October 16, 2007

Austinites Lead Charge for Open iPhone

A current Business Week article notes the growing pressure to open the iPhone. William Hurley loves his iPhone. But he'd love it even more if he could write software for... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:33 PM to: Austin, Technology
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September 10, 2007

Alex Jones Busted

I'm surprised the local news outlets haven't picked this up: local conspiracy theorist and media star Alex Jones was busted in New York City for...well...being Alex Jones. Apparently Alex led... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:07 PM to: Austin, Current Events
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July 03, 2007

Drupal Presentation to 501 Tech Club

On July 16 I'm going to do a presentation to the local 501 Tech Club on the Drupal content management system. The 501 Tech Club is a networking group for... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:40 AM to: Austin, Community Technology
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June 19, 2007

Mom and Dad Come to Austin

Joe Bob Briggs came to town last weekend and screened Mom and Dad, an infamous exploitation "sex hygiene" film. Its infamy accrued from its sensational marketing campaigns, not its... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:33 AM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin
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June 16, 2007

Pet Adoptees Need to Chill Out

I just read that the Austin Humane Society lost their AC system two days ago and things are really heating up in there. I feel badly for the pets... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:53 PM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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April 05, 2007

Hello from Denny's

I'm posting this blog entry from the Denny's at Burnet and Anderson—simply because I can. Isn't free wifi great? I haven't been here in a long time. I was surprised... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:58 PM to: Austin, The Net
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March 16, 2007

Jury Duty in Austin

I've never served on a jury before. Monday I go downtown to see if I get selected to serve. I've already done the online impaneling. Monday, I report to court... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:33 PM to: Austin
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December 20, 2006

Lincoln Properties: Talk to the Hand

Last week, Lincoln Properties, the owner of the Northcross Mall and the developer who plans to put a record setting mega-box store in the middle of our neighborhood, announced a... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:22 AM to: Austin, Current Events, Holidailies 2006
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December 15, 2006

The Wal-Mart Doomsday Device

I recently re-watched Doctor Strangelove with my wife. The movie introduces the idea of a doomsday device. Unfortunately, it all goes horribly wrong because the Russians never tell the United... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:47 AM to: Austin, Current Events, Holidailies 2006
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December 03, 2006

Why Regal Cinemas Suck

If you want to know what's so wrong with the movie business today, go look at somebody who is doing it right. That's easy here in Austin, because we're home... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:36 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin, Holidailies 2006, Rants
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November 02, 2006

Austin Technology Matters time change

A quick update to my previous post about my new access television show Austin Technology Matters. I just checked the posted programming schedule and the time has been bumped half... (read more)

Posted by chip at 06:31 PM to: Austin, Community Media
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November 01, 2006

The Corner Cheesesteak Store

We've got cheesesteaks in our neighborhood. Yay! Texadelphia just opened their 9th local store, and it's a short walk from my house. The location seems nice. There is a... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:26 PM to: Austin, In Your Face
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October 31, 2006

Austin Technology Matters premieres Thursday

I first mentioned the Austin Technology Matters television show early this month. And now, it's really, really happening. This Thursday (Nov. 2) at 8:30pm, tune into cable channel 10 to... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:54 PM to: Austin, Community Media
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October 21, 2006

At the imPACT Awards

I'm down at the PACT studios, helping set up for the first annual imPACT Awards. The awards happen tonight. They celebrate the best of public access television in Austin.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:55 PM to: Austin, Community Media
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September 28, 2006

Recently, in a Smoky Bar

One recent night, I dropped into a local bar for a beer. There were two people there, one on either side of the bar. There was a pack of cigarettes... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:08 PM to: Austin, Current Events
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September 20, 2006

Freddie Steady in Galveston

Since there wasn't a lot of music happening in town last weekend (ha! ha!), I thought I'd drive down to Galveston to catch Austin's own Freddie "Steady" Krc at... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:55 AM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin
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August 21, 2006

Patent Troll Forgent threatened with Delisting

According to the Austin Business Journal, local company Forgent Networks has been threatened with delisting from the NASDAQ. Forgent's main product is lawsuits: threatening people who use standard JPEG image... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:35 PM to: Austin, Technology
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Last Call for Jean Caffeine

