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Ghostly Sightings in Austin, Texas

At theseus.com, I strive for third-person narrative that is professional in tone. But the story of the ghost sign in Austin, Texas is too personal to tell in such a formal manner. So from the heart, here it is,  the story of the Dr Pepper Ghost Sign. Last December, as I was driving down Burnet […]

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When the Villain is the Landscape: The Genius of HBO’s True Detective

True Detective ended three weeks ago, and who doesn’t miss it a lot? Even though it only ran for a mere eight weeks, every second of this HBO series about two Louisiana detectives in pursuit of a serial killer was mesmerizing. Rust Cohle (Matthew McConnaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) couldn’t be more opposite in […]

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The Mystery of Flight MH370: Hiding Planes in Plane Sight? How to Fake it Like a Landscape Architect

In the wake of Malaysia Airline’s announcement this week that flight MH 370 had likely crashed over (or into) the Indian Ocean, there was at least a partial end to what had become one of the most puzzling and bizarre stories in modern aviation history. As pointed out in The New York Times, it made […]

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The Long Awaited Return of Theseus

Dear Friends and Followers, After a 3 month hiatus, I am returning to Theseus. What happened? I am teaching four classes this semester. It’s also exhausting being the sole provider of content. But today, after surfing the web, I found a site devoted to drifting people searching for a calling. One piece of advice was […]

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The Shame of the National Trust: Overlooking the North Pole as Historic Landmark

Christmas should not be a season of scandal. So how does one explain the approach of yet another Christmas Day without inclusion of the North Pole on the National Register of Historic Places? If ever a town, building (or whatever this place is) qualified for inclusion, it would have to be the North Pole.  Just […]

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No Prayer of Finding a Seat at the Smallest Active Catholic Church in the Country

In the hamlet of Warrenton in Fayette County, Texas sits a building hailed as the world’s smallest active Catholic church, St. Martin’s.   A brief search on the Internet reveals that this same boast is made by countless small churches across the United States. But this church is in Texas, so surely the claim is […]

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Ugly Cool, Part II: The Historic Victory Grill Juke Joint In Austin, Texas

Part 1: Ugly/Cool: The Victory Grill In part II of our ugly building expose, we continue our exploration of Austin’s ugliest but coolest building. By the 1960s and 1970s, the 11th Street area suffered a slow, steady decline. One by one clubs started to close, and The Victory Grill became a casualty of neglect. The […]

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The Ugliest Building in Austin, Texas is the Coolest: The Victory Grill, A Classic Juke Joint

This is part I of a two-part series exploring one of the ugliest historic gems in Austin, Texas. “Artists were relegated to the chitlin’ circuit. Working it was a grind. Even its title is depressing, derived from what black people call a hog’s small intestine, the cuisine of relegation. This chitlin’ circuit seemed to be […]

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9 Weird Facts and Artifacts on the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination

Friday, November 23rd the United States will reflect on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Just about every media outlet on the planet will likely pay somber homage to this fallen president. The facts are remarkably well-known even though half the people currently living in the United States were either not […]

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Dead Bodies in the Wreckage: What Should We Do About the Titanic?

One of the most famous historic structures of all time slowly rots away and yet, the preservation community has been oddly silent about its fate. We’re talking of course, about the Titanic. Ever since it sank on April 15, 1912 on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic, the public fascination with the Titanic has been […]

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SMOKE AND MIRRORS AND ARCHITECTURE: THE PENTAGON, THE NSA, AND WHAT THE BUILDINGS TELL US, PART II OF II

Part 1:  The Pentagon This is part II of a two-part series. In our last installment we examined the Pentagon, once the symbol of the military-industrial complex. Today, we’ll examine the new face of evil—the NSA complex in Fort Meade, Maryland. In the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s disclosure that the NSA (National Security Administration) was engaged […]

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