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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
3:04 pm
[omegabaphomet]
Neuroscientists Discover A Sense Of Adventure
Neuroscientists Discover A Sense Of Adventure

Scientists have identified a key region of the brain which encourages us to be adventurous. The region, located in a primitive area of the brain, is activated when we choose unfamiliar options, suggesting an evolutionary advantage for sampling the unknown. It may also explain why re-branding of familiar products encourages to pick them off the supermarket shelves.

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Using fMRI scanners, which measure blood flow in the brain to highlight which areas are most active, Dr Bianca Wittmann and colleagues showed that when the subjects selected an unfamiliar option, an area of the brain known as the ventral striatum lit up, indicating that it was more active. The ventral striatum is in one of the evolutionarily primitive regions of the brain, suggesting that the process can be advantageous and will be shared by many animals.

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080625122945.htm

Monday, March 19th, 2007
11:57 pm
[omegabaphomet]
A2CT LT SIG - OPERATIONS SUMMARY
S-T-A-R-T C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N

Laser Tag! Laser Tag! Laser Tag!

A2CT LT SIG - OPERATIONS SUMMARY

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OPERATIONS SUMMARY

The A2CT LT SIG will play Laser Tag twice this week, once in the North and once in the South:

CODE NAME (SHHH!!) "Operation Northern Exposure"
LOCATION (WHERE) The Main Event
DATE (WHEN) Tuesday, March 20, 2007
TIME 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

CODE NAME (SHHH!!) "Operation Southern Exposure"
LOCATION (WHERE) Blazer Tag
DATE (WHEN) Thursday, March 22, 2007
TIME 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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A2CT LT-SIG

Motto: "Let there be Light"

A2CT - ACTION-ADVENTURE CLUBS OF TEXAS - AUSTIN LOCAL #1

LASER TAG (LT) SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG)

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E-N-D C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N
11:55 pm
[omegabaphomet]
A2CT LT SIG - The Main Event - This TUESDAY Night
S-T-A-R-T C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N

Laser Tag! Laser Tag! Laser Tag!

A2CT LT SIG - The Main Event - This TUESDAY Night

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OPERATIONS ORDERS

SIG TEAM MEMBERS (WHO) You there! Yes, you!!

OPERATION (WHAT) Laser Tag!

CODE NAME (SHHH!!) "Operation Northern Exposure"

LOCATION (WHERE) The Main Event

13301 N Highway 183
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 401-0000

http://www.maineventusa.net/newsite/broadband/austin/index.html

DIRECTIONS http://www.maineventusa.net/newsite/broadband/austin/contact.html

DATE (WHEN) Tuesday, March 20, 2007

This TUESDAY Night !!

TIME 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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A2CT LT-SIG

Motto: "Let there be Light"

A2CT - ACTION-ADVENTURE CLUBS OF TEXAS - AUSTIN LOCAL #1

LASER TAG (LT) SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG)

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E-N-D C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N
11:53 pm
[omegabaphomet]
A2CT LT SIG - Blazer Tag - This THURSDAY Night SOUTH
S-T-A-R-T C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N

Laser Tag! Laser Tag! Laser Tag!

A2CT LT SIG - Blazer Tag - This THURSDAY Night

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OPERATIONS ORDERS

SIG TEAM MEMBERS (WHO) You there! Yes, you!!

OPERATION (WHAT) Laser Tag!

CODE NAME (SHHH!!) "Operation Southern Exposure"

LOCATION (WHERE) Blazer Tag

1701 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-0202

http://www.blazertag.com

DIRECTIONS http://www.blazertag.com/contact/printmap.html

DATE (WHEN) Thursday, March 22, 2007

This THURSDAY Night !!

TIME 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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A2CT LT-SIG

Motto: "Let there be Light"

A2CT - ACTION-ADVENTURE CLUBS OF TEXAS - AUSTIN LOCAL #1

LASER TAG (LT) SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG)

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007
12:34 am
[omegabaphomet]
Camping Paradisios
I am collecting information on the best camping spots near Austin, Texas, for use by A2CT for planning camping adventures. I will try a few of these camping spots out this year and report back. Meanwhile, I am soliciting your opinions.

