Too Long

It seems like it’s been a thousand years since I have written anything here! I’ve been so busy with a new project that I’ve neglected my loyal readers… Well if I can call you that? I promise I will have something new and hilarious for you to read shortly. Until then enjoy this picture of something only a moron would do!

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Time fly’s!

So this last week has been extremely hectic for me. In the midst of everything I’ve had going on I left my loyal readers without any new reading materiel to balk at. I know all of you are so heartbroken that you’ve moped around in your PJ’s for the last week as acting as if your goldfish died. So without another moment wasted let me update you on what has transpired in the last six days of my life.

 

 

FRIDAY: I began my piece on Tu Tienda Azteca which I should have finished by the end of the week. Thanks Again Oscar!

SATURDAY: The p.m. hours saw me covering Bay Brawler Chapter 2:Revenge. Check out the coverage here!

SUNDAY: “Memory Missing”

MONDAY: Got the word to start a piece for Front Row Fights about the twitter beef between Jose Canseco and Shaquille O’Neal.

TUESDAY: Made a mad rush to finish the article due to Shaq speaking on the matter earlier in the day. Check it out here! Along with another MMA piece which should be seeing the light of day as your reading this.

WEDNESDAY: Updated all of you about the on goings of my so called life!

All of that on top of all the other various projects I’ve been constantly working on proved to be exhausting. Now if you don’t mind i’m going to go jump out a my second story now!

Jason Burum

For the love of…

So after only 4 days of existing my piece that basically just tells you to put hot sauce on a cheeseburger is only 15 views away from being my most viewed post of all time! You people are so fat!

But on a serious note thanks to everyone who reads the blog. I’m on the verge of a real accomplishment thanks to all the support I get. Without every single last one of my readers I wouldn’t be motivated to push forward. It’s been 8 months of solid straight through writing and the only compensation I’ve seen is $3.03 that I have no way of receiving and a PDF file of the book I was published in so nobody can say I don’t love what I do. Keep reading and I’ll keep writing!

Jason Burum

Obsessed: A look at our obsession with redemption style arcade games

Everyone has been there at some point in their life. It becomes an obsession that you can’t seem to get a handle on. You do it over and over knowing the payoff is never going to be anywhere near what you’ve put into it. At times you feel as if you have some sort of out of control addiction and you ask yourself “Why do I keep putting myself through this?” with every cent you spend. I’m talking about redemption games at your local arcade. Whether you’re at the local mall, a family fun center or some big time amusement park the outcome is always the same. Continue reading

Hole in What?

This weekend was the official celebration of my daughters 7th birthday. I had discussed with her a few weeks back what she wanted to do. It was explained to her that this year we were on a budget (broke) and we wouldn’t be doing a big party. Well lucky for us she had zero issues not having a big party and decided she only needed two things to have a good birthday. The first was dinner at Olive Garden which was not an absolute if it hinders her chance at getting the second thing… Miniature Golf or Mini Golf as her and her brother so passionately refer to it. Well in the last week she had already made two trips to olive garden before she even made it to my house, one with her nana and the other with her auntie. I swear this kid must be some kind of con artist. Continue reading

Another step foward

So as of today I’ve taken another big step forward in the journey of realizing my ultimate goal. I took the steps to being published on two websites that have daily traffic in the millions and I got a gig with a site that covers local and regional MMA. Anybody that knows me knows how I feel about the sport of MMA, how can I not be excited to have the opportunity to cover something that I enjoy so much! Beyond that I started blogging over at SB nation recently in hopes to build a big enough resume to become a staff writer on one of their many MMA sites. So with that said I’ll be making a few changes here. Nothing that will change the format but something that will help expose my readers to more than just what I have to spout off here on my blog. Continue reading

Memoirs of a squared circle: 5 wrestling games of my youth

Now if you’ve read my blog or even just skimmed through the articles I’ve written then you absolutely know that video games are a big part of what I tend to write about. So it should be no surprise at all that they would eventually contaminate everything else this blog contains, not a single subject is safe for the infectious topic that is gaming. I did the best I could to bring you pro wrestling orientated stories that included absolutely zero button smashing! Well i’m sorry to inform you that  the games have invaded and MOASC waved that white flag in complete and total surrender. Continue reading

The death of delicious

Now let me start by reassuring you that your favorite stripper has not passed away but in fact I’m writing about the loss of my favorite liquor store treat. As a matter of fact I’m talking about the death of the best microwave burrito that the world had ever tasted, REL’S RED HOT BURRITO. Let me start at the beginning of my relationship with the delicious treat that was a red hot. I originally discovered the king of the liquor store lunch menu in 1988. Continue reading

Houston we have a problem…

So over the last 24 hours I’ve been subject endless times to the fact that Whitney Houston has passed away. I was actually first  informed of her death by the girl behind the counter at the chicken restaurant as me and my mother walked back through the door to pick up the food we had ordered ten minutes earlier. Continue reading

NAZI’S FROM SPACE! in IRON SKY

So today as I was doing research for a time traveling Hitler related story i’m writing for an alternative history anthology I came across something that really sparked my interest. Using the search terms “are ludwigsdorf and kecksburg pa on the same geographical line?” I found an article which had some info about “Die Glocke” which is what I was looking for, but it also had a reference to some film that was being released this year called “IRON SKY”. Continue reading

Memoirs of a Squared Circle

My fifth grade school year can be described in various terms. The first being overwhelming due to the fact that I had been uprooted from the only school I had ever known and dropped into a new school in a completely different city. To be honest I had no issues with the city itself (I basically grew up in Oakland before we moved there) but the problem lied within the fact I knew no one other than my cousin at this new school. That alone can terrorize any ten year old because contrary to belief fitting in isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Continue reading

