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The Dark Side of Depression – Robin Williams, We Loved You

I woke up with gloom in my brain this morning. Robin Williams apparent suicide really impacted me, just like it has so many other people. At first I wasn’t going to write about it because I haven’t really processed it or my emotionsShow More Summary

Growing Up Zora: What Literature Can Teach You About Home

By Meg Miller Off the Shelf Last weekend I went home for a visit. I'm from Roanoke, Virginia, a midsized city in the southwestern part of the state that's surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains on all sides. Almost all of my extended family lives there, and whenever I go home everyone gets together in the living room of my grandma's house. Show More Summary

Please God, Not Robin Williams...

Possibly Robin Williams' most side splitting TV appearance, ever When my daughter asked me, "What's going on with Robin Williams?" I hoped it wasn't what I feared. Constantly connected to her cell like many of her generation, she had...Show More Summary

Renaissance GIFs Man

  I’m very much for the interesting juxtaposition of things old and new. And sometimes once in a cold, blue moon, I see something that just makes me laugh till my sides hurt and cry “why didn’t I think of that in the first place?!” The...Show More Summary

Lost Toon's City - Branding

Last week I was following a great discussion about redesign of popular brands done by designers as a side project or an exercising of their skills. In my opinion, any practice is very valuable, however I agree that some of these redesigns gain too much spotlight. Show More Summary

The Dark Side of Autonomous Vehicles?

Readers of this blog will know that I have a generally optimistic view of driverless cars, believing that a computer is likely to avoid many human frailties and generally reduce the number of crashes. My viewpoint got a jolt this week. Show More Summary

Boring Report: Goodbye, Big Red Crane

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

An ominous yellow crane on its side showed up above the tunnel-boring pit the other day. I thought, "Is that yellow crane going to eat the red crane?" Yep, that's totally what's happening. According to my binoculars, there are guys all...Show More Summary

My Foray into Suspicious Acts of Charity

This is the story of how I wandered into the realm of being too generous and had to explain myself to a police officer on the side of the road.

Afternoon Must-Read: Sky Masterson: An Ear Full of Cider...

Sky Masterson: Comedic Monologue: "On the day when I left home... >...to make my way in the world, my daddy took me to one side. “Son,” my daddy says to me: >>I am sorry I am not able to bankroll you to a very large start, but not having the necessary lettuce to get you rolling, instead I’m going to stake you to some very valuable advice. Show More Summary

Is Targeted Online Advertising Less Effective Than Believed?

I was shocked the other day to pull up a website and see my own mug staring back at me in an ad gracing the side of the page. Sure, targeted advertising has been making big waves lately, but seeing my own image in one was a first for me. Show More Summary

Bar Tartine heads in a new direction

There’s no doubt in my mind that Nick Balla is one of the most talented  and visionary chefs in the Bay Area. He showed his restrained side as the 3-star chef at Nombe, then moved to Bar Tartine where he also earned 3-stars for his interpretation of Eastern European food, an appreciation he developed living […]

National identities have consequences

Newishlawyer, in the comments to my previous post: I think there is an unwarranted assumption that Zionist=Likkuidnik in general. I consider myself a Zionist. I have never been a fan of Likkuid or Hamas. I’m absolutely on the side of people like Rabin. Yet sometimes it feels like when I say I support the idea […]

That Time I Took the Bus and Everything Was Great

The other night, I was going to the launch party for my new book, but the hosting bookstore happened to be on the other side of town, in Los Feliz, while I meanwhile was a new resident of Venice, an hour's drive away—or more in mid-afternoon traffic—so I considered my options. Read more...

The Peugeot 205 GTI: Jalopnik Fantasy Garage

3 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Why is it that seeing a beat-up Peugeot 205 GTI parked on a Parisian side street melted my brain into goop and nearly pulled my heart out of my chest? Read more...

I’ve Joined the Gym

Well, I did it. Though the facilities of my local health club are far (FAR) from what I’m used to accessing, it’s on the exact opposite side of town, and regardless of the fact that it’s damned expensive, I’ve joined-up for a year’s membership at my local gym (the only one for better than 45 [...]

2014 PGA Championship: Louie Hits It Longest

3 weeks agoSports / Golf : Armchair Golf

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - My first drive to Valhalla Golf Club for the 2014 PGA Championship was better than expected. A kind person let me in on the Indiana side of the I-65 bridge that crosses the Ohio River. I then got on I-71 north and was...Show More Summary

Cannabis Company Unveils Country’s First Marijuana Billboards In Seattle

Back in my day, the only billboards along the side of the road were for things like light beer, ambulance chasers, adult video stores, fast food and car dealerships. No longer will roadside advertising be limited to such things, as a new era of everyday legal marijuana use in Washington has made the country’s first cannabis billboards a reality. Now … [More]

Sectioned -- on involuntary treatment in the U.K.

In America, people enter the hospital involuntarily in a process known as civil commitment. On the other side of the pond, in Great Britain, it's known as being "sectioned." My thanks to Mental Health @sectioned_ on Twitter who linked...Show More Summary

The Clintons Are Movin' on Down, Slumming It to the Wrong Side of the Tracks

Bill and Hillary are going to be my neighbors in Amagansett this summer. They arrive tomorrow. But, they are definitely laying low this August, compared to their fancier digs of years past. So, this year, the power couple has passedShow More Summary

Learning to love the enemy in Iraq

Opinion by Jeremy Courtney, special to CNN (CNN) –We had no idea what we were doing, so we helped everyone. My wife and I moved to Iraq in 2007 to assist in relief and development. We have since made friends on all sides, deep behind “enemy lines.” Since the fall of Mosul to Sunni militants in […]

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