Neutrality of That Net!

Clarence’s personal appeal on why net neutrality matters now and forever.

Media outlets will tell you that democracy dies in darkness or freedom is under threat, but my personal motto is that Internet discourse is dying under the light. Loss of net neutrality is a loss for anyone doing any consuming Internet and maybe a loss of innocence for our love of random cat pictures. Continue reading “Neutrality of That Net!”

Will's West Week Ever - Spice Up Force Friday While Wearing a Magneto Helmet

MAJOR SPOILERS: Superman is Clark Kent! Marvel creatives split asunder!

William B. West posts his thoughts on pop culture. Topics include Marvel Studios, Jay Pharoah, experiencing Star Wars Force Friday at Target & Toys R Us, Lois Lane’s latest act of Superdickery, & the Spice Girls. Continue reading “Will’s West Week Ever – Spice Up Force Friday While Wearing a Magneto Helmet”

Peter Cullen at Sac Anime Winter 2015

Legendary voiceover artist Peter Cullen made his way to Sacramento this January and answered questions from press and fans. According to Roshawn, Optimus Prime is the only cartoon character to make him cry twice. TWICE. In these videos below, Roshawn taped some Q&As, one of which is a one-on-one sitdown with the voice of Optimus Prime himself. Continue reading “Peter Cullen at Sac Anime Winter 2015”

Sac Anime January 2015 Report

The first Sac Anime of 2015 has come and gone…but it was a doozy! While I didn’t get to attend on Friday, I was still able to attend the rest of the weekend. There was so much going on that I really wish it was a week-long event. I wanted to attend every panel there was, partake in all of the festivities (such as the trading card games) and head up to the second floor where there is ALWAYS a huge group of cosplayers that throw down…dancey dance style. Continue reading “Sac Anime January 2015 Report”

90s Nostalgia: The RARE Day I Became Jaded From Video Games

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I was in the height of my Nintendo fanboy-ism when I wrote this after another lame day of high school. Back then, Nintendo 64 was the scrappy underdog against the PlayStation revolution with Rare as its loyal sidekick. Rareware, as it was known, was in its prime making spectacular games (from Donkey Kong Country to Goldeneye to Perfect Dark).

Banjo-Kazooie was really awesome and pushed the platforming genre a bit. Donkey Kong 64 was just competent but bloated with “stuff.” (I liked the arcade game inclusion, though.) DK64’s a solid 7.0-8.0-rated game, but no mind-blowing masterpiece. It played a little too much like good ol’ B-K.

For some reason I’ve long forgotten, I tried to start a Nintendo fansite. I lack the enthusiasm and money to do that, but here are my thoughts on what Rare should do after the release of Donkey Kong 64. At that point, I started to become jaded of derivative gameplay. Oh, well. At least Nintendo is still the super-niche we know and love. Continue reading “90s Nostalgia: The RARE Day I Became Jaded From Video Games”

Toys "R" Us Now Specializes in Ass Hats

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SO, I have to rant. And yes, this is in regards to Toys “R” Us pulling Breaking Bad figures from there shelves due to a mother from, of all places, Florida complaining about her child being introduced to such figures. While I don’t collect those figures, I do feel a need to spout out some truth about the flood gates this lady just opened up.

She’s being completely oblivious to the fact that toys don’t make her child do anything and that it is, in fact, their upbringing and the pressures of those around them on a daily basis that influences there children. Continue reading “Toys “R” Us Now Specializes in Ass Hats”

Growing Awareness of Growth Awareness

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I know that the news on this page is mainly about pop-culture and that this is far from the normal review you may see, but I’d like to take a moment to reflect on Annual Growth Awareness week. Up until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of such a movement. Having researched it specifically for this week, I am now wondering why I hadn’t. I have three kids of my own and worrying about whether or not they are growing “normally” is always on my mind.

On July 23rd of this year, Congress signed in to affect that every third week of September shall now be deemed Annual Growth Awareness week. Much like the Earth Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week, the week will be dedicated to providing information on the topic of Annual Growth Awareness in children. Continue reading “Growing Awareness of Growth Awareness”

Sac Anime Summer 2014 Report

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Having gone to this convention for the past few years, it always surprises me that there are a huge amount of people that like anime as much as, and in a lot of cases even more than, I do. Walking up to the Sacramento Convention Center, there was an almost serene calm. We walked up via the Kay Street cobblestone walkways and were slightly amused by the change in scenery as we turned the corner. Though this side of the convention center was dead, at our immediate left was a metropolis of cosplayers and anime fans alike. Continue reading “Sac Anime Summer 2014 Report”

The Birth of Korean Cool: Euny Hong Provides South Korea-in-a-Book [REVIEW]

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The Birth of Korean Cool, Euny Hong’s book about the Korean Wave or hallyu, which only appeared to take place overnight. It seems that all of a sudden we’re aware of Samsung phones and Psy galloping his way to gazillions of YouTube hits. However, Hong describes how South Korean’s influencing world culture, not just pop culture, was a few decades in the making.

In just over 250 pages, Hong documents developments in South Korean music, movies, technology, and food. Ms. Hong, a Korean-American who has also lived in France and Germany, is our tour guide through modern South Korea. She maintains a balancing act where she shares her experiences living in Seoul’s Gangnam district as a teenager and reporting South Korea’s aspirations of worldwide cultural dominance. Continue reading “The Birth of Korean Cool: Euny Hong Provides South Korea-in-a-Book [REVIEW]”