Austin Texas folks SXSW panel proposals


If I missed you, it wasn’t intentional!  Add your panel in the comments if you’re from Austin, Texas

Longhorns Fan Day – football and volleyball


The UT football team and UT Women’s volleyball team showed up for “fan appreciation day” at the University of Texas Greogory Gym, on Sat, Aug 22, 2009. AustinBlogger Paul Terry Walhus meets up with Mack Brown and talks to some nice fans from Waco while waiting in line with 2,000 plus other fans. Part 5 of a 5 part video.


Paul Terry Walhus meets Mack Brown, UT football coach

door64.com party at Austin 360 Condos


Door64 had a party at Austin 360 Condos on Thursday, August 20.  It was packed.  It was a $10 cover and 2 drink tickets in a gorgeous setting on the 9th floor where the pool and observation deck are located.  Since it was a hot, steamy Austin night and there was a “no drinks” sign at the entrance to the pool, most people crowded into the long, narrow inside space where it was cool.  It’s quite the luxury condo, with a mini movie theater at one end of the space and a bar at the other end.  Matt Genovese, how did you swing such a cool venue? By the way, you don’t need pronounce the e at the end of Matt’s last name.

We weren’t able to interview much because of the noise level, so it’s mostly just pictures of people at the event.  Maybe you can spot yourself if you were there. It was a great networking event, I ran in to Heather Havenwood, who did my SXSW interviews, and Meg Strout who was acompanied by a power auto seller Aaron Smith with Motorphilia, and Conversion Scientist Brian Massey to name a few.   I told Meg to check out Aardvark, because she asked me what was hot right now and I just had a foray in to this new “ask your social network” app yesterday. 

You can also see this video on Metacafe, Blip.tv and Veoh and I encourage you to rate it up and review it if you like it.  And if you’re in the video, drop me a note and I’ll include you in the blog post, (note at how many minutes in to the video you appear).

Watch Door64.com – Austin, TX (austinblogger.com video) in News Online | View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

Conjunctured First Anniversary Party Video


Conjunctured Co-Working, 1309 E 7th Street, Austin, TX celebrated their first anniversary with a party on Saturday, August 14, 2009. This is the video taken by @springnet at the party, it’s about 38 minutes long and their are shorter versions available on youtube, metacafe, etc.

You can also see this full video on MySpace, Metacafe, Blip.tv and Veoh

Or you can see shorter episodes at YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh

TechCrunch.com party at Pangea rocks Austin tech scene


TechCrunch rocked the high style Pangea Lounge in Austin’s trendy 4th Street District on Sept 25, 2008 with a roomful of startups, entrepreneurs and VCs. Kimberlie Dykeman did about 20 interviews, and these are a few of the first to be released. More will be released later.

Interviewees included Troy from PeoplePad.com, Brad from DadLabs.com, Dewey from Mingll.com, Mark Spilotro with iknoware.com, Erick Schonfeld and Heather Harde with TechCrunch.com, Randy Cohen with ticketcity.com, Joshua Baer with otherinbox.com, Jay Hallberg with SpiceWorks.com, Samantha Nebrick with YellowPages.com, Dee Dee Dial with BazaarVoice.com and more.

The video is also appearing at these video sites: MySpace, Metacafe, Blip.tv, Stupid Videos and Sclipo. On itunes, subscribe to austinblogger to get the video on your Apple TV, ipod, or Itunes player.

Here’s the DadLabs video from the TechCrunch party:

And here’s our video which is on austinblogger on itunes:

Casey Mckinnon, Veronica Belmont, Leah Culver rock sxsw


The hottest women in tech perform as a rock band at SXSW 2008.

Online Videos by Veoh.com

Players are Veronica Belmont of Tekzilla, Bonny Pierzina, Leah Culver of Pownce, and Casey Mckinnon of Galacticast.

AustinCast named “one of 13 Important Austin Technology blogs” by Mashable


“Laid back”. That’s how Mashable top dog Pete Cashmore described Austin, Texas in an interview with AustinLifestyles at the Summermash party at Buffalo Billiards in the heart of Austin’s 6th Street live music district.  Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins of Mashable described Austin as “comfortable and intimate, you had no problems striking up a conversation.” 

Mashable put together a list of Austin’s most important technology blogs and AustinCast.com – sister site of AustinLifestyles.com – wound up on that list in some pretty great company.

