2003
06.30

Leaving for vacation

    Howdy to my regular readers. I’m heading out tomorrow afternoon for a week of camping in beautiful Eastern Oklahoma. The game plan right now is to head Southeast to Beaver’s Bend State Park and then roll northward to make it to the Grand Lake area around the 4th to see the big fireworks display. After that I’m not sure where we’re going… maybe Bartlesville and the Tallgrass Praire Preserve?

    In any case this’ll be my last post for awhile. (For any friends who need to get in touch with me while I’m away feel free to call my cell phone and leave me v-mail. I’ll be out of range most of the time but will likely check messages a time or two during the trip.)

    Also to any friends who will be at Cornerstone Festival this year, I’m sorry I couldn’t make it. I really wish I could go but my finances won’t permit the transportation to Bushnell, IL. I’m kinda sad about missing it. This would have been my 5th year to attend and I would have loved to have been there for their 20th anniversary. Oh well, Lord willing I’ll be there next year.

2003
06.29

Austin Photos – #6

    This is my last set of Austin photos. They show the drive from Zilker Park (where Barton Springs Pools is located) to Mt. Bonnell, and then lots of pictures from on top of the mountain. (the first picture is one of the famous Austin “Moontowers”, depicted in the classic movie Dazed and Confused





















2003
06.29

Austin Photos #5

2003
06.29

Austin Photos #4

    These pictures were taken while walking South down the Drag (I really like the new mural at the Rennaissance Market)…



















    The next few pics are from walking through the UT campus to my old Alma Matter Austin Graduate School of Theology. The second picture is of lovely (in a Ghetto kind of way) Tower Manor, my home from 1997-2000, and the next two are of AGS. The rest are mostly of stuff on the UT campus.























2003
06.29

Austin Photos #3

    These pictures are from the North end of the Drag (Guadalupe St.)











    These shots are from Central Market (on North Lamar). The Live Oak Tree that is some of the shots is of one my favorite Austin trees. It is a majestic grandfatherly tree that is in the “Central Park” (a mini park surrounded by Central Market, Austin Heart Hospital and the State Mental Hospital.)









2003
06.27

Photos: Austin – Part 2

    Here are the second set of photos from my recent Austin trip. (click on the picture to view a larger version 1600×1200, you’re free to use them for noncommercial purposes, click for details)

    More pictures are coming soon…

    This is of Taquieras Arandinas on Riverside. It’s not bad but not as good as the Taquieras Arandas on Burnet Road.



    The next few shots were taken on North Lamar around 6th Street. Lots of good stuff there: Book People (killer indy book store), Waterloo Records, and of course the G-M Steakhouse (where the funniest scene in the classic Richard Linklater movie Slacker took place





    The next three shots are of the intersection of MLK and Guadalupe near the UT campus. I lived about 1 block from here from 1997-2000 so I have lots of fond memories of this area, particularly of strolling through the area late at night on my way back from the Dog & Duck. — One sad memory though is of a bicycle activist who was killed near this intersection by a careless driver on October 2, 1998, Ben Clough.







    These last few pictures are all of the Drag (Guadalupe). So much has changed but a lot has stayed the same (thank God)
















2003
06.27

Photos: Austin – Part 1

2003
06.27

Linkback

  • Thanks go out to Aprendizdetodo.com for talking about my earlier post on the Tornado Intercept Vehicle.
2003
06.27

Big Brother is watching you…

  • E!/Yahoo: Big Brother Is Watching–and Suing — The RIAA can go to ****. They have no business bellyaching about being stolen from, when they constantly assault our culture with garbage and exploit artists.

    Maybe I’m too dogmatic here but I’m beginning to think that popular mass culture as dictated to us by the RIAA, NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), FCC, etc needs to die. We need to listen and make genuine music, true art, honest literature. It’s time that we throw off the chains of social oppression and cultural death! We must rise up with a new kind of revolution, a revolution of the mind, of the heart, of the soul!

    This RIAA thing is just the tip of the iceberg. The issue isn’t really how much the RIAA abuses those who buy its products, but rather what these prosecutions say about the RIAA’s attitudes towards the people.

    The RIAA and the corporate propaganda scheme as a whole does not care about us. This story makes this clear. The real issue is why do we let them do this to us? Why do we listen to their insipid music? Why do we watch their so-called “reality” tv shows? Why do we let them tell us how to dress, how to look, and how to feel about ourselves?

    No more. It’s time to revolt.

2003
06.27

Austin Skyline

    The picture at the top of this page was taken on Tuesday, June 24 from the deck at the Schlotzky’s on South Lamar in Austin.