Monday, May 18, 2009




. . . my favorite magazine.  I think it’s like one of those energy bars for your mind.  That’s not saying much but, to me, it’s a good combination of technology, pop culture, gadgets and ideas.wired1705

I have been a subscriber for many years.  Tidbits and hip phrases have powered my “man about silicone valley” persona at cocktail parties and other imagined events.

In my quest for a bargain, I tried to extend my subscription by buying a special “publishers subscription” on eBay.  The seller had plenty of positive reviews, about 96% so I gave it a go.  Long store short – ripped off.  Worse than that, I was without my monthly fix.  I had to use one of the 87 subscription cards that fell out of an old and decrepit copy.  The months crawled by, it seemed like months.  Finally I got one.

I don’t know if it was absence making the heart grow fonder or, this issue was just particularly good.  The theme was mysteries and puzzles.  I read it cover to cover.  I recommend taking a look.  Another thing Wired does really well is post their magazine online.  I don’t know if they have everything but they seem to.  Check out the story about the artwork stumping the CIA, or a Apocalypse Then: Our Favorite World Expiration Dates  Click on the picture above and drink it all in.


p.s. eBay has since outlawed the sales of magazine subscriptions . . .

Friday, May 15, 2009


Have you seen these kids?


I think you have . . .

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Sunday, May 03, 2009


Movie endings

You know a movie ending can make all the difference. You might be watching something that is a little weird, maybe you aren't really "getting it" then the movie ends with a flourish and BAM! it was a GREAT movie, you tell your friends to see it. Sometimes the opposite happens. You are into it, you care about the characters, you want them to get what's coming to them. Then bam the credits roll. What?!? Did they live or die? What about the money? That wasn't real was it? That movie is the equivalent of an interesting and elaborate joke who's teller forgets the punchline. That sux.

Why am I telling you this? I was reminded tonight about a movie who's ending (to me) ranks up there with the very best of them, I mean, it knocks it out of the park. The Bourne Ultimatum. It pulls it all together, the good guys are doing OK, the bad guys are getting theirs, it has that narration quality of wrapping up the loose ends, then the music kicks in, the words the beat the memories of previous Bournes, and then . . . the hero. That's what I'm talking about!

So, can you think of a movie ending that just nails it for you?

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