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Austinite

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Locality:

Christiana Mine, Kamariza Mines, Agios Konstantinos [St Constantine], Lavrion District Mines, Lavrion District, Attikí Prefecture, Greece

Field of View: 3 mm

Collection and photo Stephan Wolfsried

Austinite is a rare mineral in the oxidation zone of arsenic bearing base metal deposits, where it is found developed on the colloform (pertaining to the rounded, globular texture of mineral formed by colloidal precipitation) surface of limonite or lining small cavities. It is closely associated with adamite and appears to be a later mineral.

J2 VegasCon 2017 Gold Panel
  • Jared gets down on one knee and gestures to Jensen, introducing him onstage (Link)
  • Jensen is eating breakfast while Jared is talking about their juice cleanse. Jared: Juice cleanse was miserable. Says he just wanted to chew things and starts chewing his finger.
  • Jared: *drops mic* Jensen: For those of you playing the mic drop game, take a drink.
  • Jared did the mic drop after a fan told Jensen he was amazing last night :P
  • Jared talks about how Jensen was over at his house the other night and was singing Adele as a family friend played the piano.
  • Gen’s family has a baby grand piano that’s in their house. Jensen and the fam were at their place for the Super Bowl.
  • Jared says he has video of Jensen singing Adele.
  • Fan says she’s a Dean girl. Jared says that Dean girls are awesome and that he’s a Dean girl, too. Also, he can drink coffee while Jensen answers questions lol.
  • Jared: The SPNFamily has helped me understand we are all multifaceted people.
  • Jensen: It’s always hard to play for both of us when one of the brothers is changed. Always difficult adjusting to storylines where one of the brothers is down a dark path.
  • Jared says Sam is always changing like everyone is always changing.
  • Jared enjoyed writing all of the post-it notes in the last ep, like “lamp,” “another lamp” “coffee-no touchie!”
  • Jared told Jensen to “suck it” when the question was for him. Crowd *cheers* Jared: What happens in Vegas…
  • Someone asked about Austin. Jared gave Hula Hut an endorsement even though the food isn’t great at all lol. He says that Hula Hut’s atmosphere gave him the sense of people really loving a place. Recommends it to new Austinites.
  • If Jared could write a children’s book it would be about love and acceptance for yourself. If would be called WILFJ (What I Learned From Jensen) at Jensen’s prompting.
  • Jared says he would write a kid’s book because there are things he wishes he had learned sooner. Jensen: It’s titled, “Things I Learned From Jensen.”
  • Regarding Jared’s chapter in Fangasm’s new upcoming book: “I perform for a living. Nothing was as terrifying as writing a chapter of a book.”
  • At some point, Jared wraps his arm around Jensen while talking (link)
  • Jensen: No joke, we talked about naming the twins Law and Order lol.
  • Jared had suggested “Kindness Kim and Liberty Larry” for the twins.
  • Jensen: Those emotionally charged scenes are hard for us.
  • They are asked how they come down from emotional scenes. Jensen used to listen to music - he points to Jared - “I know you’ve done this.”
  • They’ve been doing this so long they don’t really have to do that anymore but Jensen sometimes gets home emotionally drained.
  • Jared talks about his experience working with Peter O’Toole and how he got worked up over nerves. Peter told him to “Leave Jared’s tears at home” and to save it for his character.
  • Jensen told Jared to pick a question asker. Then picked one for him and Jared went with it. ;P
  • The guy who was operating Larry, the mechanical bull in the last ep, was the guy who actually runs it there. Jensen rode that bull in fast motion and is still sore.
  • Jared was playing a table game last night and the girlfriend of the dude recognized Jared. Dude: “Do you have to cry?” Jared: “I cry all of the time.” “But you’re a big dude.” *mic drop*
  • Another: Jared was at blackjack yesterday with a guy. He mentioned he cries all of the time. The guy said, “But you’re a big dude.” Jared was like, yep! Men can cry, too, he was unapologetic about it.
  • Jensen said Jared wasn’t that big. Jared stepped directly in front of Jensen and lifted his chest and arms to cover him. Jensen, behind Jared, peeked out from underneath Jared’s raised arm by his side. Jared slaps his thigh/butt. (Video link: x) :D
  • Jensen talks about a bar in LA he went to when he first got there. Jared: Don’t look at me. Jensen: I know you’ve been here.
  • Fan says she loved Eric Brady. Jared starts freaking out: “OMG ME TOO!”
  • The boys joke around about a fan complimenting them. Jared says month fan discovered him was best of her life. Jensen says you don’t discover him, you just know who he is. Jared, after they’re done joking around: If you were to take what we say at panels and just wrote it down, we sound like such assholes.  
  • Jared says that Kevin Parks still mixes up their names. “He’ll call me Jensen. Kevin, you know more about SPN than anyone!”
  • Jensen: Crew still mix us up to this day. Jared: Twinsies!

