Daily Archives: 03/23/2013

The Gatekeepers

(Community Matters) The Gatekeepersjust saw this w/ Steven at the Violet Crown. It’s an important documentary. One must ask, why would six surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency tasked with counterterrorism and intelligence gathering in the West Bank and Gaza speak out in this documentary? What does this say?


“I think, after retiring from this job, you become a bit of a leftist,” says Yaakov Peri, who ran Shin Bet from 1988 to 1994, during the first Intifada and the negotiations that led to the Oslo peace accords.

The resulting film is inevitably partial — it relies entirely on those six voices, without the usual documentary chorus of opposing views or disinterested experts — but also eminently, even thrillingly fair-minded. It is guaranteed to trouble any one, left, right, center or head in the sand, with confidence or certainly in his or her own opinions.

Honk Fest

(Community Matters) Honk Fest happening today in our neighborhood – Adams Park and Hemphill Neighborhood

honk fest

Ride Scout

ride sout(Community Matters) Ride Scout – a mobile ap, an Austin real-time aggregator & comparison engine including buses, transit, subways, taxis, limos, shuttles, car-sharing, and even pedicabs.

Hat Tip: Austin Startup

“Buzz” vs. Sentiment in Social Media

(Community Matters) A Bazaarvoice blog post

HT: Dave Altounian

What the Difference Between Austin & San Francisco

(Community Matters) Happy to hear Austin Gunter is enjoying his move to SF. In a recent blog post: What the Difference Between Austin & San Francisco.