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17 Nov 14:03

Austin Huns to Scrimmage TRU DIII Champions 11/18

by Justin X. Hale

*FREE EVENT-3:30pm*

Join us this Saturday, November 18th at 3:30pm as the 2017 National Champions Austin Huns scrimmage the 2017 TRU DIII Champions San Marcos Greys!

*Post Match Pub Crawl*

Join us for some post match festivities as we bombard Lavaca St on S. Lamar & a few other pubs in walking distance. Here’s the pub crawl schedule:

The Park on S Lamar: 8p – 9p
Red’s Porch: 9:15 – 10:30p
Lavaca St S Lamar 10:45p – midnight

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17 Nov 14:03

Austin Huns Announce New Social Homelands

by Justin X. Hale

Austin, TX – Austin Huns Rugby Club is thrilled to announce a new partnership with The Wheel and Lavaca St Bar as the new Social Homelands of the club. This partnership comes months after the closing of Nasty’s Bar, Huns home for the last three decades.

“The reigning Division I USA Rugby National Champions need a new home, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the club,” said Max Moreland, Bar Owner. “This is a great partnership for the Huns,” said Demetrio Leyva, Director of Development. “Having a bar within miles of the pitch makes it a great location for post-training and post-match social gatherings.”

The Wheel
The Wheel is a friendly neighborhood bar catering to the East Austin neighborhood with a comfortable and inviting space where all are welcome. The Wheel offers a rotating selection of local and craft beers on their custom-made beer tower along with an innovative but unpretentious cocktail menu based on seasonal ingredients from local artisans.

Lavaca St.

One of the oldest Neighborhood Bars in the Warehouse District, Lavaca St. Bar has transformed into the quintessential Sports Bar in downtown Austin! Lavaca St. has three locations: Downtown, South Lamar, and Domain.

Scrimmage & Pub Crawl!
The Austin Huns plan to kickoff the new partnership with a pub crawl Saturday, November 18, following the scrimmage versus the 2017 TRU Division III Champions San Marcos Greys! The match is scheduled for 3:30pm at Huns Field and the Pub Crawl following the match. CLICK HERE FOR EVENT DETAILS

Directions to Huns Field

Follow the Huns on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@AustinHunsRugby) to get the latest news on the 2017 USA Rugby National Champions!

Justin X. Hale |
Demetrio Leyva |

Austin Huns vs San Marcos Grey
The Wheel
Lavaca St.

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17 Nov 14:03

Austin Huns WIN South Texas Rugby XV’s tournament

by Justin X. Hale

Three Cheers to Alamo City Rugby Football Club for hosting a great tournament today!

The Austin Huns competed in the South Texas Rugby XV’s tournament in San Antonio with a group of new and returning players. The Huns started the day strong, but finished even stronger! Huns went undefeated and won the championship, defeating the San Marcos Greys 15-5.

Come be a part of greatness. Join the Austin Huns Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm at Huns Field. New players are always welcomed!

#AustinHunsRugby #areyouHUNgry #SHARETHEWIN

Tournament Scores
15-5 vs Greys
36-19 vs McAllen
12-5 vs San Antonio

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17 Nov 14:02

Get a FREE POLO with Social Member Enrollment

by Justin X. Hale

Looking for a way to SUPPORT your Austin Huns Rugby Club off the pitch? Then become a Huns Social Member!

Receive an Exclusive Polo, get Free Parking to all Home Games, and much more!


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17 Nov 14:02


by Justin X. Hale


The wait is finally over! The Huns Rugby Shop is finally open for business. You can browse the shop here or Facebook (click shop) or the mobile-friendly website

Take a few minutes to check out the shop and let us know what your favorite items are, then buy one for you and a friend!

All products are created by Huns and produced locally here in City of Austinin an effort to support local business!

Thank you all for being members of the Huns Rugby Family.Visit the store today and show your support by buying some HUNS GEAR!


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17 Nov 14:02

Quinn Noel Memorial Match

by Justin King

The Inaugural Quinn Noel Memorial Match will be contested November 18th, 2017 in The Woodlands, TX between Texas Tech Rugby Football Club and the Woodlands Rugby Football Club (Men’s). The match kick off at Noon on the home pitch of WRFC, Alden Bridge Sports Park (4751 TX 242, The Woodlands, TX 77382). This will be a very special event to honor Quinn and will be the culmination of a plan that Quinn himself put in motion.

A few weeks before Quinn sadly passed, he called his old Woodlands Rugby (Youth) coach, Phil Beck, to float the idea of a friendly match between the two Clubs. Over the years, The Woodlands has been fortunate to send quite a few players to Tech and the fit just seemed natural. On the 18th, Quinn’s vision will become a reality and hopefully this game will grow into an annual fixture. Quinn would be thrilled!

