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World According To... Parker & the Numberman Apr 18, 2014 A Friday night series where Finest City Improv invites a special guest, or guests, to tell real-life stories that FCI's best improvisers then use to create comedic sketches. This week's special guests are local hip-hop act Parker & the Numberman. 57 other events on Friday, April 18
 
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Monday, April 14,2014
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Before you start up in San Diego

Some unsolicited advice on building the next tech giant in our city

By Dave Maass
Here are a few tips for tech companies (whether you're a brand-new startup a migrating giant) to live in harmony with San Diego.
Monday, March 24,2014
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Why take Buzzfeed’s quizzes...

… when you can just become a human guinea pig?

By Dave Maass
Buzzfeed's "Which [character / celebrity / inanimate object] Are You?" online quizzes—oh, these just suck. It used to be that with a quiz like this, there'd be some—well, not scientific, but at least logical reason why I'm Barf from Spaceballs.
Monday, March 3,2014
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Trolling on autopilot

An interview with the 'coward' who built all those fake San Diego GOP Twitter accounts

By Dave Maass
Last October, Fox 5 San Diego began covering the "Twitter War," as they dubbed the slapstick back-and-forth between supporters of the various candidates for mayor. 
Monday, February 10,2014
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I <3 spam

Answering the sexy emails I found in my junk box

By Dave Maass
These days, the XXX spam has dropped off significantly, and I can't tell whether that's because of the chilling effect of powerful email filters or if their big-data analytic systems have somehow discovered I'm off the market.
Monday, January 20,2014
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Me, my GF and Capt. Kenway

Whoever said video games were bad for relationships hasn’t seen our ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ stats

By Dave Maass
Set in the West Indies during the first quarter of the 18th century, Black Flag is hooks-down one of the most exciting works in the history of the age-of-pirates genre, up there with Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Tuesday, December 31,2013
News

The 2013 news crossword

From Miley Cyrus’ twerk to Bob Filner being a jerk, here’s a puzzle for San Diego’s news junkies

By Dave Maass
For readers obsessively following along, here's our annual roundup crossword puzzle to test your current-events knowledge. 
Tuesday, December 31,2013
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Top Internet fails of 2013

The list of what went wrong online this year is highlighted by Kathleen Sebelius, Reddit, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and more

By Dave Maass
These are what I noted as the biggest fails on the Internet this year, defined as major backfires or anything just totally lame that primarily occurred online.
Wednesday, December 11,2013
News

The unsettling settlement

Family of killed inmate hopes San Diego jail system changes how it handles mentally ill inmates

By Dave Maass
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has reached a $225,000 settlement agreement with the family of Tommy Tucker, a schizophrenic inmate who was killed by a swarm of San Diego Central Jail guards during a use-of-force incident in 2009.
Monday, December 9,2013
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Geek gifts

What to buy for the technophile in your life

By Dave Maass
I have a horrible habit of waiting until the last minute to order gifts online and, as a result, I have to chunk out more change for quick shipping. Unsurprisingly, the same goes for this column, which I cobbled together the night before it was due.
Wednesday, December 4,2013
News

The last right-wing conspiracy?

State watchdog and Legislature move to curb Judge Gary Kreep’s dirty tricks

By Dave Maass

Judge Kreep’s involvement in the political groups raises major questions under the California Code of Judicial Ethics, which prohibits judges and judicial candidates from leading partisan political organizations.

 
 
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