National Novel Writing Month

Expecting to join the National Novel Writing Month challenge this year? Daily Writing Tips has a great post on why you should join and how to make it a fun experience. Particularly:

Don’t worry about the quality of your writing, just focus on getting to that 50,000 word target. (NaNoWriMo is not the best time to work on that wonderful idea you’ve been brooding over for years – try picking something new. If you care about it too much, you’ll get over-perfectionist.)

I’m really really thinking about joining this year. Trying to talk myself into it. How about you?

Latin Grammys come to Houston

Tacuba, Venegas, Guzman to perform at Latin Grammys
HandStamp blog at the Houston Chronicle

The Latin Grammys are less than a month away, and big names are beginning to materialize on the RSVP list.

Leading nominee Café Tacuba heads up the first round of acts scheduled to perform at the ninth annual ceremony, happening Nov. 13 at the Toyota Center in Houston. Also on the roster are Julieta Venegas, Kany García, rock diva Alejandra Guzmán, salsero Gilberto Santa Rosa and merengue queen Olga Tañón.

Confirmed to present awards are nominees Ednita Nazario, Ximena Sariñana, and Tito El Bambino; nine-time Latin Grammy winner Juan Luis Guerra and actors Daniela Castro, César Evora, and Eduardo Santamarina.

The show will be broadcast live, 7-10 p.m. on the Univision Network.


Houston #4 on top ten cities, best bang for the buck

Best And Worst Bang For The Buck Cities

The economic storm sweeping the country has left Americans with few places to hide.

But those looking to hunker down might want to head to Texas, where they can get the best value for their dollar.

That’s because Austin and San Antonio lead our list of places where your money goes farthest. Residents of both enjoy affordable housing and promising prospects for job growth in coming years. Houston and Dallas also land in the top 10, at Nos. 4 and 7, respectively.


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Mark Garay's new career

TV news veteran switches to paying tributes
Houston Business Journal

After 20 years in front of the camera as a broadcast news reporter, Mark Garay has launched his own Professional Tributes.

The documentary production company formed in August focuses on marketing video “family heirlooms” through funeral homes.

Garay left his job as weekend morning news anchor at KTRK TV to fulfill a need to do stories in longer formats behind the scenes.


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America represnts only 15% of the global internet

America’s Shrinking presence on the Global Internet

Did you know that America now represents only 15% of the Global Internet?In the last 10 years the Internet has radically de-Americanized with profound strategic consequences for Internet CEOs, boards, VCs, investment bankers, government policy makers, and the entire U.S. economy.