Archive for February, 2007

Twitter Support


Twitter, says the official website is a “ Whole World in Your Hands”

What is twitter?

“Twitter is a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives. Friends near or far can use Twitter to remain somewhat close while far away. Curious people can make friends. Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool. Developers can use the API to make Twitter tools of their own.”

Ok… so how does it work?

“You can send updates in three ways: send a text message from your mobile phone, type a message from the Twitter site, or instant message from Jabber or Gmail chat. (support for AIM and other chat services coming soon!) Start by texting the word help to 40404 if you’re in the United States. For international folks, we have different numbers. Write us and we’ll give you yours.”

I heard about twitter from Cote on his drunkandretired podcast.

You can see the twitter plugin on the lower right column of the austincast blog.

Twitter Support.

Friday morning at Jo’s


It’s Friday morning at Jo’s and there are a couple of dozen folks enjoying the chill air.  Tom, with the green bandana, is sweeping up aound the place and extolling the virtues of the new espresso machine, the La Marzocco.  We’ll have the scoop on this in an upcoming blog episode.  It’s a nice view from the Jo’s front deck of Amy’s Ice Cream, Zen restaurant, and the Hotel San Jose.  Tom cranks up the ipod and the music resumes.

We found 63 photos on flickr matching the search phrase Jo’s Coffee.

Jo's Coffee

Jo’s has a MySpace page at and soon there will be a guide to MySpace on Jo’s blog.  What would you like to see on Jo’s blog, send us an article or post something in our comments. 


Jo’s South is XL cover story!

Jo's on South Congress

Austin American Statesman writer Shermakaye Bass has written up a “day in the life” of Jo’s South called:

People-watching on SoCo

“Shermakaye Bass scopes out the social landscape at Jo’s on South Congress for a glimpse of the famous and soon-to-be famous. MORE

Any given day is a funky parade at Jo’s Hot Coffee on South Congress Avenue. Its location at the foot of the “SoCo strip” and its layout — open shed seating, walkup-window, tables — make Jo’s perfect for marathon people watching.

It’s one of those places where, throughout the day, life’s rich pageant unfurls, jogging past in sweats, ambling up with dogs, strolling through with babies, buzzing by on scooters, dashing up and away in suits. Musicians and filmmakers chat with geeks and fashionistas; well-heeled tourists sidle up to local characters. Stars of the big and small screen (hello, “Friday Night Lights”) hang out — and sometimes try to hide — here.

  • Photos: Jo’s rich pageant

    Downtown Jo’s Music | February 13 – 18


    Jo's 2/13

    Tues February 13 at 8 pm

    Blackwater Gospel

    Amy Cook 9 pm


    Thurs February 15 at 12:30 pm

    Alice Spencer

    and her Monkey Butlers


    Sun February 18 at 12:30 pm

    Andrew Nafziger Trio


    Jo’s Downtown

    242 W 2nd Street

    Austin, Texas



    Screenburn mixer at Jo’s Feb 22


    SXSW, Austin Community College (ACC), and the Digital Media Council present “Get into the Game”, an industry seminar and mixer on Thursday, February 22 from 7–9 pm at Jo’s Coffee, 242 West Second Street Austin, Texas.

    Mix it up with gaming industry mavens as they share their insights in to how to launch a gaming industry career.

    Rodney Gibbs, from Amaze Entertainment, will give a presentation along with other gaming industry wonks.

    And you can register to win a free 2007 sxsw interactive pass and attend this major blog/media fest in March.

    Downtown Jo’s has a state of the art video projector for events like these and encourages meetups and special interest groups to use their facility.


    Al Gore on the Grammys


    In a postscript to my armchair blow by blow of the grammys.  Al Gore was a presenter for the best rock album of the year.  Stadium Arcardium beat out Neil Young.

    It would have been the redeeming moment of the night had Gore given the grammy to Neil Young.

    Don Henley gave a shout out to the Dixie Chicks.  “nice going!”

    Grammys 49


    This years love fest of pop culture had the usual ups and downs, highs and lows.  I watching this years show from my palatial estate in Cedar Creek on TiVo.

    Here are some impressions I jotted down on my craplet sitting in the rocking chair.

    The Police are back and they belted out Roxanne, then it was mostly downhill except for the Dixie Chicks and the “who died last year segment”.

    The once shameful Chicks have gone from being scorned as unpatriot to singing their anti-war song in prime time on the big show.

    What’s with Justin Timberlake and the “Blair Witch” camera that he did a youtube video with during his performance of “What Goes Around Comes Around”?  Nice nose.

    Dylan edged out Neil Young for best solo performance in the night’s most tragic snub.

    Shakira shook those hips.

