Content for Wednesday, August 18, 2010

News & Stories

Letters

Put An End To It The Reader’s choice of cover article in the August 12 issue is disgusting (“I Have a Habit of Having Things in My Hand”). If your intent was to draw attention ...

I Love Monsters, Horror Movies, Science Fiction, and Comic Books

How the Person Who Said That Landed a Dream Job

Are there holes in your life where your skills and experiences don’t connect with your passions and dreams? Try this bridging exercise to brainstorm and explore possible jobs that connect your skill (what comes naturally ...

Why Former Military Make Excellent Employees

You have a job opening at your organization. This job requires someone who has good communication and organizational skills and is able to interface effectively with various departments, effectively direct a staff of 15, and ...

The Free Coffee Principle

Happy Employees are Productive Employees

Bob Nelson knows that when it comes to motivating workers, you can never think too small. A handwritten thank you note from the boss, a hallway conversation followed up with a gift certificate for lunch, ...

The Awakening

The Awakening EP, the newest release from Anti Citizens, comes with all the underground hip-hop bells and whistles that you could ask for from the duo. Grandiose dystopian beats ("Blackout," "2012 Armageddon"), impressive double-time lyrical ...

Unfiltered

Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it. — Emily Dickinson David arrived home, set his keys on the counter, and retrieved a bottle of green tea from the refrigerator. As ...

Arrivals and Departures

Thirty-Five Years AgoWith each successive film, [Robert] Altman comes closer to the frank expression of something not so nice but conceivably profound. It’s turning out to be nothing more than the despicable compromise of just ...

Hillcrest the Motion Picture

Sunday, August 8, 1:30 p.m.The 26th annual CityFest sees a bustling Fifth Avenue blocked off to vehicle traffic from University to Brookes with 250-plus vendors, 150,000-plus attendees, and lines extending out the door of every ...

Sundown Surprise

Sunset’s my kryptonite. Honest. Dusk is my undoing. I’m weakest when Huey’s dipping his tootsies in the ocean. Food and drink-wise, anyway. Here at the Gaslamp trolley stop around six, I can feel the magic ...

Lieutenant Facemelter

Jason Farnan has returned to his Mira Mesa home and Sorrento Valley computer gig after an impressive showing at the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, held this year at Irving Plaza in New York City. Farnan, ...

Record Release Roundup

New electronica duo the Eris Sisters will debut tracks from their freshman album DownHEAR at the Club Zu Boat Party IV, which cruises the harbor on August 21. “The title is based on the Downhear ...

East Clairemont Southern Baptist Church

Membership: 85–100 Pastor: Christopher Clark Age: 50 Born: Long Beach, Calif. Formation: Occidental College, Los Angeles; California Baptist University, Riverside; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Forth Worth, Texas Years Ordained: Licensed 31 years; ordained 22 years ...

Comic Books for Kids

The kids have been begging to go to Comic-Con for years. This year I yielded, on the condition that we seek out age-appropriate offerings. After 30 minutes of swimming through an ocean of people decked ...

“Who’s the Great Sinner? He Who Gave the Power” by James Henry

I ­Who’s the great sinner? He, who gave the power And will to sin, and knew both would be ­used. II ­Who’s the great sinner? He, to whose sole will Sinner and sin alike owe ...

Look of Death

Carol Williams — San Diego civic organist and artistic director of the Spreckels Organ Society — hates the heat. She also hates it when the wind blows her hair in her eyes and when June ...

Shred Gnarnia

“The greatest thing about this camp is that you really get to see that kids are such a wealth of creativity,” says Christine Gilardi, three-year director of a real-life School of Rock in La Jolla. ...

Nightlife in the Rearview Mirror

This last full week of August promises to resemble summer to some degree, but that would be divination, I suppose, as ­I’m writing this a full week earlier. “Promises”; this reminds me of a blurb ...

Unstoppable

It’s a strange-weird sight to raise binoculars and look out to a vast boneyard of dead professional football leagues. And weirder still to see, over there, in the far distance, a file of new professional ...

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

Why atheism today? — The “father” in God has been thoroughly refuted; ditto, “the judge,” “the rewarder.” Also his “free will”: he does not hear — and if he heard he still would not know ...

