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Nov 24 2014

British Culture and Harry Potter is a New College Course We Have to Take

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I graduated college a long time ago in a land far far away.   It’s been over a decade since I received my degree.  The coolest class offered at my school was called “The Grand Canyon” in which students went to the actual Grand Canyon for 2 weeks and had to write about it.   That was the entire class.   So what else has been going on in the last decade?  Plenty.  From classes that explore The Big Lebowski to World of Warcraft strategies the latest such awesome class comes to us from California State University and is called “British Culture and Harry Potter.”   The class focuses on learning about the locations that inspired the Harry Potter books and the ones used in the film. Students will travel to places across England and Scotland such as King’s Cross Station, Warner Bros. Studio, Durham Cathedral (Professor McGonagall’s classroom), Alnwick Castle, and more.

Here are what the goals of the class are according to CSU.

Explore and experience through travel the cultural and historical locations in England and Scotland that inspired the Harry Potter series Identify and assess the similarities and differences between the novels and films and the ways in which each drew inspiration from cultural sites in Great Britain Develop critical thinking skills about complex social issues relating to inequality, race, and gender within the context of contemporary Great Britain.

Anyone else want to enroll?

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Nov 19 2014

Twitter Users Share Pics of the “Snow-Pocalypse” Taking Place in New York

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We kid and joke about a possible apocalypse all the time.  I mean searches for “How to prepare yourself for a Zombie Apocalypse” have risen ten fold in the last five years.  Sure it’s because of shows like Walking Dead but do any of us really think that we’re going to be eaten by humans at some point?  Well, I do but that’s besides the point.  The point is that a true Apocalypse is taking place under our very noses at this very moment in time.  It just happens to be in the Buffalo region of the U.S.  But man is it eerie out there.  These are some pictures that twitter users have captured of the massive storm (including the one above which  looks like a house that’s more than welcoming the snow, it’s even happy about it!)

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Nov 18 2014

Father Makes Dying 5-year-old Son’s Superhero Dream Come True

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Five-year-old Jayden loves Spider-Man. And on what might be his last ever birthday — he has a grade 4 brain stem tumor — his dad came up with an incredible surprise for his son.  His father said “I had a replica Spider-Man suit made so i could surprise my son on his 5th Birthday. Unfortunately he has been diagnosed with a Grade 4 Brain Stem Tumor with an average of 1 yr to live. I’m so proud i managed to do this for him, and secretly filmed the surprise with my Go Pro 3+”

To follow Jayden’s fight, visit the family’s Facebook page.

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Nov 17 2014

Charlie Brown Gets a 3D Makeover in The Peanuts Movie

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Say it ain’t so!  One of the few and most classic cartoons left that’s managed to stay in 2D all these years just got a makeover.   Perhaps because Charlie Brown and Snoopy turn 65 years old next year the franchise decided to make up some large plans for the occasion.   According to Slashfilm,  They’ll be starring in The Peanuts Movie, a new 3D, CG-animated adventure featuring the classic characters created by Charles M. Schulz.

You can check out the new Peanuts Movie images after the jump and read all the details at Slashfilm

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Nov 14 2014

Soon We’ll Be Eating Gundam Burgers in Japan

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According to AnimeAnime the Tokyo Station Gundam Cafe is being turned into McDaniel Hamburgers Gundam Cafe. The restaurant appeared in the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam anime as a secret meeting place for the Anti-Earth Union Group, and now it will appear in Tokyo starting November 19.  Yes, you read that correctly.  This will be a real place with real food.   So what’s on the menu exactly?

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Nov 14 2014

Shawn Layden Reminds Us that PlayStation 4 Turns One Today with Infographic

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In case you were unaware, Shawn Layden is the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America.  Earlier this year it was announced he would be replacing Jack Tretton after previously being responsible for Sony Network Entertainment.  Today Shawn decided to surprise everyone with an awesome Thank You letter as well as infographic about the 1st anniversary of PlayStation 4.  Can you believe it’s been a year already?

You can read his full letter and see the infographic after the jump:

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Nov 14 2014

Man Walks 5,600 Miles Across Australia in Stormtrooper Armor

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Everyone, we’d like you to meet Scott Loxley.   Not only is he the man dressed in Stormtooper gear in this photo but he’s also doing it for a great cause.   Scott is a member of the 501st Legion, which is a charitable organization operated by Imperial Stormtroopers. Loxley’s plan is to walk around the entire coast of Australia,  almost 10,000 miles,to raise money for a children’s hospital.

