Pin It
Favorite

Buzz Bin 

by Inlander Staff & r & Book Him & r & Spokane has been home to a number of artists who've made a name for themselves in the comics business, from the combative Todd McFarland to the creators of the internationally famous Web site, Penny Arcade. Joe Wight, who has written and drawn Twilight X for more than 10 years, returns home for a signing on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 4 pm at Merlyn's Science Fiction-Fantasy Store.





What They're Missing & r & Every year, Merriam-Webster posts the 10 words most frequently looked up by its Web site's users. And every year, the list provides mini-reminders of current events. In 2003, "democracy," "quagmire" and "plagiarism" made the list; in 2004, "blog," "insurgent" and "peloton." So it is this year, with "tsunami," "filibuster" and "refugee." But the No. 1 word of 2005 -- "integrity" -- seems puzzling until you visualize Bush administration members, searching for incorruptibility at home the same way they looked for WMD in Iraq. And with about as much success.





Crystal Globes & r & The Golden Globe nominations seem to have given the greatest Oscar push to Good Night, and Good Luck (Edward R. Murrow vs. Joe McCarthy) and Brokeback Mountain (the gay cowboy movie). Spielberg's Munich seems to have been snubbed even before its premiere. But don't count out that big ape of a movie.





Teasing Chappelle & r & Season 3 on Comedy Central? Not exactly. What we'll get are online snippets of previously recorded shows, later broadcast in full "sometime in the first half of 2006" as if they made for an actual third season. Not getting our Rick James fix -- I'm tellin' ya, bitch, it's killing us softly.





Wait, Wait, Get Him a Map & r & Not even NPR can remember the Lilac City's name. On last week's edition of the radio news quiz Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, host Peter Sagal asked panelist P.J. O'Rourke: "Because of his involvement in an Internet sex scandal, voters recalled the mayor of (blank)." O'Rourke's response proves we shouldn't let all the media attention go to our heads: "Oh, uh, oh lord, uh, uh, Pacific Northwest, is it, um ... Seattle?"





Sole on Ice & r & Say you own a convenience store. Customers are forever spitting out their chewing gum right there on the sidewalk. Now, you could just hire a minimum-wage teenager and give him a scraper -- or you could purchase the new Gum Removal Machine from AbsorbentsOnline.com. It doesn't just dispose of the gum, no, sir. Using a secret spray, it "dissipates" the gum, and with no unsightly mess. Of course, it also costs $8,000. And it doesn't even work on the underside of dining room tables.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Game Changer
  • Game Changer

    Since Condon became mayor, Jan Quintrall has been responsible for some of the biggest changes in the city of Spokane — and some of its biggest controversies
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • In Contempt
  • In Contempt

    A Spokane judge rules that the mental health system has willfully failed to follow evaluation deadlines
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Never Again
  • Never Again

    Washington state lawmakers push reforms after last July's murder-suicide; plus, Spokane's police ombudsman is leaving
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Campbell House Holidays

Campbell House Holidays @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Let Us Breathe

    Spokane joins national protests over the failure to indict white officers for killing black civilians
    • Dec 10, 2014
  • Screw Big Cities

    A mid-sized manifesto
    • Dec 3, 2014
  • More »

© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation