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<a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-660" title="mass effect 3" src="" alt="" width="540" height="170" /></a> Source: <a href=""></a> Apparently, people hate the ending to <em>Mass Effect 3</em>. I mean really, <em>really</em> hate it. Compare the critics' reaction (who typically write reviews after only a few days of playing) to the masses' (who can submit a review whenever they want). Metacritic reports an average critic rating of 93/100 on Xbox 360, 92/100 on PS3, and 89/100 on PC. Metacritic users' respective ratings are 4.9/10, 3.8/10, and 3.8/10. People were so outraged at the ending that they flocked to The Consumerist's <a href="">Worst Company in America poll</a>, voting en masse for producer Electronic Arts. EA won the poll, beating out runner-up Bank of America.

I'm sure by now many of you have already heard about the Tumblr page "Hunger Games Tweets." It's a collection of tweets by people griping about the casting of a character named Rue. You see, the film cast 13-year old actress Amandla Stenberg. The tweeters targeted by the Tumblr page bemoaned the fact that the film version of Rue just had </em>to be black.

<a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-642" title="marion-polk-foodshare" src="" alt="" width="216" height="160" /></a> Around here we love giving back and supporting the community right here in Salem. One organization we've been happy to partner with is the <a title="Marion-Polk Food Share" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000ff;">Marion-Polk Food Share</span></a>. Each year they are able to distribute over 7.6 million pounds of food to those in need in the Willamette Valley. They run and facilitate several programs that help and support the community. Some of their programs include a community kitchen where they provide cooking classes and serve meals to those in need. They provide support to children and senior citizens through various programs as well. Working with local prisons and jails, they grow gardens for food production. This program helps provide food for the Food Share and agricultural skills to the inmates. These skills are often used to find future employment.

<a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-636" title="The Usual Suspects" src="" alt="The Usual Suspects" width="540" height="361" /></a> <em>Source</em>: <span style="color:#0000ff;"><a title="MGM Studios" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000ff;">MGM Studios</span></a></span> Ever since I got a DVR... wait, scratch that... ever since my girlfriend's roommate got a DVR (which first introduced me to the joy of pre-recorded television), I completely stopped watching live TV.

<a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-629" title="apologizer" src="" alt="" width="300" height="218" /></a> <em>Source: </em><span style="color:#3366ff;"><a href=""><span style="color:#3366ff;"><em></em></span></a></span> It's March, so those of you on the cusp of graduation are probably starting to get bombarded with advice on how to land your first "real" job. "<em>'Starting to'</em>?" a lot of you are saying incredulously. "I'm a liberal arts major. I've been getting nagged about that for four years!"

<p style="text-align:left;">St. Patrick's Day is this weekend. We've rounded up some great and easy St. Patrick themed treats and recipes you could make for your own party. We even included an early morning smoothie to help your recover from all the celebrating.</p> <p align="center"><strong>Green Beer</strong></p> <p align="center"><a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-612" title="Green Beer" src="" alt="" width="300" height="300" /></a></p> What would St. Patrick's Day be without green beer! All you need to do is put 2 drops of green food coloring in the bottom of your glass, add beer, and you're good to go. Perfect way to start the party!

<img class="aligncenter" title="listen_to_yourself" src="" alt="" width="462" height="513" /> <em>Source</em>: <span style="color:#0000ff;"><a href=""><span style="color:#0000ff;">xkcd</span></a></span> At SXSW (the annual massive digital/interactive festival in Austin, TX), <span style="color:#0000ff;"><a href=""><span style="color:#0000ff;">Gawker</span></a> </span>founder Nick Denton complained about <span style="color:#0000ff;"><a href=""><span style="color:#0000ff;">the dire state of online commenting</span></a></span>. Now the Gawker empire is built on the blogification (to make up a word) of news, creating a more intimate and reader-focused platform for delivering news, rumors, and gossip. It's supposed to be about engaging with people. That's why it was pretty brutal to hear Denton bite the hand that feeds him with this quote: "The idea of capturing the intelligence of the readership -- that's a joke."

[youtube=] If you're on the internet at all or watch the news, you've likely already heard of<span style="color:#3366ff;"><a title="Kony 2012" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#3366ff;"> Kony 2012.</span></a></span> An effort put forth by the organization <span style="color:#3366ff;"><a href=""><span style="color:#3366ff;">Invisible Children</span></a></span> to bring war criminal Jospeph Kony to justice. For the last 26 years he's kidnapped children and forced them into his Ugandan rebel army. The goal of the campaign is to use social media to make him famous and to help him be located and brought to justice. To help keep his name and face in the public eye, they are utilizing social media, hash tags, videos, and interviews.

<a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image aligncenter" src="" alt="Image" /></a> <em>Source: Walt Disney Studios</em> In Edgar Rice Burroughs' book <em>A Princess of Mars</em>, and in the film adaptation <em>John Carter</em>, out this week, I don't think it would be a spoiler to say that the story takes a few liberties with science. Turns out Mars isn't populated by nomadic tribes of green people and the atmosphere is not safe for shirtless men.

My best guess is that I spent around 40 percent of my college education reading books. Another 25 percent was spent writing, another 25 spent in the art studio, and around 8 in classes. I'd mark two percentage points as "Other," which includes pseudo-educational experiences like seeing pretentious indie films, hanging out at the campus radio station, or getting into a religious conversation with a Rastafarian shop clerk. I'm leaving out the large number of not-particularly educational experiences like re-watching <em>Arrested Development </em>and <em>Chapelle's Show</em> on DVD for the 50<sup>th</sup> time, using cafeteria trays as makeshift sleds, and various anecdotes that I probably shouldn't write down if I ever want to pursue an elected office.

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