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A Food Occurrence: Bacon Tofu at Jang Soo Tofu (Korean Tofu & BBQ Restaurant)

In our second Northwest edition of A Food Occurrence, let’s celebrate cultural diversity by reviewing another Korean restaurant: Jang Soo Tofu.

Admittedly, it could use a coat of paint or three.

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Best Buy to Relocate Entire Movie Stock to Unorganized Bins by 2014

Let me start by saying that I am a Best  Buy Reward Zone Premier Silver member. I guess that means that I’m a boss like Rick Ross in the Best Buy world or something like that. I’ve achieved this status by pretty much only buying movies and TV shows. Rewind to two weeks ago. I walked into my local Best Buy to browse the movie sales like I always do and what I saw caused me to become overwhelmed – so much so that I walked out of the store to go to another Best Buy. When I went to the other Best Buy, I was equally overwhelmed. What could be so overwhelming, you ask? Best Buy has combined their DVDs and blu-rays into one section! You may not think this is a problem but until you’ve seen it but trust me when I say that it is not a pretty sight. Read the rest of this entry

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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The Expendables 2: A Stockpile of Weapons-Grade Nostalgia

This summer has been packed with great action heroes, but as is increasingly the case, they were all in masks and plucked from the pages of comic books.  That’s all well and good, but as all the adaptations pile up I find myself growing nostalgic for those bygone days when the movie stars themselves were the superheroes.  Growing up, most of the cast of The Expendables 2 were just as iconic to me as any member of The Avengers.  As a kid, I wouldn’t have wanted to see Sylvester Stallone playing a character in a Batman movie, I wanted to see a movie where Batman enlists the aid of Stallone himself to take out some bad guys.  For the last fifteen years or so, the cinematic landscape has been missing so many crucial elements.  Air strikes set to classic rock songs.  Characters pausing momentarily to stitch themselves up or cauterize a stab wound with gunpowder.  Arm wrestling.  Slow motion jumping roundhouse kicks.  Helicopters getting destroyed via improbable means.  When the 80’s action film gave way to the independent wave of the 90’s, an unmistakable void was left in American cinema, and the modern action genre often feels weak and sterile.   Sometimes, if you want something done right, a bunch of 60-year-old dudes just have to get back in the gym and do it themselves. Read the rest of this entry

Raiders of the Lost Ark: A Film Class Analysis

 

 

What follows is a brief analysis of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark, written for my American Cinema class.  As with my previous installments, the cited quotes are taken from the textbook American Cinema, American Culture, by John Belton.  For a textbook it’s not a bad read, I’d recommend it for anyone interested in a history of Hollywood and the different genres of American film.  This paper was hindered by a maximum page count for the assignment, so it is by no means a complete analysis.  And as always with these assignments, if you haven’t seen the movie (really??), here there be spoilers.

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A Nerd Wallpaper: Minimal Superheros

I’m not sure if you know this, but I love to design, and from time to time I get the itch to design a new wallpaper. If you check out my deviantART profile you’ll notice that I don’t release new designs often and that most of my designs are very minimal in nature. Don’t get me wrong, I love the use of a subtle gradient or drop shadow as much as the next bloke; but, more often than not I really love simplicity. A few days ago, I was playing around with a two shades of gray (inspired by OS X Lion) and thought to myself, “I wonder what it would look like if I made a really minimal wallpaper featuring superhero logos?” Read the rest of this entry

I’ll miss you, Ray Bradbury

Today the world lost a literary icon, as treasured fantasy author Ray Bradbury has passed away at the age of 91.  Born in 1920, Bradbury was an avid reader and writer his entire life, publishing his first short stories at the age of 18.  Often categorized as a science fiction author, Bradbury’s work does share some traits with the genre but he preferred the title of “fantasy author”, citing the fact that most of his stories were too fantastical to ever actually come true.  In addition to authoring hundreds of short stories and nearly fifty books, Bradbury also made an impact on several decades’ worth of television.  His stories were adapted for episodes of The Twilight Zone, Tales of Tomorrow, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as well as the syndicated series The Ray Bradbury Theater, which ran for seven years and was hosted by Bradbury himself.  He remained an active presence at science fiction conventions up until 2009, when health and age finally forced him into retirement.

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The Amazing Spider-Man: In Defense of the Reboot

Back in July, 2010 Columbia Pictures announced they would be rebooting the Spider-Man movie series, now known to us as The Amazing Spider-Man. With the release of the film just a month and some change away I thought I’d take a moment to discuss why I think Columbia Pictures made the right call. Those of you that have experience with the internet know that when studios announced reboots (especially with superhero reboots), millions of people follow suit with endless droning about how it’s a horrible idea and that the studio is greedy. Read the rest of this entry

Love Letter to MCA

My musical tastes have managed to remain anything but static over the years, I’ve gladly (and happily at times) listened to new stuff and tried to give just about everything a fair try.  A few particulars I’ve heard over my long love of music have managed to stick with me from the minute I heard them until time comes I can’t hear it anymore.  Today saw the passing of one of these people I really never thought I’d have to imagine a world without; MCA of the Beastie Boys died today after a long battle with cancer.  I just want to take a minute to put down some words for not only him but the group about how much I’ve enjoyed their music since the first time I saw the video for “You Have to Fight For Your Right” years ago.  I remember distinctly the first time I saw it; this was when rap was something I hadn’t really much paid any interest in, but here I was suddenly captivated by the images I was seeing.  The video was just this long entertaining exposition about how sometimes you have to make sure you don’t let the world fence you in; you have to fight to make sure you retain your own identity.  The world got a little darker today, MCA will be missed immensely.  Thanks for all the hours of good tunes, good times, and good memories with friends listening to the Beastie Boys.  Kick it!

We’ll miss ya, MCA.

The Preorder Curse Strikes Again. Thanks, Newegg!

You may remember my article regarding preorders from a while back.  This one, in which I detail caving on my no-preorder stance only to have GameStop sell my copy before I could even pick it up on release day.  So I thought next time around I’d be smart about it.  Online preorders seemed like a pretty good idea, often offering discounted prices and release date delivery.  When it came time to preorder my copy of Mass Effect 3, easily my most anticipated game of the entire year, I went with newegg.com.  I filled out my order around a month ago, and began the waiting game.

The first round of disappointment came when they shipped my order on release day, and sent it UPS.  Okay, I thought.  I’d get it a day or two late.  I’d also have to set up a stakeout to catch the delivery, because the UPS driver here practices Ninjitsu, the art of invisibility.  He also hates delivering packages, preferring to deliver slips of  paper letting me know I can drive to pick up my package at their hub the next day.  So today finally arrived.  My precious cargo was out for delivery.  Six or seven hours into the stakeout, it finally arrived.  Eager beyond belief for what is sure to be an amazing game, I tore open the package in the hallway on my way back to the apartment.

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