5 Lunchtime Links: Apple debuts Hook ‘Em emoji and more

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Wade Johnston, who was a middle linebacker for the University of Texas from 1971-1974, shows his grandson, John Wade Hert, 3, how to do the Hook 'Em hand gesture before the start of the Orange-White Scrimmage at Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin on April 18, 2015. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

 

Wade Johnston, who was a middle linebacker for the University of Texas from 1971-1974, shows his grandson, John Wade Hert, 3, how to do the Hook 'Em hand gesture before the start of the Orange-White Scrimmage at Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin on April 18, 2015. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Wade Johnston, who was a middle linebacker for the University of Texas from 1971-1974, shows his grandson, John Wade Hert, 3, how to do the Hook ‘Em hand gesture before the start of the Orange-White Scrimmage at Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin on April 18, 2015. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

1. Hook ‘Em Horns sign becomes emoji.

No longer is the realistic longhorn emoji all Texas fans have to express their burnt orange pride. Thanks to Apple’s recent iOS 9.1 update, Longhorn fans can now virtually get their horns up when they use a new emoji that looks exactly like the famed Hook ‘Em sign. Along with our favorite hand gesture and nearly 150 other new symbols, Apple also debuted a taco emoji. Now if that’s not a nod to Austin, we don’t know what is.CR3GP6DUEAA75SK

2. “Sesame Street” debuts first autistic character.

The new “Sesame Street” character, Julia, does things a little differently when playing with friends. That’s because she was created, after two years of research, by the show’s producers to help increase understanding of autism and other developmental disorders. Julia, who is autistic with orange hair and green eyes, plays a major role in “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative. “We are all different, but all the same,” said Sherrie Westin, the show’s Vice President of Global Impact and Philanthropy.

3. Watch how Olamaie, Austin360 Dining Guide’s No. 1 restaurant, operates.

Austin360’s third annual dining guide debuted yesterday and topping it’s “Top 25 restaurants” list was Southern fare-favorite Olamaie. In the video below you can get a look at just how the restaurant acquires its locally-sourced produce, and what vendors have to say about chefs Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas.

You can read more about Olamaie here, or check out their menu here.

4. Here’s an Austin museum guide to help you through this rainy weekend.

Whether you have plans that were ruined by this weekend’s forecast or didn’t have plans at all, take a look at our Austin museum guide and use the opportunity to explore one of our city’s many art collections. The Blanton Museum is currently exhibiting “Moderno: Design for living in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela,” which takes a look at the modernist style of mid-century Latin American design.

5. Elton John announces new album.

Just before this weekend’s F1 performance Elton John has announced he will release his 33rd album next February, the first single of which, “Looking Up,” will come out tomorrow. The 68-year-old has won six Grammy Awards in his career.


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