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  • The Devil’s Grid: The impossible task of finishing adventure games

    As much as I love them, I can’t finish them to save my life. see more

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    February 25, 2015 at 7:34 pm


  • Pop Culture Mischief: Oscars recap, ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and more

    This week’s pop culture round-up. see more

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    February 24, 2015 at 7:41 pm


  • An astonishing appeal

    I’d never liked Taylor Swift. At all. That was, until her release of “1989″ altogether shattered any notions I held.

    Actually, I let me re-phrase that. I’d never totally understood her appeal. On the outside, she’s this tall, lanky country girl-gone pop who could be seen dancing awkwardly by herself in the aisle at award shows; Swift was parodied for her over-the-top gawky “oh my gosh, me?!” shocked reaction to winning a Grammy; she was seen as the girl who dates men, chews them up and spits them out through her lyrics for the world to hear. Dating Swift issued you a gag order, in a way. Eventually, the finer points of your relationship would soon be recorded for prosperity. It all seemed a bit gimmicky to me.

    Then I heard “Shake It Off” and it was as if none of that happened. Although that’s not entirely true – the album’s first release was actually a confirmation that Swift is well aware of her reputation and better yet, she could not care less. “Shake It Off” is as catchy and heartening as it gets. The striking percussion mixed with that brass creates a beat that’s hard to ignore. Swift blows off her haters to the most cheery melody imaginable. It’s true, she’s just a young girl experiencing heartbreak and turning it into something tangible to help with the healing process. Who can fault her for that? see more

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    February 23, 2015 at 10:34 am


  • Behind the scenes of customer service

    When your job is centered around directly doing something for someone else, there are many times when you have to swallow your pride, smile and move on. This is the essence of customer service. It’s what you have to do in order to get people to come back.

    You also have to make your current customers feel happy and comfortable. When there’s one of you juggling a line of people, and whatever else may come your way, it can get stressful.

    Every customer service job will have its share of bad customers. Downtown Phoenix, though, is unique to me. There are so many different kinds of people here—which is probably true of any big city—that it becomes impossible to predict who you’ll meet next. see more

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    February 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm


  • The Devil’s Grid: What to know about net neutrality

    The big vote on the open Internet drops next week. see more

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    February 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm


  • Midnight tracks

    Everything is better at night, especially music. The moon is out, the breeze is blowing and the day is finally over. And for some odd reason, when it’s a full moon, everything turns into a blur and I get really hairy. Then, I turn into a really good basketball player. Kind of like “Teen Wolf”. And when I’m engaging in hooliganism and surfing the tops off vans donned the “Wolfmobile” as I air guitar, there are certain albums I enjoy listening to. And here it is folks, my first listicle since that last time I wrote a listicle. Here are the top albums I like to listen to (on the record player of course, because my midnight hooliganism involves a bean bag chair and a book) at midnight and beyond.

    1. “Born in the U.S.A.”

    To be perfectly honest I used to hate this album. Maybe it was the overbearing nationalism… ahem, uh, patriotism… which put me off. But then there was that one time when I threw it on the turntable when the night was quite late. Springsteen’s use of the synthesizer through the course of the album gives it the midnight sound of driving with the top down as you barrel down the highway. And then there is “I’m on Fire,” a very breathy and 80′sesque love ballad, which makes you feel like the night won’t ever end and the angst level is at an all time high. see more

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    February 19, 2015 at 11:11 am


  • Photo of the Day 2/18

      The Chinese Lunar New Year Event at ASU.  (Photo by Kat Simonovic)

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    February 18, 2015 at 9:19 pm


  • Stop trying to make high gas prices happen, Gretchen

    Gas prices are low, and shoulder pads are not coming back. Everyone wins. see more

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    February 18, 2015 at 8:38 pm


  • Clubs of ASU: Sci-Fan allows students to show their nerdy side

    ASU’s Sci-Fan club brings people together who are interested in anything from comic books to Anime. see more

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    February 18, 2015 at 6:57 pm


  • Drake drops a surprise mixtape, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ dominates the box office and more

    Pop culture round-up for the week of Feb. 16, 2015. see more

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    February 17, 2015 at 7:23 pm