Category Archive: Random Thoughts

Generation Basement: The Flop Reunion

Posted on | August 22, 2012 | 1 Comment

(Poster above by Ed Fotheringham. Printing by the Vera Project. There are still a limited number of posters for sale. Proceeds go to Music for Marriage Equality. Starting on August 27, 2012, you should be able to buy one at www.music4marriage.org. Nice, professional, B&W photos below by Niffer Calderwood. Video by Chris Swenson. Blurry color […]

Vandalism vs. Violence: A Few More Thoughts

Posted on | May 3, 2012 | Comments Off on Vandalism vs. Violence: A Few More Thoughts

In response to the Pulitzer Prize winning Eli Sanders and some other folks, Brendan Kiley posted Two Additional Notes on Violence vs. Vandalism on the Stranger’s Slog this morning. Once again, his post engendered a bunch of comments. At #84 in the comment thread, Brendan posted the following: Again: I *do not advocate* any of […]

Vandalism vs. Violence

Posted on | May 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

In today’s Stranger, Brendan Kiley has a thought piece about yesterday’s May Day activities in downtown Seattle entitled Why All the Smashy-Smashy? A Beginner’s Guide to Targeted Property Destruction. In that piece, Brendan draws a distinction between “violence” and “vandalism,” suggesting that the news media too often lumps these two things together under the singular […]

The K-Mart Radio: An Xmas Tale

Posted on | December 25, 2011 | 2 Comments

I’ve had a K-Mart radio for over 30 years now. It receives AM, FM, and shortwave frequencies. It was made in Japan before that was a compliment. Nevertheless, it aspires to be hi-fidelity, with knobs and switches for bass, treble, volume, and loudness, plus a separate woofer and tweeter. It even has inputs on its […]

RIP Steve Jobs: This One Feels Personal

Posted on | October 6, 2011 | Comments Off on RIP Steve Jobs: This One Feels Personal

I’m not sure I’ve ever mourned the passing of a big corporate CEO before. I don’t expect I’ll mourn the passing of another one anytime soon either. But I am mourning the passing of Steve Jobs today. Apple Computers has always had a different sort of relationship with its customer base than most other large […]

Seth Godin on the perils of the Magic Lottery Ticket

Posted on | June 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Over on his blog, Seth Godin just made this post about the perils of spending all your time looking for a magic lottery ticket. More than most people, Seth has the ability to really distill things down to the essence. He had a post a while back called Barry Bonds. It’s a favorite of mine, […]

At Work With Ace

Posted on | May 28, 2010 | Comments Off on At Work With Ace

[Another old piece of writing. Kind of a sibling to the Replacements piece. Consolidating it over here.] Recently, the band Kiss made a triumphant return to the limelight. It was fun observing the whole resurgence. It got me thinking warm thoughts about my life as 7th grader, listening to the Big 89, WLS AM Chicago, […]

Sucking in the Seventies: Paul Westerberg, the Replacements, and the Onset of the Ironic Cover Aesthetic in Rock and Roll (It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It)

Posted on | May 27, 2010 | 2 Comments

[I wrote this years ago, mostly just to try and understand some stuff that was bouncing around in my head. Moving it over from the Myspace page, so it’s here with other stuff I’ve written. The piece was never formally published. It’s just been bouncing around the web. But the people who’ve read it, seem […]

On the Occassion of Roseann’s 43rd Birthday, Maxwell Tries Wasabi

Posted on | February 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

February 4, 2010 (3:00 am or so) February in Seattle has a way of turning my circadian rhythms around. So I find myself tired but unable to sleep tonight. This wired fatigue is an interesting place. The mind is quieter and slower. At the same time, a lot of psychic noise disappears, and an unexpected […]

Hattie’s Hoot for Haiti

Posted on | January 28, 2010 | Comments Off on Hattie’s Hoot for Haiti

As long I’m on the subject of Hattie’s Hat, I might as well give a quick shout out to Max, Jeff, Kyla and the other folks at Hattie’s Hat for putting on such great event there tonight. In my post the other day, I talked about Ballard and how the Senior Circuit seemed like it […]

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