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Angry Mike’s thoughts on latter day Capitalism or: Capitalism can eat a dick

Angry Mike’s thoughts on latter day Capitalism or: Capitalism can eat a dick

Capitalism Can Eat A Dick!   The United States is said to be “the greatest country in the world.”  One of the major reasons this is said, is due to our adoption of Capitalism, where  private citizens are allowed to own businesses and infrastructure with which to produce and sell goods, thereby making shitloads of money. In the old days, you could own a factory or what have you, produce a good product, and reap the benefits. … Read entire article »

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M.I.B. – Made in Baltimore, or at least headquartered here

M.I.B. – Made in Baltimore, or at least headquartered here

Let’s face it, Baltimore City and the state of Maryland seem to have an incredibly difficult time (well, all of America really) holding onto businesses/companies that make actual things. Manufacturing. From widgets and doohickeys all the way up to coffee and cars, Maryland did at one point have a rich tapestry of manufacturing jobs that sustained a very robust working class – especially in the city. But alas – GM, Solo Cup, Bethlehem Steel, Black … Read entire article »

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Fells Point Post Week #2: The Antique Man Cometh

Fells Point Post Week #2: The Antique Man Cometh

Please to be enjoying this second post in our arbitrary week of posts about Fells Point! If you’ve ever walked along Fleet Street during the daylight hours, chances are pretty high that you’ve walked past The Antique Man (1806-12 Fleet St., Fells Point), but were possibly too busy, creeped out by the circusy appearance, or just too stupid to check it out. But for over 30 years now (at least, I’m pretty sure it’s been 30 … Read entire article »

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Subliminal pErsuaXion

Subliminal pErsuaXion

Darth Raymunnn, an ad/marketing fellow himself, explores the wonderful world of sumbliminal sexual persuasion in advertising in his latest blog. Scooter Nation— Subliminal messaging or subliminal persuasion has been used in advertising for a long time. No matter what the product, even the slightest subliminal suggestion can have a huge effect on the consumer according to some. Here is a sample of a classic Yellow Pages ad: A simple ad but once turned upside down, it appearS to … Read entire article »

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HOLY SHIT THAT’S AWESOME: Pork N’ Pine Delivery brings you a pork sandwich & Christmas tree

HOLY SHIT THAT’S AWESOME: Pork N’ Pine Delivery brings you a pork sandwich & Christmas tree

SpaceManAndy discovered a truly wondrous service for the Baltimore area for his preparations for the holiday season, which unfortunately isn’t taking any more orders for as of last Sunday they’re accepting orders until THIS THURSDAY so get on it! Pretty brilliant little business for some extra dough! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you read that title right! It’s a Christmas tree delivered right to your door with a PULLED PORK SANDWICH! BOO-YA! How many times has THIS happened to you? Or … Read entire article »

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J&D’s Bacon Lube is, unfortunately, very real

J&D’s Bacon Lube is, unfortunately, very real

And so it was, 2.5 years ago when the world was at the height of its almost irritating obsession with bacon when someone emailed me the apparent existence of a product – J&D’s Bacon Lube. Known for their oddball bacon products like Bacon Salt, Bacon Mayonnaise and various other bacon-related foods (but no actual bacon) it appeared as though J&D Foods was moving into the adult lubricant market. My general reaction was something like “WHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY” … Read entire article »

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Fun with bad reviews: cab theft edition

Fun with bad reviews: cab theft edition

Here’s something you don’t see all that often – a post on another blog about etiquette referencing a Baltimore area restaurant by way of its waitstaff not at the restaurant, an incident in which an employee of said restaurant jacked a cab the reviewer/writer was hailing: It turns out that the place she so desperately needed to go, to the point that she needed to steal our cab, was a vegan cafe just north of campus … Read entire article »

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My Picks for the worst ads in America 2011

My Picks for the worst ads in America 2011

Consumerist is running one of its most treasured annual routines until October 16th, the Worst Ads Awards, where readers get to vote for, well, the worst ads in America broken down by category (Creepiest, Worst, Most Annoying Performance By a Human, etc.). This year has had a slew of television ads worthy of scorn, some of which *really* suck, others not so much, and still others that should have made the nominee listing but didn’t … Read entire article »

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Local DJ wears awesome shirt with baseball legend

Local DJ wears awesome shirt with baseball legend

Legendary Orioles manager (the) Earl Weaver was in town last week to participate in some sort of sports-related discussion thing at the Sports Legend Museum (naturally), where he more than likely cursed a lot and gave everyone their what-fors, a time which one could only imagine as really really fun – and then I saw this picture posted on the internets: That’s right folks, 98 Rock DJ Don (aka Cap’n Don) wearing one of our “PRESS … Read entire article »

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Living Social deal goes awry, citizens pissed

Living Social deal goes awry, citizens pissed

So’s I caught wind of a tale of woe the other day, regarding what should have been a really fun slash amazing party fun time courtesy of Baltimore’s Living Social bureau. It was a $60 ziplining slash open bar special, in which purchasers of the excursion would park their vehicle at the Port Covington Walmart (RED FLAG) and be provided transportation to Sandy Spring Friends School where frolicking, ziplining and climbing would ensue for two … Read entire article »

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