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June 22, 2019

"Slacker" — (Saturday night* at the movies)

A day in the life of Austin, from the social misfit/outcast point of view.

Richard Linklater's 1991 low-key debut had an outsize impact.

Free, the way we like it.

*Depending on your time zone

June 22, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Apple Watch continues to impress

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After four years of saying "Who needs that?," I finally got one ($199 for a Series 3 on sale) last month, and after two months I'm liking it more every day.

My original purpose was to find a lighter, more compact, and easier-to-use-on-the-fly alternative to the sweaty-wristband-mounted iPod nano I've carried for listening to music while running for the last five or ten years.

The watch nailed it, after I figured out how to load just the songs I wanted.

Then the real fun started.


I began noodling around online to see what else the watch can do, and a whole universe of things opened up, including:

• the activity/fitness tracking function, which I thought dumb before I had it but now like a lot

• the myriad beautiful faces available, a couple of which are featured in this post

• Siri's surprising usefulness, accessible by just raising my wrist near my face

• the ease and elegance of setting and turning off alarms either verbally or mechanically

• the heart rate function, which is just plain fun, as I calm myself down and watch my rate drop into the 40s


Tons of other stuff as well.

June 22, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds

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Amy Christie Hunter, who takes landscape photos as a hobby, said her "jaw dropped" when she spotted the cloud formation above rolling over Smith Mountain near Roanoke, Virginia this past Tuesday.

She told Fox News that the moment happened so quickly, she barely had enough time to grab her phone to snap a picture.

She then posted the photo to Facebook, where it went viral.

The clouds that Hunter spotted are known as Kelvin-Helmholtz wave clouds, which the National Weather Service says are "vertical waves in the air associated with wind shear across statically-stable regions."

The clouds "can appear as breaking waves and as braided patterns in radar images and cloud photos," according to the NWS.

The waves in the cloud are also an indication of severe wind shear, according to the forecasters.

"An extremely rare phenomenon where a cloud produces a billowing wave pattern," the U.K.'s Met Office notes. "They occur when there is a strong vertical shear between two air streams causing winds to blow faster at the upper level than at the lower levels."

The clouds are more likely to appear on windy days and are often "good indicators" of possible aircraft turbulence.

June 22, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Clocked Optimism — Scott Amron

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Above, a 2007 piece of conceptual art from his endlessly inventive imagination.

"Optimism evaporates in perfect time under ideal conditions."

I couldn't have said it better.

So I didn't.

Below, the piece in situ.

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More (much) here.

June 22, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Universal TV remote turns them off up to 150 feet away


"Knopkus universal remote allows you to remotely turn off any television set within 150 feet and cut off that distracting flood of useless information."

"The remote can be attached to a keychain and is powered by two CR2032 batteries."


June 22, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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