Results tagged “Average of Joe” from Joe Lavin's Humor Column

Obama Vs. McCain

No column today. I'm too busy getting ready for the game election tonight.

Instead, here are some links to some pieces I did back when neither candidate was particularly favored for the nomination. Back then, I managed to see both Obama (with a little Kennedy/Kerry on the side) and McCain (with a touch of Bill Clinton). Throw in a little Chuck Norris too, and it was quite an election year.

And finally, I was very excited to discover that I can vote on perhaps the most awesome and/or ridiculous ballot initiative of the year. I've often joked about government by jury duty, but here's Question 5 (non-binding!) for Somerville, MA:

Question 5: Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of amending the state Constitution to replace the state Legislature with 100 randomly selected adult residents of the Commonwealth, each serving a one-year term, to be called the Commonwealth Jury and to have all the legislative and other powers of the current Legislature?
Wow, Commonwealth Jury Duty! I would almost be tempted to vote for this, except that I don't want to end up getting called for one year of jury duty. Try explaining that to your boss!  

Average of Joe: Here's to Moving Day

Here's a piece about Moving Day in Boston (aka Labor Day) that I wrote last year. Good luck to those who are moving, and, hey, is that stuff you just put out on the curb up for grabs? 

Average of Joe: Welcome to China

With the Beijing Olympics about to begin, here are a few pieces from my 2001 trip to Beijing:

Welcome To China
Inside the Forbidden City
Hello, Humor Column
On and Around the Great Wall
Rubber Dinosaurs and Cadavers

And finally, in The Boston Herald, I was just a little skeptical about how The Smog Olympics would turn out.

Average of Joe: The Retro Technology of Tomorrow

In 2005, I speculated that someone would eventually create a USB typewriter to use as a keyboard, and luckily someone has. (Link courtesy of the esteemed Professor Barnhardt.) Below is my retro piece on the retro technology of tomorrow (or today).

Last year, someone took a bulky old-style phone and made a cell-phone headset out of it. It was at once the dorkiest and coolest headset around and understandably a big hit online. This is not an isolated case. At Radio Shack, you can now buy modern phones that look so old-fashioned you'll feel like you're in the middle of "His Girl Friday." Revamped Beetles and Mini-Coopers are all over our roadways. Even Atari games are back in vogue. It seems that we all like our technology to be a little retro. Here then are some suggestions for the future of retro technology.


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