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Video: Austin Summerfest 2014 Ham Radio Event

Check out my video recapping the 31st annual Austin Summerfest, where amateur radio operators (a.k.a. hams) from all over Texas and beyond converged on the Capitol City for this year's get-together.

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Specialty Plates Drive $25M to Texas General Revenue

The state’s specialty license plate vendor, License Plates of Texas, LLC, operating as MyPlates.com has met its current contract $25,000,000 revenue obligation to the State of Texas, four months ahead of schedule.

In November 2009, My Plates was awarded a contract by TxDMV to market and sell specialty plates. The contract was authorized by the Texas legislature as a way to raise money for state services at no cost to taxpayers and guaranteed the state a return of $25M over five years.

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Timelapse Video of Tokyo-San Francisco Flight Is Simply Breathtaking

Inter-continental flights take a long, long time, which makes this clip all the more amazing.

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Pilot Orders Pizza for His Entire Plane

A Frontier Airlines flight from Washington to Denver was diverted to Cheyenne because of bad weather. The plane was stuck on the ground for nearly two hours.

The food on board was gone, so the pilot decided to order pizzas for everyone

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Texan Takes Patriotism To New Level, Waves US Flag in All 50 States

While most of us will be celebrating Independence Day with sizzling grills, chilling beers and bursting fireworks, one Texan took his patriotism to a whole new level, by traveling to all 50 states and shooting video of himself waving the American flag in each one.

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BBB Warns: Don’t Be Fooled by Fuel Additives Promising Big Gas Savings

With gas prices above $3.00 per gallon, summer travel can come with a hefty price tag. When gas prices climb, products that claim to improve fuel efficiency might be appealing. But it's a smart idea to be skeptical of any gas-saving claims for automotive devices or oil and gas additives.

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Your Pre-Flight Safety Instructions Were Never This…(ahem)…Exciting

I've flown on Southwest Airlines several times over the years; in fact, just last month to visit friends in Arkansas. Sometimes, the flight crew will have a little "fun" with the otherwise usually boring safety announcements at the beginning of the flight. However, in this video, Air New Zealand puts a whole new twist on the normally mundane task of informing passengers of the safety features and requirements...with a little help from some Sports Illustrated swimsuit models.

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Man Trapped Overnight at Vegas Airport Shoots Hilarious Music Video

This is fast becoming the hottest viral video on the web, and it's one of the best. Here's the story behind Richard Dunn's hilarious self-shot, self-edited video made to the tune of "All By Myself," by Celine Dion.

Caught overnight at Las Vegas' McCarran Airport with practically no one else around, Richard Dunn could have found many ways to pass the time until his flight in the morning. Instead, he put his trusty iPhone to work and made this hilariously cheesy music video for Celine Dion's 1996 cover of "All By Myself."

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Better Business Bureau: Top 5 Summer Scams

Summer is a great time to take that long-overdue vacation, or make much-needed home repairs. But, as the weather heats up, so do scams. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is warning consumers about some of the top summer scams.

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© 2014 Skeeter Nash
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Suspicious Email? Gee…Let Me Think About This

So, I'm checking one of my email accounts, and I see one with the subject line: "From Colonel Nick Logan."

"Hmm...," I think to myself. "I don't know anybody named 'Colonel Nick Logan.' I have a brother who retired from the California Army National Guard years ago as a Colonel, but that's not his name. I know a few people named 'Nick,' but none of them are in the military, to my knowledge. And I don't believe I know anybody whose last name is 'Logan.' Ahh...a mystery!" Now, it took much longer to write that than it did to think it, but I digress. So, my curiosity piqued (and my Crap Detector a-tinglin'), I opened the email on my iPhone ('cause it's harder to hack into those than a computer; even I know that). And here, just as it was in my email inbox, is what the mysterious missive said:

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25 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Texas

I love lists that writers come up with about Texas. Having lived here for just shy of two years myself, I always find them educational and, often, amusing. Texas has its own pace, its own attitude, and--according to this list--its own vocabulary when it comes to the 25 words mentioned.

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VPD VIN Etching Program Returns

A car is stolen in Texas every five and a half minutes. Having your vehicle’s VIN etched into its window glass will greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of vehicle theft. The Victoria Police Department will offer free VIN window etching at LifePonte Church (8150 Nursery Drive) on Saturday, May 24th from 9:00 a.m.-12 noon.

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