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One Thing to Eat In Each City: San Francisco “Pacific Cocktail haven”

 Image credit: Pacific Cocktail Haven
Image credit: Pacific Cocktail Haven

So here’s where we mix it up a bit and cheat a little. Usually we choose one thing to eat in each city. This time we chose something for the grown up night out. With so many guides out there on food in San Francisco we took a different approach. Our choice for an enjoyable night out drinking with friends is Pacific Cocktail Haven. A nice cozy bar in downtown. With pleasing aesthetics and good cocktails. Pacific Cocktail Haven makes for a great place to get drinks. 

I tried the “Saffron” an interesting mix of Saffron infused Del Maguey Vida, campari, grilled pineapple and citrus. The “Ninth Ward” was my least favorite drink though sounded interesting. We also had the “City of Dawn” and “Thrilla in Manilla”. With so many options including beer and wine there’s bound to be something for everyone. The only downside were the prices at $13 each cocktail your tab will add up quickly. Then again that’s par for the course in San Francisco, so the bill at the end of the night wasn’t a big surprise. Let us know your favorite drink or something you’d like to try in the comments. Check out the gallery below to see the drinks. 

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Image credit: Dinosaur Spaceship. Menu pics credit Pacific Cocktail Haven

One Thing To Do In Each City: San Francisco “Fort Point”

San Francisco proved a challenging task trying to pick just one thing to do in the city. A city as old as this, is steeped in culture and history. San Francisco’s origins as a port town walking along the piers was a great experience at to be expected. China town had me feeling as if I was in a different country. Fisherman’s wharf while a tourist trap, wasn’t without it’s uniqueness and charm. Though in the end Fort Point stood out the most to me. Fort Point was was planned as the most formidable deterrence America could offer to a naval attack on California during the civil war built between 1853 and 1861. 

Fort Point was was planned as “the most formidable deterrence America could offer to a naval attack on California during the civil war” (NPS.GOV). It was built between 1853 and 1861. History lessons aside the trip to Fort Point is worth the trip alone due to the magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are various things to explore in Fort Point itself and best of all entrance is free. It’s a Historic National Park that deserves your attention. 

The Great Baseball Stadium Journey: AT&T Park San Francisco, CA

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Social Media Stars: Angry Joe vs. Angry Army

Angry Joe aka Joe Vargas the popular YouTube star of the channel Angry Joe Show has found himself in a bit of controversy with fans demanding more “Angry Reviews” which have been his trademark. In this reviews Angry Joe reviews a video game in which he gives his honest opinion. The Angry part of the review stems from Joe’s reaction to frustrating elements in a game. Be it level design, writing, graphics etc. Over the years the reviews have become more involved with sets, costumes and even parody sketches.  What led to the controversy was Angry Joe announcing he was taking a break from making these “Angry Reviews” which take a long time to produce, while he took a much needed vacation. He stated he would still be supporting the channel with other content such as movie reviews, trailer reactions etc. If you clicked this article frothing at the mouth expecting us to bash Angry Joe you’re going to be disappointed.

A small group of viewers have been flooding the comments sections accusing Angry Joe of being a sellout, only caring about money, not caring about his fans and abandoning the very thing that brought about his stardom. While it is normal to be saddened by having less of something you care about it is illogical to respond in the manner many people out there have been. In the video above you can watch Angry Joe going into great detail how he has produced 10 “Angry Reviews” this year already match what he has done in total years prior. Deciding to not make something is well within his right. If you donated to Angry Joe through Twitch you can stop at any time. There’s a grand sense of entitlement and ownership viewers on YouTube have. Some feel since they’ve “been there since the beginning” or have “been watching for years” Joe Vargas owes them something. He does not. He created a form of entertainment that you consumed and enjoyed or did not enjoy. If you’re not running Adblock on your computer or phone they in some part yes the ad that ran helped him. But in return you got X amount of minutes of a video. Many want to see Joe fail. Lose all his subscribers and be gone from YouTube entirely. You’re allowed to think that, just as he’s allowed to manage and create whatever type of content he desires on his channel. The channel is called Angry Joe Show, not Angry Joe Reviews and screams about video games. Regardless if that brought about his fame or not. Those video are always there to see if you want the “Old Joe”. 

Joe at time can be his worst enemy. The video at the top has close to 19,000 dislikes. Disabling comments on his YouTube channel angered many. To his credit he addressed the controversy and even refers to 2014 when he stated on Twitter he would never disable comments. He pointedly states if he was a sellout he would turn comments back on and let people argue over and over in the comments which would generate more revenue. Right or not he is trying to moderate the community to make sure the comment section does not get out of control. Ironically though many accuse Joe of not being “real” and a shill. His video addressing the controversy is about as “real” as it gets. You can audibly tell the frustration in his voice, read some of the comments in the gallery above. It’s baffling, it’s hard to understand what goes into making and creating content for YouTube. Sure some people out there churn things out at various quality. It’s hard to feel sympathy for someone who is making thousands of dollars while for some it takes months to make that amount. To his fans in taking a break from the “Angry Reviews” he is coasting on lower quality videos that veer away from the likes of his core audience. There is a big disconnect between YouTubers and viewers. They’re much more accessible than film and tv stars. This media genre is still evolving and has more growing pains to go through. The video on the left by another popular YouTuber Boogie2988 , gives a good glimpse of what other YouTubers think of the controversy.

