Content for Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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I saw my disciples as my own people

I practiced austerities for a long time. I cared very little for the body. My longing for the Divine Mother was so great that I would not eat or sleep. I would lie on the ...

Video spin

Around 400 local music videos are sprinkled among the 3900-plus band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, all playable from our video jukebox. Here’s our spin on the most recent additions. From the Lovebirds ...

Where the football fanatics live

San Diego is near the top (and other surprises)

Where are the wildest, craziest football fans in the United States? If you guessed Green Bay, Wisconsin, you would be correct. But you wouldn't guess the least football-crazed city. It's Las Vegas, Nevada, where the ...

Trouble ahead? Trouble behind!

Metropolitan Transit System announces new investors in Desert Line railroad

Metropolitan Transit System officials say trouble may be behind the controversial railroad line linking Mexico and the U.S. During a transit agency board meeting on January 28, Metropolitan Transit System CEO Paul Jablonski announced that ...

Heart's work

From jewelry shop to coffee shop in Mission Hills

January got the year off to a good start for a couple of localities in need of quality coffee. Up in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mostra Coffee (12225 World Trade Drive) began opening the doors of ...

Chip off the old Block

The second term of recently deposed Democratic San Diego City Council president Todd Gloria is over and done with next year, and at least one hopeful has already materialized to make a bid for the ...

Imperial Bassics

The Martinez brothers say their cue to start their band was an omen. “We found these two guitars sitting right outside a neighbor’s fence,” says Sam Martinez, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist of the Bassics. “It was ...

True to Ponty

Chris Vitas was still attending Monte Vista High in 1969 when he started playing electric fiddle in Montezuma’s Revenge. Locals remember them as the wacky (the name referenced diarrhea) country band that packed the Del ...

A historic route used by Indians, Spaniards, and the Jackass Mail

An oriflamme or “golden flame” appeared on the red battle standard of the King of France during the Middle Ages. It is unlikely that Oriflamme Canyon was named for this, although a red banner could ...

A flurry of ski and snowboard rental deals

The school offers a stationary carpeted slope and a revolving carpet to help practice skills off the snow.

Coolest. Day. Ever.

The most unserious of holidays

Dear Hipster: Is there a National Hipster Day or anything like that? — David My sources say, “no.” Poor-taste Facebook group “National Punch a Hipster Day” latched on to a wee bit of interwebs fame ...

Kevin Macdonald had a sub, E-I-E-I-Oh what a great genre pic!

In addition to being an ace director and swell interview subject, you’ll soon discover that Black Sea helmsman Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) is no slouch in ...

Lindbergh’s big bird ride

There was at least one close call between birds and people over San Diego’s Lindbergh Field last summer, according to an August incident report filed with the government’s flight event database by the unidentified captain ...

Printers that can make (almost) anything

Nutella chocolates, no problem; a functioning liver, not so easy.

I have always thought that among humankind’s most lofty inventions is the printer — the machine, not the person.

He posted, she posted

Social media train-wreck

Watching someone have a meltdown or witnessing a drama unfold by way of updates or comments is just as popcorn-chomping engaging as watching train-wreck reality television.

#ironymatters, bae

American Dialect S dodges a swipe of the selfie stick

Dear Hipster: I just thought you should know, the American Dialect Society voted #blacklivesmatter as its Word of the Year. Sorry to the person who was hoping for “selfie stick.” — Anne Selfiestick couldn’t even ...

Party like it’s 1982 with a new Motet

For those of you who missed out on acts like the Bar-Kays, the Dazz Band, Cameo, or the whole of the semi-disco dance floor ’80s in general, there’s the Motet. Some of you have not ...

Ill-timed bite

So, we’re catching some tuna, mostly on the troll and on the slide, when the boat is sliding to a stop on a jig-strike, and it’s gray and lumpy on Tanner Bank (southwest of San ...

When I Have Fears

When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain, Before high-piled books, in charactery, Hold like rich garners the full ripen’d grain; When I behold, upon ...

Luddy learned from Moores

Sell early, sell big

Frederic Luddy rapidly unloaded shares of company he founded, ServiceNow. So did John Moores. Peregrine Redux?

Taking pen to paper

The Right to Mow I just finished reading your January 22 cover story, “One in the Gut. One in the Head.” I have to say that I think Mr. Vilkin was railroaded. He was on ...

Of meals and politics

Final numbers are in for U-T publisher Douglas Manchester’s California political giving during the 2014 election cycle, and they show that the Republican megamillionaire forked over a total of $452,440 to campaign causes around the ...

Vegan in the steakhouse

Post Title: Getting Vegan Stuffed at Donovan’s Chop House in La Jolla Post Date: December 4, 2014 Yes, I am going to be posting a lot about vegan dining at steak houses. Of course vegans ...

Super Bowl Sunday 0, Anti-Monday 3

...and a bit of L.A. Witchcraft at the Hideout this week

Sunday 1Super Bowl Sunday. That is all. Monday 2Casbah’s Anti-Monday team tags Pleasure Fix, the Slashes, and the Bassics for indie-eclectic sets this week. Meet South Bay band the Bassics in this week’s “Imperial Bassics” ...

Dollys, Devils, Dave and Phil

Plus Patti Smith and four more von Trapp singers

Thursday 29Pop-punk trio the Dollyrots are one of the few things we have to thank George W. for. It was Bush’s election in 2000 that prompted high school sweethearts Kelly Ogden (bass, vocals) and Luis ...

Singles seeking ears

The Reader’s Local Music Playlist currently features over 1100 playable MP3s, with the following mini-reviews representing several of the most recently uploaded tracks. The Liquorsmiths, “Let It Come”: This new folk-rock trio (which plays House ...

A story of two tactics

The San Diego Bay Bass Tourney was a success as usual, though the new limit of 14" made it tough. The organizers reduced the total fish from 5 to 3 to keep it fair, but ...

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