Chris Parker

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    The Tea Party: Where Does it Go From Here?

    The Tea Party is best understood as the latest reactionary lurch to the right of the Republican Party during the past 60 years: the Birchers who saw the civil rights movement as a vehicle for communism, the Goldwater supporters who thought the 1964 Civil Rights Act was verboten, the election of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Web Extra: The Rebirth of Underground Rock

    I remember the first big boom in underground rock, because I was definitely not part of it. Instead, I was one of those kids for whom Nirvana's Nevermind (and their January 1992 Saturday Night Live appearance, in my case) kicked open the door to a much cooler musical world than the one I had been li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Walter Wright & the Feds' Attack on Online Poker: A Tale of a $2.5 Billion Industry

    April 15, 2011 is known as Black Friday in the online-poker world, the day the feds seized the assets and shut down the three biggest companies serving the American market -- PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. Among the people affected: Walter Wright, a former Houstonian who was making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    "Gay Apparel" Stripped from Christmas Carol, But Quickly Re-donned

    Photo via​Say you're an elementary school music teacher singing Christmas carols, specifically "Deck the Halls," with your class and every time the lyric "don we now our gay apparel" comes up, the kids look at each other and giggle hysterically because the word "gay" is sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Pop Rocks: "Getting Too Old For This Shit" - A Cinematic History

    The first?​Time marches on. There comes a point in all of our lives when the inevitability of our eventual demise goes from esoteric concept to concrete fact. There's no set schedule for when awareness will strike; maybe it's the first time your back gives out, or when you find yourself squint ... More >>

  • News

    August 31, 2006

    Reliantly Unhelpful

    The abyss of customer service gets deeper

  • Music

    July 7, 2005

    Play "Free Bird"!

    Using the Bob-O-Meter to rate cover songs

  • Music

    September 23, 2004
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    August 26, 2004
  • Music

    July 1, 2004