Mejor que las aves enojado y aplastado dulces

Learning to speak Spanish or any foreign language is a classic New Year’s resolution, but what drove me to take on the task was an obsession with iPhone games.

Before we get to that, let me point out that this is not the first time I’ve tried to learn Spanish. My first attempt came in Mrs. Ladd’s class. Spanish was mandatory at Ft. Calhoun High School. It also was the only foreign language...

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Vinyl Sales Help Homer’s Buck Industry Trend

After spending the last two weeks writing about the current state and predicted future of the music industry, it’s time for a dose of reality in the form of the 2013 Nielsen SoundScan numbers.

Billboard Magazine reported last week that album sales suffered an 8.4 percent decline in 2013, CD sales declined 14.5 percent, even digital music sales declined last year for the first time since the...

entered on 01/07/14 at 03:48 PM | read more »


The Hobbit: The Desecration of Tolkien

So we went and saw The Hobbit, Desolation of Smu-ogg (as apparently it’s pronounced, though I’ve always (in my mind) pronounced it with one syllable — smaug or smog).

I used to read The Hobbit — along with The Lord of The Rings trilogy — every other year at Christmas time, so for me the books feel like winter and Christmas trees, fireplaces and sugar cookies.

Here’s a thought: The best...

entered on 12/17/13 at 04:19 PM | read more »


Third Quarter Reviews: The Twitter Edition

No, this isn’t my year-end list of favorite albums; this is me catching up on the third quarter album reviews (halfway through the fourth quarter). Due to the sheer number under consideration — and in this 140-character Twitter age — each gets only one sentence because isn’t something that someone's poured their heart into for months (or years) worth only one sentence of criticism?

Well,...

entered on 12/10/13 at 04:12 PM | read more »


No More Empty Pots

Addressing the food insecurity problems that nag poverty-stricken northeast Omaha, where access to fresh, organic produce, dairy and bread products is limited, are an array of individuals, organizations, projects and initiatives. Many efforts aim to educate residents on how to grow their own food, cook healthier and eat better. That’s part of the mission of a fairly new nonprofit player in the...

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Unsung Hero

“I didn’t set out to be the poster child for this but I want to put a face with it because I feel like a lot of the stigma is still there. People hear HIV/AIDS and they think of someone who is frail and sickly looking and I am far from that,” said Tommy Dennis.
Dennis, 26, was recently named an Unsung Hero by POZ magazine for his volunteer work with Nebraska AIDS Project. He is one of 100...

entered on 11/26/13 at 10:55 PM | read more »


Bu-bu-bu-bu-Bleep!  What’s that Noise on the new Arcade Fire Album?

We were sitting around a table at The Barley Street Tavern waiting for the band to get its shit together when the discussion turned to the weird bleep-bloop sounds recorded at the end of pre-recorded cassette tapes.

“I think those are some sort of signal to tell you it’s time to turn the tape over,” said the guy sitting with us, a music legend (of sorts). But I knew he couldn’t be right. The...

entered on 11/21/13 at 03:40 PM | read more »


Payne’s Nebraska: The Sad, Old, Boring Life

I’ve been interviewing rock bands for The Reader going on 20 years now. Whenever I do a phoner with a touring rock band coming through town for the first time, I ask the interviewee to list his/her preconceived notions of our fair city and Nebraska in general.

The five most common misconceptions about Nebraska:

1. It's flat
2. It's barren
3. It's boring
4. It's one gigantic Boys Town...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

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