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In case you were wondering what a five square mile brush fire does to the sky. It's 25 miles from here, but we still have ash from the fire covering everything, and this weird, nuclear holocaust sun.

#losangeles #brushfire #sandfire
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Just prepping for Friday night with these new arrivals from the Dub Store in Japan.

#bunnywailer #wailers
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It's a black and white thing

I know it's not time for the monthly episode yet, but I just wanted to pop in, say hi, and talk about white people and black people in America. Just a little light hearted chit chat about race. Don't be scared. We're all friends here.

http://thisisnotatest.com/black-white-thing/

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I know it’s not time for the monthly episode yet, but I just wanted to pop in, say hi, and talk about white people and black people in America. Just a little light hearted chit chat about race. Don’t be scared. We’re all friends here. Subscribe: iTunes – Google Play – Email Comment Transcript
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Yes, you may have mentioned you were from Dallas.

For what it's worth, when I said, "because, you know...Dallas," it was meant to be a joke. I only learned about the school kids cheering Kennedy's assassination a few years ago, and I was certainly shocked to learn that, but I also recognize that kids are usually just parroting the ideas and beliefs of the adults in their lives.

Besides, Dallas didn't kill Kennedy, one kook did.

Or chemtrails did, or something.
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Good evening St. Louis!

It's hot outside - here in the northern hemisphere, anyway - so let's talk about the San Gabriel mountains, the Sahara desert, soldering, female foxes, marketing things to women, painting guitars pink, Elektra Records, Jac Holzman, accidental business, jug bands, the Stooges, odd pieces of art, West Hollywood, isolation and a short story called, "Good evening St. Louis!"

http://thisisnotatest.com/good-evening-st-louis/

#podcast #thisisnotatest #shortstory
It’s hot outside – here in the northern hemisphere, anyway – so let’s talk about the San Gabriel mountains, the Sahara desert, soldering, female foxes, marketing things to women, painting guitars pink, Elektra Records, Jac Holzman, accidental business, jug bands, the Stooges, odd pieces of art, West Hollywood, isolation and a short story called, “Good …
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+Michael Phillips Good advice. A second opinion on comparisons may be helpful too.I received a few comments about how my one mic sounded "natural". I liked that.
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San Gabriel Complex Fire is 4 miles east of the new office. Weird to walk outside and see those giant planes dropping flame retardant on the hillside (though I haven't seen any today).

No one really changes their daily routine while these things burn, which is maybe even weirder, but life goes on I guess.

5,250 acres burned, 15% contained.
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Okay, so maybe taunting the weather gods wasn't the smartest thing to do...
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LOL
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Excessive?! Pffft. That all you got, weather? Shiiiiit.
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Last minute cancellation of Bunny Wailer show tonight. No explanation anywhere, dunno why it's happening.
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Now hearing "health reasons," which is too bad.
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Wishful thinking logo #762
Because I know that when I think of Republicans, the first thing that comes to mind is electric guitars and, you know, rock and roll.

#rnc #republicans #rockandroll #strat
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Someone with ties to the Hall of Fame got set free at the print shop. Politics 101. 
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Latest Newsy News-ish News

I wrote this a couple days ago, but am just getting around to posting it now. I'm still bookin' on the book. I'm on Chapter 49 of 75 as of this morning. Jeebuz! Anyway, thanks for reading.

#artistgrant #memoir #artistlife #sketchbook
On Art and Writing - Carol Es, Los Angeles Abstract Artist.
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It's not journalism - it's TRONC!
MONETIZE that CONTENT! TITLES! PROPERTIES! HARNESS THE POWER OF LOCAL JOURNALISM! FEED IT INTO A FUNNEL! MONETIZE! CPM!

Don't stop until robots are writing it all and robots are reading it all.

EFFICIENCIES! MORE CONTENT! BETTER CONTENT! CPM! WE'RE A CONTENT COMPANY! CPM!