I have an immediate need this weekend, so time is of the essence.

I am interested in locations that match what I call a "Close to Austin" camping profile. This profile is based on the following planning assumptions:


  1. 2-20 folks want to go out to a camping on a Saturday afternoon
  2. the location may private, or public, but must accomodate folks camping there
  3. the location must not be too far from Austin, Texas
  4. the folks want to setup up a camp site
  5. play in the park, springs and trails until dark
  6. sit around the campfire dancing and drumming at night
  7. sleep overnight in tents or shelters
  8. and leave mid-Sunday
  9. they may have to make reservations
  10. it shouldn't cost an arm and a leg


AQ and I came up with a short list, but I am sure that there is a veritable wealth of information that my friends might want to share. Please give me info you can on the places you can speak to. I know this is hard work, so at least give me your info on your one favorite spot, or top-three if you have time, or all of them if you are bored or gung-ho:


  1. Rank the locations you're commenting on from 1 to 10: 1 is low, 10 is very super great
  2. Give a URL if you have it, or a URL to some pictures
  3. Note key decision factors like "day-use only", "no fires", "no camping", "no dogs", "no kids", etc.
  4. Are reservations required?


Here are some starter location ideas. Add any ones that you think I may have missed and give me info on them too! Everyone who contributes to this exercise will get a copy of the final super consolidated "Close to Austin" camping info pack as a gesture of appreciation:

Bastrop State Park
ranks 5
Closer on the east side of Austin

Blanco
Closer on the west, state owned

Buescher State Park
Closer on the east side of Austin

Colorado Bend State Park
west of lampassas

Dabbs Hotel River
Llano is too far

Enchanted Rock
too far

Guadalupe River
Closer on the west, state owned

Inks Lake

Krause Springs
ranks 7
only 34 miles west of austin
possibly the most beautiful springs in texas

Lockhart
Closer on the east side of Austin

Marble Falls

McKinney Falls [does it even have camping?}

Pedernales Falls
Ranks 7
Closer on the west, state owned
In dripping springs

Reimers Ranch
ranks 6
day use only
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
2:59 pm
[omegabaphomet]
A2CT Web Site Up!
I've put up a simple web site with basic information about A2CT:

http://www.a2ct.net

[I guess it is working ... for some reason I am having connection problems. I FTP'd the site to the server, but my browers can't seem to connect.]
Monday, March 12th, 2007
4:49 pm
[omegabaphomet]
Adventure Biking?
My wife and I are looking to buy a couple of bikes for some A2CT outings. The problem is: there so many different kinds! Does anyone have any advice about what kind we should get for general all-around track & road kinds of outings? Where do you think we should buy them? What should we look for? What should we watch out for?

Adult Three-Wheelers
Bmx & Dirt Bikes
Comfort Bikes
Cruisers
Electric-Assist Bikes
Free Style Or Trick Bikes
Hybrid Bikes Or “Cross” Bikes
Jumping Bikes
Juvenile
Mountain Bikes
Recumbents
Road, Touring, And “Comfort” Road Bikes
Tandems
Trail Bikes Or Light-Duty Mountain Bikes
12:37 pm
[omegabaphomet]
Welcome to A2CT!!
Welcome to A2CT: Action Adventure Clubs of Texas!!

The first local club, Austin Local #1, was founded on 3/11/2007.

Our Motto: Dream it. Plan it. Do it.

Our basic mission will be to have action-packed adventures. A2CT is open to men and women. Outings will be rated "child friendly" or "not child friendly". Age ratings may apply for older minors.

Our philosophy is that action-adventure feeds the human spirit. Challenges develop character. We will work together to help each member discover and explore their own personal missions in life.

Join the mailing list:

Yahoo! Group home page:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/a2ct
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