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The Electric Grapevine | Brand X | 09.05.10

The Electric Grapevine | Brand X | 09.05.10
Branding the Boundary is the topic du jour locally and it should be. The area has been in a state of flux for sometime with no real identity coming to the forefront as the area hovers in limbo. The "Sunshine and Borscht" sign has faded into oblivion and been replaced by a gaping hole in the frame that remains. It's a somewhat fitting sight, this vacant frame, as the area is confusingly called "The Boundary" or "Boundary Country." How similar is this frame to the definition of the word "Boundary".

OP/ED: PoCo Police are...Hard for Justice

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The challenge of finding a common thread between the various subjects and topics that bounce through my head becomes so great some weeks that I'm tempted to write mini columns or abandon the computer altogether. I admittedly haven't found a feasible one this week so expect me to reach like your uninvited fat uncle does for gravy at your summer cook out for ample segues.

The Electric Grapevine | A Summer of Flops | 07.07.2010

The Electric Grapevine | A Summer of Flops | 07.07.2010

Its been six months since venturing into my favorite category of debate, the film world, but after watching the majority of this years' biggest films crash and burn like a Justin Hammer creation (Iron Man 2 anyone?) I feel its worth wading hip deep into this years pile of bombs.

The Electric Grapevine | Ignorance is Grease | 06.22.2010

The Electric Grapevine | Ignorance is Grease | 06.22.2010
The kids behind the counter at a fast food place are often the target of many folks' ire as they make for easy pickings given the standards of their place of employment. We all know they are simply on cruise control awaiting their shifts' end so they can go home and listen to awful music. I've avoided taking this cliched route for some time, but after a pair of frustrating transactions at the same donut shop I can't help but vent via my unique channel.

The Electric Grapevine | Ad Lush | 06.06.2010

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Despite having a background that has always included a consistent marketing component, be it in service, design or entertainment, I still find myself totally defenseless against good marketing schemes. Anything ranging from the white tags at a grocery store to the genius Old Spice ads featuring pop culture icons, I really have a hard time not buying into these products based on the ads alone.

The Electric Grapevine | The Column Every Columnist Has To Attempt | 05.09.2010

The Electric Grapevine | The Column Every Columnist Has To Attempt | 05.09.2010
The day we're reminded incessantly about all year is upon us. The day that you cannot mistake what you are obligated to do because the bashfulness that comes with an approaching birthday is replaced by the directness only a mother can deliver.

The Electric Grapevine | Modern Romance | 03.05.2010

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As I reach a milestone with my girlfriend I have been noticing how much technology has changed the way we view and orchestrate romance in this modern age. After much thought, my general feeling is that technology is hampering, or at least taking some of the romance out of romance.

Between the net, online banking, Twitter, Facebook, texting and more I've decided that romance is now a carefully monitored battlefield that can be ruined somewhat by the ever present wall of communication and social networking.

The Electric Grapevine | iRuption | 04.16.2010

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The timing of the Icelandic volcanic spectacular comes at the same time as the birth of Apple's latest new "must have" product, and by "must have" I mean "likely to regret purchasing".

The Electric Grapevine | Star Spangled Banter | 03.14.10

The Electric Grapevine | Star Spangled Banter | 03.14.10
It has been awhile since I ventured past Washington State up until my trip to Las Vegas last week where I was reminded in true American fashion just how over the top the country can be. Granted Vegas is the pinnacle of excess, even on the way there I ran into some larger than life characters and portions for that matter.

The Electric Grapevine | I Believe...a little more than normal anyhow | 02.25.10

The Electric Grapevine | I Believe...a little more than normal anyhow | 02.25.10
At this juncture I expected to be writing a somewhat negative article regarding the 2010 Games that would have been easy target practice for my usual rants. The overspending, the grim death and the absurd characters used in the marketing were all set up like bowling pins just waiting to be taken down.
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