While you're sorting through which tech posts are fact and fiction, I'll just serve up some photos for you. In hindsight, I could have focused just on taking photos at SXSW and I would not have made a dent in event coverage.
My approach in the future will be much different. In the meantime, here's a set of the pics I generated while in Austin. The set makes it look like I was a "promotional anthropologist" based on all of the columns and tables consumed by stickers/posters/fliers that I wound up capturing. Regardless, my set is a blink in the more than 27,000 already posted to Flickr.