Long time Austin artist/musician Jean Caffeine is pulling up stakes and heading off for the great white north. She will be doing a farewell show this Wednesday evening (Aug. 23)... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:36 AM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin
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July 27, 2006

Endangered Access TV

Tonight, I sat down with Ruth Epstein of the local ACLU to record an interview on threats to public access television. The topic of the session was "Endangered Access TV."... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:53 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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July 06, 2006

Chronicle runs protest photo, neglecting to mention Scientology connection

On page 15 of this week's Austin Chronicle, there is a photo of an anti-psychiatry rally. It's unfortunate they didn't assign a journalist to do some...you know...journalism. If so, they... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:14 PM to: Austin, Current Events
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July 04, 2006

Community Media Forum a Success

The Austin Community Media Forum happened recently. It was a great success. About 46 people showed up to discuss the future of public access television. The Austin Chronicle wrote about... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:58 PM to: Austin, Community Technology
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June 19, 2006

Austin Community Media Forum

This weekend, help build the future of community media in Austin. On Saturday (June 24) there will be a free day-long workshop. The Austin Community Media Forum seeks to include... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:03 AM to: Austin, Community Technology
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April 30, 2006

A Visit to Austin Computer Stores

"[H] Consumer" has an interesting article on the computer buying experience at various national electronics stores. It's especially interesting in that the visits happened here in Austin. The article on... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:07 PM to: Austin, Technology
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March 23, 2006

Putting the "Community Technology" into "Telecommunications"

I serve on the City of Austin Telecommunications Commission. We are trying to change our name to "Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission" and reorient our charter away from regulated services... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:26 AM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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March 11, 2006

Jesse Taylor, or Why I Moved to Austin

I moved to Austin sixteen years ago because of Jesse "Guitar" Taylor. Jesse passed away this week. When people ask how I came to Austin, I usually explain how back... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:37 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin
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December 18, 2005

Scootanon

My favorite coffee shop in Austin is undergoing a change, and change makes me nervous. Trianon the Coffee Place has three locations around town. The Bee Caves Road location is... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:33 PM to: Austin, Holidailies 2005, In Your Face
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December 17, 2005

Since When is Getting Reamed a Benefit?

If you are a Texan, you probably can't forget the dueling ad campaigns between the phone companies and cable companies during the last legislative session. In the end, a telecom... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:46 PM to: Austin, Holidailies 2005, Tech Policy
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December 10, 2005

Stupidity-Induced Internet Outages in Austin

The two biggest broadband Internet providers in Austin have had major, stupidity-induced service outages this week. First, SBC changed their DNS servers (for user client queries) without telling anybody. They... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:57 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy, The Net
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September 08, 2005

Katrina-IT-Volunteers Mailing List is Active

A new mailing list has been setup for coordination and communication among the IT volunteers in Austin. If you are interested in participating, please consider joining the list. You can... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:30 PM to: Austin, Hurricane Katrina
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Jasmina Tesanovic at Austin Convention Center

Boing Boing has posted a report by Jasmina Tesanovic on her experience in the Austin Convention Center. This center for refugees is well-organized, compared to my ex Yugoslav experience. It... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:04 AM to: Austin, Hurricane Katrina
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September 07, 2005

Katrina Relief: Fusebox Programmers Urgently Needed

There is an urgent need for Cold Fusion/Fusebox programmers to help develop automation tools to support the Austin shelter for Katrina evacuees. If you know anybody who can help, please... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:44 PM to: Austin, Hurricane Katrina
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September 06, 2005

Austin Linux User Group Pitches In

In the article A LUG pitches In, Austin-based tech journalist Joe Barr describes his experience—and that of other Austin Linux Group members—assisting with the IT needs at the Convention Center.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:26 PM to: Austin, Hurricane Katrina
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September 03, 2005

austinhelpingneworleans.org, and More

A new portal has been setup for Austin-area people who want to help with the Katrina aftermath. It's called austinhelpingneworleans.org. Additional shout out to Ray in Austin, who is covering... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:47 PM to: Austin, Hurricane Katrina
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August 29, 2005

Genuine Joe Coffeehouse

This liveblogging coming from the newly opened Genuine Joe Coffeehouse, 2001 W. Anderson Lane. Finally, an evening coffeehouse choice comes to north-central Austin. They are open until 10:00pm. I would... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:35 PM to: Austin, In Your Face
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August 26, 2005

Adventures in Label Reading: H-E-B Coffee

I was at the local H-E-B yesterday to pick up some coffee for the office. While reading the side panel of the store brand Columbian coffee beans, I was surprised... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:20 PM to: Austin, In Your Face, My Happy Life
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August 11, 2005

No! No! No!

