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Tan The Man writes mostly about film and music. He has previously covered events like Noise Pop, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, South By Southwest, TBD Festival, Wizard World Comic Con and WonderCon.

Goldfinger – The Best Of Goldfinger CD/DVD Review

I hate to say this, but time hasn’t been kind to Goldfinger. Many of these songs don’t age well, especially in today’s alternative and rock radio world of pop punk and new wave. Goldfinger started in 1994 and this band from L.A. came out of the shadows of No Doubt and Sublime during the latter part of the nineties. Goldfinger ... Read More »

Happy 10th Birthday – Mr. MP3

The Mp3 was invented by Fraunhofer Institute researchers on July 14, 1995 and today marks its tenth anniversary. Mp3 is the acronym for “MPEG Audio Layer 3.” The actual e-mail proclaiming the .mp3 extension: Date: Fri, 14 Jul 1995 12:29:49 +0200 Subject: Layer3 file extension: .mp3 Hi all, this is the overwhelming result of our poll: everyone voted for .mp3 ... Read More »

Man Found and Arrested By Computer Game

Taiwan police found Chang Hsi-ming – who was wanted for illegal possession of firearms, kidnapping, and murder – by a computer game. Police found that Chang loved online gaming, and staked out the servers of various games. They pinpointed one game (not mentioned) and soon found his online nickname. Using this, police tracked his IP address where they used it ... Read More »

Comic-Con International 2005: Preview

This year’s Comic-Con International 2005 is the biggest comic book convention in the world. It starts tomorrow, lasts until Sunday and is held in San Diego, CA. Most, if not all, of the big names in the comic book industry attend because there is nothing else like it. With an unbelievable 444 hours of panels and events over 4 days ... Read More »

Weekly Top 5: Things I Used To Do As A Child, But No More

Are we all, as adults, just extensions of our childhood? We can remember our childhood – the lucky ones can remember a lot – for specific details and events that shape who we are today. We might remember a song we loved as kids, and if we heard it so many years later would remember every word. Do we actually ... Read More »

Last Days Giveaway

Picturehouse Films is sponsoring a giveaway to promote Gus Van Sant’s latest film Last Days, starring Michael Pitt, Lukas Haas and Asia Argento. It opens on July 22. and it recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival. From the press release: Loosely based on the final days of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Last Days is filmmaker Gus Van Sant’s meditation ... Read More »

Good Samaritan Arrested After Saving A Life

July 5, 2005 – A Texas man, Dave Newman, was arrested after saving a swimmer caught in turbulent river currents. Emergency rescuers were already on the scene, and repeatedly told Dave to leave the area. His charge: interfering with public duties. Abed Duamni decided to take a swim that day, but did not notice any signs warning of possible danger ... Read More »

Top 5 Pixar Animated Films

I compare Pixar to what Miramax used to be when it first started. When Miramax started, it was a revolution to film. It created trends and romanticized independent film. Pixar has romanticized animation. Not just because they used computer animation, but because what they did with it. Anyone can make decent animation (Sony made great animation for Final Fantasy), but ... Read More »

Most People Like Cinderella Man

About a week ago, AMC Entertainment offered viewers the opportunity to get a refund for their ticket if they saw, but didn’t like Cinderella Man directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti. This was a rare thing, which AMC started with a money-back guarantee with 1988’s Mystic Pizza. AMC wanted Cinderella Man to be ... Read More »

Roger Federer Reaches Third Consecutive Wimbledon Final

No. 1 Roger Federer has reached his third Wimbledon final by beating No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt in a three set semifinal match. He will either face Andy Roddick or Thomas Johansson on Sunday for the championship. If Federer wins the final, he will become one of three men (Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg) to win three consecutive Wimbledon titles since ... Read More »