MagAO-eXtreme Posts

  • On Central Texas and Breakfast Tacos

    2020-07-19

    Logan Pearce

    On Central Texas and Breakfast Tacos
    Central Texas, the region that encompasses Austin, San Antonio, and surrounding towns, did not invent the breakfast taco (well, at least Austin didn’t, more on that later). Breakfast tacos have been popular in the region since the 70s (source), but with the massive influx of hipsters and their penchant for brunch, niche trends, ...
  • Quarantine Crafting

    2020-07-14

    Lauren Schatz

    Quarantine Crafting
    Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Rona A little over a year ago now I was moving back from France to Tucson. I decided to move into a two bedroom apartment, with the expectation of turning one room into a home office/craft space. Throughout undergrad and graduate school I kept some crafting ...
  • I’m not any good at whole bean coffee.

    2020-07-11

    Logan Pearce

    I'm not any good at whole bean coffee.
    The year is 2001, I am a fresh faced young junior at Purdue University. I did the traditional college path, straight out of high school. I distinctly remember having the thought that I didn’t want to acquire the taste for either beer or coffee, because both seemed problematic. Then I joined the ...
  • Southwestern Cooking: Mesquite

    2020-07-07

    Jhen Lumbres

    Southwestern Cooking: Mesquite
    Since we’re back to the blogging business with Arizona’s second (albeit smaller) shutdown, I decided to revisit my first blog entry from the first shutdown. I attributed my dalgona coffee’s successes to having the appropriate kichen hardware available. For my first blog post in the second shutdown, I decided to go the opposite direction: how ...
  • The thrill of travel from the safety of home

    2020-07-03

    Joseph Long

    The thrill of travel from the safety of home
    While our last blog missive coincided with the “reopening” of Arizona, the global pandemic continues unabated. So, I thought it would be a good time to get into these “video games” I’ve heard so much about over the years. I quickly found out that one needs a “game controller” for the full experience, and that ...
  • MagAO-X 2020A Stay At Home Day 45: Telling Stories

    2020-05-17

    Jared Males

    This is, officially, the highest numbered “run” post achieved (so far) on this blog. Jhen’s post yesterday tied with the previous record holder, Day 44 from 2015A, what we fondly refer to as The Death Run. Arizona is opening back up. So, to some extent, is UofA research. Our lab, The XWCL, has ...
  • MagAO-X 2020A Stay At Home Day 44: Award-winning Video Game Music

    2020-05-15

    Jhen Lumbres

    This may surprise people, but did you know that a video game theme has won a Grammy award? In 2011, the main theme of Civilization IV, “Baba Yetu” (Swahili version of The Lord’s Prayer), won a grammy award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The composer is Christopher Tin and features the Soweto Gospel Choir ...
  • MagAO-X 2020A Stay At Home Day 43: Spicy danger noodle

    2020-05-14

    Logan Pearce

    MagAO-X 2020A Stay At Home Day 43: Spicy danger noodle
    According to wikipedia, there are 22 species of venomous snakes in Arizona. One of these snakes that is shared between AZ and my hometown in Texas is the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. If you’ve never seen one in the wild, it looks like this: Image credit: me If you’ve never seen one in the wild, you ...
  • MagAO-X 2020A Stay At Home Day 42: Green Thumb

    2020-05-13

    Jhen Lumbres

    MagAO-X 2020A Stay At Home Day 42: Green Thumb
    One of the things I have been pursuing with little success through my PhD is trying to keep plants alive to their first birthday (or sometimes their half-birthday). I usually do well enough in the cooler months, but with summer comes me traveling, intense heat, and the monsoons that months of progress go kaput. To ...
  • MagAO-X 2020A Stay At Home Day 41: Forks and Knives

    2020-05-12

    Jhen Lumbres

    MagAO-X 2020A Stay At Home Day 41: Forks and Knives
    The days have cooled down a bit, no more peaking above 100F. I’m enjoying being able to keep my blinds open while I work in the daytime. Once it becomes consistent days of being above 100F, then the blinds have to be closed at all times. One of my quarantine purchases has been getting a bicycle ...