CONTENT! MONETIZE! CONTENT! MONETIZE! CONTENT!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeo1V-47BBw

#tronc #marketingspeak #idiotswithjobs
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Meanwhile, there are people with YouTube channels playing video games or documenting their days making more than I'm guessing tronc will make for some of their clients on clicks.

It's sad when the best a major media company can come up with is this. If it didn't seem like a parody video, I'd almost feel sorry for them. ("After tronc failed, Anne and I tried our hands at 'vlogging' on the YouTubes, but it turns out nobody wanted to see us play E.T. on an Atari 2600 while reviewing our favorite brands of mayonnaise," said Malcolm CasSelle. Anne Vasquez added, "We thought it was the kind of content we could harness and convert to dynamic numbers in an effort to innovate. Instead, you should have seen the horrible things they said about us in the comments...")
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I scored in the TicketMaster class action settlement!

Or not.

I have seven "free ticket" vouchers, but the list of shows they can be used on doesn't include anything in Los Angeles. Or anywhere within 100 miles of Los Angeles.

If I lived in Mountain View or Chula Vista (or Camden, NJ, apparently) I'd be in good shape, but I don't, so it's kind of a poke in the eye, rather than a settlement.

On the bright side (?) there are also seven discount vouchers good for $2.25 each in there. That have to be used one per order...

