The NFL's Modern Man: How Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin — a bike-riding, socially conscious, Animal Collective–loving hipster — is redefining what it means to be a football player.
posted by Drinky Die
on Nov 20, 2013 -
In 1985, Houston was preparing for a party: 1986 marked the city's 150th birthday, the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Texas, and 25 years since the opening of NASA's Johnson Space Center
, the hub around which the city's aerospace industry blossomed. In comes French synthesizer pioneer Jean Michel Jarre
, the "composer of the future", known for his spectacular 1979 Bastille Day show
that attracted a million people to Place de la Concorde, and for being the first Western musician to play China
in 1981. With the Space Shuttle Challenger
due to take off on mission STS-51-L
in January, Jarre penned a piece for Mission Specialist and saxophonist Ron McNair
to record in space. The nation watched as McNair and his crewmates prepared for their journey and waved goodbye
, only to perish in a haunting
explosion. As Houston mourned the loss of the seven crew, who called the city home during their preparation for spaceflight, Jarre wasn't sure if the upcoming festivities should be held, but was convinced by astronaut Bruce McCandless
that the show must go on.
On April 5, 1986, 1.5 million people gathered downtown to witness Rendez-vous Houston
, a massive tribute to America's pioneering spirit that used the city as its backdrop. [more inside]
posted by avocet
on May 14, 2013 -
When is a private space a public space? When it's a Privately Owned Public Space (POPS)
. In accordance with the planning codes of some cities, owners or builders of buildings are mandated to provide members of the general public access to spaces which include rooftop gardens, courtyards, and plazas. [more inside]
posted by larrybob
on Aug 31, 2012 -
Recent technologies developed at American universities are making communication easier for the sight and hearing impaired. Last summer a Stanford undergrad developed a touchscreen Braille writer
that stands to revolutionize how the blind negotiate an unseen world by replacing devices costing up to 10 times more. Thanks to a group of University of Houston students, the hearing impaired may soon have an easier time communicating with those who do not understand sign language. During the past semester, students in UH’s engineering technology and industrial design programs teamed up to develop the concept and prototype for MyVoice
, a device that reads sign language and translates its motions into audible words, and vice versa.
posted by netbros
on Jul 3, 2012 -
One of my favorite blogs
happens to be local to me. Eric Berger, the Houston Chronicle's "SciGuy" usually reports on the weather
. But he also posts entertaining and serious stuff as well. [more inside]
posted by PapaLobo
on Nov 22, 2011 -
During the past 4 days, the Cockrell Butterfly Center
at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
has stayed open 24 hours to accommodate the record crowds
filing into the museum at all hours. Why? A rare Amorphophallus titanium
, aka “Corpse Flower,”
is finally about to bloom
. Now, Lois is not your average
, run-of-the-mill stinky
plant. Only 28 Corpse Flowers have bloomed in the US
, so Lois has become a local celebrity
with her own blog
, Flickr feed
, live webcam
. She even has her own playlist
, with songs such as “That Smell” by Lynyrd Skynrd, “I’m Comin’ Out” by Diana Ross and the classic “Smelly Cat” by Phoebe from Friends. And like any trendy Corpse Flower, Lois also has her own Twitter account
. She's also a bit of a diva
. Yet despite predictions, Lois still hasn't bloomed
as of Wednesday morning. In response, Lois makes excuses
, bad jokes
and snarky comments
posted by yeoja
on Jul 14, 2010 -
Robert Earl Davis Jr., better known by his stage name DJ Screw
, died almost ten years ago, on the 16th of November, 2000. He is widely credited as the originator of one of Texan hip-hop's unique stylistic quirks - the slowing of a track to create a blurry, psychedelic take on the original. So profound is the association between DJ Screw and this style that it is usually named after him
. An 11-part documentary on YT explores Screw's life and music. Part 1
, with the rest below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Dim Siawns
on Jun 7, 2010 -
At Sammy's at 2016 Main, on September 8, a historic jam session occurred, an impromptu reunion of many of the city of New Orleans's finest musicians. Each player who walked in the door was much more than a mere musician that night -- they were an affirmation of life. Not only did their attendance indicate that they had survived the storm, but their collective presence also indicated that their music would survive, too.
