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Will Durst: Hang on to your dreams, political animals

Will Durst

For all those who have spent the last couple of months shoveling out a car, you should know we’re at the tail end of awards season. And best be advised to hunker in a bunker wearing a Kevlar overcoat, because gold plated statues are being tossed about like air kisses at a gown fitting. Like clouds of bathroom hair spray ...

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Will Durst: flame retardants in our cupcakes?

Will Durst

No matter who you are or where you live or what you drive or whether you thought “The English Patient” or “Anchorman 2” the funnier movie, it is time to take a stand on plastic bread. Here’s a hint: most of us are against it. Formaldehyde rinsed coffee beans? Not big fans. Flame retardants in our cupcakes? That’s a big ...

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Marie Antoinette Bakery reopens, proud to serve day-old cake

Will Durst

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said the rich are different from us. To which Hemingway snorted, “yeah, they have more money.” And now seems like a good time to offer up a few words of sympathy for the rich. Because our wealthy brothers and sisters are going through some tough times. Not financially. No, no, no. They’re doing pretty good on ...

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Barack Obama State of the Union Drinking Game

Will Durst

WHAT YOU NEED TO PLAY: 4 taxpayers: 1 old rich white guy investment banker type wearing a Brioni suit. (Bank Boy) 2 ordinary folks wearing jeans, 1 in a blue work shirt, the other in a white shirt, no tie, sleeves rolled up. (the Jeans) And 1 person wearing clothes that look like their former life involved toxic dump storage ...

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Will Durst: more computing power in our pockets than what accompanied Apollo to moon

Will Durst

Delivery drones that crash into telephone poles. Eyeglasses stockpiling video wherever the wearer walks. Dick Tracy wristwatches that do everything but tell time. The deeper into the future we proceed, the more obvious it becomes that this whole progress thing ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Yeah. Sure. It’s nice to have greater computing power in your pocket than ...

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Take a trip to Hawaii with Mark Twain

If you at Lake Tahoe and think you’ve seen a man with white hair and a white suit who looks like Mark Twain, you are correct. Actually, it is the “Ghost of Twain,” McAvoy Layne, who has for decades been a Twain performer. The getup is most appropriate nowadays, because Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, began donning the white duds when ...

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