Cafe Lu: The Documentary!

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So, we’ve written up about the phenomenon of Vietnamese owned coffee shops in Orange County. In fact, a bunch of us went on a field trip some years ago and you can read up about it here. We wanted to check out hot, bikini or lingerie-clad girls serving us iced tea and/or iced coffee.

One of the most famous operations in OC is Cafe Lu. They’re so popular that they’ve just recently opened up a new location called Cafe Lu Lounge, which serves food and is more of a sports bar. The girls there are not bikini-clad but in more Hooters like garb. Well, either way, it seems to be doing fine and also garnering a reputation for being the flagship of coffee shops in the area.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 2, Episode 8 — ‘The Things We Bury’

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Coulson and team find themselves in an epic face-off against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his brother, Senator Christian Ward, for a violent trip down memory lane.

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This was the best episode of the season so far. Finally, we have both SHIELD and HYDRA in a race against time to find this magical and secret city and unlock the mysteries that have been dangling in front of us for the past season and a half. The episode, titled “The Things We Bury”, is also the penultimate episode before the mid-season finale and when the show goes on hiatus until March to make room for the new AGENT CARTER series that will serve as a bridge.

Around the Horn: What’s your entertainment binge obsession?

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I am currently obsessed with the Serial podcast, a weekly podcast that unravels one story. I binged listened to it over two days and I cannot wait to listen on how it will end. If you haven’t heard of Serial, it’s so damn amazing, a true crime story unraveled with the very best tropes that make murder mysteries so compelling. It’s a mix of 60 MINUTES, TWIN PEAKS, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, and THIS AMERICAN LIFE.

A classic PORTLANDIA skit best represents this type of binge obsession:

What series, of any medium (movies, TV, podcasts), that got you hooked that you holed yourself up at home to “consume” it all?

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown – THE WALKING DEAD – “Consumed” (Season 5, Episode 6)

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David: Finally we get to Daryl and Carol, but with the past stories of Beth at the hospital and the Hunters church raid, we already knew the ending of this past week’s episode. I have to say that these parallel stories are kinda tiresome, but I guess they’ll all be joining up soon enough. But on the positive note, this story was much better only because Daryl and Carol are really the best characters to follow.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 2 Episode 7 — ‘The Writing on the Wall’

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The team discovers murder victims with the alien glyphs on them that Coulson’s been etching, which neatly wraps up what the whole alien glyph thing is in the first place and also brings into the fold TAHITI and it’s ramifications and consequences. It was great to see Monique Curnen (FINISHING THE GAME, SUNSET STORIES) as one of the TAHITI agents with an erased memory, who sadly gets murdered by Brian Van Holt’s character.

With Coulson losing his mind, we get closure at the end of the episode that the drawings are actually three dimensional and that it is a city. My theory is that the city in question — Attilan, the home base of the Inhumans — who share a history with the Kree, and whom are reportedly going to be Marvel’s workaround for how to present a film and TV universe without mutants, given that “Mutants” in the movie universe, belong to rival studio Fox.

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown — THE WALKING DEAD — “Self Help” (Season 5, Episode 5)

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Last week, we saw Beth wake up from a mysterious hospital, get slapped around, and kills an oncologist before Carol is wheeled in at episode’s end. This week, Abraham and the group run into problems on their way to Washington, D.C.

David: I liked this episode way more than the “what happened to Beth” last week, but it doesn’t mean it was that good. Off the bat, I like Abraham, Rosita and Eugene because they seem like they time traveled from the 70s and 80s to post apocalyptic future riddled with zombies… hmmmm, that would be a cool movie. This splinter story of getting Eugene to DC seems like the glimmer of hope we’ve been waiting for, but I really never felt I bought into the “Saving Private Ryan” plot line because this show won’t allow it. Am I right that you knew Eugene was a liar?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 2 Episode 6 — ‘A Fractured House’

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The world turns against S.H.I.E.L.D. when Hydra impersonates them to attack The United Nations, and an unexpected enemy leads the charge to bring about their downfall.

