Category Archives: Occurrences

Thrift Store Adventures Volume 2: Now in 3D

Last week, Thrift Store Adventures taught you seven things about thrift stores. This week, we’ll cover seven more weird things you could come across in your own thrift store adventures:

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Thrift Store Adventures Volume 1: Only in America

In the past week, I’ve been to more thrift stores than some people have gone to in an entire lifetime, and here are seven things I learned:

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A Food Occurrence: South Gate Garden (Nam Dae Mun Garden)

Let’s talk about food for a few minutes. I’ve found that the best way for me to kick any sort of crummy feeling is to get some good food and for this particular feeling, hot, spicy Korean food was the best medicine.

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A Nerd Roadtrip: Amazing Heroes, Vortex Music, and More

In celebration of life and all of its infinite beauty, I’d like to invite the Internet on a roadtrip I took today to various nerd locations in the greater Seattle, Washington, area with a great friend of mine, Brenden.

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A Doug Benson Occurrence

I’ve been a religious listener of Doug Loves Movies for well over two years. Doug Benson (@DougBenson on Twitter) the host and namesake of this show graciously “plops” a new, hilarious, and free episode early each Friday morning. Doug Loves Movies is a comedy podcast in which Doug and several guests (usually comedians or actors) talk about movies and play a few movie related games, including A,B,C,Deez Nuts, Build-a-title, and the centerpiece, The Leonard Maltin Game.  In this time, I’ve played at least a hundred rounds of The Leonard Maltin Game while listening along to the podcast.  On Sunday August 5th 2-Oceans-12, I got a shot at The Leonard Maltin Game for real.

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Mass Effect: Final Thoughts and Goodbyes

Yes I reused this picture.  One of the best ensemble shots ever.


They say the journey is the real important part; our destination can be seen as the final stroke on an otherwise brilliant manuscript of adventures, challenges, and discoveries. My journey began a ways back when I was handed a copy of Mass Effect and told “Play this, you’ll like it. Trust me.” Trust him I did. He was right (of course). Back in March (is it seriously already August?) I went out with everyone else and picked up my copy of Mass Effect 3, eager to take it home and experience the final chapter of my favorite science fiction universe ever. Now, finally, months later I feel like I’ve finished it. I’ve devoured this bit of wonderful story telling from beginning to end (twice). So let’s talk about it.  Oh and be warned, there are spoilers here.

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Today’s Occurrence: Twitter May Lockdown Third-Party Apps

Earlier today, The Verge reported that Twitter may begin implementing stricter API guidelines on third-party Twitter apps. In March of 2011, Twitter announced that they would no longer allow services that “mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.” So, needless to say, the notion of Twitter enforcing stricter guidelines on third-party developers shouldn’t come as a surprise.

However, with so much time that has passed since Twitter’s original discussion (and with little to no action) of shutting down services that mimic the “mainstream Twitter consumer experience,” it certain begs the question, “why now?” Twitter offers their own official apps for each big mobile OS, as well as OS X; but, it’s safe to say that a decent percentage of Twitter users opt for one of the many third-party Twitter apps, such as Tweetbot, Twittelator Neue, TweetDeck, Seesmic, Hootsuite and MetroTwit. Read the rest of this entry

Happy Captain America’s Favorite Holiday!

All of us at A Nerd Occurrence would like to wish you a very happy and safe independence day.

Today’s Occurrence: Don’t Mess With Felicia Day

Social media is such a enigma. You never know what will become big news, or won’t, but something big is always around the corner. So, imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to find out that some Twitter user bashed Felicia Day, and the Twitterverse was all up in a tizzy about the event. The Twitter user in question is Ryan Perez, who at the time of the offending tweets worked for gaming website Destructoid (Perez and Destructoid parted ways shortly after the incident). Read the rest of this entry

Why I Love the Mass Effect Universe


There have been some big steps into the Sci-fi world lately; a world I really love and enjoy pretty much no matter what.  This has got me thinking (dangerous I know) about some of my favorite sci-fi universes from the past.  Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek, Masters of Orion, Firefly, and countless others have haunted my imagination for decades; constantly popping up with another wistful daydream of warp drive and the possibilities it might entail.  There is one sci-fi property that was a more recent addition to my mental dreamscape; I’m talking about Mass Effect.  I was late to this party (didn’t get an X-Box for a while so I was out of the loop for the first one and just didn’t bother with the second when it hit PS3) but have completely enjoyed everything about it I’ve come across (yeah I even liked the ending to 3 so there).  While I still wait for the promised DLC to “finish” the story I’ve been musing about what it is exactly that I enjoyed so much.

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