Every day of the SXSW Interactive festival sees smart people tossing great ideas around like so many beach balls at a Phish concert. Even when it comes to sitting down for a meal during the event, which started March 8 in Austin, the brunches can be brilliant.
During a few of these communal times of breaking bread, creative powerhouses gathered together for a bite to eat and to talk about making things with GE CMO Beth Comstock. The event was called Brilliant Brunch and attendees included a maker, comedian, musician, designer and digital entrepreneur.
Check out the highlights of their conversation on imagining and doing, led off, naturally, by Tumblr’s own David Karp.
Paleofuture blogger Matt Novak’s South by Southwest March 11 talk on the Edison versus Tesla debate and myth of the lone inventor went electric when web comic artist Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal, whose Tesla comic spurred the debate, showed up to defend his work.
“The goal with my comic wasn’t to write nonfiction, it was more to paint a portrait of Tesla’s character and why I admire that and why I admire geeks in general,”* Inman said when he emerged from the audience to ask a question at the end of the session.
Novak had taken issue with Inman’s viral comic “Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived” comic, saying that it fed the “Great Man Theory of History” and the myth of the lone inventor.
NASA is taking its next-generation James Webb Space Telescope on the road to Austin, Texas, in March.
Those attending the South by Southwest festival on March 8-10 will get to see a life-sized model of the Hubble’s successor, an advanced instrument designed to make astronomical observations in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. NASA is angling to launch the telescope in 2018 and begin a science mission to find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe.
Click through to see an infographic on how the James Webb will unfold out of the Ariane 5 spacecraft that carries it into space.