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Friday Foto: Happy Halloween

The pumpkin I carved a couple of weeks ago: And a lesson learned: the Southern California climate means a carved pumpkin rots in about three days.

posted 29 October 2010 in Photos. no comments yet

Workingman’s Dead

I’ve been writing for Wired on and off for fourteen years now, and although it’s been three years since I worked with the magazine, I have two recent bylines I’d like to call your attention to. The first is in the current (November) issue, with breasts on the cover: an article on the cartoon Phineas […]

posted 25 October 2010 in Archives, Outside. no comments yet

1988 Countdown: Commercial Break #21

(New to the countdown? Catch up here.) The commercial break begins with the promo for “The Year in Rock 88.” The people deemed newsworthy enough to get a quick video clip of them flashed in this spot: Chuck D. (in a Pittsburgh Pirates cap), Tracy Chapman (looking dour), Keith Richards (with cigarette), Billy Joel (playing […]

posted 22 October 2010 in 1988. 5 comments

Darkness on the Edge of Town

I finally watched The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town on HBO, and was reminded anew how much I love Bruce Springsteen’s fourth album. This is a discovery I seem to make periodically: the last time was in 2003, when I reviewed the record in Rolling Stone (as part of the […]

posted 20 October 2010 in Reviews. 8 comments

1988 Countdown #49: Duran Duran, “I Don’t Want Your Love”

(New to the countdown? Catch up here.) A white-haired judge sits down behind a podium and bangs his gavel, calling the video to order. The footage flies by very quickly: this is the most hyperactive editing we’ve seen so far on the entire countdown. I’m not going to log the hundreds of different shots in […]

posted 14 October 2010 in 1988. 5 comments

America the Beautiful

Ray Charles America, a documentary I worked on earlier this year, debuts tonight on the Biography Channel at 8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific (and then promptly repeats three times in a row). I’m credited as “consulting producer,” which means that I helped in various ways, including interviewing a half-dozen or so of the […]

posted 12 October 2010 in News. 1 comment

Friday Foto: Jagalac

Photographed earlier this week on Sixth Street in Los Angeles: the body of a Jaguar convertible with the fins of a Cadillac. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an automotive chimera before.

posted 8 October 2010 in Photos. 1 comment

Top Five Atheist Songs

1. XTC, “Dear God” 2. John Lennon, “God” 3. The Sugarcubes, “Deus” 4. Randy Newman, “Old Man” 5. Tom Jones/John Lee Hooker, “Burning Hell” Point out the songs I missed in the comments before a vengeful Lord smites me down.

posted 5 October 2010 in Tasty Bits. 4 comments

Friday Foto: Moving Sculptures

Taken yesterday at LACMA, just outside the new Resnick Pavilion.

posted 1 October 2010 in Photos. no comments yet