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Most Epic (And Largest) Meal in the World

Camel Stuffed Meal-BuzzfeedThis little guy is officially the largest meal in the world according to Guinness Book of World Records. A little post on Buzzfeed is gathering a lot of attention, and for good reason: a camel stuffed with lamb, stuffed with chicken, stuffed with fish=epic. It is a traditional Bedouin wedding dish served to sheikhs and family members. Considered a delicacy, it is likened to a “Turducken” which has become famous in North America in recent years. As my grandpa says at Thanksgiving, “Rub-a-dub-dub, pass the grub” and that’s what I’m saying right now. I’ll try just about anything once. Even if I hate fish, at least its at the deepest level of this culinary masterpiece, and I can deal with that.

What do you guys think about this meal? Would you serve it at your wedding?

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My take on Man of Steel…a week after ground zero (SPOILERS)

It has been a little over a week now since Man of Steel hit theaters, and destroyed Metropolis. We, the general public, have now had time to digest Warner Brother’s most recent reboot of the Superman series, with director Zack Snyder at the helm and Christopher Nolan as writer and producer. I’m going to skip over a lot of plot holes/lines because I don’t think that’s what makes or breaks this movie. Was this the reboot we deserved? Or was it the reboot we needed? SPOILERS TO FOLLOW

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Henry Cavill in Warner Brother’s Man of Steel 2013

I’ve washed off the ash that was Metropolis off of my face, and I must say the bitterness that was left in my mouth is not as prevalent as it once was on June 14th.  While some critics have been pretty brutal on their reviews for this new reboot, I am partially on the fence/warming up to the idea of this new brooding Superman.  Sure, there was a lot of carnage, a lot of explosions and some pretty dumbed down dialogue, but what do you expect? This is a summer blockbuster movie set to break records at the box office and make millions…maybe billions for the movie industry. That being said, it doesn’t mean the movie can’t have heart, kid; at least it is a rough beginning to what could become an amazing story for a new generation. After all, we must learn to walk before we can run, and I think the same frame of mind can be applied to movies, especially Super Hero genre movies as of late. It doesn’t mean that there won’t be stumbling (TDKR) for some of our great heroes, but at least this movie can give us a strong foundation of what is to come. We finally have some serious inner/gritty conflict that our favorite super sentient alien has to toil with.

Gone away is the helpless orphan that could nearly save every person on the planet, but couldn’t save his own father because of a heart attack. SPOILER ALERT: In this take we have a paranoid father that doesn’t believe the world is ready for his son’s powers, so he will rather die in a tornado (too soon?) than be saved. This is a notable distinction that changes the mythology of Kal-El; at first I didn’t like it. I refuted the idea that fundamentally changes the origin of Superman…then I sat on it, and thought on it…and it definitely opens up new avenues to explore in future sequels. Paranoia is an element of his DNA now, and whether you want to admit it or not, this is pretty realistic if you think about it. If an alien that looks human had super powers, and knew that if they were discovered that they would be experimented on to the nth degree, don’t you think they would try pretty hard to keep their identity a secret? Even if it meant losing one of the most important people in their life? Like I said, sure it deviates from the path we had, but it opens up more avenues. I’m okay with it as long as its explored in the future.

I think the real problem that fans and critics have had with the film is the SNAP at the end of the film. SPOILER ALERT: Kal-El totally snaps General Zod’s neck which is followed by one of the greatest screams in film history. Seriously, re-watch that scene and tell me you don’t feel the pain Superman feels for taking another life. I think this is the saving factor in the decision to have Superman (implicitly) kill someone. That raw emotion right after it happens is what grounds this character in that moment. Sure fanboys can speculate what other choices he had in that moment, but Superman isn’t a super genius…he couldn’t freeze time  to think it through. Zod was going “to kill every human being” unless Superman stopped him. I think this fundamental change in his character development also lends itself to great future stories within this universe. Much like Tony Stark’s anxiety in IM3, we now have a killer for a Superman.

We now have a paranoid Superman that is haunted by the truth of committing genocide on his own people (the Kryptonians) in a world that isn’t sure to trust his power or not. It is up to WB if they can take this franchise in a steadier direction. Here’s to hoping our next Superman sequel will have the same impact The Dark Knight had on our collective movie culture psyche. Similar view points? Opposing ones? Sound off in the comments below.