This November, Texans have an opportunity to enshrine bigotry in our state constitution. The No Nonsense in November PAC has just launched their web site to oppose the marriage constitutional... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:04 PM to: Austin, Current Events
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August 10, 2005

Birch Telecom Leaves Austin

News reports yesterday indicate that Birch Telecom is performing massive layoffs. Birch will terminate a third of their workforce. The company will close their Texas sales offices in Austin and... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:54 AM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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May 18, 2005

SB 408 Telecom Frankenbill is Dead

I recently wrote about how Rep. King tried to attach his bad telecom bills as amendments to SB 408, the otherwise innocuous PUC sunset bill, thus creating a dangerous telecom... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:26 PM to: Austin, Current Events, Tech Policy
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May 13, 2005

Texas Lege Nears Home Stretch

We are in the final month of the Texas legislative session. Midnight this morning was a key date in the legislative calendar. Any House bills that have not had their... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:47 PM to: Austin, Current Events, Tech Policy
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May 12, 2005

Letter to my State Rep. on Bad Telecom

Here is the letter I just sent to Texas state Rep. Elliott Naishtat on the bad telecom legislation currently in the Texas house. This legislation would do terrible things like... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:50 AM to: Austin, Current Events
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May 08, 2005

Back to the Bars

This weekend, Austin voters went to the polls. A referendum was held to extend the current smoking ban in restaurants to nearly all establishments, including bars and bowling alleys. The... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:47 PM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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March 23, 2005

Thank You, Todd Baxter

Today, the Texas House approved a telecom bill that puts troublesome limits on community Internet. It could, however, have much worse. Several representatives stood up and championed a bold vision... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:57 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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February 20, 2005

Ask Todd Baxter to Support Public Wireless

Mar 23 update: Todd Baxter came through! This week, the Texas legislature will hold committee hearings for the anti-wireless bill. The committee members will determine whether the provisions to outlaw... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:21 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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February 14, 2005

Gregg Knaupe, Spammer for City Council

Gregg Knaupe is running for a seat on the Austin City Council. Gregg Knaupe is also a spammer. Greg scraped the City of Austin web site, downloaded the list of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:24 PM to: Austin, Spam
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Texas Telcos Want to Kill Municipal Internet Access

Better enjoy your free wireless access in Austin parks and libraries while it lasts. It might not be around much longer. Adina Levin has noted that the omnibus telecom regulation... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:33 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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January 29, 2005

Public Hearing on Public Access TV

Austin was one of the first cities in the nation to develop public access channels on the local cable network. The public access channels are granted to the city, as... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:59 PM to: Austin
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January 01, 2005

Highland Galaxy is Out of this World

I hope the rest of 2005 is as nice as the first day has been. My girlfriend and I just returned from a low key—but nice—day around town. Everybody seemed... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:06 PM to: Austin
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November 08, 2004

A Day at the Collector's Expo

This weekend, I visited the Austin's Collector Expo. There wasn't any kicking or screaming involved, but I didn't much enjoy it. The Crockett Center was full of tables, with vendors... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:44 PM to: Austin
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October 23, 2004

Rail to Nowhere

Next month, my girlfriend and I are travelling east. We'll spend a few days with my sister in central Massachusetts, and then head into Boston for the rest of our... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:09 PM to: Austin
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September 04, 2004

Laptop Waste

Some people are surprised to learn that wiener, my trusty old Inspiron 7000 laptop, runs on electricity, not coal. Amazing, but true. Even more amazing, until recently, it was running... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:34 AM to: Austin, Technology
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July 25, 2004

