State of Texas

The State of Texas: Oct. 30, 2013

Oct 30, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Inspiration of the Day Frisco seventh-grader Tyler Sampson has one hand and plays football. Not the European kind involving feet, but real gridiron—offense and defense. “When I play,” said Sampson in a video, “they underestimate me.” You now have no excuse for complaining about the little inconveniences in your…

The State of Texas: Oct. 25, 2013

Oct 25, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Longreads Friday The Dallas Observer has a long piece detailing the April event at Arlington’s “Garden of Eden,” in which the garden and house were raided(!) by police, and SWAT members(!), for not complying with minor city ordinances regarding lawn upkeep. The piece takes all the fun out of…

The State of Texas: Oct. 15, 2013

Oct 15, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Tuesday Shame-Day Oddly, a collection of Texans fans wearing bags over their heads looks less weird after a minute or two. Photos of the Day The Miss Texas Pole Star Competition happened over the weekend. Done right—as demonstrated by these competitors—it’s both impressive and beautiful. So leave…

The State of Texas: Oct. 9, 2013

Oct 9, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photo of the Day Astronaut Karen Nyberg took this mesmerizing photo from her vista window of the International Space Station, which makes it clear that Austin and San Antonio are not yet one statistical metropolitian area. Sorry, Elizabeth Ames Jones: San Antonio & Austin, Texas.

The State of Texas: Oct. 8, 2013

Oct 8, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Brooks County is now working to identify bodies of deceased illegal immigrants, the shutdown results in bad Internet hoaxes, and this week's Bum Steer nominee.

State of Texas: Oct. 4, 2013

Oct 4, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

All You Can Eat Friday Fortune has bestowed upon us this celebration of National Taco Day. Praise be tacos! Here’s Texas Monthly‘s 2007 list of the best tacos in the state. And, for good measure, here’s another list of (some of) the best tacos in Texas.

State of Texas: Oct. 3, 2013

Oct 3, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photos of the Day Like Christmas, Halloween seems to arrive earlier each year. Houston Chronicle just published a slideshow of the Most Haunted Properties in Texas. For a bigger fright, use Texas Monthly‘s 2009 list as a guide, though watch out for ghosts and police. Tweets…

State of Texas: Oct. 2, 2013

Oct 2, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photos of the Day Oh, October! That time of year when the temperature begins to drop, leaves begin to fall, and Texas teens continue one of the state’s better traditions. Forget the haters who call it “weird.” Mums the word. Today in History The first military…

State of Texas: Oct. 1, 2013

Oct 1, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Video of the Day Star Wars Kid, Grumpy Cat . . . Texas tuba players. The Lake Travis Cavalier Marching Band is now Internet famous! Thanks go entirely to a tubular wreck last week. The band’s received national press after a video of their tuba section’s halftime…

State of Texas: Sept. 30, 2013

Sep 30, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Monday Goodness The Dallas Morning News has an idea about the Texas Constitution that folks on both the left and right can probably agree on: burn it. The editorial suggests a complete makeover for the “bloated” document that’s “a relic of a bitter, bygone era after the Civil…

State of Texas: Sept. 19, 2013

Sep 19, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Thursday Time-waster “Yes to Texas,” a Buzzfeed for the rest of us, posted a wonderful list: 16 Signs You Went to School in Texas via @TexasHumor Daily Roundup Wendy Davis is Strappin’ on Her Runnin’ Shoes (Probably) — You’re the state’s first really viable Democratic candidate…

State of Texas: Sept. 18, 2013

Sep 18, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Texas Playlist Hunter Hauk at the Dallas Morning News curated some fine, young tracks from North Texas bands. Pictures of the Day If you haven’t yet visited the Eclectic Menagerie Park in Belfort, here’s a recent snapshot. Giant spiders, and chickens, and ‘dillos, oh…

State of Texas: Sept. 17, 2013

Sep 17, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Picture of the Day Here’s a recent street campaign (in true social media fashion) challenging a February study that declared Beaumont the “saddest city,” based on tweets from the city. Either way, it sure beats “Clapton is God” Daily Roundup A Stranger From Our Neighborhood — Washington…

State of Texas: Sept. 16, 2013

Sep 16, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Texas in Hollywood Tinseltown’s favorite Texan, Tommy Lee Jones, turned 67 on Sunday. Even though he’s probably all, like, “no birthday for old man,” you can still celebrate by reading Skip Hollandsworth’s 2006 profile. Photos of the Day “Mermaid Theater” was a big thing at the San Marcos springs during…