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Seven reasons to visit Austin

Austin might be shifting shape from a laid-back, hippy town to a booming tech hub, but it still retains all of its character. Austin local Caitlin M. Ryan shares the best reasons to visit.


Hot sounds

When you’re officially known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, the bar is set high. You can catch scores of talented bands any day of the week here – even at the airport. Two-step to local, lauded honky tonk bands such as Mike and the Moonpies at The White Horse, or for a litany of indie rock try hip haunts Mohawk and Emo’s

Also, always pop your name into the digital draw to try and win tickets to live tapings of the Austin City Limits TV show; it’s featured the likes of the late, great Johnny Cash and Etta James, plus current big-hitters Radiohead.


A frenzy of festivals

Photo by Andy Forde 

Beyond the dive bars, black box theatres and music halls is a roster of now-iconic music festivals. Austin City Limits Festival, held in leafy Zilker Park across the first two weekends in October, is always a magnet for international heavyweight talent. In March, the world’s creative elite congregate for SXSW, a heady fusion of talks and performance spanning film, music and digital innovation. If camping’s your thing, make for Old Settler’s or Euphoria where impromptu jam sessions reign supreme.


Great sports

Music might be what it’s famed for, but there’s a thriving sport culture in the heart of Texas too. Petrolheads must visit the state-of-the-art Circuit of The Americas™ track for adrenaline-fuelled competitions such as MotoGP and the United States Grand Prix. For a true Austin experience, join the crowds at a sporting event hosted at the University of Texas. The most buzzy atmosphere is found during the autumn’s football season. As the weather cools down, tailgate parties pop up, and Longhorn fans and students  dressed in the team’s burnt orange kit descend upon the stadium just north of the state capitol building.


Foodie heaven

Tex-Mex is, of course a must, and Matt’s El Rancho is one of the best joints to try it. But Austin’s culinary scene is about so much more than just tamales and tacos. Uchi serves top-notch sushi; ask the chef for their special recommendations. For the best meat this side of the Mississippi, join the snaking lines outside Franklin’s Barbecue. Tasting carts at Emmer & Rye are stacked high with gourmet bites, crafted from the best seasonal and local produce. Cap off the lot with a sweet something at mod bistro Launderette overseen by acclaimed pastry chef Laura Sawicki.


The great outdoors

To cut to the chase, Austinites are fit. There’s nothing they love more than hiking, biking, and rowing their way across the city. Zilker Park is the best patch for throwing down a picnic blanket and tossing a Frisbee with friends. Take a dip in Barton Springs, a refreshing spring-fed pool in the centre of the city, or catch some gnarly waves (albeit artificial ones), out of town at NLand Surf Park. You can choose from bay or reef swells, dependent on your skills.

Or, work off all that Tex-Mex with a jog around peaceful Lady Bird Lake, on summer nights at sunset you’ll find crowds at the Congress Avenue bridge – all gathered to watch the largest urban bat colony in North America take flight. Seeing some 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats spiral into the sky is quite something.


Bed down in style

Music lovers won’t find a cooler spot to snooze than the W Hotel in downtown’s 2ND Street District. It not only adjoins Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, but also draws a cool crowd to its vinyl-packed records room. If boutique hotels are more your cup of tea, check in to South Congress Hotel, which has a clutch of neighbourhood restaurants next door; sip on rainbow-coloured cold-press juices at Mañana then feast on Japanese grub at Otoko. A hotel to watch out for is the Fairmont Austin, which opens this autumn. At 1.4 million square feet, it will be the largest Fairmont hotel in the world.


Find your style

Photo by skeeze on Pixabay

The crowd here dresses snappily no matter what the season; locals are known for their bold sartorial statements and love of vintage threads. Find old-school stonewash Levi’s, leather vests, quirky boots and prairie dresses at Feather’s Boutique and Prototype Vintage Design. Over on the east side at Charm School Vintage stocks colourful, eclectic garb from the 1890s to 1990s.

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Words by Caitlin M. Ryan

Header Photo by KBaucherel on Pixabay

…some men are quite perturbed about a women-only screening of Wonder Woman at an Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in Austin, Texas….

One man was so angry about the screening that he wrote a letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. In addition to writing some — ahem — eyebrow-raising ideas about women and bringing up a 1966 mass shooting, the man threatened to not grace Austin with his presence.

This is the email that Adler received on May 26:

“I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement. Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are. Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women. If Austin does not host a men only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it’s deterioration. And I will not forget that Austin is best known for Charles Whitman. Does Austin stand for gender equality or for kissing up to women? Don’t bother to respond. I already know the answer. I do not hate women. I hate their rampant hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the ‘women’s movement.’ Women do not want gender equality; they want more for women. Don’t bother to respond because I am sure your cowardice will generate nothing worth reading.
"Richard A. Ameduri”


Today, Adler posted his response:

“Dear Mr. Ameduri,
"I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!

"Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.

"You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email. I trust the news that your email account has been hacked does not cause you undue alarm and wish you well in securing your account. And in the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.

"Yours sincerely,
"Steve Adler”

anonymous asked:

I live in Austin and literally every single person I know has met or seen Jared padalecki. Like this one time some person in my class was talking about supernatural and then everyone chimed in with "oh I see him all the time" "I once saw him at a barbecue place" "I've randomly ran into him like 3 times" and I feel like it's become a right of passage like you're not a really austinite unless you've ran into Jared padalecki somewhere

I’m laughing so hard

ok so at work I definitely have this reputation as being the hippie austinite vegetarian so I try to make little self-deprecating jokes as to not OSTRASIZE myself completely, but WITHOUT fail, I always make it worse.

for example today I said “yeah i use some bullshit vegan deodorant. It’s like basically just lemon juice.” And no one knew what to say, they just like nodded and laughed a teeny bit and internally I was like o fuck…. no one thinks im joking …..

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More crochetyknitter travels!

I had the chance to finally check out Gauge Knits (hehe check the gauge!) in Austin, TX last weekend. Such a lovely lys! AND they were hosting a Twisted Owl trunk show!

This place gets 5/5 yarn cakes from me. It’s the perfect lys! The store is bright and cozy with ample space for sitting and knitting with friends in the back. They were more than happy to let me teach some newbie friends how to knit in the back of the store for a solid hour.

The yarn selection is also great with a lot of cotton and even some acrylic options since Texas is hot, y'all. (The AC is always on at Gauge. Lol). There was also an ample sale section, but you don’t even need to bother since their pricing is great!

The wonderful ladies working there were the perfect mix of friendly, helpful, and relaxed. No pushy salespeople is exactly what makes a perfect lys perfect.

I ended up spending way too much money buying needles and yarn for my friends who are learning and presents for myself. I snagged some sale Berroco Karma to make myself a Dawning top, and the yarn goddesses even shone down upon me and the hanks I bought are the same dye lot as the leftovers I had from my first Dawning top!!! I also had to splurge on some Twisted Owl! I got myself two hanks of the DK weight squishy goodness in the Pirate Ship and Paisley colorways.

Ive decided that I like this lys better than Hill Country Weavers. What about you other Austinites?

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St John’s wort and lavender for Lynette, a lovely fellow Austinite relocated to PDX. So nice to see you again!

  • okay i have some more stuff sorted for the RT Fallout AU
  • Rooster Teeth is a large, well-established settlement in Austin
  • It was founded by several survivors (Burnie, Matt, Geoff, Joel and Gus) almost 13 years ago
  • Matt H. is the mayor, making sure no-one is shooting at each other and that everyone stays safe
  • Joel officially runs all the accounts and the economy of RT, but usually he’s off somewhere doing his own thing
  • Geoff is the owner and bartender of the Achievement Hunter, the local inn
  • Gus is a ghoul who was alive pre-war, and doesn’t know how he deals with these human idiots.
  • Burnie was the former mayor but left the post and Matt was elected after, but he still handles paperwork and helps him out
  • That is, he gives the paperwork to Gus and goes to chat with the people of RT
  • In turn, Gus offloads the paperwork to 
  • Joel, who tends to burn it and pretend he knew nothing about it
  • Ashley and Meg run the local newspaper ‘The Know’, keeping everyone in, well, the know
  • Griffon is the curator for the local art gallery, accepting new artwork form the public and is forever creating new pieces out of scavenged wood and her trusty chainsaw
  • Michael run the weapons and ammo stall in the market, specialising in flamethrowers, grenades and every kind of explosive you’ll ever need
  • Lindsay runs the stall with Michael, but she’s usually found petting and feeding any stray cats that may have wandered in
  • Tyler runs the Sportsball store in the market selling all kinds of memorabilia and good ol’ baseball bats (with barbed wire and nails as extras)
  • Jack works in the Achievement Hunter as well, handling all the room bookings and making sure bar brawls don’t break out
  • Chris and Aaron are the DJs for the RT Radio station, who tend to go off-track in their discussions
  • Ryan is the local doctor, forever making deadpan remarks about his patients
  • Gavin works in the science center but usually he abandons his experiments in favour of arguing about with Ryan about the probability of a pink Deathclaw existing
  • The coin debate went on for YEARS and Geoff will ban Gav from ever setting foot in his bar if he starts it again

computercock-deactivated2015122  asked:

can you recommend me some good vegan restaurants/food trucks in austin??

