the austin stock photography + creative works of dan herron

Austin commercial still and video photographer Dan Herron launched a couple sites this year that display his incredible talents. If you’re searching for some excellent high-quality, royalty-free stock photography of Austin Texas, then click over to HerronStock.com for some of the best photography of the city. Everything from the Austin skyline to notable landmarks fill his galleries and will give you the best impressions of Austin’s beauty and uniqueness.

Dan also runs Herron Creative Works, a marketing and advertising firm that provides ideas and solutions to clients seeking solutions and specializes in design, photography, and video production. Austin is saturated with creative minds, but Herron Creative Works is a breath of fresh air that separates itself from the rest. Rather than sift through the congestion of so-called creativity in this town, save time and effort by just contacting Dan and getting it right the first time.

Dan was a marcom manager for a company that downsized earlier this year and is currently looking for a steady gig. He has professional marketing and branding skills in PM, Web 2.0, graphic design, photography, and film editing.

the txdot click it or ticket radio jingles

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)’s Click It or Ticket campaign raises awareness to drivers and passengers about the importance of wearing safety belts. Catchy jingles about “clicking it” can be heard on the radio as part of this advertising campaign.

Here are a couple versions that are currently playing on 101.5 KROX FM Austin.

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Texas Department of Transportation
Click It Song (Explosion)

Recorded 2009-06-16 from 101X with a Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio.

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Click It Song (Explosion)

Click it. Click click it.
Click click it. Click it.

Click it if you’re tall.
Click click it if you’re short.
Click it in your automobile before you start.
Click it for your babies, toddlers, and kids.
Don’t just pretend to and say you did.

Click it if you’re a rebellious teen.
Click it even if your two-year-old screams.

Click it.

Click it if you’re driving one short block.
Click it if you’re driving around the clock.
Click it if you’re on time or running late.
Click it automatically. Don’t hesitate.

Is there ever going to be a time when I don’t have to click it?
The answer is “No! No! No! No! No!” You’ll get a ticket.

(Drivers and passengers, whether you’re going two blocks or two-hundred miles, be sure to buckle up. If you don’t, you could be fined up to two-hundred dollars. Click it or ticket. Brought to you by the Texas Department of Transportation.)

Click it. Click it.

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For those of you who lack Flash support on your browser (or just want your own copy) can click the MP3 icon to download it to your computer.

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Texas Department of Transportation
Click It Song (Cecilio)

Recorded 2009-06-12 from 101X with a Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio.

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Click It Song (Cecilio)

Buckle up. Buckle up. Now click it.

Click it if you’re tall.
Click it if you’re short.
Click it in your car before you start.
Click it for your babies, toddlers, and kids.
Don’t just pretend to and say you did.

Click it if you’re a rebellious teen.
Click it even if your two-year-old screams.
Click it if you’re driving one short block.
Click it if you’re driving around the clock.

Buckle up. Buckle up. Now click it.

Click it if you’re on time or running late.
Click it automatically. Don’t hesitate.

(Is there ever a time not to click it?)
The answer is “No” ’cause you’ll get a ticket. (Oh.)

Buckle up. Buckle up. Now click it.

(Drivers and passengers, whether you’re going two blocks or two-hundred miles, be sure to buckle up. If you don’t, you could be fined up to two-hundred dollars. Click it or ticket. Brought to you by the Texas Department of Transportation.)

Buckle up. Buckle up. Now click it.

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For those of you who lack Flash support on your browser (or just want your own copy) can click the MP3 icon to download it to your computer.

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The Texas Click It or Ticket campaign’s home page is located at this link. More jingles and other campaign materials can be found at the Click It or Ticket page on TxDOT’s website.

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the thundercloud subs radio jingle

Fellow Austinites who tune into 101X have probably heard the annoying jingle that Thundercloud Subs is currently playing. I would have to say that it is currently tied with the Reid’s Cleaners jingle that is currently playing on television but loses severely to the local Gatti’s commercial (“Dial 4 5 9 22 22 and get a Mr. Gatti’s pizza delivered…real cheese… real h0tt…”). Thundercloud’s previous jingle was mostly tolerable at least.


Thundercloud Subs
2009 Radio Jingle

Recorded from 101.5 KROX FM on 2009-03-27 at 0748 with a Mambo Clamp.

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For those of you who have never heard this and have been told to listen but may lack Flash support on your browser (or just want your own copy) can click the MP3 icon to download it to your computer.

