Iowa State Fair Sep05

Iowa State Fair

I’ll admit it: I’d never been to a State Fair. What type of Midwesterner has never been to a State Fair? I couldn’t live with myself. I decided to make the journey to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 158th annual Iowa State Fair. The Iowa State Fair’s own website...

Is Nintendo the Greatest Developer of All Time? Aug01

Is Nintendo the Greatest Developer of All Time?

Recently, IGN ran a feature on the top 50 video game makers. This list was done in typical annoying IGN style, releasing 10 a day as a click-through list. The rest of the list isn’t important, all that does matter for this post is that they named Nintendo number 1. If you’re like me, your reaction would be, “of course they are, was there any doubt? This is like Rolling Stone magazine releasing a list of the Top 50 Greatest Rock and Roll bands of all time and listing the Beatles number 1.” Be that as it may, I knew we have some Stew Over editors that disagree with IGN (and the sane world)’s choice. What follows...

The Great Hot Dog Project: Mustard’s Last Stand, Plush Pup, Goodi’s Jul23

The Great Hot Dog Project: Mustard’s Last St...

[This is the fifth in a running sequence featuring one of my favorite street foods: The Chicago Style Hot Dog. A snappy sandwich which can be considered a 400 calorie snack or the cornerstone of a typical Chicago lunch from 1983: two hot dogs, a basket of fries and a Coke. Check out...

Greatest Game of 2008: Left 4 Dead

Left4Dead saved gaming. For me. Sure, I had the original Xbox but that system had long been boxed  up in my parent’s basement. I was coming off of a 3 year stint sans pants (and videogames), when I decided to buy the Xbox 360. It was the advent of the console based social...

The Great Hot Dog Project – U.S. Cellular Field May31

The Great Hot Dog Project – U.S. Cellular Fi...

[This is the fourth in a running sequence featuring one of my favorite street foods: The Chicago Style Hot Dog. A snappy sandwich which can be considered a 400 calorie snack or the cornerstone of a typical Chicago lunch from 1983: two hot dogs, a basket of fries and a Coke. Check out...

The Great Hot Dog Project: Vienna Beef Factory Sto...

[This is the third in a running sequence featuring one of my favorite street foods: The Chicago Style Hot Dog. A snappy sandwich which can be considered a 400 calorie snack or the cornerstone of a typical Chicago lunch from 1983: two hot dogs, a basket of fries and a Coke. Chicago...

Greatest Game of 2000: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skate...

In my opinion, 2000 was a weak year for games. The Playstation 2 was released in the U.S. in the fall, and the original Xbox wouldn’t show up for another year. PC game sales hit their peak in 1999 and have been in a steady decline ever since. The consoles (Playstation, N64)...

The Great Hot Dog Project: Kombs and Dino’s Apr30

The Great Hot Dog Project: Kombs and Dino’s

[This is the second in a running sequence featuring one of my favorite street foods: The Chicago Style Hot Dog. A snappy sandwich which can be considered a 400 calorie snack or the cornerstone of a typical Chicago lunch from 1983: two hot dogs, a basket of fries and a Coke. Chicago...

Greatest Game of 1996: Diablo

Let me paint you a picture: A young, able-bodied warrior strolls into a small, cozy village with charming music simmering through the air. The warm villagers pour from their homes to introduce themselves in humorous fashion, all the while providing quality wares at delectable prices....

The Great Hot Dog Project: Superdawg Review Apr05

The Great Hot Dog Project: Superdawg Review

[This is the first in a running sequence featuring one of my favorite street foods: The Chicago Style Hot Dog. A snappy sandwich which can be considered a 400 calorie snack or the cornerstone of a typical Chicago lunch from 1983: two hot dogs, a basket of fries and a Coke. Chicago...

Greatest Games of 1995: Runners Up

Chrono Trigger The glorious tail end of the SNES gave us what some call the golden age of the console RPG. Chrono Trigger was my favorite. I actually played this game on a modded Xbox after having played such titles as Final Fantasy VII and Ocarina of Time, and I’m pleased to...

Greatest Game of 1991: Civilization

If there was ever a video game that had a direct result on my studies as a grade school student, it was Sid Meier’s Civilization. I swear I got an A in Social Studies for 5 straight years because of this game. Like the nerd I was, I actually brought the instruction manual to school...

Best Game of 1988: RBI Baseball

Regardless of performance, every kid on a Little League roster in 1988 completed his season with a trip to the local, crappy pizza parlor. In my hometown, this place was called Ledo’s. Forget about the pizza, the only thing anyone wanted to do at this joint was play R.B.I....

Work It!

So I was going to start a running review of the new ABC show Work It! for StewOver, only to have the show get canceled after two episodes. Two episodes! Who knew a show about cross dressers starring Amaury Nolasco and Benjamin Koldyke would piss off the gay community? As Seinfeld...

Scroogenomics Dec22

Scroogenomics

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch! Click on the link below for an interesting take on the inefficiencies of Christmas as presented by Professor Joel Waldfogel of the University of Minnesota. Prof. Waldfogel, who has one of the greatest websites this side of 1996, is the author of...

Commentary on Research Paper: Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better? Dec08

Commentary on Research Paper: Do More Expensive Wi...

I’ve always thought that wine is a fine beverage, but I’ve never had the desire to learn more than a few basic facts. I was satisfied just knowing that the type of wine is determined by either the variety of grape or by the region where the grapes are grown. I was proud enough of...

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