It’s just a bit of cold and ice

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Dear Houston, I understand that we've set up the city in such a way that 5 minutes of rain can bring parts of the city to a halt. There are even days when I find it charming. And I understand that we really are not equipped for freezing temperatures, let alone freezing temperatures that are joined by liquid (which promptly freezes) falling from the sky. And I've come to just accept it as the cost of living in Houston that we absolutely cannot drive in any condition that isn't perfect … [Read more...]

One more thing to worry about… Piranhas

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Every time I go in to an open body of water I am absolutely convinced there's something lurking underneath. Sharks, killer bacteria, alligators, snakes, swamp thing... I know they're all there, waiting for me to be dumb enough to enter the water. Yes, I know that Swamp Thing is a made up thing, but you can't convince me of that while I'm in the water. Stories like this, about piranhas attacking people in water where there aren't supposed to be any piranhas... well, that's just not going to … [Read more...]

“Bitten” is coming to SyFy

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So, for those of you who are fans of Science Fiction, and all its subgrenres, Bitten is coming to the SyFy Network. Bitten is the first book in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. Written in first person, Bitten follows Elena Michaels as she's called back home from the life she's trying to create in the normal world to the life she has tried to leave behind. Elena is a werewolf, reportedly the only known female werewolf in the world, and she's not one by choice. We learn that … [Read more...]

Has the zombie apocalypse begun?

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This weekend is the annual Houston Zombie Walk. As a "fan" of zombies in the media (books, movies, shows), I can understand that allure of dressing up as one or even attending an event to watch others dressed up as zombies. But, and I have to be honest here, there's a part of me that remembers that this is the way many many horror flicks start: a "fake" event that turns real. Just in case the zombies "come to life," I want to be far far away. Before you laugh at me too much, let me remind you … [Read more...]

Cupcake ATM comes to Houston

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I am going to be honest that I am more than a little appalled that Houston is getting a 24 hour cupcake ATM. My main complaint? That I know, I absolutely know that there's a 2am mad dash to the Highland Village Sprinkles in my future for a "cupcake emergency." I've gone to Kroger at midnight for ice cream (damn those luscious-looking commercials!). I've driven to McDonald's "after hours" for coffee. If there's a possibility of getting good cupcakes in the middle of the night, I am eventually … [Read more...]

On this day..

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On June 26,1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling, was published in the United Kingdom. In the US this is know as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This is one of my favorite books of all time. **Source: Chase's Calendar of Events. … [Read more...]

I remember when… #sb5


I was supposed to be working today. I was supposed to be writing blog posts, researching articles, being productive. But I wasn't. I spent most of the day glued to my Twitter stream (then Youtube), following the account of how Texas state Senator Wendy Davis was trying to fillibuster a controversial and extremely restricting abortion bill. To do this she was going to stand for 13 hours, without a break (not even for bathroom) or food or drink, without leaning or sitting or pausing really, all … [Read more...]

On this day…

According to, on this day in 2009 (6/25/09) both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died. Farrah was a sex symbol in the 80s (or maybe the 70s???) and was most noted at the beginning of her career for a risqué poster and being one of the original Charlie's Angels. Later in her career she made some exceptional movies, then spiraled into drug addiction. Michael Jackson was a pioneer of the music video, a very talented singer/performer, and a very disturbed person. In many ways he … [Read more...]