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I have three news items to share with you tonight—one’s big, the other two are small and serve only to delay the big news in a dramatic way.

First of all, I saw three coyotes while I was out for my walk tonight.  They were headed the other way just loping down the main street, Altadena Drive.  They crossed to avoid me, though—I must be pretty bad ass.

Second, I went to a hockey game tonight—Kings lost against the St. Louis Blues—and had sushi.  The fish was not bad, if a little pricey. I just love the idea of hockey sushi.  It’s like ordering B.B.Q. ribs at high tea.

Third, and I’m confident you will be able to determine which of these three is the big news I promised, is that I’ve given notice at Variety.com, and my last day will be March 26 or thereabouts.  I’ve finished being editor of Variety.com, and I’m going to become a full-time partner at Hop Studios with Susie.

I’m really, really happy about this, though I’m going to miss the great folks I worked with, and also a little nervous—people tell me that’s the way small business owners sometimes feel.  Even though Hop Studios has landed several great new clients recently, clients that made it possible for me to take this exciting step, who knows what clients the future will bring.

So if you or someone you can manipulate easily needs Internet consulting, Web site development, group or individual training, or online business planning assistance… well, you know where to send ‘em.

And while Hop Studios calendar looks to be quite busy right now, I also hope that I’ll get the chance to lead a more social, relaxed life with updates regularly to this column and even a little, as we say in Hollywood, “face time.”

Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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