National Drive Electric Week – Austin (2017)

Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 9AM – 1PM
Location: Sunset Valley Farmers Market (Tony Burger Center)
3200 Jones Rd
Austin, TX 78745
Registration: NDEW – Austin event page
Come meet EVs and their drivers! Requests to ride or drive vehicles welcome.
NOTE: The farmers market is located more exactly at intersection of Pillow Rd and Hwy 71.
  • Did you know that Austin has well over 400 charging ports for electric vehicles?
  • Did you know you can buy a tag from Austin Energy for $4.17 a month that will let you charge free at almost all of them?
  • Did you know that every EV comes with a charging cord that plugs into a regular 110V, three-prong outlet?

Come to our event and find out more about why electric vehicles make sense in Austin.

Register to attend and / or bring your own EV at the National Drive Electric Week – Austin event page.

Happy 4th!

If we can’t have fireworks, at least we can have yummy themed desserts! Made by carabou of course.

Red Velvet Trifle with Strawberries and Blueberries
Strawberry Charlotte from the Miette Cookbook
Strawberry Charlotte from the Miette Cookbook
Oh Noes! - Maine Seceded!
Oh Noes! - Maine Seceded!

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In his blog post, Money Can’t Buy You Love: Why Some Apps Work and Some Don’t, Om Malik not only talks about the mess that is the Color app, but he also manages to bring in the buzz books of the month, Gary Vaynerchuck’s The Thank You Economy
and Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.


I did it too! and I raised him an Om Malik… and you bet those are Amazon links!

Course Om also has some excellent points about what makes an app succeed in a highly subjective community and … people actually read his blog. [grin] Anyway – I have to say that I watched Gary V talk at SXSW about The Thank You Economy and it was inspiring. If you have a chance to listen to him talk live, jump on it!

Hoping the Drupal community really does wake up

I hope this bit of introspection from tsvenson over at (Wake up community – should scare you!) gets some traction. He makes some excellent points about how the experience is likely to scare away anybody but the most hardy self implementers. I believe that the system is worth the effort, but acknowledge that it does take a huge amount of effort to bridge the gap from considering an install and actually doing one. Drupal 7 has made some good improvements in being easier to use as a novice, but if people are scared away when they try to play with it… where are they going to go? (and yeah… my blog is … in wordpress…)

Electric commute

I was worried last night when the rain started to come down, but it let up and I was able to ride “Mine” our electric scooter in to the office again today. I’ve been really enjoying getting to ride in this past week. The weather has been beautiful. Finally, it is spring. Thanks go to Electric Ave Scooters for bringing this EMax scooter to the Austin market! The silver eMax looks right at home in the motorcycle parking area at UT.

smugmug and lightroom

Just a quick note that I’m REALLY liking the integration between smugmug and Adobe Lightroom 3.  You can see my smugmug stream at:

The only thing I’m looking for is the ability to sync photo metadata back from smugmug (since it offers the ability to allow others to tag, caption, etc)

On “protection” plans

For the first time in a long time I broke down and accepted the protection plan that big box offered me when I was checking out.  You know, “just pay an extra $15 and you will be able to exchange the thing you are buying at any time for any reason…”  I’ve always viewed these things as something that earns them extra cash while “covering” you with additional warranty service that is hard to use and inadequate when you do.

Well, I have to say … it actually seems to have been worth it on these $70 headphones I bought.  I thought to myself, “I always mangle my headphones.. what the hell, why not?!”

I bought the coverage and, so far, I’ve received 3 “free” new pairs of headphones to replace the ones that failed on me.  All I’ve had to pay is a few minutes in line at the Service Counter.  They’ve been pleasant and efficient and soon after walking in, I’ve been told to go select a new pair from the headphone display.  This last time, it is clear the manufacturer has redesigned the piece that has been failing… so maybe this set will last a bit longer. [grin]

So far… a good bet.