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Pulp Fiction Big Kahuna Burger Recipe

“Mmm-mm. This is a tasty burger. Vincent, ever have a Big Kahuna Burger?” Even if Vincent wasn’t interested, YouTube chef Andrew Rea has found a way to make the Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction (1994) a reality for other gourmet philosophising hitman and people in general. All without having to dodge bullets from hand cannons. Or see it as a sign of divine intervention. In his cooking series Binging with Babish, Rea first runs through making the Big Kahuna Burger from the movie. Which regardless of the metric system or not, looks like a pretty standard burger with cheese. Second, in a move which may offend some purists, Quentin Tarantino or otherwise, he gives the recipe a foot massage into a real Hawaiian burger step-by-step. Including the smashed double patty, Monterey Jack cheese, caramelised pineapple and onions, all on a toasted Hawaiian roll. Making it the cornerstone of any ...

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For Zelda Fans: Ocarina of Time gets Hero of Time Soundtrack Vinyl Release

Epoch, genre, and control defining video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, is at last getting something it has long lacked: Full orchestral treatment of its music. Only it’s not happening in the game, but is being released as its own collectable vinyl record. And no, it does not feature Link singing on it. Composer Koji Kondo’s original score for the Ocarina of Time, has been re-recorded with the full 64-piece orchestra treatment. Cue nods to, and memories of the N64… The soundtrack record is being released by iam8bit, and should now be available for pre-order. The album comes in glorious gatefold form, an artwork and work of art collaboration by Ryan Brinkerhoff and the Materia Collective. Featuring the Triforce stamped in gold-foil and a die-cut ocarina window. As for the records themselves, they have been pressed on 180-gram heavyweight green and purple Rupee-coloured vinyl. A Q2 2017 ...

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Making Peppa Pig Halal: Islamic Leaders make call for Muslim Alternative

Cartoons are a product of culture, but is culture a product of cartoons? The question posed is of concern to a group of Islamic leaders in Australia known as the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), who are currently helping the campaign to raise funds for television shows which support Islamic values. In their sights is creating an Islamic alternative to the children’s (and just quietly adults’) television show Peppa Pig. Based in Sydney, Australia, the production company One4Kids, is aiming to raise $20,000 to start working on their Islamic Peppa Pig alternative. To be called Barakah Hills, it’s described as an “halal cartoon series” which is set in a “predominantly Muslim town”. Known for their character Zaky and animated cartoons which include the topics of learning Arabic, prayer, the Quran, and Ramadan, One4Kids has stated: “The show’s main objective is to show children what it is like to be a ...

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Nagoya’s Train Station Scissor Bandit Finally Caught?

Japan, a land where ancient and modern traditions and cultures often blend in surprising number of ways. Falling more into the weird, is the case of the alleged scissor bandit, Akiya Yoshida. He may have committed more crimes than just running with scissors. Police began their hunt earlier in the year when since May women around train stations in the city of Nagoya, began to report that their hair or skirts had been cut. The packed conditions of commuters made detection difficult of the serial-snipper and his trimming ways. Avant-garde hairstylist, secret-samurai dressmaker, or simply a prankster jerk? After admitting to police that he cut about 35 centimetres of hair from a 40-year-old woman on Monday on the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, the 23-year-old Yoshida was charged with assault. Now he’s being investigated in relation to approximately 30 other scissor cutting incidents in the area over the past several years. ...

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Rogue One and Done

The first Star Wars anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set for a 16 December 2016 cinema release is a bit different from other Star Wars movies. And it’s not just that it won’t feature the space opera’s signature crawling introduction text at the start of the film. The movie is a one and done. There will be no sequel to it. No matter how well it performs at the box office. Of sorts, that is. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told Empire Magazine that the studio has no plans to follow-up Rogue One with another movie featuring the adventures of Jyn Erso. Technically, according to the director Gareth Edwards, the sequel to Rogue One has already been made and directed by George Lucas. It’s the original Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) film. Although for some that may worryingly place Rogue One into prequel territory, George Lucas has ...

