Austin’s Very Own Episode 005 – We Get Our Nails Done

After Manicure

I went with Kim to get a pedicure and a manicure today. Having never gotten one, it seemed like the perfect chance for Content Creation. For your enjoyment, then: episode 005 of Kim and I’s podcast!

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Episode 127 – Puppet, Skinless Bodies, Rational Tools, Getting Sick of Ajax

Clown Cup

In this episode, we start out talking about Puppet (whose patron company, Reductive Labs is a RedMonk client). I then re-cap the Our Bodies exhibit Kim and saw, we move onto a short discussion of using Rational Tools from Charles’ consulting days (I’ll be at RSDC next week). We wrap up with Charles’ growing distaste for Ajax, but his lack of anything else to use.

Austin’s Very Own Episode 004 – Peeled Back Skin

Fiesta Dresses

Download the episode right here! Driving home after a visit to Our Bodies at the Witte in San Antonio, Kim and I re-cap our weekend:

  • Massage – including a lengthy discussion of what to do when you’re getting a massage, for newbies as it were.
  • Witte Museum – exhibits at San Antonio’s Witte Museum – like the Fiesta outfits above.
  • Our Bodies – the traveling exhibit at the Witte, that “check out the musles on that guy!” human body exhibit.

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Austin’s Very Own Episode 003 – Walking the Dogs

Walking the Dogs

Getting through the queue, we’ve got episode number three of Kim and I’s podcast, Austin’s Very Own. Download it right here.

We talk about Twitter bailing you out of jail, giving massages, and then I ask Kim about her observations of how I work at home – I pace around a lot. This calls up Kim asking me to tell her my thoughts of what she does at home during the day. Then, being on a dog walk, we talk about dogs.

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Austin’s Very Own Episode 002 – Dead Possums and Toilets

Fixin' the Toilet

Check out Kim and I’s podcast, Austin’s Very Own episode number two. It’s a bit old, but still fun times. Download it right here.

We talk about dead possums and birds and fixing the toilet. Yeah, it’s the nasty episodes!

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Episode 126 – Coding by Contract, Sessionful SMS, Fixing Windows

Micheladas at Arrandas

This week – download hereCharles and I start by talking about coding by contract. Then we move to the use of a persistent session with SMS systems like BrightKite (check out my BrightKite profile here) and how that might be, you know, something cool. Finally, we talk about what’s up with Windows and if Microsoft could pull an OS X with it, that is, start from scratch, more of less.

New Podcast – Austin’s Very Own, Episode #001

Kim and Nick Cage

My wife Kim quit her job a few weeks ago, so I got her to rev-up her online presence: Utterz and (most important) Twitter as @AustinsVeryOwn. As part of that, we started a new weekly podcast, sort of like our old one Austin Nag, but not focused on “tips for Michael.”

Here’s a direct download of the episode and here’s the feed if you want to subscribe in iTunes.

What do we talk about? Well, so far just what we’ve been up to over the past few weeks, including being in Las Vegas. Podcast Episode #121 – Co-working and ESBs

Phil's Bathroom Switch

In this episode, we start out talking about Coté’s desire to get an office or desk somewhere – maybe the co-working people in town will be something, maybe some ones else! Then we talk about ESBs – as Coté is going to MuleCon next week – and GameOn League’s own home-brew bus.

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SXSW Nite 3 – Cloud Cult Twice, and more Indie

Friday was full of Cloud Cult and back to white-people music from Thursday’s hip-hop-a-rama. Kim and I started out early going to the Soundcheck magazine party at Emo’s Annex (a party tent they throw-up in the parking lot across from Emo’s) and then moved onto The Red Eyed Fly for most of the evening.

Soundcheck Party

Soundcheck Magazine's 2nd Birthday Party Show

You can tell by the style of art in the poster that this show was, you know, cute-kid rock. You know what I mean. I have no problem with this, I like it plenty. Cloud Cult is still one of my favorite bands after seeing them at SXSW 2007.

