Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I'M WORRIED ABOUT MY SON Dear Willie D: My son is 15 years old and he doesn't have any frien ... More >>
Crews are working to clean up the mess created by more than 150,000 gallons of sticky black crude oil dumped in Galveston Bay on Saturday, but with no end in sight the environmental implications will likely only get worse. So far, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials report they've found three oil-c ... More >>
Hank Schyma doesn't come off as insane... until you see his videos.
The story of Tim Samaras and the largest tornado ever documented.
Hank Schyma doesn't come off as insane. Not at first. He speaks clearly and eloquently about being a storm chaser, and as you're talking with him, it seems like a perfectly reasonable thing. Hank Schyma, front man for Houston band the Southern Backtones, has been chasing storms for more than a deca ... More >>
If you believe the news from over the weekend that coffee beans are in danger of extinction, you're probably hoarding all the Arabica you can find today and envisioning a future in which coffee -- already liquid gold for many of us caffeine addicts -- can be used as delicious, fragrant currency. No ... More >>
Having grown up on Unsolved Mysteries and Time-Life books... as well as being completely ignorant of organized religion, my head is full of a thousand examples of Fortean phenomena, unexplainable happenings, and tales of a eldritch and incomprehensible world that gnaws at the edge of reality like a ... More >>
Preparing for Doomsday is as venerably American as cherry pie. Mormonism, America's most successful homegrown religion, even has hoarding food as one of its tenets. Some prep for a biblical Armageddon, while others do so for secular reasons. Maybe they just want to get out of the rat race and off t ... More >>
There are some fascinating objects in this wannabe blockbuster, but mainly it's a grab for crowds and cash.
HISDAmy Blonn (left) is going to need to dress a little more warmlyA Houston schoolteacher has been selected as one of six across the country to be sent to the Arctic as part of a National Geographic program, HISD announced today. Amy Blonn teaches fifth graders at the district's Outdoor Edu ... More >>
Stormville is not the location, in case you're confusedThe Pawn Stars may be elsewhere, but when it comes to flea-market superstars, Houston is about to shine. The National Geographic Network is producing a show that rips off is inspired by the various pawn-shop reality TV series on the air, ... More >>
Long before I ever started writing about food, I always had a copy of Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking at my desk. Yes, even when I worked in human resources. Along with two thesauruses, Webster's dictionary, The National Geographic Desk Reference, The A-Z of Art, the Food Lover's Companion ... More >>
See artifacts from a storied pirate ship
For a while now, cable viewers have had their image of how Houston treats its animals shaped by Animal Planet's Animal Cops, which shows us basically torturing very cute puppies, just for kicks.Happily, the image may be about to change, when the National Geographic WILD channel airs Zoo Confidentia ... More >>
Midgets dressed as KISS. (This will be important in a second.)With big food events like Menu of Menus, iFest, the Grand Food & Wine Affair and the Big Bite Night behind us now, what else is there to look forward to in the coming weeks? A lot, that's what. Cinco de Mayo is right around the co ... More >>
Outside of changing them in our car or our Fleshlight, Hair Balls never spent much time thinking about batteries. But the folks in the tiny west Texas town of Presidio owe their lives, more or less, to a gigantic, house-sized battery.Until the advent of BOB (Big Old Battery) the only thing linkin ... More >>
NASA famously bombed the moon last year in a desperate attempt to prove there's water on it. While water was indeed discovered, we have yet to hear any reliable figures on collateral damage to the affected areas or the native population.It turns out, instead of almost triggering a Earth-Moon war ... More >>
In this day and age, when it is absolutely impossible to find any decent pictures of bare breasts, National Geographic continues to serve a noble purpose. It no longer involves luring young boys into reading about far-away countries and cultures as they feverishly look for topless native women, b ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse Caleb Gutierrez's michelada, rimmed with cumin and saltWhile we may not have a palate for wine, it's no secret that Eating Our Words loves beer. And hot sauce. And the two of those things magically mixed together in a pint glass. So in the interest of further promoti ... More >>
About an hour south of Houston, far enough away to evade the light pollution from Downtown, stands one of the largest and most powerful telescopes in the nation open to the public. The 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope is the centerpiece for the George Observatory, a facility owned and operat ... More >>
The well-traveled writer discusses his friendship with the Dalai Lama
"Fuck National Geographic." "It's not technically a mullet." "No, I'm not fucking kidding. She and I are done." "I can't hear you." (Heard umpteen times) "Awesome." "This is awful."
A rare giant squid -- a squid with elbows -- has been sighted in the Houston area.It's called the Megapinna squid and even the stoic National Geographic says it's "alien-like."Again, this strange and mysterious animal has been sighted a mere 201-and-a-half miles from downtown Houston.Fortunately, on ... More >>
Rich Hornbuckle at the Blue Iguana, Halloween 1994 Houston's bar world is one notch better lately with the return of longtime Houston barista/scenester Rich Hornbuckle to active duty at Under the Volcano as general manager. After six crazy years (1993-98) as part of the Blue Iguana ownership group, ... More >>
Meet Maya Derens unusual circle of friends
A multimedia exhibition considers the 1982 sinking of the Argentine cruise General Belgrano
The crowd at SXSW gets younger every year. Wednesday sightings: Eddie Spaghetti and John Croslin, ex-member of Austin cult heroes the Reivers who produced Spoon’s debut Telephono, in the Convention Center’s panelist greenroom; R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills waiting for the “Executive Suites” el ... More >>
A photographer for National Geographic takes a look at endangered species
Lobster woman, scorpion man and other people with weird hands
Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, by National Geographic, is a husky 400-page to-do list that includes 400-color photographs and sells for $40. The first word that comes to mind when opening the spine of this baby is stately. All Geographic books are that. For the wande ... More >>
And comes up with a random smattering of tortured musings
FotoFest takes on "The Earth"
Check the African-spun grooves at Fagilia Houston
A Brit flourishes by studying Houston
Lee Friedlander goes to homes for the holidays
A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions
A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions
Kathryn Bigelow's Widowmaker cruises into choppy seas
Himalaya scales dangerous mountain passes while uplifting the spirit
FotoFest 2000 tries to cover up its deficiencies with sheer volume
January 14 - 20, 1999
Three Houston artists bring a genre new life. Real life.
At the MFA, lunar imagery blurs the line between science and art
Bruce Brown goes back to the beach to hang ten, again