Monthly Archives: July 2008

More begging for blog essays

Y’know, I’m starting to enjoy it. Why should your blog essay have to stay in cyberspace? Let it find a new audience in print at The Journal of Bloglandia, Issue 2 (because Issue 1 was so much fun, we had … Continue reading

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Kidding ourselves about high price of debt

“Until recently, spending money you didn’t have was your patriotic duty. Wasn’t it the same George W. Bush who advised Americans to respond to the 9/11 terrorist massacres by heading to the mall? When the going gets tough, everybody laughed, … Continue reading

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Reuters Round-up

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Thursday that Congress in its fight with the Bush administration can subpoena current and former top White House aides in its investigation over the firing of U.S. attorneys. “U.S. District Judge John … Continue reading

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Wheeee! Mad Wins!

“LOS ANGELES, CA. — Bob Newhart, winner of three Grammy Awards, a Peabody, an Emmy and the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, and author of his new show-business autobiography, I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This, making him perhaps the most … Continue reading

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Comic Con San Diego 2008 (pictures, too!)

So, 2008 Comic Con in San Diego and this year I had a camera!

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The way we live now

“On Monday, the first American war crimes trial in since World War II opened at Guantanamo, the United States presenting its case against Salim Ahmed Hamdan before a jury of US military officers. Hamdan, who at the time of 9/11 … Continue reading

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This is why lying is too much work

“Can science help us determine if someone is deceiving us? “The very high-tech stuff we rely on includes functional magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic encephalography, and some very, very sophisticated electroencephalography—one of the techniques used to test so-called guilty knowledge. That’s … Continue reading

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Cuil pronounced as cool

“MENLO PARK, California (Reuters) – A start-up led by former star Google engineers on Sunday unveiled a new Web search service that aims to outdo the Internet search leader in size, but faces an uphill battle changing Web surfing habits. … Continue reading

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“The Pajama Boy ” pre-sale ends August 1

For those of you interested in such things: “The Pajama Boy ” pre-sale ends August 1.

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A $125,000 donation in support of an anti-gay marriage initiative

“SAN DIEGO — A $125,000 donation in support of an anti-gay marriage initiative by a San Diego hotelier has drawn the ire of gay and lesbian activists and local labor unions who are now calling for a boycott. “Organizers held … Continue reading

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Why the New Yorker Obama cover annoys me so much

Contrary to what the psycho rightwingnuts and the New Yorker editorial staff think, not everyone is a registered Democrat in Manhattan. I mean, the world outside of Manhattan and the upcoming election might not matter to the New Yorker because … Continue reading

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There is hope for everyone

in this particular handbasket: “When an artist becomes branded, the market tends to accept as legitimate whatever the artist submits. Consider the attraction of a work by Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara, whose Today series involves painting a date on … Continue reading

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Why aren’t there more places like this in Los Angeles?

“I joined community members in celebrating the grand opening of the Witmer Heights Apartments, a 49-unit complex for low-income families in the Pico-Union neighborhood. In addition to the one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, the complex also features two community rooms, … Continue reading

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Soldiers in Iraq would like some books, if you have any to spare

This email was forwarded to me from a reliable source. The original sender’s son, who was stationed there, confirmed that they have almost nothing in their library: “I am now on active duty again and have deployed to Iraq for … Continue reading

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Super secret pre-sale at The Wapshott Press

The Pajama Boy A novel by Ginger Mayerson In Nagasaki, newspaperman Ryuu Shimada falls in love with a young guy who resembles his lost love in Tokyo. A novel by a woman who’s been reading too much yaoi. Published by … Continue reading

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Self Help Graphics building sold

“After its humble founding by Catholic nun Sister Karen Boccalero more than 35 years ago, non-profit organization Self Help Graphics & Arts was notified that the Catholic Archdiocese sold the building to a private real estate and investment company. As … Continue reading

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Not only too much time on their hands

But a sense of humor (ht)

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Here’s what I did over the holiday weekend

Anime Expo 2008: Day 1 and Day 2 and Day 3 and Day 4

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When Science and Music collide

“Classical violins created by Cremonese masters, such as Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri Del Gesu, have become the benchmark to which the sound of all violins are compared in terms of their abilities of expressiveness and projection. By general consensus, … Continue reading

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