Before we get to the music, let’s check out some of the Emo’s Annex scenery.

Dewar’s co-sponsored the party, so there were many little Dewar’s buttons laying around:

Dewar's Austin Buttons

To that end, there was a special on $2 Dewar’s and Reed’s Ginger. I tried one, and it was terrible. I love scotch and I like ginger beer, but the two together tasted of ass like other things-I-like-apart-but-not-together disasters like a peach cobbler mole enchilada.

Dewar's and Reed's Ginger - not good

But, let’s get the bands.

Le Loup

Earlier in the week over some coffee with Sean Carlson (what a nice guy!), we’d been joking about how many different types of “indie” there are now. You can pretty much come up with any cutesy white-guy adjective, slap it in front of “indie,” and get a genre. For example, as Sean and I joked, “banjo indie.”

Well, who knew it was so real:

Banjo Indie

To be fair, Le Loup only used the banjo once.

The lead singer of Le Loup was mega-enthusastic, hopin’ all around the stage. I must say, I welcome the “showmanship” angle to acts. Otherwise, why not just listen to your iPod?



Tragically, I don’t really remember the next act, the Evangelicals except that one of them wore a glittered up cape. Luckily, Kim had seen them the previous night at Mohawk. She says:

I liked them. The lead singer was so happy!

Fashion Interlude

Both Kim and I are collectors of weird fashion moments. The Soundcheck party offered plenty.

Case in point:

This on goes to @thinguy

Cloud Cult

Cloud Cult

As mentioned above, I enjoy Cloud Cult. While I don’t “have all their albums,” I’m a big fan of Happy Hippopotamus. This is all thanks to Kim.

Last year we saw them at SXSW and while I didn’t take an immediate shine to them, Kim did, and bought their albums. After a weird 3AM drive to New Braunfels with Happy Hippopotamus as the sound-track (a story for another time), I got to like them more. Now I listen to that album at least once a week, if not more.

The thing with Cloud Cult is that they’re – generally – mega-optimistic. They’re kind of like happy existentialists. As they say, “best learn to live while you’re alive.” You can almost see Camus motor-biking around that death-bend there.

Needless to say, their set was good. I even liked the songs from the new album they played, which is pretty rare. I’m the guy who likes to hear just “the old stuff.”

Last year, I didn’t remember them doing a painting on stage [Kim says they did, and had two painters, in fact], but that’s part of their schtick now. They have a painter who also does some back-up singing and horn blowing. He brought out a big white-washed canvas at the start, and ended up painting a bird:

Cloud Cult's Painting

Cloud Cult sells these off at the end of the show. I wonder how that works out for them.


The last act at Emo’s Annex was Why?. They were like cute white-guy rap. I expected the typical thing here: something like an Ewok coming out and sing “Got Your Money” in space blue-grass style.

They weren’t too bad, and, indeed, the crowd was getting into. I’m sure it’d be fun listening.

Interlude at the Driskell


The Soundcheck party over, we hustled up to my favorite 6th street spot, the Driskell bar. We were hungry, and though I usually get the burger at the Driskell bar, I wanted something else. Instead of one of the tasty burgers, we got fancy-pants nachos and a ceaser salad. The salad was great as it tasted of real anchovie paste, while the nachos were as a disappointing as fancy-pants nachos always are: too much lipstick, not enough pig.

Disappointing (and expensive) nachos aside, the drinks were great. I got the Driskell version of my new favorite drink, the Michelada. Most people still don’t make this drink quite right, but it was good enough. So far, Elsie’s and Jaime’s (both types!) have had the best ones, you know, excluding the ones I make at home ;>

Also, while we were sitting there, some folks came around and gave out free drinks of 10 Cane Rum and Coke – score!

Driskell Michelada

The Parish – Portastic & Wye Oak


After our dinner interlude, we headed to The Parish to see Mac McCaughan (under the name Portastic). Kim tells me Mac is some sort of indie super-God, coming from Superchunk. Indeed, there must be something going on there as we saw Superchunk last year and David Cross was rockin’ out in the first row along with all sorts of people who were sort of like “oh my, God, I can’t believe I’m seeing Superchunk!”

