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Winter C-Note Sale Nov 22, 2014 Buy original artwork right off the wall from some great San Diego artists for $100, $200 or $300 to raise funds for the museum's education programs. 81 other events on Saturday, November 22
 
The Floating Library
A work of historical fiction with a speculative twist
Backwards & in High Heels
Let’s move this time machine to 2014, shall we?
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New indie film starring Shailene Woodley tops our coverage of movies screening around town
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New Christopher Nolan epic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

 

 
 
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Monday, November 10,2014
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If you were my sugar cyber-Santa

These are the top-dollar tech gifts (and a couple cheap ones) I want this December

By Dave Maass
I'm the elf who's making sure Santa doesn't leave you a snowflake sweater that might as well have been bedazzled with chunks of coal from a miner's black lungs. I recommend you either lay this issue of CityBeat folded open above the toilet or leave this column open on your web browser for your lover to see.
Monday, October 20,2014
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About Anita Sarkeesian and Star Wars Farts

Can I get you to care about feminism if I throw in some scatological humor?

By Dave Maass
Sarkeesian really shouldn't be so controversial. It's not as if she's a Holocaust revisionist or a government official who authorized torture. Sarkeesian isn't some ultra-radical abort-all-the-babies femi-eugenicist.
Monday, September 29,2014
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Wikipistemology in the 52nd District congressional race

The continuing adventures of Carl DeMaio’s Wikipedia page

By Dave Maass
If epistemology is the study and philosophy of knowledge, it's creation and quality, then I consider myself a lowly disciple of Wikipistemology, the contemplation and investigation of Wikipedia and other open community-edited resources.
Monday, September 8,2014
News

Review board identifies policy violations, shoddy investigation in San Diego jail death

Detainee who swallowed meth was left to die in solitary confinement

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
A law-enforcement oversight board has found that San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies lied and omitted information in the investigation of the death of a 28-year-old African-American man who’d swallowed a baggie of meth before being booked into custody.
Monday, September 8,2014
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What was in my podcast queue, summer 2014 edition

Dispatches from the weirdest town in the Southwest, podcasts with that guard from ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘The Daily Show’ sans John Stewart

By Dave Maass
It's almost as if The Daily Show team is exacting revenge on John Oliver for leaving the cast: "You're getting an HBO show? Well, up yours, Brit-face, we're going to get our own podcast."
Monday, August 18,2014
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Consulting Max from Netflix

This little asshole of an AI is actually pretty good at recommending stuff to watch

By Dave Maass
Last year, Netflix debuted Max, an AI feature for Playstation to help you discover new movies and TV shows based on your viewing habits and the star ratings you dish out.
Wednesday, August 13,2014
News

How San Diego’s juvenile-hall scandal could change state policy on pepper spray

County supervisors, oversight boards say they welcome a federal investigation

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
The feds haven’t said yet whether they will investigate the extreme use of pepper spray at local juvenile halls, but basically everyone in the juvenile-justice community—and beyond—thinks they should.
Monday, July 28,2014
News

Civil rights groups blast San Diego County over pepper spray in juvenile halls

Justice Department asked to investigate and force county to eliminate 'inhumane and abusive' practices

By Dave Maass, Kelly Davis
YLC identified dozens upon dozens of cases of improper use of pepper spray. Probation staff sprayed youth at risk of suicide; youth who simply were disobedient; youth with respiratory, cardiovascular and skin problems; and youth being treated with psychotropic medication. They used it to gas-out detainees who refused to leave their cells. They sprayed detainees as young as 12 years old. They sprayed multiple girls who refused to strip at the request of male staff.
Monday, July 28,2014
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What I brought back from Comic-Con 2014

Frazier in ‘The Fantastic Four,’ all the dogs and a deeper suspicion of AIs

By Dave Maass
I know, I've talked about this a dozen times in this column, but for those of you just tuning in: Last year, I bought a Playstation 4 after Ubisoft entranced me with the preview of its hacker video game, Watch Dogs.
Monday, July 7,2014
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The year in San Diego cybercrime (so far)

African witchcraft, a scary clown and board shorts that aren’t really board shorts: crimes on the Internet are weird

By Dave Maass
From Ghanaian witchcraft to scary clowns, cybercrime is as weird as anything in the real world.
 
 
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