Content for Wednesday, December 29, 2010

News & Stories

This Ride Is Being Recorded

On January 1, a new law will go into effect allowing California's motorists to place five- to seven-inch high-definition "video event recorders" on the windshield of their cars. State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, representative for areas ...

Minestra Soup

Recipe by Jeff Jackson, Chef, A.R. Valentien (at the Lodge at Torrey Pines) When you learn to cook as I did, 30 to 40 years ago in the Midwest, you had a menu that was ...

Bartender Battle

I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won’t let himself get snotty about it. — Raymond Chandler Click Here for a full Gallery of ...

Lightbulbs, Congressional Fights, Dog Photos

Hey Matt: I’ve been looking at those “energy-saving” lightbulbs and they look pretty complicated to me. A regular lightbulb looks like it’s much easier to make. Just a glass bubble with a filament in it. ...

The Central Conception of Buddhism and the Meaning of the Word “Dharma” by Fyodor Stcherbatsky

The conception of a dharma is the central point of the Buddhist doctrine. In the light of this conception, Buddhism discloses itself as a metaphysical theory developed out of one fundamental principle, viz. the idea ...

Movies in the Great Recession

During the Great Depression, films were good at lifting spirits. Quite often, life at the movies really was like a bowl of cherries. Cherries included W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, Bette Davis, Mickey Mouse, Mae ...

Two Poems by Ilya Kaminsky

from Musica Humana I am reading aloud the book of my life on earth and confess, I loved grapefruit. In a kitchen: sausages; tasting vodka, the men raise their cups. A boy in a white ...

Del Dios Gorge

On its roughly 50-mile course from the mountain crest near Julian to the beach at Del Mar, the combined Santa Ysabel Creek/San Dieguito River courses through several steep and narrow canyons. The lowest of these, ...

Letters

I Heart Chargers You guys should move to L.A. Your paper is helping San Diegans to give up on the Chargers (“Chargers: Look at Petco Failure,” “City Lights,” December 23). I will from now on ...

Industry Juice

For Mark Rasmussen, the ten years he spent publishing the locally based monthly rock magazine No Cover (1997–2007) was ecstasy and agony. “We gave blink-182 their first magazine cover in March ’98. We also gave ...

El Tejate: How People Ate Before the Conquistadors

This little guy was singing a few days ago. Now, crunch. One ex-grasshopper. We’re talking chapulines. Fried and dropped on a big white plate. A delicacy from Oaxaca, southern Mexico. The taste? Salty, with a ...

The Age of the Lout

Not everyone need agree, and it is unlikely everyone would, but I am certain I could walk out my front door and get a consensus of ten people within ten minutes that 2010 sucked more ...

Best Bites of the Year

The long recession has taken its toll, even on my “bests” list. Not only did I dine at few “destination restaurants” this year (and, sorry, you do get what you pay for, if you’re lucky), ...

Goofy Goth Burlesque with the Dresden Dolls

We live in the age of the geek, where no matter how obscure your pop-culture obsession, you can find a community of people on the internet which shares your passion. In the heyday of Deadheads, ...

Follow the Last Years Into Next Year

Thursday 30Yes, Virginia...dark cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls did reunite this year and have been touring, appropriately enough, since Halloween. The Boston band, consisting of Amanda Palmer (vox, keys) and Brian Viglione (everything else), will ...

Where Words Fail

In one sense the best, in most others the worst of times. Throughout the county the level of performance has never been higher. You can expect competent acting in most local theaters. Two examples: Scripps ...

Hangover Relief: Is Tex-OE Key?

“Children have no respect for hangovers,” moaned my friend Karen. “Too much eggnog at the office Christmas party on Friday; too many tiny feet pounding on the floor early Saturday morning. I’ll never drink that ...

Record-Release Roundup

On December 29, In Motion Trio — temporarily a quintet renamed In Motion Trio+2 — had a release party at Lestat’s for their album The Barefoot Race. Also new this week is Someday, a solo ...

