Category Archives: impressed

Weapon Brown Kickstarter

Not that Jason Yungbluth needs my help, but if his Kickstarter gets to $17K, we’ll get the WHOLE FREAKING WEAPON BROWN saga in a wrist-breaking graphic novel!!! So if you like newspaper comics, parody, action, romance, Snoopy, and just a … Continue reading

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Get Your Gay Marriage On

Congratulations to my beloved country for going sane on gay marriage. And congratulations to every gay couple in California who can now get their marriage on! Wedding planners, start your engines.

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Hooray for Procter & Gamble

“‘We believe it is in the best interest of California, our company, and our consumers for the state to maintain fair and competitive tax policies for all businesses operating in the state,’ wrote Patrick L. Hayes, Procter & Gamble’s associate … Continue reading

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Google Fiber ISP Liberates the Internet!

Um, in Kansas City, MO and KS. Huh. Google Fiber

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Why are we so fat?

“Three decades ago, 15% of American adults were obese. Today 35% are. Obesity has increased in many other rich nations too. Why?” Is rising obesity a product of income inequality and economic insecurity?, by Lane Kenworthy, Consider the Evidence, June … Continue reading

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Snazzy!

“After a yearlong field test in five regions, United Parcel Service has ordered the production of 150 delivery trucks with bodies built of composite plastic panels. The company said that relative to the aluminum-bodied P70 package car, as the company’s … Continue reading

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Hooray for Los Angeles! for once

“Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a hard-fought victory to environmentalists and promising to change the way Angelenos do their grocery shopping. “The City Council … Continue reading

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How Doctors Die

“It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little. For all … Continue reading

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The perils of the unprepared

She might not be a Moonie, but she’s definitely an idiot. “Reporter: No, actually, because when Reagan came in later on, things actually changed. “Brown: No, Reagan came before me. Reagan came after my father and then I came after … Continue reading

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How to do good in the world and have fun at the same time

“You can make a difference. You can save a life. You can change the world. “charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Over the past five years, charity: water has … Continue reading

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Hooray for Mayors for the Freedom to Marry

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry (via) Is your mayor on this list? Mine is! Oh, Antonio! You’re so wonderful…sometimes.

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“Dear Atlas,”

“Fucking SHRUG already. “The suspense is killing us. “We, the Ninety Nine Percent of all American citizens, who are now in OPEN REVOLT against what is no longer a democratic government answerable to the People, have been waiting for the … Continue reading

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Savages

“SOMETHING historic happened at the New York Philharmonic on the evening of Jan. 10, about an hour into Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. During the introspective, achingly beautiful fourth movement, an audience member’s cellphone loudly rang. And rang. And rang again. It … Continue reading

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Han shot first (about 13:00 in)

2011/05 Maria Popova from CreativeMornings on Vimeo. Maria Popova at Creative Mornings, sometime in May 2011 because they’re too cool to give you an actual date. (So they don’t get an actual link from me.)

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Personal data trafficking

I went through hell to get all my info off the web and I still don’t think I succeeded. But this gives me hope: “MelonCard, a tiny Mountain View startup that launched earlier this week, aims to solve that privacy … Continue reading

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Bank Transfer Day: November 5, 2011

Bank Transfer Day and an interview podcast with the founder, Kristen Christian. She’s with Los Angeles Federal Credit Union, which is open to any Los Angeles resident. They have walk-in branches or you can open an account via their website. … Continue reading

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/Declare

You know I hate deregulation but if it can lead to innovative online financial instruments like these (like deregulation SHOULD), I might have to rethink my opinion. Note: As with ANYTHING you do with your money, do lots of research … Continue reading

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Good podcast on Fair Use

Pat Aufderheide on Fair Use & Copyright. Highly listenable.

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J Brown (D-Bravest Governor Ever)

“California Gov. Jerry Brown stepped into the middle of a debate over parental rights Sunday by signing legislation giving children 12 or older the power to consent to medical care involving the prevention of sexually transmitted disease.” New law lets … Continue reading

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Revolutionary business culture

2011/07 Creative Mornings with Jason Fried from CreativeMornings Chicago on Vimeo. I hope this is the business/office culture of the future. It’s definitely one I can believe in. I hate loud offices and meetings.

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Interesting talk by the Field Notes company

Hmmmm… 2011/06 CreativeMornings with Jim Coudal from CreativeMornings Chicago on Vimeo. 2011/06 CreativeMornings with Jim Coudal.

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Jerry Brown vs. Corporate Taxzilla

Whoo-hoo! Jerry Brown is about to rock the state! In a good way. “Gov. Jerry Brown has a new tax proposal to sell the Legislature: raise levies on some large out-of-state corporations in exchange for new sales-tax exemptions for companies … Continue reading

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Nancy Wake – Spy, Patriot, Heroine – RIP

And spitfire. “During the second world war, the servicewoman Nancy Wake, who has died aged 98, became known as “the White Mouse”, a nickname given to her by the Gestapo for her elusiveness. In the run-up to D-day, Wake, who … Continue reading

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We should do this

“‘Brazil is cutting prison terms for inmates who hit the books behind bars,’ says an Associated Press wire story. ‘The law published Thursday in the official gazette says prisoners will get one day knocked off their sentences for every 12 … Continue reading

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I’m about to say something good about San Diego

And you are there. “The (SD city) council voted 7-1 to drum up an additional $9 million that they’ll use to prevent any cuts to parks and libraries and end the city’s 17-month-old brownout policy, which calls for the idling … Continue reading

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Lara Logan is my hero

“In an interview with 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley, CBS reporter Lara Logan recounted the day she was sexually assaulted by a mob of 200 to 300 men while covering the protests in Egypt.” In aftermath of Lara Logan’s attack, CPJ … Continue reading

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It’s time that this country began to tax fairly and invest wisely

Rep Becerra does the math: “TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY…WHAT ELSE COULD $60 BILLION A YEAR DO FOR AMERICA? Every year, the Bush tax cuts on income above $250,000 cost the rest of us about $60 billion. That includes interest … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders is right

But what is to be done within the present system? Not much.

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Why I bow down to Kelly S. Taylor

And not just because she has the coolest doctorate in the world: “Understand that I’m not trying to throw off on cheerleaders. I’m just saying that the common perception outside Texas is that cheerleaders are powder-puffs. Texas cheerleaders are not … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Lakers cure cancer!

Raise the dead, transmute waste water in to premium unleaded, and bring about world peace simply by winning something. Seriously, my neighbors are on four corners of a nearby major street waving Laker banners, screaming in ecstasy, and drivers, which … Continue reading

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