Here’s the list with a few excerpts from the blog entry at Mashable:

  1. Austin 3.0 – A website designed to give the “younger Austin Geek a place to see what is going on in Austin.”
  2. Austin Startup – Austin Startup is simply a news site that chronicles the goings ons and creation of new tech sector business in the Austin area.
  3. AustinCast – This site is a frequently updated hub for video and audio interviews of local area movers and shakers in the technology scene. He’s published over 100 video interviews with the likes of Veronica Belmont, Pete Cashmore, Zadi Diaz, Cali Lewis, Lindsay Campbell, and Leah Culver as well as a number of local heroes to the Austin scene.
  4. Austin360 – This is the official New Media offering from Austin’s reigning Old Media institution, the Austin-American Statesman.
  5. GeekAustin – Probably one of Austin’s oldest tech blogs, LinearB’ and Orion have been chronicling the gaming, business and tech communities of Austin since 2000.
  6. Michelle’s Blog - . . . she’s a very active leader and figurehead to the new, young Austin Tech community, and has her hands in just about everything.  Her personal blog reflects all the myriad of ventures she’s involved in there.
  7. Josh Dilworth – Josh is over at PR group Porter Novelli, based in their Austin office. Amongst all his many work related projects like SXSW, he has quite visible presence amongst those in the online Semantic and AI community as well as an avid participant in a number of widely used social media tools. I was recently a guest on a podcast of his, Falken’s Maze.
  8. John Erik Metcalf - John Erik Metcalf is a major figure in the Austin scene as well, as he’s a co-founder in one of the town’s two co-working spaces: Conjunctured
  9. Social Media Club Austin – The site describes itself as “part think tank, part curiosity, all new media” and is a repository for all that is going on in the “business networking event” scene for the Austin area.
  10. Some Assembly Required – a self-described “business development and networking blog” authored by Thom Singer.
  11. The Jeff Beckham Weblog – Jeff is an Austin area blogger who focuses his posts on the evolution of media, specifically in relationship to how the Internet is forcing transformation on not just media industries but “the word itself.”
  12. Door64 Blog – The blog for Door64, the forum and community portal for the Austin-area tech community.

If you an Austin area blogger and want to be added to the OPML file email Mark at Mashable to be included in the next version of the list.

Download Now! (OPML) (import this into your favorite feed reader)


Austincast Hope Show (Sherry) sandwich


This is the interview within an interview… inside the interview I did with ijustine is this interview done by Sherry Smith of the Hope Show. A veritable AustinCast – Hope Show – Austincast sandwich.

sxsw del.icio.us network starting, join up!


Were you at SXSW and want to keep the experience going and stay in touch with others you met there? Here’s how! I put out a tweet to request that anyone in our “network” who has a del.icio.us account and is willing to share their del.icio.us “name,” to please send it my way and I will compile the list. This way, we can add each other to our del.icio.us networks. One of the drawbacks of all these social networking sites, is the separate interfaces, usernames and such. We are all hoping for the ultimate Mashup of social networking one day.

I’m very excited to get this ball rolling and even more excited to explore all the great bookmarks that our friends who are hot on sxsw are sharing. If you would like to be included, just post a comment here with your del.icio.us “name” and I will add you to our network or send a direct message to http://twitter.com/sxswtwit . Then, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to del.icio.us (sign up for an account if you don’t have one already)
  2. Click on Your Network (top left)
  3. On the right-hand side, in the text box, type in sxswtwit
  4. Click ADD
  5. Now sxswtwit will appear in your network beneath in blue
  6. Click on sxswtwit
  7. You are now in sxswtwit’s bookmarks, but there are none… BUT WAIT
  8. In the gray box at the top, it reads:

    All sxswtwit’s items (0)
    sxswtwit is in your network, view sxswtwit’s network

  9. Click on VIEW sxswtwit’s network

That’s where the magic happens. There you see all the bookmarks shared by everyone in the network, which can be a little messy OR you can look over at the right. There you can click on each member’s name and look at his/her individual bookmarks. You can even add each member to your own del.icio.us network. As more members join this sxswtwit del.icio.us network, you’ll see them added.

Right now, the only member is http://del.icio.us/springnet (me) but that will hopefully change soon. Join now!

