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Oct 12 eclexia commented on An Oral History of the First Year of The Stranger.
Ah, crap. Still no way to edit comments. The link I tried to paste in was badly eaten. You can find the graph I tried to post here on the right-hand column:…
Oct 12 eclexia commented on An Oral History of the First Year of The Stranger.
Excluding all this useless nostalgia, it might be interesting to look at the economics of Newspapers over the years. Was The Stranger the last decently successful alt-rag printed?

In 1991, early adopters (mostly academics) had email, but most working people still did their daily business in print. Remember printing out memos and leaving them in mailboxes? In '94 and '94, Mosaic and Netscape were released. By about 1998, everything new had moved to the web. In 2000, the bottom fell out of the print advertizing prices (File:Naa_newspaper_ad_revenue.svg">…).

What was the last successful print paper launched, and when was it launched? Would The Stranger have flopped if it launched just 2 years later?
Aug 18 eclexia commented on There's a Horrifying Statue of Donald Trump in Capitol Hill.
While you have a laugh at this, realize that doing so legitimizes putting up naked status of HRC.

Trump is repulsive because of his ideas. If you say he is repulsive due to his appearance, then you invite judging the merit of any idea by the physical appearance of the speaker.
Aug 2 eclexia commented on DNC Photo Dispatch: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chelsea Clinton, and Cheering Hillary Fans on Closing Night.
These remind me of the lighting treatment of 60s tv shows like "Outer Limits" or "Twilight Zone". Cast all kinds of strange shadows on faces to let the audience know that they're sinister.

For example, check out Evil Kirk two minutes into this video:

See, he doesn't need to say anything. Just shine a weird light on his face and he becomes EEEEEVIIIIIL!
May 4 eclexia commented on Hillary's New Ad Targets Donald.
It was decent except for the "vulgar" part. I like vulgar. I don't like the way Trump talks about women. They are conflating these things. But if you just say "he's vulgar", people are going to giggle and say "good".
Mar 16 eclexia commented on Now That Light Rail Has Come to Capitol Hill, It's Time to Sell My Car.
I would vouch for old Solaras. I drove one for years, and it was a joy-- like a luxury car at a populist price. I sold mine to a friend-of-friends who needed something cheap. To my surprise, it's continued to work great for her.
Mar 14 eclexia commented on Light Rail Isn't Just Coming to Capitol Hill.
@4 Everyone called it the El when I was growing up (gen-x). Even the parts that ran underground were sometimes called the El, though purists would correct that usage.
Mar 11 eclexia commented on Chicago Trump Rally Shut Down by Hero Protesters.
I'm not sure what good comes out of this. I realize that this makes people feel empowered. But the only real power comes in the voting booth. Did this increase or decrease the number of people who will show up to vote for Trump in the country? Did it demoralize his supporters in any way? Or does it just feed their victim mythology?
Mar 3 eclexia commented on New Ghostbusters Trailer Poll.
Much too derivative. Much too forced. Did you see anything new here?
Feb 29 eclexia commented on Oh Look, There's an Ad in Today's New York Times About What a Bad, Bad Man Dan Savage Is.
I thought the show premiered months ago.