published Friday, September 16th, 2011

The Strip News and notes for guys


Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 22-year-old son who recently graduated from college and a 17-year-old daughter who is a senior in high school.

Q: Dad, what are some things you learned about being a leader?

A: I've worked with some good ones and some bad ones. Some characteristics the better ones have all shared is that they don't ask people under them to do anything they would not do themselves. They are fair and respectful. That doesn't mean they treat everyone exactly the same. People are different, and they react differently to different approaches. Good leaders know this. The main thing is that a good leader understands the ultimate goal and gets everyone working toward that end.

-- By Barry Courter


Game Informer magazine ranks the top handheld games for September.

  1. "Kirby Mass Attack," DS

  2. "Star Fox 64 3D," 3DS

  3. "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D," 3DS

  4. "Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars," 3DS

  5. "Resident Evil: The Merc"Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition," 3DS

  6. "Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection," PSP

  7. "Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2," DS

  8. "Cars 2," DS

  9. "Pilotwings Resort," 3DS


If you're tired of waiting forever on the phone with customer service, free Android/iPhone app FastCustomer helps you skip the wait on hold and only rings your phone when an actual human being is on the line. The app has hundreds of companies in its database, so you just find the one you want to call, tap on it, and that's it. A few minutes later your phone will ring, and a customer service representative will be on the other end. Check out the video to see more:

-- McClatchy Newspapers


WATCH: "Wishful Drinking" (DVD)

Carrie Fisher's clever wit, sharp insights and gift of extracting humor from misfortune make "Wishful Drinking" as uplifting as it is entertaining. She involves her audience, pokes fun at "Star Wars" merchandise made in her liken, and often sits leisurely on a cozy chair as if she's gossiping with a dear friend. And she really dishes the dirt. She begins with an insider's view of a major Hollywood scandal: her parents' 1959 divorce, when her singer father (Eddie Fisher) abruptly dropped her actress mother (Debbie Reynolds) for the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. Fisher came to see that celebrity is merely "obscurity biding time," and says that she watched her mother and father -- two glimmering stars -- "dim, cool and fade." -- Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

READ: "Jagger," by Marc Spitz

Mick Jagger is a libidinous trickster from folklore, full of complication, complexity and contradiction. Handling his life story requires delicacy, empathy and sensitivity to the emotional and cultural dynamism that Jagger creates, inculcates and represents. Marc Spitz proves he is more than capable. Spitz skillfully leads readers through a tour of Jagger's carnival life fronting the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world, acting in several films and breaking many more hearts. -- David Masciotra


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