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Shiny Objects — No. 7

Once again, long time between installments. All I can say is I have never been busier with family, work and school. But here are a few things that have caught my attention since our last visit -- and you shouldn’t be surprised that music is the constant that keeps me going in these long periods between posts.

1. “Play On: Power Pop Heroes, Vol. 1 and 2”

Author/musician Ken Sharp has released the first two installments of a planned three-volume history of power pop music. I’ve finished the 520-page Volume 1, which covers the mid-1960s to 1974 and am a third through the beastly 772-page Volume 2, which covers the golden age of power pop, from the mid-1970s through mid-1980s. For afficionados of power pop, this is heaven.

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Shiny Objects -- No. 6

Yeah, I know I've been lax in posting. Life has just been crazy busy. All apologies. Here's just a taste of all that's been consuming me. 

1. Snizl

TBC Media and The Bakersfield Californian is partnering with British app maker Snizl to offer Bakersfield real-time deals and events listings.

The Snizl app (details on how to download for iOS and Android here) allows you to take advantage of last-minute deals on the go. And if you’re a business owner or event organizer, you can publicize you event for as little as $10.


2. “High Stakes & Dangerous Men: The UFO Story

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My stint on Bako Motorsports Power Hour

I appeared last week on the Bako Motorsports Power Hour for a short segment with host Louis Amestoy, who grilled me with "5 things that Logan Molen has to react to!" Thankfully, all were racing related, and I embarrassed myself only once. 

For better or worse, here's the clip. 


Shiny Objects -- No. 5

1. Citra -- Lottery winner!

My Citra lottery winKern River Brewing recently released a fresh batch of Citra, a Double IPA that has earned a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival and a 100 rating from the Beer Advocate. This beer is that good, and brewed in such small batches that the brewery conducts a lottery to dish out each new batch. I got lucky, and won a six-pack. The genius part is you have to drive to Kernville to pick up your winnings, which means you get to drink Citra fresh from the tap, and save the bottles for later.

I may sound like a homer but Citra is a seriously good beer and well worth the effort to win a six-pack or drive up the hill from Bakersfield to taste it right from the tap. But move fast, because the scarcity of the Citra hop means supplies are limited.


2. The Bakersfield Sound

The Bakersfield Californian recently partnered with Zocalo Public Square on an in-depth discussion of the state of The Bakersfield Sound. It was a great evening at Metro Galleries in Bakersfield, and spawned a number of related pieces of media in addition to this video:

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Shiny Objects -- No. 4

More  things big and small that have distracted me over the last week:

1. How to Think Like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos

This podcast interview with self-help guru Tim Ferriss is frequently insightful, but this conversation with X-Prize man Peter Diamandis is smart and inspiring throughout. Key comment was Diamandis encouraging smart people to stop developing new photo-sharing apps in pursuit of ideas that can change the world.

Side story: Something I learned: I once did business with Zip2, a company started by Elon Musk.


2. Top Ad Campaigns of the 21st Century

This is one of those items worth saving over the course of a week. Ad Age has settled on the top ad

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