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A Mere Hint of Evidence was uploaded to Flickr

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Lower Yurtistan

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I took A Mere Hint of Evidence on July 21, 2014 at 12:00PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 04, 2014 at 12:37AM

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August 3rd, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Blow Your Own Horn Sometimes was uploaded to Flickr

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Lower Yurtistan

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I took Blow Your Own Horn Sometimes on July 21, 2014 at 11:58AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 04, 2014 at 12:19AM

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August 3rd, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Fanoenix by Debbie Mullins was uploaded to Flickr

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A bit of “found” art, rescued from beneath the ground.

Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone
Lens: Libatique 73
Film: Kodot XGrizzled
Flash: Off

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I took Fanoenix by Debbie Mullins on March 15, 2013 at 12:07PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 15, 2013 at 05:10PM

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March 16th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Sursum Vestri Culus – a rough sketch of the flag for Upper Yurtistan

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Sursum Vestri Culus – a rough sketch of the flag for Upper Yurtistan

The flag colors:

Upper Yurtistan

courtesy of the Minister of Color and Rhetoric

and the treaty establishing its boundaries:

Treaty of The Expansion of Upper Yurtistan

Treaty of The Expansion of Upper Yurtistan
Honoria with Her Adobe Bag
Honoria, Minister of Color and Rhetoric
Minister of Design and The Future, Blue
Minister of Design and The Future, Blue

Yurtistan Yellow
Yurtistan Yellow

Upper Yurtistan
Upper Yurtistan

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Update, added the whole SMS discussion of the proper phrase. You know, for posterity.

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February 21st, 2014 at 11:47 am

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Photo Republished at AT&T offers gigabit Internet discount in exchange for your Web history | Ars Technica

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Eyeing John Marshall Law School

My photo was used to illustrate this post

AT&T is watching you browse. AT&T’s “GigaPower” all-fiber network has launched in parts of Austin, Texas, with a price of $70 per month for download speeds of 300Mbps (which will be upgraded to a gigabit at no extra cost in 2014). The $70 price is only available if you agree to see targeted ads from AT&T and its partners, however. Interestingly, AT&T labels the Internet service with targeted ads as its “premier” service while calling the service without targeted ads “standard.”

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December 11th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Foreigner and Teenage Angst

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In Your Bubble Where Nothing Goes Wrong
In Your Bubble Where Nothing Goes Wrong

Andy Hinds review of Foreigner’s oeuvre made me chuckle.

Although punk rock’s furious revolution threatened to overthrow rock’s old guard in 1977, bands like Foreigner came along and proved that there was plenty of room in the marketplace for both the violent, upstart minimalism of punk and the airbrushed slickness of what would be called “arena rock.” Along with Boston, Journey, Heart, and others, Foreigner celebrated professionalism over raw emotion. And, looking back, it’s easy to see why they sold millions; not everyone in the world was pissed off, dissatisfied with the economy, or even necessarily looking for a change. In fact, for most suburban American teens, Foreigner’s immaculate rock sound was the perfect soundtrack for cruising through well-manicured neighborhoods in their Chevy Novas.

(click here to continue reading Foreigner – Foreigner : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic.)

I wouldn’t say that Battle Bend off of S. Congress in Austin was exactly well-manicured, it wasn’t really urban grit either. When I was a teenager living at 306 Sheraton Avenue, I had a copy of Foreigner’s Greatest Hits, on cassette tape. Amusingly enough, my friend and next door neighbor did have a car which might have been a Chevy Nova, or similar.


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June 6th, 2013 at 7:51 am

Flickr Favorites Uploaded in March 2013

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I processed and uploaded 113 photos in March, much less than February’s total. Probably my ear troubles ate into my productivity, but that’s just an excuse. 

Anyway via Flickr: Archive of your uploads to Flickr in March 2013 here are my 22 personal favorites created in March. Click image to embiggen.

Go Back To Where You Have Been Again
Go Back To Where You Have Been Again

Take What You Have Gathered From Coincidence
Take What You Have Gathered From Coincidence

Money Isn't The Only Answer
Money Isn’t The Only Answer

Devil's Paintbrush - Upper Yurtistan
Devil’s Paintbrush – Upper Yurtistan

Butterfly - Upper Yurtistan
Butterfly – Upper Yurtistan

Wine is Good For You
Wine is Good For You

Minister of Design and The Future, Blue
Minister of Design and The Future, Blue

Somebody Please Tell This Machine I'm Not A Machine
Somebody Please Tell This Machine I’m Not A Machine

Ready For Take Off
Ready For Take Off

Guardian of Marfa East
Guardian of Marfa East

Assembling Tian
Assembling Tian

Fanoenix by Debbie Mullins
Fanoenix by Debbie Mullins

Heracles Shoots the Sun
Heracles Shoots the Sun

Cold Was the Ground
Cold Was the Ground
I don’t love all of this photo, but I do like how the clouds were filtered.

