Giant Concrete Caterpillar.
Driving on I35 south out of Dallas to Austin, you pass through Italy, Texas, and on the side of the road is Bruco
, the Texas Italian Caterpillar, and the home of the Monolithic Dome Institute
, makers of fine homes
, and churches
. These domes
and disaster resistant
. (See previous thread
). They also can be visually interesting
. These domes are concrete as opposed
to R. Buckminster Fuller
's Geodesic domes
, such as Epcot Center
or the incredibly interesting Eden Project
posted by dios
on Oct 10, 2006 -
Hooray for Kinky Friedman --
Friedman isn't going to solve Texas' problems, but neither is any other politician. The whole premise of his campaign is to mock the process—as his slogan goes, "How hard can it be?"
posted by ZenMasterThis
on Oct 6, 2006 -
writing as Jaxon, may have created the first underground comic, God Nose, in 1964
. In 1969 he was one of the founders of RipOff Press. Jackson's work at that time included horror stories (in Skull Comics, RipOff's tribute to EC) and political fare. Jackson returned to his native Texas
in the 70s and began work on a series of comics on Texas history
. In 1979 he published Comanche Moon
, the story of the abduction of Cynthia Ann Parker and of her son, the great Comanche chief Quanah Parker
. Jackson was influenced by Texas History Movies, a 1920s comic strip by Jack Patton and John Rosenfeld
that was compiled into booklets and used in Texas schools until the 1960s. Other works by Jackson
included the story of Spanish-Americans in the war for Texas independence, the Alamo as seen from both sides, and a look at Sam Houston's relationship with the Cherokee
. The subjects of Jackson's comics
tended to be history's dispossessed and, in 1998, he published Lost Cause
, a look at post-Civil War white Texans. Accused of racism
, Jackson replied
that he intended to show history as it was
, not as people wanted it to have been. The Comics Reporter
: "Jackson's Texas was capable of grotesquery and atrocity because Jackson's art was able to communicate extreme, transcendent moments without hesitation or shame."
Aside from comics, Jackson wrote a number of books on Texas
history, including the award-winning Los Mestenos,
a study of Spanish ranching in Texas. He was a lifetime member of the Texas State Historical Society. Jackson's health deteriorated as he grew older and he suffered from diabetes and prostate cancer. On June 8, Jack Jackson committed suicide
near the Stockton, Texas cemetery where his parents are buried.
posted by CCBC
on Jul 26, 2006 -
Texas Riparian Law
I found this intriguing because I 1) live in Texas, 2) have walked many Texas creekbottoms, 3) have a lot of lawyer friends, and 4) as an English major, find the language somehow beautiful.
posted by rleamon
on Jun 29, 2006 -
Art teacher in hot water over topless photos
- Meet Tamara
, a 29 year old art teacher at Austin High School (notable alumni
) in Austin, TX. She's in danger of losing her job with the Austin independent School District over inappropriate photos posted to her Flickr account
(may be NSFW). "I'm an artist and I'm going to participate in the arts," Hoover said. "If that's not something they want me to do then I want to be told that. I don't feel as if I was doing anything that was beyond expectations."
posted by nitsuj
on Jun 17, 2006 -
was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1991. A few days before his execution in February, he was granted a stay
because he was found to be incompetent, a paranoid schizophrenic. Today, the judge has ordered that he be forced to take his medication
so he can be legally put to death.
posted by Roger Dodger
on Apr 12, 2006 -
The billionaire attorney. The King of Torts. Legendary Texas Lawyer. He is Joe Jamail
. He is most famous
for his record setting verdict in Texaco v. Pennzoil
(which eventually made it to the US Supreme Court
) in which Joe secured a $10.3 billion dollar judgment (though it is not known for sure, some speculate that Joe walked with $1 billion in attorney's fees in that case). In addition to being well known for his success, he is almost as legendary for his colorful demeanor. One such example was when he got reprimanded
for his behavior
in Paramount Communications Inc. v. QVC Network, Inc.
. But to see him in action with your own eyes, we have video of classic
Joe during a deposition he was giving. (via brainwidth
posted by dios
on Apr 7, 2006 -
that Tom DeLay, the scandal-embroiled Republican Congressman from Texas and former Republican House Majority Leader, has dropped out of the race for the 22nd District House seat.
posted by teferi
on Apr 3, 2006 -
Mascots helping Mascots
High schools across America have witnessed the devastation brought about by several recent natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. An outpouring of sympathy and concern, and a desire to help, have come forth from high schools wanting to assist those in need. To enable schools to help other schools, the National Federation of State High School Associations has initiated a fundraising program called the Mascot Adoption Program.
posted by ColdChef
on Mar 13, 2006 -
Apparently. Strange BBC piece on Christian Texans converting to Islam. I have a hard time believing these people don't eat pork.
