It seemed so simple, I thought as I waited. After I got laid off, I needed a quick infusion of money to keep the roof over my head. Unfortunately, the neighborhood was poor; there weren't any job openings. That seemed weird to me since the news had been reporting a lot of unexplained deaths frequently in the area. Surely, that must've opened some jobs, right?
It just looked like an ordinary black notebook. I found it in a box while cleaning up the garage. It didn't stand out in any real way aside from the odd choice of parchment for the pages rather than regular paper. I don't even remember how I got it; yet, I got this weird sense of déja vù about it. I swore I found it before.
Tetris Triumph - Nintendo Vs. Tengen
Hi, and welcome back to The Great Debates where I settle pop culture's biggest scores, and we're playing with blocks today.
'Hot Stuff' - A Cop Comedy Ahead Of Its Time
Hi, and welcome back to Second Chances where the maligned, forgotten, and ignored are brought in for questioning. Those who've kept up with my work here know that I have a thing for action-comedies. Five spots in my "Top 40 Favorite Movies" list are taken by Lethal Weapon 3, Hot Fuzz, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Demolition Man, and Beverly Hills Cop. However, there's one movie that just barely missed the list that practically set the stage for the whole genre. It's the largely forgotten 1979 cop comedy Hot Stuff.
Rants-mas - My 12 Most Hated Video Games
Well, 2020 is almost over! Screw those episodes of Star Trek: Voyager; THIS was the year of hell. In fact, it was because of everything that went on this year that I decided to use December to vent and rant against the worst media I ever experienced. Last time was about the movies that make me cringe just thinking about them. Now, it's time to talk about the video games.
Rants-mas - My 12 Most Hated Movies
2020 has been an absolute nightmare of a year. It's been hell for everyone, and I'm no exception. Ever since I started writing on Vocal, I've done my best to stay as positive as possible since the Internet is already overloaded with negativity. Even when I devoted articles to lashing out at the live-action Ghost In The Shell and The End of Evangelion, I only did so because of strong connections to the franchises in question.
Trek's Hottest: Crusher Vs. Troi
Hi, and welcome back to The Great Debates where I settle pop culture's biggest scores. Guys, ready the wolf whistles! Even though Deep Space Nine will always be my favorite show in the Star Trek franchise, The Next Generation still holds a lot of appeal. Picard (Patrick Stewart) became a legendary Captain to match Kirk (William Shatner); Data (Brent Spiner) and Geordi (LeVar Burton) still are two of TV's most lovable geeks; and the Borg are still one of the most frightening and popular alien races in sci-fi history. However, as I was in adolescence during the show's original run, naturally my attention turned to ladies, and The Next Generation had two of the most appealing women in the whole franchise. Those were the ship's doctor Beverly Crusher, played by the amazing (and amazingly talented) Gates McFadden, and the ship's counselor Deanna Troi, played by the scintillating and fiery Marina Sirtis. While the rest of the franchise had no shortage of appealing ladies [in fact, my personal favorite is Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) from DS9], Beverly and Deanna stick out in a lot of young minds from the time to the point that they get debated almost as much as Kirk and Picard.
Beyond K-Pop: Rap
Hi, and welcome back to Silver Linings, where the maligned, forgotten, and ignored are at the mic. Thanks to my significant other Ally, I have gotten very acquainted with South Korea's music scene. Also thanks to her, my acquaintance with the scene doesn't start or end at K-Pop. I've already done four articles pointing to acts from the area worth listening to if you're sick of BTS or BlackPink, but there are so many more. Today, I'm turning the focus to the rappers. See, for the longest time, it was thought that, due to the unusual structure of the language, rap was impossible in Korean. However, people like Verbal Jint have proven otherwise, and the rap scene exploded over there. It got to the point that idol groups were making a point of including rappers in their line-ups. Of course, RM, Suga, and J-Hope from BTS are the most famous examples, but they're far from the only ones. Today, I'm turning the spotlight to ten Korean rappers who've got the flow to rival the best of our hip-hop artists. Some are part of idol groups, some are still underground, but they can all bust a rhyme like few can.