Tuesday Oct 02, 2007

30 Hours in the Texas Hill country

My wife and I celebrated our 5th anniversary this weekend by getting away to the Hill Country that surrounds Austin.   On Saturday we chilled by the pool at the Marriott at Horseshoe Bay.  It was great to simply relax and read -- no diaper changing, no wrestling kids to bed -- a nice break.

On Sunday we took a scenic drive from Horseshoe bay, down to Fredricksburg and then home via Johnson City, birthplace of President Lyndon Johnson


The outskirts of Fredricksburg

Fredricksburg is an interesting little town with two major influences, Germany and The Pacific campaign for World War II. 

The town was founded in 1846 by Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach and like a lot of small towns in central Texas there is considerable German influence and many signs in German. 

The town is also the birthplace for Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Forces in World War II.  As a result, the road that runs through town is named "The Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway" and in town they have "The National Museum of the Pacific War."

 
Off the Willow City loop, north of Fredricksburg


Der Kuchen Laden: wrought iron and glass blocks. 

 
Nothing says Fall quite like a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins 


Pau for now... 

Friday Apr 20, 2007

Its Bluebonnet Season

Having just moved to Austin a few months ago we are experiencing our first "Bluebonnet season."  Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas and when they start blooming in the spring everyone and his brother goes and gets family pictures taken in them. 

Who were we to buck a Texas tradition?

 
One of the brood rompin' thru the Bluebonnets. 

 

Pau for now... 

 

Thursday Apr 05, 2007

Texas: The Lone Star (Office) State

Following the lead of Massachusetts last year,  the Texas State House and Senate are currently considering legislation to require all state agencies to move away from proprietary formats and use an open document format for electronic state documents.  The main idea here is that if the format is open it helps ensure that access to these documents will be preserved going forward without having to be locked into a single application or vendor.   This is a cause that Sun, along with the ODF alliance have been keen on advancing.

I was pretty excited to find out that I, a recent resident of the 28th state,  was able to lend my support to the cause by sending a letter to my new state legislators asking them to support Bill SB446.

I now feel like a true Texan, fighting for our state's software freedom.  Giddy Yup! :-)


Pau for now...

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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