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Hip or Hype: Chick’nCone

By Isabella Pestovski (ME ‘19) and Morgan Wolfe (ME ‘19)

This week, we visited Chick’nCone to try their take on the Southern staple chicken and waffles. The original version is fried chicken stacked on top of waffles with butter and syrup served for breakfast; Chick’nCone creates “fork-free chicken and waffles,” which are fried chicken bites served in a waffle cone with your choice of sauce. Chick’nCone serves six different types of sauces: Kickin’ Ranch, Yella BBQ, Traditional BBQ, Buffalo Blue, Cinna-Maple, and Peri Peri. You can get a large waffle cone filled with one type of sauce covered chicken bites for eight dollars, or you can get a “flight” which is a sampling of four different types of sauces on mini cones for $12. We chose the latter so that we could sample different sauces.

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Buy High, Sell Low: Cryptocurrency

By Padraic McAtee (ME ‘19)

If you’ve ever had a casual conversation on the topic of cryptocurrency, statistics show it included: (1) a computer science major boasting three LinkedIn endorsements on their “blockchain” skills, (2) a person trapped in hindsight, who endlessly regrets not buying Bitcoin when it was still worth a cent, or (3) someone wishing they knew what was going on.

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Miles of Movies: “Blade Runner 2049”

By Miles Barber (CE ‘18)

“Blade Runner 2049” is the sequel to “Blade Runner,” an incredibly influential 1982 science fiction film that didn’t gain traction until many years after it was released. Since then, its dirty futuristic setting has influenced nearly every science fiction film and its exploration of what it means to be human has become more and more relevant as artificial intelligence gets more and more prevalent in our society.

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Hip or Hyped? Round K

By Isabella Pestovski (ME ‘19) and Morgan Wolfe (ME ‘19)

This week, Morgan and Bella visited Round K to try their specialty drink, the Matte Black Latte. The owner of the cafe, Ockhyeon Byeon, put his own twist on the goth food trend by using coconut ash instead of activated charcoal powder to give his drink its distinct black color. The drink is made with cacao powder, almond milk, and espresso in addition to coconut ash.

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Miles of Movies: Your Name

By Miles Barber (CE ‘18)

Every once in a while, a movie comes along with rave reviews and high expectations, but it’s a few months before it makes it to my area. (This film was released in Japan in 2016 but not until quite recently in the U.S.) All of the things I heard, the amazing animation and the great story, really built up the anticipation. And then, in a rare twist, this film exceeds my expectations. Your Name is the best anime film I’ve ever seen, and I think it’s one of the best traditionally-animated films ever made.

The premise is fairly easy to understand: Two people, a country girl and a city boy, randomly wake up inside each other’s bodies for a day at a time. Some days they’re swapped and some days they aren’t. They slowly learn more about each other and accidentally mess up days of each other’s’ lives to great comedic effect. Each lead very different lives with different dreams and aspirations, which really blends well to make this story engaging. Due to some twists and turns in the story, they become determined to find each other. And all of this happens around a gorgeous comet event. It might seem a little cheesy, but it works for the movie. It certainly worked for me.

This film is perfectly paced. It draws you in from its first scene and never lets go. I was thoroughly invested in the characters and incredible premise right from the start. And just when it seems like a chapter in the story is going to overextend itself, there is some twist that blows your mind while simultaneously fitting perfectly into the movie. The film wraps itself up in a nice bow that leaves you satisfied with what you’ve seen and eager to experience the film again. You really feel like a lot of time has passed in this story, and parts of it actually create a profound sense of nostalgia.

The technical aspects of the film were, as expected, fantastic. The animation leaps off the screen, especially in the rural landscapes where the girl lives. There are so many gorgeous shots of the landscape that feel incredibly real. The animation also handles lighting very well. There is a scene at twilight that feels incredible, and the comet is illuminated beautifully in the sky as it passes overhead. There is just something incredibly magical about the way this film is animated. While there are plenty of computerized effects, they somehow blend with the traditional, hand-drawn animation really well and don’t feel jarring.

Something else that I found impressive about this film is how well it manages to flesh out its characters and put them in realistic relationships. Not once did a character’s actions feel contrived or strange; instead, they just make sense. The differences in the lives of these characters are so well-realized in this movie. Even though this type of story is on the complicated side, I never felt confused or lost at any point in the story; it was all clear and powerfully directed.

There is something in this movie for everyone. Whether it’s from the touching story, the great twists, the genuine mystery element that takes form when the two characters try to find each other, the gorgeous animation, or the premise alone, Your Name will leave it’s mark and you’ll never want it to end. ◊

Grade: A+