AC: For such tech dudes, you seem to enjoy this hand's-on existence.
NV: The touch points of the future are not just techno dreams. Most people realize that overconnectedness is a drain on all kind of resources, mental and otherwise. You lose a bit of that personal touch. It has been a big part of what we're trying to do with the whole blog-to-brick concept, to create a synergy between the two so that it's not just all about the digital world but about the physical world as well. You see it in the artisinal small-batch movement. You see a lot of small producers creating with their hands; you have Maker culture.
There are people in the world that love their digital existences. Myself included. I love the internet, I love my smart phone, I love my computer. I love video editing. But I also love not having it. People are going to eventually start using these tools as tools and not being used by them. It's just the feeling that we can all start controlling what we're doing with this stuff and somedays, we're going to turn the phone off, we're going to turn off the TV, we're going to go away and do something physical.
With Booty's, we've made something. People can come in and have an experience that may be informed by the digital but is not defined by it.
I have not been to Booty's yet; people say the food is quite good, and the concept of street food from many lands is an interesting one. But the Chronicle never asks about it, and it's never mentioned.
And then there's this:
AC: SXSW permeates the city — not unlike Mardi Gras. As new New Orleaneans, was 2013 your first full-immersion Mardi Gras?
NV: Mardi Gras does take over the entire city, but it's so different. If I had to choose — I know this might be sacrilege — but I'd much rather go to SXSW. It feels like everyone who is anyone I would want to meet is there.
Kevin Farrell: At Mardi Gras, you're lucky if anyone remembers the conversation they had with you that day… because they were so glittery.