Article Archive for June 2010

The Day Pandora Gave Me a Bean Burrito
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 30 June 2010
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You have probably never heard “Bean Burrito,” Hiram Bullock’s smooth jazz tribute to, well, a bean burrito. Nor would I have, if Pandora Radio’s algorithm-based system really worked.

Confessions of an Early Riser
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Posted in One Million Watts on 29 June 2010
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I’ve always been a night person. Always. Even as a kid, when I’d stay up to watch “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” solely to keep Morpheus at bay.

Hey, Disney: Set Pogo Free!
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 28 June 2010
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Good news: Nick “Pogo” Bertke has been commissioned by Disney to create more of his peerless music tracks based on Disney’s films. Bad news: You can’t legally own them.

Things We Like: “El Vampiro,” “Almost Silent” and “P.O.O.P.T.”
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Posted in Things We Like on 25 June 2010
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“Twilight” has nada on this classic Mexican vampire film. Also this week: Comic books as silent film, and catching some winks on the subway.

A Steaming Cup of Hate Soup
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 25 June 2010
Stats: 4,243 views and 4 Comments

Boy, I don’t like you. I know that I only saw you for the first time here in the line at Subway, but I just plain despise you.

Safe in a War Zone
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Posted in One Million Watts on 24 June 2010
Stats: 4,286 views and 4 Comments

Most Americans are internationally untraveled. Only a distinct minority of us even own passports. To our minds, any place outside the womb of our country is swarming with anti-American mobs.

First Editions: The Origins of Famous Toys
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Posted in Things We Like on 23 June 2010
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As I’m soon to become a dad myself, I got to thinking about those toys that have become ubiquitous — those toys that have spanned the generations to be enjoyed by different children in different eras.

Internet, BC: Memoir of a Music Fan’s Pre-Digital Adolescence
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 22 June 2010
Stats: 7,184 views and 2 Comments

It’s difficult to imagine, in this Age of Internet, what it would be like not to know what the members of your favorite band looked like — but in the days before the Internet, it was a very real possibility.

Singing with iPods in Zipcars
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Posted in Seattle on 21 June 2010
Stats: 3,980 views and 1 Comment

My singing voice isn’t great, but it can hold a tune. And I love to do it. Growing up in the suburbs of Orange County, CA., singing in public was almost an act of rebellion.

Things We Like: “Tuvalu,” “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive,” and “Futurama”
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Posted in Things We Like on 19 June 2010
Stats: 3,775 views and 2 Comments

This week we bring you good news from outer space, strange happenings in a public bath, and a few tips to drive you Buggy.