Great idea you say? Well, all the credit goes to GeekyMomma who thought it up for her edtech network and the above is practically word for word from her blog post.

Add your name to the comments below and you’ll be good to go or just send a direct message to http://twitter.com/sxswtwit

sxsw video Zadi Diaz on drums at Cedar Street Courtyard


One of the brightest stars in tech podcasting, Zadi Diaz plays drums in a rock band competition at SXSW at the Cedar Street Courtyard on 4th Street in Austin, Texas.She was on the panel at SXSW called “Quit your day job and vblog” Watch Zadi Diaz play drums at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin here. Speakers on Zadi’s SXSW panel: Lindsay Campbell (wallstrip.com and http://moblogic.tv), Zadi Diaz (epicfu.com), Lisa Donovan (youtube.com/lisanova), Bre Pettis (imakethings.com), Tim Shey (nextnewnetworks.com)


pingbacks austincast.com/blog bastropbuilder.com/blog compuslides.com/blog gameslides.com/blog magickpapers.com/blog shopslides.com/blog touroftexas.com/blog spring.net/blog socobuzz.com/blog web2.0slides.com/blog webgirlvillage.com/blog wholetech.com/blog wmeyers.com/blog

Thanks to Lindsay Campbell for including me in moblogic.tv


new streaming lifecast on justin.tv/austintexas


Watch austintexas live video and chat on Justin.tv

We’re live streaming with a show on justin.tv/austintexas now.

We’re working with Redbud Sports in Austin, Texas and the plans are to bring you many athletes and sports events around Austin. Also, you can see our feed at austincast.com

John Edwards lands at Austin liberal oasis


Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards rolled in to Scholz Garden, in the shadow of the State Capital, on a hot, blistering 90 plus degree day in downtown Austin, Texas.  Youthful looking, expressive, he gave a clean, crisp speech opposing the war and full of ideals about ending hunger and illiteracy around the world.  He’s determined to bring America back.  And he mentioned that Bush was the only world leader not to commit to cutting back on global warming at last weeks European summit. 

Edwards said, “Here’s an idea. Suppose instead of America spending $500 billion in Iraq, America led an international effort to make primary school education available to 100 million children in the world who have no education whatsoever.” [Applause]

Scholz Garden is a populist playground, a favorite place for liberal politicians like Hightower, like it says in this Austin Chronicle article:

“That’s how Billy Lee Brammer sets the scene in The Gay Place, his true-fiction account of Texas politics and the boozy courtin’ and lawmakin’ that went on under the trees at Scholz Garten (now casually renamed “Garden”) in the Fifties. It was the one place in town where an under-21 Eddie Wilson could score a beer without getting hassled. Scholz was destined for the ever-after indeed. The German-owned gathering place on San Jacinto was the watering hole of choice for every liberal politician, writer, musician, and artist in town.”

I had the chicken fried chicken with a potato double play: German potatoes and fries.  I got close enough to Edwards to get some real good snapshots which you can see here (feel free to reproduce on your blog or website with attribution):

http://austincast.com/album/edwards (click “slide show” to see them all quickly).  While you view them you might want to play the “rough transcription” of the speech done by News 8 Austin.


“most popular person on twitter” – Slate


Holy cow!  I just got this “direct [twitter] message”: jeffb @springnet: You get a shout-out in this Slate story: http://www.slate.com/id/2163861?nav=tap3  Austin, TX

“According to tracking site Twitterholic, the top 10 twitterers have thousands of people following them—a literal cult of personality. Paul Terry Walhus, a gray-haired Austin coffee-shop blogger who has 8,789 friends and 1,722 followers, is currently the most popular person on the site. His latest tweet: “5:33 am cst L:78704 starting work week … full plate today … toast, mango yogurt and coffee w half and half.”

I’m floored!  Thanks for the shout out Slate!  What can I say?  I guess I’m going to have to dig deep and come up with some incredible blog entries now.


twitter twittering sxsw on techmeme

Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:

The Evolution of Blogging, Cat Version  —  So blogging has evolved once more, and the talk of the town – or at least the talk of Austin, Texas during the SXSW Conference – is Twitter, that increasingly popular text messaging/blogging service from the makers of Odeo.


