The Walking Dead — “Them” (Season 5, Episode 10)

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(Spoilers ahead)

Synopsis: Grieving from Beth’s and Tyreese’s death in different ways, the group faces the harsh road to Washington D.C. as they’ve run out of supplies, water and gas. Sasha and Maggie, in particular, are slowly grieving in their own ways. Trekking along a lone country road, they dodge walkers, and eventually, an incoming thunderstorm.

They seek refuge in an abandoned barn. As they make a campfire, Michonne assures the crew that DC is the right move, while Rick waxes philosophically that they need to do whatever it takes to survive, and declares that the living, are “the Walking, dead.”

Ten Reasons Why LA Zine Fest Rocks

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James Chong and Jesse Fillingham of Never Press

1 Zines. LA Zine Fest is not a craft show disguised as a zine fest like A.P.E. It actually celebrates zines. In fact the organizers demand you show zines and not crafts, t-shirts, etc.

2 Power of Zines. LA Zine Fest has raised the bar for zines in LA. Where was the zine scene a few years ago before the LA Zine Fest? They lived in everyone’s bedrooms.

3 Low Priced Tables. Anyone can afford a table at the zine fest. You can also choose between a full table or a half table. We’re talking sub $100 and sub $50 to have perhaps a few thousand or more see your work.

Song Created by Chinese Censors About the Glories of Chinese Censorship Censored by China

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Real employees of the Chinese government’s Cyberspace Administration created/performed this original song/video to extol the glories of their job:

And their job is to “monitor” the internet for the good of its people. They’re basically the reason why you can’t access Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google and a bunch of other stuff on the internet when you’re in China. You know, for your own good, of course. So, yes, it’s a song about how awesome it is to censor shit on the internet. Which makes the following bit of news more ironic than any of the examples of irony that Alanis Morissette gave in that one song about things that were ironic but really weren’t according to the definition of irony I learned in, oh, fourth grade.

Around the Horn: Love Songs Playlist

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Valentine’s Day might be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pull out that romantic playlist. Here’s mine, what’s yours?

“Lady” D’Angelo
“Say You Love Me” Fleetwood Mac
“Kiss of Life” Sade
“Tender Love” Force MD’s
“I Would Die 4 U” Prince
“Again” Janet Jackson
“Love Come Down” Evelyn Champagne King
“Saturday Love” Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal
“All I Do” Tammi Terrell
“Maps” Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Hey, You Can Also Get Armadillo at That Temple City Market

A couple of days ago, I blogged about the woman who freaked out when she saw raccoon for sale at a Chinese market in Temple City, a suburb of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley which is home to many Asians. Well, my colleague Jimmy happened to be shopping at that very market back during the holidays when he came upon this and took a pic:

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It’s a real, previously alive armadillo bagged, tagged and ready to be bought and eaten. Like the raccoon, the armadillo is also available in the “fish dept” for some reason and at $17.99 a pound, that meat better be tasty as shit.

Romantic Valentine’s Haikus for Free

INFATUATIONI’m sure some of our readers are freaking out right now because they have yet to find the perfect Valentine’s gift for their significant others. Well, I’m here to help. Below are some top notch, high quality romantic haikus that I am giving you permission to use as your own for FREE. What better way to express your love than with a beautiful haiku from the heart that you didn’t write but can falsely claim as your own? And the best part is they are FREE ‘cause I’m that kind of guy. And you’re welcome.

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Our love is as deep
As a large deep dish pizza
Chicago style, yo!

Your sweet divine voice
Like a songbird in spring
How ‘bout a blow job?

Still Holding a Grudge or Pissing Into the Mouths of Japanese Soldiers

Even decades after World War II, there are still a good number of Chinese, Koreans and other Asians who harbor grudges against Japan for the atrocities they committed during that period. Growing up, I remember many of my parents and their friends would refuse to support anything Japanese (though their stance has softened in recent years). Well, one restaurant owner in the Chinese city of Pingliang apparently still holds a grudge as evidence by this picture:

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42-year-old Bo Fang, the aforementioned restaurant owner, has added urinals shaped like the heads of Imperial Japanese soldiers and, yup, you can piss right into their mouths.

According to Fang, this is his way of remembering how his family suffered during the Japanese occupation, adding that “It really annoys me that they never said sorry for what they did – and I know a lot of people feel the same.”

ARROW Review: “Canaries”

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and @thorhulkcritic.

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Arrow was dead for what, one episode? He returned in last week’s “Uprising” via the plot of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (basically) and finds Starling City still fraught with dramas to deal with/shoot arrows into.

Oliver reluctantly shows Thea the Arrowcave, and she is extremely happy that her brother was only pretending to be a flaky playboy all those times, when in fact he was fighting street crime with archaic weaponry.

I Never Knew the Best Raccoon Meat was in my Hometown

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I spent a significant chunk of my childhood in the quiet Los Angeles suburb of Temple City so I was especially interested when I read this headline today about a Temple City supermarket:

LA Health Officials Take Action After Local Supermarket Sells Raccoons as Food

Apparently, Metro Supermarket in Temple City has been selling bagged raccoons like the one in the image above for $9.99 a pound–so that sounds like some high quality meat. According to the store’s employees, they’ve been selling raccoon, which is considered a delicacy in some parts of China, for years without any issues. That is until presumably non-Asian shopper Christina Dow came along.

Dow was so shocked by the sight of the raccoon that she took this video of the offending product at “this sick ass fuckin’ store” and contacted the health department:

Berlinale Festival Dispatch: Iranian and British films shined in a lackluster year

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After a great Sundance Film Festival, it was a little disheartening that this year’s Berlinale aka Berlin International Film Festival did not keep up with the upward trend of quality films. Instead, it was a hodge podge of films that didn’t really crackle with me or the audiences, which felt like apathy was becoming the norm as each day went by. For a lineup that boasted such new works from internationally known maestros like Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Peter Greenaway, Terence Malick, Isabel Coixet and Jiang Wen, it was even more depressing that their latest films were limp on arrival. Even more depressing was the fact that the world premiere of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, based on a trash novel, was a trashy movie with a pulse and the over capacity audience went absolutely bananas for the film.

Flash, Firestorm & Speed Dating: “The Nuclear Man”

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and @thorhulkcritic.

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FLASH MEETS AN ASIAN PERSON

FLASH gains its first Asian cast regular, Linda Park (played by Malese Jow), Barry Allen’s new love interest. All right, ideally she becomes more than a love interest but I’m pretty certain she doesn’t have a superpower. Barry met Linda in a karaoke bar and impressed her both with his turn on “Summer Nights” and his startling resemblance to that guy on GLEE. Linda’s very into Barry and after roughly 1.75 dates wants to jump his bones. But a Classic Complicated Superhero Relationship Problem interferes, as Barry is called off to an important superhero mission juuuuuust as they’re making out and the underthings are coming off.

Marvel’s AGENT CARTER “A Sin to Err” Review

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“A Sin to Err” is the episode where the world turns against our hero, Agent Peggy Carter, as she’s made as a double agent and Leviathan agents have infiltrated the SSR to steal back Howard Stark’s WMDs, which are conveniently locked up in the SSR labs. With Peggy on the run from her colleagues for the second half of the episode and the reveal that the Russian psychiatrist, Dr. Ivchenko, who was rescued last episode is a double agent and is working with Peggy’s next door neighbor aka secret Russian assassin Dottie.