Sitting at Austin Bergstrom International Airport waiting for my flight back to the Center of the Sun after braving the 183 (a.k.a Construction Hell) and managing to get confused in a way worthy of a Chevy Chase movie by the fact that the 183 is called Airport Blvd. for a stretch right before the airport, but there is also the 111, which is also called Airport Blvd. but has nothing to do with the airport.
Incidentally, having roads change names whenever and wherever for no particular reason and having different roads sometimes share names seems to be a bit of an Austin specialty.
But it’s still a very nice place, once you debug the driving. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to bring a map if you come here.
The airport has wireless connectivity provided by T-Mobile and Wayport Access, both of whom want money. So I was resigned to read through my NetNewsWire queue offline when what popped up on my screen but a rogue wireless network? Score! Have no idea who’s providing it, but it’s probably a rather ominous-looking old man in a corner whose laptop sometimes makes the MS Office “Hey, I just saved your file! Aren’t you glad I’m beeping about it so you’ll know I actually did it?” sounds.
But whoever you are, wireless benefactor, you have my thanks.
UPDATE: Just had some BBQ and a Shiner Bock. Can’t leave Austin without doing that. Think there’s some kind of law.
UPDATE2: Old guy in the corner just left. Still online. The mystery of the rogue access point deepens.
Posted Friday, 27 May, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.