Article Archive for December 2009
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 December 2009
Stats: 12,478 views and 10 Comments
The teens of the 1980s had the same gnarly stuff kids have today — it was just anchored to the wall with a too-short cord, and you could use it to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2009
Stats: 12,593 views and 1 Comment
If humanity could reclaim the lost hours stolen away by the inventions of Gunpei Yokoi we could cure swine flu, end global warming, and balance the budget.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 December 2009
Stats: 3,315 views and 3 Comments
Bands rarely came through Fargo, so we ordered VHS tapes out of the back of Maximum Rock ‘n Roll. Kids from all over – Kindred, Glyndon, West Fargo, Felton – would come over to watch Punk and Disorderly or a copy-of-a-copy Minor Threat bootleg.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 December 2009
Stats: 4,051 views and 1 Comment
Boy George was also a Starman, like the one his idol Bowie sang of, and if you happened to be wired to pick up his frequency, he pretty much changed your life.
Posted in Things We Like on 12 December 2009
Stats: 5,653 views and 1 Comment
Nancy Sinatra walks. “Kill or Be Killed” rocks. And Opus Begins in a new archival collection of Berkeley Breathed’s classic “Bloom County” comic strips. It’s almost too much pork for one fork!
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 11 December 2009
Stats: 41,476 views and 7 Comments
When a pirate said “shiver me timbers” it was actually a request for another pirate to shave an especially difficult to reach portion of his back. While pirates would allow their faces and chests to get hairy, there was a strong superstition against hairy backs. By the way, “shiver” means “shave” and “timbers” means “lower back.”
Posted in Seattle on 10 December 2009
Stats: 25,891 views and No Comments
The boyfriends, girlfriends and spouses of rollergirls jokingly call themselves “Derby Widows.” In order to keep up with a Rat City Rollergirl, one must become a willing Rollertarian or Derbocrat.
Posted in One Million Watts on 9 December 2009
Stats: 12,180 views and 1 Comment
In the midst of this holiday season, many people get panicked at the last minute. This is when consumers are especially susceptible to a subtle yet effective selling technique. Resist, if you can, the Sullivan Head Nod.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 December 2009
Stats: 12,555 views and 5 Comments
While dozens of talented people labor to make a cartoon character believable in form and appealing to the eye, once that series of drawings opens its mouth, it’s one person that makes you believe.
Posted in One Million Watts on 7 December 2009
Stats: 13,923 views and 7 Comments
It says a lot about the Atomic Age that America’s pre-Kennedy First Family, the Ricardos, hawked cigarettes for the holidays. Now we know why Lucy’s voice was lower than James Earl Jones’.