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Pelli ex-Enron building on cover of this AutoCAD book

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Only tangentially a Houston sighting, but yesterday I heard an ad on LBC radio in London for Continental's London to Newark business class service.

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Chef Bryan Caswell is on The Next Iron Chef premiere tonight on Food Network, and will continue through the season until eliminated. It's on right now, 8 PM.

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I linked that one and another from The Ride Home called Girls in another thread. Some cool shots of Montrose, House of Pies, Sabine Street Bridge.

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Profile piece on Mayor Parker in Business Week.

http://www.businessw...98096799595.htm

When I was sworn in as mayor of Houston, the media attention worldwide was overwhelming. "Houston elected a lesbian?
Houston?
"...It has given me a fantastic opportunity to change how people think about my city.

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Porchman, it appears Sibilia Vargas has left Fox 26 and heading back to Los Angeles to be working at KCBS, the CBS affiliate in that area. I wonder if she ever intended to end her career in Houston because ever since Linda Cheek-Heinrich retired in 2002, the co-anchor spot in the mornings are cursed:

1. Taslin Alfonso (2002-2005): co-anchored the mornings with Jose Grinan and was domoted to the 12 Noon newscasts once Jan Jeffcoat took the morning slot and Taslin eventually went back to New Orleans, her hometown to work at the NBC affiliate WSDU.

2. Jan Jeffcoat (2004-2007): bailed on Houston and never looked back, she's currently at WFLD-TV Fox 32 in Chicago.

3. Sibilia Vargas (2007-2010): lasted only 3 years and went back to LA.

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An article about Architect Ronnie Self's 3rd Ward house in the NYT Magazine today. Link.

If you’re going to build your dream house in a city that revolves around cars, why not plant it right on the side of a freeway? Ronnie Self, an architect, has done just that on a plot of land in a gritty but art-filled neighborhood with unobstructed views of the downtown skyline in Houston.

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An article about Architect Ronnie Self's 3rd Ward house in the NYT Magazine today. Link.

Iol...there's no guarantee in Houston.

Gesturing at the 20 lanes of highway that stand between his property and the gleaming towers of downtown, Self said, ‘‘It seemed that it was pretty much a guarantee that no one was going to block your view.’’

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Thanks for sharing that article... I've always hoped Ronnie's house would get published someday so that we could see some interior shots.

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Prairie Home Companion is live from the Wortham tonight. The show will be rebroadcast tomorrow afternoon.

They had a lot of local references (mostly inner loop) in the opening bits including a painful cover of California Girls ("Houston Girls"). Otherwise, Houston coverage has been a references to our cowboy culture. DBigTex. were you looking for a Houston stereotype?

EDIT: The mezzo-soprano, Susan Graham, was great. The rest of the show seemed phoned in.

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Channel 2 promised that we'd see scenes of Houston in the new series "Chase", so I watched it last night.

There was a two-second helicopter shot of the skyline and part of the 4th Ward. If there were other shots identifiably of Houston, I missed them.

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Channel 2 promised that we'd see scenes of Houston in the new series "Chase", so I watched it last night.

There was a two-second helicopter shot of the skyline and part of the 4th Ward. If there were other shots identifiably of Houston, I missed them.

It's filmed in Dallas. They show the flyovers over downtown to indicate they are in their Houston office but most of the street scenes are Dallas. They do, however, talk about Houston neighborhoods a bunch.

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It seemed like Chase was being really careful to make the show appear to be filmed in Houston. They have a lot of aerial downtown shots, they always venture out to nearby neighborhoods/towns (e.g., The Woodlands, Galveston, Sealy, River Oaks, etc.). However, last night's show clearly showed a downtown Dallas skyscraper in the background of the image. I was a little surprised to see this obvious Dallas evidence in the show that tries so hard to be set in Houston. Oh well, as I said a while back, I'd rather have a show filmed in Dallas and set in Houston than have a show filmed in Houston but set in Dallas. It's like the producers are saying that Dallas isn't cool enough for the setting of the show, they have to pretend to be the cooler city to the south to make a compelling show. A slap in the face to Dallas if you ask me.

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Highway 6, speaking of Houston sightings, isn't KTRK's Sonia Azad Middle Eastern or Latina ?

Azad is a middle eastern surname it seems. I wonder where she was raised.

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Funky Winkerbean, Brazos Bookstore on Bissonett Street.

Hardly a positive reference, though, it being Funky Winkerbean. dry.gif

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Funky Winkerbean, Brazos Bookstore on Bissonett Street.

Hardly a positive reference, though, it being Funky Winkerbean. dry.gif

Though I haven't followed Funky in a few years, Funky is still a classic.

Considering he could have chosen any bookstore in America, the fact that he enjoyed his visit there enough to include them in the strip this week is a very very positive thing.

http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20101207&name=Funky_Winkerbean

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Though I haven't followed Funky in a few years, Funky is still a classic.

