Monthly Archives: January 2008

Sympathetic ASR

Cloverfield is the most terrifying movie I have ever seen in my life. The entire film was shot with a handheld camera, and edited as though the tape was pulled directly from the rubble. As a result, your own knowledge of the story is absolutely limited to that of the main characters, resulting in a […]

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Owner Alarm

I wonder when in human history a smoke alarm last warned someone that his house was on fire, rather than carrying out its typical function of commenting on his cooking. Likewise with car alarms. I am convinced that no one, aside from the owner of the car, actually has the capacity to set off the […]

Things I Know I Know That I Didn’t Know I Knew Last Time I Was Here

How to dump my laundry basket full of clean clothes in the filthy, rain-sodden parking lot behind the Chinese restaurant. How to change a tire in the cold, spitting Oregon rain, on the side of a busy Portland freeway. Even though only one tire needs replacing, four-wheel drive cars need to have all of their […]