#ticketmaster
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    1976 - 1978
  • The Road
    1979 - 1990
    Punk rock and reggae musician
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Fun fact: I once walked into Libya from neighboring Tunisia, just for the hell of it. I wouldn't recommend it at the moment.
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    Podcast, 2014 - present
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  • Host Collective
    Director of Communications, 2006 - present
  • PowWeb
    Operations Manager, 2002 - 2006
    I was with PowWeb up until the sale to EIG.
  • Omnis Network
    Technical support Manager, 2000 - 2000
  • Affinity Hosting
    Technical support Manager, 1997 - 2000
    Affinity was one of the first web site hosts.
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    Technical Support, 1995 - 1998
    Support for WYSIWG HTML software
  • Northland Financial and many other joints
    Printer, 1977 - 1992
    Ran offset presses: Multilith, AB Dick
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San Pedro, CA - Redondo Beach, CA - Topanga, CA - Venice, CA - St. Paul, MN - Mahtomedi, MN
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I guess this place is nice now, it keeps popping up when I'm looking for a place to stay in St. Paul. But my review is for the Hotel St. Paul when it was little more than a dingy, decaying flophouse. My friend Jimmy worked in the parking garage there so sometimes we'd get a room when there was a concert at the civic center, which is right on the other side of Rice Park. But man oh man, was the place a dump. Ever see the movie Barfly? They could have filmed the hotel scenes in the Hotel St. Paul in those days. Once the TV in my room stopped working so I just wheeled it down the hall and left it by the elevator, and went into an empty room (many of the doors were left open) and took another one as a replacement. Another time the "maid," such as she was, pilfered my bottle of whiskey from the dresser drawer. I was just a teenager, so when I went to the front desk to complain, the guy squinted at me for a few seconds, told me to "f*** off," and went back to watching a football game on a tiny black and white TV. But I showed him. I went back up to my room, removed the screens from all of the windows and tossed them down into the overgrown "courtyard" below. I'm not proud of that. Like I said, I was a teenager, and I did a lot of things I'm not proud of. But it was much more enjoyable in the room with proper ventilation, that's a fact. The mosquitoes were worse, but you'd expect that. So the Hotel St. Paul was a filthy flop full of derelicts and losers (myself and my friends included). Which is why I give it five stars. For the sheer, palpable *experience* of the place. I'll never forget it.
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Funny, I see this place is owned by the same company that owns Hotel Avante in Silicon Valley, which I reviewed earlier. I stayed at the Lincoln Hotel before it was bought by the boutique boys, and it was a slightly different kind of joint. It was close to TUTS where we often played in 1980, 81, and one night we decided to stay at the Lincoln rather than make the drive back to Minneapolis. A room was $12 - for all five of us - and we paid through a small hole in a big piece of bulletproof glass. So you can kind of see where this is going. Early the next morning a very large male maid in a female maid uniform came through the door. We were all sprawled all over the place, two to a bed, on the floor, in chairs. "Oh mercy! Look at what we have here! The band is in town! Ooh! A couple of us cracked our eyes open. "Don't you worry honey, I'm going to clean up for you, you just stay right there gorgeous." She takes a big ratty old feather duster and runs it across the top of the broken TV. "Oh my word, lordy, you boys! I just...mmm, mmm, now what so ever am I to do?" Eventually she left and we got up and loaded everything into the van and drove back to the Twin Cities. I think it should end right there.
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reviewed a year ago
Stayed at the Westgate for six days for the New Media Expo. It was about what you'd expect for a Las Vegas hotel/casino. They're all pretty much the same. The room service was pretty good - good quality, reasonably fast. Housekeeping left me alone while I was there, which is what I want (just "fresh towels and grapefruit," as Hunter Thompson would say...). All the employees were cool. No one copped an attitude with me while I was there. The place was (is?) undergoing renovation though, so that was kind of a drag. I will say though, that you've never seen people lay carpet faster than they do in a Las Vegas casino. Because when they tear up the old carpet they have to shut down the games. And they don't want to shut down the games. I swear I'd leave for the conference in the morning, and when I came back in the evening they'd have carpeted half a football field of space and moved all the games back. It was impressive. They'll never work that fast in your house or office, I guarantee that. That's what I remember about the Westgate. Oh, and there's a monorail stop right in the lobby, that's pretty cool. You can get anywhere you want to go - on the east side of the strip anyway - on that monorail. I don't gamble, so I can't comment on the quality of their games or the looseness of their slots or prostitutes. Otherwise, it's good for what it is, but they're all pretty much the same.
