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Mapping out alternative universes for Texas
What if we had made Cuba a state in 1902? A major Cold War near-catastrophe could have been averted, but would the United States have had to put down a socialist uprising in the late 1950s anyway?

What if water-rich northernmost California had split off to become Shasta in 1957 and got rich selling water to what was left of California? Humboldt County suddenly has a lot more money and power.

What if Brigham Young had gotten his wish for a state called Deseret, which would have encompassed modern-day Utah, nearly all of Nevada, most of Arizona, a hunk of New Mexico and the part of California that includes San Diego? Hard to see polygamy dying without a serious fight in a state that large.
geography  usa  politics  history  mapping  power  books  fiction  texas  california  cuba  time 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Surfer Blood Is Between Buzz and Break at South by Southwest -
Ms. Brownstein offered her advice for surviving the yearlong Internet hype machine, which will continue to churn long after the bands of South by Southwest leave Austin.

“Yes, the Internet obviously foments a lot of buzz and chatter,” she said, “but there’s nothing more exciting than having a friend tell you that they saw a great show by a great band and that you should check it out. So hopefully by the time you’re on your 10th show, every single person that wants to see you will see you and go back to their towns across America and the world and preach about Surfer Blood. That’s the only way to keep a band on your radar.”

“The blogs,” she added, “will already be on to something new.”
music  sxsw  livemusic  austin  texas  indie  rock  internet 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Ogilvy Hosts 'Blacks In Tech Panel' At SXSW
Ogilvy & Mather North America will host and moderate a panel and discuss the impact a multicultural and multi-ethnic society has had on technology and the digital space on March 12th at the acclaimed South by Southwest Interactive Conference (SXSW). [Networking will follow ...] Featured panelists include musician and new media pioneer Ryan Leslie (, Kety Esquivel (, CEO for Latinos in Social Media; James Andrews (, founder of digital strategic consulting firm Everywhere; and Nichelle Stephens (, blogger and social media expert. This year's panel follows last year's successful Blacks in Tech launch at SXSW that attracted over 100 participants and provided a forum to engage the black technology community in the festival itself. With this event, the group is expanding its reach to include the Asian and Hispanic communities to provide a multicultural exchange. [...]"
sxsw  sxsw2010  sxswinteractive  black  race  ethnicity  technology  austin  texas 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
SA Current - Blogs - Straight from the Arizona Gulag: Linda Ronstadt in SA
If this Q & A were a song, it would be called “We Need A Lot More Rancheras (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll).”

