• Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    That Armadillo Has a Long and Strange Tale to Tell

    This week's feature story takes an in-depth look at the Houston families who developed our diverse food scene into what it is today. We spent hours researching and interviewing family members to compile their stories, but not everything could make it into print. In celebration of these fascinating f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Baby, It's Muggy Outside: An Ode to the Gulf Coast and Its Weather in the Dead of Winter

    Toward the end of last summer, I was standing in the Atlantic waters off New Jersey. I was cold. The temperature outside was hovering in the upper 70s and the water was colder than that. The coastline of New Jersey, with it's long, raised boardwalks and bell-ringing ice cream vendors was pleasant an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Gun Accessory Manufacturer Leaving Lame, Gun-Hatin' Colorado for Texas

    Magpul Industries, one of the largest producers of firearm magazines, has said a recently passed Colorado law limiting magazines' capacity has forced it to seek business-friendlier pastures in Texas. The company has not specified where it will relocate its headquarters, but has announced it will als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 5: South Dakota to Wyoming

    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 in your head just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song. SOUTH DAKOTA Magic Man, "South Dakota" Magic Man is par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Hayes Carll Is Not In a Mental Institution, Says Hayes Carll

    Friday is traditionally the day the media jettisons its more unpleasant stories, similar to the way the Millennium Falcon escaped that Star Destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back ("...We'll jut float away with the rest of the trash"). Other Friday afternoons the news is just odd, but either way there' ... More >>

  • News

    July 11, 2013

    The New Hornographers: The Fight Over the Future of Texas Deer

    A herd of headless deer, the looming threat of disease and Big Government in Texas's thriving trophy buck industry.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Breeding Deer in Texas: A Business Opportunity or Betrayal of a Public Trust?

    Sharon and James Anderton are Texas deer breeders. Their activities and those like them are overseen by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as they breed deer for bigger antler spreads and give people a chance to shoot "trophies" at a much lower price than, if say, they paid to shoot a deer on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Five Reasons You Shouldn't Smoke Pot With Former Aggie QB Reggie McNeal

    College footballer with weed -- you're thinking Mack Brown's Longhorns, right? Forget it -- we're talking Aggies. Former Aggies. Former Aggies like quarterback Reggie McNeal, currently a Canadian Football League free agent. Currently a CFL free agent who keeps getting arrested for weed. McNeal was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Want Love? Live in Texas? Then I'll See You at Walmart

    Walmart has anything you could need. Ninety-eight-inch televisions. Formica bookshelves. Palettes of alcohols. Piles of strollers. All for under $50, and all available just down the interstate. The Waltons have perfected the pursuit of capitalism, 102.7 billion times over. They've timed their sales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    For Valentine's Day: A Few Musical Bone-Zone Bummers

    Today the Internet is awash with song suggestions to help you get your honeys into a sexin' mood, but I've collected some stories from completely real people that I in no way made up to serve as a warning that your Valentine's playlist has got to be foolproof. I've chosen four to prove that with on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2012

    Bank Security Can Put a Crimp in Your Holiday Travel Plans

    If you haven't noticed, many large banking institutions have stepped up their security over the past few years and it's gotten even tighter for the holidays. While this additional security is mostly a good thing -- no one wants their bank accounts emptied right before Christmas -- it can be a seriou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    App of the Week: Apps That Helped on My Vacation...and a Few That Didn't

    A few weeks back, I took a two-week vacation that saw me visit three states and travel by plane, car, shuttle and even by boat for a few minutes. It was all within the U.S., but I found my need for technology surprising. Because I work for myself, I did bring a computer for occasionally catching up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    The Six Worst One-Game Uniforms You'll See In The 2012 College Football Season

    Look good, feel good, play good? Not in these cases. This list doesn't include full-time offenders like Houston, who substituted a perfectly slick design for a blob. Instead, these universities -- some with long traditions -- will subject us to a fashion upchuck on select game days.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Cowboy Diaries: JR Vezain -- Texas Is Rodeo Bliss

    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

    March 9, 2012

    Cowboy Diaries: Bobby Welsh -- Houston Champeen Defends His Title

    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

    March 2, 2012

    Cowboy Diaries: Kanin Asay -- A Bucking Bull is His Podium

    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

    January 27, 2012

    Abe Fiszer: Houston Fire Department Captain Resigns After Kiddy Porn Bust

    According to a criminal complaint on file in the Harris County Courthouse, Saul Abraham "Abe" Fiszer, an 18-year-veteran of the Houston Fire Department, had been struggling with pornography addiction for some time. He and his wife had been working through it, and Fiszer had sought counseling. Unf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Five Ways to Protect Yourself from Being Victimized Using Social Media During the Holidays

    You don't need booby traps to keep criminals out of your house.​Lots of people go out of town for the holidays to visit relatives or to get as far away from relatives as possible. Both are understandable, but in this era of modern social networking, it's important to be careful about how you i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Darren Aronofsky's Meth Ads: Anti-Drug PSAs That Actually Might Work