For those that didn’t have the opportunity to know Quinn, here are a few thoughts from his former Youth coach, Phil Beck:

Quinn was quite a character. First off, he played hooker. For those familiar with Rugby, you might think of some huge person with no neck and broad shoulders; that was NOT Quinn! He was probably one of the smallest forwards on the field. But what he lacked in size, he made up for with his tenacity and passion! Quinn loved this game; you could see that by the way he played. No player was too big for him to knock down or run over and his passion and commitment were infectious, spreading into his fellow players. Quinn is a huge loss to many of us and I cannot think of a more fitting way to remember him than to contest this game in his honor. I am just glad I had the pleasure to know him. RIP Quinn.

Please come out and support both Clubs and help us honor the memory of a rugger gone too soon.

17 Nov 14:01

Up and down and in and out is all around.


Some people go for smoke breaks, I just stare at the wavegrower tumblr for five minutes at a time. Pair with Rafael Toral's Space Elements series for maximum meditation.

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17 Nov 13:57

Cards Against Humanity buys land on the US-Mexico border, hoping to thwart Trump's plans for a wall.

Cards Against Humanity buys land on the US-Mexico border, hoping to thwart Trump's plans for a wall.

↩︎ CNN

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17 Nov 13:55

KHOU Won’t Drop Anchor Again at Floody Allen Pkwy. Studios, Will Seek Higher Ground

by Dan Singer

Teevee station KHOU is giving up on its 3.2-acre bayou-side home on Allen Pkwy. after repeated flooding and will soon be listing it for sale, according to a staff member’s Facebook post. The organization did file a permit for $594,740 worth of restoration work after Harvey between August and October, and hired 2 services to help with the clean-up — including Lewisville-based MrRestore, pictured above outside the building on August 30. Before Harvey, the studio enjoyed a 16-year dry run bookended by waters from Tropical Storm Allison back in 2001. The 52,000-sq.-ft. studio, home to Channel 11 for 57 years, took on 5 ft. of water during the recent storm, forcing its staff to relocate broadcasting activity 3 times within the same day: first to a second floor conference room, then 2 blocks east on Allen Pkwy. to the Federal Reserve Bank, and finally to Houston Public Media’s office on Elgin St. just off I-45, where the news operation has now been headquartered for just over 2 months. That co-location wouldn’t be permanent, KHOU meteorologist Brooks Garner reported last month, although he indicated at that time that the station had not as yet decided whether to return home or seek a new venue. Photos tweeted out by KHOU reporters of their original home showed the building at 1945 Allen Pkwy. taking on water during the storm. Here’s what the lobby looked like:   The broadcast studio, less than a year old and still in use by anchor Len Cannon when water began to enter, was also destroyed — along with the newsroom and control room: It’s Official [Facebook] The building will be sold instead of being rebuilt [KHOU-TV Alumni] 5 feet of water inside [Facebook] KHOU working to get flooded studios back up and running [NewscastStudio] Houston CBS affiliate KHOU evacuates to building as floodwaters rise outside TV station [Houston Chronicle] See where commercial building permits have been filed in Houston for Harvey damage (updated) [HBJ] KHOU begins studio rebuild process [Mike McGuff] Photos: MrRestore (first), Grace White (second), Doug Delony (third) … Read More
17 Nov 13:46

Comment of the Day: Walking Is Not Native to Houston

by Swamplot

“. . . I do think Houstonians tend to really regard walkers as oddities of nature. Our climate doesn’t really foster a natural desire to walk outside so it is a strange sight to see someone actually — outside. Walking. As a native Houstonian, it has taken me decades to realize that walking along a bayou trail — and using relevant sidewalks to get to/from it — is actually quite nice. That being said, I’m more mindful of fellow pedestrians when I’m in my car. I yield for them not only out of lawful duty, general Southern courtesy, but also as a slight ‘Atta boy!’ for them actually walking.” [Wolf Brand Chili, commenting on Comment of the Day: Unlearning That Nasty Stopping for Pedestrians Habit] Illustration: Lulu … Read More
17 Nov 13:45

Houston Home Listing Photo of the Day: Where Westheimer

by Swamplot

33 Shady Ln. [HAR] … Read More
17 Nov 13:45

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Life Philosophy


Click here to go see the bonus panel!

I hope Heaven has a periscope to Hell, because humans are really only happy relative to other humans.

New comic!
Today's News:

Hey geeks-- if you're any kind of a wecomics fan, you're surely familiar with Kate Beaton. I consider her to be the highlight of my "generation" of cartoonists. A sister of hers is dealing with an aggressive form cancer and is getting to the point where few options remain, and what remains is liable to be quite expensive. They're running a fundraiser to make sure she can get the right treatment. Please give it a look if you have a moment.

17 Nov 13:41

Poop Tesseract

sleep is dumb

Tonight's comic pooped in the wrong box.

