I wrote about my time at XOXO, a conference that pushes the web forward.
Portland is at ease with its own strangeness, and XOXO happily took it up a level. Andy McMillan, one of two Andys who organizes the event, calls it "a beautiful catastrophe"; the other, Andy Baio, prefers "consensual hallucination." It took place at the Redd, an abandoned iron works in east-central Portland recently converted into an events space. The Andys had the exterior painted with murals, then surrounded it with food carts, rental drones, and a library of old photography equipment. Nearby blocks played host to rock concerts, a film and animation series, an evening of storytelling, and an indie arcade. During the conference portion of the event, mostly independent writers, artists, and other makers of web culture step forward to confess their biggest problems. Between talks, everyone hugged.
I also wrote a separate piece about Anita Sarkeesian's great talk at the conference.