There were plenty of similar folks at the Portastic show.

Afterwards, Wye Oak came up, who I enjoyed:


I kept asking Kim the name of the band (Wye Oak), and I couldn’t understand what she was saying. Was it “white oak”? “Wide oak”? Or even “why oak”? This created an ongoing joke for SXSW about bands with weird names, “huh?” Kim said in her Michael-impersionation tone, “you mean a band can just name themselves anything they want? Huh?”

Red Eyed Fly

According to Kim, Cloud Cult’s label was running the show at Red Eyed Fly Friday night, so we decided to leave The Parish check out what else the label had to offer.

Land of Talk

Tragically, I have no memory of Land of Talk. Kim says, “I thought they were really good.” Over a late breakfast later, she emphasized “they were good.”

Say Hi

Say Hi

Next up was more, though slightly less so, cute-guy rock with Say Hi. They were, essentially, a straight up indie-rock band, which was exciting.

I liked their song, “Northwestern Girls,” ’cause, really, when have you ever heard a band sing praised to the ladies from that part of the country?

Cloud Cult (Again)


While Kim was reluctant to see Cloud Cult twice – there being so many other options – we ended up staying to see them again. Kim was worried that they’d play the same set. Lucky for us, while Cloud Cult played some of the same “new stuff,” they played different songs as well.

This time, dude painted a ram. Too much Shiner?



The last act was Lucero which was like – I don’t know – straight up guy in white-shirt drinking whiskey on state rock. You know, like an evil Bruce Springsteen.

As Kim said, Lucero was the only band to bring together the frat-boys and the Austin street grunge-people. And, man, did they like it. The crowd was wild for this stuff.

We headed home about half-way through.

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SXSW Nite 2 – Hip-hop Nite for Coté

Friday night, for the second night of SXSW, Kim and I split up to see different shows. She went off to Mohawk, while I went off to Scoot Inn. Unknown to many people, I actually like hip-hop a lot.

Before choosing to split-up, though, we stopped off at the Cedar Door to figure out what to do, get a taco, and listen to Army of Freshman. As we were on the Cedar Door deck, I didn’t get to hear Army of Freshman too well, but it seemed OK.

Looking through the Austin Chronical’s guide for Thursday night, and with much “are you sure?” conferring, we decided to split up to go see different venues.

Red’s Scoot Inn

The long trek

While I go to The Long Branch frequently, I’ve never been to their sister bar-venue, Red’s Scoot Inn. While I “know” that Scoot Inn is in east Austin, I somehow managed to clod it all the way over to La Zona Rosa after misreading the map.

After getting directions from a rickshaw-man, I hiked all the way over to Scoot Inn which is quiet a trek, but, hey, I need to exercise.

Scoot Inn is a sort of Stubb’s junior with a big wooden, covered stage, and a little bar shack next to it. As the sign said it was a bier hall, I’m guessing they have big tables in the wide open spaces when there’s not music – I’ll have to check it out sometime.

Def Jux/ Dirtee Stank Showcase

Scoot Inn Def Jux Nite

Thanks to Matt Ray, I got to like most everything that Def Jux puts out a few years ago. They’ve got El-P, Mr. Lif, Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock and loads of other – I don’t know – “underground hip-hop.” I went to Def Jux’s showcase last year with El-P and Aesop Rock and it was great. Still, the best SXSW hip-hop show I’ve been to over the years was Soul Position a couple years ago.

I was most interested in seeing El-P as he was the only act I really knew in the line-up. The other acts – Del the Funky Homosapien, Devin the Dude, Bisc1, and the two grime acts – were fun and good.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting most of their records as I’m always hard-pressed to find new, good hip-hop. Indeed, I wish I could I just subscribe to Def Jux in general; that’d save me some thinking. They’ve got this Club Meds thing, but I don’t think that’s what I want.

