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Tactile Dome

I went to San Francisco’s Exploratorium with my girlfriend and some friends the other day. It’s a big museum with a bunch of interactive science exhibits. You learn about magnets, optics, human behavior, electricity, you name it. But the best thing to do there is the Tactile Dome, hands down. 

The Tactile Dome costs extra but it’s worth it. It’s basically an obstacle course/maze with a twist: it’s pitch black. You have to stumble through it blindly. You feel around trying to find your way out. Some rooms force you to crawl. You climb up a rope ladder. There are slides. It’s exhilarating and exciting and a unique experience. I particularly enjoyed staying still in one spot and then scaring the shit out of my girlfriend when she came close.

The Tactile Dome was created by Nicholas Cage’s father. Seriously. I’ll end my post with that fun fact.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

Selfie inside the Tactile Dome

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Giving a Deaf Couple a Braille Menu

I used to work at Chili’s and we had a hostess that was really pretty but really dumb. In fact, she was downright incompetent. I remember her finest moment. She sat a deaf couple in my section. I went over to greet them and take their order but they were too busy laughing to talk to me. I asked what was so funny. They held up the menus that the hostess gave them. They were in Braille. She gave the deaf couple a Braille menu. Let that sink in. You better believe that I gave her shit for that. She was a really nice girl but there was no way I could let that slide. Giving deaf people a Braille menu is a whole new kind of stupid.
Critically Rated at 3/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Glare in Your Eyes

It’s still relatively early in the morning and you have some down time, so you bust out your tablet or smart phone. You want to catch up on the news, but the sun has other ideas, and it decides to reflect off your screen and leave a glare in your eyes. You’ll try blocking the sunlight with your free hand, you’ll trying moving around, but you can’t do anything to escape the solar rays. The anti-glare screen protector doesn’t seem to be doing its job, based on the fact that you’re slowly going blind. You’ll struggle your way past the glare, because anything is better than putting your electronic device away and acknowledging that the people around you actually exist.

Critically Rated at 6/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Daredevil: Born Again (comic)

Daredevil is an implausible comic book character. It’s has a ludicrous premise: a blind lawyer who uses his heightened senses to fight crime. But when put in the hands of a creative genius like Frank Miller, Daredevil becomes an icon like Batman or Spider-man. Frank Miller’s writing and Dave Mazzucchelli’s artwork are the perfect combination to depict one of the darkest stories in Marvel’s history.

            Daredevil’s ex-girlfriend is a heroin addict and sells his secret identity for a fix. Ultimately the information ends up in the hands of Daredevil’s arch nemisis, the Kingpin. The Kingpin lays out a plan to break Daredevil by destroying Matt Murdock’s life. Matt loses his apartment, the IRS freezes his bank accounts, he gets framed for perjury, he loses his girlfriend to his best friend, and he loses his good name. His life is crumbling around him and he breaks down mentally and physically. Superheroes are supposed to be invincible, so it’s fascinating to see them struggle.

            Born Again is a great comic, and Daredevil is a great comic book character. He belongs on the page, not on the big screen. Forget about Ben Affleck and read some off Frank Miller’s Daredevil comics. You can’t recreate his inner turmoil on film. It doesn’t translate.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Looking at the Sun

I’m a glutton for punishment so I sometimes stare at the sun. Not for too long. Just long enough to get spots in my eyes. I like to blink them away. It makes me feel alive. If I can stare at the sun, I can do anything. It’s empowering. It’s motivating. It’s starting to burn my retinas. Maybe it’s not a good idea to stare directly at the sun. I remember being 9 or 10 years old and watching a hawk with binoculars. That fucker flew in front of the sun. That shit still hurts. I think he did it intentionally.

Critically Rated at 10/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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