November 30, 2009
A new start

On a Saturday in early June 1994 I graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in journalism and a passion for newspapers. Two days later I started work as a reporter at the 8,000 circulation, 6-day paper The Lompoc Record. For the next 15 years, I did almost everything you can do in a […]

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November 19, 2009
This is inevitable

You know this sort of thing is going to happen, but let me assure you that I do feel an overwhelming amount of schadenfraude over the event.

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September 8, 2009
I don’t understand

Back when I was in high school, a friend of mine named Matt Sobke spent about $3,000 on a car stereo system. Now, this was the late ‘80s, so figure that a similar system nowadays would be somewhere in the $10,000 range. Matt played bass clarinet in the band and liked to drive up and […]

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July 30, 2009
California’s plan to save money

As many as you may know, I’m currently unemployed. The day after my last day of work, I went to California’s Employment Development Department Web site and filled out the forms to apply for unemployment. Approximately 10 days later, I received a “Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award” confirming my eligibility for unemployment insurance. That document […]

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June 12, 2009
Unscheduled maintenance

I'm going to be doing some under-the-hood changes/upgrades for the next however long it takes. The right sidebar may have things missing or moved around for the next little while. UPDATE Hoystory.com is now upgraded to the latest version of WordPress. We have also added the Hoystory twitter feed to the right rail. Why? Because […]

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June 2, 2009
Government Journalism

While I'm not sure whether I want to continue in the daily newspaper business when my tenure with the Union-Tribune is up this Friday, I continue to look at the journalism job sites because that's where my training and experience is. As someone who thinks that the recent talk of government bailouts of the newspaper […]

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May 29, 2009
Job search continues

On a personal note: I'm still looking for a job. I've got some solid leads, but I'd really like to have some more options before I move forward. On that note, I think a government job might be good. As Jason Pye over at QandO notes, President Obama has said he has "created" 150,000 jobs […]

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May 7, 2009
The ax falls

I'd been joking around for the past few months that the San Diego Union-Tribune newsroom was like a hospice ward -- people were just waiting around to die. Well, I was more right than I knew. Today, I found out I was one of the people dying. So, if you or someone you know is […]

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February 11, 2009
You see it here first

Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist and friend of Hoystory (the latter being much more important and impressive than the former) Steve Breen is working on a new photo/cartoon blog called "Bad Hamster." It features stuff like this: The site is currently undergoing a "soft opening," and I'm officially the first blogger to link to it. Breen hopes […]

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December 11, 2008
Boost the economy

It's the holidays, and it's time to show your favorite bloggers how much you appreciate them. For those of you interested in getting something for yours truly, you can find my Amazon.com wishlist by clicking on this button: For some of you, times are tough and you're limiting your holiday purchases to family, I understand. […]

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I'll take a look at dude's new book, but this tweet isn't promising. Watts is a self-aggrandizing extremist whose easily debunked smears have done a lot of damage to her own cause. Also, within pro-gun-control circles everyone knows she's toxic, & Busse surely knows this. https://twitter.com/ryandbusse/status/1450623648067248128

Ryan Busse@ryandbusse

It’s time for reasonable gun owners to cry bullshit on those who demonize good people like @shannonrwatts who are just fighting to make the world better. As Shannon says…it’s also time to buy this book. http://www.ryanbusseauthor.com

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