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Depths of the Internet displayed on Reddit
December 5, 2011
The unedited avalanche of news, opinions, ideas and general bizarreness of Reddit makes it a welcome distraction for any audience.
Austin Free Skool provides free, unique classes
November 21, 2011
The collective contends that the blurring of the lines between teacher and student is an effective method of learning.
Extreme bike race takes over co-op
November 14, 2011
Bicyclists raced around 21st Street Co-op, mentally and physically stretched.
Students earn money on medical studies
November 7, 2011
Volunteers can earn thousands of dollars depending on the factors involved, but the trials are not without risk.
Fun Fun Fun: Day 3
November 7, 2011
Much-hyped musical diversity set this Fun Fun Fun Fest apart from any local festival in recent memory.
New Nintendo games breathe new life into old favorites
November 1, 2011
Videogame fans can look forward to bouts of nostalgia this month as their favorites like Super Mario and Zelda get an update.
Parade brings dead to life
October 30, 2011
The Circus of the Seven Dawns will invade Austin’s rowdy downtown streets on Halloween.
Local festival celebrates squishy-faced pugs
October 27, 2011
These pooches will melt dog-lovers' hearts this weekend with their wrinkled and squished faces.
Austinite sure plays a mean pinball
October 25, 2011
Nick Teseris has been playing pinball for about five years, and it's obvious that he is so into it.
Gaming club to host epic StarCraft tournament
October 18, 2011
StarCraft is on par with professional sports, with 600,000 to 700,000 people attending tournaments each year.
'Fluffy' card game makes being nice deceptive
October 13, 2011
Good manners served with a side of “screw you,” are apparently more readily accepted.
Fundraising site Kickstarter propelled sibling duos graphic novel
October 10, 2011
The graphic novel began the idea of an island city floating in the air.
'Occupy' movement gains momentum in Austin
October 6, 2011
Austin’s own demonstration, Occupy Austin, will begin today at City Hall at 10 a.m.
Students hunt for parking in crowded C-Lots
September 21, 2011
For commuters with a dangling orange C permit, it's an “early bird gets the worm” kind of strategy.
Hanson to play by audience requests
September 20, 2011
The Hanson brothers have matured and endured through the past 15 years, having released eight albums and maintained a fiercely loyal fanbase.
Wheelchair rugby combines hockey, basketball, bruised hands
September 19, 2011
Two members of the UT community could represent the US in the intense, violent sport also known as "murderball."
ACL 2011 Recap
September 19, 2011
Thousands of music fans from across the country and around the world descended on the park for three days of grand performances at this years Austin City Limits.
Austin residents attempt to rent out rooms for ACL
September 14, 2011
Austinites are taking festival-goers into their homes and beneath the surface of the city’s eclectic exterior.
UTPD uses social media websites to gather evidence
September 7, 2011
It’s an eyebrow-raising concept — police officers combing Craigslist, Twitter and Facebook statuses for evidence of wrongdoing.
Patriotic, competitive professional eater chews it over
September 1, 2011
Todd Rungy: I’m trying to take myself a little more seriously. The next competition I do, I’m going to do some serious training.
Ping-pong buddies establish league with relaxed vibe
August 30, 2011
Dustin Maxey and Richard Panter are the co-founders and operators of PongRock, a local table tennis league that’s all about competitive fun and drinking beer.
Local sign painter brings unique designs into modern businesses
August 24, 2011
You might not have ever met Gary Martin, but if you’ve ever taken a drive through Austin, chances are you’ve seen his handiwork.
Space musical makes theater interactive
August 10, 2011
For two graduates of Westwood High School in Round Rock getting together again led to a cosmic-themed theatrical dance party.
Duo takes pride in safely transporting possessions
August 7, 2011
Paul Land, Patrick Duvall and a Chevy Silverado comprise Two Movers and a Truck, a local moving service Land started a year ago.
Psychic takes professional approach to paranormal work
August 1, 2011
Guests extend open palms before psychic Joe Nicols and listen to what he has to say.
Atmosphere, film selection drive Blue Starlites success
July 21, 2011
All eyes are glued on the screen at Blue Starlite, Austin’s only urban drive-in theater.
Cover bands popularity skyrockets with unique theme
July 17, 2011
The Space Rockers, a show band from Austin, play covers of hip-hop dance music at venues and events.
Librarian by day, rocker by night
July 11, 2011
The soft-spoken, bearded library assistant in the Life Science Library doesn’t necessarily have the look of an indie rock guitarist who toured Europe with an acclaimed ’90s indie band, but there’s more to Harold Whit Williams than meets the eye.
Hargrave Arcade founder a modern day superhero for charities
July 10, 2011
Once a month, the plain white house on Hargrave Street switches on more than 20 TVs and video game systems in the name of charity.
Teddybears album falls short despite notable guest vocalists
July 7, 2011
Even with all the star-studded tracks, Teddybears’ newest release, Devil's Music, won’t be going much further than being used in a mash-up at Barbarella for the next couple of months.
Fireworks ban deemed necessary but disappoints many
June 30, 2011
A burn ban and a subsequent fireworks ban in Travis County are forcing firework vendors to deal with the loss of income and tradition.
Cowboy Churches spread Western worship
June 27, 2011
Non-denominational Cowboy Churches, found nationwide, seek “to round up those in the Western heritage culture to be on that trail ride to heaven.”
Friends without Facebook
June 20, 2011
As the social media behemoth Facebook continues to become more popular, there are still people who haven't jumped on the bandwagon, and are doing just fine.
Under Lock and Key
June 15, 2011
The Daily Texan descends into "The Dungeon" to speak to the UT Locksmiths and learn what it's like to get behind locked doors.
Rally brings motorcycle riders together from all walks of life
June 13, 2011
Whether at the exposition center or downtown, bikers from all over the country celebrated Texas’ biggest motorcycle rally and their love for the bikes.
Special effects and education meld in Hollywood-style Stunt Camp
June 8, 2011
For some kids, summer camp means going camping and fishing, but at Stunt Camp, it means catching themselves on fire and blowing things up.
Gallery Black Lagoon art exhibit showcases local color
June 2, 2011
The show, The Austin Series, features 11 artists, a mix of mediums and will be on display through June 20.
A peaceful place to park your pad
June 2, 2011
Sandwiched between a few busy restaurants on Barton Springs Road, Pecan Grove RV Park would probably stand out if it didn’t blend in so well.
Comedy duo jars audience, delivers awesome show
November 14, 2010
The Paramount Theatre, Austin’s oldest theater, was also the city’s freakiest when the perversely hilarious comedy duo, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, invaded the venue on Saturday for their Chrimbus Spectacular 2010 tour.