Cosmopolitan Comfort Cuisine

Carl Schroeder was the hot young chef hired by Bradley Ogden to oversee Arterra back when it was new. Schroeder made both his and the restaurant’s name there. Then he opened his own place, Market, ...

Here's the Deal: El Dorado

Set between the Gaslamp District and Golden Hill, Wednesday’s monthly-gone-fortnightly Dub Dorado packs the rustic lounge with a miscellany of Downtown clubbers, Uptown hipsters, and old-school dubstep and drum & bass heads. Bartenders in gold-miner ...

Moving Write Along

It’s been around four years since brothers Jayme and Andy Ralph founded their quiet coffeehouse band Writer, and little has changed with the group’s acoustic emo sound. “We play indie rock, with a little Southern ...

Get Used to Unemployment

The U.S. has lost more than 8 million jobs since the Great Recession began in late 2007. San Diego County has lost more than 80,000. They aren’t coming back soon, say local economists. A high ...

What's Your News IQ?

1. Peter Barry Lawrence, 71, pleaded guilty to robbing a bank on July 26 in downtown San Diego. Lawrence is popularly known as A. The Geezer Bandit B. The Geritol Bandit C. The Rest Home ...

Crocodiles

When people in the rest of the country or the rest of the world think about California, they think about sunshine and blondes at the beach — still! They still think about that stuff! But ...

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks, a scruffy, boulder-studded promontory rising amid Poway’s suburban streets, is less known for its own existence than for the major street named after it: Twin Peaks Road. After a short but vigorous climb, ...

Two poems by Blaga Dimitrova

Ars Poetica Write each of your poems as if it were your last. In this century, saturated with strontium, charged with terrorism, flying with supersonic speed, death comes with terrifying suddenness. Send each of your ...

I don't know what they told you, but this is called Hip-Hop

“This is HIP-HOP. I don’t know what they told you, but this is called HIP-HOP!” DJ Artistic has me in a gentle headlock as he shouts this into my ear. He’s not being aggressive; he ...

Everything Old Is Renewed Again

Rochelle Becker would like to correct me. I wrote in a June 17 article that the two remaining reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, located in the northwest corner of San Diego County, ...

Loves Birds

Based in University Heights, Normandie Wilson is a self-taught pianist who worked as an accompanist in her small West Virginia town from middle school through high school. “I grew up listening to 1960s music — ...

Mideast Meets West

One of the promises of the independent cinema, seldom fulfilled, is that it take up the jobs abdicated by today’s Hollywood. The job taken up in Cairo Time is, no condescension intended, that of the ...

Vampire Diet, More on Memory

Mattzilla: I’ve looked at a lot of career choices, and it seems to me that being a vampire would suit me pretty well. One thing has me a little confused, though. Could I survive as ...

Rump Shakers

Thursday 19It’s an old story: an ex-other calls because they’ve got a giant organ to sell you. Fifty bucks and a few hours later, the behemoth sits in your apartment, taking up half your living ...

Girl in a Coma

Girl in a Coma is a San Antonio trio started by Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva. Later, they drafted Phanie’s sister Nina. Nina has one of those innocent honey-sweet voices that could melt rocks. By ...

Lube Check

It's an "intensive crackdown" on the inebriated cruiser, a campaign to curb drunk drivers. Beginning August 20, San Diego County Law Enforcement Agencies, all 14 of them, will deploy officers to man 17 DUI checkpoints, ...

Smokin'

“The Del Mar Racetrack is a nonsmoking venue” the announcer repeated as a crowd of several thousand gathered not so much for the horses as for the reggae show afterwards. Nevertheless, through a fogbank of ...

August 12 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 6. Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 6. Stunning Rita starts her dream walk here. … Mulholland Dr. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. You can't bring candy to a taffy pull- Greg Carroll. ...

August 12 Brainstorm Contenders

S Rice, Allied Gardens, 6. Mr Rewa, it's time to get over the brainstorm puzzle. Ed Barno, San Diego, 5. Conway said it best that was clever! Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. I have more ...

August 12 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 6. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 6. Congratulations Becky and Daniel. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 6. Did you see the perseid meteor shower? * Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 6. Chargers look promising. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, ...