Flickr user izikYou're all G'ed up and educated about boiling crawfish, and now you're staring down your impending 300-pound boil for friends and neighbors. Here are a few last-minute considerations to guarantee success. 10. The right venue is key. And, by right venue, I mean someplace whe ... More >>
After transporting some heavy blocks for the garden, my brother Jaime's old Chevy pickup got stuck in the mud out back. I fetched a shovel, and asked Jaime, a geologist, "How far down to the bedrock, to get traction?" His reply: "30,000 feet." Basically, Houston floats on several miles of ... More >>
Top Gun determinate.February 15 gets its own heart sticker on my Hello Kitty calendar -- it means I've rolled past Valentine's, and frost days are likely behind us in Houston. Now I can hazard the other thing I'm a fool for: growing tomatoes. Tomatoes are native to mountain streams of the Pe ... More >>
Comin' at yaThe single most important type of hurricane ever -- one that threatens the New York metropolitan area -- is looming.As everyone knows, events that happen in New York are far more important than events elsewhere. Luckily for TV viewers up there, we're sure the sophisticated local news ... More >>
Fat Man & Little Boy (and friend)Let Lonesome Onry and Mean see if we've got this straight. Because we've written an article about how bad an open-mike night at Salt Bar was, we are tearing down - or not supporting - the Houston music scene? Well, that's bullshit. You want to know what's wr ... More >>
Now is the perfect time of year to cultivate a backyard or balcony garden of potted herbs. If you cook or make cocktails, however infrequently, it's worth your while to invest in a few $4 starter plants, thereby saving you the money and hassle when a recipe calls for a fresh herb. Whole Foods ... More >>
We're going to mix it up a bit on Pop Rocks today. Usually, I stick with one subject for the entire piece because I'd rather not depend too heavily on snarky line-item entries. But let's face it; sometimes there's just too much going on in the world of pop culture for me to focus on just one top ... More >>
Sick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas. Yesterday we gave you some ideas for lovely lady gifts so today we're going to turn our attention towards the menfolk. Photo by Brittanie SheyA ... More >>
What's the best thing about going to see live music? Frickin' air conditioning, because even the dingiest dive will be pumping out some sort cooled air to calm down all you crybabies who forgot sometime after Ms. Pelz's tenth-grade IPC class that we live in a humid-as-shit subtropical climate ne ... More >>
Panic, FEMA, empty shelves here's the only Hurricane Guide you'll need this year.
I first heard Nick Lowe - and Stiff Records mates Dave Edmunds, Wreckless Eric, Ian Dury and Elvis Costello - when I lived in Europe in 1977. That Live Stiffs album not only saw me through a stint in northern Europe, it stayed with me for seven more years as I criss-crossed Asia with a Sony Walkman ... More >>
Martin Draughon returns to the clink after becoming a test case for alleged flaws in GPS monitoring devices
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Nick the Knife's regained his edge, and the world's a better place for it