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  1. Friday, July 5, 2013

    jeffrey mcmanus died on the fourth of july, he was my age 

    jeffrey mcmanus

    a former writer and editor at the world famous ucsb daily nexus,

    jeff catapulted to success with big time gigs at Yahoo, eBay and some of his own companies.

    but besides his beautiful wife and children, it seemed that he was most excited about honoring the Nexus.

    he was the biggest organizer of our annual reunions, the man behind dailynexus.org, @DailyNexusAlums,

    and the Daily Nexus Alumns Facebook group whose header shows him doing a shot with the current EIC.

    jeff was always full of life and energy and bad jokes and laughter.

    you may not have agreed with his humor, but his heart was always in the right place.

    just like all of us, he wanted life to be about fun and joy and kicking major ass.

    and now he’s dead because of something to do with his health.

    but mostly because life isn’t fair,

    and death arrives like a thief in the night

    so rock while you can.

  2. Thursday, May 30, 2013

    totally drank with your boy jason ross last night 

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    i had about three margaritas and a beer and a taco and im just now mostly recovered

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    took the subway and saw a guy get a ticket for not buying a ticket. twas sad.

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    i asked Jason where you wanna drink? he said, take me somewhere you love. we went to La Cita and he loved it too.

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    after a few there we walked over to seven grand and saw a guy walk from outside to inside and puke. twas gross.973756_10151618133193057_1444231123_n

    not even the artwork wanted to see the literal yuppie scum

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    it was nice hanging out with the former nexus editor & chief and walking around DTLA with him

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    when i got home i saw this note on the ground and im still trying to figure out how it was used

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    decided i need to make some new art

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    and maybe get a band formed, as ben suggested

    crazy thing about Jason, he looks exactly the same as he did a zillion years ago

    and is just as funny.

    jason

    makes you wanna puke.

    jk

  3. Sunday, April 28, 2013

    you know it was a good party if you wake up the next day at 4pm 

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    yesterday the Daily Nexus hosted a kickass reunion bash that brought together the past

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    with the present Nexites in the cozy concrete office where all the magic happens

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    tianna and carissa are next year’s news editors.

    basically this is what jeff solomon and max donnelly looked like to the class of 1969 when they visited us.

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    there was a nice spread of food booze and other treats thanks to the generosity of people other than me.

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    jeanine did her best to corrupt the minds of todays youth but aint nobody got time for that

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    they were busy tagging the darkroom <3

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    and being excellent to one another. speaking of which…

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    Elspeth and Barb were there looking exactly the same as when we first met them back in the day. Weird.

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    you know how everything seems smaller when you go back home? it wasnt anything like that at all: it was just right.

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    computor wiz jeffrey p mcmanus, one of the few people who, in the 80s,
    knew how to work the sole Mac, organized the alumns to be there, and worked the twitter and facebook
    great job jeff!

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    and the hard working kids of the current administration came back into the office during their one day off

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    to party with us gray beards and grandmas and superstars and hasbeens

    tony pierce steve elzer daily nexus

    i had the pleasure of “interviewing” former nexus Editor in Chief steve elzer who is currently a suit at Sony Pictures

    who told the kids earnestly that everything he does today, like helping to get Spider-man on the cover of Time

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    to turning lemons into lemonade when weird things like the director of the CIA and Sen. John McCain spoke out against  Sony’s kickass film Zero Dark Thirty

    came from lessons he learned chasing waterfalls at the Nexus.

    even Jason Spievak (above, aloha shirt) and Marissa Wenzke (incoming EIC to his right)

    were all this is f-ing awesome, maclemore

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    and then after an hour we shut off the recording devices and seriously partied

    and it was good.

    for those of you who didn’t make the reunion, east coasters, and Ben Sullivan

    i can tell you that this generation of Nexites are worthy and you should expect big things from them.

    which we can all celebrate next year at this time, something i recommend for all of you who haven’t done it in a while.

    the campus, after 20 years of jackhammers and scaffolds, and orange cones is fully realized

    american flag in isla vista

    the foot patrol, which was a victim of a molitif cocktail last year looks nice

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    you can get freakin pho in IV

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    and gone are the days where your bike would get stolen even if you had it locked to a cop car,

    today’s kids are so sweet and giving (blame the molly) they just leave their bikes in the bike lanes

    for people who need a bike, to take a bike

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    the hippie vibe is so pronounced these days they even celebrated Earth Day a week late

    so all the kids who went to Coachella last weekend wouldnt miss it.

