william wallace's ride

Hmmm. Is he/she proud? Freedom. Or ashamed? Freedumb.

marketing genius

So I got a sample of these when goodies.com was still a thing. "Toasted Corn Centers," eh? Sea salt and butter flavored even. Sounds intriguing, until you realize "Toasted Corn Centers" means "Unpopped Popcorn From The Bottom Of The Bag That Will Wreck Havok On Your Teeth." We've been had. 



I don't drink, so I assume I'm missing something here....

this deserves a clio award #eastcounty #gunsrule

Opened the monthly La Mesa coupon book and was greated by this heartwarming ad:

"Hey, Santa just accidentally killed Rudolph and is despondent! Come buy a gun from us!"

 Brilliant marketing. In Bizarro World.

slow news day in san diego

Important information, everyone. News at 5.


i don't think that's actually robert smith

Cleaning out ye olde Dropdox, came across this little gem. A year and a half ago I got dragged to my second Morrissey concert by Wifey, and the parking lot confirmed every stereotype I had in middle school about fans of The Smiths, The Cure, etc. Like, for reals, someone needs to make the equivelant of Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Goth Parking Lot? I know it's not Goth per se, but I don't know how to label that era of British music. Eighth-grade me called it goth, so we're sticking with goth. UPDATE: Holy shit it exists!

I'll caveat this by saying that because of my wife, I actually appreciate Morrissey and The Smiths (but not The Cure!) and the concerts I've been to have been pretty good


something(s) i learned today

1. The Atlanta Falcons logo is an "F" as well as a bird.
2. Babies can do the breaststroke and hold their breath underwater when the are born.
3. A lot of women have to shave after menopause.



pop sicko

So last night,  we were going out to dinner,  and I asked my two-and-a-half year old daughter if she wanted barbecue. She got really, really excited and responded with an enthusiastic "yes".  This was odd to me, as I was unaware that she was familiar with the concept of barbecue. So,  we get in line at Phil's BBQ,  a very popular bbq joint,  and she proceeds to completely melt down, screaming that she wanted barbecue.  We tried to explain to her that we needed to wait in line to order, and that we would have barbecue very soon.  This did not help.  But over the course of her epic meltdown,  the word "barbecue" began to evolve,  and by the time we sat down it had become "popsicle". All this time she thought we were going to get a frigging popsicle.  Obviously there was a 7-11 popsicle run afterwards,  where mommy and daddy may or may not have splurged on some Haagen Daaz to soothe their frazzled nerves.


well, it finally happened... #innout

well, it finally happened... #innout

After almost 20 years, In 'N Out finally screwed up an order of mine. They forgot the cheese on my double-double. Hard to get too, upset, since my order is kind of ridiculous: Double-Double; Medium Ra...

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that's me inside your head

that's me inside your head

If you don't know who these guys are, this won't mean anything to you. But if you do, it's pretty hard not to get choked up. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. No comments: Post a C...

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dear i.t. departments

dear i.t. departments

Chrome is more secure than Firefox, and is now more popular. You might possibly want to start supporting it. Just sayin'. Arrrrgh. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. No comments: Po...

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muhammadali (awesomefest)

muhammadali (awesomefest)

So, Bar Eleven has their own food truck. I was enjoying an awesome grilled pepper sandwich from it when lo and behold, I strike up a brief conversation with Davey Tiltwheel. I ask him who's the one ba...

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off! at the casbah

off! at the casbah

Here's the aforementioned OFF! show from May. From beginning to end, including patented Keith Morris stage banter. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. The setlist: 1 Panic Attack 2 I Don't Belong 3 Borrow and Bom...

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retox - 30 cents short of a quarter (at the casbah)

retox - 30 cents short of a quarter (at the casbah)

retox - 30 cents short of a quarter (at the casbah). Saw OFF! in May. That video is coming soon. In the meantime, enjoys a tune from Retox (members of the Locust, Swing Kins, all your favorite SD base...

