Refugees of war: a galactic history

A brain slug's perspective on the refugee crisis

Orange Rhymes With: Sound Investments for unsound people

The horrors of Valentine’s Day have thankfully come to a close, and I’ve finally stopped screeching a terrifying rendition of the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated.” Now I can now focus on the important things.

‘Continue?’ A thoughtful, if not confusing adventure

What does it truly mean to die in a video game? Most players are accustomed to seeing a “Game Over” screen, a killcam showing the perpetrator of their deaths, a prompt to insert more coins, or at the very least, an instant respawn. “Continue?9876543210,” (which will hereby be shortened to “Continue?”) tries to go in-depth with what happens to a video game character once they kick the metaphorical bucket. While it’s certainly quite contemplative, it may take a few playthroughs to truly grasp. And even then, it will still be a tad confusing.

Harold and Kumar are back, again

Stoner pals Harold and Kumar are back with a vengeance. At least, that’s how it seems in the latest movie, “A Very Harold and...

Orange Rhymes With: How to avoid the decisions of adulthood

Apparently I’m an adult. I know this because America asked for my input in the last presidential election, the IRS has politely requested I pay something called “taxes” and the FBI has repeatedly asked me to stop pirating episodes of “Lost” from the Internet.

Sex and the Seawolf: Pheromones, the lowdown

Have you ever imagined the ease of attracting someone’s attention by just walking nearby? Well, you can! This is possible by wearing a substance called pheromones.

Countdown to snowfall, possibly broken bones

Midterms are hell. You know it. I know it. There’s really no reason to reiterate a topic that 90 percent of these columns reference in one way or another. That being said, the cumulative stress of midterms couple with the last dying gasps of fall have convinced me that I need to find a few new winter hobbies.


At first glance, "Crackdown" looks to emulate the open-world environments of "Saints Row" or "Grand Theft Auto." This makes plenty of sense considering that David Jones, the game's lead designer, was also head designer for the "Grand Theft Auto" team. But dig deeper into the world of "Crackdown," and the similarities end there.

Freddy Krueger returns in remake

Any die-hard movie purist should give this attempt at a cult classic remake a wide berth. There is no redeeming factor to this movie...

“Akalabeth:” A crude classic revived

“Ultima.” “Baldur's Gate.” “Might and Magic.” “Dragon Age.” All of these are role-playing classics, and they all owe their existence to one game: “Akalabeth: World...

Lagasse cocktail recipe strikes out

Emeril Lagasse may be a fantastic chef, but at least one of his drink recipes needs to go back to the drawing board. It’s such...

‘Avatar’ versus ‘Holmes’: holiday hits go head-to-head

As another semester begins and nothing but homework awaits, some students are buzzing about the biggest holiday movies and what’s really worth seeing in...

“Despicable Me” more than kids flick

It’s easy to flop when your movie’s villain has a change of heart at the end. While children may find it wonderfully entertaining, parents...

Wrap your mind around a spooky shot

It’s not Halloween without harvest-themed edibles. Candy corn, baked pumpkin seeds and bite-sized candy bars are a staple for the season. For the over...

Mosel Riesling Qualitätswein, a German treat

There’s something to be said about pretty packaging. While it’s never smart to judge a book, or wine, by its cover, doing so might just lead to an interesting and new experience.

The stupid, mesmerizing beauty of ‘Twitch Plays Pokemon’

An infinite number of monkeys hitting keys at random on an infinite number of typewriters will, given infinite time, produce the works of Shakespeare.

‘Karma’ will transmigrate your soul to a better-tasting place

"Karma” Avery Brewing Co. Boulder, CO 5.2% ABV, 10 IBU 5 out of 5 stars I must have done something right somewhere along the line, because “Karma” from...

Orange Rhymes With: Math: Not even once

When I was a kid I loved math. I would wander from person to person, explaining the best estimates of the number of stars in our galaxy or how deep the Marianas Trench was. I loved trivia, especially if it had numbers, but I absolutely loved math. I remember flying through all the normal elementary and middle school math classes and getting placed in the advanced courses with all of the other freakish children.

‘Battlefront’ leaves ‘Star Wars’ fans longing for more

'Star Wars Battlefront' is a gorgeous, half-baked mess

Clam Chowder Food Quest

House of Bread - $4.75 for a cup, $6.25 for a bowl, $8.25 for bread bowl House of Bread’s delicious clam chowder will have you...

Why viral ad campaigns work

Viral ad campaigns and “leaked” information should be evil. They make fans feel preyed upon for their predictability, and stupid for being so excitable. But...

Should you get an Apple Watch?

By Klax Zlubzecon Translated by George Hyde I think I arrived at a really strange time for you humans. Over the span of the last century...

Four years of campus housing; a fond(ish) farewell

As I near the end of my stay at our high class campus housing, I feel the need to reminisce on my time here....

‘Selma’ tells an important part of history

Recite the preamble to the United States Constitution. Perhaps a few people still remember it from high school government class. But could you say...

‘Iron Man 3’ amazing in some areas, suffers in others

In “The Avengers, ”Captain America had some choice words for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”): What is he...

It just isn’t over soon enough

Let me clear up any confusion you might have. This is not a holiday I’m thrilled about experiencing. The fact that you’re reading a Halloween column a good week and a half before the candy corn apocalypse hits is just further proof I want to hurry up and get it over with. If only October was as efficient as February and ended three days earlier, so I could just skip the entire debacle.

The right brew to beat the heat

When all the facts are in, no season truly stands alone in the arena of enjoyable beer drinking. That being said, summer certainly provides a plethora of unique beer drinking possibilities. If you love the outdoors and you love to drink beer, what better time to combine your pleasures? First, choose a beer.

‘Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2’

"Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2," more easily known as "GRAW2," is a third-person tactical military shooter, with more realism and strategy involved than many famous first-person shooters like "Halo." In single player mode, players have the ability to take cover behind walls and obstacles, peeking and shooting around corners as someone afraid of getting shot would do.

Lovers of local music will like Players House of Rock

Starting at the T-bar intersection at Fireweed and Spenard, take a left, and bypass Chilkoot Charlie's. Keep following Spenard. Pass the Bear Tooth Theatrepub, pass the Buckaroo's Club, and, yes, pass up even the Carousel Lounge. Keep your eye out for a low, poorly lit building on your right.