Article Archive for July 2010

Things We Like: “Deadbeat at Dawn” and Japander
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Posted in Things We Like on 31 July 2010
Stats: 3,057 views and No Comments

Down on the mean streets, some chumps are about to get what’s coming to ‘em. Meanwhile, in Japan, some dazzling celebrity chumps are about to get what’s coming to ‘em.

Perfectly Good D.I.Y. Ideas Rejected by ReadyMade Magazine
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 30 July 2010
Stats: 6,864 views and 4 Comments

I’m tired of having my great do-it-yourself ideas shot down. Who doesn’t want to build their own one-person hot tub, knit their own money or have their very own floating plastic island?

A Kinder, Gentler Ballgame
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Posted in Seattle on 29 July 2010
Stats: 4,134 views and 2 Comments

If you have a major league jones for a ballgame but find your finances dipping below the Mendoza Line, consider a jaunt to check out the plucky Everett AquaSox.

In Defense of the Awful Clothes I Wore in the 1980s
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 28 July 2010
Stats: 9,117 views and 12 Comments

As I pored over the stack of photos from the 1980s, I realized that I’ve never been happy with the way I look in pictures … and that I used to dress like the world’s worst superhero.

Let Me Sleep On It
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 27 July 2010
Stats: 9,073 views and 7 Comments

I want a good night’s sleep. Not a drug-induced kind of sleep. Just a natural, quiet, uneventful type of slumber. But outside influences too often get between me and Mr. Sandman.

How to Bring Back Paint-by-Number Art
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 26 July 2010
Stats: 9,386 views and 2 Comments

While running an errand at Michael’s Arts and Crafts, something caught my eye: smiling clowns and wolves pacing through the woods. Oh yes, the paint-by-number aisle!

Things We Like: “Lady Terminator” and Aardman’s Commercials
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Posted in Things We Like on 24 July 2010
Stats: 5,892 views and 1 Comment

Straight outta Indonesia, it’s a sexy killing machine! Also: The makers of “Wallace and Gromit” pay the bills with style.

Five Tips for Visiting Comic-Con, from Someone Who Has Never Been
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 23 July 2010
Stats: 6,602 views and 3 Comments

I have been to my share of nerd conventions. There are entire subcultures of nerds that aren’t into the stereotypical sci-fi/fantasy mishmash, and I have confronted them all and survived.

Dawn of the Smartphone Cyborgs
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Posted in One Million Watts on 22 July 2010
Stats: 5,359 views and 4 Comments

My smartphone use is through the roof. It isn’t rude or unsafe, but I’ve come to depend on that handheld interface in ways that almost shame me when I say them out loud.

Got Malted?
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 21 July 2010
Stats: 11,634 views and 2 Comments

I love malted milk, malted milk balls and all related products. I love then enough to want to sing their praises in public, because it seems like the flavor of the malted is disappearing.