Where The Air Is Fresh And Clean
Where The Air Is Fresh And Clean

George playing the piano
George playing the piano

Let True Love Win
Let True Love Win
Garfield Park Conservatory

Fulton Vortex
Fulton Vortex
West Loop weirdness

Not A Simple Binary Choice
Not A Simple Binary Choice
Loyola Campus

Off The Grid
Off The Grid
Lake Michigan beach in Wilmette, IL

Towers
Towers
Bahá’í Temple, Wilmette, IL

Eliyahu Was Thirsty
Eliyahu Was Thirsty
Hipstamatic closeup of Elijah’s cup, a few days after Passover

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April 13th, 2013 at 8:55 am

An All Too Brief Austin Sojourn

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My dad turned 70 last weekend on the Ides of March, so without much consideration, I flew down to visit and help celebrate the occasion. I had forgotten that Austin was currently hosting SXSW, but since mostly the plan was just to hang out with family, SXSW turned out not to matter. Travel was a bit more crowded than a normal flight to Austin, but my plane was only 1/3 filled with hipsters. Like the two girls in front of me, who consumed at least 10 drinks each in the 3 hour flight, and discussed, with ever increasing volume their plans. I was amused to hear one admit that she was just going to leave her suitcase in a friend’s car, and keep a change of clothes with her as she found an evening companion. More power to her, I was young once. Her friend never once put her iPhone down, not even during the sacrosanct take off and landing times. The frazzled flight attendant just ignored this transgression.

George playing the piano
George playing the piano

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March 22nd, 2013 at 9:18 am

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In New Austin, Accommodating the Broken Spoke Honkey-Tonk

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Vintage
Vintage

Same argument raged when I lived in Austin – does everything old have to vanish to focus on what’s new and sleek? Les Ami, Captain Quakenbush’s, and many, many other institutions of the Austin I grew up in are no more.

Old Austin clashes with New Austin nearly every day, causing much worry among the city’s natives: Will these new condos and luxury hotels rub out everything that makes their weird city great? Will the shows for hipster musicians dry up? Is $10 guacamole really worth it?…

A generation of Austinites has unsuccessfully battled against losing iconic institutions like the Armadillo World Headquarters, Liberty Lunch and Las Manitas — all razed to make way for New Austin. But one developer is trying to prove that the old and new can cohabit.

For the last eight months, the developer, Transwestern, has been overhauling a seven-acre plot in South Austin. The area is a mess: bulldozers and excavators sit among tall piles of dirt and rock; 20-foot-high concrete piers jut out of the ground; and a jagged eight-foot trench is framed by hundreds of feet of orange-and-white highway barriers lining the road’s shoulder.

At the center of this chaotic scene sits an old, squat red building, dwarfed by pipes and slabs, looking like the last proud holdout in a world gone mad. This is the Broken Spoke, and it is arguably the greatest honky-tonk of all time. The Spoke, which was built by James White in 1964, has hosted everyone from Bob Wills and Willie Nelson to an unknown George Strait. It attracts tourists from Japan and England and celebrities from Hollywood. They gawk and drink and dance at the most famous club in a city that bills itself as the Live Music Capital of the World.

(click here to continue reading In New Austin, Accommodating the Broken Spoke Honkey-Tonk – NYTimes.com.)

Waterloo Records
Waterloo Records

Of the places mentioned in this NYT article, I’ve been in the Broken Spoke, eaten eggs many times at Las Manitas, and where I first stayed in Austin1 was a scant two blocks from the Armadillo2, but by far the biggest loss to me was Liberty Lunch. I went to probably over 100 live music events there, from the time I was a snot-nosed 15 year old in the mosh pits, up until I moved away. I saw punk rock, heavy metal, reggae, acts like Thomas Mapfumo, Burning Spear, Sonic Youth, Bob Mould, Timbuk3, yadda yadda. I would have seen The Pogues, circa 1989, but I got too drunk and fell asleep on the Congress Avenue bus. J’Net Ward was some sort of business partner at the restaurant I worked at to put myself through school3, and I always remember her being an all-around cool person.  

Your So Happy (sic)
Your So Happy (sic)

Anyway, let’s hope the Broken Spoke doesn’t get plowed under too.

Willie Nelson Blvd
Willie Nelson Blvd

Footnotes:
  1. in the summer before my entire family moved to Austin []
  2. even though it was already shut down by then, about to be replaced by a corporate park []
  3. Magnolia Cafe South []

Written by Seth Anderson

January 13th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Secession Fever Hits Texas and Its Little pals

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 Dome of Texas Capitol Building - Ektachrome Holga

Dome of Texas Capitol Building – Ektachrome Holga

Texas, and other Republican strongholds like Alabama and Mississippi, et al, have a large number of secessionists, clamoring to leave the country instead of loving it. There is a black man and his family in the White House, and to these idiots that is reason enough to dissolve the country. Take their ball and poutily leave the playground, as it were. 

