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My Yahoo! Years, Part 3: OSHA and Ergonomics Were Less Important than Ideating

If Yahoo! can't think of their own employees, can they really know what people need or want? Read More »

My Yahoo! Years, Part 2: Health Insurance and Workers Rights

Without national health insurance, companies like Yahoo! use health insurance to chill free speech. Read More »

My Yahoo! Years, Part 1: Managers and Mismanagement in Pasadena and Burbank

Yahoo!'s problems include managers forgetting the rules of industrial relations--state and federal. Read More »

Opera Review (LA): The Fly

Can bad science fiction made good opera? Not in the case of the recent outing of "The Fly" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): Inside Privates Lives

It's a little bit of history, a little bit catty, and a lot of fun: six newsmakers portrayed with aplomb. Read More »

The Fly And Its Spawn

When man meets fly, it doesn't always end with a swat and a squish. Sometimes it's a hit of the sci-fi kind. Read More »

Movie Review: Alice Neel or When Motherhood Takes the Backseat to Artistic Expression

Alice Neel painted portraits, lived on welfare, and put her art before motherhood in order to be an artist. Read More »

Movie Review: Save Me Gives a Sensitive Look at a Timely Issue

Does religious faith have a place for gay men or can gay men be reformed to become heterosexual? Read More »

Movie Review: A Troubling Tale About Beauty in Trouble

Beauty can overcome the boundaries of class and economics and sometimes one sacrifices romantic love for maternal love. Read More »

Movie Review: Life and Crime in Poland in Retrieval (Z Odzysku)

For love and money, a small-town man becomes involved in a loan shark business and loses the respect of his family and the woman he loves. Read More »