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I Remember You

The Ramones in concertThe last Bruddah has died. Tom Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, was arguably the brains behind one of the most influential bands in rock n' roll. He played drums on their first three albums, produced several others, and shaped the "stoopid" outcasts from Queens into a cultural force that spawned punk rock and put CBGB's on the map.

The Wild World of Statistics

Carrot cake ice creamOh, statistics! Just say the word and folks start to yawn, their eyes glaze over. But there are some fascinating stories hidden inside those numbers. Did you know that ice cream consumption has decreased since 1980? An average American ate 16.4 pounds in that year, but only ate 13.3 lbs. in 2010. The rate of cheese eating, however, has nearly doubled, from 17.2 pounds in 1980 to 33.2 lbs. in 2010. While I adore cheese, it makes me sad that ice cream is falling in popularity.

Have a Free Festival

Concert PhotoBig things are afoot this month in our sleepy little burg. It seems as if the whole world is flocking to Austin to join the vanguard of music, film, education, and technology. But if the crowds, weather, or price of admission keeps you close to home for the next few weeks, check out the Virtual Library for streaming music, films and TV shows, online learning, and a good book to take refuge in.

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