So far Scott is more than halfway there amassing 5,600 miles.  His goal is to finish the trek by July of next year.  So far he has raised about $19,000 for Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, which will open in 2016. Loxley hopes to get as much as $87,000 by the end of the project.  Says writer Jenny Ryall:

He has gone through more than 20 pairs of shoes, eaten roadkill and slept in a swag by the side of the road. […]

It is an amazing story of survival in the harsh Australian outback, where he says his own company is the enemy but to get through he thinks of the children he can help. “You are fighting a mostly mental battle. Some days you wake up and don’t want to get up, and you think why I am doing this,” he said. “Before I started I went and visited the kids quite a lot of times, I dwell on that a lot and think of those kids on my bad days. Their bad days are worse than this.”

Via David Barry

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Nov 13 2014

Afternoon Break: Real Size Comparisons That Will Melt Your Brain

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Most of the time, we’re so stuck in our monkeysphere that it’s easy to forget how small we really are. But nothing like a good visual will remind you what an insignificant sack of meat you are. We asked our readers to render some size comparisons that will blow your relatively tiny socks right off your relatively tiny feet. The winner is below but first the runners-up …

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Interstellar and the Ryan Leaf theory of movie criticism – [Pajiba]

Things that IT people never say – [World Wide Interweb]

Seven things you didn’t know about the Pope – [List Gazette]

The 101 strangest foods from around the world – [Neatorama]

Despite it’s gaping plot holds, the Flash is a good show – [TVO]

Yes, they make Harley Quinn panties – [Geeksaresexy]

People want Gucci Mane Lemonade at their funerals – [Celebritytoob]

The ending that got cut from Guardians of the Galaxy – [Kotaku]

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Aug 15 2014

Captain Spidey Want YOU to Write For Unreality!

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It’s that time of year again! Where I go fishing for brilliant new Unreality writers. We have a new spot opening up ’round these parts, so I thought I’d put out the casting call yet again.

If you like, movies, TV, video games, comics or fiction, and also like writing, we may have a place for you here. Yes, we’re a lot of cosplay and Pokemon and Disney Princesses and so on, but our favorite pieces are those written by our staff about anything and everything across pop culture. We’re looking for essays, editorials, recurring columns, lists, and other longer form stuff on a weekly basis.

If you want to join our legendary ranks, send me an email (paultassi@gmail.com). Either give me some links to similar content you’ve written elsewhere, attach a sample post of something you might write for Unreality, or both. Even if you’ve applied before, feel free to have another go. Space constrictions force me to cut qualified candidates sometimes, and even though there’s only two spots now, that could change and plenty of people have come off the wait list to work here.

Will look forward to seeing your stuff, and let’s leave this open for about the next week or so.

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Aug 12 2014

Robin Williams

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I genuinely can’t remember the last time a celebrity death seemed this profoundly tragic. It’s always sad when a beloved actor passes away, because we usually have a special connection to their work. Even if we didn’t know them, it still feels like someone you know dying.

Multiply that tenfold for Robin Williams, the star of countless shows and movies that all age groups grew up with. For my generation it was Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook and Aladdin, my parents’ was Mork and Mindy. I was caught off guard by his unexpected dramatic talent in movies like One Hour Photo, and there was nothing the man couldn’t do.

But again, this is compounded further by the fact that Williams took his own life. One of the funniest, warmest men in Hollywood struggled with severe depression, and it consumed him in the end. It goes to show you that depression can strike anyone, and even the most hilarious and bubbly among us might be suffering in secret. Sadly, Williams use of comedy to insulate himself against his own issues is far from uncommon, and we’ve seen it time and time again in Hollywood.

I know the common refrain here is to “get help” if you’re feeling depressed as Williams was. And you should. But more importantly, GIVE help, if you know someone who may be depressed for one reason or another. Sometimes it’s too hard for them to ask, and they’re just not going to get better on their own. Check in on a struggling friend or family member today, and let them know you’re there. And then keep being there.

Rest in peace, Robin. Hopefully you at least knew how many lives you touched.

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Jul 10 2014

Debate of the Day: 2014 Emmy Nominations

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The day has arrived, and it’s time to start saying who has been snubbed and who deserves to win at the 2014 Emmys. The complete list of nominees is below, and you can see for yourself where there’s drama to be found.

A few points of interest include Lena Headey getting nominated for Game of Thrones for her performance as Cersei. And obviously the fact that Tatiana Maslany has been overlooked yet again for playing nineteen different roles on Orphan Black, easily the biggest acting challenge on TV by a mile.

And finally, Hannibal was nominated for absolutely nothing, which may be the biggest slight of all. Anyway, there’s plenty to rant and rage about, so check out the list below: Continue Reading »

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