Ice Cream Sandwiches and Tika Poutine in LA

badmaashIf you ever find yourself in downtown Los Angeles, and instead of turning to Korean or Mexican food, grab some Indian food.  In this fun eating episode of Chef’s Night Out, we get an inside look at Badmaash restaurant owned by brothers Arjun and Nakul Mahendro along with their dad chef Pawan Mahendro.  And you get to know some other neat drinking and eating spots in downtown LA.

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Adidas Snowboarding presents NOMAD 3 Part Series

snowboardingSnowboarding aficionados will enjoy this cool 3-part series from Adidas Snowboarding team.  The 3-part series features snowboarders Jake Blauvelt, Eric Jackson, Kazu Kokubo, Helen Schettini, Keegan Valaika, Forest Bailey, and Louif Paradis.

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The LEGO SHIELD Heli-Carrier is Coming!

legoshieldhelicarrierMy jaw is dropping now.   I can’t wait to get my hands on this LEGO product!  From the LEGO Marvel Superheroes line, this is the SHIELD Helicarrier 76042.  Here’s LEGO Designer Marcus talking about the Helicarrier:

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Custom LEGO Dinobots

legodinobotsOne of the most popular Transformers G1 sub-team was the Dinobots.  Now they get some custom LEGO-styling, Grimlock and Sludge created by Jess Jennings aka Chief Supreme.

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Go Go Power Rangers Vinyl Figures

powerrangersvinylThe Loyal Subjects has been creating neat vinyl figures this past year, like the Transformers Wave 3 and their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wave 1 series.  I was able to buy a couple of blind boxes from these series, and what I like is unlike most 3″ to 5″ vinyl toys, The Loyal Subjects vinyl figures offer more points of articulation and accessories.  Here’s another cool line if you’re a Mighty Morphin’ fan, the Power Rangers Wave 1.

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Viral Video Friday: Followers

animationzinkThe “Followers” animated short tells the tale of man escaping prison meeting a boy running away from school. What happens next?  Just watch.

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Cloning Photgraphy by Daisuke Takakura

twinsphoto00What if X-Men’s Multiple Man decided to take photographic art?  Well, here’s what it would look like.  Photographer Daisuke Takakura new artistic project is “Monodramatic.”

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New Balance C-Series for Walking and Cycling

cm600cIf you live in urban city like San Francisco and find yourself bicycling and walking, then this new line of New Balance sneakers does double-duty.  Created by New Balance’s Tokyo Design Studio, the C-Series will feature the CM600C for North America release, while the CT700C and 996C will be available in Asia and Europe.

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Adidas Originals x Rita Ora Superstar Kicks

adidasoriginalssuperstarAdidas Originals has collaborating with musician/designer Rita Ora for many years now and here’s her take on the iconic Adidas 1980s sneaker Superstar.

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The NES Power Glove Re-invented for Animation

powergloveIf you’re an 1980’s kid, then you probably remember the 8-bit video game system – the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  The NES was selling like hot cakes and had many peripherals, like the NES Power Glove.  The long but forgotten device gets a new use by animator Dillon Markey.

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Diamond Supply Co. x Kidrobot

diamondcuttyWhen you hear the words Diamond Supply Co., you probably think urban fashion.  Diamond Supply Co. has made their mark in the streetwear scene for years with their graphic tees and hoodies, and now with this sweet little collab with Kidrobot into the vinyl art scene with the Diamond Cutty 3.75″.

The iconic Diamond Supply Co. logo becomes the Diamond Lil Cutty 3.75″ vinyl figure.

MSRP: $11.99USD

Buy it @ Kidrobot – Diamond Cutty.

 

Comic Book Heroes in Beautiful Landscapes

silversurfer00Superheroes are usually pictured in heroic or action poses, well this series is comic book heroes meets National Geographic.  Photographer Benoit Lapray continues his work of “The Quest for the Absolute” which showcases comic heroes in picturesque landscapes.

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Miniature-style: “The Little Nordics”

littlenordicsooThe trend by many “video” peeps on VIMEO is making time-lapse videos of the beauty of nature, landscapes and urban life, a “slice of life” as they call it.  You maybe saying, oh no, not another video of this crap!  But this is good, really.  When you’re on your 15-minute break, sit back, put your headphones on and watch this imaginative time-lapse video.

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Marvel Legends 6″ 2015 Series

Marvellegends6Last year I enjoyed buying and collecting all of Marvel Legend’s Guardians of the Galaxy 6″ action figure series.  Now for 2015, Marvel will take a look at Thor universe of characters.

