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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How Donald Trump is a lot like your drunk neighbor

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 2:36 PM


Donald Trump has always sounded sort of familiar to me. Not in the tone of his voice, really, or anything like that, but rather his penchant for employing endless self-aggrandizing hyperbole and the sort of word choice practices that would never have him say "self-aggrandizing hyperbole." This sounds like someone I know... but I could never quite pin it down.

Thankfully, the guys at Friend Dog Studios made the connection for me. Donald Trump can, at times, really sound a lot like that drunk neighbor of yours who's always making outlandish comments about his bench-pressing abilities or Sunday football predictions.

You know this sort of guy (or gal), right? I know I do.

The Kansas City-based Friend Dog crew has taken some of Trump's classiest, most luxurious statements from his ongoing presidential run/reality show and let them come out of the mouth of that really drunk guy on the other side of the fence. Enjoy, but remember, if you think any of this is funny, you're a loser.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Check out the Jaws 19 trailer released for the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 11:01 AM


As anyone who's seen Back to the Future II will tell you, the flick made some bold predictions for what would be happening in the world on Oct. 21, 2015. 

According to the 1989 sequel to the monster-sized hit original, we'd all be riding hoverboards around, we'd have flying cars, and the Chicago Cubs would finally win the World Series. We have no hoverboards and our cars are sadly still grounded, but hey, the Cubs are in the baseball playoffs, so that's something. 

In Back to the Future II, lead character Marty McFly also sees a movie preview for Jaws 19, a funny gag about how common big-budget movie sequels were becoming at the time Back to the Future II (a big-budget movie sequel, of course) arrived in theaters. To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future, Universal Pictures put out a gag trailer for Jaws 19, and I would rather see it than another Sharknado sequel. 

Check it out: 

And, of course, you can see Back to the Future II at the next Inlander Suds and Cinema, slated for, naturally, Oct. 21, 2015. It's a Wednesday night, there will be No-Li beer on hand, and you can win your very own flux capacitor. 
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

We've almost arrived at Back to the Future II day

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 2:20 PM


Anyone worth their weight in celluloid knows that October 21, 2015, was the date that Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future II to help his future son stay out of trouble. And of course he effed things up royally by trying to buy a sports almanac and take it back to pre-Draft Kings 1985 to rake in some sweet cash for Jeeps and amplifiers and stuff. But I digress.

In honor of our Official Arrival into the Future, we would like to invite you to the next installment of our Suds and Cinema Series on, of course, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, when we'll be showing, of course, Back to the Future II at the Bing Crosby Theater. The doors open at 6 pm, at which point we'll be pouring beers from No-Li Brewhouse, the event's chosen local brewery, and at 7:30 we'll get the flick rolling.

I'll just cut to the chase that we will not have any hoverboards on hand, mostly because science has failed us, leaving  the only existing hoverboards in the hands of rappers.

But to make up for that shortcoming we will, however, have a DeLorean on hand! You can take your picture with it, too!

Sadly, this DeLorean is not of the flying variety that Back to the Future II promised us because, again, science has failed to catch up with the imagination of the late 1980s.

Come dressed as your favorite BTTF character (from any film in the trilogy) and you'll have the chance to win a flux capacitor for your car.

We'll see you on the 21st. Here's the official Facebook invite with even more details.
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Celebrate the Spokane Arena's 20th Anniversary with an open house tonight

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 10:39 AM

A new mural at the Spokane Arena by Todd and Cain Benson. - JEFF FERGUSON PHOTO
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  • A new mural at the Spokane Arena by Todd and Cain Benson.

As you've probably noticed from the special advertising sections in the Inlander in recent months, the Spokane Arena is celebrating its 20th year as the city's premier indoor sports stadium and largest concert/event venue. The Arena has been celebrating their anniversary all year with big shows from a number of big classic rock and country acts — some of which are still on the horizon — but tonight, they're opening their doors to the public to celebrate their 20th.

Even if you've been to a ton of shows and games at the Arena, tonight's open house offers a totally different look. You can take self-guided tours, get down on the Shock's playing field and toss the ol' pigskin around, check out the Chiefs locker room and also get a rare look at the backstage areas where all your favorite rock stars hang out. There's also cake!

The event will also celebrate the new mural in the arena (pictured above) by artistic duo, brothers Todd and Cain Benson. You might recognize their style from their expansive mural at the Maple Street train overpass near Browne's Addition.

Tonight's event begins at 5 pm and the doors will be open until 8 pm. Here are all the details.
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Spokane: home to the inventor of the "portable baby cage"

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 2:43 PM

When your baby gets fussy, just set up the ol' baby cage...
  • When your baby gets fussy, just set up the ol' baby cage...

Some discoveries stumbled upon inside the labyrinth abyss called the Internet are just so unusual and strange, one is instantly compelled to share. Enter today's weird discovery, courtesy of, but not a new blogopshere topic: the portable baby cage. This find is of the sort that peppers social media feeds on an occasional basis. Some blogger, like myself, chances upon such an oddity, and in marveling at the surprise such a thing exists, fellow denizens of the web are quick to follow with their own investigations. Suddenly, the word "viral" is thrown into the dialogue. Perhaps baby cages are old news — nonetheless, we hope it intrigues and amuses you.

Back in 1922, Spokane resident Emma Read was really worried about city-born babies, stuck inside stale-aired apartment homes and with no grassy yard to roll around in. So, why not build a box resembling a chicken coop, strap it to your window several floors above the street, and nestle your wee babe inside. Rock-a-bye baby, you know?

