.

You must have a SXSW badge to attend the March 10 session. Register here before end of day on February 15 to save $100 on the walkup price.

More Austin Events for the Week of Feb 4
Feb 11–16: Austin Black Business Week
Feb 11: Introduction to User Experience Design
Feb 11: Intellectual Property in a Virtual Reality World — Patents and VR
Feb 11: JavaScript and Prepping for the Technical Interview
Feb 11: Co-Founders Wanted Austin Meet Up
Feb 11: Austin Clojure Meet Up
Feb 11: AustinRB Meet Up
Feb 11: Austin Virtual League Meet Up
Feb 12: Introduction to Data Analytics
Feb 12: Next Big Content Announcement from SXSW
Feb 12: SXSW Office Hours at Capital Factory
Feb 12: Intro the the Austin Startup Scene
Feb 12: Austin Forum: Grow More and Better Food
Feb 12: How to Make the Most of your THAT-March-Festival Experience
Feb 12: DivInc Community Happy Hour Hosted by MSTC
Feb 12: Austin Deep Learning Meet Up
Feb 12: Hyperledger Austin
Feb 12: EFF-Austin Meet Up
Feb 12: Austin Content Meet Up
Feb 13: SXSW Meet Up at Mexic-Arte Museum
Feb 13: Austin Design Sprint Meet Up
Feb 13: Austin Python Meet Up
Feb 13: Austin WordPress Meet Up
Feb 13: The Power of Pattern Recognition
Feb 13: Creativity for Good Workshop
Feb 13: Austin to ATX Book Reading
Feb 13: Startup Grind Austin Happy Hour
Feb 13: Intro to Computer Vision & Neural Nets!
Feb 13: Product Management Info Session
Feb 13: Ladies Lounge: Fall in Love With Yourself
Feb 14: IBM Watson Cognitive Tech Meet Up
Feb 14: Bose AR Pitch Event Entry Deadline
Feb 15: Design Your Data: Tableau Bootcamp
Feb 16: Social Media Bootcamp

More Upcoming Austin Events
Feb 19: AI and Tracing: A Love Story for the Ages
Feb 19: Design Jam With Capital City Innovation
Feb 19: Data Science Fundamentals: Intro to Python
Feb 19: SXSW Office Hours at Capital Factory
Feb 20: Launch & Scale Challenges for F+B Founders
Feb 21: Bootstrapping from Zero to $500M
Feb 22: Wi-Fi 6: Bridge for Digital Transformation
Feb 27: SXSW TechTalk with Hugh Forrest
March 1: DivInc’s Champions of Change Awards
March 4–7: SXSW Edu 2019
March 5: Data for Breakfast
March 8–17: SXSW 2019
March 15–17: SXSW Gaming 2019
March 13: MassChallenge Texas Application Deadline
April 12–14: Startup Weekend Hackout
May 2: Fund Conference Austin
May 7: Philanthropitch Austin
May 29–31: Dig-In: The Future of Digital Insurance
Nov 13–14: Time Machine 2019

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.