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U.S. to Factor Gay Rights in Foreign Aid

The Obama administration has decided to take a new factor into consideration when weighing whether or not to provide a country with aid: how the government treats its gay and lesbian citizens. The change should be announced with a presidential memo followed by a speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Geneva later today. The move will be the first by the U.S. government that attempts to combat human rights abuses against homosexuals.

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Testing Publish Sync for Google+

Testing Publish Sync for Google+

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talk - action = nothing, part II

How To Help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

talk - action = nothing

Donate: Wounded Warrior Project.


"Young, healthy people are not a separate population from the old and unhealthy. They are the very same people, only at a different stage of life."

Psychotherapist Is Unable to Understand What Medical Insurance Is

emphasis on loud

"It is, in other words, possible to construct an intricate scenario that is both cautiously inferential, richly detailed, on its own terms complete, and yet utterly delusional. The J.F.K. conspiracy theorists are the first and hardiest of those movements—the truthers and birthers and moon walkers being their stepchildren—in which the old American paranoid style, once largely marginal and murmuring, married pseudoscience and became articulate, academic, systematized, and loud."

- Adam Gopnik in the November 4th New Yorker


where's ashton?

Black Flag has got to be punking us with the artwork for the new album. From some of the most iconic covers in music history to....this?

Just awful.


free parenting advice

free parenting advice

When you go to the indoor playground, or any playground for that matter, with your kid, do NOT, no matter how much you like them, wear this shirt: You may be a proud Sicko fan, for sure, but trust me,...

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the bananas at awesomefest 5 (complete set)

the bananas at awesomefest 5 (complete set)

Well, like Vanessa Williams, I'm saving the best for last. The Bananas's complete show. One of the best times I've had at a show, and something I'll truly cherish forever. This was my third time seein...

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stay away from downtown

stay away from downtown

Has it really been 15 years since the last Redd Kross album? Wow. Well, they are sounding very Cheap Trick-ish, and very good. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. No comments: Post a...

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the french exit - impossible - awesomefest 5

the french exit - impossible - awesomefest 5

Because I'm old, I hadn't heard of 2/3 of the bands at Awesomefest. My math went Scared of Chaka + Everready (who I actually missed) + The Bananas = I'm there. But I will say that while I liked some b...

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retox - 30 cents short of a quarter (at the casbah)

retox - 30 cents short of a quarter (at the casbah)

retox - 30 cents short of a quarter (at the casbah). Saw OFF! in May. That video is coming soon. In the meantime, enjoys a tune from Retox (members of the Locust, Swing Kins, all your favorite SD base...

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Politifact Is Bad for You [Rants]

Politifact Is Bad for You [Rants]

The lefty blogosphere is all hot and bothered at famous fact-checking website Politifact for naming Democrats' claim that the Paul Ryan "Path to Prosperity" would "end Medicare" its 2011 Lie of the Year. And yes, there's a solid argument to be made that Politifact is completely wrong. The bigger problem here, though, is why does anyone care what this gimmicky website has to say, ever? Politifact took flak for this same judgment earlier in the yea...

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The 30 Greatest Mugshot T-Shirts Ever

The 30 Greatest Mugshot T-Shirts Ever

You know what’s better than a plain old mugshot? A mugshot spruced up by a FABULOUS T-SHIRT. Here are 30 examples of the best. 30. 29. 28. 27. 26. 25. 24. 23. 22. 21. 20. 19. 18. 17. 16. 15. Apparently this is a popular choice 14. 13. 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

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Reminds me of working at the Clovis Wherehouse everytime I hear it. A band so good, they escaped my ...

Reminds me of working at the Clovis Wherehouse everytime I hear it. A band so good, they escaped my "if it's on a major label its sucks" bullshit rule of the mid-90's.

Hagfish Stamp

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halloween candy power rankings

  1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  2. Peanut Butter M&M's 
  3. Peanut M&M's
  4. Take 5
  5. Kit Kat
  6. Pay Day
  7. Almond Joy
  8. M&M's
  9. Snickers
  10. Mr. Goodbar

567. Cat Vomit
568. Candy Corn


The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for...

The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.

—Amendment XIV, Section 4.

