Taco Tour

Everything is tacos. Have I ever had a life without tacos? What was my first taco like? Will I ever not have a taco again?

Tales from the Turntable

Do they ever elaborate, like “Please play something I can dance to—I only do Irish Step Dance…”?

The Mondegreens

What’s that old saying about how “you’ve don’t know what you’ve got til’ it’s gone…” It seems that just as Chico band The Mondegreens are getting some traction in the local music scene and gaining fans, they’re hitting the dusty trail

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Freedom Isn’t Free

So what happened?

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Last Call

It is with an overall sense of profound appreciation that I write these words. Thank you to everyone who’s ever walked through my door and every advertiser who wrote a check to help support this dream.

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The Vine: Once a Synner…

by Max Sidman | I stared at the words on the screen for a minute before I could reply, a thousand thoughts and memories rushing through my mind during that hesitation.

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Top 5 Synthesis Accomplishments

by Maurice Spencer Teilmann | Here’s the straight poop on five of my favorite/most memorable/most cringe-worthy things I did during my nine years writing and editing at Synthesis

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Al Green: Still Wants To Get Next To You

by Jake Sprecher • Originally Published Sept. 2007 | Sing your love and happiness; sing all of it.

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Farewell and Adieu to You Fair Spanish Ladies

And I got to say FUCK a lot.

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Spew-o-Matic: The Legend of Esplanada

Every day she would walk up and down the Esplanade

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The Hall of the Gods

Best Cover Feature: Ganga Giri

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404 Not Found

Print is fucking dead. The written word and human experience are alive and well.

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I Lift the Weights so Gently, They Never Know How Strong I’m Getting

I like-like you guys.

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Slavery Still Exists

While we are celebrating our freedom from slavery, I would like to take a few moments to remember the people still trapped in slavery’s clutches

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We Get What We Give (And What We Deserve)

If we don’t appreciate this totally fantastic human diversity, these strange unexplored corners, they don’t exist for us, our worlds are smaller, and we are less for it. And then, one day, they’re gone.

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Communication

As a child, I could spend all day knocking around the neighborhood, maybe going home to eat, maybe not, but my family didn’t hear from me for hours on end, which was fine with me. Now such a thing is unthinkable.

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So You’ve Lost a Newspaper Column

Let’s start from the beginning: how the fuck did I get a column? Where am I? Why does it hurt to breathe? All good questions.

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One Last Time With Feeling!

Bad dreams, undulating testes, mid-life crisis and the end of an era

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Magic Eye Posters Are Still Cool, Right?

I’m sure with my impressive portfolio I’ll immediately be snapped up by one of the greats, like The National Enquirer or Dog Fancy. Actually, if any of you “know a guy” there, hook it up.

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Winter WonderGrass Festival 2015

Festival season kicks off early and with style at Lake Tahoe Words and Photos by Alan Sheckter The Winter WonderGrass festival’s first foray into California, outdoors at Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe, came through with flying colors, March 20-22. The boutique festival that boasted many of the West’s hottest pickin’ and grinnin’ Americana jam bands […]

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Damn… I Wanted to Quit

But, in a good way.

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Supertime

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Horoscopes – Week of March 30, 2015

Aries Initiate appropriate action. You need to express a deep and abiding love. Monday through Tuesday morning the Moon will be in your fifth house along with Jupiter expanding your heart, allowing you to do the things that make you happy. Tuesday afternoon through Thursday focus on clean-up, organization, and service to others. Saturday’s lunar […]

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This Shit is Just Really Sad

I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane with us. I know it’s bittersweet, but really, so were we.

Hot Flashes: Welcome To Chico, The Best Place Ever Invented Ever

by DANIEL TAYLOR • Originally Published August 2008
Hey Everybody! OMG did you know that people in Chico are the happiest fucking people on earth?

An Unnecessary, Semi-Accurate History of ‘Hot Flashes’

Free drinks, the adoration of moderately attractive women, the hushed reverence of my tight-panted peers at emo shows; the fringe benefits were numerous.

The Passion of the (Sleazus) Christ

My job is to create stuff out of words. And I wouldn’t have it without my time at Synthesis.

Undercover Juggalo: Stream of consciousness at the ICP show

Walking into the show left me with the kind of nervous energy I usually only get when my car breaks down in the wrong side of town. Or when I’m showing a woman my penis for the first time.

Black Eyes and Blue Balls

by Maurice Spencer Teilmann • Originally Published April 2005 | The world watches as Chico State’s Greek system takes another shot to the gonads

Bill Says: OPEN SEASON

Originally Published DECEMBER 2005 | I’d imagine that was probably the first time someone said the word “dildo” at an AS Government meeting

Event Calendar – Week of March 23, 2015

Best Bets: Wednesday, March 25th Punk rock karaoke Maltese Are you anti-establishment? Me too! Especially that corner store-establishment where they […]

Sayonara, Synthesis

“You cocky little shit. Tell them I’ll have it in when it’s done. [CLICK]”

Meter’s Running: The Wet Brunette

“There’s that son of a bitch!” I yelled, growling deeply out the back of my throat. I couldn’t even tell who was driving the other taxi but it didn’t really matter, the car was the right color.

Service Dogs

The ADA gives disabled Americans the protection they need to interact with society with their help of their service animals. However, we in the disabled community have the responsibility to ensure that our dogs are well trained and well mannered.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

The sequel to 2012’s shockingly violent, schizophrenic top-down killer, Wrong Number carries us back into an adrenaline soaked ‘80s nightmare that is at once familiar and different.

Insomnia and Revolution

Long-time Chico icons going off-line and early morning ruminations lead to a long, hot bath

The End Is Nigh. (Part One)

Some might not understand us feeling gratified in spite of the Synthesis’ demise. But they’re idiots who don’t understand what it was like to work here.

Supertime