Monday, April 8, 2013

Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and 60s Beach Movie Actress, Dies at 70

Annette Funicello, who began her acting career as a 12-year-old in Mickey Mouse ears, captivated adolescent baby boomers in titillating (by 1960s standards) beach movies that at first upset her former boss, Walt Disney. She later championed the fight against multiple sclerosis, a disease from which she suffered, died on Monday.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Flatstock 38 #flatstock

Join us at Flatstock 38…


Co-presented by the American Poster Institute (API) and SXSW, Flatstock 38 will display the works of the world's top gig poster artists. The show runs March 14-16 and will feature posters of varying styles, colors and techniques for sale by the very artists who created them.


About API

The American Poster Institute is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving the poster artist community and promoting the art form. The Flatstock shows provide the American Poster Institute with a way to present poster artists collectively while showcasing the breadth of styles they represent.


The best concert posters have always captured both the essence of the music they promoted and the spirit of the time in which they were produced. Flatstock provides an ongoing series of opportunities to see fine poster art in person and to meet the artists who created it.


Free and open to the public!



Thursday, March 14 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday, March 15 11:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday, March 16 11:00am - 6:00pmLocation:

Austin Convention Center Hall 4


Monday, February 18, 2013

Roadside Assistance Survey

Take our quick Roadside Assistance Survey.

We're running a little 9-question survey on how people use Roadside Assistance and what they do when they need help on the road.

It's happened to all of us from time-to-time: Our car breaks down, our car won't start, we locked the keys in the car, we ran out of gas, the tire goes flat, or we needed a tow to the repair shop.

We'd like to ask you a few quick questions about the last few times you've needed roadside assistance, how you found someone to help you, and what's important when choosing someone to help.

Your answers will help us design a better roadside assistance service for our customers.

Be honest! Your answers can be anonymous. (Or, tell us your name and email address and we'll enter your name in a drawing for a $50 MasterCard Gift Card - no purchase necessary.)

As always, thanks for participating!

Here's the roadside assistance survey link:

Friday, February 15, 2013

United States as a less upwardly mobile society than many comparable nations

Recent studies has found the United States to be a less upwardly mobile society than many comparable nations. One survey reported that 42 percent of American boys raised in the bottom fifth of income stayed there as adults.  Just 8 percent of American men made the jump from the lowest fifth to the highest fifth, compared to 12 percent for their counterparts in Britain.

Read more from the NY Times:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

This day in history: The first canned beer in the United States goes on sale in Richmond, Virginia

Gottfried Krueger Brewery sold the first canned beer in the United States in Richmond, Virginia on January 24, 1935.  The American Can Co. tried to can beer in 1909, but the cans couldn’t withstand the pressure from carbonation and exploded. Finally, the company discovered that coating the inside of the can using the same “keg-lining” technique used for keg beer would hold the can together.

Editor’s Note:  I still prefer my beer served with an ice-cold mug, as illustrated here.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

mtvU Woodie Awards returning to Austin

The 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards and festival are returning to Austin for a full day of performances on March 14 during the annual South By Southwest Music Festival with an as-yet-unannounced roster of artists.

The annual musical event honors the artists who are making a break-through onto the music landscape.  MTV and mtvU will air a half-hour "2013 Woodie Awards" special on Sunday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The awards show pays tribute to the best emerging acts on campus, includes four nominees selected and profiled on Audiences will vote for their favorite band or artist, with the most popular travelling to Austin to kick off the opening set at the Woodies Festival. They'll also get a chunk of wood in a new Woodie Awards category.

The ninth annual Woodie Awards begins Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. CT with a host of live performances at the open-air Woodie Awards Festival, and is open to all SXSW badge holders and music fans over 18.  The awards show, which will start at 8 p.m. CT.

Interested college musicians can send their name, contact info and links to their videos to:


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

California's Gold: Catalina Ski Race (corrected link)

From the editor: In our earlier post, we used a bad link to the Catalina Ski Race video Huell Howser filmed in 1993.  The correct link is shown below.


In 1993, Huell Howser joined the Long Beach Boat & Ski Club to capture the excitement of the electrifying Annual Catalina Ski Race, a competition that has been ongoing for over 40 years, where “hot doggers” race in excess of 60 mph from Long Beach to Catalina Island and back.  Here’s the link to the original video episode: