Archive for the ‘Metroblogging’ Category

New Look and Features

All of the Metroblogging cities have moved to an entirely new system as of yesterday. We’re still working out the kinks, so bear with us if you encounter any strangeness. In addition to the new look & feel and a new platform, we’ve got new features. More on those later. Until then, please let us know if you encounter any problems.

And don’t forget about the meetup this coming Sunday at 5pm at Rio Rita.

Metroblogging Meetup: SXSWi Edition

Metroblogging will have a meetup during SXSWi this year.

Here’s the details:

Where: Rio Rita – 1308 East Sixth Street 

When: Sunday, March 9th at 5pm

Authors from Austin and several of the other Metroblogging cities will be in attendance including Houston, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Hope to see you there.

Enkindle and Enlighten

kindle_metblog.jpgThe release of Amazon’s new e-book reader, Kindle, is creating quite a buzz in the tech industry. Any time a large player steps into a market that has had trouble in the past, it’s big news.

The Kindle includes a wireless capability and can download blog content in addition to books. You can see where I’m going with this…the Metroblogging family of blogs is one of many blogs available for subscription on Kindle, including this one.

Why pay for something that you can get free otherwise? I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t pay $400 for a book reader either.

Still it’s kinda cool.

Double sawbuck disappears

The $20 dollar project records what that sum of moolah will buy in Metblog cities around the world. What follows is a list of items on an actual sales slip from Saturday’s stocking-up expedition to H-E-B. The H. E. Butt Grocery Company, homegrown in Texas and over a century old, continues to hold its own against the real big guys, with its H-E-B stores and its Central Market stores. Long may it stay that way.

King Arthur unbleached flour, to begin holiday baking now that it’s cooler ($2.34)
El Galindo restaurant chips, unsalted, local brand, our personal favorites, although El Lago and the Whole Foods brands aren’t bad ($2.00)
El Galindo yellow corn tortillas, 10-count, local brand, nothing but yellow corn, water, and lime ($.84)
TV Notas, because I follow the telenovelas and because our favorite Adamari Lopez is on the cover ($2.95)
H-E-B regular eggnog, quart, first of the season ($1.99)
H-E-B fresh sausage, hot ($2.00)
H-E-B frozen baby lima beans; H-E-B Fordhook limas also available ($1.34)
Falfurrias butter, 1 pound, for baking and eating; a Texas brand ($2.44)
spicy Texas slaw, H-E-B made; what used to be called “Spanish cole slaw” and just as good as Luby’s or the Frisco’s ($1.94)
small limes, 8, for margaritas ($1.00)

That’s not quite $20; using pencil and paper, I make it out to be $1.16 short. We do pay sales tax here, though. The list is fairly representative of some of what anybody might head for H-E-B to buy. Also on the sales slip, although not listed above (and taking total purchases well over $20) is a whole lot of H-E-B natural chicken (reported to be Buddy’s Natural in disguise, packaged for H-E-B). The quantity isn’t on the sales slip and it’s unknown, because it’s all been cooked and a lot of it’s been eaten since then and there’s no packaging left. As people who enjoy a classic margarita, straight up, not on the rocks or frozen, we follow the lime index quite closely. At its worst, it has stood at 3 limes for a dollar; at its best, a dollar may be exchanged for a dozen limes.

Fresh vegetables were already in stock, from the South Austin farmers’ market and from Wheatsville. So were eggs from Del Valle, courtesy of the Farm to Market Grocery on South Congress. In looking over the register slip, I was surprised to find how many H-E-B house brands and other local and semi-local items we buy. And those chips? They go with Pace Picante Sauce, Jaime’s Spanish Village Restaurant Hot Tomatillo Jalapeno Garlic Sauce, and homemade pico de gallo. These purchases were made a day before the initial posting about the $20 project and two days before I heard about it and so were not in any way, form, shape, or manner influenced by it. A bonus is that on the back of the register slip is a coupon for Sazon (buy one entree and two drinks, receive the second entree at half price). And that’s why I still have the slip in my possession and therefore was able to recount what became of twenty bucks.