    “Gnarls Barkley” dresses as an airline pilot during his rendition of “Crazy”

    Ludacris gives special thanks to Oprah and Bill O’Reilly?

    Natalie Maines quotes the Simpsons bully upon winning best country album “ha ha!”  Maines, “a lot of people just turned their tvs off right now.  Continuing in the tradition of blurting out whatever’s on her mind, good for her!  Good for Austin!

    I didn’t like seeing Ray Benson take a back seat to Carrie Underwood in the Bob Wills.  One blogger said she should get the award for “pretend artist doing something classic to try and prove you’re legit . . . this would be a great time for Jesus to take the wheel and steer her out of here.”

    Ornette Coleman is still living.

    And finally there was James Brown dancing in the folks who died last year montage. 


    Austin International Rescheduled


    Organizers and city officials to bring the cycling event to Austin in 2008

    (Lebanon, NJ) January 19, 2007 — g4 Productions, with the support of the city of Austin, has announced that the Austin International cycling event originally slated for this June will be rescheduled for June 2008.

    “We have formed some fantastic partnerships in the Austin community and we will continue to work closely with the city, the Austin Sports Commission, our media partners and the Austin cycling community to make the 2008 race one of the best one day races in America,” said Robin Morton, partner, g4 Productions.

    Official race website

    World Class Cycling event comes to Austin


    New pro race for Armstrong’s hometown of Austin

    By Tim Maloney, European Editor

    Big time professional cycling for both men and women is coming to Austin, Texas, the hometown of seven time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong next June. The Austin International is a new race that has already earned a prestigious 1.1 UCI rating for its first edition. Executive Director of the Austin Sports Commission Matthew Payne declared “On behalf of the City of Austin, the Austin Sports Commission is very excited to welcome the Austin International in June 2007. It will be one of the first international sporting events ever hosted in Austin and will continue to distinguish our city as a true global destination. It will be a great new event for our corporate sponsors, the city of Austin and all of the avid cyclists that are proud to call Austin their home.”

    The 2007 Austin International, slated for June 17, 2007, will feature a pro men’s and women’s race and will be evaluated as a potential Women’s World Cup event for 2008.

    The Austin International is organized by g4 Productions, a highly experienced team of four women who were instrumental in the success of the USPRO Championships and Liberty Classic in Philadelphia, the inaugural edition of the Tour de Georgia among many other international cycling events in the USA.

    Moving on from their previous affiliation, the Austin International is the first major venture for g4 Productions. “We are very proud that the Austin International has received a 1.1 from the UCI. It is rare for a first year event to receive such a high ranking but we have put a lot of effort into the organization and planning of this race,” said Robin Morton, President of g4 Productions. “The course for the Austin International is very challenging and technical and should be very popular with the teams. Additionally, we are also very pleased that our race will be included in the new USA Cycling Professional Tour, immediately recognizing the Austin International as one of the premier cycling races in America.”

    USA Cycling welcomed g4′s Austin International to the growing list of world class American races that will make up their ambitious new USA Cycling Professional Tour in 2007. Steve Johnson, chief executive officer of USA Cycling stated that “USA Cycling is very excited about the commitment that Austin has made to support and showcase professional men’s and women’s racing. Austin has a great history of supporting world class bike racing and we are elated to see Austin back on the calendar. We trust and hope the Austin International will become a mainstay on the USA Cycling Professional Tour attracting some of the top teams and riders in the world. We are very hopeful that the women’s race will become one of the prestigious World Cup races in the very near future.”

    Local Austin International supporter Hill Able, owner of Austin’s Bicycle Sport Shop and President of mountain bike advocacy group International Mountain Bike Association stated that “Austin, Texas is a world class cycling city and the announcement of the Austin International race coming to town is solid confirmation of that fact. Austinites are some of the healthiest, most active people in the world and riding bicycles is a core part of their lifestyles. The race is sure to be a huge success and we look forward to hosting some of the best cyclists in the world next June.”

    from Cycling News article

    SXSW in high def


    For all you South by Southwest (SXSW) fans out there, DirecTV just did a deal to bring the music-design-tech event to TV, airing live March 15-17th. Press release…

    PRESS RELEASE — For two decades, the SXSW music
    festival in Austin, Texas has been the industry’s best kept secret for
    breaking new acts such as Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and James Blunt.
    That’s all about to change as DIRECTV, the nation’s leading satellite
    television service provider, teams up with music/entertainment guru Blaze
    TV to bring the nation’s biggest music showcase to national television for
    the first time in DIRECTV Presents SXSW Live. Exclusively on DIRECTV’s
    Channel 101 (The 101), the special will be broadcast live March 15-17 and
    feature unprecedented access with upfront performances and
    behind-the-scenes footage from the three day musical extravaganza.

