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Jan 28 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: It's time to dance

This was a week full of amazing news, broken hearts, and broken records. Everything pales in comparison to the record set in Japan yesterday, The Synchronized Mascot Dancing record. What yo...
Jan 21 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: All hail the King

Today we honor the life of the late, great, Martin Luther King Jr. Besides giving many of us a day home from the office, we look back at a man that pioneered the African American Civil Rights Movement, and all helped changed...
Jan 14 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Sorry, no Death Star

Leave it to the government to stomp on the American dream. The dream of our very own fully operational Death Star. The people of America took their voice to the Obama administration, about the need for a $850,000,00...
Jan 02 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: What's your resolution?

Just look at those calendars, 2013. Isn't it such a futuristic sounding number? I guess so many sci-fi things I love always had the dates of 2012, making 2013 sound so far away. Along with a snazzy new date stamp comes the an...
Nov 28 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Let's Lotto

If went to any kind of day job in the States today, your conversations probably included a mention of tonight's interstate Powerball drawing. Clocking in at a sweet $550 million, the little gamble was too much ...
Aug 13 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: The Jaws of love

That uncanny sense of dread that's been hanging over you can only mean one thing, it's Shark Week. I think the only other time I get this excited about salt-water based news, is when Red Lobster kicks off its Endless Shrimp p...
Aug 01 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: What's my name?

Once known as Calvin Broadus, Snoop Dogg should now be referred to as Snoop Lion. I don't know enough about Mr. Lion to tell you why he decided to hold onto the Snoop portion of his name, or if he will next be Mountain Snoop ...
Jul 30 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Three-peat

People like to like things in sets of threes, perhaps it's just a tidy little number. Movies are especially prone to follow the trilogy experience, particularly after they are successful. Who cam...
Jul 27 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Let the games begin

Today kicked off the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. The world's best and brightest will take part in a test of will, strength, courage, and ability! I however, will be testing the diffe...
Jul 23 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: True Bloody good

I had the pleasure of checking out Christopher Nolan's fantastic end to the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises this weekend. Forget what you heard, it's great. However, it's not what's sticking out as the entertainmen...
Jul 11 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Tentacle Love

Been wondering where your Network Roundup had wandered off to? Japan Expo in Paris, France to be exact. Anime, manga, and video games action aplenty, and of course, cool French people, and like minded comradery. I couldn't pa...
Jun 27 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Sorry it's not the future

Despite all the pictures floating around Facebook and Twitter, today was is not the date that Doc Brown had set for the DeLorean in Back to the Future. None of your friends share the Photpshopped image above to you? Count you...
Jun 25 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Write faster

Thought you were done with Game of Thrones roundups? I thought we were going to take a bit of a break until next season's news started rolling in, but I couldn't help but share with you, a song about what we all were th...
Jun 18 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Case closed

Last night wrapped up the second, and I assume final season of AMC's The Killing. I didn't know what to think of the show at first, but man, I loved that show. Classic murder/ mystery with a super gritty Twin Peaks vibe, topp...
Jun 12 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Bite me

Last night celebrated True Blood's highly anticipated return to glorious premium TV service. After the doozy that was last season, I have to admit that last night's episode was pretty darn entertaining. Ma...
Jun 08 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Sci-fi me

It was both an exciting and somber week of science fiction for me. As my dear Game of Thrones was wrapping up its season I turn my eyes from fantasy fiction, over to my all time love, science fiction. I had a chance to check ...
Jun 06 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: The E3 effect

I know some of you haven't been too impressed with E3's offerings this year, but all the gaming activity and interest gets me really excited. Sometimes when we only see a glimpse of possibilities, and not the f...
Jun 04 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: The King in the far North

Yes we've made it. My final Network Roundup of season dedicated to my dear King Joffrey! Well actually, this is dedicated to the guy leading the White Walkers. I dub you King in the far North! Did you check out that...
Jun 01 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Enough with the bath salts

For this edition of The Network Roundup, I am making a public plea. No more zombie bath salts jokes! For the last couple days I haven't been able to get on the train, go to work, or especially enter social media without someo...
May 30 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Smoke on the water

