The case of the missing otter

Today we have a very tragic case of kidnapping. As we were working, our friend Oscar the Otter, was kidnapped. We did not notice until after my team was finished with our post UserConf wrap up that something had happened. When I went outside, I stumbled upon this message:

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If anyone happens to know the whereabouts of poor Oscar, please follow up with me so we can reconnect Oscar with his owner.

ACL Day 3 – Atoms for Peace day

So first, I can’t express how sad I am for the folks that didn’t get to go to the weekend 2 day 3 at ACL. Day 3 was by far my favorite day. I was introduced to The National for the first time, who were perfect live. The band I was looking forward to seeing the most was Atoms for Peace. I am a huge fan of Radiohead and loved Thom Yorke’s solo album. I was lukewarm on the Atoms for Peace album, though honestly I didn’t spend that much time listening to it. Hearing the music live blew me away. I was essentially in a Thom Yorke dance party for an hour and a half.

I loved it. Not only was this my favorite show of ACL 2013, it was my favorite Austin City Limits music festival show of all time. I was so happy to be there.

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Day 2 at Austin City Limits Music Festival

By the second day of ACL I was in heaven. The weather would cool down in the middle of the day, I was feeling amazing after seeing my favorite band, and looking forward to seeing even more. I feel like I saw everyone on Saturday but I was only able to catch a small portion of it. I saw Bobby Jealousy, Max Frost, Reignwolf, HAIM, Lissie, Grimes, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, and The Cure.

Bobby Jealousy was a Austin local band but they really rocked out the morning. Max Frost was more of a funk/alternative type band, also from Austin. I was pretty happy that I got to see some local bands.

Lissie was really really good! I have heard her music before but had no idea how amazing she was live. She gets compared as a singer/song writer like a 90s female song writer, but I think she has a lot more diversity than just doing girl-folk music. She did an amazing cover of a hip hop song to finish her set.

HAIM was really good, though I would have prefered seeing them in a smaller venue. Grimes was really boring, which was surprising.

The Cure was legendary. I am not the biggest Cure fan, but seeing The Cure felt like seeing a legend, though not quite Stevie Wonder legendary.

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 Day 1

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 was the best festival I have ever been too. It is my 4th time going to ACLFest, 3rd time doing a 3 day weekend. The amazing band list was overwhelming, and I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to see, but I still saw some amazing music.

Day 1 was “Muse” day when I got out of bed in the morning. Muse has been my favorite band for years, and they have been my favorite ACLFest show since I last saw Muse in 2010. That quickly changed when I saw Latasha Lee & The Blackties as my first band. I always forget how amazing all of the music at the festival is, and looking forward to a show at the end of the day isn’t the way to go. Latasha Lee was amazing. After Latasha Lee I saw Widowspeak, and they were pretty cool. They sounded like a indie-er version of Mazzy Star.

I ended up seeing Fun. , which wasn’t the plan, but I kept hearing that they put on a good show, and they were amazing.

After Fun. , I went through a huge mass of sweaty people and traveled to the other side of Zilker to see Arctic Monkeys and Muse. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Arctic Monkeys, and I really wanted their show to make me fall in love with their music. Their sound was a lot different than what I was expecting, but people had said they had matured over the past couple albums. I am not totally “in love” after their show, but I am wanting to listen to their music more.

The Muse show was awesome, though a little disappointing. They blew the power out on their stage a couple points, forcing them to cut a bunch of music out of their setlist. They played the songs I really wanted to hear from their new album “2nd Law,” specifically ‘Follow Me, Liquid State,’ and ‘Madness.’ I wanted to hear ‘Animals’ as well, but didn’t get to hear it. Oh well! It was a good Muse show anyway!

Muse eventually finished off with Knights….classic Muse.

I had a great time and an amazing first day! I spent a lot of time sitting in the back center of every stage, hanging out on top of my blanket and drinking a lot of great beer. After the first day, I’m not feeling that sore or tired. Just energized and looking forward to the rest of the weekend.