The day that a festival announces its lineup is one of excitement and anxiety. For days speculation runs rampant and then the day arrives; some look at the lineup and fist-pump in front of their computers while others feel their hearts drop with disappointment. I spent a part of Tuesday hitting the ... More >>
A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. - Eudora Welty Last week, we sent photographer Derrek Barlow to the Great Bull Run, an event much debated by plenty of folks around here. He took a number of fantastic shots that you can see in our slideshow from the event, but one in particular cap ... More >>
2013 will go down in history as the year of sharing restaurant receipts via social media. First it was the Applebee's employee who shared a a photo of a check left by a pastor who included no tip, for religious reasons.Then there was the pushback and subsequent Instagram account by Tips for Jesus, ... More >>
Houstonia: The folks over at Houstonia were conducting some really interesting reporting on Monday, and decided to go the Buzzfeed route with an entertaining list. John Nova Lomax scoured fast-food companies' histories to uncover fun and surprising facts about your favorite joints. Among the interes ... More >>
Ron Paul did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, and we over at Hair Balls are finding it to be a glorious exercise in that most ancient of arts, the political strip tease, the kind where they pretend to take it all off, but you never even see a sexy hairy political shoulder. The AMA started on Thursday ... More >>
‘Give us five minutes and we’ll change the world.’
A wise man once told me, "All good things come from Reddit." Sure, I found this man on Reddit, but somehow, I believe him. So we perused the life hack section (there amount of ways you can use pool noodles is just limitless, you guys) for some kitchen and food-related hacks. EOW readers, we give y ... More >>
When a Reddit user was presented with a "special request box" at the time of booking a room at the Woodlands Resort, he decided to have some fun with the hotel staff. He left the following request in the online form box: "Three red M&Ms on the counter. Not packages, just three single M&Ms. One for m ... More >>
So you managed to take your mother somewhere halfway nice for Mother's Day this past Sunday. Congratulations. I'm sure she's happy just to spend time with you. But what's this? You've forgotten to pick up a card? All this planning will be for nothing! Except if you were dining at the Lazy Dog Cafe ... More >>
The sharp-eyed folks at Reddit noticed something odd in a batch of pictures from the Mars Rover. Namely, a penis. The Rover drew a huge freaking penis on the surface of Mars. Thepicture apparently is authentic, if possibly old. It's been posted on a NASA site, but there was a meme with a similar p ... More >>
When I'm not eating out on official paper business, I'm on a budget just like most people my age who are still paying student loans on top of car notes, mortgages, ridiculous cell phone bills and more (how do I use so much cell data just browsing Reddit?). For occasions in which the manfriend and I ... More >>
So, the 9th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is just around the corner, and you should care because it involves the ever-illustrious Country Barbie known as Ms. Dolly Parton. She's my favorite, and just saying her name makes me want to adopt a Southern accent and wear rhinestones. If you're a ... More >>
You have to ask for this cell.
