Ron Swanson

  • Music

    December 19, 2013

    Run the World

    Beyoncé's second Toyota Center show of 2013 last week was a TKO.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    The Charlie Brown Christmas Music Is Still Awesome

    When my kids were young, I didn't force them to play T-ball or try dance class or even go to school regularly. One thing I insisted upon was them sitting with me at holiday time to watch the Peanuts specials I eagerly awaited each year as a boy. I know they found Charlie Brown's blockheadedness bor ... More >>

  • Film

    June 6, 2013

    Life Is a Sitcom in The Kings of Summer

    It's not a very special episode.

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013

    Hot to Trot

    Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    People Are Sure Excited About That New Daft Punk Album, Huh?

    Daft Punk, the mysterious French EDM duo that doesn't tour, dresses like robots, has not performed live since 2007 and is more influential on pop music than at any point in its 20-year history, is currently schooling everyone on what a state-of-the-art contemporary music-marketing campaign looks lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    The Happy Humor of the Harvard Sailing Team

    Before there was "Shit Girls Say," there was "Boys Will Be Girls." The funnier take on the concept from the Harvard Sailing Team made the Internet rounds in the spring of 2010 and forever popularized the phrase "Totes the best hun-cal fro-yo." Now, the sketch comedy group comprised of neither Harvar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    The Bacon Backlash: 10 Things Bacon Does Not Make Better

    When -- on New Year's Eve -- I jokingly suggested that 2012 would be the year of the Bacon Backlash, our Twitter followers were not amused. "Why are cupcakes 'it'?" asked @Ruhama613. "Carbs are the debbil. Mo' Bacon!" Said @T_Tow: "I will defend the bacon!" And @CynicalHouston simply responded: " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    NBC's Thursday Night: She's The Ark Of The Covenant!

    The role of a lifetime.​Sometimes TV shows are forced to interact with each other in crossovers or network-wide branding initiatives like NBC's Green Is Universal (itself parodied on 30 Rock). But sometimes a group of episodes just happen to be about the same thing, and those happy accidents h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    This Week In TV: Horrible, Horrible People

    I'm recovered from the snow, I'm trying to convince people that "Dick in a Box" qualifies as Christmas music, and I've got a hole in my heart from eating batteries. This was the week in TV Land: • 30 Rock was cute this week, though the bit about Frank turning into Liz was a little lifeless. But ... More >>