• Film

    June 26, 2014

    E.T. Update Earth to Echo Makes Everything a Device

    At least the alien feels at home in this digital world.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Cover Story: Move Over, Colorado; Nevada May Be the New Amsterdam

    High rollers. Glitzy casinos. Feathered showgirls. And now, weed. Las Vegas has long been a city of overindulgence. That little slogan, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," exists for a reason. And that reason? Debauchery. Throw a little weed to the mix and it may just push that Vegas-bred sti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Houston Spaceport, Still in Planning Stages, Has Its First Customer

    If you thought trying to get app-based transportation approved here in Houston was tough, it'll be interesting to see how smoothly it goes developing a plan for commercial space flight. Space travel is higher on the list, we think, especially since a project --- a planned public-private partnership ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Cowboy Diaries 2014: Dakota Eldridge, Living the Rodeo Life

    True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Other States Sure Have Hilarious Taste In Music

    See that map above? It knows things. It knows if most of your entire state is sporting permed ponytails and jamming out to horrible '90s rock, like in North Dakota. But it also knows when your state is a bunch of bearded hipsters with collective "outsider" tastes, like Pennsylvania. It even knows ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 16, 2014
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    October 1, 2013

    Does It Mean Anything to Be a Democrat Anymore?

    "The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production . . . I also think there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally." -President Barack Obama We live in an era where income inequality is its grea ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 12, 2013
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    September 5, 2013

    Tillman Fertitta to Launch Online Gambling Websites

    Good old Tillman Fertitta. The guy is persistent. He's putting a casino so close to the Texas border, you could hit it with a powerful pellet gun from the other side of the state line. He builds garish neon ferris wheels in the theater district of downtown Houston complete with an attached restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 3: Massachusetts to New Jersey

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. Massachusetts: Dropkick Murphys, "State of Massachuse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Four Days In Vegas: A "First Time At EDC" Travel Journal

    "EDM has the power to make people profoundly happy. And if those good vibes are trickling down to the kids, well, that's alright." - Katie Bain, LAWeekly Life is all about creating opportunities that will allow you to follow and achieve your dreams, however difficult, weird, or seemingly impossible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    State Legislature Says No More Underage Oompa Loompas

    Oompa Loompas are probably the best part of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but it's a fair guess that the 15-year-olds you've seen walking down the streets don't realize or particularly want to look the same striking shade of tanning bed orange as those little guys. Now the state legislature ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 22, 2012
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    August 3, 2012

    8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Houston SunBurn, HPMA Showcase, Etc.

    This is... impressive. It's called Houston SunBurn, and it's somehow related to famous Nevada freakfest Burning Man. It's tomorrow at Jet Lounge, the Engine Room and Last Concert Cafe, and looks like a who's who of local fringe talent - experimental electronica to Americana, and literally everything ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    NBA Draft: Recent Stinkhole History To Enlighten Rocket Fans

    Prior to Wednesday night's game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, the 27th annual NBA Draft Lottery took place, or as Rocket fans like to call it "a tradition like no other." For those Rocket fans, their 0.5 percent chance of coming away with the top pick gave the draft lottery a decide ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2012

    They Were Kings for a Moment

    The feds attack online poker, killing livelihoods and a $2.5 billion industry.

  • Culture

    November 24, 2011

    Are More Mexicans Becoming Conservative?

    And do teachers discriminate against students with Hispanic first names?

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    For Flag Day: The 10 Worst U.S. State Flags

    As we are sure you are no doubt keenly aware, Flag Day is tomorrow. We could give you a list of the ten prettiest flags, but we are Hair Balls, and that's not the kind of crap we like to cough up. Here instead is a list of ten state flags to tun up the flagpoles of your worst enemies: 10. Nevada T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    First Texas In-N-Out Location to Open in May

    Photo courtesy of​The OC Register described In-N-Out Burger's latest business move as "a giant leap into uncharted territory." Honestly, you'd think they were pitching tents on the moon. But in this case, they're referring to the beloved California burger chain's decision t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Texas Lousy at Reporting Food Poisoning, Study Says

    You'll never know what gets you in Texas​If you live in Texas and eat food, you will probably die, or at least become violently ill. That's what we're taking away from a study that gives the Lone Star state an "F" in reporting outbreaks of foodborne illness. The Center for Science in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The United States of Soft Drinks

    Full-size image below.​In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink? The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Awkward Price is Right Videos! Merry Christmas!

