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Tuesday, April 15 2008

The Banality of a Wanna Be Robin Hood

As I walked into the payday loan company's office I wondered, Did any of the union welders on the Death Star walk out once they realized what "Project DS" stood for?


Sunday, January 27 2008

The Real Surreal World

Why are the most visceral, defining moments in our life often perceived as unreal or dream-like?


Sunday, January 6 2008

Just One of the “Schlubs”

A walk on the down and out side, sans music soundtrack and poetic interpretation.


Sunday, October 7 2007

A Fistful of Quarters

If only I could love Ms. Pacman the way I want to love Ms. Pacman.


Tuesday, August 14 2007

With Malice Towards Fun

In a battle to claim The Simpson's for its own, Fox network's favorite family teetered dangerously close to stealing the heart and soul of Springfield, Illinois, away from the man who saved the Union.


Tuesday, June 12 2007

Z-Boys, Cool Losers

The underlying motivation to save Horizons West was about Sticking It to The Man. Us versus Them. Punk culture versus conformist culture. Poor against rich. All, interestingly enough, attitudes heavy in the subtext of the Z-Boys movies.


Sunday, April 1 2007

Slacker or Hero?: A Taste of the Life of a Video Game Tester

Video Game Testers are rather like UN weapons inspectors (and have about as much credibility, now that I think about it).


Monday, March 5 2007

Las Vegas—The Real Never Never Land

In less than 36 hours, I was rear-ended in traffic by a sleazy local lingerie-shop owner who offered free pot for my troubles; I overcame an early $70 deficit and left the blackjack table with $45 in winnings; and the hotel upgraded me to a swanky top-floor Jacuzzi suite.


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