Negative Space: San Diego
- 1994 San Diego Comic-Con Reports
- Reports from the 1994 San Diego Comic-Con.
- 2 - Friday
- Grant Morrison: “I didn’t know there was so much Satan worship going on. Satan gets around.”
- Alice Cooper at Viejas Concert Park
- The Coop presents his own brand of religious experience in a show that teaches us to break our chains and leave our prison behind.
- Automobile or Bus
- Over six million people; four entrances. What was that saying about Eden and four gates? If you ever need to leave in a hurry, you might try swimming.
- Quite a bit of Aztechnology is tested ”here”. And by “here”, they mean “throughout the frontier and everywhere else we can bribe the local security.”
- The buffer zone? This whole area is a buffer zone, not to mention a staging ground for exporting violence to the gringos of the North.
- Balboa Park
- Balboa Park looks like a South American banana republic… and the security patrols help maintain the illusion.
- Beat Farmers reunion at the Casbah
At Rick Downs’s Casbah birthday bash, it wasn’t just a Beat Farmers reunion, it was a Beat Farmers family reunion. Get off my lawn, kids, or I’ll blast country punk at you.
- The best of Kelly’s
Every once in a while, I google “Kelly’s Steakhouse” to see why they closed. They had some really nice prime rib, and nice sides as well—especially the creamed spinach—and they could make a mean Singapore Sling. It was a surprise to me to bike down the hill and see the “The Best of Kelly’s is now at Trellises” sign when they closed down.
- The Big Kitchen
Review of Golden Hill’s cultural center, with Judy the Beauty on Duty, The Big Kitchen. Breakfast and Lunch seven days a week
- One of the most surprising aspects of Aztlan’s naked greed is the lack of any mechanism for taking inspection bribes in the busy San Diego port. Why does no one—not even Aztlan—trust people leaving the San Diego Free Trade Zone? Because there are no inspections of vessels coming into the port.
- Bonnie Dumanis or Carl DeMaio?
- Two of San Diego’s mayoral candidates are running on a platform of fiscal sanity. Which is the best choice for 2012?
- California 2013
- News and Stuff about California and San Diego in 2013.
- Carl DeMaio for San Diego Mayor?
San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio has a plan to restore fiscal responsibility to San Diego. No, really, it’s a plan: it’s 84 pages long and available on his web site.
- Carl DeMaio talks about expanding the San Diego Convention Center
- Looks like San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio is backing an expansion of the convention center to ensure that Comic-Con stays in San Diego. The anchor, who I can’t pick out of the Channel 6 line-up, mentions both Anaheim and Vegas as places that would like to entice the convention away.
- Carl DeMaio’s salary
- Yeah, the San Diego mayor’s election is heating up. “We just can’t afford hypocrite politicians like Carl DeMaio.” says Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s campaign.
- Chula Vista and National City
- The rest of San Diego calls this the “jungle”. Nothing racist there, right?
- The City
- Anyone who wants to spend money is welcome to come to downtown. Anybody who wants to leave with money, well… you know the song. You can check out any time you like.
- Coops West Texas Barbeque
I compare this to a place like Rix in Fort Stockton, and it stands up very well.
- Call it Corp-onado now. Take out Coronado and you’ve taken out the R&D for three very large tech presences.
- Countdown to Comic-Con
- This is the big one: over four hundred thousand square feet of geeks, trekkies, comics, and film.
- Crime and Punishment in the FTZ
- When the guidebook says that those who don’t “fit in” will be made to feel “uncomfortable” by the local chamber of commerce, law enforcement, and organized crime, they usually mean the discomfort of finding inventory stolen, family members dead, and storefronts turned into barbecues.
- Dark Thursday’s iPad goes far
Give them this: when everybody else’s cell phones were dying, my iPad and Verizon allowed me to make fun of SDG&E’s twitter feed throughout the night.
- Del Mar
- The center of the “Beach Communities” of the north, Del Mar acts like Leucadia’s responsible older brother and La Jolla’s downscale mistress.
- Eating and buying food around San Diego
- A blog about eating around San Diego and about buying food in San Diego. Lots of pictures make mmm-yoso!!! a great place to get information about local odd markets.
- El Cajon and Santee
- Don’t make waves. This is a world of independent locals who will work together for only one reason: to beat the shit out of you when you cause trouble in their town.
