Monthly Archives: August 2009

1979: Summer winds down with The Muppet Movie

School kicked off last week for the majority of Austin’s kids and teens. Man, that one snuck up on me like it did 30 years ago. I guess my brother and me foolishly thought Summer break would never end or … Continue reading

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A windfall courtesy of some (financial) vultures

When we picked up our mail Friday morning, Somara opened this weird envelope addressed to me from an auditor. We thought, “Great, what crock of BS will this be? Yet another company wanting to buy our timeshare? What?” It was … Continue reading

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Snow Leopard and my new MacBook arrive

Yesterday was the debut of the new Mac OS and for the first time in years, I really looked forward to it. Being in technical support for well over 14 years, new things tend to mean new headaches for everybody … Continue reading

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Good thing it wasn’t a Brock PC

It’s pretty cool to see Patrick Warburton participating in the fray of PCs versus Macs. He has a great voice and uses it to great comical effect. The reference about Brock was from The Venture Brothers for those unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Steve!

My cool, comic-book drawing friend gets to celebrate his birthday. Hopefully it will be with his son Chance and all his local friends. I need to drop him a line of greater length than an e-mail of me hob-nobbing with … Continue reading

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CD Collection hits 2400

Hmmm. It took this long to get here? I was checking the 2300 story and it’s posted in early December. Even I figured I would hit 2500 by now based upon how much I drop at Waterloo Records. No bother, … Continue reading

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Yo Gabba Gabba shoes!

My belated birthday present from Somara! She completed the art work around the previous Wednesday or Friday but I had to wait for the paint to dry. Then I wore them to breakfast because several young people would recognize the … Continue reading

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Operation: Alexandria Weeks 13-23

Contrary to the lack of recent posts, Operation: Alexandria is progressing forward. Just not at the blazing pace it once had when we started in the Spring. Illness, vacation and housesitting have gotten in the way. Besides, the photographs of … Continue reading

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David Kaffinetti aka Viv Savage

This year has been pretty awesome, especially in light of it being the 25th anniversary of This is Spinal Tap. Earlier I got to see the primary three members unplugged and unwigged in Dallas, now I met the keyboardist from … Continue reading

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Nothing to sweat

How that expression is so not applicable in Austin during the Summer. Bobcat Goldthwait said it pretty well on the radio, the city of Austin should hand out jars of Gold Bond to all arrivals at the airport. Anyway, the … Continue reading

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Daddy’s little monster

Another fun, creative piece commissioned by Somara’s benefactors. This time for their baby shower. Most of the geek/nerd faction at the party were amused to see a baby Cthulhu cake topper. One person mistook the “girl” in the carriage to … Continue reading

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Julie Powell

Author and Austin native Julie Powell being at our showing of Julie & Julia was a huge bonus to go with the big, fancy meal. I’m glad she did a nice Q&A after the movie because it helped separate the … Continue reading

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Julie & Julia

Normally, this is the kind of movie I pass on, especially if it’s directed by the Queen of Estrogen…Nora Ephron. Now before my e-mail and/or comments are filled up with angry messages about me being a misogynist, I always enjoy … Continue reading

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The Austin Stars’ schedule is better than I expected!

This afternoon, the AHL announced the 2009-10 season which will include Austin for its first year in the West Division of the Western Conference. Since this league is one notch below the NHL (a less popular and prosperous sport in … Continue reading

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RIP Les Paul

Whether or not he “invented” the electric guitar doesn’t matter. Les had a big role in developing numerous contemporary styles of music we all enjoy today through his techniques, experiments and the guitar body/share which bears his name. I know … Continue reading

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