    Birth of Coffee book signing


    The Birth of Coffee – presentation and book singing to benefit Friends of the Austin Public Library

    Date and Time: Wednesday February 21 – 7PM

    Location: 800 Guadalupe – Austin Public Library- Austin History Center

    Information: Seating is limited so please call 974-7400


    For more information on our project please see



    Daniel Lorenzetti & Linda Rice Lorenzetti

    The Birth Of Coffee Project

    512 585-0011


    Nicole makes mocha at downtown Jo’s


    Windows Media Video of Nicole at Downtown Jo’s making mocha –

    Jo’s Coffee South tour w Lisa and Tom


    Lisa and Tom take us on a video podcast walk through of Jo’s Coffee South.

    Jo’s Coffee Video Podcast Windows Media Version – download now

    Jo’s Coffee Video Podcast Mac Quicktime Version – download now (ipod ready)

    Tom, Jo’s Assistant Manager and fixit guy, shows us the equipment and processes that keep Jo’s running. He talks about the history of the place and gives us a tour around the outside.

    Lisa demos one of her favorite drinks. We also encounter Fritz, the Motorblade poster guy and one of the regulars who talks about the NASA astronaut space love triangle. It’s a fascinating look at the inner workings of South Congress epicenter of activity.

    Rose Makes a Mocha


    Rose of Jo’s Coffee South, Austin, TX shows us how the pros make a mocha.  It’s on an early Tuesday morning in Austin and it’s just before the big crowd shows up at Jo’s.

    Makin’ Mocha – the Ipod Version

    Makin’ Mocha with Rose – for Windows Media player

    A Café Mocha is a variant of a cafe latte. Like a latte it is typically one third espresso and two thirds steamed milk, but a shot of chocolate is added. Typically the chocolate is in the form of an Italian syrup, although less sophisticated vending systems use instant chocolate powder. Whipped cream, dustings of cocoa and marshmallows may also be added on top for flavour and decoration.

    This being an American invention, it is mostly unknown in Italy and other continental European countries. Mocha was originally a particular variety of coffee from Mocha, Yemen, made without cocoa, but which tasted as if it had cocoa in it, and modern usage usually refers to an imitation of it using other coffee varieties and cocoa.

    A variant is white café mocha, instead made with a shot of white chocolate.

    A term moccaccino is used in some regions of Europe and the Middle East to describe Café Latte with cocoa or chocolate.


    Carnaval Brasileiro Austin 2007


    OK. It’s here.  This year’s two hour Carnaval video.  Be the first to see it before it shows up on google video or youtube. 

    Yeah baby, take me there! 
    The Carnival 2007 Video!


    The following is an excerpt from what has to be the best Carnaval “fan site” we have seen, produced with much love by Dana…lots of great photos and personal stories…to see the whole thing, click here. But this sums up what this thing is all about. We couldn’t have said it better.

    “I heard a lot of stuff from folks this year about Carnaval and their reasons for not going, and it seemed to have a common theme of “fear of debauchery” or like this was some sort of giant ORGY or something where everyone is doing body shots and rolling about on the floor in a drunken or drug-filled haze. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH…I want to go on record saying that Carnaval is

    1. some of the safest, best fun I have all year
    2. one of the HEALTHIEST things I do for myself all year
    3. an opportunity to dance and laugh with some of the nicest total strangers I could ever hope to meet
    4. one of the biggest creative outlets I have on ALL KINDS of levels.

    So, basically, if you’re not going to Carnaval, I sure don’t know why. If you’re afraid to go alone, find a friend to go with. Heck, Mac showed up as a surprise totally by himself. Sondra, Lane and I gave him some beads and later he was spotted in a conga line, having a great time. You don’t need a costume, you don’t need to drink, you only need to come with an open mind and happy feet and a willingness to let your spirit soar for a few hours. You only have from 9pm until 2am, when they turn the lights on, so it’s this brief trip into another world. I guarantee you’ll leave there with a happy heart and enough stored up mojo to get you through another month or so of winter – maybe until the bluebonnets perk up. Personally, Carnaval juice carries me through all kinds of rough times all year long. I think I speak for my “posse” when I say they feel the same way.” This comes from Dana’s website linked above.

    Carnaval Brasileiro 2007.

    Goodbye Milly Ivins


    In Loving Memory of Molly Ivins, 1944-2007

    Syndicated political columnist Molly Ivins died of breast cancer Wednesday evening at her home in Austin. She was 62 years old, and had much, much more to give this world.

    She remained cheerful despite Texas politics. She emphasized the more hilarious aspects of both state and national government, and consequently never had to write fiction. She said, “Good thing we’ve still got politics—finest form of free entertainment ever invented.”

    from the Texas Observer obituary

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