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Depths of the Internet displayed on Reddit

December 6, 2011

[Updated on 12/07/2011 at 12:12p.m., minor copy edits] Editor's Note: The Life & Arts senior staff combed through this year’s pop culture and selected the artists, albums, books and movements...

Austin Free Skool provides free, unique classes

November 22, 2011

Tuition increases, financial aid and student debt are concepts that many of today’s students are all too familiar with. But for those who tend to avoid the “What I Owe” page at all costs,...

Extreme bike race takes over co-op

November 14, 2011

Some might consider Lance Armstrong to be Austin’s claim to fame as far as cycling is concerned, but when it comes to extreme bike racing, let’s just say that Armstrong hasn’t ever wolfed...

Students earn money on medical studies

November 8, 2011

Students often have spare time, a tendency to experiment with substances and no money in their bank accounts. Combined, these factors could make for a carefully budgeted night of Natural Light and Netflix...

Fun Fun Fun: Day 3

November 7, 2011

[Updated at 11:15 a.m., caption correction] On the third day, the dust settled a bit and the people knew that it was good — but not good enough to take those bandanas off yet. Sporting their multicolored...

New Nintendo games breathe new life into old favorites

November 2, 2011

Nintendo’s silver, Mario-and-Zelda decorated trailer has been zigzagging across the country since September, showcasing upcoming titles such as “Super Mario 3D Land” for the portable...

Parade brings dead to life

October 31, 2011

On Halloween, the restless, undead souls of the Circus of the Seven Dawns — a haunted, New Orleans style carnival-parade that, according to legend, resides in the world of the dead until the new...

Local festival celebrates squishy-faced pugs

October 28, 2011

Austin has plenty of festivals celebrating books, movies and music. Only one festival, however, celebrates more than 100 squishy-faced pugs dressed in Halloween costumes that range from bumblebees to soldiers...

Austinite sure plays a mean pinball

October 26, 2011

It’s pretty obvious that Nick Taseris is into pinball — even if his four-month-old high score on the Twilight Zone pinball machine at The Parlor is replaced one day, the dual pinball flipper...

Gaming club to host epic StarCraft tournament

October 19, 2011

In the 26th century, 60,000 light years from Earth, three civilizations clash, wreaking havoc and spilling blood — both alien and human — as they battle for total dominance of the Koprulu sector....

‘Fluffy’ card game makes being nice deceptive

October 14, 2011

‘Yes ma’am,’ ‘no sir’ and good manners in general can be hard to come by in today’s world of fast-paced schedules and communication. On the other hand, good manners...

Fundraising site Kickstarter propelled sibling duos graphic novel

October 11, 2011

It’s 2051 and all the gravity on Earth is gone. Manhattan Island floats in the sky and two companies battle it out for control of the weightless world while a slew of other characters are caught...

‘Occupy’ movement gains momentum in Austin

October 6, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which began in early September in New York City’s Zuccotti Park as a protest against political and economic corruption, has been steadily gaining momentum and has...

Students hunt for parking in crowded C-Lots

September 22, 2011

Levi Sturgis is on the prowl. He guns his black Corolla’s engine and cruises down a straightaway in one of the student parking lots on campus. A truck, an SUV and a pack of students cross at the...

Hanson to play by audience requests

September 20, 2011

The former heartthrob brothers of Hanson have matured and endured through the past 15 years, having released eight full-length albums and maintained a steady, fiercely loyal fanbase. The Daily Texan spoke...

Wheelchair rugby combines hockey, basketball, bruised hands

September 20, 2011

“About every tournament I’ll rip the knuckles on the back of my hand open from pushing and stuff,” said Jeff Butler, a junior in the McCombs School of Business who plays wheelchair rugby...

ACL 2011 Recap

September 19, 2011

This weekend was the 10th annual Austin City Limits Musical Festival in Zilker Park. Thousands of music fans from across the country and around the world descended on the park for three days of grand performances....

Austin residents attempt to rent out rooms for ACL

September 15, 2011

The Austin City Limits Festival always gives the city a chance to show off a little to out-of-town visitors, but with the rise of sites such as CouchSurfing, AirBnB and Craigslist that connect travelers...

UTPD uses social media websites to gather evidence

September 8, 2011

The Internet connects all sorts of people — friends with friends, strangers with strangers, employers with employees and, to the chagrin of culprits worldwide, law enforcement with criminals. It’s...

Patriotic, competitive professional eater chews it over

September 2, 2011

“Keep eating for America!” competitive food eater Hungry Todd Rungy says defiantly, over a basket of mostly-eaten tongue buns from the East Side King food trailer. He’s sitting next to...

