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It seems like nostalgia is a straight-up market trend these days. Sure, it’s everywhere, but with the kinds of nostalgia that have been showing up recently (i.e. the return of the Powerpuff Girls), it’s most certainly hard to resist. But seeing as we college kids love it so much, we have decided here at the Clog to start a new series called “Flashback Friday,” where we’ll be showcasing lovely bits of nostalgia that date back to the days of yesteryear — sometimes in the form of a revival or just a straight-up trip down memory lane. Anyway, what are we doing wasting your time, let’s get this under way!

This week’s massive nostalgia bomb comes in the form of the classic toy line Tamagotchi! A company known as Beatz Entertainment recently announced that it will be bringing back the old toy brand in the form of a mobile phone app called Tamagotchi: L.I.F.E (Love is Fun Everywhere).

Oh Tamagotchi, now who doesn’t remember the bleeps and bloops of raising a pet that wasn’t actually real? Not a moment goes by in which we don’t fondly remember having to clean up its virtual poop and raising it to become a healthy and mature adult. Back in the day, Tamagotchi taught us valuable skills as developing children. For one, it built early motherly/fatherly skills! Well, sort of. Regardless, it was a nice way to access the responsibility of being a parent, even if the way it was done was through a tiny portable key-chain-sized toy read more »


Last week on the Clog, we got to sit down and talk with UC Berkeley’s own Electronic Sports Club president, Conan “Suppy” Liu. Through it, we got to find out some very interesting things about the competitive gaming community in Berkeley and what it takes to be a professional gamer. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

However, as we have also found out through Liu, the scene is very much growing and is on the move toward gaining an even broader mainstream appeal. So much so that it seems to have caught the attention of Kornhaber Brown, who has done a mini-documentary about the E-sports community for “PBS Off Book,” a Web series that explores new experimental artistic media.

The mini-documentary itself is very informative and really expands on the vast world of electronic sports in an easy-to-understand way. What’s also nice is that it breaks down the major genres of games played at professional-level tournaments, gives an interesting story of a real-life professional gamer and even dabbles in current issues that exist in the community, such as sexism and the exclusivity that E-sport gaming sometimes breeds.

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As students of Cal, one of the great things we have come to notice about walking around campus or the fine city of Berkeley is that there is always a chance you might run into something really interesting. As previously seen on the Clog’s “We Spy” series, there are a variety of things that we encounter. Most of them tend to stir up emotions of laughter, anger, fascination or even ironic sadness. However, never in our history of “We Spy” have we ever been so … well, creeped out.

It all started one day when we were walking around campus through the wood bridge walkway between the Old Art Gallery and Moses Hall on our way to Wheeler. It was on this walk that we noticed something rather peculiar. Observe the picture below.

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From a distance, it looked like an odd circle-shaped segment of graffiti. At the time, we thought it could very well be just that. After all, as much as we are ashamed to admit it, remnants of graffiti always have a tendency to show up around this area of campus. But after taking a few steps forward, read more »


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There’s no denying that college kids always love a good dose of nostalgia in their lives. At this age we can’t get enough of the stuff, with the impending push of the real world drawing near with every consecutive year we finish at Cal. For those who desire it, this week’s dose of awesome childhood nostalgia comes in the form of the announcement of the return of the “Powerpuff Girls!”

Now who doesn’t remember that amazing show from our childhood? Who can forget Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup? After all, those girls were made with sugar, spice and everything nice. Oh and CHEMICAL X. But the show was definitely a childhood favorite for many. Okay, sure the show was specifically designed to appeal to girls but hey, we boys at the Clog watched it too! It was cool … Y’know, for the fights and stuff.

An exciting announcement was recently made by Cartoon Network, the channel that broadcasted the original series from 1998-2005. According to the press release, the series is slated to make a return with all of its old voice cast reprising their roles and “will soar again as a brand-new, redesigned and re-imagined CG special coming in 2013 where the trio of pint-sized super heroines will be called upon to rescue not just the city of Townsville, but the USA and the world!” The special will also oddly feature the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who is set to compose the theme song of read more »


The Underhill Parking & Field Garage located between Channing and Haste is one of the best places for student commuters to park their cars. Its abundance of parking spots and close proximity to campus definitely makes it an extremely convenient garage to go to. In some ways, the place is a godsend and we can even say it’s perfect. Well, was perfect . . . until its darn elevators broke.

Now don’t get us wrong, us commuters at the Clog know that the stairs are just as applicable of a way to getting up to the ground level of Berkeley (We aren’t that lazy!) But it’s just the garage’s elevators have been out of order since the very beginning of October. So we have to admit, we’re kind of annoyed at how long it has been taking to fix them. However, it seems like we aren’t the only ones who share this sentiment.

