Harry Potter is the closest modern equivalent. In fact, reading this about how the stories have actually made a generation more accepting and empathetic, I think maybe HP has had a more resounding influence on culture than Star Wars did. Just in very different, and maybe more important ways. » 8/27/14 2:22pm Wednesday 2:22pm

I've been thinking about Star Wars quite a bit lately. And the more I think about Star Wars - not A New Hope, not Episode IV, and not the franchise - the more I realize that film, as a standalone entity is truly a high-concept work of art. Something more like a Warhol or Jadorowsky film than the pop culture monolith… » 8/27/14 1:47pm Wednesday 1:47pm

I used to be fat, and now I'm... not so fat

Over the past nine weeks, I've dropped from 208 pounds and 26% body fat to 176 pounds and 18% body fat. Woot. This was accomplished by bringing salad for lunch every day (fine by me, as I don't have time to take a full hour and I can also watch Star Wars: Clone Wars on my iPhone - yeah, I'm a dork), cutting our almost… » 8/27/14 2:21pm Wednesday 2:21pm

I like big, floaty, American cockroach cruisers like Buick Park Avenues and Mercury Grand Marquis. They're so damn soothing. Put a Nat King Cole tape in the deck, turn the AC down to sub-Arctic, put a box of Kleenex on the dash, and you my friend are satisfied with life. » 8/27/14 12:42pm Wednesday 12:42pm

Looking at this from a parent's perspective, if kids started later they'd finish later, meaning their school day would probably end around the same time as my work day. Which also means less time to get ip to shenanigans. Although it also means extracurriculars would go later. Huh. I don't know how I feel about this. » 8/27/14 7:30am Wednesday 7:30am

My best friend's first marriage was to a Serbian girl. At the wedding, as they left the church, instead of throwing rice or cheering, the entire congregation pulled pistols, AK47s, shotguns, etc from their wedding suits and began firing unceasingly into the sky. Mind you, the church was SOMEWHAT removed from… » 8/26/14 3:28pm Tuesday 3:28pm

Adam DeBower is a Baylor alum. We used to hang, back when I was a bachelor and he was a lowly brewer's assistant at Jester King and Live Oak. He had a sweetass El Camino SS that we'd take to Mean Eyed Cat and drink Sessions until 2 am. Now look at him. One of the most successful local breweries in the state. And hot… » 8/26/14 12:15pm Tuesday 12:15pm