Keeping Austin Weird
Aug 14th, 2015 by Ken Hagler

I just saw a car go by with the Texas license plate “CAR2D2.” It had an R2 domed head stuck on top, and the words “these aren’t the droids you’re look­ing for” paint­ed on the back.

The Austin job market is very impressive
Jul 21st, 2015 by Ken Hagler

It’s pret­ty well known that Austin is a very good place to find work in the soft­ware indus­try. That was a major part of the rea­son I moved here when I got out of California–Symantec being what they are, I want­ed to be able to eas­i­ly find anoth­er job if I got arbi­trar­i­ly laid off dur­ing a rear­gue.

It turns out that the job mar­ket here is actu­al­ly even bet­ter than I’d heard. After a month dur­ing which I con­sid­ered hir­ing a recep­tion­ist to deal with all the recruiters, I accept­ed an offer from Apple.

Not so interesting after all
Mar 18th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

It turns out that bit­coin vend­ing machine at the local cof­fee shop requires a palm print and a gov­ern­ment ID before it will sell you bit­coins. Nat­u­ral­ly, that killed my inter­est pret­ty quick­ly.

Interesting development
Mar 6th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

A few days ago the cof­fee shop near­est my apart­ment, Domini­can Joe, installed a Bit­coin vend­ing machine. I haven’t tried it yet, but accord­ing to the screen it can both buy and sell bit­coins.

Geographic Relativity
Dec 22nd, 2012 by Ken Hagler

I keep hear­ing the Austin is locat­ed in the “Texas Hill Coun­try.” It is slight­ly hilly, but less so than the “Los Ange­les Basin.” I sup­pose it’s a dif­fer­ence in per­cep­tion between a state that’s most­ly flat and a state that’s full of moun­tains that reach more than two miles above sea lev­el.

Cultural Differences
Dec 16th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

I’ve noticed a few cul­tur­al dif­fer­ence between LA and Austin that weren’t real­ly appar­ent before I moved. Some of the inter­est­ing ones:

  1. Dogs in Austin are most­ly dog-size. The lit­tle hybrid rat/dog things that are ubiq­ui­tous in LA exist here, but are a small minor­i­ty.
  2. White peo­ple work min­i­mum wage jobs in Austin. I don’t recall ever see­ing that in LA.
  3. In Austin a total stranger say­ing “hel­lo” on the street is just being polite. In LA, he’s about to beg for change.
  4. Anorex­ia is rare in Austin, and com­mon in LA.
Austin view
Aug 19th, 2012 by Ken Hagler


Since I’ll be in Austin all week, I took the pre­cau­tion of reserv­ing a hotel room with a nice view.

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