A Little (Literally) Drunk Baby for Your Saturday Night
Sep201307

It’s Saturday night: do you know where your baby is?  He’s not out getting shmammered with the boys, is he?  If you have not experienced the meme phenomenon that is “Drunk Baby”, then let me be the first to introduce you to the myth, the man (well, little man?), the legend that is Drunk Baby.

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The Whole 30 Plan: It’s Coming. It’s Coming. Dear God, It’s Coming.
Jun201317

My girlfriend recently asked me if I would be willing to try the Whole 30 with her sometime in the fall. And while people in healthy relationships understand that is the farthest thing from an actual question, I willingly (begrudgingly?) agreed.  [Click here to read on!]

It’s Science: Majority of Gamers Could Be Women By End of 2013
Jun201306

With the American media dominated by CNN and Fox News, many of us turn to other country’s news outlets for a more objective approach to not only what goes on over in our hemisphere, but throughout the entire world.  So like many Yankees (or White Sox fans; no offense, New York), I have news sites like BBC in my regular web rotation; it is through their recent technology news archives that I come across this incredibly interesting news story: gaming experts in the UK are predicting that by the end of the 2013 calendar year, the majority of British gamers will be female.  Shocking?  Yeah, I would say so.  Hit the link below for the full report!

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Shadow of the Eternals Effectively On Pause
Jun201305

Approximately 31 days ago, well I guess that would be “exactly”, but whatever; a month ago Precursor Games dropped the video gaming bomb that they were resuscitating the long-awaited Eternal Darkness GameCube sequel under the name, Shadow of the Eternals, which followed with this stellar game trailer.  Precursor went the route of a Kickstarter campaign in a courageous attempt to crowdfund $1.5M to get the sequel out of a financial hope and into developmental reality.  Today, Precursor CEO Paul Caporicci released a disappointing statement that the Kickstarter campaign would be pulled since they only raised 1/5 of the funds needed.  But hold up: there may still be hope for the Eternal Darkness sequel.  You just have to hit the link for the details, because we’re cool like that.

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Bar’s We Like: Murphy’s Bar and Grill, Honolulu, HI
May201316

When it comes to picking duty stations in the Marine Corps, it’s pretty much a crap shoot.  You list what your preferences are, but in the end it all comes down to what the Marine Corps needs, and not what you want.  Somehow, I was able to land Marine Corps Base Hawaii as my duty station, and during my time there, when not deployed, I discovered quite possibly the greatest Irish bar in America: Murphy’s Bar and Grill, located in the heart of Chinatown, in Honolulu.  What’s an Irish bar doing in Chinatown, you ask?  On Oahu, Chinatown is the hip place for 20 and 30-somethings to live and congregate; Waikiki is all tourists, so us “locals” or mainland transplants like to keep to our own, and that awesome secret is Chinatown.  Murphy’s sits on the south end of the electric district, and it has everything that Irishman in you desires: a great staff that will hook you up if you treat them well, a stellar array of rare, craft beers on draft, easily the best social atmosphere in Chinatown, and arguably most important, the best pint of Guinness on the island, if not America.  Yes, I just went that far.

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Bars We Like: Stella’s Lounge, Grand Rapids, MI
May201312

Although I only lived in Grand Rapids, MI, for about 8 months, Stella’s Lounge made quite the impression on my stomach and liver.  Located in the Heartside district of downtown Grand Rapids, Stella’s Lounge offers a huge variety of old school video arcade games, an awesome variety of local, Michigander-craft beers, and according to GQ Magazine’s July 2012 issue, “the best burger in the world“.  Stella’s for me originally was the local, convenient bar, as I lived literally across the street from the entrance on Commerce Ave; however, I probably didn’t go there for a good month or two after moving in because of another stellar, Grand Rapids craft beer bar called “HopCat”.  It was at that awesome bar that I realized that HopCat owner also owned Stella’s, so I figured enough was enough; let’s check this place out.  When I walked in on that Saturday afternoon last Summer, I was extremely surprised; hit the link for more on this awesome drink, eat, and playery!

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Mar201315

After moving down to Houston, TX, this past Fall, I have already bought a bad ass pair of cowboy boots, and even witnessed (no, experienced) my first rodeo, to include an entertaining round of Mutton Bustin‘.  I also managed to somehow survive the epic Houston DMV (that’s what we Illinoisans call it); let’s just say that if moving to Houston was a video game, the DMV would be the final boss.  No joke.  What I have yet to experience however is a massive event that takes place just two and a half hours to my west in Austin, TX, otherwise known as SXSW, or South by Southwest for my acronym haters out there.  Originally starting as a ginormous music festival, SXSW has now morphed into something bigger with film, gaming, and technology industries setting up shop.  The festival almost always produces a good time, whether you’re lucky enough to attend in person (they do serve beer there), or virtually through the via this fine tool we call the Interweb.  The festivities also produce headlines, as gaming companies and tech startups like to either announce new shit, or simply stir the proverbial pot.  Enter Michael Pachter, who works as a research analyst at Wedbush Securities, who just recently dropped a price point nuclear bomb that has reverberated off the gaming industry’s online message boards like a pin ball.

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