Just. Don’t. Understand

Just. Don’t. Understand

This may not make any sense. This may be the worst thing I ever write on this blog. But, here goes: I’m writing to write. I’m writing because maybe something will become clearer in my head. I’m writing because hopefully, one of two things will…

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Open Note to ANY Republican Out There

Open Note to ANY Republican Out There

Last night, after watching the first night of the Republican National Convention, The Dummy’s alter ego posted this to his Facebook page: “I want to be very clear about what I type next. And this is cribbed, probably, from something President Obama has said in…

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The Dummy’s Mailbag

The Dummy’s Mailbag

There’s nothing more humbling for us little scribes than getting notes from readers. Well, I suppose getting lumped in to the whole Hitler has a micropenis thing would be humbling. Or humiliating? Either, I suppose, because when people are saying that you’re a mini-size bar of…

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QJE Assignment 001: Waze.

QJE Assignment 001: Waze.

Okay, punk rockers, patients, and patrons, we’re kicking off the QJE Brigade with a look at Waze. QJE Assignment Number One: Waze Love it. Works great. I miss the funny voices, but whatever… marketing dollars are probably drying up and Leo DiCaprio’s voice from “The…

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Breaking News: Quality Judgement Engineers Program Launches

Breaking News: Quality Judgement Engineers Program Launches

So, this is the thing: the business world is lousy with quality assurance or quality control minions who dedicate serious hours to make sure customers have the ultimate experience. I’m sure those are some nice people. They all need to be reassigned. Quality Judgment Engineers….

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Help Who You Can

Help Who You Can

There are things you worry about as a parent. Normal things. Broken bones. Broken hearts. Hurt feelings. It’s universal and it’s normal. Then there are the things that are bone rattling terrifying. These are the things that, if they ever happened, would trample my spirit….

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About that Interstellar Soundtrack

About that Interstellar Soundtrack

I had the great good fortune to interview three of the members of the “Interstellar” sound team, Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo and Richard King. Each was incredibly generous with their time – especially since all were right in the middle of working on huge new…

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The Best Known Asshole in the World

The Best Known Asshole in the World

Yep. I said it. And, if you asked Gene Simmons about it, dollars to donuts he’d say: “What do you expect from an idiot asshole rock critic?” My answer? “Exactly.” I was never a KISS kid. Not once. I was an AC/DC kid. Truth be…

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The Date Circled in Black

The Date Circled in Black

The morning of 22 November 2013 was heavy. I woke up 46. It was the same age my Father was when he died. Today, 28 October 2014, marks the exact date when I live longer than him. I may be a day off either way….

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The Dummy’s Best Question: Kevin Lyman

The Dummy’s Best Question: Kevin Lyman

Okay, this is two questions, but whatever. Kevin Lyman is the dude who brings punk rock madness from town to town every summer under the Vans Warped Tour banner. He’s been doing it for 20 years, entertained something around nine million kids (and random parents who…

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