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Portlandia – Around the World in 80 Plates

January 10th, 2012 by Larry

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IFC’s hit original series, Portlandia, is back for it’s highly-anticipated second season. After last season’s 6 episodes, I can’t wait to see what Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have prepared to show the world as their mutated version of life in Portland.

Around the World in 80 Plates is my favorite skit from the first episode of Season 2. Video after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nike SPARQ Sensory Performance

November 27th, 2011 by Larry

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Last week, I experienced Nike’s new SPARQ Sensory Performance innovations in action. I have no doubt in my mind that this new approach to vision training in conjunction with all other aspects of physical training will give an edge to the athletes who utilize these advancements. What’s most interesting is that vision training can be used by athletes of all levels to increase focus, reaction times & anticipation in any sport. I could rattle off a list of athletes off the top of my head that could use vision training immediately: Ahem… Josh Hamilton… Ahem…

SPARQ Sensory Performance is a system of technologies, products and programs designed to assess, analyze and improve an athlete’s visual and sensory performance. It’s another step in Nike’s nearly 40-year legacy of delivering game-changing innovations to help athletes perform at their peak.

“Sensory training is at the cornerstone of how we can build better athletes,” said Paul Winsper, SPARQ Performance Director. “With SSP we’re able to integrate both sensory and physical training together. This performance philosophy has resonated with some of the top athletes, teams and clubs throughout the world.”

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Beaker & Flask

November 18th, 2011 by Larry

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Pork Cheeks, Braised Peppers and Onions, Pickled Octopus, Aioli

After watching episodes of Portlandia, I went into Beaker & Flask expecting a similar snooty approach to food. Yes, the food was prepared in a way that would startle a Southerner like myself (sarcasm), yet it wasn’t off-putting. Allow me to list the pros and cons of my Beaker & Flask experience: Read the rest of this entry »

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Portland Cello Project – All of the Lights [Kanye West Cover]

January 31st, 2011 by Larry

Ever since my grade school days, I always enjoyed the sound of the cello more than any other instrument I played. It’s really astounding to see so many cellos as the centerpiece of this group in addition to their decision to cover a modern pop song.

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