The McCain of My Dreams
In our hurried and frantic Starbucks-fueled culture, it’s unfortunate that we often don’t have the time or the attention span to carefully weigh facts. Facts such as those posited to us through low-production presidential election ads. This is unfortunate for many reasons, but the main one is because we desperately want to better know these individuals. You know, sit down with them for a chat, and have them buy our over-priced Starbucks for us in hopes of endearing themselves long enough to secure our vote…
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Awesomeness

One of the many tasks on my home to-do list is to finally go through this box of photos in my closet and figure out which ones should be kept and which ones are just taking up space. They are from my entire life, from a chubby birth up until the last day that I ever used an actual film camera. Well, today I finally started.

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Indeed

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Uncounted

A couple of days ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing local filmmaker David Earnhardt about his new documentary, Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections. It was an interesting and enjoyable conversation, and the review is now posted on Blogcritics.org.

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Someone Else's List

While shopping at the grocery store yesterday, I noticed that a previous shopper had left their grocery list in the basket I had picked up. Their list was pink and precise, and much more interesting than mine.

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Baked Chicken

If you require any further explanation on this photo, join us for the viewing of “Pecking Order”, our team’s entry into this year’s 48-Hour Film Competition. I guarantee you that once you see our film, you will have more questions than before you started.

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Oh, The Places You'll Go

Or “oh, the places I’ve been.” And perhaps alternately titled: “Green eggs and ham outbreak kills twelve.” …

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All Brewed Up

As a self-professed beer snob, it was with great sorrow today that I came across this blog post about top summer beers. It hurt me. The gathering together of mostly anemic, wussy beers made me tear up. I cried a little, mainly because I didn’t have my own beer. But then the sorrow turned to anger. Anger that could only be subdued by way of a passive-aggressive blog entry. Because that’s what my tech-obsessed generation does: we blog about things, and then pretend that anyone else actually cares…

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Simple Paths To Freedom

It’s a well known fact that the most logical and tangible way we can support our troops is by affixing yellow ribbon or flag stickers to the bumpers of our cars (or both, cause what else are you really using your bumper for, except to remind everyone that for some reason you still support John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid?). The way this works is scientific and technical. Allow me to pretend to explain it further…

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Infinite Echoes

Last night I went to an in-store performance by Hammock, given at the (tr)indie-cool record shop Grimey’s. Actual hammocks would have been nice, as the lush, beatless sound of infinitely shimmering guitar echoes blanketed the room for roughly a half hour or so. It’s amazing the amount of sound that can come out of two guitars, one keyboard, one cello, and a bajillion effects pedals. It’s the sonic equivalent of galaxies slowly being formed…

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Vegging Out

Some of you may remember that last year I got all excited about a CSA that I joined. They hooked me up, weekly, with organic and seasonal produce during some of the more sunshiney months of the year. It was awesome.

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Sequence Of Events

I’ve decided to begin a series, centered around my newfound love of finding random items for sale in the weekly junk mail flyers. My inaugural post still seems a noble entry, but I am quickly realizing that much darker and stranger things lurk in the minds of gift memorabilia merchants. These are exciting times to be alive…

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Doing My Part

One of my long-time favorite groups, Anything Box, is releasing a new (?) collection of songs called 19. It’s from twenty years ago in the late 80s, and serves as a snapshot/demo of their earliest music-making. It’s rough in all of its glorious melancholy synth-pop 80s sound, but considering the fact that it was recorded live during a one day home studio session onto cassette tape, it’s a very nice time capsule piece. Not only for the band, but for that era in music…

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A Story For Fools

April Fools Day is a special time of year. It’s one day out of several hundred when people seem to try a little harder to put aside their differences, lock arms with their fellow man, and sing meaningful and uplifting folk songs from the 70’s. It’s a welcome relief from the pushing and shoving that occurs the rest of the year, as people selfishly just go about their own routines with little care for anyone else around them. Selfish routines that are also sadly devoid of any 70’s musical fare (except for maybe “Rock & Roll Band” by Boston, because really that’s an all-purpose song for any time of year)…

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A New Star-Baby

The literary, science fiction, movie and geek worlds all lost the same person today. Arthur C. Clarke, perhaps best known for writing the story used in Stanley Kubrick’s mind-boggling 1968 masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, died today at the age of 90…

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Your Moment Of Zen

Yes, I have a signed photo of Jocelyn Elders, and it’s a long story, so don’t ask. But it is my right as an American citizen…

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The Onset Of Old

I just read a post over on BoingBoing, where Cory Doctorow is offering high-school newspaper editors a crack at advance copies of his new teen novel, Little Brother. It’s such a simple idea, but yet it smacks of good old-fashioned genius. Not only is this hitting the exact target market for a product (literate teens – let that sink in for a bit), but it also supports a valid news outlet that has historically gotten the shaft with access to P.R. lists. Hopefully it will be a nice win-win for all involved, and will get at least one publisher more connected with an outlet for promoting their products, both with this isolated case and future related books…

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Smoking Is Good For You

I remember last year stumbling on to an interesting matchbook. It was a promotional piece for a smoke shop, but the image used was a stock photo from a very nice retro ad. It featured a lady in formal wear, holding a cigarette out via an elongated plastic holder, with an expression on her face usually reserved for modeling kitchen appliances in the thirties. She was, and still is, my ideal woman…

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Happy Waitangi Day!

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A Fairly Super Bowl

As I consider myself patriotic, I made it a point to have my rear end firmly parked in a nice chair to watch the Super Bowl. The chair was comfy, drinks were nearby, snacks were plentiful, and my eyes were nearly glazed over from the brilliant technicolor high-definition that was screaming towards me from across the room. (All this has been to say that I was not at my house.) …

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