- Fear and Loathing
- Don’t hate the convention; become the convention. “Her license said Massachusetts. Her eyes said addict. She’d blasted every red light between here and Boston, and the toad was by her side.”
- Fear and Loathing in San Diego 1995
- The Time of the Lord only allows for a single issue of this report. I’ve just returned from England, where I spent no time with comics except for a strip piece called “Beano”, a real gas, but not particularly groundbreaking.
- Fifth Avenue Books closing
It looks like Fifth Avenue Books in San Diego is about to close for good.
- The Frontier
- Most of entertainment San Diego lives in La Jolla and the beaches, or in the malls and middle-class zones. Most of real San Diego lives in the no man’s land of the frontier.
- Getting Around the FTZ
- There are four major surface routes into the FTZ. It has one of the most poorly designed airports in the entire world. Its transit system is frustratingly inaccurate. Free trade doesn’t have to include letting people easily move about.
- The heart of San Diego
- The heart of San Diego has moved from Hillcrest to North Park.
- Hunsakker holds several patents. Too bad no one pays attention to patents any more.
- Imperial Beach
- To the rest of the world, Imperial Beach is the cool, counter-cultural bohemian heart of San Diego. To the rest of the Frontier, they’re a bunch of Uncle Toms still living by the sufferance of Good San Diego.
- The Invisible Commuter
- It sometimes seems as if pedestrians don’t figure at all into city planning—not even as an afterthought.
- La Jolla
- Very little organized crime here, because this is where organized crime lives. La Jolla exports a good portion of the violence in not just the Free Trade Zone but all the way up into Southern California and the West.
- La Jolla Writers Conference, 2011
Score one for Apple’s non-removable batteries. I have an awesome Olympus Pen in my bag… and the battery is sitting in the charger back in my apartment. Which means I’m using the lesser camera in my iPad. So I’m not sure you can see the rain in this photograph that’s keeping the lawn free of lounging authors.
- Late night dining PDA file
- This tab-delimited file is designed to be imported into a database or PDA.
- Late Night Dining PDF
- Three-fold printout of all known late-night restaurants in San Diego. These restaurants are open after midnight and allow sit-down meals.
- Lemon Grove and La Mesa
- Spirits of the city don’t kill people. Shamans of the spirits of the city kill people.
- Linda Vista, Clairemont, and University City
- “Unlikely to risk a direct confrontation” but not unwilling to incite one with someone else. The middle-class zones are protected as much by the yakuza and seolpa as by the San Diego Police Department.
- Mission Bay
- Thousands of acres of beautiful parks and beaches… too bad you can’t swim in the water.
- Nathan Fletcher, desperate politician?
Is Nathan Fletcher desperate for another political job before his current term runs out?
- No Turn on Red
Why is there a “no turn on red” on this intersection? No idea; it’s got the best visibility of any intersection on my bike route, the road is wide, straight, and flat for about a mile to the left.
- Point Loma and Ocean Beach
- Not to say that the area lacks charm, but that charm costs money and won’t last the warranty.
- Politics in the FTZ
- San Diego is beautiful. Too bad you can’t swim in the water.
- Postal workers are human, too
- But are San Diego Union-Tribune employees? I hope not!
- Proposition B opponents: city salaries grow from magic beans
- Where do they think city worker salaries come from?
- Put safety first: end prohibition
- Prohibition increases crime and it reduces the ability of law enforcement to fight those crimes.
- Rail Transit
- Bullet trains, trains, and trolleys all operate on one principle: the best passenger is a docile passenger, and any trouble is met with indiscriminate armed force. As a deterrent, it works well—unless you happen to be in the car when trouble occurs.
- San Diego 2010 ARRL Convention and Swapmeet
- The ARRL Southwestern Division Convention is in San Diego in 2010. September 17 to 19, and a free swap meet in the morning on the 18th.
- San Diego 24-Hour Dining
- If you want to be able to eat out in San Diego no matter how late or early it happens to be, or if you just can’t tell time and don’t want to have to worry, this is the list for you.
- San Diego After Midnight
- There is nothing quite like the hunger you get at three in the morning when everyone else has gone to sleep. If you’re hanging with the late crowd in San Diego, come and see where you can time out for a bite after midnight!
