The 11 Coolest Things at the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival in San Francisco

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

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The sixth annual J-POP SUMMIT Festival was held in San Francisco's Japantown over the weekend of July 19-20, 2014. It was fun and exhilarating and loud and crowded (a serious crowd of humanity in the space of a few blocks) and full of unexpected and wonderful things. Here are some of those things - and it's not even all Hatsune Miku, but there's a lot of her, too.

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Fast Food Review: Ramen Burger at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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"What the hell is L&L Hawaiian Barbecue?" is probably a thought going through your head right now, as it passed through mine when I saw a full-page ad for it amid the usual junk-mail circulars. Well, it is a chain that exists, though where I don't exactly know, save for the empty one in a strip-mall on the seedier side of town that I found myself at, anxious to use the one-dollar-off coupon for a ramen burger.

New enough to be a trailblazing trend in fast food while just old enough not to be the toast of the food-hipster town, the ramen burger is a thing I've been hearing about for a while. Could it be the next big thing?

I'm thinking, "no."

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Hot for the Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

I'M BACK........you all can't get rid of me that easily. LOL. I didn't know what to do with myself last week with no questions to answer. So glad to have LYT back in the country. Well, it is going to be 109 and humid out here in the desert today thru the 4th holiday - lovely. At least the pool is ready to roll. Planning on going out this afternoon and submerging like a hippo to cool off. For now, let's get to work on the questions.


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The WarGames Reboot Needs a M.C.R.I.B. Computer

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

With recent news coming out that MGM is negotiating with Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to write the WarGames reboot, it's time to move onto the most important decision at all.

What are they going to call the supercomputer that inevitably will get hacked and almost destroy the world before learning (and teaching us all) a valuable lesson about the insanity of mutually assured destruction?

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Is This Shawarma Joint in Ecuador Baiting Trekkies?

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Countries outside the English-speaking world seem to love appropriating American cartoon and movie imagery to promote their businesses. The odds of Walt Disney's heirs tracking down some guy in Indonesia using Donald Duck to tout his muffler repair shop are low.

This is nothing new.

But I was recently in Ecuador, in the Mariscal district of Quito, where a lot of gringos hang out while waiting for flights to Galapagos or tours up the side of active volcanos, when I saw what might be the most spectacularly named shawarma joint possible.

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Weekend Hangover: 12 Stories You Might have Missed, From Aquaman to Dracula

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Compiled as always with the help of Kyle LeClair, this weekend's styories saw the casting of a new Aquaman, a Hello Kitty collection that repels tomcats, a Disneylike Doctor or 13 (above), and cricket chips.

Tipsters this week include: Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, Citrus_King, Dr.Gonzo82, troi, Anyone00, Timely Flower-Hermit, andre_morelo

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Video Fast Food Review: 3 New Jack in the Box Cheeseburgers

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Wanna know what three new burgers will be debuting tomorrow? Want to watch us eat as we critique? Would you like to know how the PR people responded when we asked a direct question about Jack's appeal to stoners?

It's all on video this time...

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Snickers Wants You to Choose One of Five Stupid Names For New Nut-Heavy Bar

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Yes, next January, Snickers is coming out with a variant bar that drops the nougat and contains just caramel and peanuts. They want you to pick the name, but are clearly aware enough that there's much which can go wrong with the word "nuts," they've limited it to five preselected choices:

1. Snickers Go Nuts. As in, "I have a couple of Snickers Go Nuts in my pants. What? I'm just talking about two delicious new candy bars!"

2. Snickers Xtreme. If I have to tell you why this is wrong, we are apparently communicating through a wormhole and you live in the year 1990.

3. Snickers #Morenuts. Oh dear god. A hashtag in a candy bar name. This reminds me of when they used to put the prefix "Cyber-" on everything, including apple juice.

4. Snickers Nuts Galore. I assume Nuts is the brother of Pussy Galore, and appears in a gay porn version of Goldfinger.

5. Snickers Nuts! Nice exclamation point. I guess.

6. Pay Day. (Just kidding about this one.)

I think we can all do better than these choices, don't you? Give it a shot.

"Edible Mist" Is the Latest in Pointless Food Technology

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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From Lick Me I'm Delicious, the UK ice cream company known for such stunts as $200 glow-in-the-dark ice cream and Viagra ice cream for the private party of an unnamed (but presumably geriatric) celebrity, comes Edible Mist, which uses "ultrasonic vapourisation" to turn their ice cream flavors into smoke you can suck on with a straw. The idea is to enjoy the taste without the calories.

This part is the best, though: "We can also produce you a personalized mist from pretty much anything in the world, like your favorite book or even your hair." Because that's the problem with books and hair now - too many calories.

Now I'm really curious if there's an STD risk from making one that tastes like cock. Not curious enough to ever try it, but, you know, the thought just popped in there.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Love Cats, Star Trek, Strawberries and Tomatoes

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hello, happy campers! It is Thursday again, or so I have been told. Anyway, having internet issues now; it keeps going up and down so hopefully all will be saved and I can get this done. Sometimes I long for the days of just paper and pen, but then even the pen runs out of ink. Last night, my provider said there was an issue with their hub - what ever that is. This week I learned how to mix concrete. Getting quite handy in my old age.

My husband had built rock walls all over our property. He was a rock hound and we have some really great rocks in the walls, quartz, tourquoise etc. He had started a wall in Nov. and I just finished it. It is one course shorter than the rest of the walls, but I thought it best to let it dry and hope that it would not fall over. Anyway, it is still standing and a couple of friends have inspected the job, and I did okay. So I have sent Luke pics of the wall. Also sent a pic of the first harvest from the garden this year. Got some raspberries, 3 string beans and a tomato. I figure with all the water, plant food, etc. these are pretty expensive veggies. Ah, but they were fun to grow. At least I can write while the
net is down. So far it's been about 10 minutes...grumble, grumble.


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