Memoirs of a Squared Circle

So today while rummaging through boxes that me and my significant other have stuffed so generously into our son’s closet I came across something that took me back to days of my youth. Now what I was initially looking for were old theatre calendar’s for a piece I’m working on, but what I came across was a few old wrestling magazines along with my official idiots guide to professional wrestling! The book actually came from the tail end of my interest in the sport. My obsession with pro wrestling started sometime in the early 80’s. I couldn’t tell you exactly when, but I can say as long as I’ve had memory’s professional wrestling has been part of them. Continue reading

How I wasted my youth

Yesterday while I was at work I watched two of our regular customers dump quarter after quarter into the multicade machine we have in our micro arcade area. Seriously it’s small we only have the multicade and ms. pac-man! Watching them play that machine took me back to my days of youth when I would pump quarters like my life depended on it into the games at the round table pizza and two star liquors around the corner from my house. I miss the days when I could spend hours huddled around some random arcade game with my quarter posted up on the glass waiting to be up next. Those were the days! So in honor of those games I went hungry for pumping my lunch money into that glowing red coin slot I present you with 20 random marquees of the games that robbed me of my youth and my dignity…

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12 creepy foreign flicks to watch

Here it is! My complete and comprehensive mind blowing list of 12 foreign Horror/Sci-Fi films you should watch… Right now! There’s a little bit of everything mixed in here from terrifying to suspenseful all the way down too campy and downright fun. I’ll be bringing you this list of awesomeness in three part, #12-9, #8-5 and #4-1. Now before I get started I know some people are going to moan and groan about the movies that are nowhere to be found. So let me address that before we go any further. Films like District 9, High Tension and Night Watch all had large U.S. theatrical distribution so most people are well aware of them and don’t need me to acknowledge their existence. Also I snubbed the Asian market due to the fact it already has a huge following in the states and nobody needs me to tell them about what they already know about. And besides it’s my list not yours, so shut up and watch these movies! Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you #4-1

 

4. Timecrimes (2007 SPAIN)                                                             

Have you ever been chased through the woods by a psychopath with a sharp object and that feeling hits you… This seems all too familiar. That’s what we call déjà vu and it’s one of the many negative side effects of time travel. There are three things you need to be aware of before traveling through time. First, don’t be a pervert. Second, listen when people tell you specifically what not to do. And third, nothing positive ever comes from bending the time space continuum. So follow those simple rules and you’ll realize Timecrimes is a well played sci-fi thriller that’s good to the last drop.

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12 creepy foreign flicks to watch

Here it is! My complete and comprehensive mind blowing list of 12 foreign Horror/Sci-Fi films you should watch… Right now! There’s a little bit of everything mixed in here from terrifying to suspenseful all the way down too campy and downright fun. I’ll be bringing you this list of awesomeness in three part, #12-9, #8-5 and #4-1. Now before I get started I know some people are going to moan and groan about the movies that are nowhere to be found. So let me address that before we go any further. Films like District 9, High Tension and Night Watch all had large U.S. theatrical distribution so most people are well aware of them and don’t need me to acknowledge their existence. Also I snubbed the Asian market due to the fact it already has a huge following in the states and nobody needs me to tell them about what they already know about. And besides it’s my list not yours, so shut up and watch these movies! Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you #8-5

 

8. Shiver (2008 SPAIN)                                                                       

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a thin pasty white creature that can be killed by direct sunlight? Well obviously it’s a socially awkward Spanish teenager with a serious medical condition! What’s the only cure for something like that you ask? What you’re going to need to do is move to a small town in the valley where gloom excludes the sunshine from participating in everyday life. Then  you’re going to need to be terrorized by a mysterious creature that lurks in the woods all while having the whole town be completely suspicious of you because your the new guy. Shiver thoroughly creeped me out and I hope it will do the same for you. Continue reading

12 Creepy foreign flicks to watch

Here it is! My complete and comprehensive mind blowing list of 12 foreign Horror/Sci-Fi films you should watch… Right now! There’s a little bit of everything mixed in here from terrifying to suspenseful all the way down too campy and downright fun. I’ll be bringing you this list of awesomeness in three part, #12-9, #8-5 and #4-1. Now before I get started I know some people are going to moan and groan about the movies that are nowhere to be found. So let me address that before we go any further. Films like District 9, High Tension and Night Watch all had large U.S. theatrical distribution so most people are well aware of them and don’t need me to acknowledge their existence. Also I snubbed the Asian market due to the fact it already has a huge following in the states and nobody needs me to tell them about what they already know about. And besides it’s my list not yours, so shut up and watch these movies! Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you #12-9

 

12. Eden Log (2007 FRANCE)                                                             

First off Eden Log is at number 12 for a reason, it’s not for everyone. I enjoyed it but at the
same time can say it has a very specific audience. Between the tiny cast, the dark cinematography (The entire film is set underground) and having to read subtitles, Eden Log is definitely the least friendly film on this list. Just for clarification I’m not knocking it at all, I really liked it a lot. I just really feel its main appeal will be to the art house crowd. If Memento and Event Horizon had a baby then banished it deep into the earth and it grew up to go to Sundance… Well you’d have Eden Log! Continue reading

SF2 the home warrior

Like so many others of my generation Street Fighter 2 was the official passing of the guard in arcade gaming. Sure the original Street Fighter was a great game and something completely different than anything around at the time, but it didn’t have the impact that the sequel did. It didn’t have the frenzy and addiction behind it like part two did. Street Fighter 2 was the first game I personally remember entering a competition for. I drew the winner of the tournament in my first match, imagine that! I can say SF2 officially ruined my life but in a good way. It has had such an impact on my life that I’ve Continue reading