January 2009

Still Waiting . . . We’re Still Waiting

by The Editors on January 17, 2009

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Longboarders could catch a few waves this morning, but the rumored swell has still not arrived. A couple divers said there was a pretty strong surge and visibility wasn’t very good. So maybe the waves are a little closer than we think.


Carlsbadistan’s Appy iPhone Developers

by The Editors on January 16, 2009

PastedgraphicWe’ve always known that Carlsbadistan’s hills were loaded with high-tech gaming companies, but now a few of the founders of High Moon Studios have started their own game company in downtown Carlsbadistan and they’re going to focus on games for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Game industry vets Chris Ulm, Farzad Varahramyan, Emmanuel Valdez, Rick Olaffson, and Paul O’Connor — all past founding members of High Moon Studios — have banded together to create Appy Entertainment. Along with Executive Producer Steve Sargent and Lead Programmer Marc-Antoine Argenton, they’re bringing experience gleaned from creating console games like Ready 2 Rumble, the Oddworld series, Darkwatch and The Bourne Conspiracy to Apple’s small screen.

Appy’s games will reportedly be “quick and habit forming.” And that sounds great to us. Being rabid iPhone users we’re hoping they let us test a few of the games before they go public so we can go to our appy place before anyone else.

[Link: Appy Place]
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Randy Laybourne’s 20x20x20

by The Editors on January 16, 2009

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Former Carlsbadistan-based artist Randy Laybourne will be premiering a new collection of 20 20×20 inch pieces in a show at Swiv Tackle Circus in Oceanside, California tomorrow night (January 17, 2009) from 6 – 10 PM. The evening will features music by DJ Blackass and friends and Stone Brew will be served.

We know it’s in Oside, but do yourself a favor and check it out.

[Link: lookforwardtothepast.com and swivtacklecircus]


The Riehl World: Geraldine And Barratt

by Richard J. Riehl on January 16, 2009

LogoThose of us of a certain age may remember “Geraldine,” the late comedian Flip Wilson’s alter ego, who loved to say, “The devil made me do it!” when she did something wrong.

I thought of her when I read about how Barratt American’s president, Michael Pattinson, explained why his Carlsbad-based homebuilding company went bankrupt last month. According to Pattinson, his bank was the devil that made him do it, canceling his line of credit and seizing control of all his North County projects.

“What upsets me is that a company that I was loyal to was not loyal to me,” Pattinson sniffed. “But we’re big boys. We know what goes on in this world, and what goes around comes around. I’ve got my boxing gloves on, and I’m up for the fight. I’ve lost Round One, but there’s 14 more rounds to go.”

Pattinson’s pugnacious vow to rebuild his empire, without remorse over the $10.9 million he owes his 11 creditors in San Diego and Riverside counties, is astonishing.
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The Bachelor Gets The Lego Treatment

by The Editors on January 15, 2009

Img300 BachelorLegoland California will be the star player in an upcoming episode of the shockingly demented and wrong ABC Television show The Bachelor as single dad Jason Mesnick brings one of his fluzzies (and her daughter) to Carlsbadistan for a day at the park.

This is the first time the family theme park in Carlsbad opened its gates privately to allow Mesnick, Stephanie and her daughter, Sophia, to enjoy the more than 50 rides, shows and attractions featured at LEGOLAND California. . . They were also treated to a secluded picnic in Pirate Shores and a special birthday party for Sophia in Miniland U.S.A., the heart of LEGOLAND California where nine cities are replicated out of more than 22 million LEGO® bricks.

Private day at Legoland? So maybe they didn’t close the park down to rebuild the aquarium after all? The show airs Monday January 19, 2009 on ABC TV. If you don’t mind polluting your brain, tune in. For the rest of the details, follow the jump.
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B&G Club Golf Classic Names Honoary Chairman

by The Editors on January 15, 2009

DudekEncinitas-based environmental and engineering consultant Frank Dudek has been named the honorary chairman of the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club’s 57th Annual Golf Classic Sponsored by TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company to be held at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside on March 23, 2009.

Frank Dudek, president of Encinitas-based environmental and engineering firm Dudek, has been named as the event’s honorary chairman. He recently served on the executive board of the Greater San Diego After-School All-Stars and is involved in several other community organizations. Dudek has been involved in the Carlsbad community from a business and charitable perspective for the past 25 years. Dudek joins several local business leaders in assisting with the tournament.