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Stayed at the Midtown Atlanta W in September of 2013 for the first Social Shakeup conference. If you've never seen Amy Schumer's bit about W hotels - either in her stand up or on her show - check it out, because she hits the nail on the head. In a nutshell: everyone here is way too cool for you. Which is kind of funny, because the hotel itself is hardly anything special. I needed something, I can't remember what it was, and the front desk directed me to the only shop in the place, which seemed to sell nothing but $200 bathrobes, perfume, and some brown, prickly thing that - I assume - relieves all your stress. I already had perfume, so I hit the street, picked a direction and started walking. There was nothing around the hotel for blocks...not a drugstore, convenience store, bodega or cart. So I trudged all the way back, only to discover (for myself) that there is an entire little mini mall - with a convenience store - attached to the hotel. Should I have noticed that or seen it somehow before I struck out on my own? Maybe. But what do I know? I ain't from there, you dig? Why didn't "Miss Front Desk 2013" tell me about it? I don't know, man. Too cool, too cool. I usually have luck "picking a direction" and walking around an unfamiliar city. Just not this time, not in Midtown Atlanta. Anyway, all the hallways in the hotel smelled like herb, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, unless it's a bad thing for you. Room was wannabe boutique chic, but really more "New Jersey fabulous," which makes the staff's THIS IS THE COOLEST PLACE IN THE WORLD AND YOU ARE NOT EVEN MARGINALLY COOL attitude kind of charmingly cute. I wanted to pat every last one of them on their heads and say, "Yes sweetheart, you are really, really cool. Okay? Feel better?" Shitty place to have a conference, great place to bring your Atlanta mistress. You can both get really high and then go buy her a souvenir bathrobe. You're already making reservations, aren't you? #WAtlantaMidtownReviews
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One of them there "boutique" hotels. Stayed here twice for Silicon Valley Code Camp, in 2012 and 2013, and may well stay here again this year. I don't know, since I don't choose my own digs for those trips (yes, we did stay there again in 2014). Now, boutique hotels can go a couple of different ways. Some of them try way too hard and you just feel bad for them while you're there. Others try just enough, and the Avante is one of those. It's comfortable, low key, everyone's cool. Pretty much exactly what you want from one of these joints. No amenities to speak of (such as bar, food, etc.), but a decent come-as-you-are breakfast every day, and cold lemon water in the lobby. Like I said, they aren't trying *too* hard. And that's good. Last time we were there I was given a room right off the lobby and thought, "Oh man, this is going to stink like last week's cheese!" But it didn't. It was quiet and lovely and after a day or so I was digging the proximity, if you get my drift. Walk to breakfast? Sure, I think I can make it 20 feet in that direction. There's nothing to see out of any of the windows here anyway, so the location of your room is kind of a non-issue. Hmm, some of the things I've said here could be construed as negative, but I recommend the place if you're staying in the area. And what an area it is. Silicon Valley. Ugh. THE RISE OF THE MACHINES indeed.
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I've stayed at the 29 Palms Inn a few times, and it's always been great. Normally when we go to Joshua Tree we rent a house, the more secluded the better. That's the high desert to me - quiet and wild and weird. But the 29 Palms Inn is a different kind of ride. You're still in the desert (east of Joshua Tree), but you can walk in your bathrobe to the restaurant/bar/pool area. So it's not isolated and it's not exceptionally private (but it is reasonably private), but then those isolated quiet places don't have swimming pools and bars. So there's that. The place is laid out in a kind of circle of bungalows in various sizes and states of primitive decay. Some of them are really old, so if you're into luxury, this ain't your spot. Try Two Bunch Palms for more of that (though that place isn't exactly five stars either...just a different vibe). 29 Palms Inn is down and dirty, just like the desert should be. I said "decay," and it occurs to me that some people could take that the wrong way. Mainly, I suspect, those who have never been to the desert. The desert is decay. Everything natural and man made is being worn away by the overwhelming desertness of desert itself. Decay and collapse of everything and everyone is inevitable. So everything out there has that patina of impermanence. That's what I meant by decay. Good, natural decay. So yeah, recommended by mjp. For what that's worth. If you're going to Joshua Tree or 29 Palms for a weekend or a short stay, you couldn't find a better spot.
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Stayed here many times in the early 80s when I had very little money and still labored under the foolish belief that San Francisco was a city worth visiting. I see it is considered to be a "boutique" hotel now, but back in the day it was just old and comfortable. And far and away the cheapest hotel in San Francisco that wasn't a flophouse or hostel. On one of my visits I was laying on top of the still-made bed, catching a little rest after the long drive up from Los Angeles when someone from the hotel unlocked the door and walked in with a couple of (prospective?) hotel guests in tow. I sat up and said something along the lines of, "What the fuck?" and they left. The hotel employee didn't say, "Oh! Sorry," or "Excuse me," they just left, like I was an inconvenience or a squatter they didn't want to have a run-in with. Which is fine, I should have put the latch on the door. But another time I was in Oakland with a friend, and we needed a place to stay for the night before driving back to Los Angeles the next morning. He wanted to stay in San Francisco, since he'd never been there, so I said, "Ah, I know a place!" I called from a pay phone to ask them to hold a room, and they said there was no need, they had plenty of empty rooms. So we rolled up, found somewhere to park (a feat in itself) and walked in. "Oh, sorry," they said, "no rooms! All full up!" Did I mention my friend was black? And both of us sporting dreadlocks? You think that had anything to do with the sudden lack of rooms? So yeah, kind of Mississippi in the 60s vibe going on there at the time. I'm sure they wouldn't turn away black people now. You know, with the pesky discrimination laws and all. Woo! San Francisco! Never a more useless city full of people who truly believe that they are living charmed lives of perpetual awesomeness. As Gandhi said, "whatever."
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