Ping-pong buddies establish league with relaxed vibe

August 31, 2011

Friends and business partners Dustin Maxey and Richard Panter play a quick game of table tennis at Lavaca Street Bar & Grill. They trash-talk each other jokingly as they hit the ball back and forth,...

Local sign painter brings unique designs into modern businesses

August 24, 2011

You might not have ever met Gary Martin, but if you’ve ever taken a drive through Austin, chances are you’ve seen his handiwork. Martin is an Austin-based sign painter who designs and...

Space musical makes theater interactive

August 11, 2011

A high school reunion is, for some, a bunch of people who don’t have much in common anymore rehashing the good old days. But for two graduates of Westwood High School in Round Rock getting together...

Duo takes pride in safely transporting possessions

August 8, 2011

Editor’s Note: The Daily Texan reminds readers that listings on Craigslist carry no guarantees or insurance for services rendered, and employing unlicensed movers comes with a number of risks. Paul...

Psychic takes professional approach to paranormal work

August 1, 2011

“I see California around you, but it’s not going to work out,” the psychic says. “I get that there may be an opportunity to go to California, but you have to be careful, because...

Atmosphere, film selection drive Blue Starlite’s success

July 21, 2011

As dusk falls and ushers help late arrivals get squared away in their spots, popcorn crunching and hushed laughter die down as the screen flickers. All eyes are glued on the screen at Blue Starlite,...

Cover band’s popularity skyrockets with unique theme

July 18, 2011

About 100 people wander around Speakeasy on Saturday night, ordering drinks and yelling conversation over the top-40 and hip-hop tracks that are blaring from the speakers, but all attention turns to...

Librarian by day, rocker by night

July 11, 2011

The soft-spoken, bearded library assistant in the Life Science Library doesn’t necessarily have the look of an indie rock guitarist who toured Europe with an acclaimed ’90s indie band, but...

Hargrave Arcade founder a modern day superhero for charities

July 11, 2011

Trey Baker’s plain white, wooden house on Hargrave Street doesn’t stand out from the neighboring houses, but on one Saturday each month, Baker switches on more than 20 TVs and video game...

Teddybears’ album falls short despite notable guest vocalists

July 7, 2011

Teddybears’ discography has the sound of a band that’s been around long enough to have completely changed their style a few times. Since 1991, the band has given everything from death metal-influenced...

Fireworks ban deemed necessary but disappoints many

June 30, 2011

Interstate 35 is dotted with red, white and blue stands that open only a few days a year. The stands are a symbol of summer for many, but a fireworks ban in place because of the extreme drought...

Cowboy Churches spread Western worship

June 27, 2011

For many, Sunday mornings in Texas are synonymous with combed hair, button-down shirts, dresses, ties and wrangling the family into the car to go to church. But for those who attend Cowboy Church, getting...

Friends without Facebook

June 20, 2011

Living in a city that embraces technology the way Austin does can make Facebook and other social networking tools seem ubiquitous. Obama has a Facebook. Bill Powers has a Facebook. The guy “taking...

Under Lock and Key

June 16, 2011

Posted outside of Service Building 101, which houses UT’s Locks and Keys office on the corner of 24th Street and San Jacinto Boulevard, there is a short brass sign that simply reads “keys”...

Rally brings motorcycle riders together from all walks of life

June 13, 2011

The deafening roars of thousands of tricked-out motorcycles filled downtown streets and beyond Saturday — harbingers of the annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally and the accompanying leather and...

Special effects and education meld in Hollywood-style Stunt Camp

June 9, 2011

For lots of kids, summer is synonymous with explosion-packed, action blockbusters, but for kids enrolled in Stunt Camp, summer represents a chance to learn how those movies are created while experimenting...

Gallery Black Lagoon art exhibit showcases local color

June 3, 2011

WHAT: The Austin Series WHEN: Saturday, June 4 at 7 - 10 p.m. WHERE: Gallery Black Lagoon HOW MUCH: Free (Facebook RSVP required) WEB: galleryblacklagoon.com Gallery Black Lagoon...

A peaceful place to park your pad

June 2, 2011

Sandwiched between a few busy restaurants on Barton Springs Road, Pecan Grove RV Park would probably stand out if it didn’t blend in so well. The pecan trees spread throughout the park provide...

Comedy duo jars audience, delivers ‘awesome show’

November 14, 2010

The Paramount Theatre, Austin’s oldest theater, was also the city’s freakiest when the perversely hilarious comedy duo, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, invaded the venue on Saturday for...