WP Engine Summit 2019 Attendance

IBM allowed me to take off and go to the following this week: WP Engine Summit 2019
WP Engine Summit 2019 – June 24 – 26 – The Digital Breakthrough Conference Photos
Agenda

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Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Certified

Although, I bought all of the PMP books for the Project Management Professional Certification | PMP – Project Management Institute (PMI) As the PMP® is recognized the world over as the gold standard in project management. The Project Management Professional (PMP). And I attended and participated in several IBM PMP Study Groups, I decided in 2019 to change my focus to Agile.

Currently, I am also working on various stretch projects for the MSC. While studying for my PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification.

In 2019, I have joined an IBM PMI-ACP Study Group, to take an exam for my certification. Th MSC awarded me a prize to study towards a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) Scrum Alliance certification.

But someday, just someday, you never know:

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Matt Comer IBM Originals

Meet the Originals

Matt Comer


“When you meet someone from Austin, you realize how rare it is.”
WordPress Product Owner
(AUSTIN, TX)

Austin is such a music city, and really it always has been. My father would take me to shows when I was younger and even though I don’t play, I really developed an appreciation for the arts. Austin has a film community too. I belong to the Austin Film Society, founded by Richard Linklater. It’s really big. I recently saw the 20th anniversary of Office Space. It still stands up, and it’s probably even better now! Anyhow, I think a lot of us from here can really relate to artists.

SXSW just happened here. For me, it officially kicked off when my friends and I got up on stage with Rage Against the Machine. Which was almost as cool attending Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion. It’s 2,000 people that get together at his movie studio, which is a ghost town, and people just take over. There’s a jail, a saloon, a chapel that only holds about 60 people. You have to get really lucky to get in. We’ve gotten in for the past several years. Maybe that’s one of the benefits of being born and raised here. You know exactly where to go, and what to do.

Talk to me about:

Korean thrillers, How I met my wife (hint: it includes my lack of insurance and tooth pain), Kayaking, canoeing, boating, Armadillo Day, Living on the Colorado River

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Deep Dives w/ Matt Comer & tiny curations

Formerly known as Darkest Before Dawn Radio Show – Relaunched on IBM Radio

Darkest Before DawnDeep Dives w/ Matt Comer

Deep Dives w/ Matt Comer – started in the Spring of 2019, where I host a one hour episode spotlighting an artist or genre. This show features songs that rarely if ever get any airplay; these type of songs are typically known as Deep Cuts or Deep Tracks. The songs that you may not know unless you have really dug into an artist or band and listened to albums and a discography in its entirety. Rather than focusing on the hits that we all know and love, we will hear alternate recordings, rare recordings, live recordings, alternate takes, cover versions from other artists, along with vintage advertisements and interviews. Along with our own guest hosts and interviews. This is my favorite music and I am happy to curate this music for you! Please listen and I hope that you enjoy these songs as much as I do, so please join me and let’s go on a Deep Dive!

Also, please check out Antonio Banda and I’s Valentines Day show – “Valentine’s Day love songs that you didn’t know were actually stalker and creeper songs”.

Short attention span? Check out Tiny Curations! Where you can get the skinny on some great music in around 15 minutes. Come on, you’ve got the time!

tiny curations

This shows are distilled into only the very best and mostly rare tracks that represent an artist to me. Attention spans are short and so are these shows. We try to keep these shows to around 15 or so minutes. That might mean 2-4 songs, so hope you enjoy and thanks for listening!Like it a bit longer? Well check out a full artist spotlight and Deep Dive into the music with Deep Dives w/ Matt Comer!

Listen to Episodes.

New IBM Radio Show – Deep Dives w/ Matt Comer

Deep Dives and Tiny Curations Episodes
Listen at ibmradio.net and on the interwebs

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An hour episode spotlighting an artist or genre, featuring songs that rarely if ever get any airplay; these type of songs are typically known as Deep Cuts or Deep Tracks. The songs that you may not know unless you have really dug into an artist or band and listened to albums and a discography in its entirety. Rather than focusing on the hits that we all know and love, we will hear alternate recordings, rare recordings, live recordings, alternate takes, cover versions from other artists, along with vintage advertisements and interviews.