Bren / Slacker Manager:

The Several Habits of Wildly Successful Twitter Users  —  Twitter is a deceptively simple utility.  That said, Twitter isn’t for everyone.  In fact it’s probably not even for half of everyone.  But for those that have the patience to find their personal sweet spot, Twitter can be quite good indeed.

Discussion: One By One Media and digg

Chris Brogan / lifehack.org:

5 Ways to Use Twitter for Good  —  I’m a big fan of Twitter, and have been using it heavily since the outset.  For those of you not yet using it, Twitter is a communications gateway that asks the question: “What are you doing now?”  Users can answer and hear their friends’ answers via SMS, via IM, or on a webpage.

Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield’s Weblog:

Twitter Tips the Tuna  —  On Wednesday, Twitter tipped the tuna.  By that I mean it started peaking.  Adoption amongst the people I know seemed to double immediately, an apparent tipping point.  It hasn’t jumped the shark, and probably won’t until Steven Colbert covers this messaging of the mundane.

Acarvin / Andy Carvin’s Waste of Bandwidth:
Can Twitter Save Lives?

SXSW Baby!


Yahoo! BarTab: Monday, March 12, 6:30–9:30 pm at Light Bar. The big ‘hoo! and what seems like every little company they ever acquired are throwing a bash at the fresh newish club at Congress and Fourth, featuring an open bar, munchies and music by The Little Ones. “After we reach capacity,” they say, “admittance will be determined by Feats of Strength.” We’re pretty sure that’s the name of Andy Baio’s band. Why you’ll wanna go: Ask anyone who was at last year’s Yahoo! party that busted the seams of Iron Cactus. This’ll be the talk of Tuesday. Also, if you’ve written something that uses tags, you might leave with a check.

from SXSW Baby!.

SXSW day parties


Do you want the inside track on parties at SXSW.  “Corky” has the scoop in the following link followed by a brief blurb:

Corcoran in Austin 360

WED: Day | Night THU: Day | Night FRI: Day | Night SAT: Day | Night

It used to be the mantra of the first morning at South by Southwest: “Where are all the cool parties?” Everybody would hit town knowing of one or two soirees where the free booze flowed and the gratis chow was spread out on tables, but they’d have to ask around to get a more complete picture.

Nowadays, the party scene is revealed more than a month before the first Shiner Bock is cracked — and then overrated — by an out-of-towner. Internet sites such as showlistaustin.com, donewaiting.com and austinist.com collect party info and spread the news, giving readers weeks to get in good with the party hosts, to get that all-important invite.

Here are some of the things we’ve culled from those sites and brooklynvegan.com. Many are free and open to the public:

SXSW day parties.


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 myspace.com/joshotcoffee 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

    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.


    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 http://www.g4events.com/

    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

    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 www.birthofcoffee.com



    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

    Lance Armstrong visits fans before final Tour de France


    Video by Paul Walhus

     Lance does a question and answer session with Austin Texas fans before heading off to the final bike race of his career, a bid to win his 7th Tour de France in a row. The setting was Lance’s new health club.

    Leighton Hodges Halloween party video


    Every Halloween Leighton Hodges hosts the ultimate Halloween party.  Video by yours truly.  – ptw

    Amy Cook Music Video featured on famecast


    Amy Cook’s new album, which will be officially released on February 16th, is featured on the Famecast “Show the World Your Talent” website.  User comments on Famecast included “dreamy and beautiful”, “breathtaking video”, fabulous photography work, “marfa-lous song and video” and “good luck with the contest” Amy currently has 23 votes and, if you’re a fan, you may want to go there and cast your vote for Amy.

    View the Contest Stage for the Artist, Amy Cook, on FameCast.com:


     Before you vote, you’ll need to register as a “Famecast Fanatic”


    When you register there’s an option to “invite your friends”.


    Jo’s Coffee rolls out blog at joscoffee.com/blog



    Jo’s Coffee has a new blog (4 days old) and they’re getting ready to host a series of great films, geek user group meetings, music events and other smokin’ events. They’ve equipped their coffeehouse with a high definition video / svga projector and surround sound system.

