Friday, November 17, 2017

Finding Nirvana in Northern Nevada

Joan Jett-fronted Nirvana limps to the threshold of the Rock and Roll HOF Thursday evening for its Brooklyn-based induction. For decades, I labored under the notion that living in the West meant some kind of access to unfettered wide open space. Maybe, truly, the Dixie Chicks had a bigger hold on the conversation than I gave them credit for....

Midweek Musings: Kenny Loggins’ Celebrity Bikini Tennis Tournament

Editor's Note: Every couple weeks, we roll out Midweek Musings. Bad one-liners that are actually (sadly) rejected column ideas. We apologize in advance for the three minutes you'll never get back. By Andrew Pridgen I think credit bureaus should be in charge of writing people's obits. That way we can find out who they really were. Unlike in the movies, I...

To the surprise of few, today’s column declares ‘I’m gay’

Until yesterday, today's column was to be known as just another commentary on how desperately hard the NFL tries to stay in the headlines during its offseason especially when overshadowed by the specter of the Winter Olympics set in a seaside community where the weather is 60 degrees and sunny and the whole thing is overseen by a scowling...

Eleventeen things U of O football players should throw snowballs at …besides the BCS

When I first heard a bunch of University of Oregon scholar athletes were caught on camera snowballing around campus last Friday, I was pretty outraged ...and excited — especially after I looked up what snowballing means in the Urban Dictionary. Then I became one of 3.3 million to watch the clip of the players snowballing with actual members of the U of...

The SEO Shakedown: Or, how to agitate for personal profit and bring an annoying end to creativity

Google has created its own world-wide hurricane-force storm of ephemeral information, the scattering of all letters and characters tossed into a Pacific Garbage Patch-sized mire of wordsludge and it built itself as the only lighthouse in the content shitstorm. SEO is the guide to becoming one of the beams of light glowing from a tower of boring math to...

5 cable alternatives that have sunk SportsCenter into a ratings coma

Like CNN's Headline News, ESPN's SportsCenter has been relegated to the cable network show of choice for the business traveler. By Andrew Pridgen Viewing a snippet of SportsCenter is acceptable only in one of the following three scenarios: 1) You're stuck in a domestic terminal when your phone is at 10 percent battery and already on airport mode. There's an hour delay...

World Series – Games 3-5 – Ending on a techicality brings high ratings; Ortiz batting .733 and playing a position should bring end to DH

The best argument ever for the abolition of the designated hitter is a 37-year-old nightclub owner from the Dominican Republic with 431 career home runs, most of them as a DH. By Andrew J. Pridgen ...But more on that in a minute. First, the ratings: Game three, the first World Series game to end on an obstruction call, (which is basically the equivalent...

49ers’ Aldon Smith admits he has a problem…getting caught

The Forty Niners released Aldon Smith Friday after the All-Pro linebacker was arrested on suspicion of his 3rd DUI Thursday night. Smith was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism, police said Friday. Forty Niners CEO Jed York said third-year All-Pro outside linebacker Aldon Smith will seek treatment and will not...

40 Days of ‘Gayting’

Warner Brothers this week acquired the screen (and 'life' — no joke) rights to 40 Days of Dating, a he-said/she-said blog (well-designed internets-hipster publicity grab ...that, like, worked) by a pair of Manhattan-based graphic designers who documented 40 grueling days in a row of forcing the other to hang out. By Andrew Pridgen Each day was documented by blog subjects Jessica Walsh,...

Fifty shades of my new iPhone 5s

I'm a man who takes his time with new devises, and today, both the iPhone 5s and I ...arrived. I caress the packaging until I find that incredibly small nub at the end of the shrink-wrapped seam halfway between precious sharp corners of the box. I lick my index finger and thumb as I place my ear upon the box...