Geek party at Arnolds….
Tall and tan and young and handsome
The boy from Ipanema goes walking
And when he passes, each girl he passes goes, ah
Get me in, Wiz! <3
Announcing WIZ KHALIFA: A Tumblr IRL
To celebrate the release of his third album, Blacc Hollywood, trapwiz is inviting his biggest fans to hear it, in its entirety, at a small gallery space in Austin, TX. Accompanied with VHS-style visuals by UZI (lifewithuzi), Wiz will play back the album and perform for those in attendance.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
FREE / ALL AGES
Entry to the gallery will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early and stay in line.
If you can’t make the show, go here to listen to the album and see the visuals. More to come!
Violinist Still Making Music After DBS Surgery - Mayo Clinic
I love my university! <3
How (and Why) to Move a 400,000-Pound Tree
Today was moving day for three heritage oak trees in The University of Texas at Austin’s Centennial Park at 15th and Red River, to make way for the new Dell Medical School. The trees are only moving across the street, but it’s a massive and complex operation.
During the past 15 years, UT has transplanted 46 trees, with a 93 percent survival rate. (Source: UT Sustainability website)
University arborist (yes, there is such a person) Jim Carse reveals why UT goes to such great lengths to protect its trees and what it takes to move them.
What’s involved in moving trees?
Simplest answer is … a lot!
The first step is to inspect and assess the trees on the site. This was done in early 2013. We worked with the tree transplant contractor to rate the trees in order of significance and difficulty of move.
Once trees are selected and the budget is secured, the trees undergo root pruning and other maintenance activities (insect and disease treatments if needed, dead wood pruning and a strict watering schedule). The trees need several months to sit idle and adapt to the root pruning.
The next stage of prep involves wrapping the root balls of the trees and securing them for transport. After that, large metal pipes are drilled underneath the root ball in order to support the tree as it moves. Smaller trees may not need the pipes and can be boxed and trailered to their new location.
The final stage includes either a large crane and trailers or, as in the case of the Dell Medical School, huge inflatable bags installed under the pipes, and the trees essentially roll to their new location.
How much do they weigh?
The trees on our site weigh anywhere from 100,000 to 400,000 pounds.
Why does the university prize and protect its natural assets to such an extreme degree?
Trees are not always put at the forefront of construction projects. Typically, they are an afterthought. The design of the new buildings, a cool new work of art, or the expansive utility network needed to support a state-of-the-art medical school are likely more important to many folks.
The trees, though, they define the landscape. They grow and mold to the new medical district. They support the soil and wildlife, which are critical aspects to an urban watershed like Waller Creek. The trees reduce heating and cooling costs and reduce storm water runoff. The trees will be around long after we are gone.
We respect trees at UT, and they are rich in history on this campus, which is why we go to such strides as this.
We weren’t able to save all the trees, and many new street trees will be planted, along with interior trees in courtyards and along the creek. We also plan to repurpose much of the wood removed from the site into furnishings and art for the new buildings.
“We are creating a campus dedicated to health. That includes the health of its ecosystem.” —Jim Walker, UT’s director of sustainability
Video by Marsha Miller
Because I wanted to pretend I was fifteen years old this morining. Packing and moving is no fun. #tbt