Yes!! I!! Can!!!
Food trucks: Arlo’s, The Vegan Yacht, Pitalicious (has vegan items)
Restaurants: Bouldin Creek Cafe (vegan/vegetarian), Counter Culture (all vegan), Sagra (has a vegan menu upon request), Koriente (almost every dish except the curries are vegan), Kerbey Lane (many vegan items)
Bakeries: Capital City Bakery, Sugar Circus, Red Rabbit Bakery, Wheatsville bakery (supplied by a lot of other vegan bakeries in town)
I’m missing so many but I’m sure other Austinite followers can add to it

Hi. I’m Spike. I’ve been living in Austin since 1991. Things have changed a whole lot here since I arrived. Currently it’s estimated that 110 people per day are moving here. To be clear– I begrudge no individual their desire and right to live in this town. Like so many other people, I came from somewhere else, too.

That said, I have been raising my volume rather exponentially to (try to) match the exponential bullshit that has come with too much change too fast. I’m hardly alone. It’s pretty impossible these days to have a conversation that doesn’t involve the hellish traffic situation and the explosive real estate market. The utter disregard for planning and infrastructure demonstrated by the greedy powers that be is the very definition of disheartening. The corporate tax breaks are disgusting, a disgustingness that is magnified by the growing tax burden of those of us just trying to survive. 

To wit– yesterday TCAD released their latest appraisals. My little East Side house– at least according to those assessor assholes– jumped $40,000 in value in the past year. I know I know– what a great FWP to have, to be sitting on a house that is suddenly, by my standards, worth a fucking fortune. But here’s the thing: like so many old Austinites, I am not driven by a desire to be wealthy. I came here on a whim and I stayed here because I found so many like-minded, huge-hearted, taco-fanatical badasses. This city existed far more on love than cash for a very long time.

People tell me to quit my bitching, change happens, be glad for what I have. You know what I say to that? Fuck You. Oops. Did I say that out loud? Yes yes, I know change happens. I’m not an idiot. But the change happening now is so hinged on greed, such a desire by financial fat cats who couldn’t care less about displacing those of us who truly consider this place home, not just some weekend adult playground. They are goose-slaying assholes who do not understand the golden eggs they so desire will no longer exist once they push out all those who made Austin such a desirable place just by being who they are.

I am being squeezed out of my home. It might take another five years or ten but the day is coming when I will be FORCED to sell. I have no idea where I’ll go. I will be so sad to leave this place that has been so good to me. But unless something changes radically– and it won’t– I’ll eventually turn over the keys to my beloved place to someone who thinks paying $6,000 a year in taxes is nothing. 

I know that wherever I wind up, I’ll be fine. It’ll take some adjusting, but I’ll figure it out. I am sad that my son, who grew up in this town, will never be able to afford to own even a tiny home here. And thinking about all this sad change, I decided to start yet another blog. I’m going to unroll it over the next few weeks. I’m going to take you on a tour of My Austin and show you all the places I’ve lived in my 24 years as an Austinite. I’m going to tell you (to the best of my memory) the rent I paid “back then.” And I’m going to show you what these places are currently valued at in this insane market. 

I’m still in the thinking stages of this project. I was going to announce it later but in light of TCAD’s Big Bullshit Reveal yesterday, I decided to let you all know now what’s up. I’m thinking I will probably just do a set number of posts– one or two about each place I lived. But if it turns out interest merits more than that, perhaps I’ll invite y’all to send in your pictures and stories.

I know that this little blog is not going to undo the insanity. I know I’m spitting in the wind. But what I want people to know is that this housing thing is about way more than money. We aren’t just losing our houses. We are losing our personal histories, the places we celebrated our milestones, the neighborhoods where we raised our families. We are being robbed. No amount of money can make up for that loss and that grief. 

I’ll post my first housing story soon. Meanwhile, thank you for tuning in. Oh, and that picture up above? That’s me standing in front of 502 Park Blvd in Hyde Park. It’s not the house I lived in there– that house was demolished last year (which you can read about here). It was replaced with this motherfucking monstrosity that went for nearly a million bucks recently. See what I mean? FUCKING INSANE. 

NOTE: I am asking you to consider supporting this blog. I want to emphasize that I have not created this space in an attempt to make money. And I’ll keep at it no matter if people kick in or not. However if I am going to expand it and include interviews with folks about their stories, that’s going to take some time, and I’d be grateful for a little help. A super easy, inexpensive way to contribute is to buy a bumper sticker. CLICK HERE TO BUY A BUMPER STICKER. There are other ways you can help, too, including buying my new book (May is Pay-What-You-Wish Month for an e-copy) or becoming an ongoing sponsor via Patreon. CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT THESE OTHER OPTIONS.