And, of course, it would take up a whole album side.
music  interviews  immigration  texas  arizona  mexico  usa  latino  politics  culture  identity 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Golden State losing folks as old Dust Bowl beckons - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee
Ask these Okies-in-reverse why they traded the Golden State for the Sooner State – named for settlers who came there sooner than the Homestead Act allowed – and you'll hear a lot of similar themes: easier to find a job; cheaper to buy or rent a home; better place to make a fresh start. Ask them why they stay in Oklahoma and they'll add to that list a deep optimism that it's a place where things are about to take off.
oklahoma  texas  california  demographics  sacramento 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Interview with Tawnell Hobbs on how beat and live blogging help form closer connections with users | BeatBlogging.Org
“You don’t realize you’re not getting it until you have a blog like this,” she said. “Before, I thought I was kind of getting it. Until we put this blog up, I didn’t realize we weren’t getting as much as I thought we were.”
journalism  blogging  media  newspapers  social  education  dallas  texas 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
no more whuffie please | Michelle's Blog
"I don’t have health insurance right now. I haven’t been on a vacation in over a year. I’m worried about paying my bills. Man, whuffie sucks."
marketing  social  jobs  work  austin  texas  yasns  identity  attention 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge Conservatives playing catch-up to liberals on Web utilization
"Young Republicans and young Democrats are basically doing the same stuff. There's just a lot more (young) Democrats."
democrats  online  republicans  youth  austin  texas  activism  campaigns  elections  blogging  yasns  social  socialnetworking 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Kevin Smokler: 10 Things I Learned at SXSW 2008
"Wherever you are, if you are enjoying yourself, that's where you are supposed to be. Don't fight it. Relish it."
sxsw  conference  love  austin  texas 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Rocketboom : Thursday, March 13, 2008: Battledecks
Me on "live-clogging": "Shoes have taken men, women and children everywhere. They are the original location-based platform."
sxsw  sxswinteractive  austin  texas 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Interview: Texas Monthly's Evan Smith - PRWeek US
"Down here, people are so friendly that when I first got down here I thought – what do they want from me? I came to figure out, it's not about wanting something. They are nice because they're nice."
writing  magazines  journalism  texas 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Nothing like being up close and in the room when she's on stage, man.
photography  sxsw  sxswmusic  sxsw2006  music  texas  austin 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Tighter Border Delays Re-entry by U.S. Citizens - New York Times
“These two communities are very interlinked, not only by trade and commerce, but by family, religion, education. When a person leaves El Paso to go to Juárez, it’s like going across the street. They don’t consider it leaving the country."
immigration  usa  mexico  travel  family  religion  education  texas 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Texas Monthly November 2006: Molly Ivins
"You’re going to do journalism on the Internet? Great. But you have the same two problems you always have. First, you have to find out whether or not it’s true, and then you have to put it into a package that’s useful to people."
obituaries  obituary  media  texas  journalism  newspapers  business  corporations  internet 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge | 09/11/2006 | Diverted flight lands at SFO
"They found an unattended bag. They landed to have it checked out. This is fairly routine. You know, they pay special attention to this kind of thing all the time, not just today. It's part of your security routine."
sfo  airport  911  september11  contracostatimes  atlanta  dallas  texas 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Newsroom Buyouts May Cut Dallas Paper's Staff by 20%
“The national and international coverage will be the same coverage that you see in the Sioux Falls paper and the Elkhart, Ind., paper and in the Fort Worth paper."
business  newspapers  media  journalism  texas  dallas 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: In a Desert, Two Reluctant Travelers Find a Common Path
"In the end, it's not the job, or the home crowd, or the broken chair waiting to be fixed in a basement waiting to be cleaned that we humans flee when we hit the road. Those are just the hooks employed by the past and future."
travel  aging  death  families  texas  aesthetics 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Bored Astronaut: I am so happy, it should be illegal
"[O]ne of the best things about the conference is that it's not like programmers' conferences and overburdened with men. I'm sure there were still more men than women, but the crowd I ran with had lots of brilliant [ed.--XX?] chromosome-wielding people."
sxsw  sxswinteractive  austin  texas  sxsw05 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Star-Telegram: News and notes from Austin
"Is [the African-American cast member] crazy?" "As far as I know, she is not crazy,"
sxsw  sxswinteractive  sxsw05  austin  texas  mtv  realworld  realworldaustin 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
memeorandum: Archive Edition for Monday, March 14, 2005
Some links on Steven Levy's Newsweek article "Blogging Beyond the Men's Club"
sxsw  sxswinteractive  sxsw05  austin  texas  magazines 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
south by southwest festivals + conferences: Blogging While Black
"Being a Black blogger, I’ve found my intent an all ready far gone assumption, to the point I’m marginalized instantly by the racial reference of my blog’s name."
sxsw  sxswinteractive  sxsw05  austin  texas 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Terry Frazier: SXSW Monday
"The next session was 'Blogging While Black' and it was one of the better-, make that the best-, organized panel session I've seen so far."
sxsw  sxswinteractive  sxsw05  austin  texas 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Lawver Wiki: Blogging While Black
Since Kevin converted me to the Tao of Wiki, I plan to add to this; I hope others will, too.
sxsw  sxswinteractive  sxsw05  austin  texas  wikis 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Ten Years of My Life: Blogging While Black
Matt Haughey caught me acting like a microphone fiend
sxsw  sxswinteractive  sxsw05  austin  texas 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Welcome to 'TEH-jas,' Land of the Alamo and the Cowboy
"It's a bit puzzling. Even as the Hispanic middle class uses less Spanish, the rest of society is not as threatened by Spanish, perhaps because of the very emergence and recognition of that middle class."
language  identity  latino  texas 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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