Ignorance Is Bliss: Why The Less We Know About Velociraptors, The Better Off We Are

Show of hands…prior to Jurassic Park who knew what a Velociraptor was? Hmm just the Paleontologists? Despite being the alpha bad-ass of the Jurassic Park movies, it’s very doubtful anyone knew about this killing machine before seeing the movie Jurassic Park. The only thing we American kids would have seen similar was Deinonychus and to be honest, T-Rex was way cooler then. Soon after Jurassic Park, the Velociraptor became to dinosaurs what Boba Fett was to Star Wars: a bad-ass. Old favorites like Brachiosaurus, Triceratops and Allosaurus were put on the back burner as everyone clamored over the man-sized, smarter-than-the-average-dinosaur, Velociraptor. To be fair, why shouldn’t we? That movie made the Velociraptor the coolest dinosaur ever….the only problem is that according to science, everything we love about the Velociraptor is wrong:

(Full Story)

Bad-Ass Movie Hall of Fame: Jurassic Park

I love the hell out of Jurassic Park. It’s hands down my favorite movie and despite being almost 20 somewhat years after I first saw it in theaters, the magic of the movie has not yet worn off on me…and I’m not alone. This movie is comparable to Star Wars when it comes to having dedicated fan bases. So naturally, this amazing film deserves to be in our PopCultureAsylum’s Bad-Ass Movie Hall Of Fame. Here are a few random things that make this movie awesome (besides the fact that it’s freakin Jurassic Park!!!)

(Read Story)

Really Pointless Kitchen Gadgets

Anytime you watch Food Network or Hell’s Kitchen, a little spark lights up and get you motivated to cook. It really drives you to wow your family and friends with your culinary skills….however if you don’t really cook that much to begin with, you are quickly reminded how lazy you are. Kitchen gadget companies know this little tidbit about you and make “must have” gadgets that will simplify life in the kitchen. The only problem is that there is some really stupid crap out there and for some reason, people actually buy it. Now any trip to Bed Bath & Beyond will probably turn up a few stupid items, but this column focuses solely on things that might actually be inside a person’s home and I’m purposely leaving out kitchen appliances (such as automatic hot chocolate and tea makers) out for another day. But here’s a few that I find incredibly pointless:

(Read More)

First Spidey-In-Costume Pic: First Impressions

So the first image of Andrew Garfield in his new Spider-man duds came out.  Here’s a few things that really jumped out at me upon viewing the picture:

1. Notice the spider emblem: The claw marks really jump out at me, Looks like Spidey is going to have a nice fight against The Lizard.
2. The weird flame-like design by the wrists.

3. Apparently he’ll be having wrist shooters (imo, a 19 year old developing a sticky compound tough enough support the weight of cars, people, helicopters, ect is complete BS, loved the organic shooters more)

I don’t know maybe I’m still anti-reboot b/c I’d rather see John Malkovich as The Vulture, Bruce Campbell as hopefully Mysterio, and I’d be seeing Spidey maybe this year had they not started over from scratch and got rid of Sam Raimi (the guy’s done enough good and 3 was the result of the studio telling him what to do), but this is a pretty decent cool picture. It may surprise me.

What do you guys think? Comment below

Movies in 2011: A Look At What’s Ahead

I had intentions to watch some movies last year and up til June, I was catching a lot of movies, but the problem was that I kind of stopped going out due to having an opposite work schedule from my wife. So some big heavy hitters such as Inception, True Grit and The Social Network were sadly skipped. However, there’s a lot of good coming this year in the way of movies and a lot of them looks like they will be pretty awesome to see. So here’s a few that I’m personally looking forward to:

(Read More)

The Music That Made 2010 ‘010

Needtobreathe by susanlloydphotography.com

Howdy, lucidswirl here.

Music plays an important part in my life, and in many others.

2010 saw me run the gamut in genres. However, there seems to be a central theme throughout. Some sort of peaceful hope and awareness while searching for deeper meaning or purpose. Here are my top-five songs (and in some cases albums) of ‘010, in no particular order.

(Read More)

Random Reviews: Four Loko

You may be familiar with the name Four Loko. This is an 12% abv, 23oz alcoholic drink that allegedly gives you the effect of drinking 4 beers or glasses of wine or even 4 1/2 shots of vodka, but has enough of an energy kick that’s equal to 3 cups of coffee. Naturally this mix of uppers and downers made the FDA pretty angry and as a result the drink has been banned in several states, with others not wanting to even bother selling it. So naturally, I’ve decided to make Four Loko part of our random reviews.

(Read More)

Well Meaning Christmas Gifts (That Suck)

Well it’s that time again true-believers. It’s that magical time of the year when the clock ticks closer to Christmas and the tree already has presents underneath….that is all but the presents you’ve bought. Naturally this means a cram-session at the stores to knock out everyone on your list. This is exactly how last-minute creativity or very very bad mistakes come into play. To avoid the latter from happening, we at PopCultureAsylum.com are doing our part and creating this list of well meaning presents that usually turn out to be a bad gift, so that you become a hero this Christmas morning.

(Read More)