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Above is a photograph of a response to the temporary inconvenience written on one of the many “Out of Service” signs scattered all around the garage. It definitely reinforces the two major points that griped us about this dilemma with the latter of “Gosh golly, those stairs are quite smelly indeed!” being the most prominent to us in particular.

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HOSTESSEveryone knows about Twinkies. We’ve all eaten at least one in our lifetime. Really, there isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t vividly remember how we totally regretted eating one the last time we ate one.  Truly, this famous and iconic childhood snack made by none other than Hostess Brand, Inc. holds a lot of distinct nostalgic memories for all of us. However, you’ll be shocked to know that Twinkies and every other Hostess branded product you can think of is on its way towards disappearing from store shelves. That’s because Hostess Brand, Inc. has recently decided to close its doors for good.

For those unaware, Hostess had been going through some tough times ever since it filed for bankruptcy for the second time in January. Things had proceeded relatively okay since read more »


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We have all watched Japanese animation at some point in our lives. Be it in the form of Hayao Miyazaki films, Dragon Ball Z or the animated series of Pokémon, we have all been exposed to it. But we’re sure you’re not surprised that those selections don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the world of Japanese anime. So how can you expose yourself to more you ask? Well that’s easy, check out Cal’s very own anime club: Cal Animage Alpha! read more »


For us hardcore science fiction fans at the Clog, we have often wondered what it would be like to live among cyborgs. Due in part to excessively watching the movie “Blade Runner,” we think it would actually be pretty cool to be around someone who is part human and part machine. Yet that fantasy is thrown out the window once we realize that we’re college students and not some character destined to be acquainted with a cybernetic being in a sci-fi novel.

However, our dream is sort of becoming a reality in the form of Nigel Ackland, a man who lost his right forearm in a work accident three years ago, and has been fitted with a bionic prosthetic created by a company known as BeBionic.  Now of course we don’t refer to Ackland as a literal cyborg but he is very well close to being one in our science fiction addicted eyes. Like really, just look at that hand!

The bionic prosthetic that Ackland sports receives signals from muscle twitches in his upper arm which allows it to display different preset hand gestures as well as move his fingers into specific positions. Thanks to the arm, Ackland has been given back the ability to do normal day to day activities such as writing, typing and even cracking eggs for breakfast. Now if only he could hack a computer mainframe with that thing . . .

Speaking more seriously now, we have to admit that the technology behind BeBionic’s prosthetic hand for Ackland is definitely impressive. It really represents a step forward in the overall effort to help amputees or even those disabled by other means through the use of bionics. Surprisingly, Berkeley has also seen its own share of similar innovations through Ekso Bionics with their creation of eLEGS, a set of artificial legs used to help paraplegics walk.

Contributions like this really show how bionic technology can be used for the benefit of people. Admittedly, it’s hard for the sci-fi nerd in us not to get excited. After all, at this rate, the use of bionics just may allow our science fiction dream of walking among people similar to cyborgs to be a practical and realistic one in the coming years.


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Somebody please hold us, it has finally happened. Our dreams have come true! Someone has made a history class that fuses the academic study of history with the playing of video games. That’s right; a professor by the name of Joseph November of the University of South Carolina has crafted a history class that features video games as the main way students engage with course material.

According to a handout of the course description posted on reddit, the major focus of the class is to examine each game’s portrayal of its respective time period as well as consider how video games as a medium can help provide new perspectives on history. The playing list for the class features a variety of video games based in historical settings such as Assassins’ Creed II, Railroad Tycoon, Age of Empires III, Fallout 3 and many more.

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Marching bands are pretty cool. Also, we have to admit that video games are pretty cool as well. But what if the two were combined into one impressively well-choreographed marching band routine? Well that is just what the marching band at Ohio State University did during one of their half time shows in what is quite possibly the most entertaining performance we’ve seen in a while. However, despite the attention the video has been getting, there seems to be a mini-controversy regarding the theme of OSU’s routine. They aren’t the first ones to do it.”

Coincidentally, Cal actually did a routine very similar to OSU’s back in 2007 in a couple football games that year against Stanford and Washington State. Naturally, the controversy is coming from YouTube commenters who are arguing away about whose better and who should get all the credit. To tell the truth, we didn’t realize that our marching band had done something like this in the past (It was before our time for some of us at the Clog so you can’t blame us!) but after doing a search on YouTube of “video game marching bands,” we pulled up the video by chance.

Honestly, the question of which school did what, when and where during what moment that the planets were aligned shouldn’t be a concern to everybody. After all, we both pulled off some pretty neat and entertaining performances. Regardless, the anonymous inhabitants of the internet should just take it easy and relax. While they do that, let us enjoy these lovely homages to our childhood video games of old!


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