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    May 28, 2014

    New Set Revisits Billy Joel's Rocket to Russia

    Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust -- The Bridge to Russia Columbia Legacy When Billy Joel made the trek to Russia to play a series of concerts in the summer of 1987, he had probable cause to believe that, instead of metaphorically killing the audience, they might literally kill him. After all, the Lo ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Bloodhound Gang vs. Russia: No Contest, Comrade Putin

    It's not quite the Cold War, but the current relationship between the U.S. and Russia is especially frosty these days. From Syria to Snowden, we can't seem to see eye to eye across the globe, or even the Bering Strait, as Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency seems like regression to authorita ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    About the Central Asian Link to those Boston Bombers

    This might be a bit redundant, seeing as the readership at Hair Balls -- unlike, say, those who work in front of the camera at CNN -- are among those able to differentiate between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, but I thought it might be worth a quick run-down of how a substantial Chechen population came ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    A Secretary of State, an Elk Head, and Rice Students - What Could Go Wrong?

    The most well-known prank in Rice history took place on a warm spring morning in 1988. A few years after the idea first crept into their keg-addled minds, a handful of engineering students erected a pair of 24-foot A-frames around the campus's centerpiece, a one-ton statue of William Marsh Rice that ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    December 13, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: These are the Best Non-Houston Samplings of Houston Rap

    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? Email̴ ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Chiles and Chili: The Most Obvious Episode of Top Chef: Texas Yet

    Above is is how I imagine the initial planning meetings for Top Chef: Texas went. I'm also imagining future episodes where the contestants will be forced to shoot their own horses and grill them over a fire of cactus paddles. Let's go, Top Chef: Texas! DO THIS SHIT RIGHT. Until then, we'll have to ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Sanctus Bellum: Nothing Certain But Metal And Taxes

    Photos courtesy of Sanctus BellumSanctus Bellum at Denton's 35 Conferette in March​What fuels heavy metal music? Some might say the Armageddon that is flirting with our world; others, watching the machinations of craven political and religious leaders. We, however, can testify that some of the ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Five Songs The Texas Legislature Will Never Make Official

    Any day we end with a picture of the Texas flag is a good day in our book.​A while back, Rocks Off wrote about how, thanks to a combination of personal taste and certain technological twists of fate, our listening options at the office are somewhat limited. Quite limited, really: Basically The Arr ... More >>

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    May 11, 2008

    Get Lit: The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America’s Finest Hour, by Andrei Cherny

    World War III almost happened three years after World War II. Germany had been divided into four sections (governed by the US, Soviet Union, British and French), and the capital city of Berlin, deep in the Soviet sector, was itself divided four ways. In 1948 the Soviets blockaded the city, refusin ... More >>