• Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Comcast Rep Loses Mind When Customer Tries to Cancel Service

    We all know the horror stories about Comcast. Some of them involve the dreaded four-hour window. Others make reference to service outage problems. In Houston, our biggest complaints are most closely tied to the existence of Comcast Sports Net Houston and the fact that it is unavailable to the majori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    It's Finally Time to Give Up Internet Explorer for Good

    Almost exactly two years ago I wrote five reasons why you should stop using Internet Explorer. Just this week, it was reported that a security flaw was found in the browser so serious that the U.S. and U.K. governments are recommending users forgo using the Microsoft software until a patch is made a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    10 Initials Worse Than NRG for Re-Naming Reliant Stadium

    It has been widely reported that NRG Energy, the company that bought the retail division of Reliant Energy in 2009, would be re-branding Reliant Stadium and the surrounding complex as part of efforts to make its name change more visible. Reliant agreed to pay $300 million over 30 years in naming rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    AOL CEO Firing Employee During Conference Calls Raises Questions

    If you haven't heard the bizarre and awkwardly hilarious audio of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong firing creative director Abel Lentz on a conference call -- a call of over 100 people there to discuss Patch, an AOL rollout that Lentz was in charge of -- take a listen. Armstrong fired Lentz in rather abrupt f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    R.I.P. Hotmail: Five Classic E-Mail Addresses to Honor a Fallen Comrade

    As of last week, Microsoft migrated all Hotmail accounts to their new platform ending a run that has lasted nearly 16 years. It was a classic. Yes, it was abandoned by most years ago. Sure, when the box wasn't filled with spam, it was filled with semi-lurid requests from porn sites and p ... More >>

  • News

    November 22, 2012
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    August 20, 2012

    Roger Clemens To The Sugar Land Skeeters: Who's His Host Family?

    The Sugar Land Skeeters have been drawing decent crowds to Constellation Field in their inaugural season, but they no doubt will be turning away fans in the near future on some days. Word has leaked out, first via the indefatigable Mark Berman (as fa as we can tell, at least) that Roger Clemens wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: The Houston Chronicle's Dwight Silverman, from Rock Critic to Nerd King

    A number of years ago, one of the then music writers at the Houston Chronicle recruited me to write a music blog for I had done some writing for the defunct Houstonist website and personal stuff, but nothing like that. I happily accepted and began writing a music business blog called Brok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    In Honor Of Tonight's RAW 1000, The Definitive Timeline Of WWE's Victory In The Monday Night Wars (w/ VIDEO)

    I don't know that any television product has changed the way we visually consume it more times than professional wrestling. For a majority of its history (which I am counting as the period from "dawn of time" until around 1978 or so), syndicated television was basically a weekly commercial for whate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Celtics-Heat Postgame Fun-Fest: Crazy KG, D-Wade's Hipster-ish Fake Glasses, and "Good Job, Good Effort!" Kid (w/ VIDEO)

    I love NBA basketball, but I'll be the first to admit that I am oftentimes more compelled by what goes on after the games -- in the press conferences, in the locker room, on the set of TNT -- than I am in the games themselves. I'm the guy who is rooting against LeBron not because I hate him, but be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Rearviewmirror: 5 Ways Ticketmaster Survived Pearl Jam

    Do you hate Ticketmaster convenience fees? If you don't, it's because you've never been to a concert. The various fees tacked onto admission prices by the global ticketing behemoth can add a pretty penny in a hurry to the face value of a chance to see and hear our musical heroes, and they're one of ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2012
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    December 29, 2011

    White and Nerdy: Explaining SOPA vs GoDaddy for the Tech-Challenged

    When trying to explain the debate over the Stop Online Piracy Act and the involvement of domain name registrar GoDaddy in a staff meeting this week, my words were met with collective blank stares, as if I were speaking a different language. It is a look I often get from Web-design clients when I tal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Five Factors That Will Influence the Growth of Streaming Music in 2012

    We all know that in December of 2012, the Mayan calendar ends as will the world, but before that fateful day, I've got a lot of music to listen to and, like many, I seem to be doing that increasingly on my computer and via streaming music services. Whether it is Pandora or Grooveshark or Last.FM or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Conroe Native Courtney Smith Crashes Rock-Lit Boys Club

    ​Introducing music journalism's latest female-penned release, Courtney E. Smith's Record Collecting for Girls. Following suit with like-minded veteran writers like Sara Marcus and Jessica Hopper, Smith's first book boldly tackles the music memoir, a literary genre historically saturated with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Case For Internet Piracy

    Well, not always.​What follows is a more or less accurate transcript of a conversation I had yesterday: Me: Looks like that charity album for Japan raised $5 million. Not bad. They: Which one, Songs for Japan? I downloaded that last week. Me: You...downloaded a charity album? They: No! I mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Top Six Artist Vs. Record Label Feuds

    ​Pink Floyd has finally settled its lengthy dispute with their longtime record label EMI. The band, which signed to the label over 40 years ago, first took EMI to court last spring in an effort to clarify their existing contract. Floyd sought to prevent EMI from "unbundling" their albums by se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Top 10 Worst Top 10 Lists Of 2010

