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‘Ramp of Mystery’ in middle of nowhere was drone test site
 If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears. It’s a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field. It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the side, an aging and precarious set of wooden steps goes up...

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If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears. It’s a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field. It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the side, an aging and precarious set of wooden steps goes up...
Austin Answered: What’s the story behind Austin’s ‘Ramp of Mystery’?
 If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears, a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field.  It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the side, an aging and precarious set of wooden steps goes up to the...

Posted: a day ago

If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears, a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field.  It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the side, an aging and precarious set of wooden steps goes up to the...
Talking about tech for freezing weather on Texas Standard
 This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we bundled up in our winter coats and discussed some of the tech implications of the freezing temperatures we had this week. What are some of the best tech-infused ice scrapers, should you get a remote starter for your car, and why you need to keep your smart phone warm, too...

Posted: 2 days ago

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we bundled up in our winter coats and discussed some of the tech implications of the freezing temperatures we had this week. What are some of the best tech-infused ice scrapers, should you get a remote starter for your car, and why you need to keep your smart phone warm, too...
Austin’s Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, takes $1 million WeWork Creator prize
 An Austin entrepreneur whose company has been focused on industrial 3D printers for emerging countries, won a $1 million award Wednesday night. Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, was one of two $1 million winners at the WeWork Creator Awards Global Finals at Madison Square Garden in New York. The other winner, J. Kevin White, runs a nonprofit...

Posted: 2 days ago

An Austin entrepreneur whose company has been focused on industrial 3D printers for emerging countries, won a $1 million award Wednesday night. Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, was one of two $1 million winners at the WeWork Creator Awards Global Finals at Madison Square Garden in New York. The other winner, J. Kevin White, runs a nonprofit...
ILSYM Ep. 26: Michael Pollan on LSD’s long, strange trip; is Austin getting a pro soccer team?
 Michael Pollan might be the country's foremost food writer, but he considers himself a nature writer, which makes his forthcoming book only slightly less surprising. "How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence" doesn't come out until...

Posted: 2 days ago

Michael Pollan might be the country's foremost food writer, but he considers himself a nature writer, which makes his forthcoming book only slightly less surprising. "How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence" doesn't come out until...
Recovering loved one’s data after death likely won’t be easy
 A reader, Rick, asks, “A friend’s brother died suddenly. The family needs access to his iPhone and MacBook but have no idea what his passwords are. Is there a procedure to request Apple to unlock the devices? Is there a third party that can do this?” The family probably won’t enjoy hearing this, but if a person&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

A reader, Rick, asks, “A friend’s brother died suddenly. The family needs access to his iPhone and MacBook but have no idea what his passwords are. Is there a procedure to request Apple to unlock the devices? Is there a third party that can do this?” The family probably won’t enjoy hearing this, but if a person&rsquo...
Wintry weather tests Austin’s telecommuting abilities
 As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting is a viable option for workers in many fields.  In fact, in the...

Posted: 4 days ago

As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting is a viable option for workers in many fields.  In fact, in the...
Wintry weather tests Austin’s telecommuting abilities
 As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting is a viable option for workers in many fields. In fact, in the Austin...

Posted: 4 days ago

As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting is a viable option for workers in many fields. In fact, in the Austin...
PAX South returns, brings plenty of cosplay, tourneys and retro thrills for fourth year
 In its fourth year in San Antonio, the big PAX South gaming convention continues to be one of the key gathering places for fans of video games and tabletop gaming in the region. Along with SXSW Gaming, Classic Games Fest and RTX, it’s one of the few places in Central Texas where tens of thousands of gamers can gather for a weekend...

Posted: 8 days ago

In its fourth year in San Antonio, the big PAX South gaming convention continues to be one of the key gathering places for fans of video games and tabletop gaming in the region. Along with SXSW Gaming, Classic Games Fest and RTX, it’s one of the few places in Central Texas where tens of thousands of gamers can gather for a weekend...
Day One at Pax South, January 12, 2018
Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Posted: 8 days ago

Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Day One at Pax South, January 12, 2018
Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Posted: 8 days ago

Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Day One at Pax South, January 12, 2018
Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Posted: 8 days ago

Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Day One at Pax South, January 12, 2018
Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Posted: 8 days ago

Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Day One at Pax South, January 12, 2018
Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Posted: 8 days ago

Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Day One at Pax South, January 12, 2018
Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Posted: 8 days ago

Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Day One at Pax South, January 12, 2018
Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Posted: 8 days ago

Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Day One at Pax South, January 12, 2018
Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Posted: 8 days ago

Gamers, cosplayers and board game enthusiasts gathered at PAX South, an annual event held in San Antonio and created by the duo behind the "Penny Arcade" webcomic. PAX South 2018 runs Jan. 12-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
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