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Review: Team America – World Police Oct 10 2004

I wanted to like Team America, the latest movie out by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park. There were parts that were really well done, that had sparks of creative genious. And then there were the parts that, combined in total with the entire footage of the film, left me with an ugly feeling of garbage, trash, and vile aftertaste.

I wanted this to be a good film. Unfortunately, the potential to say anything particularly useful, or meaningful, or really interesting went unfulfilled.

Check minus.

Welcome to Star Clipper Oct 6 2004

Welcome to Star Clipper

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Live webcam feed from Star Clipper

Star Clipper was originally founded in University City, Missouri in 1987 as a gaming and science-fiction bookseller. We have since grown to become the region’s premier independent retailer of graphic novels, import & domestic comics, zines, manga, pop culture collectibles & merchandise. As a St. Louis landmark emphasizing high-quality publications and excellent customer service, we carry products by every major publisher in the industry, including DC, Marvel, Fantagraphics, Dark Horse, Last Gasp, Drawn & Quarterly, Viz, and Tokyopop, as well as offerings from select other publishers like Highwater Books and F52. Please come visit us!

P.S. The counter girls there are cute. 😉 Also, they have an awesome selection of graphic novels, comics, Kasugai gummy candies, cool Japanese stuffed dolls. This place is pretty rad.

First iTunes album purchase – Björk : Medúlla Sep 11 2004

Björk - Medúlla

So I like Björk’s latest album, Medúlla. Bought it straight outta the iTunes music store for $9.99, downloaded it in probably under 2 minutes total and then listened to the whole thing. And I’ve gotta say, they definitely have made it extremely easy to legally aquire music. 🙂

The best way to watch Bob Costas comment on the Olympics… Aug 16 2004

The best way to watch Bob Costas comment on the Olympics…

Is muted.

See, for example, his comment in the opening ceremony parade about the “…island nation of Belize.” WTF?

Apparently, we weren’t the only ones concerned about the provided Olympic commentary by Bob Costas.

Sushi in St. Louis – Miso in Clayton Feb 26 2004

I had sushi at Miso in Clayton on Tuesday for lunch. It was my first visit, and although I was a little skeptical (always am when trying a sushi joint for the first time), I needed to try it out since I’m now basically working full-time in Clayton.

I went downstairs, sat at the bar (empty, save for the stacks of glass sushi-plates on top of the case), and chatted a bit with the chefs. One was hispanic, the other was anglo, and I’ll admit that I still wasn’t totally certain about the place. The fish in the case didn’t seem quite as fresh as at Sekisui (my usual first-choice in St. Louis for sushi), but didn’t seem bad either. The miso soup was definitely a disapointment – heavy on the tofu and seaweed, and not very smoothly put together. Also, the hot tea was served in a clear glass mug with a tea-packet and a little pitcher of hot water, which tasted alright, but certainly was no sencha green tea. $3.00 seemed pretty steep for a cup of tea. 🙁

However, the part that mattered the most, the sushi, ended up being really pretty good. The portions were generous (and were pointed out to being more so, on account of my sitting at the bar and all), the presentation was good, particularly on the tuna piece, which featured 3 or 4 sprouts tucked in between 2 pieces of tuna. The whitefish was fine, the salmon was excellent, the tuna was good, and the cucumber roll had some of the crispiest cucumber I’ve had in a while. The ginger was tasty and the wasabi had the necessary kick.

I’ll definitely be going back for lunch-sushi again in the future. I’m looking forward to trying some of their other specialty rolls.

For future visits, though, I’ll be skipping the hot tea and the miso soup. That’s ok, though. They have lots of other appetizers to sample, and the sushi is good.

Also, the word from the chefs is that it’s worth a visit in the evening as the downstairs area gets packed with hipsters. I’ve heard rumors of this in the past, of course. Perhaps I’ll have to give it a shot sometime. 🙂
Rating: 4 out of 5 nigiri

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