Dave Mason Is Feelin’ Alright

British rocker Dave Mason was everywhere during the late ’60s and ’70s. He cofounded Traffic. He played acoustic guitar on the Hendrix version of “All Along the Watchtower.” He is said to have played without ...

The Book of Beliefs and Opinions by Sa’adiah ben Yosef Gaon

God’s making His creatures’ diligent compliance with His commandments the means of attaining permanent bliss is the better course. For according to the judgment of reason the person who achieves some good by means of ...

Eastlake Church

Contact: Chula Vista Campus, 2355 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista; South Coast Campus, 2050 Coronado Avenue, San Diego; 619-370-5005; eastlakechurch.com Denomination: Independent Christian Membership: 5500 Pastor: Mike Meeks Age: 55 Born: Coos Bay, Ore. Formation: ...

Pedaling Diego: San Diego's Growing Bicycle Mania

Uh-oh. Beer Man looks up. He’s six-foot-five and garbed in his blue Superman tunic with a red cape, yellow briefs, a full mane of red hair and a beard. His expression says it all: Is ...

The Tree Ring's Capital Idea

When the Tree Ring went looking for seed money to produce their debut CD Generous Shadows, they turned to Kickstarter, a global web platform where self-starting artists can carry out donation drives. When they launched ...

Jesse “Harmonica” LaMonaca

“People were incredibly generous, sending me contact info for gigs and helping me track down places to sleep,” says Americana singer Jesse LaMonaca, who recently completed a self-booked tour of Australia. The trek was financed ...

The Smart Brothers of Busk

On their Facebook and MySpace profiles, Julian-based folk rockers the Smart Brothers list “the Road” as their hometown. Considering the trio played 273 shows in 2010, the road seems to be exactly that — home. ...

Tijuana Violence in the Name of the State

Depending on whom you ask, Julián Leyzaola is either a hero or a beast. Controversy surrounding Tijuana’s secretary of public security made headlines in December 2009, when accusations surfaced in the San Diego News Network, ...

Mitt Romney Lobbies for La Jolla Permit, Darwin Deason Lobbies City Planner

The local housing market may be dead for mere mortals, but as far as the nation’s megamillionaires and billionaires are concerned, coastal La Jolla is in hypergrowth mode. Ex–Massachusetts governor and likely future GOP presidential ...

San Diego Sheriff Seeks $4526 Thermal-Eye

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is in the market for an X150 Thermal-Eye pocket scope. According to one online vendor, which lists the device at $4526: “Whether performing critical missions, gathering intelligence or conducting situation ...

The Slider

It's 1972. Marc Bolan, born Mark Feld, son of a truck driver, sits on top of the fricking world. Or, at least, on top of as much of the world as matters to him — ...

Farmer's Daughter by Crystal Bowersox

So far, the two biggest success stories from American Idol are power-pop belter Kelly Clarkson and country superstar Carrie Underwood. Well, after listening to Crystal Bowersox's debut album, all I can say is move over ...

Anya Marina's Spirit School

Between having tunes appear on hit TV shows Grey's Anatomy and Castle and another one on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, San Diego–based Anya Marina's music has gotten high-profile exposure, leading up to her latest ...

December 23 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 12. Obama…. Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 12. Happy New Year Kate and Kevin! Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 12. Caribou every night! I wanna go to McDonald's- Piper Palin. Greg Chauncey, ...

December 23 Brainstorm Contenders

Ed Barno, San Diego, 12. Happy New Year to all you fellow Barnstormers'! Douglas Meyers, La Mesa, 11. Gotta go! Gotta go! Gotta go! Happy New Year! Conway Redding, La Mesa, 11. Trickier than a ...

December 23 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 12. D. Faulkner, University Heights, 12. Persistence! Richard Hutchings, Santee, 12. Will Rodgers or won't Rodgers? That is the question. Sue Janisch, Escondido, 12. Happy and safe New Year to all! ...