Leader of protests against staying home tests positive for COVID-19

An organizer of protests against State efforts to minimize the loss of life during the current global pandemic has tested positive for COVID-19.

Said protestor was unsurprisingly unclear about her intentions to follow her state-mandated quarantine for carriers of the virus.


"As an asymptomatic COVID19 positive patient (quarantine ends 4/26) another concern I have is the treatment of COVID patients as it relates to other communicable diseases. I have been forced to quarantine in my home for 2 weeks," she wrote on her social media page.

"I have been told not to participate in public or private accommodations as requested by the government, and therefore denied my 1st amendment right of freedom of religion," she wrote.

"It has been insinuated by others that if I go out, I could be arrested for denying a quarantine order," she wrote.

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6-year-old Matilda's COVID19 punk anthem

I have friends. They are all in my head. Read the rest

Pandemic sourdough: the bread just gets better

For tips on making your own sourdough starter, start here!

My new pandemic starter has had a couple of weeks to settle down and it is performing pretty much how I would expect.

Feeding your starter every day really helps it out. I've been feeding this blob since 3/16. I have reduced the amount I keep going on my counter and only feed 1/4 cup of flour and slightly less than 1/4 cup of water per feeding. This saves me ½ cup a day of precious flour.

Feeding the starter twice on bread baking day really increases my chances of turning out a good loaf. I've learned that unlike my former, trusty Muir Beach starter this new Dog Town starter has an hour shorter cycle after feeding for when it is truly ready to be used, but I am figuring it out.

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Vi Hart explains the four phase plan to re-open the US

Vi Hart helps us understand the 4 phase plan to re-open the United States.

Might be good for Orange Julius to watch this a couple times. Read the rest

Venice skate park filled with sand

One of the seven great wonders of the modern world, the Venice Beach Skate Park's bowls have been filled with enough sand to make them closed to all but the maddest.

The only way to stop the skaters in Dogtown was to fill in the bowls. People skating draws a crowd. Crowds are verboten.

In other skate news: the guys at Santa Monica Airlines have been busy putting out a cool Natas Kaupas deck.

I am sheltered-in-place at home, pretty close to the skate park and it is a bit weirder down here than usual. Read the rest

Every COVID-19 commercial is exactly the same

Youtuber Microsoft Sam saw something interesting.

I left the agency side of advertising over a decade ago because the creativity was smothering me. Read the rest

David Yow takes a trip on the 'Other Side with Zabrecky'

I have watched Zabrecky's latest installment, a seance to connect rocker David Yow with the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, both backward and forward, yet I can not find a secret message. Read the rest

1969's 'Le Grand Amour' as performed by Nicoletta

Groovin' out trading music with fellow mutants. Xeni suggests: Laisse tomber les filles Read the rest

Pandemic Baking: I made bagels for passover

Nothing says ur-Passover in Pandemic Land like bagels.

I received a bag of artisan baking flour. I really wanted to test it out and baking unleavened crackers because of shit that happened a long time ago seems not to respect the gravity of our daily situation.

I have improved my bagel recipe over the old one, but it is still fun to read. Also, today I used commercial yeast but you can use sourdough. Simply substitute the yeast, ¼ cup of four and ¼ cup of water for ½ cup of starter.

ur-Passover Pandemic Bagels


3 ½ cups flour 1 ½ cups warm water 1 packet of active yeast 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar 1 ½ teaspoons salt

Boiling solution:

2 tablespoons baking soda 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 8 cups of water

Bagel Toppings to taste.

In a measuring cup I combined 1 ½ cups of water with the sugar and yeast. I let it sit for 15 minutes. In a bowl I put the flour and salt.

I combined all the ingredients all into a big ball. I kneaded it 2-3 minutes and set it aside in a bowl for about 60 minutes on a warm surface.

I spread baking soda on some aluminum foil to bake the moisture out of it and evidently up my bagel skin game. I heated it at 300F for the time my dough was rising.

After an hour I set the pot of water to boil and separated the dough into balls.

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April 25th: Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis livestream for MusiCares

A fantastic and rare live opportunity to hear the no longer touring Ramsey Lewis.

Always in rotation, Lewis is truly one of the greatest.

Broadway World:

Three time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis will be performing a special live stream concert Saturday April 25th @ 1pm CST! Tickets can be purchased by sending $20 to paypal.me/RamseyELewisJr. Just click on the link and type in the amount ($20). Since it's PayPal it's easy and secure. Once we have received your payment we will send you a Zoom link and password to the live stream concert (you will need the Zoom app and a PayPal account).

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those in the music community affected by the virus pandemic.

This will be an extra special event considering that Ramsey is no longer touring. This event will be a look behind the curtain, as it will be live from Ramsey's home, in the room that he practices in and he will be telling the stories behind the hit songs he has made for the past six decades.

Sigh, Zoom.

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This Saturday: Another bonkers streaming service by the almighty Opp

9pm PST on the Instagrams!

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Tomorrow Night, April 11th, 9pm. Streaming from here on Instagram Live. Thank You. #almightyOpp #fullkundaliniblowout

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Absurdist puppetry and the arcane! Join the almighty Opp for another uplifting Instagram stream.

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This Gen X online video gaming community is pretty chill

What started out as some 'adults' looking for other 'adults' to play Fortnite with has turned into a fairly large and active community of age-appropriate Gen X video game enthusiasts.

Killer Queen Black, Pummel Party, World War Z, Fortnite and Overwatch are a few of the games I've enjoyed since the pandemic shut me in! Still largely focused on Fortnite, this group helped me build a gaming PC and pick a BBQ.

The people are nice. In almost 2 years of hanging out online with this ever-growing gang of senior players, I have never heard anyone be discouraging.

You can join the discord here. Chat at anyone with a FOF in their handle, they'll help you find the games you are looking for!

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Bernie Sanders drops out

Senator Bernie Sanders has ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination.


Sanders' exit caps a stunning reversal of fortune following a strong performance in the first three states that voted in February. The nomination appeared his for the taking until, on the last day of February, Biden surged to a blowout victory in South Carolina that set off a consolidation of moderate voters around the former vice president. The contest ends now as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, which halted in-person campaigning for both Sanders and Biden and has led many states to delay their primary elections.

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When 'The Benny Hill Show' meets a Eugene, Oregon gasoline thief

A U-Haul parking lot burst into flame after a man threw a lit firework at his girlfriend, unknowingly disturbing a gasoline thief. All sorts of antics are captured on camera. Read the rest

If anything worthwhile ever came out of a FOX affiliate...

This would be that thing.

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Music: Ramsey Lewis' 'Dancing in the Street'

Ironically, Ramsey Lewis' 'Dancing in the Street' has been the song most at play during the few short trips I've had to make around Venice and Santa Monica.

Very little dancing on the streets of Los Angeles. Read the rest

Kicking my cellphone out of bed has improved my sleep

After I brush my teeth I am now putting my iPhone on a charger in another room and going to bed. I find I have stopped waking up at 4am and sleep much better.

Sleep is really important. The more sleep I lose, the harder everything else becomes and the easier it becomes to realize I'm fucking up. I have long known that I sleep better if I leave the cellphone out of my bed and just read a book... so of course I've spent the last few weeks reading news and texting friends around the world all hours of the night.

No more! We know what the foreseeable future holds. I have set what meager goals for myself I feel are healthy, and that phone is about as far from my bed at night as possible.

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