5 Reasons You Don’t Have To Be A Hipster To Dig Vinyl

I began collecting vinyl about five years ago. Early enough that I don’t consider myself a part of the hipster movement, but not long enough that I’ve been holding on to a relic until it’s come back into fashion. (Superhero t-shirts on the other hand…let’s just say I’m happy Marvel Studios has been an enormous success.) I’m no audiophile either, but I know good sound when I hear it. Well, there was a brief Crazy Town phase I went through, but that was a dark time in my life. Back off! Suffice to say I’m confident I can convince you of the virtues of vinyl. Let’s … Read more

Quantum Leap versus Sliders: a comparative analysis

“What if you found a portal to a parallel universe? What if you could slide into a thousand different worlds… where it’s the same year and you’re the same person but everything else is different. And what if you can’t find your way home?” Danht dahnt dahnt. Dahnt dahnt dahnt. What if there was this great, fun show in the heart of your formative years wherein a mismatched group of adventurers travel through wormholes to explore different dimensions of Earth? Wait. That is something you don’t have to wonder about. It happened. Well, to me anyway.  In this dimension even. “Theorizing that one … Read more

Reboot Casting: Please Calm Down

I get it, you’re worried. One of your favorite flicks just got the dreaded “R-word” treatment, and all the leaked details seem to point toward certain doom when something even worse is revealed: the cast. They cast him? Really? And her? No. Please no. That’ll never work. Now, your fears may be entirely valid, and may be looked back on as honest prophecy (Fant4stic), but here’s a secret, everybody: it might work. There is a chance. Please have some faith, or at least withhold judgement until you’ve y’know, actually seen it. I’m going to try and assuage your worries. Of course, this is in reference to … Read more

Nintendo DS? More like Nintendo D.on’t S.kip

Hello dear readers, how are you? How’s that thing you were worried about? That all work out? Great. So anyway, Gamestop has used Nintendo DS Lite on sale for $19.99. We’re closing in on its 10th anniversary of when it launched at $129.99. You know, $100-off kind of sale (yes, I know that’s not how business works. Thanks, judgey). Is this the new standard for retro gaming? A massive discount on mostly everything, except a handful of games? The systems themselves are dirt cheap, while a handful of games remain even more expensive than the launch prices?Wait….. okay, no… that’s … Read more

7 Reasons xxxHolic is the Best Anime Ever

Things just aren’t going well for Kimihiro Watanuki.  Harassed constantly by spirits, the eccentric, orphaned high-schooler is out of his mind with fear.  On one particularly shitty afternoon, he is running from the spirits when he stumbles into the shop of Yūko Ichihara, a sexy, alcoholic, space-time dimensional witch, who will happily rid Watanuki of his torment… for a price. You see, coincidence does not exist.  There is only the inevitable.  At least that’s what Yūko would have you believe.  Watanuki, for one, chooses to believe her drunk ass.   And that’s the first two minutes of the first episode of … Read more

Film Review: The Boy and the Beast

In The Boy and the Beast, Mamoru Hosoda tries his best to grab Miyasaki by the testicles and claim his throne as the rightful King of Anime.  But he doesn’t quite get to take his seat there yet.  Despite the flashy, eye-catching animation, somewhat interesting characters, and an engaging story, Beast misses the mark compared to Hosoda’s earlier films. The Boy and the Beast starts off with disgruntled nine-year-old Ren walking the crowded streets of Shibuya pissed as all hell.  Bereaved of his mother, and with his father nowhere in sight, he grits his teeth, clenches his fists and thinks, “I hate … Read more

3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Model Kit

So, you’ve decided you want to delve into the hobby of model kit building. When first choosing a model kit, you may find that making the decision of which kit to buy is a bit daunting. While the hobby may not be as prolific as it was, say, in the 90’s, there are still a plethora of options available. So, how do you choose which one to buy? Let’s consider a few variables. 1: COST This will often be the most influential factor when choosing a kit to buy, especially for someone new to the hobby. You’ll find there are primarily … Read more

Why You Should Buy a Polaroid Camera

This is my first entry in what I plan to be a long line of blog posts relating to Polaroid photography. When was the last time you flipped through photos and reminisced? Not swiping through the countless snapshots on your phone or tablet but actual, physical photographs? I’m willing to bet that many of you never have. Others of you may have done it a decade ago but have been seduced by the convenience of digital media. There has been recent urging from people far more intelligent than me to print your digital photographs. There are a number of pragmatic … Read more