News

Jury Duty Terrifies Me

It is 8:30am and I am sitting in the jury lounge to see if I will be called to serve as a juror for the District Court of Montgomery County.  My stomach is in knots, not only because I have a huge amount of work to do and this is a kind of crummy week to be missing time at the office, though that is definitely part of it.  The knots also are not only because today is my 13 year old daughters last day of Chemotherapy for Hodkin's Lymphoma, though that is certainly a part of it as well.  But the elephant in the room -  the bloody and incredibly sad elephant - is Patty Rebholtz.  I’m thinking of Patty and really, really, not wanting to hear my number called. (more…)

By Tim, ago
Music

Ida Maria – Oh My God

I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Ida Maria before. The way she sings around the 2:20 mark in this video brings tears to my eyes every time. Just…holy fuck!

By Tim, ago
Music

Death Grips – Guillotine

Yeah, I guess you could listen the the new Kanye/Jay-z album. Or you could, instead, venture over here…way the fuck out into left field and give Death Grips a listen. Something about it (spare, industial, confrontational) reminds me of The Beatnigs. “We obviously had the option and foresight to not Read more…

By Tim, ago
Humor

Pop-Cultural Root of all Evil and Aggression

“Today, though, I want to talk about the pop-cultural root of all evil and aggression, which is not Scattergories, not Grand Theft Auto, not the music of The Screwed Up Click. It is the insidious, grudge-fueling, wrath-provoking waste of four hours that is the Parker Brothers classic Monopoly. The evil Read more…

By Tim, ago
Art

Goodbye Brian Lanker (1947-2011)

I’ve known Brian for nearly as long as I’ve been alive; certainly as long as I can remember. He and my dad worked together at the Topeka Capitol Journal beginning when I was around 4 years old. When Brian and his family moved out to Oregon it was due to Read more…

By Tim, ago
Kids

Phenon – Hey Soul Sister

While I may not be the biggest fan of the song, I could not be a bigger fan of the singer. I think I need to upgrade that PC; It doesn’t seem to be able to keep the video and audio even remotely in sync. Regardless, the girl can sing. Read more…

By Tim, ago