Thursday, March 13, 2008

Scratching That Itch

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 11:39 PM

The Baltimore City Paper has a great exit interview with David Simon, creator of The Wire and former all-pro reporter, on the occasion of the end of the series.

David Simon: Some people have critiqued the lack of presence of the internet in the Season 5 story. For them, allow me to offer the deleted scene that would have incorporated the profound impact of the internet on the goings-on in our story set at the mythical Baltimore Sun:

INT. GARDEN APARTMENT/ANYWHERE - DAY

A white MALE, thirties, unshaven, sits in his underwear typing on a desktop computer. C.U. on computer screen. As he links to Baltimore Sun coverage off the newspaper's web site, creating a link on his own blog. The MALE scratches his left testicle, then satisfied, begins typing. C.U. on the moving cursor as commentary ensues.

CUT TO: EXT. DRUG CORNER/WEST BALTIMORE - DAY

Or whatever . . .



When David Simon wrote that, the ghost of Mencken smiled down upon him.

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Klam Dam-Blam Angers Bucket Man

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Meanwhile, in the dry uplands to our east, another supervisorial race has grumbled into low gear with one Leo Bergeron, a long-time Siskiyou County rancher, insurance salesman and genuine Bucket Brigadier, tossing his cap into the ring for the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors' First District seat. It was the latest Klamath River restoration agreement love-fest (hate-fest?) that made him do it.

From the March 12 Siskiyou Daily News:

"The main issue right now is this Klamath Basin restoration agreement," Bergeron said. "This should have been blown out of the water two and half years ago. When the Board of Supervisors started to participate in these meetings and it became apparent the sole purpose was to remove the dams, the county should have done something. The dams have nothing to do with the restoration agreement. The county should have stepped out of the agreement."

Bergeron, as one-time master of the State Grange, was a player in the Klamath Bucket Brigade of 2001 and, according to himself, instrumental in bending Gale Norton's ear, which in turn led to a study which led to the water for farmers -- turned off to protect fish -- getting turned back on. And the rest is fishtory.

Oh, but wait, there's more: The farmers, who sued the feds over the decision to take water from them to protect endangered fish, are still hashing their case out: Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals kicked it over to the Oregon Supreme Court for a looksee. Here's a rundown.




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'The Phantom Hunters'

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 4:16 PM

In a send-up of Aussie Steve Irwin's The Crocodile Hunter, Humboldt State University students participating in the Green Campus Program troll Arcata in search of a not-too-rare species of energy waster.

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Congratulations Sara Bareilles - Vanguard Artist

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 3:37 PM


If you're someone who follows the Billboard charts, you already know that Humboldt native Sara Bareilles is doing well. Her single " Love Song ," has been hovering near the top of the charts for weeks — it's No. 4 this week. Her Little Voice album has gone platinum — it's in the top 10 too. (We caught up with her before her sold-out show in Eureka last December. Read the interview here . ) Now she joins the ranks of Beck, The Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, the Mars Volta and others awarded the ASCAP Vanguard Award. The press release follows.

(Thanks to Eldin Green of Dr. Squid and Humboldtmusic.com for the tip.)

NEW YORK, NY (Marketwire - March 13, 2008) - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Sara Bareilles at its 25th Annual Pop Music Awards on April 9th at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Bareilles will be presented with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which is given in recognition of the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. Bareilles will perform during the awards ceremony, which will also salute the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2007.

The invitation-only event will also feature performances by ASCAP Golden Note Award honorees Steve Miller and Lionel Richie, as well as American Idol-turned-pop sensation Elliott Yamin, and Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear who co-wrote the hit song "Before He Cheats" for Carrie Underwood.

Previous ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include The All-American Rejects, The Arcade Fire, Bat For Lashes, Beck, Modest Mouse, the Strokes, Built to Spill, the Mars Volta, Joseph Arthur and Jack Johnson, among others.

Sara Bareilles is a mesmerizing singer-songwriter who grew up performing in her native Humboldt County with no formal training in either voice or piano. Much of her adolescence was spent perched in front of a worn piano learning chords and scribbling simple melodies and lyrics. In 2003, Bareilles co-produced her first independent studio demo, "Careful Confessions," which earned her a loyal grassroots following through touring. Recognizing her insatiable thirst to challenge herself and find new ways to tap into her own creativity, ASCAP featured Bareilles at its popular ASCAP Presents... acoustic showcase at South By Southwest in March 2005. With word of mouth support and hypnotic live performances that leave fans hanging on her every word, Epic Records took notice and signed Bareilles to a record deal the following month. ASCAP spotlighted Bareilles again at the Sundance/ASCAP Music Café in January 2007. Her highly anticipated debut album "Little Voice" was released six months later (July 3, 2007) and skyrocketed to #1 on the iTunes album chart, and made an impressive debut on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart at #45. Currently at #7, the album has been charting for 23 weeks and features the single, "Love Song," which after appearing in a Rhapsody commercial jumped from #73 to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is currently at #4 and has been charting for 19 weeks.

