Response to 25 McDonald’s Items You Can’t Get In The U.S.:
McDonalds in Japan has a ton of awesome stuff that’s not on the US menu. My favorites are: Teriyaki McBurger
Hamburger with lettuce, mayo, and delicious teriyaki sauce. They sometimes have a version of this with a fried egg on top. It’s heavenly. Ebi Filet burger
Deep friend shrimp sandwich! …and they have monthly (sometimes weekly) limited-edition burgers. The current one is AMAZING: Kinoko Tsukimi Burger
This is the JAM. Big burger with bacon, egg, and sauteed mushrooms. I eat a lot more McDonalds living in Japan than back in America, unfortunately for my wastline…
I’m thinking of combining experience from my old pre-recession career (graphic designer / illustrator) with my current gig (English teacher in Japan), and maybe becoming an art teacher after my current contract is up. This was an inspiring list with some really good ideas. I know there are people poo-pooing it, and the concept of art class in general, but I enjoyed the article, and I believe the arts have a very important place in education.
As someone who was born in Michigan and lived there until I was in college, this list makes me pretty nostalgic. One big thing I’d add to the list:
TECHNO! (and a lot of other good electronic music). Detroit was the birthplace of this influential music genre. Every Memorial Day weekend there’s a huge electronic music festival in Detroit. They call it “Movement” now, but to me it’ll always be DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival) It was nice to see the Frankenmuth pic. I lived there from age 4-13. …and I’d add Bavarian Inn & Bronners to that part. As for what people are saying about the whole “South Detroit” thing, I know quite well that there is no such thing, but it still makes me strangely gleeful when that song comes up in karaoke way out here in Japan. Feels like a nice little reminder.
Response to 26 Awesome Things The Bay Area Does Right:
I lived in San Francisco for eight years, and I hope to settle down there someday. This made me super nostalgic, even though it was only a few months ago I was last there. Such an amazing place. I could add a ton more reasons why the Bay Area is awesome (but let’s face it, I’m lazy!)
Some of these certainly go over the line, but I think you’re reading way too much into a few of them, especially #4 and #22. On #4, since when has a man’s shadow implied rape, domination, or whatnot? Oftentimes in art, a shadow is just used for dramatic or mysterious effect. That said, I’ll make sure to not go out on sunny days, lest my shadow cause people alarm… /s As for 22, I don’t think the message is rape-related at all. It’s just using the product to obscure a body part that’s not “fit for print” for the sake of teasing sensuality (although I’d say this one goes beyond teasing, into the realm of “OMG look at this crotch!”) This kind of product posing is done all the time with other body parts and other products. I guess as a man, perhaps my opinion on this sort of thing isn’t welcome or trusted, but this article sort of made my skin crawl. Both for the intended reason (some of these photos are truly rape-tastic and icky), and for other reasons. Sometimes a dominance / submission sexual power dynamic can be portrayed without it automatically being “rape”.
Mario meets Mirror’s Edge… PS: I would puke from motion sickness if I played a whole game like this.
Response to The Weird Denny’s Pop-Punk Experiment Of 2009:
I loved that Hooburrito! (not the band it’s named after, however)
#14 made my eyes burn a bit. It’s always animals who get to me first.
Response to 2012: The Year The Desktop App Died:
As long as I need the power and flexibility of Photoshop, as well as the power and memory needed to work with huge files, I won’t be abandoning traditional programs anytime soon. It’s a little premature to say that desktop apps “died” this year, as long as there are graphic designers, video editors, musicians, industrial designers, and others who need a desktop for their work. Looking at Windows 8, it’s clear that people’s obsession with tablet and mobile OS is bleeding into the home computer experience. I feel like that’s going to lead to dumbing things down for those of us who still need a more conventional setup for our work.
Response to 17 Horrific Fad Diets Of Yore:
My dad did Atkins in the mid 90s, lost about 50-60 lbs, and has kept it off since. It works well for some folks! He’s tried to convince me to try it, but I like noodles & bread way too much. I stick to the traditional “burn more calories than you intake” method.
Response to 46 People With Unfortunate Names:
Well hey, at least #38 is laughing all the way to the bank.
Evan H. I am an egg-layer of unknown genus.
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