Austin Music Network Plans Move to Austin Access

The Austin Music Network (AMN) has had a difficult—sometimes troubled—past. At last week's Telecommunications Commission meeting, we heard a proposal to merge AMN into Austin Community Television (ACTV). We approved... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:54 PM to: Austin
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June 03, 2004

ISO Good Windows Support Person

A friend's mother suspects her computer has been badly infected by malware. She's tried to get it cleaned up, but believes expert assistance is required. So, she's in search of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:43 PM to: Austin, Technology
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May 26, 2004

Promote Wireless for Underserved Communities

Today, I appeared before the Austin City Council Committee for Telecommunications Infrastructure to promote wireless technology. That's a topic that's received significant attention around Austin. The Council Committee directed the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:24 PM to: Austin, Technology
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May 25, 2004

MeFi Meetup

A meetup for Austin-area MetaFilter users has been scheduled for June 3rd. I think I may go. Anybody else? More info here.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:20 PM to: Austin, Blogging 'bout Blogging
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May 17, 2004

Spam with your Salsa

Recently, I ordered a gift box of salsa from Jardine's Foods (of Buda) for my mom. Jardine gave me an extra little present that is causing me indigestion: they started... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:16 PM to: Austin, Spam
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April 28, 2004

Terra Toys Resurfaces

We've watched the growing gentrification of South Congress consume those places that created its character. The saddest news of all was reported earlier this year, when it was announced that... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:46 PM to: Austin
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Fresh Air and Wi-Fi

I'm currently sitting in the Council Committee for Telecommunications Infrastructure meeting. Jay Stone of Austin Parks and Recreation Department just announced that the city, in cooperation with a number of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:09 PM to: Austin, Technology
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April 27, 2004

Wireless Shenanigans at the Hideout

Up until now, it's been a frustrating afternoon here at The Hideout. I was sitting in the back trying to use my laptop to do some work online. Wireless connectivity... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:40 PM to: Austin, Technology
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April 23, 2004

Happy Happy Waffle House

Only twice have I begged my girlfriend for something. I begged her to get a cat. She refused, saying maybe someday. I'm still begging her—been at it for months. She... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:51 AM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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April 20, 2004

KNVA Broadcaster of Bigotry

In the wee hours of this morning, I happened to be playing channel clickey with the television remote. I switched onto KNVA channel 54 and saw one of the most... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:19 PM to: Austin
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April 15, 2004

Cool Tools Community Goes Live

Link: Cool Tools for Change Community Forum. Last month, the LBJ School sponsored a Cool Tools for Change workshop. This workshop brought together people from the technology and non-profit sectors,... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:59 PM to: Austin, Technology
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March 17, 2004

SXSW: Lunchtime Roundup

Rosenthal's Corollary to Godwin's Law as applied to weblogs: the chance of a blogger posting a "what I had for lunch" entry approaches unity with time. In fact, this blog... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:09 PM to: Austin, In Your Face
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Copyright and I.P. for Geeks

Tomorrow evening (March 18, 7:00pm), CACTUS is presenting a talk on copyright and intellectual property. The presentation will be by noted author Siva Vaidhyanathan, so it could be pretty cool.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:27 AM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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March 13, 2004

SXSW: The $85 Blog Entry

The sickly batteries in my aged Dell Inspiron laptop won't hold much more than fourty-five minutes charge these days. I brought it with me to SXSW, thinking maybe I could... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:10 PM to: Austin, Technology
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March 09, 2004

Do Something for Democracy: Support Safe Electronic Voting

What's worse than a Florida-style election that degrades into a recount quagmire? How about an election that can't be recounted at all? When it comes to election integrity, "just trust... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:47 PM to: Austin, Current Events
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March 08, 2004

Austin Bloggers Status

The Austin Bloggers web site has been unavailable since last Friday. The problem is that the domain has lapsed and gone on hold. It's moved into a redemption period where... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:22 PM to: Austin, Blogging 'bout Blogging
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February 24, 2004

Phooey for Bad Eats: Manny Hattan's

I'm gonna have a pastrami on white bread with, uh, mayonnaise and tomatoes and lettuce. -Annie Hall I recently had one of my worst dining experiences in Austin at the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:21 AM to: Austin, In Your Face
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Hooray for Good Eats: HPB&G

