McKinney Falls, Part 2 – Rock Shelter

Cool overhang (temp. and awesome-wise), used over the centuries by various tribes, most recently the Tonkawa. Onion creek ran through here and cut into the soft limestone – now it flows about 50 feet below.
“One little, two little…”

Pipie likes to have her picture taken more than Toots.

Playing by the metate and fire pit.
Scout: “I’m ready to go!” That was actually a long hike, to get here. They did good.
Aaaaand…they’re off.
Up next: the Trail; Lower Falls.
Published in: on March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

McKinney Falls, Part 1 – Upper Falls

People all over the top of the falls wanted to take pictures of the girls.

Note Miss P’s hiking outfit, and 4-foot-tall Scoutie.
All these pics were taken with the Dash.
Camera phones + Moore’s Law = 1 less bulgy pocket.
Up next: the Rock Shelter
After that: Lower Falls rock scramble & fishing hole

Published in: on March 25, 2009 at 4:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Friday, Thank God It’s Here And Not There

The whole week, feeling kinda like this. Hoping James made it to Portland safely. Loving all you all.

Published in: on March 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Latest Majority Report from TED

Thanks to the last 10 years of tech absorption into our everyday lives, cyberpunk science fiction genre is now dead & buried (don’t bother with William Gibson‘s last 3 irrelevancies, and Neal Stephenson is spiraling away with historical fantasy). But this “6th Sense” invention pounds down the final nail. Philip K. Dick would laugh himself into a coughing fit with this one.

Published in: on March 11, 2009 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beer Wars Film: Can I Listen To Your Beer?

What does a conservative, Nixon-worshipping, religious right/GOP groveller and hand-crafted beer have in common? Less than nothing, I thought, but there MUST be a good reason Ben Stein has attached himself to something WAY cooler than anything he’s done in his life.

In the few months since subscribing to the Zealot’s newsletter, I’ve learned more about home brewing in Austin than I did working at Austin Homebrew. And by “more” I mean “not as much,” but here’s the most recent awesome thing they posted: a new documentary about the American brewing industry, and the craft brewing upstarts that are fundamentally changing everything we know about beer.

Outside of his “Beuller…Beuller…” schtick and his mildly entertaining “Win Ben Stein’s Money” trivia show, I have a hard time getting past Ben’s incongruous intellectual hypocricy (e.g. tilting at creationist windmills, weeping over Nixon’s resignation). It’s like discovering a famous astrophysicist is also a Scientologist. “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed?” Dude, you were a presidential speechwritwer. You’ve published, like, 10 NY Times bestsellers. You’re capable of grasping the irony, and you don’t need the money.

Despite the creepy shadow Ben throws on the festivities, I can’t wait, and I’m thinking of putting a petition together to get the Alamo Drafthouse to show it. The last beer thing I went to there (w/Tim and Caleb) was a funny, drunken travelogue by a bunch of friends on a US brewery tour (American Beer), while we were served beers from the breweries visited as the film progressed. More fun than you can stick a shake at.

These trailers are too dee-lish and new-trish. I salivate in their general direction.

Published in: on March 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm  Leave a Comment