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Musings on the sacred and the mundane.

Rosemary Picado

Rosemary Picado
San Francisco, California, USA
October 13
Technical Writer
Rosemary Picado has written for the San Jose Mercury News, Budget Savvy, and City ReVolt magazine. She currently works as a technical writer.

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In her article last week, Salon’s Drew Grant asked the question “Who knew “Predator” could inspire brilliant tunes?

Answer: ArnoCorps.

But back to that in a minute.

In my opinion, Grant really isn’t asking the right question. I’ll ex/… Read full post »

My Quantas Engine Explosion Adventure
My friend Erica and I get our Aussie Adventure underway, we thought.
When I saw the news this morning about the Qantas flight out of SFO losing an engine, it was dejavu all over again. 
In the wee hours of the morning on Monday, August 30th, Qantas flight 74,… Read full post »
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AUGUST 16, 2010 2:32PM

News of a Friend’s Death via Facebook


My last visit with Leslie, in Burbank, August 2009.

It was a Tuesday afternoon. I was at work. After a long meeting with my team, I returned to my desk in our open fishbowl office and stole a moment to check my Facebook page, as I do a couple… Read full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2009 2:48PM

Films of the Decade: Gladiator


With grandiose CGI sets and glorious acting, Ridley Scott's epic reawakened the sword-and-sandal genre

By Rosemary Picado

Please see my article in Film Salon here:

Rosemary Picado is a technical writer anRead full post »



I grew up on a farm. Well, that's not technically true. I grew up in a suburb in Sunnyvale, CA, but it felt like a farm. Our humble tract home right off of Wolfe Road and El Camino had a big backyard, nearly a third of an acre, and… Read full post »


Just north of Santa Rosa, a little more than an hour’s drive from the rolling concrete hills of San Francisco, lays a hidden world: Safari West. But it shouldn’t be such a well-kept secret. Where else can you get an authentic African safari on a day trip from the…

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Warning: spoilers ahead.

The newly rebranded SyFy Channel's new tagline is "Imagine Greater." I have a pretty good imagination, and I can imagine a better show than the new series, "Warehouse 13".

They got me hooked on the teasers with the promise of C.C.H Pounder, Det.… Read full post »

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JULY 6, 2009 2:01PM

Recession Recreation: 4th of July on Rockaway Beach





Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some
It’s not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach...

--The Ramones

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This cocktail punch is two drinks in one: white sangria AND margaritas. Oh yeah. It's X-rated because it uses X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, my new favorite beverage.

I made these margaritas for a birthday party and they were a huge hit. The recipe is loosely based on the… Read full post »


Burn Notice



The title caught my attention at first. What the heck is a Burn Notice? What I found was an awesome summer spy show that combined the action, intensity, and production values of 24 with the camera-winking wit of Xena: Warrior Princess. It even starred Bruce Campbell… Read full post »

MARCH 3, 2009 3:17PM

Confidentially Lost on 24

The FOX drama 24 is a guilty pleasure for me. I especially enjoy the cast lead by Keifer Sutherland, and “story told in real time” format, which allows for the endless cliffhangers I’m a total sucker for. The show was prescient when it presented us with a fabulous portrayal of an… Read full post »