Here’s what the election would look like if it was all about maps

What’s the political meme of the week? I refuse to talk about Ken Bone and his sweater, because it’s shady to exploit ordinary people for irony’s sake. So instead, let’s turn to second most prominent election meme that doesn’t inspire absolute dread about the future of American society: maps!

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, election Carnac and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver tweeted out two maps of the U.S. One, predominantly blue to represent states theoretically won by Hillary Clinton, showed what it would look like if only women voted, according to Silver’s poll scrying.

The other, painted mostly red, represented the exact opposite: a Donald Trump victory if only men voted.

Then, a couple things happened. According to Buzzfeed, Trump son Eric (so, a campaign surrogate) included a GIF of the red map in a fundraising email to represent the Republican ticket’s supposed momentum, without including Silver’s original, Y-chromosome-centric context. In response, the internet did that thing they do, with the irony. They tweeted more maps. Different maps. Better maps.

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A map of every goat in the U.S., captioned “Crazy – this is what the electoral map would look like if only goats voted.” Another, with the outline of the country wearing cartoon jeans in a couple of possible configurations, asked “What would the electoral map look like if it wore pants?” And so on:

Yes, there are also sweater-clad Ken Bone versions of the meme, too.

But nothing gold can stay. Some Trump supporters on Twitter responded to Silver’s maps not with harmless jests but by starting the hashtag #RepealThe19th — y’know, the 19th Amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote — as a campaign to ensure the candidate’s victory on Nov. 8.

I said this meme didn’t inspire absolute dread. Just paralyzing, near-absolute dread.

Backstage photo of Matthew McConaughey at Willie Nelson reminds us why he is Austin’s spirit animal

Austin loves McConaughey like McConaughey loves Austin.

Matthew McConaughey introduces Willie Nelson before his performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9, 2016.  (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)
Matthew McConaughey introduces Willie Nelson before his performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

In the latest installment in the love story between the two, a picture of Matthew McConaughey backstage at Willie Nelson’s ACL show balancing the country music legend’s famed, stuffed armadillo mascot on his knee (donning a burnt orange T-shirt, of course) reminds us of why the actor is basically the city’s mascot.

The picture was posted to a “That’s #SoAustin” Facebook account, and we can’t say we disagree.

McConaughey made a surprise appearance to introduce Nelson ahead of his Sunday ACL set by asking the crowd to give him a “big, badass rowdy hello and welcome.” You know things are about to get “#SoAustin” when McConaughey is your opening act. And that’s alright (alright, alright) with us.

READ: A native Austinite’s impression upon seeing Willie Nelson perform live for the first time

WATCH: Matthew McConaughey’s pregame speech to Texas is award-worthy

Taylor Swift tweets ahead of COTA concert

It’s a date, Taylor Swift.

FILE - In this July 10, 2015 file photo, singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Swift leads the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards with eight nominations, followed by The Weeknd with seven nominations. The nominations were announced Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 by iHeartMedia and Turner. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – In this July 10, 2015 file photo, singer Taylor Swift performs during her “1989” world tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Swift leads the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards with eight nominations, followed by The Weeknd with seven nominations. The nominations were announced Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 by iHeartMedia and Turner. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

In case you had forgotten, Taylor Swift is set to play this year’s Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. And in case you still don’t remember, Taylor Swift is here to personally remind you.

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The superstar tweeted out an aerial picture of the winding tracks of COTA with her signature scrawl promising to “See you here October 22!” That’s T-Swift-minus 12 days till we are graced with the short blonde hair and long list of ex-lovers of the squad-queen herself.

We’ll write her name.

READ: Taylor Swift to play this year’s Formula One Grand Prix

READ: Why you won’t remember that Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris even dated

This Texas teenager decorated her dog’s house for Halloween

Plenty of people dress up their dogs for Halloween. It’s an increasingly common trend, and after seeing how cute our furry friends look in their get-ups, it’s hard to resist finding the perfect costume (my shih tzu, Oso, is going as an Ewok this year – so yes, I’ve joined the dark side).

But one Texas teen decided to take her dog’s Halloween celebrations one step further.

