Landed in Austin, TX today for South by Southwest 2006 — a week of seminars and conversations on web tech, emerging trends, “visionaries,” etc. Expect to be bombarded by Web 2.0 stuff. Did not expect to be bombarded by the downtown Austin / 6th St. scene. Walked out the door of the hotel hoping to scrounge up some dinner and the city opened up wide — tattoo parlors and jazz clubs, cajun restaurants (giant crawfish on the side of The Boiling Pot asking “Dya suck the heads off?”) and fajita stands, nudie revues and head shops and hip magic shows and costumed buskers and music pouring out of every doorway and even a bar with a tropical aquarium spanning an entire 50-foot wall. And it’s muggy, right in the middle of winter (should be 91 degrees Sunday). The pigeon has landed.