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.

…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


#justbecause #damnitman #thanks @mizz_tam_k — #HomeTownIssues #ATX #AUSTINITE @lightskinkeisha

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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?


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

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.


A fun introduction to our new webseries: Austin While Black.

About 75,000 people attend ACL a day, so it shouldn’t be hard to meet black people in 30 minutes, right?

For the first time in a month my little polka dot gym bag is tagging along to work with me which means I’M GOING BACK TO CROSSFIT TODAY. I seriously have butterflies like it’s my first day all over again!

I was too tired to function last night from the travel so when I got home I showered, ate dinner, was in and out of sleep and read an entire book I downloaded for free( “Bridesmaid Lotto”)off iBooks. It was good obviously but clearly a published fanfic. I know a thing or 22 about fanfics myself.

Can’t believe it’s Friday Eve already! So excited for the weekend to already be here to relax and get things in order for an epic month of May. Speaking of May, I’m so thankful it’s a new month, a re start with CrossFit, and the start of the Whole Life Challenge this weekend. It’s going to be the start of a great summer!

I leave you with a fun fact: I got these boots for 10 dollars at Charlotte Russe in Texas. They are now my summer boots which I plan to pair with dresses and shorts like an Austinite.

Another fun fact: Leann and I really think Kevin should open up a food truck in Austin. A business we could take on the road to Kansas, Texas and Georgia it sounds like a win-win-win to me!