Or have a short attention span, tiny curations is for you

Based out of Austin, Texas, near the hill country town of Cedar Valley, just short of Dripping Springs. Brought to you by your host Matthew Comer. Now featured on IBM Community Radio – ibmradio.net.

Here is one of my favorites playlists on my Sansa® SanDisk Clip+ 8GB with expandable memory MP3 Player, via Last.fm.

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[lastfmplaylist:mcomer:a975414d32bba582f47ad3ae74aedc39:Willie]

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Valentine’s Day love songs that you didn’t know were actually stalker and creeper songs

Check out Antonio Banda and I’s Valentines Day show – “Valentine’s Day love songs that you didn’t know were actually stalker and creeper songs”.

Short attention span? Check out Tiny Curations! Where you can get the skinny on some great music in around 15 minutes. Come on, you’ve got the time!

Deep Dives and Tiny Curations Episodes
Listen at ibmradio.net and on the interwebs

More Places to Listen

Anchor FM

Apple Podcasts
Breaker
Google Podcasts
Overcast
Pocket Casts
RadioPublic
Stitcher

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Statesman – Forget Groundhog Day: It’s Armadillo Day in Texas

Forget Groundhog Day: It’s Armadillo Day in Texas

https://www.statesman.com/news/20190202/forget-groundhog-day-its-armadillo-day-in-texas

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Phillip Lee Houlton, Jr. Memorial

In Memory of
Phillip Lee Houlton, Jr
August 28, 1973 – January 20, 2019

I am saddened to inform you of the sudden passing of a great young Club Member, Phillip Lee Houlton, Jr on Sunday 01/20/2019, after spending the day with his wife and son at the CRGC.
I will defer to his wife Kathryn for more details or if she wants an email announcement or inclusion in the minutes about arrangements for this coming Saturday. She is on CC.
Or rather, will send you an email when the obituary is ready, so then if you could please send out an email blast to all Club Members about the Celebration of Life Saturday 01/26/2019 at Harrell Funeral Home 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX 78745.

Obituary

Phillip Lee Houlton, Jr, 45, was born on August 28, 1973 in St. Clair, Michigan. He passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 20, 2019, in Austin, Texas. He is survived by Kathryn Buck Houlton, wife, Phillip Lee Houlton, III, son, and sisters Shelrie Houlton and Shannon Hungerford.

Phillips early childhood was spent traveling the world with his family, accompanying his father on international construction projects. He lived the majority of his life in Texas, graduating from high school in Burnet. He then entered the United States Air Force and served six active duty years. He attended Southwest Texas State University, while being a reservist in the U.S. Air Force, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. He worked for the City of Austin for fourteen years. While working for the City, Phillip enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserves and later attended Officer Training School. During his time in the U.S. Coast Guard, Phillip took part in Deep Water Horizon and Hurricane Sandy Relief. Phillip retired from the U.S. Coast Guard with twenty years combined service, as a Lieutenant. Phillip continued serving the City of Austin until his passing.

Phillip was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Texas being a Master Mason. He was a member of the Capitol Rod and Gun Club and spent many years volunteering on the Youth Committee. Phillip was an avid outdoorsmen enjoying kayaking, hunting, camping and simply spending time with friends, family and enjoying life.

A visitation with family will be held at 1pm Saturday, January 26, 2019 and the Celebration of Life will begin at 2pm. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to Veteran Outdoors, an organization that Phillip dearly supported.

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Other Worlds Austin

Myself and a friend volunteered this year at Other Worlds Austin one and only Science Fiction Film Festival held on December 5-8, 2019. It is one of the premier SciFi Film Festivals in the US, championing filmmakers and writers and bringing the best films to the Geek Capital of the World. With a diverse and approachable team of programmers, we are building a network of SciFi fans and filmmakers, leading a loyal community, and launching SciFi films into the wider world.

As OWA Hospitality Assistants, we had a great time meeting with people and helping out and ensuring that all had a great time! We too had a great time viewing many SciFi and Horror movies and premiers! Looking forward to doing it again next year.

