When She Hears Pink Pepsi Exists, My Wife Will Make Me Go to Japan

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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You can say all you want about sexism and marketing and double-standards and all that, and make a lot of sense. But your logic is undone in my house whenever the words "It's pink and it's cute" are uttered as justification for any and everything.

And now Japan has made Pepsi pink and cute. Pepsi!

Okay, so you don't have to actually go to Japan to get it - Jbox has the strawberry-milk flavored beverage in stock for $3.50. But don't tell my wife that; I want to get a trip to Japan out of the deal.

Namco Will Open a Pac-Man Restaurant in Chicago

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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Woodfield Mall

When I think of Pac-Man, I think bright colors, loud beeps, and...not that drab gray thing in the artist's rendering above. Shouldn't the entrance be through Pac-Man's mouth or something?

Points for the nicely nerdy name: Level 257, which is one more than the 256 original levels of the game, and will confuse the hell out of casual players looking for "That Pac-Man Place" online.

That said, Pac-Man and eating are a perfect match. Though to be truly accurate to the Pac experience (Paxperience?), they should make you eat while on a treadmill.

h/t Chris Ward

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Mexico and the First Year Alone

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8:00 am

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A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Martha Boyd fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Greetings - as some of you know I just returned from another week in Mexico. Stayed again at the Melia Puerto Vallarta. So this time we went on Delta - first time in ages I have been on a plane with a movie and they did not charge!!!!! However we were 1.5 hrs late getting off the ground out of LAX. The return trip was another first; only 40 people on the plane, everyone had their own row of 3 seats - they ran the flight with only that small number, so overall I was happy with the airline.

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Weekend Open Thread - Happy Repeal Day!

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 6:01 pm

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Matt Chan

Whether you are Democrat, Republican or other, the fact that FDR repealed Prohibition on this day in 1933 makes him one of the greatest presidents of all time in my book.

As I'm sure the first external item anyone will be posting in this thread will be about Roberto Orci and Star Trek 3, let me offer my thoughts on that...

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: A Mom Review of Jason Momoa's Road to Paloma

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

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A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Martha Boyd fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Hello and after-Thanksgiving greetings. I hope you all survived the massive day of gluttony. I was on an airplane to Mexico. Yep, another trip down south of the border. So it was airport food until we landed and got to the hotel. Well, not really all airport food. We got coffee, but as we were picked up at 5 am for a 10 am flight I had packed some nice muffins in a lunch bag and then brought munchies for the airplane. The dollar store is a great place for this, as you can get things in small packages. The coffee, soda and juice are still free on the plane and it is only about a 3 hr flight. So we had cookies, crackers with cream cheese and breakfast bars for the plane. We went to dinner early the first night - right at 5 when they start serving. Here is what I have almost every day at the resort for lunch by the pool: California roll, chips with salsa, soup and salad. They have a really good soup station and the salad bar is well stocked. Then back to the pool for more swimming and a couple of more margaritas. This place is totally eat, drink, swim, sun, repeat. Weather was in the 80's and very nice. A bit warmer then what I left in So Cal. LYT gave me Thanksgiving off as he was taking the day off too and thus I was missing last week. But now I'M BACK and you can't escape.


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Pizza Hut Will Use Retina Scans to Read Your Mind, Because We All Want That, Right?

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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Not a joke, as far as I can tell - Pizza Hut is testing something called the Subconscious Menu.

No, really. And it scans your eye movements.

No, really. You look at ingredients on a screen, it monitors what you look at, then guesses from that what you want. This is supposedly 98% accurate. Based on the screen they show, my first reaction, being honest, is to go "Holy shit, they have dried salami, shrimp, sweetcorn and fresh basil at Pizza Hut now?"

My second reaction is that I DON'T WANT MY RESTAURANT TO RETINA-SCAN ME.

But maybe that's just me.


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Weekstarter: Lego Strippers, Vodka Turkey, 8-Bit Freddy vs. Jason and More

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

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National holidays don't often yield a ton of news, but we have 14 fun fragments here for your amusement, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair.

This week's tipsters include Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112 and troi.

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Cute Furry Animals in Little Hats Have Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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LEEEEEEEEETTLE HATS! (TM my wife)

Go enjoy the holiday, folks. Light posting around here for the next four days. I'll get the Star Wars trailer up on Friday when it hits the net, there'll be a weekend thread at the usual time, and by demand request of my wife, there will be a live spoiler thread for the Grumpy Cat Christmas movie.

In the meantime, use this thread to talk about whatever you wish.


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Weekend Open Thread: Happy Pre-Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

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I like Thanksgiving better than Christmas because I get two days off instead of just one. And any LA Roboteers are welcome to come to our Thanksgiving dinner - just hit me up by email or Facebook.

Here are some seals having sex with penguins. Happy weekend!

(Cthurkey created by Rusty Eulberg)

Fast Food Review: Taco Bell's New Rolled Chicken Tacos

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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Because the company doesn't trust the entirety of the U.S. population to know what a "taquito" is, here come "rolled tacos." Also, presumably, so that Taco Bell can make ads that say "That's how we roll," as opposed to "taquito me out to the ballgame" or whatever horrible, tortured semi-pun is even possible there.

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