Archive for the ‘Austin’ Category

Classical Allusions: Thermostat Edition

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Actual discussion with female co-worker:

Her: It’s so cold!
Me: (Looking at handy digital thermostat above my desk) It’s a balmy 73.4 degrees.
Her: I keep my apartment at 79.
Me: There’s just no pleasing those of you who hail from the realms of Tartarus.

Shoegazer Sunday: Experimental Aircraft’s “Meet Me on Echo Echo Terrace”

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Austin’s own Experimental Aircraft are another band in the shoegaze/psychedelia/post-rock netherworld.

“Meet Me on Echo Echo Terrace” is from their album Third Transmission off Graveface records, run by Ryan Graveface of Dreamend and Black Moth Super Rainbow.

One caveat: They seem to have the same video (or variations thereof) for all the songs on this album.

Spectacular Sunset

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Austin had a spectacular sunset tonight, and I happened to catch a picture of it behind the capitol.

Uncropped:

Cropped:

if I hadn’t been driving, and had something other than an old iPhone, I could have gotten even more spectacular shots…

Shoegazer Sunday: The Asteroid Shop’s “Destroyer”

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Austin’s own The Asteroid Shop presents “Destroyer,” a video full of stop-motion plastic dinosaur goodness.

I may have to catch one of their live shows one of these days…

This Is My Shocked Face

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Whenever the topic of performance enhancing drugs come up, I’ve always half-seriously said that my working assumption is that all professional athletes are doping, a position that renders me immune to disappointment when someone tests positive for a PED

However, looking at the Wikipedia entry for “Doping at the Tour de France,” it appears that my supposition is in fact pretty much correct, at least for cycling. In particular, not only did every winner between 1991 and 2007 test positive at one point or another, but in 2006, every top 10 finisher was either caught doping, admitted doping, or accused of doping. And the very earliest races were soaked in alcohol, ether, strychnine and cocaine.

Was it Jon Stewart who said “The first sign that Lance Armstrong was doping when he won the Tour de France? He won the Tour de France!”

Steven Utley, RIP: 1948—2013

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

I just received word from Jessica Reisman:

Molly let me know that Steve passed last night at about 10:40 pm, eastern. His family was with him.

I’ll miss him.

As will we all.

Utley announced to his friends that he had been diagnosed with Type 4 cancer in his intestines, liver, and lungs, and a lesion on his brain on December 27, 2012. On January 7, he sent out an email saying that he was losing his motor skills and designated Jessica as his literary executor (and hopefully she’ll be able to get some of his swell stories back in print). On the morning of January 12 he slipped into a coma and died that night.

Disasters of Event Planning

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

November 16 next year, there will be a UT home football game (against OSU) and a Formula One race in Austin on the same weekend.

What could possibly go wrong?

The biggest winner? Hotel and motel owners in Bastrop.

If you plan on attending either of these events, you might want to make your reservations now…

Pictures from the 2012 Armadillocon

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Continuing my acclaimed series “Lawrence’s Continuing Efforts To Justify The Purchase of a Digital Camera,” here are pictures from the 2012 Armadillocon:


The lovely and talented Urania Fung, who joined us for lunch with…


…her sister, the lovely and talented Cynthia Fung.


Fung & Fung, together at last. “Soon to be a new hit series on the CW!”


Master of Toast A. Lee Martinez showing off his spiffy Cthulhu vs. Godzilla T-shirt.


Andrew Wimsatt, already looking like his brain has fled.


Jayme Lynn Blaschke standing over Andrew, with the interior of the Austin Renaissance looming in the background like a Lovecraftian tomb (assuming the tomb had balconies and accent lighting).


Michael Sumbera, Scott Bobo and Ed Scarborough, hanging out in the bar.


Mark Finn. “Penis goes where???”


Picture from Family Feud, where the pros kicked the fan butt. “How could the topic be ‘Vampire Novels’ and not one of us thought of Dracula?”


it wouldn’t be an Armadillocon photo gallery without the requisite Stina Leicht Pantone Hair Color Reference Shot.


Now with Slightly Smugger Expression.


Editor guest of honor Liz Gorinsky, who appears to have part of Fry’s non-paraodoxing time travel algorithm tattooed onto her bicep.


Jayme Lynn Blascke, Troyce Wilson and Martha Wells. Maybe it was just this spot that made people look tired.


Con Chair Sara Felix taking a break from the madness with noted lush Scott Bobo.


With folded plate…


…and without.


John W. Campbell Award nominee Stina Leicht with Zillion time best Artist Hugo nominee John Picacio.


I had Stina lean in close so I could see exactly where her hair color matched his shirt.


“Sure, I’ll chair Armadillocon! How hard could it be?”


John “Two-Time Hugo Nominee” DeNardo


Ladies and Gentlemen, the worst picture ever of Joe R. Lansdale!


This time, his brain is fried.


Michael Sumbera and Rich Simental.


Mark Finn and Night Shade Press head honcho Jeremy Lassen, who needs to hire a better shipping department.


Matthew Bey with two people whose names I should remember.


Gabrielle Faust, looking remarkably calm and poised considering the horrific, unspeakable doom that was about to befall her. Best not to talk about it…


Denman Glober, who finds me endlessly entertaining.


Rob Landley, once and future chairman of Linucon.


Bradley Denton, who had a wee bit of a tough 2011.


Doug Potter, showing off a T-shirt with a drawing by Doug Potter, from a book illustrated by Doug Potter.


And another Armadillocon slouches to an end…

Shoegazer Sunday: I Break Horses’ “Winter Beats”

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

I was able to catch most of the M83 show here in Austin. While good, I was equally impressed with Swedish opening act I Break Horses (not to be confused with the Seattle band of the same name, or the Portland band Sparkle Pony), which played a very tight set.

Their online music is good, but they’re much better live, and I’d recommend catching the M83/I Break Horses tour if they come around your neck of the woods.

That’s One Hell of a Kick

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Back when I moved into my house in 2004, Steve Jackson was one of the people helping tote those hundreds of boxes of books. I used to contribute pieces to The Space Gamer, and helped playtest Shockwave, and we bumped into each other at various SF events around Austin. He also generously agreed to proof read Nova Express back when it was a going concern, and did an excellent job.

Steve decided to go the Kickstarter route to fund the “Designer Edition” of Ogre. His initial funding goal was $20,000. Actual amount pulled in? As of this writing, $422,719 (and no doubt it will have gone up by the time you click that link).

Congrats Steve!