August222014

Hastening the End at Hasting’s?

Hastening the End at Hasting’s?

On the record: There was something about those rows of albums....

On the record: There was something about those rows of albums….

I have a short piecein the latest Texas Monthly on the sale of Hasting’s, the music and entertainment store chain that was prominent in many small towns in Texas and the Midwest. The Amarillo-based chain was bought out recently by a New Jersey financier. The sale brought back memories of my adolescence and the role that Hasting’s…

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August202014
Overstock Takes Bitcoin International

A big online retailer is going to start accepting Bitcoin on international transactions, according to the New York Times’ Dealbook site. 

Overstock Takes Bitcoin International

A big online retailer is going to start accepting Bitcoin on international transactions, according to the New York Times’ Dealbook site. 

August42014

Bitcoin Bonanza: Why Texas Can’t Get Enough of Virtual Currency

Bitcoin Bonanza: Why Texas Can’t Get Enough of Virtual Currency

ILLUSTRATION BY ROCCO MALATESTA

ILLUSTRATION BY ROCCO MALATESTA

In my latest Texas Monthly column, I take a look at the state’s hottest new cottage industry: Bitcoins. The virtual currency took the online world by storm a few years ago, and while it still has plenty of skeptics, Texas has become one of the leaders in developing rules and applications for virtual currency.

Texas,” says Jeremy Kandah, “is the most…

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July252014

A Post-Chronicle memory

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I still have the clip of my first Post column from 1985. Sorry, folks, there were no links in those days.

In a post on her Gray Matters site, the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Gray has used the announcement that the paper is moving to the old Houston Post building. I have never set foot in that building, but I will always be grateful to those who did.

Lisa’s post includes a comment from me that the…

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July242014

Why `Wolf’ List Shouldn’t Be Released

Why `Wolf’ List Shouldn’t Be Released

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My former colleague Susan Antilla had a nice piece in the New York Times recently on a judge’s decision to keep confidential the list of victims preyed upon by Jordan Belfort, the self-proclaimed “Wolf of Wall Street.” A TV news magazine had requested the judge release the name of Belfort’s 1,300 victims.

As Antilla reported:

The potential harm that could come from releasing the…

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July72014
10AM

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalis

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalis

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint http://ow.ly/yRroZ #energy

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10AM

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalis

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalis

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint http://ow.ly/yRroZ #energy

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May272014

A Two-fer in Texas Monthly

A Two-fer in Texas Monthly

0614_Biz_680x382I have two stories in the June issue of Texas Monthly. In my regular column, I take a look at the burgeoning business of liquefied natural gas exports and how Texas, which helped pioneer the process of hydraulic fracturing, is now leading the way on the next phase of the natural gas boom — exporting production to countries in Asia and Europe. Here’s a sample:

Four years ago, things…

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May192014

The Return of the Charles W. Morgan

The Return of the Charles W. Morgan

The  Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport. (Photo: Mystic Seaport)

The Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport. (Photo: Mystic Seaport)

As a child, I spent a lot of time at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Conn. As I discuss in The Man Who Thought Like a Ship, it was among my father’s favorite maritime museums, and we often stopped there as part our summer vacation. Before he got into nautical archaeology, my father’s dream was to volunteer at the museum once he…

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