State Arbor Day is coming up and in keeping with this day of celebrating trees the folks with Arbor Day Foundation and Center Point Energy are giving away free trees. Of course there's always a catch (nothing in life is free -- whether someone is offering you a donut, a puppy or a trip on an oceanl ... More >>
When Hair Balls first cast about for reasons behind Houston Woman Magazine's selection of Helena Brown as one of Houston's "50 Most Influential Women" earlier this month, the only thing we could come away with was a statement from Brown's office. According to the councilwoman's coterie, her selectio ... More >>
In August, Carsie Launey opened her monthly electric bill. A number approaching four figures was before the decimal point. "CenterPoint Energy had billed me $923.39, claiming the electricity meter installed at my property was tampered with," says Launey. "I never tampered with that meter. I ... More >>
How many units responded to the fire, McRaven?As we noted yesterday, Admiral William McRaven, the head of Special Ops who commanded the raid that got Osama bin Laden, is a University of Texas grad with a degree in journalism. Like many cub reporters, he decided his journalism skills would be ... More >>
North-south cycling trails could be a go!
Open spaces begging to be usedAbout a year-and-a-half ago, as a sidebar to an article we wrote on the perils of urban cycling here in Houston, we cast our battle-tested, road-weary eyes longingly toward the possibility of CenterPoint Energy surrendering their scores of miles of utility easeme ... More >>
What? Rush was wrong about something?Rush Limbaugh is still busy preaching to the choir these days, even if his influence on anyone who isn't a hard-core Republican has withered away. Apparently he was ranting earlier this week about smart meters, those devices that provide consumers with ex ... More >>
No, you're not getting your ESPNTwo years ago, if you were living in Houston, you were beginning your long, long journey of post-Ike living without electricity.Maybe you were very, very lucky, or maybe you were one of those people who planned ahead and got a generator, but chances instead are tha ... More >>
Horseless carriages that run on electricity?Houston has been getting a lot of attention for its seeming devotion to the electric car -- or at least its demonstrated devotion to issuing plans about using electric cars -- and now Ford is jumping on the bandwagon.The company announced today it would ... More >>
© David Nathan-Maister and Oxygenee Ltd.Although it's taking place next month, spots will fill up quickly for Absinthe: Revealed, so we're doing you a favor by telling you about it now. On December 5 at 7:30 p.m., Avant Garden will be hosting a "celebration of tastings and truths" about o ... More >>
Photo by lcrfHair Balls is always worrying about reducing our carbon footprint -- in fact, we're constantly using aerosol-spray cleansers and dusters to reduce it like a mofo -- which is why we were stunned to learn in the Houston Business Journal that beloved burrito builders Ch ... More >>
Photo courtesy White House Flickr groupLet them bitch all they want in Chicago about getting shut out of federal stimulus funds for "smart-grid" power projects. Here in Houston, we're kicking ass.The federal gummint, that socialistic, fascist Big Brother, announced today how it is spending $3.4 b ... More >>
CenterPoint Energy's power line easements would make ideal bike highways. Too bad they won't let us use them.
NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!! (MUST CREDIT HAIR BALLS!!!!!) Today is the beginning of the hurricane season.While the rest of the so-called mainstream media will ignore this important milestone simply because writing or airing stuff about hurricanes in Houston results in cheap increases in ratings and clic ... More >>
Photo By Melanie Pang We don't like the look of that dangling granite, eitherJust after 1 p.m. as the lunch crowd was making its way out of downtown restaurants and back to their office cubicles, the general peace was disturbed by one of those true OMG moments.The wind was gusting pretty high ... More >>
A little while ago we received a letter at our home warning us that CenterPoint Energy was thinking about disconnecting our service. Our offense was not an unpaid bill – it was that our meter had become inaccessible. Not only could we be disconnected, we’d have to pay for the re-hook-up. Ou ... More >>
New Orleans is about to find out
A reporter, a photographer and canoeist Tom Helm paddle from the Galleria to Galveston Bay by canoe and kayak, finding beauty, danger and urban debris in equal measure
Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, alligators are everywhere in southeast Texas. So now the state is going to make it easier for you to shoot you one.
Exploring the rights and wrongs of independent life for the mentally ill
Bars and kids -- perfect together in Houston