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How Navy culture may have caused the Fitzgerald disaster

Standing orders

It is a big ocean. Until you’ve been far into it, it’s really hard to appreciate how big it is. Bringing a ship back from Japan to Hawaii, I once went ten days without seeing ...

Immortality in the Rg Veda

Ancient Sanskrit hymn on praise and knowledge

The Man has a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, a thousand feet. He pervades the earth everywhere and extends beyond for ten fingers’ breadth. The Man himself is all this, whatever has been and whatever ...

Engaging fake news

Want to be a “Political Digital Account Coordinator”?

An opening for “Political Digital Account Coordinator” is being advertised online by downtown San Diego’s Bask Digital Media. “You will work with our Campaign Directors and Account Managers to brainstorm engaging content, write copy for ...

Brothers Gow road stories

“In Tucson, I was robbed at gunpoint...."

“We’ve already played 65 shows this year from coast to coast,” says Matt Collier of O.B. rockers Brothers Gow. Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, the band relocated to San Diego in 2012 and built up a ...

Chase Morrin in pursuit

"In high school I was practicing eight hours a day...."

Pianist Chase Morrin is back in town, headlining a fundraising concert in Carlsbad on July 15 to benefit jazz education. Education is a topic he’s pretty familiar with: a graduate of Canyon Crest Academy in ...

BLVD's small plates and the blues

Sunday night surprise in La Mesa

La Mesa on a Sunday night? Looks deader than a dodo on downers. Okay, a couple of bars send out lights like lonely lighthouses. Chances for eats? Ha! But then, someone’s just put this sandwich ...

A bleat from a critical scapegoat

Studios would be deeply foolish to make big-budget movies primarily for the domestic market.

Pity the critic. Once, he bestrode the gulf between artist and audience like a colossus (no, not the big metal guy from Deadpool), raising up and casting down the creators, guiding and shaping a lively ...

Faulconer’s blowout

SDG&E forked over $4000

It took more than five months, but the identity of a major city-hall special interest that provided some of the scratch to help pay for San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s January 12 State of the ...

Nonmainstream places to go in August heat

Think of what is not San Diego

Dear Hipster: I know for a fact it’s gonna be hot as balls here in August. I can’t say why. I just have a feeling. What are your top three getaways for scorching-hot hell month, ...

A chaparral oasis — Crestridge Ecological Reserve

Avoid the spur trails and give way to horses

This is a relatively short out-and-back hike for those who want to find a trail with few people and that is easy to reach. The trail’s filled with many different chaparral flora and animals — ...

A comparison of mosquito repellants, from homemade to DEET

Essential oils, garlic, vinegar, and a mosquito repellant developed by a grandpa

Our son heads off into the Wind River Range of Wyoming on a three-week backpacking trek this August, the beginning of his school year at a liberal arts college with an outdoor leadership program. My ...

Wanted Noise: second generation pop-punk spawn

"When I got here it seemed all I found was DJs and bands playing electronic music."

“It’s hard to be a band that has the punk-style influence and exist in Hawaii,” says Jin Salamack, singer/bassist of Wanted Noise. “I got island fever. I love it to death, but if you’re a ...

Damn hurty Apes

We now believe a motion-capture monkey thinks, feels, reasons, and eventually speaks

The 20th Century Fox fanfare (with CinemaScope addendum) that opened War for the Planet of the Apes was performed on jungle drums and didgeridoo. Sometimes a film earns points even before the opening credits hit ...

Barefoot Hockey Goalie injects the humor

"Playing the same old ‘my baby left me’ blues gets so boring."

“The band is stretched out, due to life, work, and families, so we don’t get to gig much anymore,” says Barefoot Hockey Goalie bassist Matthew Pray. “I currently reside in Chino and run a martial ...

I’m going to have to shoot you

La Mesa police Firearms Training Simulator

The La Mesa Police Department’s Citizens Academy is, in the words of training sergeant Kate Lynch, “a great way to share the unfortunate realities of the job without putting citizens in harm’s way. It helps ...

Guys and Dolls — high-brow and low-brow

Old Globe takes over from colleges and high schools

Frank Loesser (1910–1969) grew up in such a refined household, he had to rebel. His family spoke elegant sentences, and his older brother was a classical pianist. So Loesser chose the wilder side. He cultivated ...

Don't pout about going business casual

Forget the flannel and Chucks

Dear Hipster:I just got a great job, and I can’t complain, but I hate having to go in business-casual. Let’s just say my office is not one of those hipster offices where everybody works around ...

Must-see concerts

Peking Duk, Flesh Eaters, CRSSD Festival, more

It’s taken a long time for Australia to develop a homegrown electronic music act that can hold its own on the world stage like Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, aka Peking Duk. After their first ...

Cowsills still happy together

Reputed Partridge Family template lives and rocks

“It’s the quintessential classic-rock tour.” Paul Cowsill checks in by phone from his home in Oregon. He and the band are on a little break from the Happy Together tour, a road show that travels ...

The sun has an orgasm across the valley

Three poems by Armine Iknadossian

California Love Poem The sun has an orgasm across the valley as Pasadena opens up in front of me, the Suicide Bridge pushing an arm out of green sleeves, orange blossoms keening after a mid-spring ...

Juliet would be jailbait

Age of sexual consent was much lower in centuries past

Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is 13 years old. Shakespeare doesn’t tell us how old Romeo is, but my high school English teacher said he was 28. If she was right, and you put ...

Who's the handball king of Chicano Park?

"I was born where the Virgin appeared to Juan Diego"

King David is holding court today, even after suffering the bites of at least nine King Cobras. The court is the one used for handball in Chicano Park; the King Cobras are malt liquors. His ...

This week, see sandcastles, bocce, and pride

Also, it's opening day at Del Mar and the Festival of the Bells

Thursday | 13 Don’t Shut Up: Panel Discussion Feminist Image Group kicks off Don’t Shut Up, a month of female-led art and activism at City Gallery focused on raising women’s voices. On July 13, arts-and-culture ...

Ed Fletcher III spends the Fourth in prison

“He heard not only the shots but a woman’s scream.”

The morning after Independence Day, readers of the Union-Tribune were treated to a heart-warming front-page feature and three-minute video about an influential local family’s 92nd annual reunion at their oceanfront retreat in Del Mar. “For ...

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