Through The Course Of Never Forgetting

I remember an argument I had with a friend roughly six years ago. 9-11 changed him greatly; it turned him from a merry prankster into somewhat of an angry person. We did not see it in the first few years after the ...

Dw Dunphy On…What I Learnt From The Thine Political Conventions

So what did we learn from the conventions? A few things, actually – even though they are probably lessons we already knew, the salient points deserved repeating and reinforcing.

Point One – Republicans liked the Republican convention and believe that Democrats are ...

Numberscruncher: Who Built What, When?

The 2012 Republican Convention’s theme for Tuesday, August 28 is “We Built It,” a riff on an unfortunate comment by Barack Obama. Obama was trying to make the point that government provides education, infrastructure, police protection, property protection, and other ...

Keep It To Yourself: Mischief Managed?

In which Harry Potter encounters his most dangerous nemesis yet: Copyright Infringers!

Foolish muggles.  You know what happens when you get into a lawsuit with JK Rowling, author of the immensely popular Harry Potter book series?  You suffer an abject, ignominious ...

Keep It to Yourself: Rosetta Stoned

Q: How does Google make money from your searches?  You know you don’t pay anything when you stalk your ex, scan Kobe’s lifetime stats, or check to see if your witness protection cover’s been blown.  So how does Google profit from ...

Dw Dunphy On…Our Man In London (Think You Could Keep Him?)

I am inordinately proud of the British this morning, and in particular director Danny Boyle. His production for the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London was, to paraphrase Popdose’s own Kelly Stitzel, crazypants awesome. In one sitting you had ...

KEEP IT TO YOURSELF: CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THAT WONDERFUL DUFF!

Everyone knows that Homer Simpson loves beer.  During the long-running animated series The Simpsons Homer has philosophized: “Beer. Now there’s a temporary solution.”  He’s also threatened “I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer” and fondly ...

Current Events: Rising in the Dark

I can’t write this article. Not the one I am supposed to write.

See, I was meant to write about the film The Dark Knight Rises and how it reflected and refracted the book I read this week, the excellent and elegant ...

Keep It To Yourself: The Unusual Suspects

We are excited to introduce a new column to the site!  Most everything we write about on Popdose – music, film, books, tv and other cultural diversions – consists of one or more forms of intellectual property.  Keep It To ...

Democracy Is Coming(?): Money Talks, Voters Walk

 

What if they gave a primary and nobody came?

To be more precise: What if they changed California’s primary system to encourage moderate candidates, level the financial playing field, and bring more voters to the polls … yet ...

Dw Dunphy On…All The Missing Children

I remember that year pretty well; at least aspects of it…at least how it was before the event. Previous to that, you could ram around on your bike or hang out with your friends until well after sunset, and you could ...

Democracy Is Coming: When Democrats Attack!

For the first time in a generation, a competitive congressional race is brewing in my Ventura County, CA district. This series explores the local, statewide and national implications of a campaign that was born of voter discontent and ...

Democracy Is Coming!: The Imperfect Candidates

For the first time in a generation, a competitive congressional race is percolating in my Ventura County, CA district. This series explores the local, statewide and national implications of a campaign that was born of voter discontent and might ...

Political Culture: Obama (Finally) Marries Reality

President Obama has just made some history that’s perhaps as significant as the legislation that emerged from his first two years in office … perhaps more significant, really. For the first time in history, a president of the United ...

Political Culture: Democracy is Coming! (part 1)

 

When you’re a politics junkie like I am, but live in a state as resolutely blue as California, it’s easy to envy folks in other states who spend their leap years on the front lines of presidential campaigns that ...

Dw Dunphy On…Stupid Humans

Some, if not all, have asked me why I am so cynical. Why do you always believe, given the chance to do well or to do harm, humans will do harm, they wonder aloud. In defense of my negativity, we have ...

Political Culture: The GOP’s Identity Crisis

Finally, some voting! (Well, some caucusing, really, but it’s practically the same thing.) Tuesday’s evening of Republican politicking in Iowa told us little to nothing we didn’t already know about the GOP field, but it did leave a distinct ...

Letter from the Editor: …And to All a Good Night

I’ve had a good life, and if you’re reading this, chances are you have too. I mean, we’re literate and we can afford electricity, at the very least, which puts us up on most of the human race throughout recorded ...

Political Culture: Teabag Wall Street!

Last weekend I had dinner with a friend who recently has been surprised to find the ideological ground shifting beneath his feet. A libertarian at heart – fiscally conservative, socially liberal, somewhat obsessed with “freedom” (whatever that is) – ...

“Insanely Great”: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

The worlds of technology and popular culture lost a true visionary yesterday with the death of Steve Jobs at age 56 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. We remember the man’s countless contributions to our daily lives through everything from ...

Political Culture: Why We Care About Steve Jobs

I’m not going to launch into an elaborate introduction about Steve Jobs’ death. You know it happened; you can consume facts and opinion about it, and share your own thoughts, here at Popdose and all over every communications medium ...