A FRACTURED HOUSE was perhaps the best episode yet, this season. Opening with a bang, a UN meeting is ambushed by what look like S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who throw these Phantasm like discs that burrow into a victim’s body and immediately dissolves them into dust, as if Buffy was staking a vampire in the heart. This brings Talbot and his biggest backer, Senator Christian Ward (Grant Ward’s supposedly evil brother), to maximize the opportunity to get the public’s support in getting S.H.I.E.L.D. once and for all by passing major legislation that would allow any military in the world to hunt down and eradicate them.

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown: THE WALKING DEAD (Season 5 Episode 3) — “Four Walls and a Roof”

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Synopsis: As Bob fights for his life, Rick and the group take a stand to defend the church against Gareth and his gang of cannibals. This week’s episode, “Four Walls and a Roof,” is the episode where Rick Grimes and the gang strike back at the remaining Terminus gang. The title refers to a line from Maggie, when Father Gabriel, completely in shock, mutters “but this is a church” after Rick, Michonne, Sasha, Abraham and Rosita go full on Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the remaining Termites, with Gareth getting hacked to pieces with the very machete (with the red grip) that Rick picked out in the season premiere to kill him.

Yellow Listed as “Color of Race” in 1950′s Birth Certificate

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This is Larry Furukawa’s birth certificate from 1952. He recently shared it with his fellow peers at Digital Histories, a filmmaking workshop that teaches senior citizens skills to make their own short films. It’s an ongoing program that Visual Communications has been involved with for a number of years.

Back to Larry’s birth certificate: Yep, it lists “Yellow” as a color of race for his birth parents. It’s pretty surreal to see that listed on an official government. Ahh, the 1950s, the land of Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver and when Asians were designated as “Yellow,” with the rest of the colored people, by the U.S. government.

Is Kenny G China’s Manchurian Candidate?

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Who knew that Kenny G was such a Chinese icon? Apparently, like Celine Dion, Kenny G, the purveyor of crappy pop saxophone muzak is strangely tied to Chinese culture. His 1989 ballad ‘Coming Home’ is played in shopping malls and public spaces across the country as a signal the public to leave the premises because the building is closing for the night. Yep, Kenny G’s music is synonymous as Semisonic’s ‘Closing Time.’

Kenny was just in Hong Kong the other day, visiting protestors and even tweeted photos with him posing with said protesters. Obviously, this has stirred some major controversy from Beijing. I mean, the politburo is not only offended but sound actually hurt that their treasured Kenny G would do such a thing.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ‘A Hen in the Wolf House’ – Season 2 Episode 5 Review

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ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this Tuesday unleashed Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird, finally reunited Simmons with the team (and Fitz) and Skye was this close to meeting her father, played by a maniacal Kyle MacLachlan.The eventful hour ended with The Doctor (aka Skye’s father) — who was revealed to be a hair-trigger psychopath capable of brute strength — forming an alliance with Daniel Whitehall, given their shared interest in the Obelisk, which in its native tongue is known as the Diviner. Whitewall asks him why he is doing this collaboration. The Doctor’s answer — to kill Coulson as well as “you know, everyone else.”

OK, the good stuff: Adrianne Palicki (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, GI JOE: RETALIATION and also as WONDER WOMAN in the failed David E. Kelley TV pilot a few years ago). She fulfills the need for another ass kicker and with the bait and switch of Lucy Lawless in the season premiere (she died at the end of the episode). It’s cool that they are expanding the universe and I bet she’ll be one of those characters that will go back and forth between the TV and movie universes. Maybe she’ll appear in the next AVENGERS movie? CAPTAIN AMERICA 3? She has enough pedigree to do that.

Daikichi Amano brings tentacle erotica to life

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Japanese photographer Daikichi Amano explores the gruesome connection between Japan’s metaphorical and literal consumption of both the female form and creatures of the sea. Octopus carcasses embrace women’s naked bodies, dripping across their skin and morphing into weird appendages that blur the line between woman and animal. Or in other words, Amano loves to depict live action tentacle porn (another mainstay of Japanese anime).

Here are some photos that are borderline NSFW. For the real hentai stuff, you can head over to Juxtapoz to check out the rest of the photos.