    Oh, hockey, keep trying​If we can all agree that the four major sports in this country are baseball, football, basketball, and hockey (sorry Dynamo fans), then I'd like to take a moment just to make an analogy on the marketing and strategic direction of each sport. Let's use a language that a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    NFL & College Football - Weekend's Best Bets (SEC Guy Podcast Gold)

    Who doesn't love college football? Right?​I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and got to spend some quality time with their families. Me, my family is scattered all over the country, so when it came time to find some Thanksgiving dinner after my show yesterday, fortunately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Camarena Tequila Arrives in Texas

    ​Admittedly, I am no tequila expert. I like it in margaritas, and I tend to get into trouble when I drink it by itself (with the help of a little lime and salt, of course). I think Camarena tequila -- both the silver and the Reposado - are pleasantly smooth. And Camarena's 100 percent agave, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Future Of MMA Uncertain in Texas?

    ​STRIKEFORCE, a California-based mixed martial arts promotion company, hosted their "Strikeforce: Houston" event at the Toyota Center last Saturday. Among the results, Rafael Feijao unexpectedly defeated "King Mo" Lawal by knockout in the third round, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza won a unanimous de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Cowboy Tales From The Rodeo: It's A Family Affair

    Team roper Jay Adams. ​Rodeo cowboys basically live on the road, traveling with men and women crazy enough to ride, rope and wrestle live animals for a paycheck. Each day, Hair Balls is asking a different cowboy to tell us a little bit about himself and his wildest story from a life of rodeo. Name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Big Prostitution Ring Busted In Houston

    ​Four years ago, Ronnie Presley jammed a gun in the face of a teen-aged girl walking down the street in Kansas, pulled her into his car and drove her to Houston. There, he forced her to have sex for money. Every dime she earned went into Presley's pocket. As time went by, Presley threatened to hur ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 30, 2009

    "La Cosa Nostra”

    Tierney Malone finds a new take on Godfather-inspired art

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Texas Leads The "Filthy 15"!! Ummm, Yay?

    In case you were worrying that the air in Texas was getting too clean and all, you can rest assured it's not.Now it's coal ash that has the greenies up in arms.The National Resources Defense Council has released a list of states that are proposing to build enough new coal plants to produce 14 millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Life On The Rodeo Road: 69 Is A Good Number To Have

    Photo by Paul KnightName: B.J. CampbellAge: 29Hometown: Benton City, WashingtonEvent: Team RopingI got into rodeo because I've roped and rode my whole life. My family did it; my dad. I started [competing] when I was about five, but I took it serious at 11. I turned professional at 17. If I didn't ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    An Algae Farm Near The Ship Channel? Why The Hell Not?

    You know what the Ship Channel area needs?Besides a whole lot less pollution, we mean.It needs a good farm. An algae farm, in fact. That's the thinking of a Nevada company, which has announced plans to build a 20-acre algae farm near the Channel if it can get some financing from the federal governem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    At Least Some Houston Companies Might Not Fail, Magazine Says

    BREAKING NEWS (MUST CREDIT HAIR BALLS!!!) -- The stock market is in trouble. We'd put up some links if anyone was bothering to cover what we, at least, think is an important story.One media outlet that is covering it is Forbes magazine. They've come out with a list of five companies that it might be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008
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    September 5, 2008
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    June 30, 2008
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    September 12, 2007

    This Just In: Activists Call for Investigation into Why Neil Bush Is Receiving Federal Education Funds

    A citizens activist group today asked the U.S. Department of Education’s Inspector General’s Office to investigate why federal No Child Left Behind Act funds are being spent on educational software sold by Neil Bush’s company – a person, they point out, with absolutely no education backgroun ... More >>

  • News

    August 30, 2007

    Telemarketing Offers

    MGR promises help with federal grants and racks up hundreds of consumer complaints

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2006

    Re: Chris Bell Is in Your Extended Network (?)

    Seven a day keeps the Kinky away... We've been regularly checking up on Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Chris Bell's MySpace page since yesterday's posting. The numbers are looking good, as political consultants say. Yesterday, he had a mere 121 friends. Today? 128. Not bad, huh? We noticed ... More >>

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Feel My Pain

    A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Feel My Pain

    A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted

  • Music

    March 23, 2006

    Hello, Moon

    Indie-rock artists spin straw into gold for the children

  • News

    March 9, 2006

    Bring It On

    Why Houston should want a nuclear power plant

  • News

    December 11, 2003

    The Breakfast Club

    In Galveston, it's coffee, a newspaper and a blow job on the way to work

  • Film

    April 24, 2003

    Identity Crisis

    James Mangold's latest looks scary, plays funny and might be genius for it

  • News

    November 2, 2000

    Pumped Dry

    Gas station dealers find big oil blocking the way in their struggles against extinction

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Paying the Price

    Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    Swordplay? No Way!

    When it comes to Renaissance weaponry, John Clements is deadly serious

  • News

    August 12, 1999
  • Culture

    December 1, 1994

    Losing Focus?

    Once groundbreaking, this year's FotoFest just tilled old soil

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