Todd Ross Nienkerk

Amazon user reviews the Bic Crystal ballpoint pen

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courtesy Amazon 

Amazon.co.uk user M. Williams has posted an enlightening and thorough review of the Bic Crystal ballpoint pen. Reader beware: Brace yourself for some olde-fashioned British drollery.

Very good if you need to write on paper

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TONIGHT: Ladies’ Night at Birds Barbershop

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Get your ’80s retro design on 

Tonight (from 6pm–9pm) is ladies’ night the Birds Barbershop on Burnet, sponsored by our pals at Austin Tidbits. From their press release:

The Zoo Race: Halo 3’s biggest threat?

Finally — a videogame as exciting as Sunday school!

The Zoo Race, a “3D action game… for ages 9-99,” features a proselytizing rhino, a atheist-turned-believer horse/librarian, and Cain the Cougar in an epic race around the world, to the moon, and back.

Here’s an action-packed, eight-minute trailer for the movie. (Skip to 5:10 when you’ve had enough of the stilted dialog.)

Oh, hey. You just caught me blogging.

In case you’re curious what we do all day besides interviewing comedians who also happen to be our friends, watch this clip:

How to have sex with a car (NSFW)

Achtung! The following post is NSFW.

Our post about dragons having sex with cars struck a nerve, so we decided to do some digging into the car-sex phenomenon.

Dragons having sex with cars (NSFW)

Achtung! The following post is NSFW. In fact, it’s more NSFWTF.

UPDATE 2007-09-24: Learn how to have sex with a car!

Austin Recycling Guide

Recycling in Austin

People who publish “green” issues typically laud everyone from sustainable architects to organic cotton farmers, yet neglect to explain the basics you need to know if you want to actually make a difference yourself. That’s why we composed this guide — to answer any questions you might have about recycling in ATX.

Explosion at ACL: Two people in critical condition

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photo / Beth Reinisch Fire erupts behind portable toilets at the ACL Festival 

Fire broke out at the ACL Festival, igniting a propane tank. According to TOP contributor Adam Avramescu, a food vendor tent caught on fire and spread to and melted some portable toilets (see photo above).

Speed traps for September 10-14

Speed traps (“traffic enforcement locations”) in Austin, Texas, for the week of September 10-14, 2007.

Austin Public Libraries on Google Maps and Google Earth

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photo / unwiredben Outside the Milwood branch of the Austin Public Library System 

Speed traps for September 3-7

Speed traps (“traffic enforcement locations”) in Austin, Texas, for the week of September 3–7, 2007.

Half-price haircuts at the new Birds Barbershop on Burnet

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Birds Barbershop 

TOP Secret! The new Birds Barbershop location on Burnet finally opened yesterday, and they’re offering half-price haircuts for the first week of business.

I personally dare each and every one of you to actually pay for a mohawk or buzzcut.

Birds Barbershop
6800 Burnet • Austin, TX 78757
512-454-1200

Speed traps for August 27-31

Speed traps (“traffic enforcement locations”) in Austin, Texas, for the week of August 27–31, 2007.

Speed traps for August 20-24

Speed traps (“traffic enforcement locations”) in Austin, Texas, for the week of August 20–August 24, 2007.

Whole Foods and Wikipedia: What anonymity reveals

Wired magazine published an article yesterday about Wikipedia Scanner, a search engine that lists Wikipedia edits by IP address ranges. (An IP address is the numbers assigned to any computer connected to the Internet.) Wikipedia Scanner was built by Virgil Griffith, a CalTech grad student, to uncover companies, agencies, and political campaigns that make anonymous, self-serving edits to the free, online encyclopedia.

Speed traps for August 13-17

Speed traps (“traffic enforcement locations”) in Austin, Texas, for the week of August 13–August 17, 2007.

Speed traps for August 6-10

Speed traps (“traffic enforcement locations”) in Austin, Texas, for the week of August 6–August 10, 2007.

All quiet on the Whole Foods front

All quiet on the Whole Foods front

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has shut down his company blog and disabled comments. Their Director of Publications has stopped maintaining the company’s Wikipedia page. Has Whole Foods put the kibosh on online activities?