Friday, Apr 20, 2018
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Kirk Baird

Culture Shock returns!!! Random musings galore!!! Added exclamation points to denote excitement in this headline!!!!!

Welcome to the Blade blog Culture Shock, a three-times-a-week riff by Pop Culture Editor Kirk Baird on pop culture news, events, and trends. The blog will appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings here, with the odd night or off-day posting if something is merited.

Sorry 'bout the lack of Culture Shock updates the last week or more. I just decided to take a li'l breather from the blog, and, frankly, I didn't have much to say.

But I'm back ... and still don't have much to say. So, I'll gently ease into the calm, warm waters of the blog-o-sphere again for today's random musings ...

Like most of you, I'm still reeling from the shocking news that The Bachelor star Jake Pavelka and Vienna Giraldi called it quits. If ever two people who met on a reality dating show and were engaged to be married after spending only a coupla months together were going to beat the odds and stay together 'til death do them part ... well, I thought it was Jake and Vienna. The world just got a bit chillier without their love to keep us warm.

Like many of you, I played soccer as a kid. Like many of you, I abandoned soccer for other sports, namely football. Like many of you, I have no interest in soccer until the World Cup. Like many of you, I'll be tuning in to the U.S. (0-0-2) match against Algeria (0-1-1) Wednesday. Nothing like a high-stakes game to drum up interest, I suppose.

I've been demoing the new HTC Droid Incredible available only through Verizon. Look for my review of the smartphone in an upcoming Tech page in The Blade. Also look for me to be in a Verizon store soon picking up my own Incredible.

For what it's worth, the buzz on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is that it's the best of the trio by a long shot.

Crystal Bowersox officially inked her record contract with 19 Recordings/Jive Records on Monday, but the deal had all but been signed for several weeks, I guarantee. She is too good of a talent for them not to sign, and they have the right to offer her a deal first. It was just a case of the details being hammered out before the announcement was made. So now that that's handled, look for the Idol wars to start up again when Crystal's album debuts this fall -- probably around November -- around the same time as the debut album from this season's winner, Lee DeWyze.

The most interesting news to come out of E3, that Nintendo has some serious high-tech competition from the PS3 Move and the Xbox 360 Kinect in terms of motion-based games. Nintendo countered Sony and Microsoft's efforts by doing what it was does best: regurgitating classic gaming titles for new platforms, in this case The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Metroid Other M, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and GoldenEye 007 -- all for the Wii. Still, I cannot wait to get my hands on Nintendo's upcoming 3DS and its Kid Icarus: Uprising (speaking of gaming titles past). Early reviews of the system and the game sound promising.

I'll be back Friday -- pinky swear -- with another bigger, better, roomier blog. Until then ... "Courage."

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