Shannon Neffendorf's entry into coffee roasting came out of selfish necessity. His job with Blockbuster (remember that) required work trips to Milan several times a year, and he soon found himself meeting with friends for cappuccino in the morning and taking a break for an espresso in the afternoon. ... More >>
Spencer Moon thinks bitcoin is going to change the world. The cryptocurrency -- currently worth about $575 per unit -- was created as an anonymous, digital means to provide verifiable online transactions outside the realms of governments and regulations. Despite high profile setbacks like the Mt. ... More >>
Welcome to the land of the free. While we decide whether we feel like deporting you, we've got a cold dank cell that'll suit you just fine.
How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce became the greatest (bumbling) enemy of America.
Since his election, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has riled liberals and even irked fellow conservatives with a faux filibuster, his condescending tone with other lawmakers and his willingness to hold the country's economy hostage to score cheap points with his base. But this week, Cruz crossed the uncross ... More >>
Every week, managing editor Patrick Williams disappears into his office and reemerges a cranky, nicotine-addicted, third-person-referring superhero we like to call Buzz. Pity Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The poor man can't even go to Iowa for a little praying, a little fundraising and a little defending ... More >>
There's something fascinating and a little frightening about putting together a playlist for an event that is not you sitting in front of your computer in a bathrobe, refreshing Twitter. All the things you take for granted in the music you enjoy--the little background flourishes that charmed you onc ... More >>
The weekend draws mercifully close, and I feel a need to revisit a couple themes touched on here earlier in the week. We started with Lance Armstrong on Monday. I predicted he would fake-confess and then offer a jail-house rationalization to the effect of, "I didn't do nuthin'." I admit this predict ... More >>
With the announcement of 35 Denton's initial lineup, it was only a matter of time before you felt that tightening in your chest, aka the first round of SXSW acts. North Texas' Blackstone Rangers, Ronnie Fauss, the Relatives, Somebody's Darling, Sarah Jaffe and Tedashii are all represented. Thurston ... More >>
Today, from the annals of meaningless, social-media ephemera, we'd like to direct you to the bitchy little TwitterFight between Mark Cuban and Donald Trump. It is, we assure you, the kind of TwitterFight that can only exist between insanely wealthy, Type-A megalomaniacs. No matter how far removed so ... More >>
Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s AmericaI: The Five Most Hilarious Lowlights
You might remember FreedomWorks. In 2010, the nonprofit, established and funded by billionaire David Koch, helped shape a sprawling Tea Party movement into the force that swept a large number of very conservative Republicans into Congress. Call it grass roots, call it astro turf. For a hint, if on ... More >>
Pearl Brand Artisanal Ice CreamWe've already talked turkey. Now, let us not delegate lesser attention to the other elements of a proper Thanksgiving feast, many of which you nary have to travel far to find. There are, in fact, many ways to bring a local farm, wine-maker, cheese crafter, coffe ... More >>
Considering that pre-South by Southwest bash 35 Denton announced its first round of performers last week, I guess it makes sense, then, that the Austin fest would announce its own first round of performers this week -- and that their list is indeed larger than 35 Denton's list of 17 names, clocki ... More >>
They say they defunded Planned Parenthood. But lawmakers' attack on family planning will cost Texas money, reduce access to healthcare and result in even more abortions.
Wanna do something to shake up your routine, alter your waist line and even change your life? Run. The. Rock. Probably a little late to get in shape and properly train for Sunday's MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon, but you can also "participate" by merely being a spectator. Organizers exp ... More >>
Two weeks ago today, state Rep. Leo Berman of Tyler filed H.B. 295, which says: "The secretary of state may not certify the name of a candidate for president or vice-president unless the candidate has presented the candidate's original birth certificate indicating that the person is a na ... More >>
Caity ColvardLeonardo, second from left, looking more party dude than leader. The running of this year's White Rock Marathon, as in past years, was rich with stories of inspiration, endurance, and, um, weather.But here at Unfair Park we're much more interested in the real story: the balloon-breas ... More >>
This week's booking announcements comprises a pretty long list and features a few out-of-mind national acts--including A Flock of Seagulls, Live, and that band with the one-armed drummer. SXSW bookings are still coming in too, with a venue change for the Whispertown 2000. And, to top it all off, L ... More >>
Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg used to study ornithology. Now he sings about his learnings.
John Wiley Price, namesake of a new African school Later this year, Masai children in rural Kenya will begin classes in a school named for “one of Texas’ greatest sons.” They -- indeed their parents and just about everyone else in Kenya -- might be a bit puzzled about the name. And no, it’s ... More >>
It’s no surprise that Kenyans took the top spots at yesterday's White Rock Marathon -- or that they beat our pathetic Matt Pulle, who finished a measly 17th because of “hamstring problems” and a “lack of support along Swiss Avenue” and “Ross Perot Jr." Anyone who has ever watched even a ... More >>
He claims to have invented e-mail. He holds a world skydiving record. But his current invention promises to top them all
A scene from the Student Academy Award-nominated Left in Baghdad by HP grad Peter Jordan Last week we got word that Highland Park grad Peter Jordan got nominated for a Student Academy Award, which, in the student film world, is about a big a deal as a real Oscar is in the real world. Jordan, a grad ... More >>
March Madness ain't nothing compared to Ambush Alley
Doc treats Sudanese lost boys as feel-good fodder, ignoring their plight and their history
Some people will believe anything. As Bible Girl has pointed out once or twice, Pentecostalism, the much maligned and misunderstood branch of Christianity, is growing at a phenomenal rate around the globe. A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that Pentecostals and Ch ... More >>
Peter Ogego, the Kenyan ambassador to the U.S., was in Dallas to talk business. And marathons, maybe. A couple of months ago, would-be presidential candidate Barack Obama said of Kenya -- during a trip to his father's homeland, no less -- that it was a corrupt place. "There is a crisis" in Kenya, he ... More >>
Try walking a mile, or 26.2 of them, in Micah's shoes
Inner-city black boys spend a year in Kenya. Does it change their lives?
A white leading man in a black movie? That is something new.
The Constant Gardener ripens into a distasteful thriller
A former DPD assistant chief over narcotics says she was made a patsy by the city
Plus: Havard Pleads Guilty
For these Sudanese refugees, just surviving makes them real comic-book supermen
Sudanese refugees struggle to make their way in America
A manual tells terrorist recruits how--and why--they should wage unholy war
A wobbly Basinger and a feeble screenplay doom I Dreamed of Africa