The joke in the rest of the country, oft repeated, is, hurry up and go! We don’t miss you already. As long as you leave Austin behind…

Few of the public calls for secession have addressed the messy details, like what would happen to the state’s many federal courthouses, prisons, military bases and parklands. No one has said what would become of Kevin Patteson, the director of the state’s Office of State-Federal Relations, and no one has asked the Texas residents who received tens of millions of dollars in federal aid after destructive wildfires last year for their thoughts on the subject.

But all the secession talk has intrigued liberals as well. Caleb M. of Austin started his own petition on the White House Web site. He asked the federal government to allow Austin to withdraw from Texas and remain part of the United States, “in the event that Texas is successful in the current bid to secede.” It had more than 8,000 signatures as of Friday.

(click here to continue reading With Stickers, a Petition and Even a Middle Name, Secession Fever Hits Texas – NYTimes.com.)

or at least treat Austin like East Berlin, and allow visitors.

Dana Milbank wrote recently:

And so a large number of patriotic Americans, mostly from states won by Mitt Romney last week, have petitioned the White House to let them secede. They should be careful about what they wish for. It would be excellent financial news for those of us left behind if Obama were to grant a number of the rebel states their wish “to withdraw from the United States and create (their) own NEW government” (the petitions emphasize “new” by capitalizing it).

Red states receive, on average, far more from the federal government in expenditures than they pay in taxes. The balance is the opposite in blue states. The secession petitions, therefore, give the opportunity to create what would be, in a fiscal sense, a far more perfect union.

Among those states with large numbers of petitioners asking out: Louisiana (more than 35,000 signatures at midday Thursday), which gets about $1.45 in federal largess for every $1 it pays in taxes; Alabama (more than 28,000 signatures), which takes $1.71 for every $1 it puts in; South Carolina (36,000), which takes $1.38 for its dollar; and Missouri (31,000), which takes $1.29 for its dollar.

Possibly, the new United States would need to negotiate certain protectorates in the Confederacy — Austin, New Orleans, South Florida and the like — the way the British did in Hong Kong. Then there is the awkward matter of what the breakaway nation would do to its poor.

But once the handout states left the union (and took with them a proportionate share of the federal debt), the rest of the country could enjoy lower taxes and the high level of government service typical of the Northeast, the Great Lakes and the West Coast.

There would also be nonfinancial benefits. Tampa’s Central Command, now caught up in the David Petraeus sex scandal, would be the new nation’s problem. And the exit of a number of Southern representatives from Congress would give Democrats a solid governing majority.

 

(click here to continue reading Secession push – chicagotribune.com.)

A small sampling of editorial cartoon responses:

Ben sargent Secession 121120
ben sargent Secession 121120

Secede panties n
secede-panties

Gop moving co
gop-moving-co.jpg

Secede crybaby kid
secede-crybaby-kid.jpg

Keith Knight  Colors Run
Keith Knight – Colors Run

Sourgrapistan
Sourgrapistan

Mike Lukovich Texas Secession
Mike_Lukovich_Texas_Secession

Angry White Manistan
Angry White Manistan.jpg

Roge121116
roge121116.gif

Can you detect a theme?

Written by Seth Anderson

November 25th, 2012 at 10:06 am

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John Kerry at Austin Bergstrom Airport was uploaded to Flickr

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John Kerry at Austin Bergstrom Airport

On his way to the Admiral Club

If I hadn’t been eating a big slice of pizza, would have tried to shake his hand, and say “I hope you become President Obama’s Secretary of State – you’ll be an excellent diplomat”, or words to that effect…
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John Kerry at Austin Bergstrom Airport was taken on November 02, 2012 at 04:02PM

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November 2nd, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Caution Very Steep Hill – Upper Yurtistan was uploaded to Flickr

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Caution Very Steep Hill - Upper Yurtistan

Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone
Lens: Watts
Film: Kodot XGrizzled
Flash: Off

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Caution Very Steep Hill – Upper Yurtistan was taken on November 02, 2012 at 09:17AM

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November 2nd, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Abraham Lincoln in person was uploaded to Flickr

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Abraham Lincoln in person

Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone
Lens: Watts
Film: BlacKeys SuperGrain
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Abraham Lincoln in person was taken on October 30, 2012 at 09:13PM

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November 1st, 2012 at 5:52 am

Vintage was uploaded to Flickr

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Vintage

Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone
Lens: Watts
Film: Blanko Noir
Flash: Off

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Vintage was taken on October 30, 2012 at 05:21PM

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November 1st, 2012 at 5:33 am

Lamar Street Bridge was uploaded to Flickr

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Lamar Street Bridge

Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone
Lens: Watts
Film: Blanko Noir
Flash: Off

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Lamar Street Bridge was taken on October 29, 2012 at 04:59PM

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October 31st, 2012 at 9:46 pm