The 7 Coolest Things About Ayumi Seto's J-POP Appearance at San Francisco's Cherry Blossom Festival

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Street fair season in San Francisco kicked off this this past weekend with the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. It tends to focus more on traditional Japanese culture - I arrived just as a Taiko drumming performance was ending - but it's also a precursor to one of my most favorite festivals, also happening in Japantown, later this summer: the J-POP SUMMIT Festival. As the name implies, J-POP is a celebration of all things related to Japanese pop culture - as they put it, "the latest in Japanese music, film, art, fashion, games, anime, food, as well as" (my personal favorite) "niche subcultures" -- and we got a preview in the form of an autograph and photo session with Ayumi Seto. She's a Harajuku Kawaii model turned Aomoji-kei fashion designer, and I spoke with her about just what Aomoji-kei fashion is, as well as about the nerdy influences in her new clothing line, "Aymmy in the batty girls," which takes most of its inspiration from American pop culture. (There are aliens and zombies involved.)

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Domino's Replaces Pizza Dough With Fried Chicken, Because 'MURICA!

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm


Using similar logic as KFC did when they created the Double Down (fried chicken patties for buns), Domino's is now going with the "fuck it, you're gonna kill yourself anyway" option and piling pizza toppings on top of breaded fried chicken. Also most of them have bacon on top, presumably because it's cheaper than arsenic.

Biggest winner: the Noid, whose running after Domino's all these years without actually getting any has maintained his thin figure.

Biggest loser: county fair vendors, wondering how the hell they can keep upping the stakes when supposedly legitimate chains do this.

On the other hand, Ultimate Warrior, with barely any body fat, only lived 11 years longer than 500lb-plus Viscera. So maybe, you know, screw it.

via Foodbeast

Weekend Hangover: Superhero Furries, Spider-Politician, Sharknado 2 and More

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am


While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.

Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morello

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Green Fireballs, Black Cats, Brown Underwear

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm


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.

Hey de ho all - well it is Thursday again, another day at the funny farm, ah, I mean ranch. Things are a bit late today, but better late than never. Fun day today. I had already fallen asleep by the time my questions came in at 7pm. Yep, I crashed at 6:30 pm, even missed dinner. It's a b**ch getting old. It was a long day for me and I guess LYT got really busy. Last week was one of those weeks: it was my 58th birthday and 32nd anniversary, Both were 1st without my husband. LYT and Mrs LYT took over and sent 2 lovely sets of flowers and I also got a TV for the bedroom. Baby Frizzy is checking out the flowers and they were approved.

Getting hot here in the desert; we hit 95 yesterday. The garden is starting to sprout and I got the first vac done on the pool. The pool will need a couple of more passes with the sweeper before it is ready to open for the summer. We love to submerge in the pool like hippos and then BBQ dinner. Well, better get on with the questions.

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Weekend Hangover: Top Gun Drones on, Escher Gets Gamey, a Puppet Gets Laid and More

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

Our name for it is better.

Well, I for one was too busy planning a WrestleMania party all weekend to see what other fun things were going on in the world, but if, like me, you missed out, here are some highlights of this weekend's reader-submitted items, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, skrag2112, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, troi, Gallen_Dugall

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Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Game Launches at "The Drunken Clam" [Pics & Junk]

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm


On April 10th, mobile gamers will be able to build their own Quahog and collect stuff in it, as Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff appears ripe for cashing in on love for The Simpsons: Tapped Out. As I found at the launch party, though, nobody involved is overly fond of that comparison; one Fox marketing guy threw out a ton of buzzwords that esssentially amounted to, "they're similar but different" (he did confirm a Firefly game, though, but when asked if any of the original actors are involved his only response was "stay tuned.")

I'll put it this way: The Quest for Stuff is not like Tapped Out in the same way that Family Guy is not like The Simpsons. For one thing, you're not building the town from scratch - you're RE-building it following an apocalyptic fight with the Giant Chicken. Totally different. Also, this game may not yell at me as loudly from Julia's phone as Homer currently does, randomly, in the middle of the night.

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Movie Spider-Man Dances With Chibi Spider-Man in Odd Evian Commercial

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm


This does appear to be a real thing. Very strange.

And - obligatory joke here - a whole lot more fun than anything we've seen from the actual movie so far.

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Alien Invasions, Giant Tentacles...The Pepsi Max Prank That Fooled the UK

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am


Oh, augmented reality, what can't you do?

A little application to a UK bus shelter, and people waiting for their transportation were confronted with tentacles from the sewers, debris from space, and giant robot attacks.

Most caught on pretty quickly, but it was still cool. For a moment, They Believed.

Too bad it was promoting a drink as terrible tasting as Pepsi max. But I guess that just makes the company try harder.

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Fast Food Review: Taco Bell's Waffle Tacos

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm


Today was a date with destiny.

After test-marketing the Waffle Taco, then rolling out a breakfast menu that did not include it, then rolling back that idea, Taco Bell staked out 3-27-14 about a month ago as the day they would bring back breakfast with the Waffle Taco, everywhere. Since then I've been hoping, and wishing, and praying they'd show me they care about my anticipation.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Down Mexico Way, Plus Mysteries of LYT's Eyebrows

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8:00 am


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 all,

I was treated to a Mexico vacation last week. My mom, who is turning 89 in May, decided that we needed a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. This was to be my 58th birthday present - gifts should arrive for April and her May birthday. For 30 years, my mom has been a very independent widow. She has traveled all over the US and Europe. This year, however she started to use a cane and did not want to try the trip alone. She needed a suitcase helper and I was it. This lady still volunteers 2 times a week at her police department (yep, it runs in the family).

So here is my take on the good and bad of our week in Puerto Vallarta. P.S. There's not much on night life - we were watching CNN by 10-11 p.m. every night.

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