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Thundercloud Subs Radio Jingle lyrics

When I’m really hungry and I want something good,

I go to the Thundercloud in my neighborhood.

The sandwich makers are friends of mine ’cause I’m in there all the time.

When my stomach starts to grumble, you can bet I happily stumble into Thundercloud Subs!

For a hometown vibe with delicious grub…

Thundercloud Subs!

It’s a tasty place that everybody loves.

Armadillo lady on a date with a stallion,

She’s a Veggie Delight and he’s a New York Italian.

You gotta eat. You know it’s true.

While you’re in the neighborhood, here’s what you do…

You go to Thundercloud Subs!

(roast beef avocado)

Thundercloud Subs!

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It was drilled into my brain for a couple days, but I have yet to succumb to its temptation by getting one of their delicious NY Italians. We’ll see.

Please share your thoughts and/or opinions to the rest of the world about what you think of this jingle, since you’ve stumbled across this page almost by accident. I’m sure you’d like to be heard, and everyone will read what you wrote and might have the courage to comment, too.

the taco cabana bogos and reasons why this great state pwnz

Tomorrow, Mare and I will be enjoying our half-price taco dinners. That’s what BOGOs essentially are. Taco Cabana sent a promotional flyer a few weeks ago with some irresistible coupons to stimulate the Texan economy.

Last week, we used the BOGO Fajita Cabana Bowl coupon. We went with steak of course. We forgot to ixnay the refried beans, so I ate pinto bean paste for the first time in a very long time. We also ordered some extra tortillas on the side, because they’re the best. When we were done eating, we were stuffed for less than ten bucks.

We used the BOGO Fajita Taco Dinner coupon the week before that. Each plate had two steak tacos, spanish rice, refried beans, and a couple extra tortillas. We substituted the beans for more rice and indulged in two big meals for less than ten bucks.

Taco Cabana is one of the best Mexican chains in Texas. The quality of their food rivals those fancier Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants where you’ll find yourself spending two to three times more for something similar.

We usually go inside to dine, because we enjoy the authentic-style atmosphere. I’ve heard the wait at the drive-thru can be ridiculous, but I think they’ve improved since they became notorious for having the longest wait of chain restaurants with a drive-thru. It didn’t take too long the last time I recall going through the drive-thru, but it was during the wee hours of the night. I’m sure it wouldn’t be in someone’s best interest on their lunch break.

Returning to good things about Taco Cabana: their salsa bar is awesome. You can choose from five different salsas: rojo, verde, fuego, pico de gallo, and a new pineapple chipotle. The quality has been fresh every time I’ve visited, and it’s help yourself to however much you want. The salsa tastes authentic like the food, so I get down on their salsa when I dine in. This is another perk to dining in versus using the drive-thru.

They also serve breakfast tacos in the morning. Coupled with their homemade-style flour tortillas, these tacos hit the spot after a late night of drinking or satisfying an early bird’s hunger. The barbacoa breakfast taco is delicious and wrecks your stomach in that good way signaling its authenticity.

For you readers who are unfamiliar with barbacoa, it’s seasoned greasy cow cheek. It’s extra juicy, tastes delicious, and does a number on your gut like you’d never imagine but worth the consumption. Their other breakfast tacos are good, too, but I’m devoted to the barbacoa. It’s not the best I’ve had, but Taqueria Almeida is 250 miles away;)

I was just going to write a quick post about their BOGO coupons stimulating people like myself to go out and spend money on eating out, but this post turned into a long rant about why I like Taco Cabana. Well, if you’re not from Texas or haven’t enjoyed food from this Mexican chain restaurant, then you’re missing out. I’m not going to overhype it, but it’s damn good food. Peace out.

the texas snow

Only in Texas will the weather be a comfortable ~70°F during the day, large gusts of wind come through in the late afternoon, and snow falls from the sky a half hour ’til midnight.

Mare took a picture of her Vespa as the snow started falling.

The bandwidth in the apartment is currently being eaten up with a 50MB upload to Stanford of a completed [email protected] work unit by c0rey and another one completed by Diode. The PS3 should be completing another one around 1:30AM.

To post this without having to put up with the lag from the large data transfers going on right now, I am mooching off a neighbor who is unaware of the importance of securing a wireless network.

To successfully rip The Dark Knight on DVD, make sure you’re using DVDFab Platinum 5.1.2.2. They thought they could stop us.

the thrice and alkaline trio show at red 7 in austin texas

Due to the siren vocals of Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath getting strained, the band had to cancel their Austin and Houston dates on their tour to promote their new album Appeal To Reason. Interscope’s melodic hardcore puppets were unable to stop their tourmates (The Gaslight Anthem, Thrice, and Alkaline Trio) from giving their Austin fans the show that they deserved.

