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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