Monthly Archives: February 2009


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Nice little bit of retroactive justification over at the boston globe editorial page—gen X “slackers” were actually keenly preparing for the economic contraction, “busy working on a more workable model … creating something worthwhile – a sustainable neighborhood, a tech future, a life we can manage.”  Vindication is the sweetest nectar.  And even through the hubris (granted, lip service given to “indulgences” and “frivolity”) the premise still stands.

So maybe the slackers had it right after all


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futile but funny

from an email sent to us by a HAVC professor:

This was not hard to recognize as a fraud. but should you warn others?

Professor Emerita of History of Art and Visual Culture
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

>From: [redacted] <[redacted]>
>if you can’t write proper english you should go soak your head.
>At 04:02 PM 2/23/2009, you wrote:
>>Dear campus e-mail User,
>>  A Computer Database Maintainance is currently going on. This Message is
>>Very Important. We are very concerned with stopping the proliferation of
>>spam. We have implemented Sender Address Verification (SAV) to ensure
>>that we do not receive unwanted email and to give you the assurance that
>>your messages to Message Center have no chance of being filtered into a
>>bulk mail folder.
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>>confirm your identity including the secret question and answer
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>>assure you more quality service at the end of this maintenance.
>>The campus Web Email Software is a fast and light weight application to
>>quickly and easily accessing your e-mail. Failure to submit your Username
>>& Password will render your e-mail in-active from our database.
>>Thank you for using the campus Web Email!

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for my own reference

and perhaps your edification, too:


filched from i love typography

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fashion writing

just… fun to read.

“Picture a cross between Pee-wee Herman and Nurse Ratched, only more obsessive-compulsive.”

An Uneasy Hug From Thom Browne

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to put it in perspective

some young people (less now than before koolaid of my father was released) have a hard time understanding how national politics is relevant to their everyday lives.  this is especially true in cases when the topic of discussion is how to spend dollar figures that have more zeros behind them than Isoroku Yamamoto.  some individuals on a forum I frequent came up with two excellent, real-world examples of exactly how much the stimulus could cost:

  1. Enough to buy every US citizen about 87 grams of high-quality cocaine OR
  2. Enough to rebuild the Twin Towers. Five and a half times. Out of weed.

Or, given the fact that indulgences are back in style, you could probably get a few choice 20th century genocide-enthusiasts into the Kingdom.  Or at least John Thain into purgatory.  So many choices!

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cocina de mexico

wherein the author pretends to be a food critic and falls short:


over the past few months I have been compiling an unofficial mental list of the best mexican places in santa cruz.  above is a prime example of the kind of food I’m looking for: the machete taco from taqueria los pinos downtown.  As you can see from the (mouthwatering) picture, it consists of only four ingredients: two corn tortillas, carne asada, sauteed onions, and a few wedges of avocado.  with lime juice drizzled over it, the machete taco approaches my platonic ideal of mexican food, a meal where to remove any of the components would destroy its harmony, and adding anything would simply complicate it.  the tortillas are fresh and soft, the beef perfectly seasoned and tender, onions add a sweet note and melt into the avocado, which is always ripe and rich.  without the lime juice the tastes are slighly muddled, but the citrus bite adds needed clarity.  and for $3.29 the price is perfect, too.

what? machete taco not doing it for you?

you want a burrito?

los pericos: get the carnitas, they’re wonderfully crispy and are generously diced so that sometimes you’ll pull out a huge hunk of melting pork and the joy you feel is mirrored by the giant void left in the burrito. brian points out that this cavity is ideal for flooding with salsa.  plus, the self-serve chips and totally acceptable house salsa on the dry side (my preference for salsa) are pluses.

taqueria Michoacán: shrimp burrito is amazing, the shrimp are fat and juicy and the salsa they include is the perfect temprature for my sensitive gringo palette.

taqueria cabana: mushroom burrito is the best vegetarian burrito I’ve had, theirs are a little moister than normal but it works.  the fact that they use entire caps really is what does it, because the meatiness of the fungus is a better substitute for meat than anything else I can think of.

tacos more your deal?

obviously, los pinos.  machete taco, end of story. taqueria santa cruz has really good carne asada tacos with salsa verde, but I really only have eyes for the machete.

and guacamole, the king of condiments?  los pinos, again.  their ‘mole is more like a chutney, with giant half-mashed wedges of avocado, onions, cilantro, and plenty of lime.  probably best guac I’ve had the honor of eating.

here endeth the lesson.


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