SXSW (or South by Southwest if you want to make it easier to say out loud) is a major geekapalooza held every year in Austin, Texas. There's music, film, and lots and lots of tech nerdery. I've wanted to go for a long time.
Now's my chance, but I need your help! I was contacted by Stephanie Smith at JPL who is proposing a panel called "2012: You Bet Your Asteroid the World Won't End", featuring JPL's Veronica McGregor, near-Earth asteroid expert, Don Yeomans, and me. The panel would be about end-of-the-world scenarios, something about which I have plenty of fun things to say.
The thing is, the panels have to be voted on, and that's where you come in. All you have to do is go to the SXSW panel picker, register (that only takes a sec), and then you can vote for what is undoubtedly the best panel out of the 3285 listed.
If you do, I will love you forever and send you a unicorn*. But please hurry -- voting closes at noon Central (US) time on Friday, September 2. Thanks!
* Offer void where unicorns exist.