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Lake Travis Waterspout Tornado in Bee Creek Spicewood, Texas outside of Austin

Waterspout Turned Tornado Recorded on Lake Travis

http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2017/04/3/watch–twister-recorded-on-lake-travis-.html

Caught this on Sunday morning, uploaded to Youtube: https://youtu.be/thWSWyG0yFY

Lake Travis Twister April 2, 2017 Sunday Morning 9:17 AM CST. Bee Creek, Rod and Gun Club Road, Spicewood, TX 78669, Austin, Texas, CRGC. Boat Dock damaged by Twister Tornado, Wind Shear, Water Funnel, Severe Thunderstorm

We hosted a kids campout at Lake Travis on Saturday April 1st. There was a low turnout due to the weather warnings and nobody set up tents to campout because it was supposed to rain all day. And really roll-in starting around 1:00 AM.

I stayed up until 2:30 waiting for it, but not a drop of rain. It ended up raining a little after I went to bed. I rolled out of bed around 9, because got a call from a friend warning me about a severe thunderstorm coming, with 1,600 lighting strikes a minute or something…

I went down to the clubhouse to check on the kids. My wife and others were making breakfast tacos. The kids were in the road throwing the football and kicking soccer balls. And they wanted to come inside. I told them to keep playing, as I was told the storm would hit within 15-30 minutes. But as soon as I said that, the wind picked up. I walked into the clubhouse and saw a wall of what I thought was wind and rain. I grabbed my phone and started taking the video:
https://youtu.be/thWSWyG0yFY

It all happened so fast, we didn’t know what we were witnessing until it was over. In a matter of seconds we saw it and then it was over. The National Weather Service NWS The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – U.S. Department of Commerce – NOAA is also looking into this. Anyone with additional footage of the waterspout should contact Paul Yura at the NWS at 830-629-0130 ext. 223. However, now in the light of this video, they may reclassify it as a tornado.

Damage occurred just off of Highway 71, down to R O Drive, then down to Cory Lane and then into Bee Creek around the Mark Fisher’s Piranha Club – FICA. Then around the bend to the clubhouse where the video was taken. As depicted in the following image:

What appears to be a waterspout (wa·ter·spout?wôd?r?spout,?wäd?r?spout/noun
a rotating column of water and spray formed by a whirlwind occurring over the sea or other body of water.) forms and hits a boat dock tearing the roof from it. Then it headed East hugging the South Shore out of Bee Creek and into the main part of Lake Travis, where it turned into a tornado (tor·na·do
tôr?n?d?/Submit noun a mobile, destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud and advancing beneath a large storm system.) again and hit the Village of Point Venture hard, resulting in a lot of damage. And apparently, it was also a tornado prior to turning into a waterspout, prior to taking the video.

We got the kids and everybody else into a safe room in the metal and rock building and away from all glass windows where they waited out the rest of the storm. About 15 minutes later, all of our phones started going off, with Tornado warnings, but this was well after it had long passed. Looks like there was an error on this as well.

The send half of the video, was stitched together, and shows the minutes after the waterspout passed. What this shows is the direction of the wind and the water blowing from towards the East. I have never seen the water rush toward the East, the main part of the lake, it always seems to blow and rush towards the West. Metorologist have stated that this is another sign of a tornado, being the water is being sucked up into the funnel. Anyhow, I have never seen water go in that direction. This happened for about 15 or so minutes. Then the wind and water direction changed and blew back towards us. Then the water started to swirl, then that was it, it as all finished. That is the story of this tornado to waterspout, back to tornado on Lake Travis, outside of Austin, Texas.

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Thank you to the following people who helped share this video

Thankfully nobody was hurt during the recording of this video or elsewhere during this storm. Thank you to all and God Bless.

Update:
On Friday May 19, 2017 Joy Diaz of The Texas Standard interviewed me in the KUT Studios on the University of Texas campus. We discussed the video of the waterspot, the experience, and the aftermath of internet trolls. Be sure to catch clip the on The Texas Standard! The piece ended up airing on Friday June 16, 2017 on Fathers Day weekend, listen to it here as “A Father Leaves His Kids with a Memory They’ll Never Forget – A Spicewood Springs dad explains why he’s not “up for a parenting award this year.”.

Update:
On Friday June 16, 2017 Jim Spencer of KXAN reported that “April storm damage in Point Venture was a tornado after all”.

Details as provided by Paul Yura from the National Weather Service:

“Austin Meteorologists…

I told most of you that I would followup about the Point Venture wind damage (Early April Sunday storm QLCS event) once a final determination was made. The recent quiet weather allowed me to sit down over the past week and really go through all the pictures, videos, radar etc…and I have decided what to do.

