Last night I had the opportunity to attend a Holiday Social and Networking Event organized by five different Chapters (the Austin Computer Society Chapter, Austin Communications Society/Signal Processing Society Chapter, Council of Electronic Design Automation Council Chapter, Circuits and Systems Society/Solid-State Circuits Society Chapter and the Consultant Network Affinity Group Chapter) in the Central Texas Section of IEEE.
The event was held at a popular spot, Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub in North Austin. There was a good turnout with more than 25 IEEE members present. It was a great opportunity to rekindle existing friendships and make new contacts in the Tech industry.
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My wife and I had heard about the Cow Tipping Creamery on Unique Sweets (Episode CCUQS501H). This isn’t a brick and mortar store, but one of the many food trucks that can be found around the Austin area. This one is located in a small lot with a few other trucks near the campus of the University of Texas in downtown Austin (2512 Rio Grande St., Austin, Texas 78705). Parking was a challenge as that area of town is full of apartments primarily occupied by students and most of the available street parking was taken up by those living in the area.
This ice cream vendor offers soft serve with a wide array of interesting toppings on their menu. We chose to share an “At the Ritz” 12 ounce ‘stacker’. The ‘stacker’ is their version of a sundae, but they stack the ingredients to give great flavor throughout the desert. The “At the Ritz” is soft serve vanilla with brown sugar hot fudge peanut butter sauce. To top it off there were crumbled Ritz crackers sprinkled over the top. This made for a unique creamy, salty, chocolate indulgence.
We won’t be visiting the Cow Tipping Creamery too often, but we can certainly recommend it as a great desert.
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The Texas Museum of Science and Technology (TxMOST) is located in Cedar Park north of Austin. The museum, currently housed in 30,000 sq. ft. of leased space, has been open since March 20, 2015. The museum evolved from the Austin Planetarium organization. The new TxMOST targets to fill the long existing need of a science museum in Austin. Austin was the largest metropolitan area in the US without a multidisciplinary science museum.
Currently the museum has few static exhibits, but is hosting the Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life traveling exhibit. A full planetarium is planned to be added in the fall. The site has plenty of space to allow for future expansion. The museum is located at 1220 Toro
Grande Boulevard, Cedar Park, Tx 78613.
This isn’t equivalent to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry . . . . yet. It is a first step that I hope many will support.
The Thinkery is a location in Austin that is designed to appeal to younger children (Elementary school age for the most part), presenting them with fun and innovative learning experiences. It is definitely a place where the kids can mix fun with STEM related experiences. I visited The Thinkery a short time ago with my 4th grade age granddaughter. The place was full of kids that were engaged with fun activities and learning a little science along the way.
The Thinkery is located at 1830 Simond Ave., Austin, TX 78723 in the old Mueller Airport development. It evolved from the older Austin Children’s Museum, which was founded in 1983. The Thinkery has been a part of the Mueller development since late 2013. There is plenty of free, covered parking nearby and there is even a nice park across the street so that kids can let off some steam with a little physical activity.
If you have younger children or grandchildren and are looking for a
place to escape the central Texas summer heat, The Thinkery is a
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