Not having really heard grime before, it was fun to see it in performance. I haven’t really listened to it enough to characterize it, but it’s definitely English accented, really fast, and slightly more fizzy and poppy than you’d expect from American hip-hop.

ScottD! showed up about half-way through giving me a chance to have plenty of Tito’s and Tonic’s with a friend.

Crowd Comparison

Most interesting in the context of SXSW was the comparison between the hip-hop scene (black, latino, and white) and the rest of SXSW (mostly white). The hip-hop people were out hustling their records and shows in force and wearing plenty of crew themed shirts and hats. Zip-codes, area-codes, and group names were everywhere at Scoot Inn, while at the rest of SXSW only rarely even mentioned what city a band was from.

And, of course, there’s the mega-entourage thing with hip-hop. At one point, Bushwhick Bill walked in with about 25 people. I’d bet even REM didn’t come with a trail of that many people.

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SXSW – Calendar Madness! …and other content holes

Antone's Floor

There’s all sorts of calendars to keep up with SXSW Music this year. Here’s what I’ve got going so far, if you’re interested:

Also, I’ve been browsing through Paul Ford‘s 6 word reviews of the SXSW samples. I’m only through “C”, so we’ll see (HELLO!) how that goes.

There’s also Twitter, which you can follow here or by following me in Twitter. And, going retro, I started using Dodgeball (profile here) of all things instead of having to ring up people to tell them where I was.

I’m curious of any recommendations ya’ll have. I’ve been piling them up, but I can’t ever have enough.

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SXSW Nite 1 – BBQ & Antone’s

Coté & Kim

Last night was the first night of SXSW Music. I started out downtown to tie-up some SXSWi loose-ends, which went quiet well.

Kim, Sarah, and I then went to Iron Works for some dinner. I’ve always been suspicious of people saying Iron Works is good figuring it was just the location. Having heard they were good, I got the beef-ribs, and by-golly, they were.

Kim and I then split off and went to Antone’s to wait to see Lightspeed Champion, Sons and Daughters, The Kills, and White Williams.

LightSpeed Champion

We caught the tail end of Lightspeed Champion. They was English, dressed like the hipster shelves in Target, and sounded a-OK. The dude had a Star Wars sticker on his guitar, so they fit pretty well in that bucket of people around my age (or slightly younger) who’re always pulling culture from the 80’s. No problem there, buddy.

Here’s what Kim wrote in the Moleskin:

Mellow and even though there were drums, violin, guitar, and back-up vocals, it seemed very much a one man show. [3 stars].

Sons and Daughters

Sons & Daughters

Sons and Daughters was good too, but a little too much rock-a-billy for me. I have no problem with rock-a-billy, but I’m getting tired of people “harkening back” to anything old. I want new stuff. Even the 80’s are getting boring. I noticed that tons of people were wearing almost vintage 80’s wear in the crowd through the night: ugh. Can’t we just wear and sing new stuff?

Here’s what Kim wrote in the moleskin:

Holy shit there were awesome! Very energetic rock n’ roll. [4 stars]

The Kills

The Kills

The Kills were by far the best of the night. While the guitarists garb was all young Elvis meets sleezy guy you don’t want your kid sleeping with, their sound seemed newer and was rockin’.

And Kim wrote:

I’m so in love with that chick, man, she is hot! This band was great, two guitarists – one of them smokin’ – and synthetic beats.

White Williams

This one didn’t really work out for us. It was sort of like if Max Headroom had a band in a Radio Shack during his freshman year of high school.

Kim and electronica-like music don’t get along.

We left.

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Episode 116 – The Command Pattern Gets Interrupted by Internet Fragility

Dark Sith of Having the Flu

In this episode, a flu-stricken Coté mostly nods along to Charles comments about using the command pattern across the command line, web pages, and testing.

Sadly, Charles ‘net connection gave out mid-explanation, so we’ll have to leave you with a “to be continued” for next week.