For all the details follow the jump.
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Flat, Flatter, Flattest: Where Are The Waves?

by The Editors on January 15, 2009

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It’s been weeks since Carlsbadistan has had any good surf. And the natives are getting restless. “Bro, it is the worst it’s ever been, and I’ve lived here 20 years,” said one surfer this morning as he forlornly scanned the horizon for the smallest hint of a swell.

At Knockout Pizza the mood was no better. A quick “how’s it going” to the guy at the counter was returned with a short, “Well, there’s no surf.” We mentioned that at least the weather was nice and he said, “I don’t care about the weather.” And that seems to be the mood of most surfers in Carlsbadistan.

At Witt’s Carlsbad Pipelines surf shop the mood was a little better. They’ve hung a sign out front promising waves: “Swell Coming” it says. And they’re right if you believe the wave forecasters at Surfline.com.

A trough of low pressure initially developed in the Western Pacific, between the Philippines and Japan late last week. This area of low pressure pulled up an exceptional amount of tropical moisture from the area around the Philippines, which really helped it intensify while it grew in size this past weekend. The Quikscat satellite recorded 40-50 knots of wind over a large fetch, aimed well at both Hawaii and California during that time. Long-period swell from this component of the storm will slam Hawaii Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday, with a smaller version of that surf reaching the West Coast Friday and Saturday.

It’s nice to read, but we’re not getting even a hint of it here. Maybe tomorrow, huh?

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You know it’s bad when then the only people out at Cherry Street is the Tamarack SUPer club.


Walker, Whitlock Killing It At WQS Opener

by The Editors on January 15, 2009

6899 MainWe may not have any waves here, but a couple Carlsbadistan surfers are cleaning up on the East Coast as The 2009 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) kicked off its season opener in the O’Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro, according to Tracks Magazine.

Heath Walker (Carlsbad, CA), 33, smashed the day’s highest single-wave score of an 8.17 out of 10 by utilizing speed and power to issue several forehand gouges on a racy righthander. The Australian followed up with a second solid score to claim his Round 1 heat win. . . . Ricky Whitlock (Carlsbad, CA), 21, was also a standout performer in the opening day of the O’Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro, claiming his opening heat by posting one of the day’s highest heat totals of 14.16 out of 20 to advance into Round 2. Whitlock applied his previous Sebastian Inlet experience to claim his heat win.

Nice work, guys. It’s good to have Carlsbadistan represented “as far inland as you can get.”

Watch Heath and Ricky live right here.

[Link: Tracks Magazine]


Half As Many Carlsbad Bank Robberies In 2008

by The Editors on January 14, 2009

According to reports from the FBI there were actually four less bank robbery incidents in Carlsbadistan in 2008 than in 2007, according to a story in the North County Times.

Carlsbad saw the most significant decrease in robberies in 2008 —- just seven heists compared to 15 the year before. . . .”Of those 15, five of them were by one bank robber, the ‘Impatient Bandit,'” said Carlsbad crime analyst Fiona Everett. “Right there, if you just eliminate that one guy, then we’re almost even, with 10 in 2007 and seven in 2008.”

Still seems like a lot to us.

[Link: North County Times]


North County Times Proclaims Its Ignorance

by The Editors on January 12, 2009

More proof that the North County Times has its head way up it’s own . . . well, you know: In a “roses and raspberries” piece they gave the City of Carlsbad a “raspberry” for “its attempt to use the proposed $1 trillion federal economic stimulus to build a skate park.” Here’s what they said:

Funny, we are under the impression that this money is supposed to go toward infrastructure projects. You know, things like interstate highways, ports, bridges, airports. Projects that might actually benefit the country as a whole, not just serve parochial —- and comparatively insignificant —- interests.

Since it appears the editors of the paper don’t understand much of anything: The Alga Skatepark (swim complex and park) is Carlsbad’s number one project and any money the City Council can find should be used to build it as soon as possible. To say that skateboarding and a place for kids to learn to swim is a “comparatively insignificant interest” in North County is just plain ignorant.

Then again, with the way the newspaper business is going currently, we probably won’t have the North County Times to worry about for much longer.

[Link: North County Times]