Monthly Archives: August 2009

Starring San Diego

I doubt that San Diego tourists will ever be able to buy that longtime staple of touristic offerings in Hollywood — a map of where local movie stars live. When I worked on the staff of the Reader, I once tried to … Continue reading

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Here’s a Way to Figure Out How Far You Are from Everything on Earth

Up to now, the best way I knew to compare how far San Diego was from other points on earth was to play around with a string and my globe. But I just discovered a much cooler tool: the Google Maps Distance … Continue reading

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   For people who work in the coffee trade, evaluating the quality of any given bean is a lot more complicated than simply brewing up a pot and taking a sip. To evaluate a given coffee’s flavor and aroma, pros … Continue reading

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Queen of the House Traders

One of the under-appreciated aspects of life in San Diego is its desirability as a house-trading location. Lots of folks want to come here, so if you can tolerate strangers taking over your home (in exchange for being able to … Continue reading

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Dark News for the Denizens of Borrego

Residents of Borrego Springs Friday got the news many had long been hoping for — namely that the town has just been designated an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark-Sky Association. An organization with members in 70 countries that … Continue reading

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