    Jo’s Downtown will be rolling out it’s first film event Monday night, January 8th. Jo’s Downtown is located at 242 West Second Street, within a stone’s throw of the new rusty City Hall. Parking is free and plentiful in the City Hall garage. This the Future Film Forum Film Cluster‘s first showing at Jo’s Coffee on the new high definition video system. The Future Forum Film Cluster meets the first Monday of the month to watch and discuss a film. Films they have watched and discussed in the past include: Last Days of the San Jose, Born Into Brothels, Crash, Jarhead, Goodnight and Goodluck, and others. For more information, to suggest a film, or to be added to the Film Cluster list, please email Taline at Taline@austin.rr.com Shown in picture below:

    shown below: Dan Rather, Laureate Ahmed Zewail, Turk Pipkin and Laureate Steve Weinberg

    Here’s a snippet from the Austin Chronicle on the film that will be shown. You can get the rest of the review at Austin Chronicle Screens.

    If all you want is spin, you can get it six ways from Sunday on any subject, any day of the week. Op-ed columnists, administration apologists, bloggers, PR flacks, chat-show talking heads – they’re part of the army of agenda-pushers out there generating more spin than a platoon of whirling dervishes. But where can you go to hear straight talk on the state of the world today and, perhaps more significantly, the world our children will inherit?

    As Austin writer/actor/filmmaker Turk Pipkin was pondering that question a few years back, he happened upon his then-preteen daughter Katie having a conversation with Steven Weinberg, the Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist. “She was probably about 10 years old at the time,” he recalls. “They met at a party and started talking about Texas fossils, and Katie was able to date these fossils, and they started talking about geology.”

    From that discussion came the spark for Nobelity (www.nobelitythemovie.com, www.nobelity.org), Pipkin’s documentary featuring conversations with nine Nobel laureates about what’s in store for our planet over the next 50 years. The title, he says, springs from the idea that “they’re like our intellectual nobility.”

    If you’d like to learn more about The Nobelity Project and its educational web-site, or would like to support The Nobelity Project’s non-profit work to bring clean drinking water to the children of St. Joseph’s Mahiga Primary School in Kenya, visit Turk Pipkin’s www.nobelity.org It didn’t hit my top ten list for last year solely because it was a work in progress and Turk had more work to do upon it, but it was slight. The fact is – it is absolutely brilliant. Listening to these minds share their insight upon the problems facing everyone upon every bit of this planet and how to solve them is essentially just stunning. This is one of the absolute most important films of this year or any year. – Harry Knowles, AintItCool.com “This film could have a huge impact on the world.” – Ann Richards Technorati Profile

    Team Hotel San Jose’s Chris Brewer video podcast


    Watch the video podcast at http://touroftexas.com/podcasts/sjhcycle.mpg Chris Brewer, Discovery Channel “primary journalist”, does a video podcast on the outlook for this year’s Tour de France, the Discovery team with Ivan Basso, the Flying Forehead, and his Team Hotel San Jose. Barry Lee and Todd Reid head up Team San Jose. Today is Barry’s 42nd birthday and the team is showning pedaling off to South Austin for a 3 hour ride. “The Discovery team is looking great with Ivan Basso, says Chris. Lance is riding with the team and grooming Basso as his successor. We takea look at the Madone 5.9 SL with the Powercontrol V with “more information than a man needs to know”. We also talk with several other Team San Jose members, which numbers over 300 members. The interview takes place in front of Downtown Jo’s, which is the site of tonight’s moveon.org event and showing of “An Inconvenient Truth”. from http://teamhotelsanjose.com

    Team Hotel San Jose is a new kind of racing team and sports club, led by athletes who are dedicated to serving the community by working with disadvantaged and at-risk youth, developing the skills of beginning and intermediate cyclists, and cultivating the most incredible regional racing team you’ve ever seen. The core team members are a motivated group of professional and ex-professional cyclists, cycling enthusiasts, and triathletes, who ride with respect for all, regardless of experience. We welcome road cyclists and mountain bikers, runners and multi-sport athletes, men and women, and girls and boys.

    Thanksgiving podcast


    Our houseguests for the last week have been Bob Nagy and Karen Holcomb from Hot Springs, Arkansas and we have had many nights of music and storytelling and this is a podcast of one of those nights. It begins, appropriately, with Bob’s rendition of “Moscow Nights” on his new violin-like instrument.

    The Longhorns lost their second game in a row this weekend to the Aggies, so their potential national title has crumbled in to an invite to one of the lesser bowls, maybe they’ll play Arkansas.

