Article Archive for January 2010

My Seattle Wish List
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Posted in Seattle on 19 January 2010
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Mayor McGinn, I have a wish list for my town — a few action items that I’d like to see action’d all to hell. Most of the things on the list are outside your control, but I’m sending you it to you anyway, because it’s traditional for cranks to ping the new guy.

Welcome to Arby’s, Ohio
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 18 January 2010
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If you could sit a city down and give it a psychiatric evaluation, you’d find that it has a personality that exists beyond the people that live in it. If you lifted all the people out of a city and put a new group in to live their lives there, the city would re-sculpt them.

Things We Like: Sean Tillmann, Red Cannibals and Rudy’s Hot Dog
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Posted in Things We Like on 16 January 2010
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Sometimes, when you’re on the run from Beast Creatures, you get a hankerin’ for a power lunch of chili dogs.

The Forgotten History of Magic
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 15 January 2010
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Nude-ini performed his act completely naked. His opening line, “Nothing up my sleeve,” was delivered with a gratuitous gesture that not only gave it a double meaning, but caused the ladies in the audience to faint.

In the Age of “Rocky Horror”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 January 2010
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The real “Rocky Horror Picture Show” experience, as I came to know it, is something of my distant past — something from a long, long time ago, when God said “Let there be lips.” And there were. And they were good.

Nothing Will Drive Them Away: The Fun of Hating “Heroes”
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Posted in One Million Watts on 13 January 2010
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I could have gotten hooked on “Lost,” or the “Battlestar Galactica” remake, or even “Fringe.” But I didn’t. I walked past those perfectly good exhibitions in the New Hall of Nerd and attached myself to “Heroes” … and I have regretted it since.

But Wait! There’s More!
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 12 January 2010
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In the years since the Ginsu ads of the 1980s, simple TV pitches have evolved into infomercials. Their tentacles now reach far beyond the predawn zone, especially if you don’t pay for cable.

Tweeting the Animatronic Swami
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 11 January 2010
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The Akshardham Temple is one of the newest and largest temples in India. It’s part of a complex of attractions I came to think of as Walt Hindu World. Groups of visitors filter through to watch animatronic mannequins act out scenes.

Things We Like: Suburban Tales, Cave Ninjas and Knitted Monuments
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Posted in Things We Like on 9 January 2010
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It’s business as usual here at Monkey Goggles: There are ninjas and deep-sea divers lurking in the woods, and a giant pink object that may or may not be cuddly.

My Name is Mohawk Mouse: Disneyland in (mostly) punk song
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 January 2010
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I have made a hobby of collecting pop-punk songs about Disneyland. Even the good punk bands that stormed the Magic Kingdom’s gates did so halfheartedly; they couldn’t even be bothered to really hate the place.