Archive for January, 2012

Houston Main Building Implosion

 

The Houston Main Building (HMB) was opened by Prudential Insurance Co. in 1952 as its southwest regional office. At the time, the 20-story office building was Houston’s tallest building outside downtown. In 1974, MD Anderson purchased the 500,000-square-foot facility, which included 22.4 acres of land and a surface lot containing hundreds of parking spaces. The University of Texas officially named the building the Houston Main Building in 1980.

The acquisition of the building allowed executive and other administrative offices to move from the hospital to HMB to accommodate the expansion of clinical space. Over the years, MD Anderson updated and renovated some floors to support specific functions, and the expansive parking area was used for new construction.

The building was differentially sinking one side at a time, cracking the foundation and the exterior limestone and granite.

After much discussion and many feasibility studies conducted by outside consultants, it was determined that renovation and repair of HMB would be more costly than demolition and construction of a newer, updated facility designed around MD Anderson’s mission and goals.

The last employees moved out of HMB March 2010; the building was officially closed April 1, 2010.

It was imploded on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012.

 

I like this website

I’d like to make a shout out to this Houston based website, and print publication, Citizen’s Science Quarterly. It’s a cool website!

 

We do not support SOPA / PIPA

SOPA and PIPA (the Protect IP Act) both pose a significant problem for the free Internet. These bills are largely being backed by major media players that are poised to have greater control over the distribution of media should these bills be passed. Imagine your website being non-indexable because you are on a search engine black list. This is a serious game changer folks, and we need to voice our discontent. If this bill passes, the free Internet will be changed forever.

You can contact your local Senator via http://americancensorship.org/modal/call-form.html

 

Hollywood FLOSS – So Much To Say Feat. Brian Angel of Day 26 – Houston Rapper Music Video

 

Devin Finch takes over Fitzgeralds on Wednesdays as new comedian spotlight begins

We asked Devin Finch on a Tuesday night after seeing that he was recently hospitalized for his box wine obsession, when we could video one of his next Stand up performances to which he replied, “Fuck it, I’ll do it tomorrow.” The typical night on Wednesdays at Fitzgeralds now that Robert Ellis western night has moved on to greater pastures is an open mic series, curated by a mustache man named John Mills-McCoin  where local talent is given their 10 minutes of fame. Here is Devin Finches 10 minutes!

It is third go at standup and I know we want more. Devin Finch’s spotlight has come after his comics have been featured on Vice, and after producing a very addicting youtube show, titled Prime Time Bitch and Tupperware Party. Stars of the show include his mother, his brother, and a few lady friends. Previews of his latest artwork and comics can be seen on his blog of course at devinfinch.com

 

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