According to Buzzfeed, 15-year-old Mya Martinez from South Texas decided to decorate her dog Tyson’s house because it’s his first Halloween.

Martinez tweeted the photos of Tyson’s house on Oct. 5, and since then, it’s garnered more than 20,000 retweets and 32,000 likes.

And of course, Tyson has an adorable Halloween costume.

People say dogs don’t enjoy the same things their humans do, but the 10-month-old pug looks SO HAPPY in his newly decorated home.

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That puppy grin is priceless.

RELATED: Austin named America’s best city for dogs

Satirical website presents Donald Trump’s (fake) cover letter

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Henderson Pavilion on October 5, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump is campaigning ahead of the second presidential debate coming up on October 9 with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Henderson Pavilion on October 5, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump is campaigning ahead of the second presidential debate coming up on October 9 with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

What if Donald Trump ran for president with a job application? Seattle design studio Hum Creative imagined what an interactive version of his application might look like, starting with a cover letter. It begins “Dear America, I’m submitting my resume for commander in chief. It’s really, really tremendous.”

HireTheDonald.com, which does not take a favorable view of the candidate, continues with a fictional personal statement, skills and endorsements. Almost everything is interactive and the design is bold, with a lurid red, white and blue color scheme accompanying quotes from Trump and links to different news articles. The bottom of the website features an Election Day countdown and a message to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Drew Hamlet, lead designer at Hum, posted the site on Designer News, an online community for designers to connect. Forum members can comment and upvote posts, in a similar style to Reddit. Most commented on the design of the website, but a few voiced their concerns with its political slant.

“Really nice design and informative!” Matthew Kosloski wrote. “I like everything about this except for the Hillary Clinton endorsement at the bottom; you should not tell people who to vote for.”

Connor Norvell focused on the design aspect, commenting, “This is beautiful, regardless of your political affiliation. I love you hum.”

Austin-area home featured in Solange’s new music video

Solange Knowles released her new album “A Seat at the Table” last week. A few days after she premiered two new music videos for songs featured on the album: “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “Cranes in the Sky.” Both the album and videos have already been lauded by critics.

Some Austinites might recognize an Austin-area home and Hill Country landmark in the video for “Cranes in the Sky,” which Vogue reports was shot across the deserts of Texas and mountains of New Mexico.

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The Plant at Kyle is, according to its own website, a house and “architectural landmark” located about 30 miles outside of Austin. The house as it stands today (after “beginning life in the 1920s as a shed at the Alamo Cement plant”) was built out of scrapped materials from a soon-to-be-demolished San Antonio cement plant and has won several architectural awards.

The complex claims to house the “world’s largest screened in porch,” which Solange can be seen dancing in in the “Cranes” video.

Recognize any of the other spots in the video? You can watch it in full below:

Stars Hollow meets Austin for ‘Gilmore Girls’ coffee shop takeover

It’s official: Austin loves ‘Gilmore Girls.’

Fans of the coffee-guzzling, fast-talking mother-daughter duo were out in full force on Wednesday morning for the Luke’s Diner takeover of three local coffee shops: Summermoon Coffee Bar, Vintage Heart Coffee and Caffe Medici. Diehards across the country were treated to a free cup of joe courtesy of Netflix, which is releasing its “Gilmore Girls” revival next month.

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There was flannel. There were backwards baseball caps. And oh, was there coffee.

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MORE: Can’t get enough GG? Check out photos from the ‘Gilmore Girls’ reunion red carpet at the ATX Television Fest.

Everyone found Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles at ACL again

It’s that time of year. It’s “Supernatural” star sighting season.

A balloon providing light for the night floats above Zilker Park as the sun sets over the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 1, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)
A balloon providing light for the night floats above Zilker Park as the sun sets over the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 1, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, who play the Winchester brothers on the long-running CW show, are Austin fixtures. Last year at Austin City Limits Music Festival, one of our photographers snagged a shot of Padalecki, and fans posted selfies with both actors on social media. We haven’t caught up with either of them ourselves this weekend, but plenty of other folks have, according to Twitter and Instagram.

Check out the “Supernatural” photo-ops below.

 

 

And don’t forget: At ACL Fest 2016, our first star sighting was shaken, not stirred.