Rodeo Austin

On Saturday night I attended my first rodeo, right here in Austin. Some friends and I have been saying for years that we should go and finally we did!


I’m willing to bet this experience will top my list for most Texan adventure of 2014, even after trying fried oreos for the first time back in January. (I was unimpressed by the oreos, but I’m still open to the idea of fried Thanksgiving dinner.)

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

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I wanted to give a quick plug to the show Cosmos in case you haven’t discovered it yet. Cosmos is basically an educational program about science, but it’s particularly focused on the awesome side of science: the Cosmos. The show is a reboot of a series of the same name that aired starting in 1980.

The first time around, the show was hosted by Carl Sagan, a famous astrophysicist. Sagan is no longer around, but Neil Degrasse Tyson, another astrophysicist well-known for his ability to communicate the science, has taken the reins. And in case you’re curious, the re-imagining of the show for today’s audiences is the brainchild of Seth MacFarlane, creator of the cartoon Family Guy (among others).

The first episode of the new series introduced the Sagan’s Cosmic Calendar. Spoiler alert: if you condensed the entire history of the universe into a calendar year, humans wouldn’t appear until 10:48 pm on December 31. How about that for some perspective?

Cosmos is on your local Fox channel on Sunday nights or on the National Geographic Channel on Monday nights. If you’re too new-age for tv,  you can also find it online at (obviously).