    ​Now that's a headline, ladies and germs. It has the added benefit of being succinct as well. That's exactly what we're summing up here, the worst Top 10 lists our peers have written this year. Let's get started, as we've got a lot of ground to cover. 10. This One Not really, this is just t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    The Five Best Halloween Warnings Forwarded By Frantic Moms

    FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!!!​Oooooo -- Halloween!! So scary for young kids!!And for adults who insist on forwarding every e-mail from some AOL account carrying dire warnings of Halloween horror.Our five favorites:5. That candy has crystal meth!!Subject: HALLOWEEN WARNINGHALLOWEEN ... More >>

  • News

    July 22, 2010

    Over the Line

    As Mexican drug cartels increasingly recruit American teens as runners, a Sugar Land teen goes across the border and ends up dead.

  • News

    March 18, 2010

    Blog Stars

    Ten local sites that rock our world

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    The Yelp Effect

    ​Although there was no shortage of food-related panels at the Interactive portion of South by Southwest (SXSWi) this year, none were as insightful or as incendiary as The Yelp Effect, a frank discussion on the effect that online reviews and criticisms have on the restaurant industry. Led by A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    While You Weren't Tweeting: Tigers, Wires and Pairs, Oh My!

    What was life like before the Internet? Does anyone really remember, anyway? 'Cause, you know, some kids've been choking the cyberchicken since birth, we hear. Even we fogeys certainly don't recall much before the Invasion of the Interwebs, but we'll posit a guess that we were thinner, friendle ... More >>

  • News

    July 9, 2009

    Memories of Michael

    Also: Secessionist Session

  • News

    June 25, 2009

    ID Theft

    Someone gets your social, ruins your credit, upends your life. And gets away free and clear.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Flannel File: Quicksand

    Speaking of the early days of the Warped Tour, let's talk about Quicksand. Along with Helmet, Quicksand developed and popularized a particular type of post-hardcore that took the metal-influenced hardcore punk of 1980s New York, cut the tempo in half and filled up the resulting space with melody and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    The Search For A Lonely Houston Web Phenom

    This is the story of an overweight, lonely, possibly lesbian, cheating, married, Christian and, at the moment, anonymous Houston woman. She was one of 650,000 AOL users whose Internet queries were publicly posted by the company for three days in 2006. By the time AOL removed the data, it was too lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Don't Make Me Beg

    The rumor mill has it that AOL Sports is about to start hiring beat reporters to cover the various sports in the professional leagues. This is supposed to be like what Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline have done - those of you who have read those sites know how those work. It's just like with the newspap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Don't Make Me Beg

    The rumor mill has it that AOL Sports is about to start hiring beat reporters to cover the various sports in the professional leagues. This is supposed to be like what Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline have done - those of you who have read those sites know how those work. It's just like with the newspape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head in Klein Independent School District?

    Jewish parents at Klein High School want to know what Terri Hall, the academic adviser to the student newspaper, was thinking when she allowed what some of them consider an anti-Semitic news article and editorial to be published in the January 30 edition of the Klein Bearchat.The banner story in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008
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    July 31, 2008

    Might As Well Face It, We're Addicted To E-Mail

    Houston is officially e-mail crazy. That's according to AOL, which we were somewhat surprised to learn still exists. But it does, and it has issued its fourth annual survey of e-mail habits in America. The results -- only New York is more obsessed with e-mail than Houston. We beat Chicago, Detroi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 2, 2006
  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Comeback Clips

    A music-video renaissance is afoot -- but it's strictly on the download

  • Calendar

    August 19, 2004

    Family Man

    Christopher Titus turns dysfunctional into comical

  • Music

    April 22, 2004

    An Avril Afternoon at the Mall

    Lavigne's top-secret tour comes to Katy

  • Calendar

    January 29, 2004

    Pats and Cats Bring It Back

    The biggest of them all returns to Houston

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    No Free Meals?

    Plus: Movie Props, Blame the Magnets, Crossed Out

  • Music

    July 4, 2002

    Damming the Streams

    The major labels want the Internet to be as arid as the airwaves

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz

  • Culture

    February 14, 2002

    Net Loss

    The government killed TV, and Hollywood's begging it to revive the corpse

  • News

    March 9, 2000
  • Music

    February 17, 2000


    Rick's World!

  • News

    October 21, 1999
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    September 9, 1999

    FAT! SO?

    Cathy Woods weighs 500 pounds, wears a 50DD bra and an XXXXXXL dress. She loves her body. And so does her man.

  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Get The Goods On All The Bads

    We Snitch on HOUSNITCH! What's really behind City Hall's whistle-blower Web page?

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Changing the Music Industry Bit by Bit

    More options mean more choices mean more meetings

  • Music

    November 19, 1998
  • Film

    January 15, 1998

    Can't Get Up

    If only Fallen were as tightly and shrewdly constructed as its ad

  • Music

    March 13, 1997

    A Whole Lot Country

    And quite a bit rock and roll add up to No Depression music

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