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I scored 13/20. Kvlt.

felina #breakingbad

This is kind of awesome. Actually got me a bit emotional. Weird. If you are stupid and aren't all caught up on Breaking Bad, don't watch now, come back later.


So, I've had my fingers in my ears regarding anything Breaking Bad related for the past three days. ...

So, I've had my fingers in my ears regarding anything Breaking Bad related for the past three days. Finally watched it tonight. Wow. I don't believe I've ever seen a darker hour of TV ever.

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September 18, 2013 at 08:19PM

Is it April 1?

Browns Trade Trent Richardson To Colts For First-Round Pick. Say What?

Hoo boy. The Browns will just not stop Brownsing. After naming third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer as the starter for this week's game, they went ahead and traded franchise running back Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first-round pick.

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chargers thoughts - week 2

picture via http://www.utsandiego.com/photos/2013/sep/15/1106592/

  • Even if the Chargers lost, that was a fun game to watch, which I haven't said in a long, long time. 
  • A+ coaching by McCoy. This is why Norv needed to go. Going no huddle and then milking the clock was the exact recipe necessary against a team like the Eagles. Norv wouldn't have changed a thing. 
  • The fumbles by Gates and Mathews were aggravating, but overall, the Chargers come to the stadium ready to play in the McCoy era. 
  • Because he's a Fresno State Bulldog and a Charger, I reflexisvly defend Mathews, but c'mon man. 
  • I've expected this to be a rebuilding year, so my expectations are low. 
  • That being said, very happy with the start of the year. Last week's collapse was troubling, but new coach, new system, it's fine. Fighting back like today proves the correct coaching staff is in place.
  • Although, why does anyone bother running against the Chargers? The secondary is terrible. I'm not enough of a football geek to know if this is a personnel problem or a Pagano problem, but the problem exists. 
  • The Chargers definitely had some luck on their side, as DeSean Jackson could have had at least 2 more long catches which very likely would have been touchdowns. 
  • I am very relieved to hear Malcom Floyd is ok, but that hit is why if I had a son, he would not be playing football. 
  • Eddie Royal! Last year a bust, this year the MVP so far. 
  • I do not like Philip Rivers as a person, but the way he's stepped up under McCoy makes me wonder why he so vehemently defended Norv. Maybe he's just uber-loyal, which can be a fault at the extreme. But he certainly looks like he's having more fun and is playing at a level Charger fans have not seen in a long time. 
  • Which of course, is kind of sadistic of me, to understand the violent brutality of the game yet still watch religiously. 
  • Man, it's been a long time to feel really good and optimistic after a win.


r.i.p. pussy cow

Pussy Cow is gone. 
Cal Worthington, a car dealer whose off-the-wall commercials, first broadcast in the 1950s, bombarded California television viewers for more than half a century and made him a pop culture legend, died on Sunday at his ranch in Orland, Calif. He was 92.


oh the humidity

Just a couple of the massive monsoonal clouds east of San Diego making life a hot, humid hell.

P.S. it's hot and humid for reals, not the usual San Diegan "oh it's not 80 degrees" thing.


book attack

Kindle Matchbook Will Give Discounted Ebook Copies to Hard Copy Owners.

This is great and long, long overdue. Making people pay full price for a digital edition of something they already physically own just encourages pirating. I have had no real qualms with someone pirating things they have already paid for - this goes a long way in changing my thinking about that, as long as other retailers follow along.

This will encourage physical book sales in the long run. We all (mostly) like the convenience of eBooks, but at the end of a long day, when I'm about to go to sleep, I don't need to be staring at a screen.

Led by The Punx, this concept has already revitalized sales on vinyl records. Yes, you will mostly listen to mp3s, but a lot of us vain motherfuckers need to build our physical record libraries to impress some theoretical cool person who will never actually come to our house but hey you never know, and the same applies to books.

P.S. Buy that book up top, you won't be disappointed.


french fry burger

If Twitter is all atwitter about the BK French Fry burger, imagine when it discovers the magic of the Sand Diego's own California Burrito.