Considering he could have chosen any bookstore in America, the fact that he enjoyed his visit there enough to include them in the strip this week is a very very positive thing.

http://www.chron.com...unky_Winkerbean

A few years, eh? Well, what happened is that Les (that guy)'s wife Lisa died of cancer in 2007. A time jump of ten years happened, and now it's mostly a mouthpiece for Batiuk to get his views across all while letting characters decay in an increasingly bleak environment. Here we have author-avatar Les Moore selling his book about his wife's death. His fans are stupid saying things that no actual person would say (like "I respect your opinion too much to argue about it") and all the while he's being smug and acting like, well, a jerk. This quote from Comics Curmudgeon sums it up nicely.

"Sorry, Batuik, but your premises undermine each other. Premise #1: Les the literary genius is finally recognized by a respected media outlet for his massive contribution to the world of letters. Premise #2: Les is a misunderstood genius suffering fools who can’t even read a book title from a teleprompter. You see, if #1 were true, #2 wouldn’t happen. If #2 is true, then what value the praise? The only way for both premises to stand is if the lazy assholes are recognizing the smug asshole for achievements in the field of assholery."

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Who cares?

It is still a well known comic; Regardless of the storyline above, the Brazos is not portrayed in a negative light. Therefore its a good thing.

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so i was biking around houston on saturday and i noticed some filming going on downtown... The cops had all 4 streets around Jones Hall blocked off. There was a blacked out (lights and everything - black) ML 350 benz with a camera on it hauling ass around the corners with a Hyundai Elantra following closely behind it. At first I thought it could (by some small chance) be a car chase seen for a movie but the guy coordinating the whole thing told me it was just a car commercial. Still, be on the lookout!

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so i was biking around houston on saturday and i noticed some filming going on downtown... The cops had all 4 streets around Jones Hall blocked off. There was a blacked out (lights and everything - black) ML 350 benz with a camera on it hauling ass around the corners with a Hyundai Elantra following closely behind it. At first I thought it could (by some small chance) be a car chase seen for a movie but the guy coordinating the whole thing told me it was just a car commercial. Still, be on the lookout!

They are filming something right now on Louisiana around the Alley & Birraporetti's. They would not let me use the sidewalk on the BB's side. I couldn't tell much from what I saw.

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Not exactly a "Houston in the media" sighting, but the OPI cosmetics company has a couple of new colors, allegedly inspired by Texas.

One of them is called "Guy meets Gal-veston" http://www.mbeautylounge.com/nailpolish/opi-texas-collection/3113-guy-meets-gal-veston-opi-nail-polish.html

It's kind of purply-pink. Perhaps a Galveston sunset? (Though, I think Katy has better sunsets)

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Don't know if anyone else posted this but i watched the A&E series HEAVY and the first episode I recognized an apartment building on corner of Avondale and Mason. I think the entire series was filmed in Houston

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Not really a 'Houston Sighting' bur Star Jones, a graduate of UH's Law Program is a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice.

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Dominique (Ch2) was on "The Event" last night.

True -another UH grad. Speaking of UH Cougars, there is Jim Parsons who is on every week on the "Big Bang Theory" and Jim Nance who is on CBS all the time.

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Saw the George R Brown Covention Center on the Disney show "Good Luck Charlie." They passed it of as a Denver Convention/Concert Hall though.

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I've got two today...

The first is from The Onion: "No One Can Remember Seeing Houston Astros For At Least A Week"... http://www.theonion.com/articles/no-one-can-remember-seeing-houston-astros-for-at-l,28015/

The second is from a 1999 Bollywood film called Sirf Tum, during a song-and-dance routine called Dilbar Dilbar. The clips feature the Niels/Mellie Esperson Building, Tranquility Park, and the Waterwall (there's also another shot at around 4:18, but I can't tell from where)... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMo-hhBdHtI

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LOL, I remember that one. I like the version with subtitles.

The WSJ has an article on margaritas that's just out. They interviewed Bobby Heugel of Anvil fame. He reveals to us that, "Margaritas are like burgers."

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I saw three today.

Two different Hyundai commercials. One filmed on Smith Street, and the other on the East Freeway.

And there's a Men's Warehouse commercial where busy commuters in suits get off a light rail train, and it's clearly Houston Metro's Red Line.

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The latest Lipton Iced Tea commercial has Lady Antebellum and they are playing at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Watch for it!

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The latest Lipton Iced Tea commercial has Lady Antebellum and they are playing at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Watch for it!

There is another one with them, their bus breaks down on Allen Parkway, and they get out into that historical park infront of Heritage Plaza.

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I saw a Hyundai commercial for the Azera last night. It's filmed around the "Enron" - Chevron circular skybridge. Nice car!

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