Urban Co-Lab Holiday Party Monday, December 14, 2015 5:00pm 8:00pm – This was my second visit to the…

Urban Co-Lab Holiday Party

Monday, December 14, 2015 5:00pm 8:00pm – This was my second visit to the +Urban Co-Lab and it was just as much, or more, fun at the first time. It was their Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! I got to meet and mingle with their members, local businesses, and nonprofits in the area. Appetizers were provided by Emojiis Grilled Cheese. and there was an abundance of good wine, good craft beer, and deserts of all kinds. This is becoming my favorite coworking space in Austin.

Urban Co-Lab Holiday Party Monday, December 14, 2015 5:00pm 8:00pm – This was my second visit to the…

Urban Co-Lab Holiday Party

Monday, December 14, 2015 5:00pm 8:00pm – This was my second visit to the +Urban Co-Lab and it was just as much, or more, fun at the first time. It was their Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! I got to meet and mingle with their members, local businesses, and nonprofits in the area. Appetizers were provided by Emojiis Grilled Cheese. and there was an abundance of good wine, good craft beer, and deserts of all kinds. This is becoming my favorite coworking space in Austin.

Urban Co-Lab Holiday Party Monday, December 14, 2015 5:00pm 8:00pm – This was my second visit to the…

Urban Co-Lab Holiday Party

Monday, December 14, 2015 5:00pm 8:00pm – This was my second visit to the +Urban Co-Lab and it was just as much, or more, fun at the first time. It was their Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! I got to meet and mingle with their members, local businesses, and nonprofits in the area. Appetizers were provided by Emojiis Grilled Cheese. and there was an abundance of good wine, good craft beer, and deserts of all kinds. This is becoming my favorite coworking space in Austin.

My birthday Dec 2, 2014 when I turned 70. I just turned 71. There are lots of pictures here in my G+…

My birthday Dec 2, 2014 when I turned 70. I just turned 71. There are lots of pictures here in my G+ stream about my 71st birthday. Here I'm with Bubbly +Bob Nagy and Lonesome George Frimpter, blind man. We're hamming it up. George has some well managed ham gear. Bob is the bomb when it comes to ham radio, he's the Kriyananda of Austin ham radio.

Google makes these animations out of still photos. So when you put your camera in “burst” mode, they…

Google makes these animations out of still photos. So when you put your camera in "burst" mode, they have a much larger sample and, as a result, the video is much more fluid and flowing. Like in these photos from last night's +Drink and Click™ Austin, Texas Olympic Camera Event at Fado's Irish Pub in Austin's red hot Fourth Street District.

We had two really great models at the event. I don't have a name yet for this model but will post it here when I get it. So bookmark this post, share it, and come back to it for a refresh with the model's name and more photos from the event.

Please do this exercise along with me, it’s called the “I K’un King” and is the primary warm up exercise…

Please do this exercise along with me, it's called the "I K'un King" and is the primary warm up exercise for doing a set of t'ai chi. I learned it from Master Choy Kam Man at the Chinese YMCA in San Francisco, one of the greatest t'ai chi masters of all time.  Master Choys hands were soft like cotton from working out and he taught a generation how to feel ch'i energy.

Please do this exercise along with me, it’s called the “I K’un King” and is the primary warm up exer

With the biggest hurricane ever headed to Austin Saturday I doubt if we’ll see a tailgate scene like…

With the biggest hurricane ever headed to Austin Saturday I doubt if we'll see a tailgate scene like this at the K State game. So for you that will miss the tailgate, here's the last K State tailgate party I sent to in Austin. Have vicarious fun anyway! +Longhorn Startup +Texas Longhorns

With the biggest hurricane ever headed to Austin Saturday I doubt if we’ll see a tailgate scene like

A “story” of the Texas Book Festival Day 2. Google’s elves worked overtime all last night to create …

A "story" of the Texas Book Festival Day 2. Google's elves worked overtime all last night to create this "story" just for you.  Thanks Google elves, you've done it again.  I hope I don't get in trouble for the slave wages you're getting to make these wonderful "stories" and the sweat shop conditions you're working under.  Tell you what elves, take the day off!

A record 300 authors are coming to the 2015 Texas Book Festival, Oct. 17 and 18, the largest number …

A record 300 authors are coming to the 2015 Texas Book Festival, Oct. 17 and 18, the largest number in the 20-year history!

Nationally renowned authors include Margaret Atwood, Taye Diggs, Nick Flynn, Linda Gray, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Gary Hart, Luis Alberto Urrea, Margo Jefferson, Attica Locke, Marie Lu, Chuck Palahniuk, Tavi Gevinson, and Adrian Tomine.

Other headlining authors include Sandra Cisneros, Steve Inskeep, Azar Nafisi, Leonard Pitts, Jr., Mary Helen Specht, Jonathan Lethem, Lauren Groff, John Sununu, Scott Simon, and Robert Christgau.

Celebrating the Festival’s 20th anniversary and her third year as Festival literary director, Steph Opitz says it’s all been “an incredibly gratifying experience.”

“Over the years we’ve had fabulous big name-authors and we’ve had ‘trust-us-this-person/book-is going-to-be-huge’ overnight sensations. This year it’s going to be all that and some,” Opitz says. “If I wasn’t working this thing, I’d be sprinting from session to session trying to get at least a taste of all the magic happening in our Capitol that weekend.”

Standout themes this year include several books about music, poetry, graphic novels including several by women authors, and a strong showing of children’s and young adult authors.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival Oct. 17 and 18. The weekend kicks off with the First Edition Literary Gala, featuring Festival authors Margaret Atwood, Taye Diggs, and Scott Simon. The Gala is held at the Four Seasons, and only a few tickets are remaining. An after-party will also be held at the Four Seasons, to give more people the opportunity to mingle with authors and be part of the Gala festivities. Tickets to the after-party are $75 and are available for purchase here.

One of the nation’s premier literary events and longest-running book festivals in the country, the Festival continues to be free and open to the public thanks to sponsors and volunteers. In addition to the record number of authors, the Festival brings 40,000 attendees, live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, book signings and sales, and 100 exhibitors all in and around the State Capitol over two full days.

Engadget came to the Austin Music Hall on Friday Night 10/16/15 and showed off a couple of dozen exhibitors…

Engadget came to the Austin Music Hall on Friday Night 10/16/15 and showed off a couple of dozen exhibitors including "vapshot" (vaping alcohol), a sexy cooler/boombox combo, Chaotic Moon (thanks for the v neck t shirts), a new designer smartwatch, Fords new sync (thanks Ford for not letting me upgrade my 2014 F150 and making it so you have to buy a whole new pickup to get the new sync), and giving me an opportunity to talk to Conley Giles with Grohome (revolutionary new tiny house).  A good night but did not achieve the greatness engadget should be capable of reaching.

I made nearly all these Startup Week in Austin Crawl stops, except for +Square Root and +uShip. I made…

I made nearly all these Startup Week in Austin Crawl stops, except for +Square Root and +uShip. I made it to +Bigcommerce, +Broadleaf Commerce, +EyeQ Vision, +Indeed, +OutboundEngine, +Peddle (this name cracks me up, don't ask why), +TrendKite, and the two mega stops of +Atlassian (which I learned to pronounce finally) and +Capital Factory (which I learned to spell finally).