Article Archive for August 2009

Marooned With Hollywood
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Posted in One Million Watts on 31 August 2009
Stats: 5,039 views and 2 Comments

I was headed for a remote Fijian island, where I could escape the traffic, the Ed Hardy and the ex-reality TV stars of the greater Los Angeles area. Or so I thought.

Mr. Bowl in Tinyland – Respect Your Parents
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 30 August 2009
Stats: 3,819 views and 1 Comment

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Serious as a Hefty Bag Full of Rottweilers: Meet “The Middleman”
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Posted in Things We Like on 28 August 2009
Stats: 6,226 views and 1 Comment

If you have any love in your heart for James Kirk, Emma Peel or Maxwell Smart, you could hardly do better than to buy the DVD of the smartest, most geek-tacular genre comedy of the past decade.

The “Up”-side of Delivering Balloons
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 27 August 2009
Stats: 6,754 views and 3 Comments

In my winsome and innocent youth, I decided to get work delivering balloon-o-grams. I believed I could bring cheer and happiness right to people’s doors. But would I up the ante by delivering the balloons as a singing “Petunia, the Pink Gorilla.”

The now sound of today’s electric toaster: “Walt Disney and the 1964 World’s Fair”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 26 August 2009
Stats: 11,906 views and 3 Comments

Take a musical journey to an era when Americans actually believed that humans could live in plastic houses and not feel shrink-wrapped, and that more and bigger freeways were a pretty good idea.

Quentin Tarantino: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Nerd
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 25 August 2009
Stats: 11,687 views and 4 Comments

I love to talk to fellow nerds like Quentin Tarantino. Once they get going their passion increases, the pretense of normalcy drops away, and the pure nerd within them burns as brightly as E.T.’s finger.

The City of Seattle is Committing Red Light Robbery
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Posted in Seattle on 24 August 2009
Stats: 54,434 views and 12 Comments

The role of government should not be to bleed us dry, but to deliver critical services with integrity. Yet as you read this, private companies are approaching city governments with offers they can’t refuse.

Inside Seattle Rock: All Work and No Pay
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 21 August 2009
Stats: 7,630 views and 6 Comments

Painting and writing are solitary creative endeavors, while a band is more like a serious amateur sports team without a coach. If a band manages to stick it out long enough to produce some lasting work, that is quite an achievement.

How to Survive the Bacon Apocalypse
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Posted in One Million Watts on 20 August 2009
Stats: 6,323 views and 3 Comments

I could never give up on bacon. I enjoy simply looking at it – one long, gently bowing strip on either side of my eggs and toast, like edible parenthesis.

The Least Successful Toy in the World
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Posted in Things We Like on 19 August 2009
Stats: 36,865 views and 4 Comments

Toy companies are known for cynically jumping on bandwagons. But things don’t always work out. Perhaps today, we can forgive Lionel Trains for trying to come up with a train set that appealed to girls.