    Texas Book Festival podcast and videos


    In the coming weeks I’m going to be recapping my experiences at the Texas Book Festival. If you want a sneak preview, here are all my podcasts from that event. A note of warning, I haven’t compressed the videos yet and haven’t added intros to the podcasts. So they’re pretty raw. But I’m guessing you’ll still have fun listening and watching these. The numbers are the sizes in kilobytes (kb.)

    Barak Obama podcast 4,629,699 Senator Obama discusses his book The Audacity of Hope Oct 28, 2006 10 – 11:30 am
    Chinese economy podcast 742,784 In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship with Reed Hundt Oct 28, 2006 11 – 11:45 am
    Evan Smith award podcast 3,092,257 Bookend Award Ceremony honoring Louis Sachar & Texas Monthly Magazine  Oct 28, 2006 10 – 11:30 am
    John Burnett NPR podcast 2,551,240 Uncivilized Beasts & Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent Oct 29, 2006 3 – 4 pm
    Matthew Dowd – the lesser known Architect podcast 7,473,022 Raging Moderates: Political Complexity in America with Rod Dreher, Matthew J. Dowd, and Ronald B. Rapoport Oct 29, 2006
    Maureen Dowd podcast 9,067,400 State of the Union: Politics in America Matthew J. Dowd, Maureen Dowd, Nicholas Lemann, Victor Navansky Oct 28, 2006 3:30 – 4:30 pm
    Maureen Dowd and Gore Vidal podcast 1,643,213 Gore Vidal in Conversation with Maureen Dowd, Moderator: Evan Smith of the Texas Monthly. Oct 29 2 – 3 pm at the Paramount Theater on Congress Ave in Austin, TX
    Texas Beat generation podcast 1,894,607 The Ransom Center & TBF present: The Beats. Rob Johnson, Bill Morgan.  Moderator: Lee Moore
    Texas Book Fair podcast 2,029,474
    Texas Monthly 1 podcast 10,772,897
    Texas Monthly 2 podcast 10,763,075
    Texas Monthly 4 podcast 2,036,137
    The Architect Karl Rove podcast 5,686,857 Advice and Consent: Presidential Advisors Sidney Blumenthal, Clark Kent Ervin, Bill Minutaglio, James Moore, Wayne Slater (Bush’s Brain) Moderator: Paul Stekler.  Oct 28, 2006 3:30 – 4 pm
    waiting in line for Barak tickets podcast 8,259,485

    video podcasts:
    Barak crowd 1 video 209,698,816
    Barak crowd 2 video 111,747,072
    Barak crowd 3 video 8,026,112
    Barak crowd 4 video 25,217,024
    Barak crowd 5 video 9,746,432
    Barak crowd 6 video 80,220,160
    Barak crowd 7 video 27,512,832
    Barak crowd 8 video 26,361,856
    Barak crowd 9 video 12,605,440
    Barak Obama intro video 245,194,752
    Barak Obama speaks video 12,611,584
    CSPAN video 64,761,856 – Paul Terry Walhus gets interviewed by CSPANN. 
    Matthew Dowd video 94,126,080
    Texas Book Awards video 50,999,296
    Texas Book Awards crowd video 10,323,968
    Texas Book Awards crowd video 19,486,720
    Texas Book Awards crowd video 25,800,704
    Texas Book Awards crowd video 5,736,448
    Texas Book Awards crowd video 29,224,960
    Texas Monthly Awards video 144,375,808

    The Beats in South Texas


    Podcast about The Ransom Center & Texas Book Festival Present: The Beats, Sun. 1:30-2:30, Capitol Extension Room E2.016:

    Rob Johnson, author of The Lost Years of William S. Burroughs: Beats in South Texas and Bill Morgan, author of I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg discuss beat identity and explore new facets to these authors’ lives that they’ve uncovered during their research.

    This 15 minute podcast excerpt covers the most interesting parts of the panel.  The Texas Book Festival is a great event that is held every September in Austin, Texas.

    reviews of the Last Days of the San Jose


    Sergio Padilla in http://austinist.com :

    “Some of you who are new to Austin may not know of SoCo’s previous life as a drug and crime infested sector of the city. The Last Days of the San Jose chronicles the transformation of the little motel from prostitute and junkie hangout to chic and trendy boutique hotel. The renovation of the San Jose helped spark the revival of South Congress into the fashionable neighborhood it has become today.