Late to the game, BK.

special buzz juice

There is no way this is for reals, right? Right?



May want to keep an eye out for the American Sharks S/T LP next month.


via http://xkcd.com/

People like to mock the fact that no one uses Google+, but have you actually used it? It's actually quite awesome. If everyone tomorrow decided to ditch fb for plus, we'd probably be all be happier.

I'm not stupid, it's never going to happen. I just get tired of superior technology being mocked and eventually discontinued simply because it's not the mainstream choice.

Stop staring at the Zune-sized chip on my shoulder, thank you very much. Gotta get back to these beta-max tapes. Laters.



Dammit, San Diego. Why do you always have to get these polls wrong? Major League was a good movie, no doubt. But Buttermaker is the easy winner here. It's kind of like the New Yorker caption contest, in which the funniest entry never wins. Ridiculous.



The Grass Fed Lamb Burger (with asadero cheese, jalapeƱo relish, and tomatillo green chile mayo)  from Burger Lounge. Kinda, sorta awesome.

stay classy, la mesa


mark grant is 13 years old #sdpadres

Grow up, Mark.

Oh, and don't even think about talking shit about TGwynn or I hurt you. That man was my hero for nearly two decades.

weird circles #teramelos

Kinda like OK GO, but kinda not at all like OK GO, Tera Melos does not know how to make a boring video.



This Village Voice list of the Top 20 New York hardcore and metal albums of all time does not have Urban Waste in the number 1 spot and is therefore invalid.


the silver strand

Ahh.... the soothing sights and sounds of the last day of 4th of July weekend. The wind. The crashing surf. The blue sky. The engine of a fucking prop plane and the visual diarrhea of a fucking GEICO sign.

Is nothing sacred? Almost reason enough to cancel my GEICO policy. This shit needs to be banned pronto. I'm looking at you Bob Filner.

Plus we had to deal with fishing guy.

Dude wasn't hurting anyone (YET), but c'mon, this is a swimming area, and I don't need to be constantly paranoid of getting a fish hook injury.

Minor quibbles though. Fun day in the aggregate. Do I really have to work tomorrow?


best band name of 2013

Well played. You wanted my attention, you got it. Turns out, pretty rad!

P.S. Bonus game: name my SirusXM presets without looking.

P.P.S. This is actually Wifey's car. No way I would have bass at 50% and treble at 90%. That's a crime.


hard rock day at the rekkid store

I was in a mood.

ho hey harry carey

An example of stupid and simple being brilliant.

Which reminds me of the ongoing "best Saturday Night Live cast members" discussion me and Wifey have been having.

In the top 5, we both agree on Phil Hartman (unanimous #1), Will Ferrel, and Chris Farley. Rounding out my top 5 are Dana Carvey and Eddie Murphy. I think she's partial to Adam Sandler and uh...can't remember the other one but she's wrong anyways so oh well.

Our discussion resulted in the predictive theory that whatever cast was around during your late high school and college years is going to be what you consider to be the best overall cast. So the Hartman, Nealon, Carvey era for me, Farley, Sandler, Spade for her.


the best of mr. show

I don't have an issue with any of the sketches listed in Splitsider's "24 Best 'Mr. Show' Sketches", just the order (I don't really get why The Story of Everest is so revered) and some glaring omissions. Of what's listed there, Taint, Larry Kleist and Fairsley's are my favorites. But look at the comedy gold that was left off!

Three Times One Minus One

Civil War vs. Ren Faire vs Star Trek

East Coast Vs. West Coast Ventriloquists

Rap: The Musical

The Burgandy Loaf

Josh Fenderman (ok, only me and Avery will appreciate this)

Indomitable Spirit

Guitar Lesson

Show Me Your Weenis

Good News (timely, with Exodus International closing shop)

...and the all time greatest Mr. Show sketch, Titannica.


oh, the hunannity

This isn't outrageous to me, because I know Hannity is a hypocritical bullshit artist. It isn't outrageous to you, because you know Hannity is a hypocritical bullshit artist. What I don't understand is how Hannity followers don't see what you and I clearly see. The cognitive dissonance astounds.