- San Diego After-Midnight Diners
- When the play or movie lets out, when the Dungeons & Dragons game is over, when the dance floor empties, most of San Diego has long since closed up shop. But there are a few places left to go when everyone else is sleeping.
- The San Diego Airport
- At one point, the landing gear of the aircraft are less than 100 feet above the roof tops and one commercial building is less than 50 feet below the flight path.
- San Diego at a Glance
- Because that’s the best way to look at it.
- San Diego Comic Convention
- The San Diego Comic-Con has a rich history, and there were some fascinating reports out of San Diego during the last century.
- The San Diego Free Trade Zone
- The moment Aztlan military units moved north into Camp Pendleton, Aztlan negotiators were already meeting with local interests to ensure a peaceful change of command. In what must be one of the great economic skin jobs of all time, San Diego was wrested from the CFS and turned into the California Free Trade Zone.
- San Diego Palms
Is there anything more iconically San Diego than an adobe structure with palm trees and a blue sky beyond it? We’re a Caribbean island in the middle of the California Ocean. There’s a tidal wave out there threatening to engulf us; yesterday was wet, grey, and wet. Today there are storm clouds over the ocean but the eastern sky is fluff.
- San Diego Pro-Choice and the Meaning of Life
San Diego pro-abortion activists such as Canvas for a Cause and San Diego’s Radical Feminists of Occupy San Diego are protesting a San Diego Catholic organization that, in their words, “exists to prevent women from getting abortions”.
- San Diego Shooting Ranges
- Information about firing ranges in the San Diego area for handgun, rifle, shotgun, and some archery.
- San Diego, California: Footnote Books
A crowded, tiny bookstore off the edge of Hillcrest in San Diego, this is a very good bookstore with very little space.
- San Diego: 5th Avenue Books and Bluestocking Books
Facing each other across Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest, these two great bookstores complement each other well.
- San Diego’s Finest Elite
- For police officers, the laws are merely guidelines.
- San Diego’s proposition D: tax first, reform afterward
San Diego’s proposition D is an attempt to raise taxes and then reform—which is, of course, an attempt to raise taxes and not reform anything at all.
- Shooting San Diego
- Shooting events and organizations in San Diego.
- The Shopping Cart Graveyard (Official Site)
- “The Shopping Cart Graveyard” is the story of a young boy who runs away to live with the shopping carts in the shopping cart graveyard on the beaches of San Diego.
- The Snowball effect
- What is it with our political leaders that, if we no longer like them, they can’t have been military heroes?
- Solana Beach, Cardiff, Leucadia, Carlsbad, and Oceanside
- Sand in your shoes, bums in the streets and, worst of all, working class tourists from the East.
- Two Seasons of San Diego
A couple of weeks ago, in San Diego’s wonderfully sunny September, I posted a photo looking over the canyon. Here is a similar photo from yesterday morning, showing our other season. September was Sunny & Mild, we are now in Misty & Mild. We do, technically, have a rainy season, but our rainy season is mostly Sunny & Mild.
- The Valley
- No self-respecting runner would be caught dead here… is there such a thing as a self-respecting runner?
- We are the 99% and we shop at Trader Joe’s
A couple of people have set up some very nice tents at the University of San Diego. USD is a small, private, Catholic university here in San Diego.
- Welcome to Comic-Con 2012!
Everything changes, and Comic-Con is no exception. It’s Wednesday night and I’m down in Mission Valley at the Town & Country picking up my badge for 2012, rather than in The Field eating an Irish breakfast. But this year I don’t have a preview night badge and last year they stopped serving the breakfast during the con.
- Why isn’t Bob Filner resigning?
- Because he thinks he can get away with it—and chances are, he’s right. The watchdog media becomes a lapdog media where Democrats are concerned, especially when those Democrats are in contested areas.
- World Fantasy Convention 2011, San Diego
I’m not sure if I’m at the World Fantasy Convention or the World Yarning Convention. Three of four people around me are doing things with yarn.
“As in, yoso-silly, yoso-hungry, yoso-full, or best of all; mmm-delici-yoso!!!!! An Ex-Pat Kama’aina and Friends explore food in San Diego and points beyond.” Kirk and friends include a lot of fine photos to visually tantalize.