Hackers Saving NASA & Other Government Sites From Mysterious Data Deletion

by Jamie Lyons — On Saturday morning, the white stone buildings on UC Berkeley’s campus radiated with unfiltered sunshine. The sky was blue, the campanile was chiming. But instead of enjoying the beautiful day, 200 adults had willingly sardined themselves into a fluorescent-lit room in the bowels of Doe Library to rescue federal climate data.

Like similar groups across the country—in more than 20 cities—they believe that the Trump administration might want to disappear this data down a memory hole. So these hackers, scientists, and students are collecting it to save outside government servers. Continue reading

Calm waters along Galveston, Texas.

Texas Beach Bacteria Levels Test High in February

February is a weird time to go the the beach. But then, this is Houston, and it’s like 75 digress outside. Come to think of it, it’s really not a bad idea at all. Anyhow. Without much further ado, here are a few beaches to avoid this weekend. They’ve tested high for fecal bacteria (yep, you read that right) so if you’ve got young children, are pregnant, are diabetic, or have any open sores (even if it’s just a paper cut or hang nail) please do exercise caution and wade elsewhere: Continue reading


Adams Extract: It’s Not Just Vanilla! BBQ Rub, Ice Cream & Skillet Cookies, Oh My!

Any Texan who has ever baked anything is familiar with the brand Adams Extract. But did you know they make more than just Vanilla Extract? They’ve actually got an assortment of flavorings, box cake mix kits, BBQ rubs and grill seasoning blends, and a whole line of herbs and spices. Did we mention ice cream? Did we mention cookies?  Oh yes. There’s a lot you need to learn about this vintage Texas business from Gonzales. They are diversifying y’all, and it’s really quite wonderful. Continue reading


In-N-Out Is Coming To Houston, So We Asked A Real Californian What All The Fuss Is About


In-N-Out Burger, the famed California fast food haven, is rumored to be closing on at least one plot of land in the Houston area. Jazz Hamilton, VP of Retail Brokerage Services at CBRE confirmed the rumor but refused to disclose the location. Apparently, plans are still in their infancy, but the restaurant is expected to open this year. Continue reading


Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Less Stuff

by Laura Jane Kilgore — Are you familiar with that feeling of trudging through life with all your worldly possessions strapped to your back? Are you tired of that feeling and ready for a little freedom? Well, there’s no easier way to simplify life than to ditch stuff.

I recently complete a major downsize from a three-bedroom house to a two-room suite in order to budget and simplify my life. I’m effectively living the tiny house dream, without actually having a tiny house. As a recovering pack rat, I’ve had to learn some things about purging the hard way. So here are some of the thing I learned about cutting the clutter. Continue reading


Mexican Style Ice Cream Parlor, El Kiosko, Comes To Tomball

We love Mexican food. I mean, we REALLY love Mexican food. We also love ice cream. And margaritas. But I digress. A brand new Mexican restaurant has opened in Tomball and it’s not your typical cocina. It’s El Kiosko, and it’s a Mexican ice cream shop serving up Mangonadas (a spiced mango fruit drink), Troles (fruit ice), Elotes (cheesy grilled corn on the cob), Jugos Naturales (fresh fruit smoothies), Tostadas and Tortas (the Mexican solution to a sandwich), Nachos (need we explain?) and of course, ice cream a la Mexicana. Continue reading


Virtuosi Houston Youth Musicians Shone At Trump’s Presidential Inauguration!

As we reported earlier, Virtuosi of Houston – a youth chamber orchestra comprised of some of Houston’s best and brightest musicians – had the incredible opportunity to perform at several events leading up to the 45th Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump. We reached out to the organizers of Virtuosi of Houston last week to ask how the performances went. Here is their reply from Mr. Steve Casas, Events Manager: Continue reading