The New Birth Brass Band
(and friends) tears it the hell up in downtown Houston post-Katrina. The whole show is great
, but if you're short on time, parts one
are especially smoking.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas
on Dec 14, 2008 -
For many people who lived in Houston in the early 1970s, trick or treat brings up memories of "The Candy Man," serial killer Dean Corll
. He, along with accomplices David Brooks and Wayne Henley (YouTube)
, kidnapped, raped, and tortured to death 27 boys between the ages of thirteen and eighteen between 1970 and 1973. Thirty-seven years after the bodies of their victims were discovered in mass graves in southwest Houston and the Bolivar Peninsula, three still were unidentified until recently when the efforts of forensic anthropologist Sharon Derrick
identified victim ML73-3349, now known to be Randall Lee Harvey
posted by WolfDaddy
on Oct 31, 2008 -
"Girl, he died a hero with tons of people loving him."
A jack-of-all-trades worker from Florida came to Houston to help clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, and was killed
while trying to save three dogs on a freeway. At first, it seemed the man, while praised as a local hero
, and receiving tons of support in death from animal lovers, would remain an unknown loner
in death as he had been in life. Then a Google search and an exchange of e-mails led one Houston woman to the man's daughter, living in Pittsburgh. The young woman had been searching for her father for thirteen years.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Oct 8, 2008 -
When Conrad O. Johnson
heard Otis Redding
in concert in the year 1967, he was inspired to bring the kind of explosive energy he felt from that performance to the high school band he was charged with leading. He wanted to lead not only the best high school stage band in Texas, but the best high school stage band in the world. And with the Kashmere Stage Band
, it's arguable that that's exactly
what he did. Check out the Texas Thunder Soul.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Sep 29, 2007 -
I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?
posted by I Love Tacos
on Feb 18, 2006 -
So long, and thanks for all the thrills.
This weekend, Astroworld (I refuse to prepend "Six Flags") will close its doors. Envisioned in 1968 by Judge Roy Hofheinz
(who also brought us Houstonians a major league baseball team
, and a stadium
in which they could play), the amusement park was where I spent a lot of my childhood in the 70s. Grass roots
movements to save the park have failed
, and thus it's time to say goodbye to the place that played host to one of the best rollercoasters
in the world, a ride that scared the crap
out of me, a double ferris wheel
with a twist, as well as the Boogie Fog Disco
, where I learned how to do The Hustle. All's not lost, as at least I can download the Texas Cyclone
, but I still feel a little misty-eyed for the boy who spent most of his weekends in this magical and wondrous place. Farewell.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Oct 24, 2005 -
Fireflies in Houston.
As a kid growing up in Houston, I remember going out into the front yard every evening and seeing hundreds and hundreds of fireflies dancing through the air, one of the most magical memories of childhood. As I grew older, their numbers declined, slowly but surely (in fact, at one point as a kid, I thought I was partially responsible as I'd caught so many of 'em in Flintstones jelly jars). Now back in Houston as an adult, I haven't seen a one, and am wondering, where have all the fireflies gone
? This site aims to tell you, and it's not just for Houstonians.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Aug 3, 2004 -
After 25 years away, I've recently moved back to the metropolis of my birth, Houston, Texas, and have been reminded that a lot of my favorite buildings here are from the Modern Movement
in architecture. However, many of these buildings--much less than a century old!--are now giving way to newer ones, and many unique residences
fast being replaced with McMansions
. Even the Astrodome
's fate is in the air. HoustonMod
is trying to preserve these buildings and their place in history. More power to 'em.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Apr 23, 2004 -
Lesson learned in Houston, Texas yesterday: shop at a 24-hour Kmart in the middle of the night, go directly to jail
. If you're a 10-year-old girl having a late dinner with your father at the next door Sonic, well, it's off to jail with you, too.
posted by ewagoner
on Aug 19, 2002 -
Enraged about Enron? Buy the T-shirt
The latest Enron related meme in Houston is a slew of anti-Enron shirts. Just today at lunch I picked up the coolest one to date, the Enrage shirt, for $10 with a $2 donation to the ex-Enron employees fund. Other Enron shirts can be found here
posted by DragonBoy
on Feb 14, 2002 -
At least 12 people are dead and damage could be $1 billion
as a result of flooding in the US' fourth largest city of Houston. Some areas received more than two feet of rain in a 24 hour period this weekend after the remains of Tropical Storm Allison regrouped and poured on southeast Texas. Why does this story only get one page on the major news sites, when the Seattle quake was covered extensively all over the country?
posted by LeiaS
on Jun 10, 2001 -
Yesterday I went to a local Comic Book Store here in Houston, Texas. I was looking for the hard to find 'Death Row Marv
' figure that recently made the news across the nation
. After I asked to see the figure (it was kept behind the counter) and dicided that the price was right, the sales person asked me if I was a policeman. I told him I was not and asked why. He told me that the Death Row Marv figure is very popular with the Houston Police Department
. The officers like to have them on their desks and in their squad cars - scary huh?
posted by DragonBoy
on Sep 10, 2000 -