17 Nov 13:38

How to Make Friends

No, wait, come back! I want to be friends at you!
16 Nov 19:46

The Best Arkema Chemical Plant Explosion Cartoon Yet, Minus the Whole Toxic Cloud Scare Thing

by Swamplot

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s animated video (above) on the explosions at the Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby recounts the steps taken by the brave workers stuck in charge of the facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. But a few angles less charitable to the company’s emergency planning effort aren’t included — possibly because they’d be a little more involved to animate. For example, the noxious fumes that emanated from the first fire, on the night of August 31, which according to a lawsuit filed later Arkema gave no warning about — and sent 23 people to the hospital, many of them vomiting and gasping for cleaner air. And another detail: The remote detonations of 6 trailers containing unrefrigerated organic peroxides were carried out by the Houston Police Department’s bomb squad. “The entire police operation was conducted without warning the public,” write the Houston Chronicle‘s Matt Dempsey and Jacob Carpenter. “Until the documents were released earlier this month by the EPA, the public didn’t know who performed the controlled burn, or how it was done.” Dempsey and Carpenter report that government officials were particularly concerned that a tank containing isobutylene might fail when the organic peroxides were set on fire, triggering a chain reaction involving a separate sulfur dioxide tank and creating a “toxic cloud.” “Arkema’s risk-management plan said such a reaction could affect more than a million Houston-area residents,” they write. “The concern was so great that the bomb squad set fire to the remaining trailers farthest from the isobutylene first, just to be sure. The tank was not damaged and did not catch fire.” Arkema documents: Planning, mechanical failures led to Harvey chemical fires [Houston Chronicle] Previously on Swamplot: Something Powerful in the Crosby Air Video and photo: U.S. Chemical Safety Board … Read More
16 Nov 19:44

EPISODE 192: CatfishingRead the previous episode→

EPISODE 192: Catfishing

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16 Nov 14:00

The Great Heights–Buffalo Bayou Bike Trail Hookup Is Almost Ready

by Dan Singer

Construction is almost complete on a missing link between the bike paths lining Buffalo Bayou Park and the Heights Hike and Bike Trail, according to passer-by Christopher Andrews — who snapped the above photo from the southern span of the Main St. bridge, looking towards the back of the UH–Downtown campus. The purple curve just north of Allen’s Landing marked on the map below is the segment of the bayou trail that’s in the works. You can see where that portion will intersect the Heights trail, marked below in gray, after it crosses White Oak Bayou’s southerly meander to the east of UHD: A separate spur of the trail is also under construction north of the UHD campus, between the current Buffalo Bayou path and the intersection of Wood St. and N. Main. Once work is completed, hikers, bikers, and strollers will have a smooth route in place from the Heights to the pathways along Buffalo Bayou Park. White Oak Bayou Greenway [Houston Parks Board] Joint Project Connects Houston’s Popular Bike Trail System Near UHD [UHD News] New Project Closes Gaps In Houston’s Bike Trail System [Houston Public Media] Images: Christopher Andrews (photo), Bayou Greenways 2020 (map) … Read More
16 Nov 13:58

The Longest Car Wash in the World, Just Off the Katy Freeway

by Dan Singer

It’s official: the 255-ft.-long drive-thru car wash at Buc-ee’s’s new Katy location off I-10 at Cane Island Pkwy. now qualifies as the longest in the world, according to Guinness World Records. Traversing the tunnel takes cars about 5 minutes, during which time in-wash light effects entertain. Don’t have a dirty car of your own in Katy? There are videos. Not in the record books: the more than 120 gas pumps and the 56,000-sq.-ft. store, fully stocked with Beaver Nuggets, also at 27700 Katy Fwy. An onsite backup generator is wired up to the building and the car wash. Buc-ee’s to earn Guinness World Record for longest car wash [HBJ] Buc-ee’s to open world’s longest car wash in Katy [Community Impact] Videos: marshw13 (top); Scott Machala (bottom). Photo: Buc-ee’s … Read More
16 Nov 13:56

Comment of the Day: The Real Reason Why Buffalo Bayou Smells and Looks the Way It Does

by Swamplot

“If Buffalo Bayou stunk so much, then no one would have built a bunch of expensive homes all along it (west of downtown). Most of the Houston area’s waste water effluent flows into the Bayou east of downtown anyways. The Clinton/69th plant (the largest in the city) is just east of downtown, and the Sims and Braes plants don’t enter until well past downtown. With that said, I don’t think the treatment plants are the big contributors to the overall unpleasantness of the Buffalo Bayou water (flood events not withstanding). Most of the effluent (when the plants are properly operating) is nearly clear and usually only has an ‘earthy’ odor to it if any at all. I think the big issue with the bayou’s water quality is the regular runoff and trash that flows into it and eventually lines the shores of it all along downtown.” [nmj, commenting on The North Canal, a New Downtown Island, and Other Secret Plans for Downtown Houston’s Future] Photo: Swamplot inbox … Read More
16 Nov 13:54

Sugar Land Home Listing Photo of the Day: The Sit Down

by Dan Singer

1460 Lake Pointe Pkwy. [HAR] … Read More
16 Nov 13:54

Umbrellas: The More You Know

by Mary Kelly

history of umbrella cover

A History of the Umbrella

Back in 2009 when we started this little dog and pony show, a few of the titles got lost in the shuffle between migrations and our own incompetence. This title has been on my “lost/broken” list for a while and now I am happy to re-post with new and better pictures.