Woe is me. Only one more episode left of this season's Game of Thrones, but last week's sure delivered. After all the build up I was wondering how they would employ the deadly Wild Fire on screen. I loved it, in all...
May 25 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Get your grill on

Memorial Day weekend always signifies some poignent things for me. Remembering those who serve for our freedom, plenty of rest, and a whole lot of grilling delicious meats are always on the agenda. I'm far from bein...
May 23 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Oh my goth

I'm not sure if it made a blip on your radar or not, but yesterday was World Goth Day. In high school I fancied quite a few bands that might be considered goth at the time, and maybe wore my eyeliner on the heavy side. These ...
May 21 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: The red smile

I just can't believe it. There's only two more weeks left of Game of Thrones? What am I going to do without my dear King Joffrey and his intent to carve some red smiles? The sneak preview of next week's episode looks to be pr...
May 16 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Time to play

Sick of all the Diablo III complaining and news? I'm just happy to be playing. With my hectic work and writing schedule, playing games is something I set certain times of night aside for. Unfortunately, those times had n...
May 14 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: So emo it hurts

I ran across an interesting article today that confirmed one very important fact. Emo hair is bad for your health. Besides possibly destroying your social life and hampering your ability to genre jump, emo...
May 11 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Pedal to the metal

Make no mistake, I love me some cars, especially ones I could never ever afford. Today we unfortunately lost a hugely influential and awesome contributor to the auto world, Carroll Shelby, but I am reminde...
May 09 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: There's something on your face

Where were those Network Roundups you love so much over the past couple weeks? While I was traveling the globe and missing my Game of Thrones, I unfortunately wasn't able to get to my favorite updates. Fret not, I am now back...
Apr 25 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Stop Projecting

It started with Hatsune Miku and recently made loads of money for Tupac's estate at Coachella. Come on people. What's with all the projections of artists who can't really be on stage? I was hoping these were isolated inc...
Apr 23 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: The King in the North

Last night's Game of Thrones delivered all sorts of King Joffrey madness. Up until yesterday's episode, I have to say I wasn't a huge fan of the whiney little lord, however his ramp up of sadism has made him strangely more......
Apr 20 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Let's get it on

Besides my usual Game of Thrones fandom, this weekend is all about one thing for me. UFC 145. It's not that I'm really a big fan of either Jon Jones or Rashad Evans, but Saturday's fight features some real bad blood and total...
Apr 18 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: We let it all hang out

Exposing one's genitals is evolving into a powerful, however highly misunderstood form of communication. Today, a man on his way from Oregon to California decided to strip down to his naturals in a mini protest against the se...
Apr 16 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Just stay afloat

I'm sure all of you had a fantastic weekend. Me? Somehow the weather got better here in Chicago, but of course every time that happens I sick. I won't whine too much since I didn't die on a sinking vessel like some ...
Apr 11 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Sorry it's not your Springfield

After years of speculation and Springfield pride, everyone's dreams came to a crashing down today, when The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening revealed the actual state of the Springfield featured in the long running show. Sorry...
Apr 09 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Just drop kick it

I had the pleasure of catching Gareth Evans's Indonesian at action flick, The Raid:Redemption this weekend. Pretty much everything that has followed leaving the theatre has consisted of me kneeing or elbowing it. I'...
Apr 06 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Bring on the chocolate

This weekend is finally Easter. A time that can mean various things for many people. Family, religion, even rabbit worship. To me Easter means one thing. Delicious chocolate bunnies. Don't even get me started on the day ...
Apr 04 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: Totally entertained

So this week's been pretty centered around a few things for me. What's going to happen in Game of Thrones and The Killing on Sunday, and counting down the days to get my hands on Xenoblade Chronicles. The new TV sea...
Apr 02 // hiroko

The Network Roundup: You didn't fool me

Feeling the post April 1st blues? The day after April Fools always has that feeling of decompression. That sensation you get after a long hearty laugh. A little bit of an adrenaline dump, a slight giggle about the previous da...






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