Islamabad Metblog Coverage of Lal Masjid

The Islamabad Metblog has been doing amazing coverage of the Lal Masjid siege in their city. This has implications for us and for the rest of the world as Pakistan is a major battleground between moderates and extremists. The comment threads are particularly interesting to those of us not from that part of the world.

Metroblogging Meetup: SXSW Edition

After much debate and wringing of hands, we’re going to have a meetup on Monday night. As many people have pointed out, plans tend to fall apart during SXSW so we’re going with the flow.

Let’s meet at Nuclear Taco Night in Brush Square Park (Neches between 4th and 5th) at 6pm. If it’s crowded, we can move on. If we feel the need to move for no reason at all, we can move somewhere else. There’s a party at Sidebar for Lifehacker only a few blocks away. The EFF-Austin Steampunk party is at Scholz’s, several blocks (13) to the north. There’s a Mozilla/Democracy Player party in Brush Square Park as well. There’s a Creative Commons party. We’ll find something to do.

I’ll be wearing a bright red Metroblogging shirt and I’m 6’5″. I should be easy to spot. I’ll be running around SXSWi all day Monday, so grab me.

We’ll stay at least until 6:30 before moving on, so don’t be late. If you think you’ll show, e-mail me at my gmail account, my username is my first initial and last name (take that, you dirty spambots). I’ve got the same username on Dodgeball and Twitter. I’ll check in with both when we move on.

An Austinite in Seattle

Longtime Austinite, MMTyler, has just moved to Seattle–not because she wanted to leave Austin but because an opportunity that could not be denied presented itself. With her usual dogged determination to sniff out a good story whatever the circumstances, she signed up with Metroblogging Seattle. I look forward to her reports from the western frontier because there are times when I’ve considered moving to Seattle (typically in August after 30 days of 100+ degree weather).

In the comments to her first post, other displaced Austinites bemoaned the dearth of breakfast tacos in Seattle. They were longing for Las Manitas.

Reminder: Metblog Meetup – Tonight – 6-8pm – Gingerman

We’re gonna go ahead and have the meetup tonight at the Gingerman. I don’t know about you, but I need to get out of the house. Of course, if you don’t feel like braving the elements, we’ll understand. Come on out and show us your smiling faces and red noses. If you haven’t started to dig your car out yet, you might want to get on it. It took me 20 or 30 minutes to dig out of the ice on our two cars.

Meetup – Gingerman – Wednesday 6-8pm

This is pretty short notice, but some of us Metbloggers will be at the Gingerman this Wednesday 6-8pm for a little meetup in meatspace, if you will. Please do come and join us. I know there are at least a few of you out there as the delurking thread has dragged some of you out into the light of day.

I’m assuming that this weather crisis will have passed by then, so we’re proceeding as planned. Incidentally, if we can have some more mass weather hysteria that allows me to drive home unobstructed during the evening rush hour, I’m completely in favor of it. Everyone stay home. It’s *really* dangerous out there. The really amusing part will be when everyone ignores the warnings tomorrow and it really is dangerous.

I’ll be the tall dude with bad facial hair wearing a Communist Party shirt, so I should be easy to spot.

National Delurking Week: Olly Olly Oxen Free

It’s National Delurking Week.

Following the lead from some of the other Metroblogging cities, we’re asking you to step out of the shadows and participate, not just read. Share whatever you like in the comment thread but maybe answer one of these questions:

  • Do you live in Austin?
  • If yes, what neighborhood?
  • If no, where do you live?
  • Are you from Austin originally?
  • What is your relationship with Austin? (e.g. you have a child living here)

Me, I live here. I’m just across I-35 from St. Ed’s (kinda near Mabel Davis Park). I’ve been there for 8.5 years. I’m not from Austin originally, but I’ve lived here since 1989 (with a two year sabbatical in NYC).

Now you.

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