Opinion

Everybody Wang Chung Tonight

I keep seeing in the news that North Korea is testing missiles and that the U.S. is deploying aircraft carriers toward the rogue nation, and a weird thought popped in my head: If World War III started tomorrow, would we know that we were living through World War III? It…

The Man Who Knew Too Little

We are less than four months into it, and it’s already apparent that President Trump is, to put it very mildly, not a bright man. Let’s just say, Trump makes George W. Bush look like Albert Einstein. The man doesn’t even know what the loop on the back of his…

Don’t Feed the Fyre!

Ja Rule was on top of the world in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, but oh how the mighty have fallen. After a two-year stint in prison for tax evasion and gun possession, Ja was ready to make his big comeback with a pivot toward concert promotion. Ja Rule…

It’s Not You, It’s Us

I’ve been in partial, self-imposed Facebook exile for quite some time. If you haven’t tried it before, I highly recommend it, even if it’s just for a little while. A while back—I think I wrote about it here—I deactivated my account, which I’ve long since reactivated. I’ve also deleted the…

The Life Aquatic with Me & You

This goddamn rain is never going to stop, is it? The rivers are full, the Lake Berryessa glory hole runneth over and the dams are past the breaking point. I know April showers bring May flowers and all of that, but we already had a wildflower super-bloom and a dam…

WallCare

I’m starting to think this building a wall thing is a big tease. Sure, it’s only 100 days or so into the Trump presidency, and I suppose no one could have expected it to be done in such a short amount of time, but eventually, they’re either going to start…

Thanks for Noticing …

Perhaps this scene is familiar in your own home: “Hey, what are you watching?” I asked my wife innocently. “This Is Us,” she quietly replied while pensively hugging a cup of coffee close. “Oh,” I said. “How is it?” She didn’t answer right away. She took a thoughtful sip. “It’s…

Casting a Wider Net

Us old people remember a time when we could listen to music and news on this thing called a radio. There were two flavors, FM and AM, where the former usually played most of the music and the latter was the domain of the talk shows. While most people my…

The Lab

I’ve always loved learning how things are made. As a child, I used to take apart things around the house and put them back together all the time. I guess I was just curious about how things worked. That didn’t stop when I began paying more attention to music. My…