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Hasbro Despicable Me Minion Board Games

minionmonopolyThese cute yellow bubbly characters Minions are very popular from the “Despicable Me” animated films and now they get official licensed Hasbro board games.  From the iconic board game Monopoly, this Monopoly Despicable Me 2 Game gets some Minion-twists for fans.

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Stratego Battle Cards

strategobattlecardsWhen I was growing up, I remember many summer camps I’ve attended where I would spend hours playing the classic board game – Stratego with fellow campers.  Now there is new way to play Stratego with playing cards from Patch games.

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Drinking Soju

sojudrinkingIn South Korea the drink of choice is Soju.  My fellow Retrenders blogger Stephen Jang has told me many “Soju Drinking Tales” from his Ktown experience when he lived in LA.  As for me, I rather drink Tequila, but I do really enjoy the flavored soju concoctions like Lemon Soju.  In this new episode of Al-Kee-Hol, host Charlet Duboc goes to Seoul to experience Soju drinking.

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Comic Review: Mono # 2 (of 4)

Mono2Cover.jpg.size-600A book set in World War II, following the title character, Mono, an Ape-Human hybrid. With the first few pages following Mono as he takes out Nazi after Nazi, the last ten or so pages is just a small dinner with a Nazi General, Heinrich Eberbach. This issue had a lot of text in it, though that’s not a bad thing. You get to learn a bit about what the General thinks will happen during the war and about his upbringing; and even though it is a slow build up, it seems to lead up to a confrontation between the two characters in the next issue as the General tells his four wolves (Odin, Loki, Baldor and Fenrir) to “Attack” an unknown enemy.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who (12th Doctor) #4

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Previously on Doctor Who, The Doctor and Clara get a distress call from an old friend, Tiger Mathara so they head to India 2315 but by the time they got to him it’s too late and they find him dead at the hands of a Thugee. While investigating Maratha’s death, they meet Maratha’s daughter Priyanka and find out that Scindia, an organization that worships the deity Kali, are behind everything. The last we see our beloved character, The Doctor gets sent back in time to India 1825 where he is saved by a renegade amazon named Rani Jhulka while Clara and Priyanka are trapped in 2315 surrounded by a horde of Thugee.

Issue 4 starts with the Doctor and Rani, a female bodyguard to the daughter of a spice merchant. She tells the story of how she fell in love with the daughter and how she loses her. You then find that her lover was also killed by the Thugee. After giving her back story to the Doctor, they are ambushed by the Thugee.

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Playmobil Toys set-to Classical Paintings

playmobilart00As a little kid, I loved playing with and wanted my parents to buy me tons of these German import toys called Playmobil.  Now here’s neat series by French artist Pierre-Adrien Sollier.  He takes these iconic Playmobil action figures and puts them in popular classical and contemporary paintings.

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iPrank Cracked Screen Sticker Pack

iPrankscreenstickerIf you don’t want anybody stealing or messing up your iPhone or iPad, then you can use these iPrank Cracked Screen Sticker Pack.  Usually screen protector stickers protect the screen, but these screen sticker have mirror-like cracks that make your iPhone or iPad look damaged.

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Mega Man Helmet LED

megamanhelmetlightIf you’re looking for a cool LED light for your desk, then this is it.  This officially licensed Mega Man Helmet desk light is powered by USB and uses LEDs.

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The Best of Scarlett, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow

bestofsnakeeyesLike a greatest hits compilation CD from a band, Hasbro Studios has put up their own “Best of” tribute to a couple of popular G.I. Joe characters from their various cartoon incarnations.  Hasbro Studios gathers the best cartoon clips of Scarlett, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.

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Girls Night Out with Ovenly Bakery

OvenlyBakerCoverThis episode of Chef’s Night Out is all about the ladies.  Munchies hits up Greenpoint, Brooklyn-area to check out Ovenly bakery and the owners Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin.  They take us a night out on the town with donuts and nachos!

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Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

3dprintersculpturesLet’s see what you can else you can do with 3D printers?  Why not make a work of art, a Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculpture?  And that’s what inventor/designer/artist John Edmark has done.  But first let’s define two words:  Fibonacci and Zoetrope.

Fibonacci numbers – the unending sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34,where each term is defined as the sum of its two predecessors.” Dictionary.com

Zoetrope – a device for giving an illusion of motion, consisting of a slitted drum that, when whirled, shows a succession of images placed opposite the slits within the drum as one moving image.” Dictionary.com

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