Early yesterday afternoon, celebrity chef, author and TV star Anthony Bourdain popped into social news mega-site Reddit to do an informal Q&A session -- or AMA (Ask Me Anything in Reddit Speak) -- with the site's users. AMAs have fast become a popular tool for celebrities, newsmakers and even politi ... More >>
Hair Balls is kinda flipping out over online pics purporting to show a secret, mysterious room at Hotel ZaZa, with concrete floors, a bed chained to the wall, a giant skull-and-bones painting, and a portrait of a dude who looks a lot like a guy who used to work at Stanford Financial. The pics were ... More >>
Secret items or off-menu dishes at restaurants are nothing new. In many cases, they're arguably more famous than the regular food, such as the "Animal Style" fries at In-N-Out Burger (a chain which has more "secret" menu items than regular ones). Our own Brooke Viggiano has been compiling lists of " ... More >>
Any healthy adult will tell you that the proper response to being called out on a self-admitted mistake is to have the dignity and wherewithal to own the mistake and work toward improvement in the future. That sounds like a lot of work, though, and apparently Pastor Alois Bell thought so too. Pasto ... More >>
Update: KHOU is reporting several confirmed sightings of Erickson today. She apparently hitched a ride west to El Paso from a friend in Austin, and reportedly told that friend she "is not Vicky anymore." A 31-year-old food blogger from Atlanta has gone missing in Houston, and her friends and family ... More >>
Tonight House of Blues will be graced by Zappa Plays Zappa, led by the late Papa Frank's oldest son Dweezil, who inherited some of his father's guitar skills. Zappa Plays Zappa is the preeminent traveling Zappa tribute show going, and Dweezil's love letter to his father's body of work, which has onl ... More >>
Imagine, if you will, an hour-long drinking game, fueled by 60 shots of beer and 60 different one-minute songs all performed live. Can't quite picture it? You have a terrible imagination; here's a video to help you out: That looks like fun, right? Who doesn't like fun? Jerks on the Internet appar ... More >>
Back in 1985, Dan Rather and CBS News apparently referred to Houston as the "foreclosure capital of America." It was the mid-80s and Houston was suffering the after effects of an oil bust, a massive drop in the cost of oil that crippled the city's economy. In many ways, we have that time to thank fo ... More >>
As YouTube becomes increasingly wealthy, its stars and the networks who contract with them battle for money and creative control.
I spend too much time on the Internet, but occasionally get rewarded for my rabbit-holing with stuff like Houston Cowboy. (And this GIF of a kitten getting slapped by a cat for wearing a dumb bowler hat.) I saw Houston Cowboy floating around in a few places yesterday and decided to figure out what t ... More >>
The first day of Fun Fun Fun Fest was marked by the oddball stylings of an in-character Val Kilmer terrorizing the stage with the Black Lips, and the triumphant return of rap legends Run-D.M.C. rocking the main stage to close out the night. In between there was Bob Mould, Converge, Houston's own Bun ... More >>
Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.
If 4chan is the Wild West of the Internet, Reddit is the PG-13 version: a cleaned-up mining town grown rich on silver that mostly keeps the riff-raff out, Tombstone-style (or at least confined to subreddits such as r/gonewild and r/spacedicks). It's where the local residents gather to discuss import ... More >>
Rumors of a Ghostbusters actor's "party crashing" tour touch off a night of revelry.
Like a wound that never truly heals, the sorry state of commercial rock radio around here continues to be a sore point for many Houstonians. Not a day goes by that several people search for 103.7 FM on the Houston Press Web site -- almost two months after the station changed formats from Adult Alter ... More >>
More FPSF 2012 Coverage: • Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog. • Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds • Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest • FPSF: The Bands from Saturday • FPSF: The Bands from Sunday Free Press Summer Fest is very much still a wor ... More >>
Somewhere near the crossroads of Facebook, Tumbler, Digg and an Amazon Wish List, there is a rapidly growing social network known as Pinterest. Developed only a couple years ago, this "virtual pin board" has been rapidly growing in numbers and clout since its beta launch in the spring of 2010. To u ... More >>
One thing about Baylor: It stands by its convictions, no matter how wacky. Take, for instance, the class they offer called "Homosexuality as Gateway Drug." Some might find that hilariously offensive, or offensively hilarious, but Baylor knows it is a serious look at how homosexuality can lea ... More >>
This photo and other, fuzzier ones have gone up on Reddit of a Lexus whose driver made an operator error today on Norfolk near Kirby. The orange cones are there for a reason, people.
From Reddit (via the Bayou Blog) comes this note, apparently left on a car parked at the AMC Gulf Pointe 30 on the Gulf Freeway. We thought Toyota had a bunch of U.S. plants, but we bow to this writer's more sophisticated understanding of the subtleties of world economics.
Now get some work done.The spinning of the earth has nearly come to a standstill thanks to major server problems with Amazon.com's Web Services, a cloud-computing platform used by dozens of very popular social networking sites. "The cloud," for you luddites, means stuff that's saved in the ... More >>