George Takei: In Orbit at SXSW

George Takei understands the evolution of his popularity. As Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek TV series, he made fans of his own generation and they “raised their kids right” to form the next generation of Trekkies. Now, having made himself something of a social media rock star, Takei reaches all demographics. Speaking to a capacity crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on March 11, Takei admitted that he took up social media to raise …

SXSW 2013: 5 Life Lessons from South by Southwest

The music, film and interactive gathering called South by Southwest (SXSW or just South by to its friends) has just wrapped up in Texas. The artist once again known as Prince was there, along with 2,200 young bands; so was the “inventor” of the Internet, Al Gore. Bill Gates and Stevie Nicks were in the house. If something was new or cool, like 3D printing or Google Glass, it was there, too. Everyone was talking about “storytelling” – and the …

Brent Grulke: The Boomer Who Boosted Indie Rock

When it comes to tastes in music, Gen Y members probably think of boomers as those outdated, crotchety cranks who keep all the buttons on their car radios preset to classic-rock stations. (And in fairness, in our youth we probably felt the same way about the pre-boomer generation that spawned our heroes Bob Dylan and John Lennon.)  But either way, Brent Grulke certainly demolished the stereotype that hipness and an appreciation for the musical Zeitgeist has anything to do with when …