Though we may seem a biased in defending Joe, we understand where the hate is coming from, as vile as it may be sometimes. It’s the same backlash fans of musical artist have when they’re favorite band does not sound like previous albums. If the Angry Joe Show is no longer appealing to you, speak your peace, dislike the video if you actually watched it and move on. But don’t attack someone verbally with insults. He is not taking anything from you. It was never yours to begin with. 

New Wonder Woman Trailer

Warner Brothers released another trailer for the upcoming summer 2017 movie Wonder Woman. The trailer, heavy on action, with a hint of substance shines bright on the titular character portrayed by Gal Gadot. Many fans were skeptical Gadot could do Wonder Woman justice, with some of the lesser minded more concerned with her figure. Gadot seems to have quelled all the talk after her debut in Batman vs Superman was seen as one of the highlights. Let’s hope this latest release in the DC movie verse does not disappoint. Here’s to more Wonder Woman and more Gal Gadot.

 image courtesy: latimes.com
image courtesy: latimes.com

The saddest face you’ll see on the internet this week

Twitter user @sinamonnroll shared his poor dogs Dublin’s face after trick or treaters were scared to pet him. It’s always a best practice to not pet a dog before asking the owners permission but Dublin’s face and cute costume makes you want to give him a hug. Luckily this story has a happy ending. 

Spotlight: Through Being Cool

 image credit:  Paper Anchor Co
image credit: Paper Anchor Co

 Welcome to “Spotlight” where we highlight awesome events in different cities. This month we set our sights on San Diego and “Through Being Cool” the brain child of Derek Hubbard and Steven Perez Oira. Through Being Cool is a 21+ event that features emo and alt rock songs played with live DJ’s Derek Hubbard and Steven Perez spinning the tracks. This month they’re at Blonde Bar in San Diego. I was lucky enough to have Derek answer a few questions about Through Being Cool.

Dinosuar SpaceshipHow did Through Being Cool come about? Who’s idea was it and how did you get involved?

Derek Hubbard: It was interesting actually, Steven approached me knowing I had done some DJ’ing before and asked if I wanted to help him set up a night at a bar where we could hear the songs we listened to when we were younger. And I said sure sounds fun, thinking we were gonna be setting up a playlist and sorta let it play as background music at a bar. However both Steven and I have previous music experience so we decided to take a different approach to it and set it up as a stage. The response we got from the first night was bananas so we decided to keep doing it.

DS: Who came up with using the name “Through Being Cool”? Did someone just really like “Saves the Day” or what was the inspiration behind it?

DH: So we definitely brainstormed on this for a while, we went through many variations for the name, and when that name came up on the list it just made sense with the image we were trying to create. Because our nights are not about whether a song is “emo” or not or whether your taste in music is better than mine. We are sort of whatever dudes and wanted the night to be about that, a place where people can just be themselves and not be judged. I believe Through Being Cool speaks to that. 

DS: Where are you currently playing?

DH: We are currently at “The Office” in North Park, and we will have our first night at San Diego’s hot new joint “Bar Blonde” this weekend.

DS: Who chooses the music?

DH: Both Steven and I get together and discuss a list of songs that we must play before the show, we split the set to where we can each take breaks and we tend to feed of the crowd and change accordingly. We also had our boy Sean Coyne play an intro set during our last event and it was fire.

DS: What are the goals for Through Being Cool?

DH: We would just like to keep it going, and make sure it continues to be fun. We have some ideas lined up that will change up the night in fun ways. This is a night for our friends and people who love these genres.

DS: How can fans contact you and or suggest songs?

DH: You can usually submit requests to our event pages on Facebook, as well as tweet us at @tbcsandiego.

 image credit: Through Being Cool
image credit: Through Being Cool

DS: How often is Through Being Cool performing? Monthly? Bi-monthly? 

DH: Right now since I am away from San Diego and can only fly back a limited amount of times we are doing monthly. We have plans in the future to perhaps move to bi monthly. 

DS: Ok so one more question, and it’s kind of deep so prepare yourself. Do you think the revival of emo music in the past years has helped fuel your own nostalgia for the genre and contributed to its following and do you see this type of music sticking around like The Beatles and other classics?

DH: I don’t know about The Beatles, but I do know that our generation will never forget this music. This is music that we relate to, it hit us at the right moment in our lives. It brings back memories of being in love or heartbroken, or just hating everything. As for favorite band that’s a hard question but I’m going to have to say that this was either Taking Back Sunday or Paramore. These were the two bands that were there for me on a personal level when I was younger. Now I’m mostly all about pop punk and you can find me listening to The Story So Far and Neck Deep. 

DS: Anything cool about this upcoming show or anything else you want to mention?

DH: Yes, we have an awesome act, Pop Punk Mayhem opening up the set and it’s at a brand new bar for us to party at. We are also raffling the album “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” by My Chemical Romance on vinyl, so make sure you arrive before 10pm for your chance to win. 

I also wanted to shout out Desiree Perez @PaperAnchorCo for designing a dope flyer for us, Sean Coyne, Liam Lawlor, Jonas Bautista and Allen at Bar Blonde. </3

If you’re in the San Diego area be sure to check out Through Being Cool August 27th at Blonde Bar and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Below is a handy map to Bar Blonde.