I recently had one of my best dining experiences in Austin at the Hyde Park Bar & Grill. Sad to say, I've lived in Austin for over a decade, but... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:20 AM to: Austin, In Your Face
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February 07, 2004

The Road to Wigan Pier

In the mid 20th century, George Orwell visited the English mining town of Wigan. He witnessed and wrote about the difficult lives of the coal miners. In The Road to... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:17 AM to: Austin
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January 30, 2004

Ruiz Library Grand Opening

This Saturday marks the grand opening of the Daniel E. Ruiz branch of the Austin Public Library. The festivities begin at 10:00 on January 31. The official press release notes:... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:00 PM to: Austin
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January 29, 2004

Disposable DVDs are Dumped

If you shop at H-E-B (and if you're a Texan, you probably do) you may have noticed the EZ-Ds (link to Flashturbated website omitted) display at the checkout. These are... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:17 PM to: Austin, Technology
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December 20, 2003

Austin Considers Open Source Software

Link: Austin tests desktop Linux waters. Two words that make any technology manager tremble: software audit. These audits examine every computer with a fine-toothed comb, ensuring every installed program is... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:40 PM to: Austin, Software
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November 18, 2003

On the Road: Bubba Ho-tep is Coming

Last week, I was disappointed to see that Lost in Translation had left the Alamo Village before I had a chance to see it. I was quite pleased, however, to... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:35 PM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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November 11, 2003

KGSR: Attack of the One Hit Wonders

It's been ages since I've listened to radio for long periods of time. Maybe I'll catch ten minutes here or there while driving around town. When I'm at home, I... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:10 PM to: Austin
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October 10, 2003

A Tale of Two Auto Shops

The little red brake light was going blinky, blinky. Last time I saw one of those it involved pads and turned rotors and hundreds of dollars. I was getting the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:10 PM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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September 24, 2003

Barf!

Late night carousing can wear a person down. I'm not looking for the rarefied atmosphere of some swanky Warehouse District martini bar. I just don't want to be completely grossed... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:29 AM to: Austin
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August 19, 2003

Surf's Up

I heart trashy instrumental guitar music. Now, I can get a weekly dose, at the Hot Rod Surfin' Party every Monday night (9-12) at Beerland, Texas. This surf showcase is... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:47 PM to: Austin
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August 07, 2003

News on the Texas Spam Law

Link: Legislation signals round one in the battle of spam. (News 8 Austin) In the linked story, I talked to News 8 Austin about the impending Texas spam law. Regular... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:23 PM to: Austin, Spam
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July 30, 2003

Pack my Bags, I'm going to JournalCon

Last week, I momentarily overcame my fear and trepidation and submitted my registration application for JournalCon Austin. Shortly thereafter I returned to my senses, and ever since I've been saying,... (read more)

July 22, 2003

Celis Pale Bock -- It's Baaaaack

Since this spring, Celis Pale Bock has been available on draft at selected fine establishments around town, such as The Gingerman. Tonight, while visiting Central Market, I saw it in... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:44 PM to: Austin, In Your Face
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July 17, 2003

It's a Bloggers' Mutiny

Last night's Austin Bloggers Get-Together was a blast. Our biggest so far. It also was the third time in three months we had to abandon the site selected by meetup.com.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:01 PM to: Austin
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July 15, 2003

The Statesman Discovers Blogs

Link: Blogging it with Xlent. David E. Hollingsworth left a comment in another thread pointing out that the local monopoly daily newspaper has started up a blog. There is only... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:32 PM to: Austin, Blogging 'bout Blogging
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July 12, 2003

What Did We Do to Deserve this Newspaper?

