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Austin Govella
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Attended University of Texas at Austin
Lives in Houston, TX
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New blog post exploring some recent thinking about Information Architecture, particularly, what we can learn from the distinction between architecture and design (and how that can help us "hack UX").
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Seriously. If you have a comment, or a response, or think this is crazy, I'd love to hear what's going on in your head.
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UX Happy Hour returns, February 2014
Tue, Feb 04 @ 6 p.m.
Join us Tuesday, February 4, for the nationwide return of UX Happy Hour. We'll be getting together at LowBrow in Montrose (near the Menil). We'll be joining UXers nationwide, getting together to chat, network, and kvetch about work!

UX Happy Hour is a nationwide movement to meet for drinks once a month with your local colleagues. Houston joins cities across the U.S. like San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, L.A., Chicago, and New York.

What to bring
Everyone should bring business cards. And bring a little thirst.

Who should come?
UXers, usability enthusiasts, information architects, interaction designers, developers, and entrepreneurs.

For more information
For more information, email ag@agux.co, or follow @HoustonUX on Twitter.
UX Happy Hour returns, February 2014
Tue, February 4, 6:00 PM
LowBrow, 1601 W. Main St., Houston, TX 77006

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Oh... and bring business cards!!!
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One of the best rock songs to come out of the 90s. Powerful, dark, transcendent, and raw. Absolutely amazing. It builds for seven minutes straight before evaporating away into a wisp.
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Hey guys,

I just joined. Looking forward to connecting.

Earlier today, I posted slides from a talk I did at Big Design 2013. It's a 20-minute trick or treat on how to hack UX for agile, lean and waterfall teams: Hacking UX Zombies: http://www.slideshare.net/austingovella/hacking-ux-zombies

I'd love to hear how you hack UX to fit your organization and your teams.
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Thanks! I appreciate that. :-)
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Because i made a mistake when implementing the comments, Andy Fitzgerald's comment was mistakenly appended to the wrong post. I'm copying it here, so you can see what he said:
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I dig the nuance in this post, Austin – and I appreciate that you're getting under the skin of things. I can see how "rhetoric" in this context feels a bit fuzzy. In the flow of the presentation from which Dan quoted I do pin that term down more concretely as "the means by which we inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations." 

If you're interested in how I build up to that point – and how it contextualizes what I later mean by "argument" – please do check out the talk. I've posted the deck and the audio to Slideshare at http://www.slideshare.net/andybywire/taxonomy-for-app-makers.

I look forward to your second post here. There relationship between IA & IxD is complicated for sure; it's good to see serious conversation around how to bring the best of both to the design table (and even better that these conversation involves Lakoff – that stuff is gold!)

(Andy's original comment appears at: https://plus.google.com/111677848427905716630/posts/ipUUCKNdfHN)
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Mural.ly continues to help me kick ass.
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Houston's Lean Startup Circle will be talking about media coverage and startups next Thursday, Jan 9 at START Houston.
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I now you're working on some fancy new stuff for the upcoming version. Have you thought about doing any usability tests? I'd be more the happy to grab some local "typical users" and record how they respond to and learn the screens.
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Nope, poster submissions don't close until January. 
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Don't understand the horrible reviews below. I stayed here despite the reviews because of the airport shuttle and location. The room was updated and clean. The staff was friendly and the service was excellent. I even bugged them a lot (toothbrush, vending machine change, reservation change, requesting shuttle). Breakfast was pretty decent. Couple of blocks from everything downtown.
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Hole-in-the-wall joint right on the beach. Great bar food and cold beer perfect for refilling after long mornings on the beach. Friendly beach joint. Pool table and standard south Texas rock fare from the juke box.
Quality: Very goodFacilities: Poor to fairService: Very good
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Decent Mexican food. Nice change from all the seafood. Close to town. Cheap. Slow-ish service but good when it gets there. Rice and refried beans are standard but tasty. As were the corn tortillas. Carne guisada was good.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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Decent seafood ranges from perfect to over-seasoned or over-cooked. Still better than what you'd get away from the coast. On the loud side and usually busy. Good value for the money and right in town. Food takes a bit to arrive. Wait for a table during the Summer can be long. Shrimp is good. Mahi Mahi is great. Chicken fingers are really tasty. Anything grilled is pretty good. Was surprised by the calimari.
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Very good
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Good breakfast tacos. Drive thru or dine-in. Good enchiladas and rice. Don't remember the beans. Stop by here for breakfast every time I'm in town. Food is TexMex.
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Very good
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Fantastic drinks at the bar. Great waitstaff. Awesome view from the deck. Upstairs is a nicer dining room than down. Their signature oysters were amazing. We also had two specials: gigantic blue crab fingers and oyster Rockefeller shooters. (Best Rockefeller I've had, and the oysters weren't even in season.) I had the filet mignon of shrimp, and my girlfriend had the breaded Grouper. Both were amazing. Not sure why others had lousy experiences. (Maybe they confused this place with Pelicans Landing?) Five stars.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
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The pan seared grouper was great, but I waited an hour for it. Small restaurant. Nice decor. Probably intimate on off-nights.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Poor to fair
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