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D.R. Smith

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    Guitar Hero was in full-effect at E-For-All I must admit that after three bleary-eyed, sore-footed days stumbling around the Los Angeles Convention Center like Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas -- to objectively write about the E For All experience is difficult. On one hand, the inaugural show has been rightfully panned by most mainstream media outlets for a variety of reasons. Many big gaming companies, Sony, Microsoft, Activision, and Square to name a...
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    Sure, the inaugural E For All doesn't really hold a candle to the bloated spectacle of old E3, but then again, the new low-key Santa Monica-based E3 doesn't hold a candle to the old E3 either. And sure the big guns (Sony, Microsoft and Capcom) didn't show up, the LA Convention Center's South Hall is only half full with exhibits, crowds have been disappointingly light and the power went out Friday night, ending the...
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    Look, LA I know I've acted distant lately, so I suppose I might as well be upfront with you. I've decided I'm leaving you for another city. Which one? Doesn't matter. The point is, I'm flying out of here in two days. I don't know why it's so hard for me to admit that it's not working between us, because there's plenty of other people who love you and want to move in with...
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    Even for L.A. this is a bad parking job. On Saturday morning my roommates and I woke suddenly to the overpowering sound of a police officer speaking loudly on a megaphone. I couldn't make out what he was saying, but whenever there is an authority figure on a megaphone, it's usually not a good thing. I dragged myself to the front door and peered out the screen door to see what was going on....
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    The unwritten rules for laundromats built before 1987 are as following: A. A half dozen washers or dryers must have Out of Order signs B. A crazy looking person who doesn't appear to be doing laundry at all must stare randomly at people. C. A musty classic arcade game such as Ms. Pac-Man or Galaga sit in the corner for entertainment. Now, I'm not a slack-jawed obsessive classic arcade gamer by any means but I...
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    Considering I had bought 80 percent of my outfit from Ross Dress for Less, it's a wonder they let me in. Growing up as a happily naive kid in the Midwest, I always wondered if Beverly Hills was anything close to the myths I had grown up with on television as dispensed through Buddy Ebsen, Eddie Murphy and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Was it full of movie stars and the moneyed elite and their hangers...
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    Nicky Nik in all his glory. It sure doesn't get much more funny than a dog biting a man's testicles. Through the wondrous liberating power of YouTube and MySpace, almost any comedian can now get a TV or movie deal, even if they aren't funny at all. Enter Nicky Nik, a once struggling comedian turned YouTube sensation known primarily for keeping a potato in his underpants and looking like "a perverted Magnum P.I."...
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    At least a camel is much more entertaining and inspiring than Patch Adams. The crusty, cynical journalist in me cringes when I see Press Releases like the one I received promoting an event over the weekend. It said members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Reserves were bringing a camel and a horse to visit with pediatric at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA on Saturday. Maybe it's part of Mayor Tony Fatigue Syndrome, (who mugs for...
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    Things You Can Do In Five Hours: -Drive to Las Vegas from Los Angeles -Run a marathon as fast as P.Diddy -Watch the uber-long extended version of Return of the King -Make an entire baby sweater -Learn a computer programming language Things You Can't Do In Five Hours: -Build Rome -Watch Saturday night's Dodger game from start to finish That's right, Saturday's game lasted 5-hours and six minutes, the longest game at Chavez Ravine since...
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    "Look honey, I'm classy! I didn't buy your sex directly, I bought this expensive bauble instead!" If you ever want a comic glance at the dark underbelly of the LA dating scene, check out the LA Craiglist Personals - always a boundless source of entertainment. The following ad, for instance, is hilarious because I'm more than 91 percent sure the female who wrote it just finished watching Pretty Woman on HBO at 2 a.m....

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