I noticed at the GTOPS press conference that our local monopoly newspaper didn't bother sending anybody to cover the event, even though this was the only media event by the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:01 PM to: Austin
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July 10, 2003

Technology Grants Awarded Today

Link: Telecommunications Commission picks technology grant recipients. (City of Austin press release) The Austin Grant for Technology Opportunities (GTOPS) awards for 2003 were announced today. The GTOPS program, now in... (read more)

Posted by chip at 06:50 PM to: Austin
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July 09, 2003

Austin Branch Libraries Unwired

I noted back in April when the Austin Public Library lit up its first wireless public access point. A second wave of lightings has been done, and a bunch of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:45 AM to: Austin
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June 21, 2003

UT, Spammer Tussle in Court

Link: UT Singles Out Site that Seeks Single Longhorns. White Buffalo spammed 57,000 email users at the University of Texas. UT responded by blocking them. White Buffalo sued, but lost.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:09 PM to: Austin, Spam
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June 07, 2003

Runoff Election Today

Today is the runoff election that will determine who holds Place 5 on the Austin City Council. Polls are open until 7p.m., so there is plenty of time to vote... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:10 PM to: Austin
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June 06, 2003

A Breath of Fresh Air

Yesterday, the new Austin Smoking ordinance passed its third and final reading. There was some question whether the majority would hold together, but they did, and so as of September... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:07 AM to: Austin
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May 30, 2003

Modify This, Suckah

Last night, the EFF-Austin gang did a little dog-n-pony show for The Robot Group. We presented some highlights (and lowlights) of our work with the Texas legislature this session. Our... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:31 PM to: Austin, Technology
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May 21, 2003

HB 1282: Rolling Again

The Bad Texas Spam Bill passed out of committee last night. It's now on its way to the Senate floor, where it's certain to be approved. It is, however, a... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:11 AM to: Austin, Spam
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May 17, 2003

Sunrise Tacos and Subs

I was driving home down South First, despairing that there are few choices for sandwiches other than sub chains. Maynard's Deli and Phoenicia Bakery are good choices, but not always... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:11 PM to: Austin, In Your Face
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May 13, 2003

HB 1282: No News is ... No News

The Senate Committee on Business and Commerce recessed this morning without calling up HB 1282, the Bad Texas Spam Bill. The next meeting hasn't been scheduled yet. I'm concerned they... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:50 AM to: Austin, Spam
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May 12, 2003

Epicurean Corner: Texas State Capitol Cafeteria

IJTLCSH proudly presents its first review of fine dining establishments around our town. Today we visit the Texas State Capitol Cafeteria. The Capitol Cafeteria offers a unique dining experience. Where... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:19 PM to: Austin, In Your Face
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May 11, 2003

I Love it When You Slashdot Me, Baby

They've been slashdotting the hell out of us this week. Two of the three major EFF-Austin legislative initiatives recently have appeared on the Slashdot front page. Last Monday, they posted... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:24 PM to: Austin, The Net
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May 09, 2003

Bad Texas Spam Bill: Ball is in Their Court

Over the past few days, more people have discovered the bad Texas spam bill that's been sailing through the legislature. We've made our opening bid, and now we are waiting... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:19 PM to: Austin, Spam
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May 07, 2003

Bad Texas Spam Bill: Score One for the Good Guys

The bad Texas spam bill I recently discussed was on a bullet train for passage. Tonight, that train got derailed.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:04 AM to: Austin, Spam
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May 05, 2003

Bad Bill or No Bill: The Texas Spam Dilemma

A new anti-spam bill is sailing through the Texas legislature. There's just one problem: it's a really bad bill. Is it better than nothing? I fear not. I think it... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:38 PM to: Austin, Spam
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April 29, 2003

God Bless America

I've taken a stab at learning classical guitar. I bought a crappy guitar on Ebay and started working through a book of Fernando Sor pieces. I've found two significant barriers... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:11 AM to: Austin
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April 22, 2003

Blogswap: Wi-Fi Co-Op Util.

It's the Day After Austin Blogswap Day! We celebrate by posting the guest blog entry that should have appeared yesterday--but we never got around to because we were too busy...... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:58 PM to: Austin
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April 11, 2003

The City Does Wi-Fi

This week, the City of Austin deployed its first public access wireless Internet hotspot. The hotspot covers the John Henry Faulk main library, the Austin History center to its north,... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:09 AM to: Austin
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April 10, 2003

Drama--and Hypocrisy--at the Council Chambers

As previously threatened, I did attend tonight's public hearing on the proposed No-Smoking Ordinance for Austin. It was a surprisingly difficult experience. Further, I encountered an incident so bizarre and... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:55 PM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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April 09, 2003

Continuing the Wireless Discussion

We continue the discussion of wireless networking initiatives at tonight's meeting of the City of Austin Telecommunications Commission. I'll be noting some articles of interest: some discussing recent issues, others... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:26 PM to: Austin
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Cough! Cough!