posted by mosessmith
on Feb 2, 2006 -
A memo from the Department of Justice in Texas'
voting division reveals that, back in 2003 during the Texas GOP's redistricting push, the division unanimously agreed that the redistricting plan sponsored by the state GOP and Rep. Tom DeLay was illegal under the Voting Rights Act. The plan was pushed through anyway, being the most effective in securing additional House seats for the GOP.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Dec 2, 2005 -
Why were American military sent almost instantly when Rita threatens Texas but we were told that they could not be sent to Louisiana till requested? What is the history behind Posse Comitatus? Does the president have the authority just on his say so to send troops into a "sovereign" state? Nice summary of history here.
posted by Postroad
on Sep 22, 2005 -
"Kinky Friedman's candidacy is bound to be something;
what that something is is still up for debate." The New Yorker
checks in on Kinky's gubernatorial campaign (previously discussed here and here)
My platform is to remember that when they went out searching for Sam Houston to try to persuade him to be the governor--and he was the greatest governor this state has ever had--rumor has it that they found him drunk sleeping under a bridge with the Indians.[more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on Aug 21, 2005 -
Bird's Eye Views
: Hand drawn panoramic maps of 44 Texas cities circa 19th century in high resolution. Aerial mapping minus airplanes and cameras.
posted by Orb
on Jul 24, 2005 -
"In those days, there wasn't a lot of talk about gay priests. People didn't want to believe it."
On Dec. 4, 1982, a deeply suntanned man, about 40 years old, walked into the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boise, Idaho, and readied himself for confession. As he waited, the man swallowed a cyanide capsule. A few minutes later, he was dead. He had no identification, and a note in his pocket said only that the $1,900 he carried should be used for his burial, with any remainder donated to the church. The note was signed with what turned out to be a false name. To this day, no one has been able to identify the man, nor to determine why he had come to the church to absolve himself of his sins. On the answers to that mystery may hang the fate of a small, quiet, meticulous man who now lives in South Austin
, and who spent 20 years in a Texas prison for a murder he says he did not commit
, but which investigators believe may be connected to the dead man at the Boise Sacred Heart Catholic Church. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Jun 22, 2005 -
Republican Congressman Pete Sessions from Texas introduced a bill
that would make all free, public, municipal WiFi illegal. Sessions, as it turns out, is a big fat recipient
of SBC funds. Why stop there? Should we privatize highways as well? How about subways? Glad the liberal media is all over this one. Here are a couple of links: Original post on DailyKos
, An informative editorial
from the Fort Wayne paper
posted by mountainmambo
on Jun 9, 2005 -
A high school senior
has been denied valedictorian status because she wasn't enrolled in the high school on the 20th day of her junior year. Why? Because she was in a treatment center receiving help for anorexia. Only in Texas...
posted by C17H19NO3
on May 17, 2005 -
"Now members. Let me firm up my position..."
--from part of a speech in the Texas Legislature, by the unfortunately named Gene Seaman. Practice What You Preach will be airing this ad (with commentary) in Texas, trying to stop the proposed Anti-Gay-Marriage Amendment. (embedded WMP)
Practice What You Preach believes that the institution of marriage is under assault in Texas from the twin epidemics of divorce and domestic violence. We are not a gay-rights group. We are mainstream, straight Texans who want the legislative leadership to stop making cheap political points by ignoring real problems.
posted by amberglow
on Apr 13, 2005 -
A new Texas bill
seeks to give pharmacists the right to object to dispensing emergency contraceptives. The bill was spurred by over a year's worth of debate about an incident in Denton
where a rape victim was denied a morning-after pill by a pharmacist at Eckerd's. Supporters say that pharmacists should be able to opt out of dispensing drugs that are used for abortions, but the opposition points out that the bill's definition of emergency contraceptives can be construed to include all birth control. Should pharmacists be allowed to morally object, or is this an anti-birth-control boondoggle?
posted by rush
on Apr 12, 2005 -
"On March 18  students prepared for the next day's Inter-scholastic Meet in Henderson. At the gymnasium, the PTA met. At 3:05 P.M. Lemmie R. Butler, instructor of manual training, turned on a sanding machine in an area which, unknown to him, was filled with a mixture of gas and air. The switch ignited the mixture and carried the flame into a nearly closed space beneath the building, 253 feet long and fifty-six feet wide. Immediately the building seemed to lift in the air and then smashed to the ground. Walls collapsed. The roof fell in and buried its victims in a mass of brick, steel, and concrete debris. The explosion was heard four miles away, and it hurled a two-ton concrete slab 200 feet away, where it crushed a 1936 Chevrolet. Of the 500 students and forty teachers in the building, approximately 298 died. Some rescuers, students, and teachers needed psychiatric attention, and only about 130 students escaped serious injury. -- From the Handbook of Texas Online
. (Other accounts
, personal recollections
, and photos
It was one of the worst disasters in Texas history. With Texans' love of superlatives, why is this a story no one tells?
posted by mudpuppie
on Mar 18, 2005 -
and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
announced a pilot program to offer wireless Internet service at five Texas state parks... The wireless service will allow park guests while visiting the park to access the Internet to gain park information, send e-mail or pictures, or just surf the Web, without cords having to physically plug into a network."
Shouldn't be camping be more about nature than technology?
posted by Doohickie
on Dec 16, 2004 -