The concept didn't exactly take off (can you imagine the outcry if some mom decided this was a good idea today?!). No surprise, but there remain many black-and-white images of these baby cages in use in sooty London during the 1930s. Thankfully, we've since moved on from this arcane line of thinking that placing your baby in a rickety wire cage tens of feet over the street, in air that was probably polluted worse than people knew, was good and healthy. 

And yet, quite unfortunately for local historical sleuths, information on Read's life and her patent is quite hard to find. In a 2013 piece musing on baby cages' absurdity, Spokesman-Review writer Shawn Vestal laments the lack of any firsthand information on Read in old newspaper archives. It is noted, however, that the original patent for the contraption is accessible, from which the following text was obtained: 

It is well known that a great many difficulties rise in raising and properly housing babies and small children in crowded cities, that is to say from the health viewpoint. This is especially true with reference to babies and young children, who at present are being raised in large apartments, as a result not obtaining the proper fresh air, as well as being outdoors for such air and exercise. In crowded cities, where the houses and the front yards are small, there is no way for proper ventilation, while those living in apartments have no facilities whatever to permit the children and babies to receive proper fresh air from the outside. With these facts in view it is the purpose of the present invention to provide an article of manufacture for babies and young children to be suspended upon the exterior of a building adjacent to an open window wherein the baby or young child may be placed.

This emphasis on fresh air, as noted by Spokane historian Larry Cebula on a post in response to Vestal's piece on baby cages, was due to the popularly held belief — called miasma theory — of times past that communicable diseases were easily spread through "bad," stale or polluted air. 
And that, dear readers, concludes our local history lesson of the day.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Game on: 5 video games coming soon that we're really excited about

Posted By and on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Besides the spectacular graphics and (expectedly) awesome gameplay in Star Wars Battlefront — out in mid-November, but starting beta testing next month — that basically everyone is hyped about, there are many other great games to get excited about as cooler weather sets in and we're all spending more time indoors, controllers in hand. Here's a roundup of game releases a few Inlander staffers are looking forward to through the rest of 2015 and into next year. You'll want to add them to your Steam wish list right now:


King's Quest Chapter 2: Rubble Without a Cause (and three chapters to come in 2016)
Release date: Chapter 2 in quarter four of 2015; other chapters TBA
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3/4; Xbox 360/One
Game style: Single-player adventure

My love for video games can be directly traced back to King's Quest. Starting with the first text command-based game on my family's Tandy computer, I played every single one of the series' installments with my family as I grew up. They were clever and funny, filled with challenging puzzles and fairytale references.

Considering the company that made KQ released its last game in 1998, and (as far as I knew) was no longer a company, I never considered that King's Quest would come back. But, apparently, 2015 is the year of Video Game Miracles!

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Can a zombie stop a slapshot? Find out Sept. 25 at Spokane Arena

Posted By on Sat, Sep 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Calling all zombies, Spokane Chiefs' fans and everyone in between! 

There's a nice confluence of events happening on Friday, Sept. 25, as the Z Nation television series will be filming scenes for an episode that features a hockey team. As part of that filming, they're looking for people to show up AT the Spokane Arena in their full Spokane Chiefs' regalia — or anything a "normal" hockey fan might wear to a game — to be part of some background shots. If you want to be part of the filming, simply show up at the Arena and find the Z Nation table near the Guest Services office sometime between 5 and 6 pm

This filming just happens to be happening while the arena hosts its 20th Anniversary Celebration Open House from 5 to 8 pm that night, so in between dodging zombies and cheering for some fake hockey action, you can check out the innards of the Arena, throw a football around the Shock field and dive into some birthday cake. 

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Creative Instagram accounts to start following right now

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

So no offense to anyone, really, but most of my Instagram feed is one of two things: 1) cats, or 2) arts-related accounts, like the ones I shared below. A mix of Inland Northwest-based and not, these Instagram-ers are all inspiring, creative and often breathtaking. Following celebrities is boring — these are definitely not.

This near-Seattle artist is a paper flower maven like few others I've come across. Constantly challenging herself to create complex and unexpected blooms, Kate Alarcon also teaches classes around the West Side so if you're lucky, you can learn some of her stunning techniques yourself.

Keeping with the flower theme, I've also been continually stunned at the creative pieces coming out of this mother-daughter team's account. Undoubtedly the big draw is the foliage collage portraits by the mom half of the duo, which fans of her work can buy online in print form. 

Paper flower art is a long-time obsession of mine, and just like the previously mentioned account, the Salt Lake City-based artist Margie Keates is making stunning, realistic blooms from paper that you have to see to believe. 

We'd be remiss not to include Spokane's own paper florist, Anemone Paper Flowers, whose Instagram account is equally full of mesmerizing displays of flowers made right here in our city.

There is beauty in everything, and few other Instagram accounts capture the intrigue of the abandoned like this Spokane-centric account.

This account has been abuzz all over the Internet in recent weeks, and its sarcastic take on the trendy, hipster-ified approach to Instagram is spot on.

This California-based artist, photographer, seamstress, baker and model's all-around stunning throwback to the domestic arts might make you feel inadequate, but it's definitely worth clicking "follow."

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QUIZ: Who Said It? Pope Francis, Gandhi or Trump?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

With Pope Francis coming to the United States next week, how about another quick game of “Who Said It?” Test your knowledge on the following 11 quotes from one of three men of destiny. Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton talks with Fallon-as-Donald-Trump after GOP debate

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 11:21 AM

After Donald Trump was done arguing with Carly Fiorina on CNN last night, he called Hillary Clinton with some advice for her campaign. 

OK, no he didn't. But Jimmy Fallon's impression was pretty good. After the Fallon-as-Trump skit, Clinton did her own Trump impression:

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