A friend emails me asking if I'd like to go to Ego's on Thursday to listen to The Nortons. I write back, declining. I find myself listening to less and... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:06 PM to: Austin
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March 22, 2003

A Visit to the Journalers

Last night, I followed David's brave example and dropped in on the Austin Journal Writers' happy hour. It appears I have emerged unscathed, with minimal damage. Hopefully the same can... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:25 PM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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March 13, 2003

Wi-Fi for Austin

Link: Wi-Fi is Right for Austin. I got a few minutes at last night's City of Austin Telecommunications Commission meeting to advocate for Wi-Fi wireless networks deployment. I feel like... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:14 PM to: Austin, The Net
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March 11, 2003

SXSW Debriefing

SXSW Interactive is nearly over. Officially it's done, but it really doesn't end until the fat lady is singing on Bruce Sterling's front doorstep. Before I crawl into the corner... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:08 PM to: Austin, The Net
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March 08, 2003

Public Service Announcement

We interrupt this weblog for a very important public service announcement: Do not, under any circumstances, order the BBQ Sandwich at the convention center concession stand. Thank you, we now... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:19 PM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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March 05, 2003

Geek Austin Censorship

EFF-Austin is sponsoring a party on March 10, during SXSW week. This news certainly would be of interest to Austin geeks, so it seemed natural to post it to the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:45 AM to: Austin
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March 04, 2003

Blue Haze of Doom

It should have been a very good night. But it wasn't. Thanks to the management at Antone's, I ended up sick and convinced that Austin really does need to expand... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:01 AM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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February 26, 2003

I Want My HBO

Last fall, Time-Warner announced that premium channels such as HBO would move off their analog network. The local monopoly daily newspaper (which is too lame to put their archives online)... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:36 PM to: Austin
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February 25, 2003

4,836 Spare Hours in Austin

Austin Blog Day is now over. During this time, many Austin Bloggers posted their ideas about what to do with Four Spare Hours in Austin.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:47 PM to: Austin
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February 24, 2003

Ode to the Whip In

The Blog Day topic is What to do with Four Spare Hours in Austin. For me, this is not a theoretical issue. I had quite a bit of downtime this... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:54 PM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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February 19, 2003

Jello Shots Capital of the World

Links: The Year the Music Died (News 8 Austin), Rent Party Blues (Austin Chronicle) Those who cared have always winced when the cliché Live Music Capital of the World was... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:39 PM to: Austin
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February 13, 2003

Austin City Boosters Get Desperate, Sleazy

Thing are getting so desperate in Austin that the city boosters are resorting to spam. To: chris sherman <chris@greateraustin.com> From: "chris sherman @ GreaterAustin" <chris@GreaterAustin.com> Subject: Invite: Austin Small Business... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:46 PM to: Austin, Spam
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February 03, 2003

Freddie Steady's Midnight Howl

My pal Freddie Steady Krc is booked for a regular gig down at The Saxon Pub. Freddie Steady's Midnight Howl will be playing the midnight show Tuesdays through February. Freddie... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:54 AM to: Austin
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January 31, 2003

Blog Aggregation

A bunch of us Austin bloggers have banded together. So far we've formed a mailing list and set a date for our first get-together dinner. One of our more interesting... (read more)

Posted by chip at 06:26 PM to: Austin
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January 18, 2003

Calling Austin-Area Webloggers

Link: Austin-Bloggers Mailing List Info Attention Austin-area webloggers: we're forming a mailing list! The Austin-Bloggers list is open to all local folks interested in weblogging. This grew out of the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:31 PM to: Austin
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January 04, 2003

Max is Back

Link: Max for Mayor This may be a case of premature blogulation, because although there is a web site here, it isn't Max's. But Max has tossed his hat into... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:26 PM to: Austin
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December 21, 2002

Windows in Austin: Insult and Injury

Link: Seeing through the Linux-Windows TCO comparisons. Joe Barr reports a story that is distressing in so many ways. Last August, Joe reported how the City of Austin responded to... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:27 PM to: Austin
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