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    ok to the left is IV Theater which means dead ahead is where the repair shop, tropical fish store

    and sole quasi romantic sit-down restaurant was – the one you went to the one and only time you ever had a traditional date in IV

    well now its a 5 story monstrosity that id immediately burn down during the next riot

    because seriously wtf

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    i mean if people wanted this they could easily have gotten into uc san diego

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    same goes for you, sidewalk that noone uses and lamp poles to cut down on sexual assaults at night

    sadly i witnessed some verbal abuse in the broad daylight and i remembered oh yeah theres always asswipes even in paradise

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    btw paradise looked pretty hot yesterday and misses you

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    one of the pocket parks has a ping pong table and theres even ping pong balls waiting for you

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    and people studying on the beach playing bob marley for you

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    and hippies who have lived in IV since 1989 stoked to go to Javans with you

    the end

    next year tsar should play in storke plaza and we should take over kcsb and broadcast it live

    and go to jail and then break out cuz its santa barbara come on duh

  4. Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    today we learned that porn stars are bad at keeping secrets 

    or lying.

    i guess we also learned that some teen moms think its totally normal to go to porn company head quarters

    at vivid

    and think that all the people taking pictures outside

    are just super into her shoes or something.

    and would never start asking about a porn tape

    even if you got in a limo from the airport to the boutique lingerie store

    to the porn company headquarters.

    while hanging out with the hot young stud porn star.

    regardless, farrah is still my favorite teen mom and once again

    all due praise to morgan j freeman

  5. Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    today is jeanine’s birthday, she’s 24 

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    jeanine and i met famously in the newsroom of the uc santa barbara college paper, the daily nexus.

    neither of us knew it was an xbi plot.

    the original dates were disasters, but at night the agency would tweak our brain dynamics through radio waves

    and secretly poison our delicious fruit punch soda.

    and soon, not only were we in love, but we were shacking up

    and using landlines.

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    id bring her on my jobs and say just stay in the car, but when i least expected it, there she was on the roof with me

    saying quick before you do that, smile pretty for the birdie

    me and jeanine

    sadly, turnabout wasnt always fair play.

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    the xbi was happy with things so they sent us to the secret training facility on the moon

    where we experimented with invisible space suits

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    on the weekends i enjoyed playing NHLPA hockey with the neighbors

    and jeanine liked to stand in the way of the screen

    attempting to use ESP on me so i’d sing bluegrass songs with her on the banjo.

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    jeanine is so sweet she won over every man woman and lizard in isla vista.

    my mom still has pictures of her up in her house.

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    but not this one because here she’s on acid.

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    jeanine has hand made the wedding rings of all of our married friends.

    its a cute little way for the xbi to keep an eye on the santa barbara mafia

    but it’s also a way for all of us to remember how special todays birthday girl is to us.

    happy birthday sweet sweet hollywood guitar goddess

    jeanine

    thanks for coming back to LA for us.

  6. Sunday, October 14, 2012

    today is seana fitt’s birthday 

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    one day the Lord blessed us and brought us all to the best college paper in the history of college

    and for no good reason plopped one of the hottest and sharpest girls on our lap

    and named her seana.

    seana made us believe that not only do dreams come true,

    but our dreams have dreams they want to come true too.

    slightly gravely voice like she’d been singing along to motley crue all night

    but dont be fooled by the skintight jeans and leather jacket

    she was secretly at the dead show in vegas

    representing all thats good about california

    perfectly

  7. Wednesday, May 30, 2012
  8. Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    are friends people who let you slide, or people who push you 

    boy - noise with dirt on itwhen i was giving my speech this weekend to the future journalists of america,

    i told them that one reason the Daily Nexus was able to beat all the other california colleges back in the day was because of our brand of peer pressure.

