Rest in peace Don Luis, the "Old Violin Man" of southeast Houston.
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 WANT TO MEET MY SPERM DONOR FATHER Dear Willie D: I recently found out that I'm a product ... More >>
As income inequality has loomed larger in Americans' minds -- especially since the Great Recession -- CEOs and their pay has been a central example of what is wrong with our economy. But not everyone hates CEOs, some of them are quite popular . . . with their own employees. Here's a list of those wh ... More >>
Tech author and guru Seth Godin penned a blog post about the democratization of media and art via technology this morning. The point he has been making for quite some time and reiterated here is that technology is not the devil. It is simply the means by which we now innovate. He writes, "And so, wh ... More >>
Ashton Kutcher almost reveals the man beyond the devices.
This is the second part of a three-part chef chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we started getting to know Kris Bistro's chef and namesake, Kris Jakob, learning about German roots in Texas, and his experience working with charcuterie from a young ... More >>
Marconi, Tesla, Steve Jobs and some other folks we rarely mention should be elevated to hero status for creating the means and devices we turn to while spending hours in traffic. Groups that geek out on such stats suggest at least ten percent of Americans spend about 90 minutes a day behind the w ... More >>
Apple has proposed a massive doughnut-shaped campus for their new world headquarters. Nicknamed the "spaceship," this monument to computing (and crazy) was slated to cost about $3 billion initially, but apparently the budget has ballooned to $5 billion. With cost overruns over $2 billion, Apple has ... More >>
What he does: The friendly, calm-mannered Brooksy Smith runs JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers, which means that he has "spent the past year getting them built, getting them open, getting them staffed, developing the menu, developing the pricing, and developing the marketing around it." He's referring t ... More >>
There are plenty of good reasons to be scared this Halloween, be it Hurricane Sandy or the economy or JJ Watt (assuming you are an opposing team quarterback), but just in case none of these things hits home with you, geek, I'd like to offer some items that will. Every person who has owned a comput ... More >>
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.
Editor's note: We asked five Eating Our Words bloggers to head to Trader Joe's with $20 and write about what they were able to get. We've gathered their stories together here. Katharine Shilcutt: Objective: Two meals for two for $20 My boyfriend and I hit Trader Joe's a little before 5 p.m. on a ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. ... More >>
Here's a story. Back in late April, early May I had to fight through the most unwanted thing to anyone who owns a Macbook: A hard-drive fail. I'm sure we can curse Steve Jobs, Siri and the rest for making those short-ass chargers, but there's more headache than need be with a hard drive fail. So I ... More >>
With the death of writer-director John Hughes in August 2009, all hope of a truly great Ferris Bueller sequel went out the window. It was a concept that had been bandied about the whole two decades since the original's 1986 release, with star Matthew Broderick even remarking that he and Hughes just ... More >>
Photo by Robert BejilWhere were we? Oh yeah, crystal ball and prophesies. You ready for this? OK. What follows is a list of events we expect to befall the music industry in 2012. Yes, these are etched in stone and should be regarded as gospel. Full prophetic titillation ahead.
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When Steve Jobs passed away yesterday, I was in Target. I learned of his death on my iPhone while standing in the technology section behind the iPad showcase and in front of a rack of DVD's that included several Pixar features. It's about as poignant a moment as you can have learning about the dea ... More >>
"Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?" - Troy McClure A salary dispute is threatening to end one of television's most beloved comedies. The actors who provide the voices for the long-running cartoon hit "The Simpsons" are at odds over a new ... More >>
No other company has changed the music industry as much as Apple. For the better part of the last decade, the late Steve Jobs and his co-conspirators have empowered music consumers in ways no one would have ever imagined. The monstrous iTunes store made it possible for anybody to buy music without ... More >>
This morning I was scheduled for a conference call with one of my clients and I knew I was running a few minutes late. My laptop was not with me and I didn't know the client's email address by heart. Fortunately, I had my iPhone. I opened it up, found a recent e-mail exchange between myself and my c ... More >>
Apple has passed along the sad news that it's founder, Steve Jobs, has died this evening at the age of 56. News of his death is now sweeping the web and social media is afire. The tech mogul and pioneer in personal computing had been battling pancreatic cancer for a few years now. He stepped down ju ... More >>
Apple's iCloud service was introduced June 6The Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote address -- the way Steve Jobs and crew announce new initiatives to fanboys (and girls) -- was even more anticipated than usual this year, so much so that Jobs made a special appearance despite ... More >>
You may be asking yourself WTF is going on in that wacky 1970s Laugh-In-esque commercial above, starring Joe Namath and one incredibly frightening woman. Well, that commercial is the one that started it all, the era of billion-dollar Super Bowl spots, the most coveted 30 seconds of advertising on ... More >>
Steve Jobs takes a leave from AppleSteve Jobs has once again rocked the tech world, albeit this time with his announcement that he is taking another medical leave of absence. It's huge because, to most people, Jobs is Apple, and Apple is the most hip, flexible, intuitive provider of gizmos t ... More >>
In what was undoubtedly momentous news to the hundreds of music fans out there who haven't already a) copied their CDs of Rubber Soul and Revolver onto their hard drives, or b) illegally downloaded their entire collection, Apple made the entire Beatles catalog available on iTunes yesterday. ... More >>
This morning the Beatles and Apple announced, rather quietly, that the band was officially on the iTunes roster of artists, joining millions of others with their thirteen albums. In a statement to the press this morning, Apple chief Steve Jobs said, "We love the Beatles and are honored and ... More >>
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayWyclef Jean's Latest Vanity Project: President of Haiti: Wyclef Jean is best known for being the member of the Fugees who quite improbably enjoyed the most solo success. We would have bet on Lauryn Hill, but unfortunately, she went crazy. Crazy may be ... More >>
Photos by Travis HensleyWaiting on an iPhoneSteve Jobs must be a happy man today. With the release of the new iPhone 4g he has customers lining up in the hundreds outside of stores.At the Memorial City Mall in Houston customers are finding themselves camping out inside the mall in two groups of l ... More >>
The Day After...everything was pretty much the sameAs the day began on Monday and rumblings of a last-second, desperation effort to keep the Big 12 together were beginning to gain traction, if the various schools involved had Facebook pages, their relationship statuses would have looked like this ... More >>
If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>
What was life like before the Internet? Does anyone really remember, anyway? 'Cause, you know, some kids've been choking the cyberchicken since birth, we hear. Even we fogeys certainly don't recall much before the Invasion of the Interwebs, but we'll posit a guess that we were thinner, friendle ... More >>
Photo by Alexia TsotsisClick here for a slideshow of iPad photosSteve, Steve, Steve, Sigh. Stevie - darling, sugar, baby! We hate to say it, but we've had this conversation with you before. Remember your pussy fetish and the resulting "Snow Leopard" fiasco? Cluck, cluck, cluck. So do we. ... More >>
Dear Steve Jobs,Ugh. You really think you're so damn cute, don't you? Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard? Seriously, what's the deal with naming your operating system releases after big pussies? Like society has some sort of obsession with cats or something. Pffft. Yeah, Ste ... More >>
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If you haven't noticed, all hell is breaking loose right now in online digital music sales. On the main stage: Last month Amazon announced its intention to enter the fray at the end of the year, challenging iTunes' hegemony in the market. Two weeks ago, after much hand-wringing anticipation, Apple d ... More >>
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