Eric Webb

Social media & engagement editor

Eric Webb is the social media and engagement editor for statesman.com, austin360.com, mystatesman.com, hookem.com and 512tech.com. He also blogs about Austin culture, pop culture, music and anything that lives on the Internet. | Twitter | Online

Latest from Eric Webb

There’s a Beyoncé-themed brunch in Austin this weekend
 Do you like brunch? You love it. Do you like cocktails? You live in Austin; you are half human, half cocktail. Do you like Beyoncé? You are legally obligated to pay fealty to our nation’s monarch, yes. All of these things that you love will combine to form a zeitgeisty Voltron on Saturday, when downtown Austin restaurant...

Posted: a day ago

Do you like brunch? You love it. Do you like cocktails? You live in Austin; you are half human, half cocktail. Do you like Beyoncé? You are legally obligated to pay fealty to our nation’s monarch, yes. All of these things that you love will combine to form a zeitgeisty Voltron on Saturday, when downtown Austin restaurant...
The military tried to use bats as WWII bombers. Yes, those bats. It got weird.
 Uncle Sam wants you. You already knew that. But for a brief time, he also wanted your favorite flying Austin mascot. According to the Washington Post, the U.S. military once recruited hundreds of Mexican free-tailed bats in a plot to blow up Japanese cities during World War II. These bats (the largest urban colony of which famously lives...

Posted: a day ago

Uncle Sam wants you. You already knew that. But for a brief time, he also wanted your favorite flying Austin mascot. According to the Washington Post, the U.S. military once recruited hundreds of Mexican free-tailed bats in a plot to blow up Japanese cities during World War II. These bats (the largest urban colony of which famously lives...
A Guy Fieri ‘convention’ is coming to paint Austin in donkey sauce
 The world will eventually come to end. When the ground beneath our feet has turned to ash the color of lead, and when poisoned air grasps at our throats with its choking skeleton grip, will you be able to remember a town that once bloomed with flavor? You might, as there is a Guy Fieri convention coming to Austin this fall. That’s ...

Posted: 6 days ago

The world will eventually come to end. When the ground beneath our feet has turned to ash the color of lead, and when poisoned air grasps at our throats with its choking skeleton grip, will you be able to remember a town that once bloomed with flavor? You might, as there is a Guy Fieri convention coming to Austin this fall. That’s ...
Model Nyle DiMarco was at Barton Springs Pool, and he’s a great diver
 There are a few ways you might know Nyle DiMarco. He was the second male winner and first Deaf winner of “America’s Next Top Model.” He won the 22nd season of “Dancing With the Stars.” He’s appeared in roles on TV shows like “Switched at Birth” and “Difficult People...

Posted: 7 days ago

There are a few ways you might know Nyle DiMarco. He was the second male winner and first Deaf winner of “America’s Next Top Model.” He won the 22nd season of “Dancing With the Stars.” He’s appeared in roles on TV shows like “Switched at Birth” and “Difficult People...
YouTube yanked Alex Jones’ page. People have some strong thoughts.
 First it was Spotify. Then Apple and Facebook were next. And now, YouTube is the latest online media giant to dole out a big penalty against Alex Jones. The YouTube account for the Austin-based conspiracy theorist, as well as the channel for his Infowars broadcast, were removed Monday, according to USA Today. CNBC reports that clicking...

Posted: 9 days ago

First it was Spotify. Then Apple and Facebook were next. And now, YouTube is the latest online media giant to dole out a big penalty against Alex Jones. The YouTube account for the Austin-based conspiracy theorist, as well as the channel for his Infowars broadcast, were removed Monday, according to USA Today. CNBC reports that clicking...
A doughnut museum. In Austin. With an ‘edible wall.’ It’s happening, for a few hours.
 Move over, Louvre. Get lost, Getty. Austin’s about to host a museum that will make those venerated cultural galleries seem boring: a pop-up doughnut museum. According to a Facebook event, the Refinery on Brazos Street will turn into the “Museum of Donuts” on Aug. 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The “pop-up experience&rdquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Move over, Louvre. Get lost, Getty. Austin’s about to host a museum that will make those venerated cultural galleries seem boring: a pop-up doughnut museum. According to a Facebook event, the Refinery on Brazos Street will turn into the “Museum of Donuts” on Aug. 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The “pop-up experience&rdquo...
Webb Report: Who’s not feeling a potential Austin name-change? Readers
 You know who had a busy week? • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (on trial for charges including bank fraud, stemming out of the Robert Mueller investigation) • Basketball star LeBron James (opened a history-making public school in Akron, Ohio) • Austin broadcaster Alex Jones (built a business on peddling untrue...

Posted: 12 days ago

You know who had a busy week? • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (on trial for charges including bank fraud, stemming out of the Robert Mueller investigation) • Basketball star LeBron James (opened a history-making public school in Akron, Ohio) • Austin broadcaster Alex Jones (built a business on peddling untrue...
Webb Report: Yep. It’s still hot. Oh, how hot it is.
 I regret to inform you that the sun is back at it again. This is how it works, of course. A Texas summer is always of the Bananarama variety, never of the Beach Boys’ surfin’ world. It is hot. It is not as hot as some places, but it is nevertheless hot. Cruelly hot, despite all our best efforts as a state to collectively magical-think...

Posted: 17 days ago

I regret to inform you that the sun is back at it again. This is how it works, of course. A Texas summer is always of the Bananarama variety, never of the Beach Boys’ surfin’ world. It is hot. It is not as hot as some places, but it is nevertheless hot. Cruelly hot, despite all our best efforts as a state to collectively magical-think...
Here’s how tortilla chips can ‘spontaneously combust’
 It was a uniquely Texan mishap. Two weeks ago, several cases of tortilla chips “spontaneously combusted” outside an Austin tortilla chip factory, the Austin Fire Department said.  The American-Statesman’s Mary Huber reported that cardboard boxes containing discarded chips ignited July 12 and 15. At the time, ...

Posted: 21 days ago

It was a uniquely Texan mishap. Two weeks ago, several cases of tortilla chips “spontaneously combusted” outside an Austin tortilla chip factory, the Austin Fire Department said.  The American-Statesman’s Mary Huber reported that cardboard boxes containing discarded chips ignited July 12 and 15. At the time, ...
Why is that squirrel doing that weird thing? Because it’s summer in Texas
 Whatcha doin’ there, little guy? If you’ve lived in Texas long enough, you’ve seen a squirrel lie flat on its belly somewhere. In fact, the r/Texas subreddit has been all over the phenomenon this week. Squirrels splayed out on benches, squirrels prone under railings, squirrels spread eagle in the shade of...

Posted: 23 days ago

Whatcha doin’ there, little guy? If you’ve lived in Texas long enough, you’ve seen a squirrel lie flat on its belly somewhere. In fact, the r/Texas subreddit has been all over the phenomenon this week. Squirrels splayed out on benches, squirrels prone under railings, squirrels spread eagle in the shade of...
It’s hot
 I regret to inform you that the sun is back at it again. This is how it works, of course. A Texas summer is always of the Bananarama variety, never of the Demi Lovato style. It is hot. It is not as hot as some places, but it is nevertheless hot. Cruelly hot, despite all our best efforts as a state to collectively magical-think...

Posted: 23 days ago

I regret to inform you that the sun is back at it again. This is how it works, of course. A Texas summer is always of the Bananarama variety, never of the Demi Lovato style. It is hot. It is not as hot as some places, but it is nevertheless hot. Cruelly hot, despite all our best efforts as a state to collectively magical-think...