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I’m Judo Math Dude

Sensei Dan Thoene’s got a black bracelet in arithmetic.

“A kid raised his hand in the back and said, ‘How long does it take to become a black belt?’”

There’s gonna be a resolution

New year, new resolutions. Whereas “normal humans” resolve to accomplish goals such as losing weight, swearing less, and cutting back on alcohol, musicians come from a different mindset. They’re “cut from a different cloth,” as ...

The restaurant at the end of the universe

Endless Joes

His dream was always to make this the #1 jazz spot in the country. Or at least the county.

Turning tale of the tuna

Trying to predict what’s next for San Diego–based Bumble Bee Tuna in the turbulent waters of international commerce is tough, as evidenced by a company history presented by Andrew F. Smith in his 2012 history ...

Uber for bands

When Andy Altman came home from Coachella this year, he had a revelation. “I’d been relying on Uber a lot,” he said. “At the same time, my dad mentioned, ‘If I wanted to hire a ...

95-point beans

West Bean and Bird Rock finish 2014 with some big hits.

Capping a year of tremendous growth, 2014 finished strong for purveyors of specialty coffee in San Diego. Among the best-of lists making the rounds this month is the Top 30 Coffees of 2014, compiled by ...

The purpose of the drag

I spent about three hours at Legg Lake near Whittier, about 12 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. I caught a bluegill at the South Lake. Then moved to the North Lake at another spot. ...

Chain and the Gang at the Hideout

Crime rock from the nation’s capital! No, it’s not a new genre, but more of a joke thing from a rock and roll front man with an excess of dynamism. You get the feeling that ...

The Interview leaves no “Suk,” “Poon,” or “Dong” unturned

Seth Rogen and James Franco leave no “Suk,” “Poon,” or “Dong” unturned in their quest to whack North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in The Interview. Worth seeing, if just for the schizo opening logo and ...

Phaser finger

In December, Timothy Joseph took over as host of the Local 94/9, a radio show on FM94/9 that features local bands. This, following long-time show host Tim Pyles’s move to the Loudspeaker, also a locals-only ...

A North County hike into San Diego history

This segment of the San Dieguito River Park crosses an agricultural preserve.

The San Pasqual Valley has continuous, completed segments of the planned, 55-mile-long, Coast to Crest Trail of the San Dieguito River Park. When finally realized, the Coast to Crest Trail will extend from Volcan Mountain ...

Don't open that door!

User: 2hip4u, password: 123456

Dear Hipster: I remember reading about how you recommended that people should take an interest in their own security, rather than trusting firewalls or whatever. Now, the Sony hacking scandal is all in the news, ...

Two new stages

A new venture called Quartyard will take over two-thirds of a downtown city block and present live concerts May through October. Attendees will be served by a full-bar, beer gardens, and food trucks. Quartyard is ...

Tickets fixed

Admission prices for next year’s Del Mar fair are going up. “We anticipate a $1 increase in adult admission prices in this proposed budget,” says a staff report to the board of the 22nd Agricultural ...

Year of the Lamb

Year-end views, re-views, and re-reviews

San Diego is finally catching up with the rest of the world, which has been “wall-less” for decades.

A bad year for good movies

Nighttime soaps, voices behind the toons, God, and sci-fi

By way of indicating just how terrible a year it’s been for movies, for the first time in I don’t know how long English language films outnumber foreign entries. Sequels, comic books, and young adult ...

No automotive white zin

The bro has an iconic vehicle, the hipster does not.

Dear Hipster: Everyone associates hipsters with fixed-gear bicycles, albeit sometimes unfairly, but why isn’t there a strong association between hipsters and any particular kind of car? — Donny Urban hipsters admire the boxy lines of ...

Scones for Frodo

Twelve hours, three epics, and eight meals later

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” Even wannabe geeks like me can raise a glass of the Elven-made miruvor to that.

How to avoid the literary elephant in the room

Create an elephant metaphor

Post Title: Find the hook Post Date: December 4, 2014 How do writers discover the hook that snags readers? Rather than hammer with the obvious, a nudge will do. Probe the intensity of sunset avoiding ...

Always one loud-mouthed jerk

Hey, local, where’s your aloha spirit?

While Southern California is full of great surf spots, there still are not enough, considering the size of the surfing population. This can cause a lot of stress in the lineup. Most (if not all) ...

Investors shun fat, sex treatments

Despite strong overall market, some local biotechs lag

This was to be the year for fat pills. It wasn't. Sex enhancement biotechs didn't set the world on fire, either.

Last mail call of the year

Overreach of Power My letter is response to “Taxi Driver” in the December 25 issue. “I felt threatened” — as if that justifies assaulting someone. If the guy was a Navy SEAL he had the ...

And the best audit goes to…

Enforcers who brought down a famous San Diego–based Navy scandal recently received a “CIGIE” award, handed out in Washington by the federal Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. “You have taken risks, persevered, ...

Brought up from the sea

December 30 dock totals H&M Landing 41 Anglers, 2 Boats, 4 Sheephead, 2 Sand Bass, 3 Calico Bass, 94 Rockfish, 1 Spider Crab, 2 Red Rock Crab, 9 California Spiny Lobster Helgren's Oceanside Sportfishing 34 ...

Must-binge television

— Kristin Naomi Garcia, Actor/movie and TV fan From the man who voiced the most famous animated robot of the 21st century (Bender in Futurama), John DiMaggio brings us the little known world of voice ...

Movies to make you think

In the sci-fi movie Contact, Matthew McConaughey’s character (the religious leader) and Jodie Foster’s character (the scientist) debate the search for universal truth using religion and science. After watching this movie, I realized the extent ...

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