    ​Last week, we posted a list of anti-drug commercials that not only didn't stop any children from doing drugs, but potentially encouraged such abusing behavior. The famed PSA one-liner, "I learned it from watching you," probably made more kids of the '80s wish they were rolling doobies with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Rocks Off Wishes Wyoming A Happy Birthday

    ​If you're anything like Rocks Off, you've been marking off the days on your calendar until you could let loose and celebrate Wyoming Statehood Day this coming Sunday. OK, so that's a lie, but here at Rocks Off we do enjoy the lesser known-holidays and putting together playlists to honor them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The United States Of Women In Music

    ​Rocks Off is no He-Man Woman Hater's Club. We like women quite a bit, actually, especially those women brave enough to wade through the rivers of bullshit in the male-dominated music business. If you'll page back a few weeks, you'll remember the discussion of our favorite female artists from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Dusty Tuckness -- Bullfighters Are More Athlete Than Clown

    Mandy OaklanderDusty Tuckness, bullfighter​True cowboys and cowgirls 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Clayton Savage -- Stepped On "Down There" by a Bull

    Clayton Savage, bull rider​True cowboys and cowgirls 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 pe ... 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 23, 2010

    Comment Of The Day: Don't Overestimate Ted Nugent

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Why Notre Dame Will Win The BCS And UT Won't, 2010 Edition: Part 3

    Montana: He's back!! Kinda​Time for another of our weekly efforts at explaining to you benighted Longhorn fans why UT won't win the BCS this year, but Notre Dame will.It's going to be difficult to limit the discussion to just the traditional five reasons, but ND fans are all about tradition. So le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Why ND Will Win The BCS Title And UT Won't 2010 -- Part 2

    Watch out, Wyoming!! UT is comin' at ya!!​Our second annual weekly explanation of why Notre Dame will win the BCS title this year and the University of Texas won't got off to a predictable start this weekend: The Irish manhandled a savage opponent while the Longhorns struggled mightily to eke out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Drive-By Shootings: Texas Is Second Only To California

    Better than New York, for sure​For those of you who always get bummed when Texas gets the lowest spots on national rankings for mental health care, children's insurance, and other benchmarks of civilized society, here's a study that puts us at an impressive Number Two: Drive-by shootings.The gun-c ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 15, 2010

    The Story of Matthew

    Theatre New West conjures horror — and hope — with The Laramie Project.

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2010

    Judy Shepard

    Her son became a symbol for anti-hate legislation

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Gettin' Kinda Crowded -- Texas Grows More Than Any Other State In Past Year

    ​Further proof that we're not being hit as hard in the Great Recession as some -- Texas added more residents in the past 12 months than any state in the union, the Census Bureau reported today.Texas added 478,000 residents in the previous 12 months, beating out California, which added almost 100,0 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Five Reasons Why Notre Dame Will Win The BCS And UT Won't: Part 6

    ​Catch up on previous posts through the links last week.It was a difficult week to gauge the relative strength of the Longhorns and Irish, since both teams had a bye week. The Irish had what is known as a "real" bye week; the Longhorns played Colorado, which is the same thing. (For you non-Buffs f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Five Reasons Notre Dame Will Win The BCS This Year And Texas Won't: Part 2

    ​I admit, there will be Tuesday mornings when it will be difficult to write this item each week. Luckily, today isn't one of them.In Week Two of the college-football season, Notre Dame continued effortlessly along its well-planned path to the BCS title, while UT stumbled badly.It remains to be see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Life On The Rodeo Road: Smoking Brakes In The Middle Of Nowhere

    Name: Annesa SelfHometown: Valley View, TexasEvent: Barrel RacingI got into rodeo because my mother and my father both did it. My dad roped, so I just kind of followed in his footsteps. I was five years old when I started winning ribbons, and when I got a little older, I was like, 'I want money.' Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Life On The Rodeo Road: Follow The Ten-Minute Rule

    Photo by Paul KnightName: Luke ButterfieldAge: 24Hometown: Ponoka, Alberta    Event: Saddle Bronc RidingI got into rodeo because my family rodeos, my dad and mother. They have a feed lot up there [in Canada] so I've always been around cattle and livestock. I played hockey all through ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    Born to Bruise

    Jolie Holland takes it to the river

  • Dining

    August 3, 2006

    Apple Cider

    Live Sports Cafe

  • Calendar

    May 4, 2006
  • News

    January 19, 2006
  • Film

    December 15, 2005

    Homo on the Range

    Ledger and Gyllenhaal are cowboys in love in Ang Lee's wrenching Brokeback Mountain

  • Film

    September 8, 2005

    Grizzly Man

    Redford grows old gracefully in An Unfinished Life

  • Calendar

    October 7, 2004

    Shepard's Call

    The Laramie Project explores a hate-crime victim's hometown

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004

    The Graduates

    MFA students present their master works

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Cast

    The Laramie Project

  • Culture

    January 31, 2002

    Those Who Knew Him

    The Laramie Project tells the tale of a town transformed by tragedy

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Billie's Last Convention Summer

    The queen of Texas liberals hands over her reign

  • Film

    May 26, 1994

    Murder Most Fine

    A tasty noir treat is rescued from the video heap

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