    The movie will be showing tonight at the Alamo downtown. Afterwards we recommend heading over to the San Jose and having some drinks in their enjoyable outdoor patio.”

    From the Original Alamo website:

    Theater: Alamo Downtown

    (D. Liz Lambert, 2005)
    LAST DAYS OF THE SAN JOSE is a documentary about the San Jose Motel, a notoriously seedy joint on S. Congress Ave. in Austin, which Liz Lambert bought with the idea of tearing it down to build a cool boutique hotel. But it took her two years to get a bank to loan her the money, and in the meantime she decided to manage the old motel in order to make ends meet. She used a digital video camera to document many of the colorful characters and odd experiences she encountered during that time, which were cut into this documentary. If you have lived in Austin for many years, Last Days of the San Jose is a kind of loopy Valentine to the days when S. Congress was more disreputable, before anyone ever thought about using the abominably pretentious term “SoCo” to describe the area. (Jette, Celluloid Eyes)

    Read the full Celluloid Eyes review here.

    The Austin Chronicle Screens: SXSW Presents: ‘Last Days of the San José’


    Start your tivos . . .

    SXSW Presents

    ‘Last Days of the San José’

    KLRU, The Austin Chronicle, and South by Southwest have teamed up for SXSW Presents, an independent film series airing Tuesdays at 9pm on Channel 18 (Time Warner Cable Channel 9). Hosted and co-produced by SXSW Film Producer Matt Dentler, the third season of the series runs through January. This week’s installment is Liz Lambert’s Last Days of the San José. For more information, see the Austin Chronicle Screens, and www.klru.org or www.sxsw.com.

    Landis brings home the Yellow Jersey in the Tour de France


    The French rite of summer has just come to a close and the modest county, Mennonite kid from San Diego has brought home the gold, the yellow jersey.  Floyd Landis made the mostly ceremonial ride in to Paris today.

    There’s something to be said for a sports event that lasts for 23 days, like the European month long vacations. 

    from the very fine http://tdfblog.com

    Michael Rasmussen’s tremendous breakaway win to La Toussuire, overshadowed by Landis’s attack the following day, shot him to the lead, and the overall win, in the climber’s polka-dot jersey competition.

    Damiano Cunego, already a winner of the Giro d’Italia, takes the best young rider’s white jersey, just 38 seconds ahead of Marcus Fothen of Gerolsteiner. The pair were about 90 minutes ahead of the next competitor in the under-25 competition.

    Saunier Duval’s David de la Fuente, the climbing jersey leader until Rasmussen’s big day out front, takes the overall “most combative rider” prize.

    Landis took his final yellow jersey of the Tour with his daughter Ryan on the podium.

    Post-race interview with Frankie Andreu: Landis says, “Right now, I have no intention of switching teams.” Leaves a little wiggle room, but sounds like the iShares team (as Phonak will be called next year) has its Tour captain for 2007.

    Top 10:
    1) Thor Hushovd, Credit Agricole, Norway, in 3:56:52
    2) Robbie McEwen, Davitamon-Lotto, Australia, same time
    3) Stuart O’Grady, CSC, Australia, s.t.
    4) Erik Zabel, Milram, Germany, s.t.
    5) Luca Paolini, Liquigas, Italy, s.t.
    6) Samuel Dumoulin, AG2R, France, s.t.
    7) Bernhard Eisel, Française des Jeux, Austria, s.t.
    8) Anthony Geslin, Bouyges Telecom, France, s.t.
    9) Alessandro Ballan, Lampre, Italy, s.t.
    10) Peter Wrolich, Gerolsteiner, Austria, s.t.
    Stage results

    1) Floyd Landis, Phonak, USA, in 89:39:30
    2) Oscar Pereiro, Caisse d’Epargne, Spain, at :57
    3) Andreas Klöden, T-Mobile, Germany, at 1:29
    4) Carlos Sastre, CSC, Spain, at 3:13
    5) Cadel Evans, Davitamon-Lotto, Australia, at 5:08
    6) Denis Menchov, Rabobank, Russia, at 7:06
    7) Cyril Dessel, AG2R, France, at 8:41
    8) Christophe Moreau, AG2R, France, at 9:37
    9) Haimar Zubeldia, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Spain, at 12:05
    10) Michael Rogers, T-Mobile, Australia, at 15:07
    Final overall standings


    Lance Armstrong, Cat Osterman, Vince Young and McConaughey at the espy’s


    Vince Young and Cat Osterman: Big 12 Athletes of the Year

    Vince Young and Cat Osterman have been named the Big XII Players of the Year. Vince Young led his team to a last minute victory in the Rose Bowl and became the first person to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. Cat Osterman had a 38-4 record this season with a 0.42 ERA. She pitched 36 complete games with 28 shutouts, 5 no-hitters, 11 one-hitters, 12 two-hitters and also set a CWS record with 18 strikeouts in a single game.

