Avatar: the Last Airbender: a Case Study in Fan Mis-Speculation

In recent years, many rumors have spread throughout the Avatar: The Last Airbender fandom about what went on behind the scenes during the production of the original show. They’re particularly prevalent on certain Tumblr blogs and they usually concern main character Katara’s relationships with Avatar Aang and Prince Zuko. In between my university finals, I’ve spent the last few days researching these claims. It was tough, since most of the “sources” have been lost to the Internet. Continue reading “Avatar: the Last Airbender: a Case Study in Fan Mis-Speculation”

Prototype Sustainable Map for the UT Austin Campus

I usually keep my writings on my personal blog and The Daily Texan separate, but I’ll make an exception here: this post is an addendum to my recent opinion column on sustainability and the UT campus map.

Here’s how I think the campus map should look like. I took the visitor map from the Parking and Transportation Services website and added the UT shuttle campus circulators and some suggested bicycling routes.

(I’m not a huge fan of the segregated bike lanes on Guadalupe and Dean Keeton, but they are depicted for posterity’s sake.)

If we want to claim the mantle of a sustainable campus, a map like this is just plain common sense.