The 25th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards is part of ASCAP's "I Create Music Week" -- an entire week of events being held in Los Angeles to celebrate the voice of the music creator.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Earthquake

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Lehman out, Wilson out.

Mike Wilson: "I believe that there's a lot of work to do, and I don't need to be supervisor to get a lot of things done that we need to get done in Humboldt County. I believe we have a great candidate in Mark Lovelace, who's been a great community organizer and model citizen, and I fully support Mark Lovelace in his run for supervisor."

Chris Lehman: "I think we just decided that it was better to pay attention to my family -- to pay attention to my 17-month-old daughter." No endorsement. "After considering it so closely, I feel like the community's got a lot at stake here and we need to make a good decision. This job is serious as a heart attack."

For the Third District: Paul Pitino, Bryan Plumley and Mark Lovelace.

Apparently it was quite a scene down at the Elections Office this afternoon, as candidates tried to figure out who was in and who was out at any moment, calculating and recalculating their chances.

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Third District Shockers

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 5:06 PM

There's crazy stuff happening in the Third Supervisorial District right up against the 5 o'clock deadline for filing.

1). Lee Ulansey is now out. Repeat: out. Yes, he did pull papers and pay his $750 fee, but he decided not to run after all.

2). Financial planner Bryan Plumley, a member of the Board of Directors of Arcata Main Street, is in.

Just a few moments ago, Ulansey told the Blogthing that he stepped aside to support Plumley, who he called a "true consensus builder."

"We've had enough divisiveness and infighting and everything else," he said. "What we really need is someone that's going to bring us all together"

The Blogthing reached Plumley on his cell phone while he was filing his papers at the Elections Office. He said he'd call back.

And that's not all. There looks to be another major announcement by 5:30 p.m. This is shaping up to be a wild afternoon.

UPDATE: Plumley called back. He's going to stop by the office on the way home.

UPDATE 2, 5 p.m.: "We need to focus on economic development -- to create a pathway for businesses to thrive," said candidate Bryan Plumley in the Journal offices a few minutes ago.

Plumley, 40, a Democrat, is a financial planner with Edward Jones in Arcata. He said that if he had an issue, economic development would be it. But mostly, he said, he was interested less in specific political issues than in competent management. "I think the county needs good leadership," he said. "I'm not coming in with any specific objective for Humboldt County."

He said that he decided to run after consulting with his family and also with Arcata City Councilmember Mark Wheetley, of whom he is a strong supporter. He said he didn't much consider running for the board until he found out for certain that Wheetley would not.

UPDATE 3: See above.

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Conner Out; Ulansey, Lehman In

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 11:44 AM

There's a bit about it in this week's paper, which is hitting the streets around Eureka and Arcata right now, but we'll put it up here for debate and discussion.

Former Arcata City Councilmember Elizabeth Conner has taken herself out of the race for Third District Supervisor.

Lee Ulansey of Kneeland is in, though. He's the head of the Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights, the group formed to oppose proposed changes to building on lands for timber production zones. It looks like Ulansey will be the sole conservative in the race.

Also, Chris Lehman of Arcata has officially announced that he'll be running for the Third District seat. He's a Democrat and a Humboldt County local who has worked as a legislative aide and a fundraiser for State Senator Don Perata.

Meanwhile, Arcata City Councilmember Paul Pitino, Bay District Commissioner Mike Wilson and activist Mark Lovelace are all still in the race as of right now. The deadline for filing is 5 p.m. today.

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Coloring Inside the Lines

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 11:34 AM

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OK, so here's the corrected version of the Obama v. Clinton Google Earth overlay we trotted out a couple of days ago. Download it here .

The old one wasn't exactly wrong , per se -- it was just off by about a tenth of a mile. Unless you zoom way down to street level you won't notice the difference.

Mad props to corporate ESRI stooge "kaivalya" for succesfully diagnosing my ridonkulous error .

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Out-of-county experience

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 5:53 PM

Now we know what happens to all those confiscated growlights -- exported! In the ABC News story about the policeman's preferred online auction site, Humboldt Sheriff's property technician Bruce Slocum says, "We had some stuff here that is the result of dope-growing operations and we did not want to resell it locally."

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Humboldt in Texas

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Another dopey movie. Looks fun, though. Also, considering the price of gas these days, watching this movie might suffice for people who in glory days gone by might've just fired up the family wagon for a trip to our fair coast, you know, to dream for a week about escaping the rat race like we all have. I was gonna try to fit more cliches into this post but have to get back to work now. Dude, 420! Oops, shoulda posted this this afternoon. Or in April. But that've been too late.

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