top 10 tv shows

So here's the Writers Guild's Top 10 Best Written TV Series:

1. The Sopranos
2. Seinfeld
3. The Twilight Zone
4. All In The Family
5. M*A*S*H
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Mad Men
8. Cheers
9. The Wire
10. The West Wing
Not a terrible list. Without thinking too hard, here's what mine would look like: 
  1. The Wire
  2. The Sopranos
  3. Arrested Development
  4. Deadwood
  5. Seinfeld
  6. Homicide: Life on the Streets
  7. Big Love
  8. The Office (US)
  9. Breaking Bad
  10. Justified


the punkest album in history

It gets no more punk than this. Crowded House? Erasure? Toni Basil? Huey Fucking Lewis and the Fucking News? To top it off, a dude in a glam metal wig shilling it. Punk as fuck. Sign me up for the two day express shipping.

Great acting by the totally punk chick, btw:
"Yeah, tell em about punk!"  Yeah!""Yeah!" "Yeah." "Or two cassettes for just $21.95." 
1,2,3,4, who's punk? What's the score?



woot? off.

 Among Woot's Four Arrested Development Bits That Just Don't Work is the "chicken thing":
Never before in history have so many funny performers made such great efforts to be funny for a bit that was so unfunny. 

More like, "never before in history has the blog of a deal-a-day website been so utterly, totally wrong."

If you're an idiot who in 2013 still hasn't watched every episode, the running gag is that none of the Bluth's have any idea how to imitate the sound or motion of a chicken. It. Is. Always. Funny. In fact the most I've ever laughed at any sitcom ever is this:



How could I possibly read this...
Trouble erupted at the family event between costumed characters dressed as their cyber heroes when visiting Doctor Who fans clashed with Star Wars fans at a special fair in Norwich at the weekend.
And not post this?


walt? jesse? #breaking bad

Motor Home Catches Fire in Poway:

via Tumblr http://onesidedwar.tumblr.com/post/49618257466

walt? jesse? #breaking bad

Motor Home Catches Fire in Poway:

Motor Home Catches Fire in Poway

should i stay or should i go?

Option 1: If I stay there will be trouble.

Option 2: If I go it will be double.

Seems like a pretty simple "lesser of two evils equation". Who in their right mind would choose double trouble?

For the record, I've decided to stay with blogger, augmented with google+ for some mobile picture type stuff.


no #bertos in sight

San Diego Mexican Food Restaurants: 10Best Restaurant Reviews.

I can't argue with every choice on this list, but it can't go uncommented upon:

  • Las Cuatras Milpas belongs on the list, but not number one. 
  • Old Town Mexican Cafe belongs nowhere on this list. It is a tourist trap that caters to out-of-towner's notions of Mexican food. 
  • Lolita's - No. Good, but not in the upper echelon of taco shops. 
  • Cafe Coyote - no, see OTMC.
  • Thank God they didn't list El Indio, which is even more overrated than the Old Town restaurants.

The rest I can't speak for, but some glaring omissions:

1. Mama Testa
2. Mariscos German
3. El Paisa
4. El Cotixan / Santana's / Trujillo's / Cotija's / Mexican Fiesta are all better taco shops than Lolita's.
5. Super Cocina
6. La Fachada

by the time i drink an arizona

People will try, by there is simply no justification for this.


south of heaven #slayer #rip

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies at 49:
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
One of my best memories is going to see Slayer at the Wilson Theater with my late brother. I remember during War Ensemble, my favorite part was coming, you know, that part during the middle when everything slows down to a chugga chugga and then Tom Araya unleashes "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR", when the god damned power went out. Good times. RIP Jeff. RIP Phil.


May 01, 2013 at 05:06PM

my inlaws will be stoked

Recent Study Investigates Crucial Debate: Do Koozies Keep Beer Cold?

Researchers and students at the University of Washington in Seattle have conducted a very important study proving, once and for all, that koozies do in fact keep beverages cold. Here's the science beh...

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