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30 Jun 04:01


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28 Jun 22:03

What TxDOT’s Tiny 2-Year Public Transit Allowance Adds Up To

by Dan Singer

Transit-focused fact-finder Allyn West pulls out this nugget from the Texas Tribune’s report on regional transit development: “While the Texas Department of Transportation has a budget of more than $26 billion for the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years, less than 1 percent of that is earmarked for public transit.” That puts the burden squarely on county and local agencies — including metropolitan planning groups like the Houston-Galveston Area Council — to dig up funding for non-car-catering projects. [Texas Tribune via Allyn West] Photo of Preston St. METRO stop: telwink via Swamplot Flickr Pool … Read More
28 Jun 22:02

Be Bossy

by Mary Kelly

boss lady cover

Boss Lady

Ladies, this is your guide to climbing the ladder in business. It is mostly about projecting the right image and navigating overly personal or invasive questions from co-workers. There is also a lot about how to be approachable and non threatening. We also had one of Foxworth’s later books on our site. I would like to say that this advice should be obsolete, but maybe it isn’t.


P.S. You can read a quick bio on Foxworth here.

boss lady back cover

management advice

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28 Jun 22:00

Pretty Cool

by Reza

28 Jun 22:00

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Evolution


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I like big butts and cannot lie, 'cause they allow a large brain to pass by.

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28 Jun 21:58

Fixing the Unfixable

sleep is dumb

Tonight's comic is kind of about fixing computers.

28 Jun 21:57

Thorough Analysis

The likely shape of the bells was determined through consultation with several bellringing experts at the Tower of London. Transcripts of those interviews are available in Appendix VII.
28 Jun 15:27

Houston Home Listing Photo of the Day: Unplugged

by Dan Singer

3330 McCrarey Dr. [HAR] … Read More
27 Jun 17:05

The Sooner We End This Episode The Sooner I Can Stop Looking At You (DS9 S2E18)

by (

When their brand new ship takes a lot of body damage, some radical Cardassians put in at the station for a buff-out. But when the pilot turns out to be an old friend of Quark’s, his interest in her becomes more than academic. What does Quark get out of giving oral? Is ‘bloody dress’ a fashion statement or a metaphor? Could Odo ever safely impersonate a table at the Promenade’s Chili’s Too location? It’s the episode where we find out what’s in it for Adam.

27 Jun 17:00

Living the Fallout Life

by Mary Kelly

fallout shelter buildingFallout Shelter Handbook

I love Red Scare materials and I am always fascinated by the prospect of supposedly living through nuclear annihilation. Remember, I am from the generation who was told to hide under my desk when the bomb drops, so I could be “safe”. Note the apparent normalcy of life underground in a bunker on the book cover. Note how everyone on the cover is just having a regular day. Mom is even wearing an apron and Dad is smoking a pipe, probably waiting for the Mrs. to make him a drink. The whole scene is just charming.

These books are interesting and might work in places devoted to contemporary accounts of the cold war. Even if one of my public library patrons was interested in building an underground shelter, I think we could probably come up with something a bit more current. In the meantime, enjoy the good old days.


emergency drinking water

building an underground shelter

underground stairs


food storage


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27 Jun 16:59

Are You

by Reza

27 Jun 16:59


by Reza

27 Jun 16:58

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Science Prank


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I actually know a decent number of people who've experienced some version of this. They should create a medal for this sort of thing.

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27 Jun 14:34

Hot Guys for the over 40 crowd

by Mary Kelly

god's gift cover

God’s Gift
Over 100 Studs, Stallions and Dreamboats from the 70s and 80s

Hold on to your hats those of you of a certain age! I will bet you once swooned over these guys. This funny little book is just portraits of the long ago singers and actors. It is clever and fun for a certain demographic, especially in a public library. Right now I can think of at least 5 patrons that I wait on that would get a kick out this little bit of teenage flashback. Almost makes me want to break out an issue of Tiger Beat. In other news, I miss Starsky and Hutch.

Stay groovy,


david hasselhoff

jean-claude van damme john travolta erik estrada Starsky and Hutch Bee Gees

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27 Jun 14:32

Arrival of The Pet Barber Will Make 1415 Richmond Strip an Interspecies Hair Care Hot Spot

by Dan Singer

The shaggy customer base seeking a trim at the 1415 Richmond strip between Mandell and Yupon should see some increased biodiversity once The Pet Barber moves in 2-doors down from Henry’s Barber Shop. At nearly double the size of the neighboring human hair care facility, it’s ready to start transforming the space that once housed D&S Washateria (pictured at top) into a Castle Court companion to its existing Spring Branch grooming location. The laundromat left sometime after Pepino’s gave way to Ms. Saigon Cafe and Michael’s Outpost on the west side of the building. Since then, The C Store also took off; its still-vacant Suite A — shown below in blue at the strip’s east end — is now the only hole left in the building: 1415 Richmond [Braun Enterprises] Previously on Swamplot: Miss Saigon Preps for Debut In Pepino’s Jazzed Up Richmond Endcap Images: Braun Enterprises … Read More
27 Jun 13:43

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Oxford Comma


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My apologies to twitter followers who saw this joke there first. But, being twitter users, you're already used to daily punishment.

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27 Jun 13:42

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Juice


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Tomorrow he will learn about imaginary juice.

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27 Jun 13:42

SCARY GO ROUND for June 27th 2018

27 Jun 13:41

SCARY GO ROUND for June 26th 2018

27 Jun 13:40

SCARY GO ROUND for June 25th 2018

26 Jun 12:54

Philosophy Comedy Club, with Karl Marx

If you think poor people are poor because they were too stupid to invest in might be bourgeoisie.
If you think that without entrepreneurs no one would bother to do any might be bourgeoisie.
If you think
26 Jun 12:49

Update Notes

v3.0.2: Hey, if anyone still using this app is headed to the beach, can you stop at 4th and River St and grab the sunscreen from my car? Trunk should be unlocked. Thanks!
26 Jun 12:48

Newton's Trajectories

With just one extra line, he could have anticipated the 2003 film The Core, but some things are too audacious for even the greatest visionaries.
21 Jun 15:00

Feline Folly

by Mary Kelly

test your cat's personality

Test Your Cat’s Personality

I’m not sure I would need a little quiz to tell me that my cat is a judgmental narcissist, emotionally blackmailing me into buying premium cat food. I also think she is plotting my demise. I honestly think that most cat/human slave relationships are like this.

As a book, this barely qualifies. It really is just a quiz and it is more like a funny party favor than anything a library would want to add. I do think that cat books are essential for both adults and kids. I know it is futile, but I always hold out hope that some cat person out there finally has them figured out.

Meow to all that.


test your cat back cover

quiz for cats

testing your cat

testing your cat


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21 Jun 14:59

If You Are, I'll Tell You.

sleep is dumb

Tonight's comic is too stressed to be creative.

21 Jun 14:58

SCARY GO ROUND for June 21st 2018

21 Jun 02:11

Bunker Hill Home Listing Photo of the Day: Sole Cycle

by Dan Singer

11910 Cobblestone Dr. [HAR] … Read More
21 Jun 02:08

Katy Home Listing Photo of the Day: The Birdbath

by Dan Singer

6406 Cypress Ln. [HAR] … Read More
21 Jun 01:49

SCARY GO ROUND for June 20th 2018

21 Jun 01:46

Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

The Hertzsprung-Russell diagram is located in its own lower right corner, unless you're viewing it on an unusually big screen.