Iron Chef Chen Kenichi is AWESOME!!!

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Iron Chef is friggin’ awesome.  There.  I said it.  It’s engaging, eye-opening, entertaining and full of grandeur.  A multitude of culinary traditions come crashing together in front of a wild-eyed Chairman whose sole job is to maniacally set the tone for what’s at stake in Kitchen Stadium (via the Secret Theme Ingredient).  What ensues is furious cooking, artistic cuisine and some spurious dubbing, but all in all, Fuji TV’s Iron Chef is a marvel to behold and I recommend you dive into it if you haven’t already.

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Returning to Eternity: RIP David Bowie (1947-2016)

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How many times have I at least heard one of David Bowie’s songs throughout the day on the radio?  From Let’s Dance on The Mix’s 80s at 8 to Space Oddity on a classic rock station, it never doubted me that the Bowie would end, but it did, and I’m at a loss for words.  I haven’t even seen any of his videos because I never needed to; his hits took me to so many places that the videos were secondary.  With Blackstar released just last Friday, I felt as though he knew his time was up and wanted not to fade into obscurity, but to shine his last beacon into our collective consciousness.  The Prince of the Universe has returned to Eternity.  Farewell David Bowie…I’ll never forget to wear red shoes when I dance the blues…

Fighting Game Babe of the Week (1/11/2016)

I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new.  I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all.  This week’s focus will be on DOA’s wrestling bombshell Tina Armstrong as she sports the bad teacher outfit from DOA 5.  Rock you!!

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Fighting Game Babe of the Week (1/7/2016)

I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new.  I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all.  This week’s focus will be on the Kenyan kick queen Elena from Street Fighter 3!  Keep on kickin’ everyone!

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2015: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

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I wish I had written this before the end of 2015, but to be honest, I dreaded writing this because 2015 was just a bad year overall.  Sure, there were some nice highlights that I savored but so much occurred that I can’t even begin to really write anything coherent but here goes.

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Win Ugly: Arsenal vs. Newcastle United (1/2/2016)

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Watching yesterday’s game reminded me of our mauling in Southampton on Boxing Day, yet Arsenal (thanks in no small part to Petr Cech) stood as the victor in what would’ve been a game that we’d normally lose or draw.  Koscielny’s goal was the difference in a scrappy affair where the Magpies had the better chances to score.  Mitrovic was unlucky to some degree, but Cech did the business to snuff out the danger as Newcastle squeezed past our defenders to fire.  Oh, and don’t get me started on the ref.  The man was atrocious.

Oh, and Ramsey….please, if you’re clear on goal and if your lane blocked, GIVE IT TO CAMPBELL!!!!

Arsenal have always been beaten by the cudgel of “mental fragility” by many a pundit over the years, but it’s nice to see that we can dig out an ugly win with a set piece and get 9 out of a possible 12 points during a very hectic timeframe.  With us still retaining our place at the top of the table, it will become more of an imperative to grind out wins as the next set of fixtures approach (along with an FA Cup tie).  Yes, we’ve got some injuries, but our depth is there (barely).  The worry I have is that our defense and midfield was left exposed quite often against Newcastle so personally, I really think we need to tighten up with some structure / shape.  We’re missing Coquelin’s physical presence in midfield since both Southampton and Newcastle have proven that they could bully us in midfield with little consequence.  Here’s to hoping that we can dig deep and make it happen as we wait for the rest of our troops to return.