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Wheel Mouse Inventor says it was Not Intended for Scrolling

“The wheel on the mouse scrolls up and down, up and down…” Or so it goes something like that, probably minus the limerick. However, it turns out scrolling up and down the computer screen with the wheel on the mouse was not the original intention of its inventor Jack McCauley. McCauley had considered the possibilities of the “hypothetical z-axis” long before most, and wanted a way to navigate it. Cursors already allowed for moving along the x-axis and the y-axis of the screen, but McCauley wanted a way to move forward and into the application. In effect exploring the z-axis with the mouse wheel. Technology wasn’t quite there yet, and the wheel mouse ended up be used in other innovative ways. Not that as an inventor, McCauley is likely to be all that concerned. Especially since he’s the co-founder and chief engineer at Oculus. Which is now more fully exploring ...

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Golliwogs and White Christmas Display Sparks Racism Debate

In what appears as a faux pas, a Terry White chemist in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, made the mistake of displaying an “Experience a White Christmas” sign with golliwogs underneath it. Local George Helon saw the display and photographed it (shown above). Talking to the Toowoomba Chronicle, Helon said: “I showed a photo to other people and they said, ‘what the hell?’ I don’t think there was any ill intent, it was just inappropriately placed.” The manager of the Toowoomba Terry White chemist store explained to the newspaper that it was unintentional, with the golliwogs removed from the display. Golliwogs were once a popular toy (and an Arnott’s chocolate biscuit) of yesteryear, but since the 1960s have subsequently come to be seen by many as a politically incorrect and controversial caricature of black people with strong racist overtones. Terry White Chemists have now further apologised and withdrawn the golliwog doll from ...

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Tony Abbott Video Game Parody RPG

Similar to selfie sticks and the Ghostbusters reboot, it’s something few may want while everyone else is left to find the entertainment in it. It’s apparently the most unlikely of combinations: Tony Abbott and video games. Make that a parody video game about Tony Abbott called: Tony Abbott and the Quest for the Suppository of Wisdom Absorbing knowledge amidst crap in a private and somewhat personal way, the game draws its inspirational name from one of Australia’s former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s greatest gaffes. Guided by the Tutorial Onion, the RPG sees Tony Abbott argue against a ‘journalist’. Basic attacks of arguing allow the battle to continue until someone’s willpower (WP) is reduced to zero. Tony has a few special attacks hidden in his budgie smugglers as well. Such as nodding silently. Which apparently confuses journalists. With some rather large ears and not one to table periodic elements, for fear ...

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Rentzi and the Economics of the Sharing Economy

In hindsight, many good ideas can seem obvious. Putting wheels on a suitcase. Adding a camera to a phone. Realising such things before they happen, and developing a market for them, can be the difference between not only realising a good idea but making it a great idea. The rise of the sharing economy, in many regards, now seems obvious in hindsight. Frequently it combines technologies both high and low. Taking things, which in the past were perhaps provided by individuals each operating as small businesses, and then using the power of technology to simultaneously meet the needs of people and provide a readily discoverable and searchable marketplace for this. Platforms such as Uber and other ridesharing apps have enabled people to realise that they can use or provide a service with regular cars. In conjunction with the realisation that a car can be put to use earning money rather ...

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Nintendo Switch: Nintendo’s New Hybrid Video Game Console

The Nintendo Switch is officially revealed as the previously codenamed Nintendo NX console. Nintendo’s newest console is due for a March 2017 release. As had been rumoured, the Nintendo Switch is something of a hybrid portable handheld device, which via the dock is also designed to connect to the television like a more traditional video game console. The dock is not the Nintendo Switch console, rather the dock is intended to make it near seamless to transition between playing on the big screen of the TV to the portable mode for the handheld console. It’s also used for charging the Switch console, which holds the LCD screen. Nintendo are yet to announce whether it will be a touchscreen. However, the company has confirmed that amiibos will work with the new Nintendo Switch and its games. Confirming a long-suspected feature of the new console, the Nintendo Switch will also utilise cartridges ...

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