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Nat Geo awesome photos and The Last of Us mini review

As this summer starts, I find myself in a predicament: I don’t have enough time in the day to consume all the content I want to.  In the past week I’ve quickly inhaled as much Mad Men, movies (such as Being John Malkovich, Return of the Killer Tomatoes! to name a few) reading as many pages in several books as I can, and played THE LAST OF US non-stop. It is too much, gives me almost no time for social activities, and frankly, makes me feel like a giant nerd. But I love it. I used to be concerned that I’d run out of content to consume. I’m more optimistic, that the world has so many things to offer now…I just wish I had more time to produce the content; producing more content needs to be my next phase.

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I think I would be doing this blog post a giant disservice if I didn’t mention that The Last of Us, or TLoU, on the Playstation 3 has been engrossing, exciting, amazingly entertaining, and emotionally draining all at the same time. The last detail might sound like a negative thing to attach to a video game, but its the best way to describe how this game makes you feel, and I couldn’t be more positive about how exciting this is as a new IP and narrative in an almost stale medium. We are inundated with violence in videogames and in movies, as just spectacle and a way to add heightened tension; usually all of this is done in such a way that makes violence seem impersonal, sterile, and ultimately over the top. In TLoU, violence is used to illustrate the struggle for survival humans must deal with in a post-apocalyptic world.  In the game, people have literally re-entered the food chain after a virus has virtually wiped out all of humanity after 20 years;  multiple predators are vying for our protagonists’ potential meat as a meal. All of this wrapped up with zombies, a road trip all taking place in a beautifully, photo-realistic, overgrown, unkept, decayed version of America, by-golly you have yourself an awesome skeleton of an idea for a video game. But at its core, at its heart, TLoU is a deeply human story about a father caring for his daughter, and makes the player question what we are willing to sacrifice to save the ones we love. Beautiful, poetic, violent, heart. Throw in a few curse words and that my friend, has the makings of not only game of the year, but story of the year. I won’t be forgetting this game for awhile.

On an upbeat note, it is officially the first day of summer! What does that mean for office dwellers like me? It means I get to peruse the Internet during my breaks and find amazingly beautiful locations around the world to make me insanely jealous and longing for the weekend. Luckily, to mark National Geographic’s 125th birthday this year, its editors launched a Tumblr account to highlight some of its forgotten images that haven’t been published. Found is Nat Geo’s photo stream that can take away an hour of your day before you know it. They are all archived, unpublished vintage prints and there are a lot of them. Here is one of my favorite’s, follow the link and comment with the link of our favorite!NationalGeographic_612872

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Oh Hai Mark, there be spiders!

Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “Give your doctor a call if swelling doesn’t go down in 4 hours.”

While I was busy doing my morning routine of scouring the interwebs for interesting things to read while I take my work break during the day, I came across this interesting read in Wired: Why Male Dark Fishing Spiders Spontaneously Die After Sex. Now don’t ask me why this title interested me (there is just something crazy and freeing learning about animals that have this evolutionary trait…at least they don’t get yelled at when they leave the toilet seat up.)According to the research done by Steven Schwartz, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Nebraska,

“The reason is an unusual quirk of the male dark fishing spider’s physiology. During mating, a male inflates what’s called a hematodochal bulb inside the pedipalp, the appendage he uses to deposit sperm in the female. In most species, the bulb can be deflated after mating. In dark fishing spiders, it’s irreversibly inflated, resulting in a sudden shift in blood pressure that causes the male to curl up and leaves him immobilized and stuck to the female – doomed but not immediately dead.”

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It is amazing how some animals evolve to take on the world surrounding them. The research suggests, in a slightly more educated lexicon, that this trait doesn’t suck all that much for the little spider in terms of being able to pass on their traits to the next generation.  The study goes as far to say that this evolutionary trait alone solidifies the best quality in a male specimen since they literally only have one “shot” at this.

What do you think about this? What if humans were the same way? Definitely would weed out a lot of the d bags cheating on girls..and would take monogamy to a whole new level. Just a few thoughts from an Intern on his lunch break.