This title is not necessarily awful for some libraries and probably would work in a deep collection on fashion accessories or design. Holly and I included it here because we always get a few laughs from titles that are so specific or on an esoteric subject. In my near 20 years in library service, I can confidently say that I have never had anyone ask for material about umbrellas. (They did ask if the library had umbrellas to lend.)


inside flap of the history of the umbrella


historical pictures of umbrellas and fashion

fashion umbrella

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16 Nov 13:52

Simpler Times

by Reza

16 Nov 13:50


by dorrismccomics

16 Nov 13:50

SCARY GO ROUND for November 16th 2017

15 Nov 14:16

The Documents Behind Trump’s Texas Border Wall Plans

by Melissa del Bosque
A segment of levee wall completed in 2011.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/FOIA request

Last week the Observer revealed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers documents that show where the Trump administration plans to build 33 miles of border wall in South Texas. Churches, cemeteries, hundreds of homeowners, retirees at an RV park and three wildlife areas are all in the crosshairs.

Now, the Observer is releasing additional documents, obtained under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, that include timelines for construction, cost estimates and locations for border wall segments. In one email, Army Corps engineers and government officials discuss the construction of additional segments of border wall. In another document, U.S. Customs and Border Protection gives Corps engineers and private contractors a communication strategy to deal with the media and landowners: “Intense media scrutiny,” the document warns. “This is a controversial project generating great public interest. This is also a fast-paced program where unexpected developments can be expected.”

Strategic communication advisory for border wall construction:

A spreadsheet created by Corps engineers reveals a rating system the administration is using to rank the difficulty of building each segment, based on the topography and the legal difficulty of taking over the land. To read more about the implications of these documents, see last week’s article.

Database on status of various segments earmarked for construction in South Texas:

These FOIA documents were provided by the Sierra Club to the Observer, and to date give the most in-depth picture of where the Trump administration plans to build the president’s “big, beautiful wall.”

Cost estimates, timelines for construction on southern border:

Explore the remaining documents, which are searchable:

View/search document collection

The post The Documents Behind Trump’s Texas Border Wall Plans appeared first on The Texas Observer.

15 Nov 14:14

Comment of the Day: Unlearning That Nasty Stopping for Pedestrians Habit

by Swamplot

“I recently moved back to Houston after living in Colorado for a few years. I still find myself in the habit of coming to a complete stop any time that I see a pedestrian attempting to cross a street. In CO, it is state law to stop at any legal pedestrian crossing should someone be there. Many of those crossings have signage that illuminates when the pedestrian presses the button to cross. Some even illuminate the crosswalk itself á la Galleria crosswalks, but it’s expected that you stop whether those are in place or not. Also, most people there abide by the rule of allowing people to cross at major intersections (traffic lights) before passing through in their vehicles; this is something that my fellow Houstonians always honk at me for doing here.” [TD, commenting on Walk This Way] Photo: Kevin Trotman (license) … Read More
15 Nov 14:12

Masculine Scrapbooks

by Mary Kelly

scrapbook pages and ideas for men

All Men
Scrapbook Pages
Inventive Ideas for Masculine Layouts
Memory Makers

I am not a scrapbooker and my library experience has led me to conclude that many modern scrapbookers are just this side of crazy. But I digress.

This book is about creating masculine themed pages for your special man. Evidently you don’t want scrapbooks to be too “girly” for the guys. This book is just examples of real scrapbook theme ideas and sample pages. Don’t miss the “deconstruction” of masculine design (2nd picture below).

Is this worth hanging onto for a collection? Possibly. Remember, what is awful in one library could be great in another. For you folks looking for extra credit points, try this article on archival issues with historical scrapbooks from the National Museum of American History.




all men back cover

scrapbook pages design

masculine design scrapbooks

men at work

masculine design ideas

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15 Nov 14:07

Cast Rumpus Megabumpus!

sleep is dumb



15 Nov 14:07

SCARY GO ROUND for November 15th 2017

15 Nov 14:06

Temperature Preferences

There's a supposed Mark Twain quote, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." It isn't really by Mark Twain, but I don't know who said it—I just know they've never been to McMurdo Station.