    So it’s not too surprising that Cat and Vince were also nominated for the same award at the 2006 ESPYS. Cat won an award for best female college athlete, Young won for “championship performance” and UT’s victory over Southern California in the Rose Bowl was named best game.

    Lance Armstrong emceed the event and did a great job as a deadpan comedian, proving that Saturday Night Live wasn’t just a fluke.  He pointed out Austin’s Mathew McConaughey in the audience as the “sexiest man alive” and then chided the audience that you don’t all have to look at him, we know what he looks like, then he motioned to Gyllenhaal, the co-star of “Brokeback Mountain,” and said “Up here Jake, eyes front!”  Answering his own question “What am I doing here” he said he told the producers “Are you kidding, I would give my left ball” to do the gig.

    Lance Gets Bawdy at the ESPY Awards| Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Armstrong

    “Lance Armstrong raised eyebrows – and got laughs – as host of Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards, where he cracked crude jokes about new best friends Jake Gyllenhaal and Matthew McConaughey.” – People

    The actors, who’ve been photographed recently clad in Spandex and biking with Armstrong, were in the audience at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. Armstrong, in a reference to Gyllenhaal’s Brokeback Mountain role, asked why Gyllenhaal was sitting in the front when Armstrong thought he preferred to be “in the rear”. . . Of the theater, people.” – People

    Armstrong took a punch at the World Cup runner-up French Soccer team, saying “all their players tested positive … for being assholes.”  Part of the Lance Love Hate French thing.
    People: At the afterparty at the Mondrian Hotel’s Skybar, Armstrong, McConaughey and Gyllenhaal hung out with actors Cole Hauser and Matthew Perry, while Arizona Cardinals footballer Matt Leinart stuck with Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo. Other guests included Ashley Judd, Brandy, Venus and Serena Williams and Kiefer Sutherland.
    And there were the young Afghan girls who were honored by the ESPYs with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for defying Taliban authorities to play soccer.

    Here’s the link to the YouTube video of Lance at the Espy’s


    Tour de France alp d’Huez – the moment of truth has arrived


    Alp d’Huez – the first major climbs of the Tour de France
    picture left – “No dad, I beat you by 30 minutes on Alp D’Huez, not 20 minutes.” a tour watcher at TourWatch 2005 at Central Market.  You’ll see more of this little scene in the world premiere of our upcoming video podcast of TourWatch 2005 on July 30th.  We’re not at Central Market this year watching the Tour, but we have video of last year’s huge event that we’ll publish online.

    So today is Alp D’Huez and I’m watching on OLN.  This is Floyd Landis chance to put his stamp on the Tour de France.  But there are many challengers.  Usually, the Tour the winner of today’s stage goes on to win the Tour de France.

    perfect home office for tech company or web developer Austin TX


    cchome004.jpgHome/Office for rent in Cedar Creek, Texas  View pictures This is a gorgeous central Texas Cedar Creek (Bastrop) 4,500 sf home with a swimming pool, 9 bedrooms, 6 baths, and is surrounded by thousands of acres of open ranch land, fields and meadows.  Two large 18 x 32 conference / living rooms, one with a 24′ ceiling and lofts.  Surrounded by woods and year round creek.  Fiber optic t-1 internet available.  Ideal for dot com home business. Now listed for rent.  New!  See pictures.

    Bob Nagy, Karen Holcomb, Paul and Dot


    What is the future of podcasting? Why did Bob and Karen pull up stakes in Austin, Texas and move to Hot Springs, Arkansas? Why is John Cooksey rushing together an instructional video podcasting machine? And a lot of kitchen table talk on the eve of Thanksgiving.

    Hot Springs, Arkansas is a the site of the annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

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