Texas

Sandcastle Days are here! ๐Ÿ–

Hey ya’ll, the Sandcastle Days festival is coming right up.

This festival is the annual chance for sand sculptors to work their magic on the beaches of South Padre Island while it’s not too not and not too cold.

๐Ÿ‘‰ I’m a sucker for this kind of thing. Hitting South Padre Island every summer as a kid, I did my best to craft some badass sandcastles. But I must admit now that they were mostly just Hot Wheels race tracks, doomed sea levees, or abstract drip art.

Iโ€™d love to see what the pros can do.

I can’t make Sandcastle Days this year, but it’s officially on my list of stuff to do in Texas.

By the way, I found this festival on a list of Beaches That Are Even Better in the Fall right alongside La Jolla, Dubai, Costa Rica, Aruba, and Greece. So take that, Texas beach naysayers! ๐Ÿค 

Austin

Places to play around Austin

Here’s a great post from do512 on places to go in and around Austin to play like a kid. Take the kids or be a kid for a while.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Where To Be A Kid Again In Austin

This post has it all: mini golf, pickleball, disc golf, go-karting, arcade games, bowling, water parks, darts, karaoke, roller skating, rock climbing, laser tag, art, even snakes and alligators.

Cheat Sheet

Dreamland | Austin’s | Typhoon Texas | Peter Pan Mini Golf | Punch Bowl Social | Austin Panic Room | Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo | Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In | Toy Joy | Austin Bouldering Project | Austin Roller Rink | Pinballz Arcade | Blazer Tag | Upstairs Circus |

Software Dev

Duct Taped Software

I love this article on the ugliness of complicated (or not so complicated) software in the real world. A games goes open source, and developers are horrified by the code they see. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜†

Beautiful. Disgusting.

I’m not surprised at all. Almost every successfully shipped system I’ve seen is full of really ugly code. At some point, you just have to ship that mother. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘‰ The truth is that many games are held together by duct tape

Via iOS Dev Weekly.

Travel

Ditch Your Itinerary and Explore

This is a great quick guide on exploring a city in a more spontaneous and fun way than just rushing between pre-planned sites. Explore and have fun!

๐Ÿ‘‰ How to ditch an itinerary and discover a city

  • Research, ask around — ask your Uber driver, check local Instagram accounts
  • Be present — look around, pay attention to signs
  • Map a Google map — Yes! I always do this on a big trip. It’s fun and helpful. (NYC example)
  • Avoid making reservations — give yourself some flexibility
  • Walk different routes — go one way, come back the other way

I also liked that the cover art and some of the story mentions Austin as an example, mentioning legit local places like the Hope Outdoor Gallery and Caffe Medici. ๐Ÿ˜€

Austin

Tau Ceti, Austinโ€™s Tallest Public Artwork

โ€œTau Cetiโ€ (aka the rainbow mural) is now Austinโ€™s tallest public artwork. do512 wrote up good article on it, including an interview with the artist. I need to go see this and do my own instagram post. But in the mean time, here’s a good one.

Me · Quotes

“They can buy anything, but they can’t buy backbone”

This speech by Bill Murray as Herman Blume is one of my favorite parts of one of my favorite movies, Rushmore. I was reminded of this speech by the college admissions scandal.

I love that Herman is actually delivering this speech to a bunch of rich boys. And only Max Fischer applauds. ๐Ÿ˜†

Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down. Just remember: they can buy anything, but they can’t buy backbone. Don’t let them forget that. Thank you.