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I guess I can say that at least one small thing I’ve written over the years has been officially published…

The Houston: It’s Worth It book hit the shelves back in October 2007 and — like the bad procrastinator I’ve been lately — I haven’t even bothered to check it out yet, even though I hear it’s phenomenal.

As chance would have it, I was perusing a favorite website today — Houston Strategies — and saw that Tory Gattis had done a brief write-up on the HIWI book and included a few of his favorite quotes.

For those that aren’t familiar with the HIWI project, the creators of this ambitious, quasi-tourism initiative asked Houstonians (and non-Houstonians alike) to submit a few lines to their website, telling the world why they loved Houston.  I thought long and hard about how best to describe my deep and abiding love for the city I was born and raised in, and which I lovingly call home.

And, in the end, I scrapped my original diatribe and just wrote this instead:

Because it’s my home. It’s in my blood and my lungs. Because I get lonely for the mercurial chaos and sprawl when I travel to sad, soulless, cookie-cutter towns. Everyone has a chance here; anyone can fit in and find a place of their own. No city in this country offers more diversity and opportunity alongside such friendliness and hospitality as Houston does.”

I was flattered to learn today that not only had my statement made it into the HIWI book, but it was also Tory’s “favorite” quote of the entire book.

Aw, shucks.

What can I say?  I love this place.

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AVPR

Are you stoked — like TOTALLY stoked — about the awesome new Aliens vs. Predator movie that’s coming out?  Like, oh my freaking God, man, it’s gonna be so freaking awesomely cool, like, I can’t wait to go see it and then, like, go watch WWE Smackdown at Phil’s house afterwards and drink some MGDs and have, like, a totally badass guy’s night, you know what I mean, man?  I’M SO EFFING STOKED.*

Anyway, if you’re TOTALLY FREAKING STOKED to go and see AVPR, then you’re gonna love this:

Alien vs. Predator

Badass, isn’t it?

*In case I didn’t make myself abudantly clear, that was sarcasm.

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New (and Old) Obsessions

I’ve callously ditched Project Playlist for a far groovier music search engine: Seeqpod.  Not only is it much cleaner and easier to use in general, it also allows you to save and share playlists without creating an account.  So much nicer.

And to demonstrate, here’s a short-but-sweet playlist with a few songs I’ve had on repeat lately:  Dig It.

I’ve got a little old school New Order and Cranberries, a few old standbys like Air and The Chemical Brothers, and some new artists that I’ve really been enjoying lately, like Sebastien Tellier and Emilie Simon.

Let me know what you think.  🙂

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I get all kinds of weird Google searches leading to this blog every day.  From the oddly omnipresent “dirndl fuck” to the mundane “lyrics to chelsea hotel number two,” I’ve seen a lot of search terms and I’ve imagined a lot of disappointed people when they reach a blog that has nothing at all to do with their inquiry (“how to vomit discreetly on a plane,” for example).  But one of today’s search terms absolutely cracked me up with its blatant stalker-ness:

“what kind of car does daniel agger drive”

I don’t know who Daniel Agger is, but if I were him I’d start sleeping with one eye open.

Note:  Okay, so apparently Daniel Agger is a fairly well-known Danish footballer who plays for Liverpool and I’m quite out of the loop.  Still, it’s a little weird that someone is that interested in what he drives.

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I got a kick out of this post over at Strange Maps:

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Sometimes it really does feel like El Paso is that far away from the rest of the state.  The same goes for Amarillo and Brownsville.  They might as well be in different states.  Hell, El Paso isn’t even in the same time zone as the rest of us.

As for “Damned Yankee Land,” well…we just call ’em like we see ’em.  🙂

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Website of the day:  http://www.rottenneighbor.com

What a lovely, voyeuristic tool this is.  And it makes me feel so much better to know that other people out there have horror stories that easily put mine to shame.  My neighbor’s three tiny, yippy, constantly-barking dogs are nothing compared to skeevy Peeping Toms or the stench of death from a creepy backyard.

Funnily enough, there isn’t a single complaint or grouse listed within my ZIP code.  I don’t think this means that we necessarily have nicer-than-average neighbors; I just think that they fear retribution. (more…)

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I realize that I have written three very acidic and bitter-sounding posts back to back here.  To prove that I do have a heart — even if it’s shriveled and black the last few days — here’s a highly random sampling of photos that I find both amusing and cute.  Okay, mostly just amusing, but whatever.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

And I’m out. Peace.

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