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Springtime

Published on April 28, 2013 By bmagnus

Taken in my back yard with a “potato”*. At least one lantana is starting to bloom, which means the hummingbird and butterfly buffet will soon be in full swing. In Closing: Why doesn’t Johnny just go to broadway and get it over with?; Save Our Post Office; Wingnut screaming about how if we had Russian […]

Music Monday: Daft Punk Returns

Published on April 22, 2013 By bmagnus

Hey Kanye: Imma let you finish, but “Isotoner” doesn’t rhyme with “told you.” In Closing: I really, really wanted to say something about austerity last week and it didn’t happen (how could they have looked at this chart and not suspected an error??); this only works if every single person has a fully charged smart […]

Open Letter to Los Angeles

Published on February 16, 2013 By bmagnus

Hi L.A., How are you? This is a little awkward. See, the thing is that I do like you. I don’t mind your sprawl. I love your museums. How many cities have their very own tar pit?  You have a cute little Chinatown. The thing is, I don’t think you are safe anymore. The problem […]

No Reason to Subscribe to Fortune

Published on January 16, 2013 By bmagnus

Let’s cut to the meat: [I]f America fails to enact historic, structural reforms in spending, an entirely new source of revenue will be needed. And it’s likely to be enacted in haste and near-panic, as the only option to forestalling a crisis. “The gap between revenues and outlays will be simply too large,” says J.D. […]

Cat Ass Trophy

Published on September 1, 2012 By bmagnus

Or, Caturday, Film Festival Edition Ok, I like cats well enough. I even have a cat. Sure, I occasionally look at pictures of cats online, with or without witty catpions (intentional misspelling). I’ve been sucked in by video of Maru the Box Cat at least once. I have posted about Stationmaster Tama and  library cats. IBKC […]

Turkey Sandwich Wars

Published on July 15, 2012 By bmagnus

As nearly as I can tell, it started with a regional chain called Capriotti’s and a sandwich known as The Bobbie. It’s basically “Thanksgiving Dinner on a sub bun”: Turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo. Delicious if a bit carb-heavy. Then a local sandwich shop called Eddie D’s threw down with their own version. As Eddie […]

Abraham Lincoln, Shorties Hunter

Published on July 11, 2012 By bmagnus

2%: Ok, you don’t normally find good articles about taxes at a science website, but here’s the truth about the Obama Tax Plan. Would you prefer an economist’s take on the bad news coverage that makes it seem like a better idea to get your news from a biologist? Speaking of Economics: Economics textbooks may be dangerous […]

Pair of Docs

Published on May 30, 2012 By bmagnus

Who knew doctors were good at cooking Chinese food! You would think they’d practice medicine instead. Free blood pressure check and egg rolls with purchase of family dinner? Also, I’ve been trying to figure out if it’s Club Ash Pa, Lash Spa, or Cash Spa for 6 months now. In Closing: a fun game you can […]

My First Book Review

Published on May 10, 2011 By bmagnus

Maybe you knew — and maybe you didn’t — but I like to read. The nice people over at BlogHer asked me to take part in their BlogHer Book Club review-cluster (somebody needs to think of a word to describe dozens of reviews of one book) on Jean Kwok’s semi-autobiographical novel, Girl in Translation. Just […]

Revisiting the BAMTOR Principle

Published on December 23, 2010 By bmagnus

Banks Always Make Their Own Rules, and this has been a banner week for demonstrating it! You’ve heard of course about the lady who arrived at her second home to discover new locks and all her stuff missing, including her late husband’s ashes, right? What about Deutsche Bank agreeing to pay a bunch of fines […]