    our oddly drunken commitment to excellence was clearly more effective than professional advisors and teachers with their list of rules.

    if one of your friends told you your review of the new Janes Addiction record sucked it rang truer

    than if some gray haired grandpa told you it was horrible.

    at the Nexus we were loving but ruthless. we would make out with each other on Saturday night but on Sunday night we literally cut the crap out of our copy for Monday’s paper.

    today i had to write the truest critical email ever to someone that i care about but i dont know if it will ring true because for some reason i feel life is different today than it was back in the days of Isla Vista

    i have the feeling that today people dont push their friends to be better. i think it’s more acceptable to just let our closest amigos float down the river of mediocrity.

    of course on one level friends should be the warm cuddly pillow that we can rest our head on. friends should feel safe with each other. the world is cold and cruel and hard and harsh, friends should be the shelter.

    but if a friend doesnt say bro you’re off track. or baby youre selling out. or psssst you are so much better than this – then who will?

    and would we listen to those people who say those biting, critical things if they arent our actual peers?

    i begged the future of america to be courageous as they asked questions and spoke truth to power.

    and afterwards i realized the old truism: we teach what we most need to learn.

  9. Sunday, April 22, 2012

    yesterday i gave the keynote address to the best college journalists of CA 

    cal state fullerton

    many moons ago my friends and i would go to the college journalism awards and clean up.

    we were young and cocky and talented and beautiful and ruthless and we had no advisors

    so we wore dresses to the awards and made out and drank and laughed as we won

    and won and won and won.

    many of my friends have gone on to fame and fortune and i, well, im making due.

    so in preparation to my speech i debated wearing a dress but because the theme of my keynote was

    CHANGE OR DIE

    i figured i would not do the things that i did 21 years ago

    so i wore pajamas, a robe, and sandals

    as i told the kids among other things:

    be courageous, learn what the Mainstream Media is doing thats good and bad,
    figure out why more people read the Huffington Post than the LA Times
    figure out why the Huffington Post got a Pulitzer and the Times didnt
    start using Twitter, quit being boring, quit selling out
    subscribe to the LA Times since it cost just 3 tanks of gas
    and you all say how you want to be pro journalists
    thus you should newspaper stalk your career
    the same way you Facebook stalk your crushes.
    i told them that behind Americas most trusted Newsman (Jon Stewart)
    are an army of writers including a fellow UCSB dress wearer (Jason Ross)
    i told them that the cultural documentarian (Morgan J. Freeman) was also
    a former dress wearer and award winning college journalist.
    and i ended by saying
    “your music sucks, dont let your journalism suck too.”

    i was cheered wildly and a dozen attendees asked me if they could work for me
    for free.

    so, yeah a good day, as witnesed by twitter:

  10. Thursday, April 5, 2007

    anyone who knew stacey teas in college 

    stacy teas cover cruising world--large-msg-117576591018 wouldnt be surprised that one day she might end up on the cover of a magazine looking unbelievably glamorous in a very natural way.

    you dont have dreams as good as stacy. longest legs, long blonde hair, and eyes you dont dare to even consider. once she came over to my house in the throws of something, eating a fruit and tearing apart each delicious tendril, you should have some of this, she said.

    everything was a beautiful play.

    stacy was in creative studies and her poems were beautiful and romantic and a little dirty. even though id say about half of the kids had no magic, stacy and a few others did, and her short stories were great and her diaries were a challenge to the others in the class in who could be the most revealing.

    i think i tied for second.

    since college stacey has gotten married and begun to raise an adorable little daughter. after she had a scare with cancer(!), mother and daughter saw a boat for sale. soon they were fixing up this boat. and then they were sailing around the world.

    the web site explaining the trip is totally amazing. especially to see things as the little girl writes them down.

    stacey was and illustrator for the nexus when we were all there. she dated mr whalen from tsar in one of the most torrid rock affairs isla vista saw. and in those days thats saying something as that quaint little town saw its fair share of drama.

    stacey wrote me last year right as i was starting my gig at LAist and can you believe it i didnt write her back until tonight. so when i went to see if her web site had been updated it was very nice to see this magazine cover with her on it.