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THIS IS NOT A TEST podcast - Adios Bukowski Forum

Adios Bukowski Forum

 This one is about the demise of the Charles Bukowski forum, but then for some reason about halfway through I start talking about old-time independent record stores. Places like Three Acre Wood and Northern […]

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THIS IS NOT A TEST podcast - Girls Names That Start With the Letter H

Girls Names That Start With the Letter H

 It’s me again, and it’s high time we talked about names again, not to mention technical tomfoolery, what defines us, surviving a plane crash, employment discrimination, being an expert procrastinator, clanging, blabbing, guacamole, silence, […]

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now in color

Now In Color!

This website has been a long white column since day one. It feels like it’s time to change that since everything else is changing. So here’s the opposite of a long white column, a haphazard […]

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THIS IS NOT A TEST podcast - Putting the T into LGBTQ

Putting the T into LGBTQ

 Join me, won’t you, for a lively discussion about disorganized garages, Denmark, girls with a baseball bats on their shoulders, broccoli, being pregnant without a husband, fluoride, Flip Wilson, wigs, unnatural amounts of contrast, […]

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not a test indeed

Skipping a Beat

Well, I missed the first Saturday of the month again. Do you know what PHP is? No? Consider yourself lucky. PHP is one of the things I use to build most of the websites I’ve […]

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THIS IS NOT A TEST podcast - Boys Names That Start With the Letter M

Boys Names That Start With the Letter M

 What’s in a name? Everything, apparently. Let’s talk about names. And maybe accidentally touch on Google, bread lines, band flyers, getting married and losing your identity, inventing names, self-fulfilling prophecies, a heart surgeon named […]

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THIS IS NOT A TEST episode 108

Dropping Propaganda From My Helicopter in the Sky

 Spring brings the Western Tanager, Earth Day, The Flintstones, Vietnam, food from the future, whales, protest, unenlightenment, the tools of oppression, laws, tribes, DNA, COVID, the great Liberal machine, foxes, lizards, cocktails, misdirection, the […]

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THIS IS NOT A TEST episode 107

I Got No Friends ‘Cause They Read the Papers

 It’s springtime, so let’s talk about…COVID-19? That discussion is unavoidable, yes, but don’t forget about jackrabbits, owls, coyotes, hazmat, malaria medicine, sensitivity, self-fulfilling prophesy, mascara, gourds, bunkers, Coven, Bob Marley, Aussie twats, an abundance […]

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Jolly Roger kites rule

Go Fly a Kite and Other Mild Insults

 Hi, remember me? I thought you might like to talk about dogs, jobs, moms, flying kites and Jolly Rogers, sleeping on pool tables, corn, Mai Tais with Buddha, white Christmas, metadata, Showtime at The […]

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THIS IS NOT A TEST - Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me

 Let’s talk about air travel, airplanes, and people, and maybe also the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon, Palm Springs in the summer, LAX, a deep, hacking, ugly cough, Pringles, pretzels, vodka, pasta salad, La-Z-Boys, […]

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THIS IS NOT A TEST episode 103

Life Must Be Somewhere to Be Found

 Allow me to regale you with more tales of packing up and moving, the Kingdom of Nye, the end of the road, Los Angeles, the high desert, America’s Next Top Model, the 60 freeway, […]

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Prince and Morris Day celebrate THIS IS NOT A TEST taking a week off

What Time Is It?

It’s the first Saturday of the month, that’s what time it is, and that means a brand new episode of THIS IS NOT A TEST! Usually. But not today, brothers and sisters. I am still […]

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How a Jacket Changed My Life

 This episode starts with a bang and just keeps bangin’ ’till the cows come home. LOL! LOL! We will discuss Jah Himself, hippies, Mahtomedi Minnesota, aliens, beaver, curry, secret handshakes, Toughskins, ski jackets, the […]

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this is not a test 98

Who sneezed in my arpeggio?

 Let’s get right to it, shall we? Or rather, let’s not get right to it, let’s start this one with a poem. Then let’s talk about mixtapes, sliders, memories, smells, silence that isn’t really […]

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Mixed Nuts

Happy new year, here are some mixed nuts. And, since a balanced diet is important, have a little helping of 9/11, Black Lives Matter, trolling the aisles of CVS, the mathematics of grocery shopping, human […]

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What a Pain in the Neck

You know how sometimes you tweak your neck somehow and the damn thing hurts for days (and days and days) and you’re walking around looking like Lurch or Frankenstein because you’re moving the whole top […]

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You Know, That Stuff Will Kill You

 What is it about beer, or any alcohol, really, that makes us so…I don’t know, wonderful? Okay, it doesn’t make all of us wonderful, I’ll give you that. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to […]

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My Bike Trip Across America

 Join me, won’t you, on an action-packed cross country bicycle trip that I undertook a few short decades ago, in the America of the late 1980s. Weren’t those glorious times? What with the Cold […]