The original show with Rise Against as the headliner was supposed to take place at Austin Music Hall which has a capacity of up to 4,400 people. The last-minute show was moved to Red 7 which has a capacity of 500 people.

News spread around Austin the day before the show, so many fans of these bands had no idea of the change until it was too late. My brother informed me late into the night before the show. We made sure to show up to Red 7 earlier than usual. The doors opened at 6PM, and the show was scheduled to begin at 7PM. We arrived a little after 5PM, and the line had around started to wrap around the block. We finally ended up in the venue half past six.

I listened to The Gaslight Anthem on the inside stage from the outside area of Red 7. The band did not have much to offer except for cookie-cutter song-writing to a point where the songs practically sounded the same. They have a cool name but came off like one of those bands that Austin spits out a dime a dozen.

Next up was Thrice. They opened with Firebreather. They played Music Box, which was a pleasure to hear since I haven’t heard them play it in a while. They played a couple energized songs like Betrayal is a Symptom and Blood Clots and Black Holes.  When they said they were going to play song by the Beatles, I thought it’d be Eleanor Rigby, but to my surprise, they played a cover of Helter Skelter. They closed with The Earth Will Shake. They left off a bunch of their staples including but not limited to: Deadbolt, Red Sky, and The Artist and the Ambulance.

Dustin asked the audience if the flash photography could stop for a couple songs. (This guy doesn’t use flash when takes pics at shows.) Of course, the audience didn’t listen, and a star-struck d-bag in the audience had to click a few pics with flash.

Alkaline Trio closed off the show. It’s interesting how both bands use a variant of describing “3.” Their set was excellent. They opened with Cringe (surprisingly) followed by Calling All Skeletons. Somewhere in the middle they played Goodbye Forever and rolled it directly into Emma. They closed their set with Radio, which is what they do but they do it well.

The best part of that song is when they stop playing in the right place, and the energized chorus of the crowd chants, “I’ve got a big fat fû¢k!n6 bone to pick with you, my darling.” Pat Skiba’s (He announced to the crowd that’s his new band nickname.*) lyrics are genius. That line from Radio isn’t representative, but trust me on the statement I just made.

The sound engineer did not do a good job representing their sound, but they still played a solid set. The show was like a section of the show they played at the White Rabbit in San Antonio a couple years ago on their Occult Roots tour.

The crowd just didn’t seem to be into the overall show as I was expecting them to be. I noticed the vibes in the venue seemed a little off. The fact that it was planned last minute contributed to the strange crowd of die-hard fans and grapevine listeners. The vibes came off as some sort of secret show that not everyone who was planning on attending the original show with Tim & Co. would be able to attend this show. The potential energy was not going to completely convert into the kinetic energy from all of the fans that could have been at the show.

Tim needs to learn how to channel his energy to his voice better. He must have been consumed in the passion in his music when he finally did a number on his voice, but he should also realize that he’s a working professional in the industry and cancelling a couple big shows on the account that his moneymaker went out is bad news. The least they could have done was go on with show and play an acoustic set. Maybe it would not had gone over so well, but it couldn’t have been any worse than what they actually did in cancelling altogether.

I’m a much bigger fan of Thrice and Alkaline Trio, and they both have parts in many of their songs where they belt out in powerful screams. You can notice when Matt can’t do the loud cries sometimes, but the audience has his back. Dustin was given a gift in how he screams. Tim, ask Dustin what his secret is.

Rise Against let a bunch of their Texas fans down, but at least they apologized through their MySpace profile moderator. A personal apology on a MySpace blog or their official web site would have been the more professional action to take, but I guess Interscope is a bridge that controls them from truly reaching out to their fans with a personal touch other than their lyrics that have plateaued.

Anyway, it was great to see two of my most favorite bands play a show together in a cozy venue. I’m glad it was not completely cancelled, and I look forward to see Thrice and Alkaline Trio again next year.

*He was joking, of course.

the hurricane

Austin is so inland that a hurricane would most likely fade out before it got to us.

With everyone fearing Mother Nature, I’m sure the shelves at the grocery stores that hold water jugs are all cleared out unless they’ve already restocked.

A hurricane is scaring people, and it’s been named Ike.

I haven’t really been watching the weather, but Austin shouldn’t be getting anything more than a bunch of rain which is excellent.