A big thanks to all of you that got the word out and were able to get me some additional videos, pictures, contacts, etc. The majority of security videos that we received especially on the Lakeway side unfortunately did not clear anything up. Some blowing trees, blowing rain, etc. a video we got from farther west up R O Drive was able to convince me to start a small EF0 tornado near Noack Hill…continue it east toward the Lake and Bee Creek. That is where the good video of the waterspout is shown crossing the Lake moving toward Point Venture ( I think we have all seen that one). I do not have any video on Point Venture…and because of that I did not have enough evidence to take the tornado onto much of Point Venture beside having it come onshore where there was tree damage at their lakeside park area on the far west side. Track image below. Radar data was little help.

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Since the majority of the roof damage on Point Venture was seen on the south side of Point Venture it appears that most if not all of it was caused by strong thunderstorm winds. This goes for Lakeway as well. This matches up with radar nicely as KGRK showed 60-70+ kt winds in our lowest tilt moving across that area at this same time. (see GR2 image below). This was a 1-2 miles large swath of winds. Radar peaked at 77 kt. If that was able to reach ground and move across the water with little friction, to me it explains the significant wind damage we had on some of those homes and marinas that were nearest the shore and shoreline cliffs.

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So bottom line is that I made the majority of damage to homes and trees as a result of microburst winds. I am documenting an EF0 tornado with:
Date/Time…April 2, 2017 915-918am.
Max winds…80 mph
Max width…100 yards
Path length…3 miles.
Begin Lat/lon….30.3652, -98.0570
End Lat/lon……30.3805, -98.00994

If you are not aware…you can view some of our finalized data through what they call the Storm Damage Web Viewer. While this is not the official stormdata database, we use this site to upload our quality controlled images/tracks from our damage assessments.
website is…. http://apps.dat.noaa.gov/StormDamage/DamageViewer. Allows you to download the tracks as KMZ files, etc.”

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Dripping Springs Ducks Unlimited Banquet 2017

16th Annual
Dripping Springs
Ducks Unlimited
Banquet

April 1st 2017
Hog Heaven
491 Hog Hollow Road Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Doors open at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 7:30 pm
Live Auction starts at 8:30 pm
Dinner
Live Auction, Raffles, Silent Auction, and Games!!!

Come out and support the Dripping Springs 16th Annual Dinner banquet and enjoy good food, drinks and fellowship. There will be raffles, live/silent auctions, and games to win great prizes!

Call and bring a friend, as this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Advance Pricing (Contact a Committee Member for advance tickets, if advance pricing is still available.)
$75.00 per person
$125.00 Couple
Admission for two, with dinner, drinks, and includes a one year membership to Ducks Unlimited for both guest.
$1000 per Mallard Corporate Table (Seats 10)
$25 per Greenwing (16 and under) (Call us about options.)

Ticket Prices include Food, Drinks, and one year Membership
Last year’s event sold out, get your tickets now and don’t miss out on an action-packed evening with friends!

Online ticket sales

16th Annual Ducks Unlimited Dripping Springs Dripping Springs, Texas Chapter Banquet & Drawing Saturday April 1, 2017 at Hog Heaven in Dripping Springs.

Ducks Unlimited is a non-profit organization dedicated to waterfowl and wetlands conservation. Funds generated in the United States through voluntary, tax-deductible contributions are used to enhance, acquire and restore habitat in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Raffle

Items will be drawn in order listed.
Need not be present to win!!!
Must be 21 years old to enter

Raffle tickets are being sold for $5 or $20 for 5 tickets with a chance to win:

  • Taurus Public Defender .45lc/.410

Contact: Matthew Comer for more details or Chae Tracy (512) 496-8333

Sponsorships

Mallard corporate Table – $1000 (Seats 10)

  • Reserved Seating for 10 people
  • Sponsor Signage Recognition at Event
  • Recognition in Program

Sponsorships and Donated Items May Be Tax Deductible. Please consult with your accountant/tax preparer to determine eligibility of tax deductions. Dripping Springs Ducks Unlimited Federal ID Number is 20-xxxxxxx.

You can donate to the event
if you are unable to attend.

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Donors / Donations – Select Silent Auction Items

Thank you to some of our donors for their gracious donations of these selected items for the Silent Auction:

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