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You won’t believe who walked up and sat down at the computer next to me to check his email.  My cousin Craig. This is hard to believe why exactly?

posted at 3:35 am on Jul. 31, 2004
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I Saw Fireworks

I arrive at a friend’s place in Vancouver and he asks if I want to walk over and see the fireworks show.  Just then a large boom.  One hour to the show, and they’re signalling via a large blast.  This ought to be fun!

posted at 11:46 am on Jul. 29, 2004
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Car Trouble? No, Oakland Volkwagen Service Trouble

I’m on a road trip.  On a road trip, it’s important to have a car.  So when the “Check [engine picture]” light went on somewhere north of Los Angeles, I studied it with particular interest. But I soon realized that it wasn’t the light itself that was important, it was the engine itself I was supposed to check.  Oh dear.  That’s a little trickier.

posted at 4:39 pm on Jul. 25, 2004
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Welcome Home, Airport Express

I’m not a tech review kind of guy.  I just use the stuff, and don’t usually talk about it. However, since I seem to be one of the first to receive an Airport Express, I thought I’d describe setting it up, because I ran into a few things that you ought to know.

posted at 8:33 pm on Jul. 18, 2004
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My Right Ear

My right ear is filled with water.  Not a lot of water.  But tenacious water.  It’s deep in there.  It was driven in by a new game that Amy invented that we ended up calling Semi-Inflated Mattress Diving.  It’s soon to be an Olympic demonstration sport.  Perhaps “soon” is an overstatement—perhaps “never, those fools” would be a little more realistic.

posted at 4:06 am on Jul. 18, 2004
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How to Make an Iraqi War Souffle

If you have never made a Middle Eastern war souffle before, you can look forward to a delicious, if fragile, treat.  These political tours de force, often based in an oily sauce with yellow cake and whipped voters, are easy to make if the underlying ingredients are rather carefully prepared.

posted at 3:01 am on Jul. 12, 2004
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My Clips: Web Notes (Driving) published by Los Angeles Times

Web Notes is a new regular feature I’m writing for the L.A. Times. This one’s about driving in Los Angeles.

posted at 1:33 am on Jul. 4, 2004
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Happy Birthday, Hop Studios!

Next time I’m late remembering your birthday, realize that it’s really not personal.  In fact, Hop Studios had its 5th birthday on May 19th, and I plumb forgot until today.

posted at 8:37 pm on Jul. 1, 2004
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