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Those Old Card Catalogs

Are your socks so special that each pair deserves its own tiny drawer? You might be in the market for a refurbished library card catalog, or even one unrefurbished with character and patina, depending on your tastes. Either way, you’ll pay a pretty penny for it on ebay or craigslist. You can get faux card-catalog furniture, but it won’t be built like the real thing. The real stuff is heavy blond oak with dovetailed joints, the drawers built to be opened and closed for a century. 

Star Talk

On the first episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new Star Talk TV show, George Takei asked what Dr. Tyson thinks will be the big discovery in his lifetime. Tyson said in the next decade or so, we’ll be certain of extra-terrestrial life. 


In Austin, April is not the month to blog about Formula 1, but Saturday evening we watched Senna, the movie by Asif Kapadia about Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian racer, and I can’t wait until October when the racers return to our circuit to talk about it. 

Going Clear

In January 2013, Austin author Lawrence Wright published Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief. This Friday, March 13, on what would have been L. Ron Hubbard's 104th birthday, director Alex Gibney's documentary based on Wright's book opens on the coasts. (And I mean the east and the west, not the third. Rats.) HBO will air the movie on March 29. 

Texas Maps

A beat up old TxDOT book came across my desk this morning, County Maps of Texas from 1998. Knowing there must have been updates since then, I went to TxDOT’s Forms & Publications page to see if I can buy a new set, but it looks like TxDOT maps have gone digital.

Death and Taxes

It’s time for the taxes part again. Need help filing? If you make less than $50,000, Foundation Communities is there for you. Last year they prepared thousands of tax returns, getting their clients millions of dollars in credits and deductions. 



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