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Remembering The King

Elvis Aaron Presley
January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

Elvis Aaron Presley

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture.

Enough said. For more interesting reading, check out the following from Google News:

Fans can’t help falling in love with Elvis Presley
Elvis and Lisa Marie sing online

Gone for 30 years, but the King still rules
Record Crowd Recalls Elvis 30 Years Gone
It’s Elvis’ Week, We’re Just Working in It

I Scream, You Scream

We all scream for ice cream!

Unfortunately, I’ll be working this Saturday, but I want all of my fellow ice cream aesthetes out there to enjoy The 1st Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival for me. Actually, it’s less than a desire and more of an order. Enjoy it!

1st Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival

The Perseids

Well, another year has come and gone, and I’ve essentially missed the excitement of the damn meteor shower…again. This year, however, I did make a point to take a late-night drive out east of town last night to see what I could find up in the heavens.

After several stops along a dark highway, trying not to look conspicuous while simultaneously blocking my eyes from the blinding assault of trucker headlights, I may have actually seen one shooting star soar across the sky above me.

Either that, or a random reflection in the lens of my glasses!

Martin1 | 2006 Perseid Meteor Shower

According to Science@NASA:

“It’s going to be a great show,” says Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. “The Moon is new on August 12th–which means no moonlight, dark skies and plenty of meteors.” How many? Cooke estimates one or two Perseids per minute at the shower’s peak.

Maybe my timing was just plain wrong, but I was disappointed nonetheless. Oh well, perhaps I’ll have better luck in mid-December when the Geminids peak.

Here are some other interesting links for your information:

Space News MSNBC Online

StarDate Online

International Meteor Organization

Happy Stargazing!

The Simpsons Movie

It’s finally here.
The movie event of the summer!

And to celebrate, I’ve been Simpsonized.
You can do it, too.

I've Been Simpsonized!  Have You?

OK, OK…so I gave myself a more athletic build. Sue me! This is the internet, and if I feel like portraying my inner studliness, who’s going to stop me? Especially if they’re going to force me to wear ten year old glasses frames and butcher poor Tahoe’s looks!

To maximize your movie-going experience, I highly recommend catching The Simpson’s Movie at The Alamo Drafthouse. Enjoy the film while dining on a Ribwich with Krusty Fries and a Buzz Cola, not to mention a pair of pink frosted donuts with sprinkles for dessert! Who has room for a Duff Beer or a Flaming Moe?

It’s Homer-ific!

The Gout

Yes, it’s attacked me again; only this time on my right foot. It’s not really as scary as this picture, but it sure hurts like hell!

the gout

Don’t Wake the Baby!

From my friends Greg and Blair in Dallas:

“Hello Friends,

Please don’t call or come by today. No ringy-dingy’s or ding-dong’s! And, I’m sorry about not being able to respond to emails…I don’t want to wake the baby.

don’t wake the baby

We’re sure you’ll understand!”

Keep Austin Weird

According to my favorite source of mostly accurate information:

“Keep Austin Weird is the slogan adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to promote small businesses in Austin, Texas. The phrase arose from an offhand remark by Red Wassenich (a librarian at Austin Community College) in a phone call to a local radio station. He and his wife, Karen Pavelka, placed the slogan on bumper stickers, distributing them free to businesses in Austin; it was later trademarked by Outhouse Designs and used to market T-shirts, hats, and mugs.

The slogan refers to the many small businesses in Austin, and that it is these businesses that give Austin its unique cultural identity. This slogan is trying to prevent a rapid increase of major corporations, which would create a large city vibe and make the city of Austin “normal”.

Austin’s message of support for local businesses has inspired similar movements in other cities, including Portland, Oregon; Tampa, Florida; Raleigh, North Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; Santa Cruz, California; and Boulder, Colorado.”

OK, enough history. How about a great way to celebrate your weirdness? Come on down to the 5th Annual Keep Austin Weird 5K and Festival being held today at Republic Square in downtown Austin.

Check out all the details here!

You can find even more weirdness at the official Keep Austin Weird web site.

Keep Austin Weird

There’s all kinds of fun stuff there, including where you can pick up a copy of “Keep Austin Weird: A Guide to the Odd Side of Town”. Check out the Map of Austin Weirdness and don’t forget to take the “Am I Weird?” test.

And, finally…Keep Austin Weird!