Category: hidden San Antonio

How to stump a local politician

Just ask what his/her plan is to address unfunded pension liabilities.  Turns out San Antonio pols, who pat themselves on the back for the city’s AAA bond rating, have been playing hide the ball for years (check out page 78).



Art Meets Science

On a day that I’m overbooked, running around campus doing minor, but essential chores, and feeling a bit grumpy about the whole academic enterprise, I stumble upon a jewel like this:

Not in a gallery or the administration building, but in a hallway between classrooms.  Where thousands of students, and the odd faculty member, can marvel at what talents sometimes pop up where we least expect them.

KRTU meets Photosynth

I had an opportunity to hang out with the gang at KRTU, my favorite radio station, this morning.  During some Standing Around Looking Foolish time, I took the opportunity to try out a cool new toy on my Windows Phone, Photosynth.  Here’s the KRTU control room:

Blowin’ in the wind

The cheap veneer seems to be gradually peeling off the whole wind energy enterprise.    The Dutch are finding it to be financially demandingCalifornians in the Tehatchipi area are incensed at the idea,  The Duke of Edinburgh calls them a disgrace, and over 14,000 windmills have been flat abandoned here in the US.

In spite of all the spin from insiders on the take, wind power was a big bust during last summer’s Texas heat wave. Unfortunately for me and my neighbors, San Antonio CPS Energy remains hell-bent on selling wind power, and they’ve enlisted a claque of corporate and municipal cheerleaders to browbeat us into “choosing” to pay more for household energy.  With CPS on track to commit 20% of its power generation to renewable energy, I fear continuing hikes in residential electric bills as the subsidies run out for this stuff.

Tip from Future Pundit.

Update (26 November).  More folks are blowing the whistle on renewable energy subsidies.

OK, it’s official. A million bucks down a rathole.

I predicted the City of San Antonio’s Bike Sharing Program would be a bust, and it appears I was right.  So there’s $1,000,000 of YOUR tax dollars blown.  The only upside I see is that the B-Cycle kiosks are a strong signal of good locations for  private bicycle shops like the Blue Star Bike Shop.

Hmm, I wonder if I could get those barely used b-cycles from the City on the cheap.  I’ve got an idea…

Day of the Dead at UTSA

Best Fest, UTSA’s annual fall festival–where student organizations do the bulk of their fundraising–is a sort of hit-or-miss event.  This year the Campus Activity Board picked a winner with the Day of the Dead.

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