Due to overwhelming requests from folks who are further afield than Boston (and just in case folks can’t make it in day-of the conference), XOR’s officially announcing today that the entire conference will be streamed across Ustream or some such service. We’ve been working with the AV dudes, and more details to come as we get closer to the date.

And, if you can’t make that, rest assured: we’re making sure that all the talks @ The XOR Conference will be recorded for posterity and made available openly available online after the conference for all the watching and remixing your little heart desires.

Sweet.

Hey all, finally getting back on the ball with getting this whole thing together — and realized (happily) that it turns out that the registration for XOR has been flowing in pretty strong since we opened up registration last week. It’s looking like we’re going to have a pretty good group of folks showing up, which is absolutely thrilling: the XOR Team’s been talking about turning this event into a regular thing if this first experiment ends up being a success.

However (the bad news), is that this means that if this pace keeps up at the current rate — that it’s likely we’ll have to cap registration at some point (Austin Hall West only holds about 140). So, if you’re interested in attending this year, it’s absolutely worth getting registered for the conference ASAP.

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Wow, I have to say, I thought we’d be getting more work done here at SXSW 2009, but, turns out the whole thing is kind of like a colossal Spring Break Cancun for geekboys and geekgirls of all ages. My liver is killing me, but the work progresses nonetheless!

In any case, today we are pleased to announce that Colin McSwiggen, close friend of the ROFLCon/Hello Silo/and related projects, will be our final mystery speaker at XOR this year! (schedule updated). McSwiggen’s currently at MIT studying physics and math, and is interested in seeing how those fields plug into computation, language and cognition.

In particular, he’ll be talking a little about the idea of meme engineering: can you bottle up and manufacture the next Numa Numa or Boxxy? He’ll review the current (highly abstract) state of the field, and suggest a new series of experiments he’s been thinking about lately to advance a more quantitative research agenda for practical meme design.

In other news, if you’re coming from Information Superhighway — welcome! Our (free) registration for the conference is now open — check it out here.

Greetings from Austin, Texas! The XOR Conference team is down here for SXSW this week, but we’re planning on keeping the announcements coming and the posts hot as we keep putting this event together. Stay tuned for all the latest sponsorships, updates, and the rest of our rapidly filling roster of speakers.

Great news coming through the pipe today that XOR Conference has officially confirmed Cambridge-favorite Angela Sawyer to speak on April 4th! Angela runs Weirdo Records, which is badass store that used to run out of Angela’s bedroom which recently moved into a cozy new location on Mass Ave (and which you definitely should check out).

She’ll be talking a little about how she’s been thriving while the Big Boys of Music Retail have been ailing, and the sheer expansiveness of material available in the world of recorded media. She’ll be sharing some of the stuff she’s been into lately, and talk a little about the future of CDs and LPs.

Sweet! As per usual, schedule updated accordingly.

Good news that we’re rolling out another talk today! AJ Mazur (who some of you might know from the ridiculously awesome Lazy Town-Lil Jon Cooking By The Book remix video) has graciously confirmed to do a talk at XORCon on April 4th. Mr. Mazur’s talk is entitled, “The Radical Video Game Related TV Show Flashback, Dude.”

What this means is that AJ is currently trawling through his massive collection of VHSs to curate an epic cavalcade of early 90s pop culture the likes of which the world has never seen. This might also mean you’ll be spending part of your Saturday afternoon on XORCon (re)watching back episodes of Nick Arcade, which is bodacious.

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