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October 2002
October 16, 2002
From this week's Onion:
No One Has Heart To Ask Human Beat Box To Stop

VENTURA, CA—Friends of Ron Berg, the self-described "human beat box," don't have the heart to ask him to stop. "Any time we're out, it's only a matter of time before Ron starts up with 'poom poom-pkkhh, poom-papoom-pkkhh,'" friend Brian Craig said Tuesday. "But he's so proud of his 'special skill' that it'd devastate him if we told him he sucks and should stop." Craig, who has been sprayed with beat-box saliva "tons of times," said he makes sure never to sit across from Berg at a bar where the jukebox contains Run-DMC's Raising Hell.
... which just confirms that the Onion is the funniest publication on the planet.
October 9, 2002
This week's SF Weekly has a nice little writeup of the beatbox shows I'm doing this weekend with Yuri Lane. Alas, it's nowhere to be found on their Web site, so peep it in print.
October 4, 2002
My friend Jennifer Durrant's online exhibit, who are we, which I produced, is this week's featured site at
who are we is a portrait of SF's Potrero Hill neighborhood, told through the photos and first-person stories of 20 of its residents -- including an 80-year-old community activist, a swordsman, a former mayor, and a famous pig.
It's beautiful, life-affirming work. The photos are luminescent, intimate and powerful; the stories are sometimes joyous, sometimes tragic, but moving and important throughout. So check it out.
October 3, 2002
Today's New York Times features two articles (read 'em here and here) about SOCOM: US Navy SEALs, the PlayStation game that I did a bunch of character voices for -- including two no-nonsense buzzcut types, and a weathered Cajun cook with a penchant for armadillo. I also narrated a 20-minute documentary for the game DVD about what it's like to be a SEAL.
Yup, that's me, Mr. Be All You Can Be.
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