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  • Houston Creatives 2015: Nathan Lindstrom, Elite Photographer

    published Apr 01, 2015

    Nathan Lindstrom is one of Houston's top photographers with a list of credits that is a mile long. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Marie Claire, Forbes and more. He shoots everyt... More >>

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    A Mind-Blowing Theory About Ever After High

    published Mar 31, 2015

    My daughter has been into the Monster High stuff since day one, so it's only natural that she'd also get into the fairy-tale spin-off Ever After High dealing with the teenage children of famous fables... More >>

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    5 Reasons Slender: The Arrival Didn't Live Up to the Hype

    published Mar 26, 2015

    Horror gaming has really undergone a renaissance these days thanks to the increasing ability of indie developers to create and release products. What Tobe Hooper was doing with movies in the '70s, gam... More >>

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    Best of Houston: 9 Best Houston Horror Shorts Online

    published Mar 26, 2015

    A combination of increasingly cheaper film making supplies and the magic of the Internet has given the short film a wider audience than it ever has had before. When you throw in our annual Splatterfes... More >>

  • Shellee Coley's New Video Has a Message for Moms and Girls

    published Mar 25, 2015

    One of the highlights of Shellee Coley's 2012 album Where it All Began was the song she wrote with her daughter, "Conversations With Z." Now, thanks to a unique partnership, that tune has an official ... More >>

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    The Art of Lying to Your Kids About Boo Boos

    published Mar 25, 2015

    My daughter had a pretty rough week last week. First, she picked at an ingrown toenail until it became infected and needed to go to the doctor for antibiotics. Then she ran crying into our room in the... More >>

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    The Future of Terry Pratchett's Discworld Is in Gaming

    published Mar 24, 2015

    It's taken me nearly a week to really get over the death of fantasy author Terry Pratchett. Everyone knew it was coming ever since he was diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's, but it ... More >>

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    Blocking People Online Will Make You a Happier Person

    published Mar 24, 2015

    This may sound weird for a journalist, but tuning individual people out on social media has vastly improved my life over the past year. I used to be one of those people who refused to ever hit the bl... More >>

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    Doctor Who: The 3 Best Retcons in Doctor Who

    published Mar 23, 2015

    Canon is a very loaded word, and that's the only time I will use that pun, I swear. When it comes to something like Doctor Who, which is half a century old and very prolifically contributed to pretty ... More >>

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    The 10 Best Pet Cemeteries and Crematoriums in Houston

    published Mar 19, 2015

    George Carlin once said that buying a pet essentially meant you were purchasing a small tragedy. The fact is that in most cases we out live our beloved animal companions, and for some people the bond ... More >>

  • Desert Island Discs: New Oceans of Slumber Vox Cammie Gilbert

    published Mar 19, 2015

    From time to time, we ask local musicians for their Top 5 absolute desert-island discs, the records that made them the musicians they are today. This week; Cammie Gilbert, the new vocalist for prog-me... More >>

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    Where Are AstroWorld's Roller Coasters Now?

    published Mar 18, 2015

    Last week I ran across a seller on eBay hawking some of the larger and more memorable aspects of the long-lost but not forgotten AstroWorld. In the course of researching that article I found that many... More >>

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    Puppeteer Receives Grant to Tell Houston Stories

    published Mar 17, 2015

    Camella Clements, one of the talented puppeteers at Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre, has received a $10,000 grants from the Houston Art Alliance to stage a triptych of unique plays showcasing Houston his... More >>

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    Big Pieces of AstroWorld for Sale on eBay

    published Mar 16, 2015

    Do you still feel a little ache in your soul when you drive by the empty field across from NRG Park and the Astrodome? Maybe down in the pit of your stomach where you used to get the butterflies on ... More >>

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    Gotham Cast Members on Their Way to Comicpalooza

    published Mar 13, 2015

    Our annual mega-celebration of all things geek just snagged a rare and wonderful opportunity for DC fans. Five stars from Gotham will be attending the convention to meet fans and host panels. Include... More >>

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    10 Best Five Nights at Freddy's Items on Etsy

    published Mar 13, 2015

    I can honestly say I've never seen anything like the Five Night's at Freddy's series of games. The horror survival games are ridiculously simple and yet murderously difficult. A minimalist approach ... More >>

  • Best of Houston: The 10 Best Houston Documentaries

    published Mar 12, 2015

    Houston is one of the most unique cities in the country, certainly the most diverse. This naturally leads to having a bunch of people and places with stories waiting to be told in documentary film. In... More >>

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    The Problem With Violence in Video Games Is Not What You Think It Is

    published Mar 11, 2015

    I recently came across this excellent article by Carolyn Petit that examined the way the over-the-top violence is used in Hotline Miami... and because I found it on Anita Sarkeesian's page I then got ... More >>

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    Doctor Who: Ben Jackson, The Lost Companion

    published Mar 02, 2015

    The Tumblr picture to your right was one that a friend sent me and it makes me a little sad. The screencap comes from the 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" where Clara Oswald is taken i... More >>

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    Two Star Symphony vs. the Seven Deadly Sins

    published Feb 26, 2015

    Houston's own neo-classical darlings in Two Star Symphony are back with their first full-length album in three years. Seven Deadly Sins lives up to its name, exploring each of the classical transgress... More >>

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    The 5 Side-Scroller Puzzle Games You Must Play at Least Once

    published Feb 24, 2015

    Puzzle games are in a renaissance thanks to the mobile market right now, but while things like Candy Crush and its various knockoffs remain insanely popular, there have been some amazing entries into ... More >>

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    The Worst Kindergarten Homework Assignment Ever

    published Feb 23, 2015

    To those of you without kids, this may come as a shock to you but yes, there is homework in kindergarten. It's really minor stuff, of course, and in my daughter's case she has all week to do it. I'm t... More >>

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    The 3 Most Out-There Full House Fan Theories

    published Feb 20, 2015

    When I was growing up, the adventures of Danny Tanner and his enormous blended family on Full House were my jam...which probably explains why I as a 33-year-old man am still calling things my jam. If ... More >>

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    Doctor Who: 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Regeneration

    published Feb 18, 2015

    It's one of The Doctor's most amazing feats, the ability to cheat death by changing his form and adopting a new face and personality. How exactly the process works remains a mystery explored in depth ... More >>

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    Finally Some Movement on Eagerly Awaited Portal Fan Film

    published Feb 17, 2015

    In 2012 images appeared online from Alex Zemke that showed what looked like it would be the be-all, end-all of Portal fan films. Coming across as something between Pixar and Star Wars Rebels, Companio... More >>

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