The cake-ball hype took off just a couple years ago, but Angie Jackson of Angie's Cake began her cake ball and pop business before anyone even knew what a cake ball was. In fact, the mecca for these bite size sweets, aka Pinterest, hadn't been invented when Jackson made her first cake balls. Jackso ... More >>
Much like a quarterback going back and looking at game film, I like to end the week by going back and reading what I wrote, seeing what I did wrong and where I might be able to improve. It's the blogger's version of Gary Kubiak's "I gotta go back and look at the film...get that corrected...and we ... More >>
My last official day at the Houston Press is tomorrow, so these past two weeks I have been sifting through my body of work here at Rocks Off, almost seven years of words. I've been gleefully overdosing on nostalgia here at my desk, and I have (almost) no regrets. I'll have some more words on my depa ... More >>
I enjoy eating foie gras and I'm not going to apologize for it. I don't believe in animal cruelty (and whether force-feeding is actually "cruel", painful, or harmful is a matter of debate), but I do believe in an individual's right to choose what he or she consumes. Furthermore, I would consider my ... More >>
The final ballot count for baseball's 2013 Hall of Fame induction class was announced on Wednesday. Not surprisingly, the baseball writers collectively chose to induct nobody in this year's class. Even less surprisingly, the players on the ballot who had the stain of performance-enhancing drug use o ... More >>
One of my favorite pastimes is reminding my friends how old we are all getting, partly because I am cruel, and probably because even I am astounded that actor Steve Guttenberg is now three years older than Wilford Brimley was when they filmed Cocoon together in 1985. We can all think of things tha ... More >>
Sharon Engelstein and Matthew Sontheimer demonstrate their different talents.
Battlesong: Weapons Grade, one of our favorite local food blogs, has been given a new, more appropriate title: Battlesong. It's fitting for the types of war cries that Justin Vann issues on his blog, including the latest about the prevalence of Angry Birds everywhere you look. He even confronted the ... More >>
Recently Green Day have been trying to promote their latest album by infiltrating all forms of mainstream media and somebody in the band must have realized that Angry Birds is a thing so why should it be left out? That is, presumably, how the world came to see Green Day members immortalized as gree ... More >>
Sadly, you won't find Motörhead lifer Lemmy Kilmister on Twitter anytime soon.
Over the past month, I've gotten multiple notices from Google about an update to their privacy documentation and, apparently, it's caused quite a little furor. As usual with any large tech company that commands so much of our data, any change is viewed with skepticism. When Facebook has a pol ... More >>
App: Words With Friends Platforms: iPhone, Android, Online through Facebook Web site: WordsWithFriends.com Cost: Free ad-supported or $1.99 without ads Yesterday, I was sitting in a local government office waiting to fill out some paperwork and I was bored. Thankfully, I had my phone. Since I got a ... More >>
Evernote. Get it.I buy a lot of apps for my iPhone; too many, really. Some are just to review. Others are for actual use, some even every day. But, truth is, there are more on my phone than I can reasonably be expected to use on a regular basis, but I like them all...mostly, and I do use them ... More >>
Photo by Nicholas L. HallIt's a Christmas Miracle!We here over at Brew Blog (just me, really) thought it might be nice to spread a little bit of holiday cheer this week. Sure, I could just review another winter-themed beer, but I thought our time would be better served with a little story abo ... More >>
But I saw it on the news!!The shocking surprise news of the morning -- today's teenagers don't spend every waking minute sending nude photos of themselves to each other. This new study flies in the face of a much more highly scientific method of research, which is bogus journalistic trend st ... More >>
Earlier this week, Chamillionaire, still glowing from being free from the tyrannical grip of Universal Records, released Major Pain 1.5. Thursday afternoon, he was polite (or politic) enough to take a few minutes to talk about the tape. The notes from the conversation and the tape are kind ... More >>
Baaaaaaby Ruth!!!It's Astros season again, which more than likely means copious losses, manly tears, beer bottles broken over televisions, and the testicular fortitude of a snake-charmer to get through nine innings of a game without the aid of alcohol, narcotics, or a distracting game of Angr ... More >>
Yeah, there's an app for thatHave your Angry Birds gone postal? You might need the newest app, from the Death Penalty Information Center. Today's on-the-go death-penalty activist is now only a touch away from "our Fact Sheet on the Death Penalty, our Execution Database, and the most recent d ... More >>
Angry Birds: As good a playoff-picking method as anyEvery Friday (Thursday some weeks) when I go to fish the lines for that weekend's football games off the Internet, I go to the same site. (Point of non-disclosure: I will not reveal the name of the site which I use to wager go to. Easily t ... More >>
Houston mom in a FB face-off.
He may be a tool, but, unlike most of us, he ain't fat.Americans are voyeurs. We like to watch. Since the invention of the television, it has been the choice for peering into the world outside our living room and, despite the popularity of streaming video and the Internet in general, TV is ... More >>
Oh, how we danced, Angry Birds. Oh, how we danced.I like to think I'm a pretty good guy. I work hard. I try to treat my friends well. I try to educate myself and grow as a human being. But, I have plenty of faults. I'm more than happy to admit that because it helps me to grow when I realize w ... More >>
Orange slices for the Texans!"I wanted the team to know not only how close we think they are but how close our competitors think they are to being an outstanding team." -- Texans owner Bob McNair, presumably not being held at gunpoint nor under the influence of any drugs or alcohol What Bob ... More >>