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How will you spend the day after Thanksgiving?

Shoppers wait to check out at Target in North Little Rock during Black Friday shopping in 2010. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JEFF MITCHELL

Shoppers wait to check out at Target in North Little Rock during Black Friday shopping in 2010. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JEFF MITCHELL

How will you spend the day after Thanksgiving?

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Ed. note: Poll options have been changed to include the Arkansas vs. Missouri football game, which was left off when the poll originally published.  Read the rest

Poll: Do you go hunting?

This time of year, the woods are thick with hunters. At Sync, we wonder how many of our readers enjoy the thrill of the hunt.

Water fowl hunters in a blind. Courtesy of Wikipedia

Water fowl hunters in a blind.
Courtesy of Wikipedia

 

Do you go hunting?

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The Big G and preparing for a food challenge

When I was writing about the Big G for this week’s issue of Sync, I knew I was going to try it the following week. I heard that it was nearly 10 pounds and I decided to get serious about preparation. I did what any millennial would do. I typed “How to prepare to eat a lot of food” into a search engine. I ran across a blogger’s in-depth post about his personal experiences in eating challenges. It was a bit anecdotal, and for more serious endeavors I might suggest you go to the library and find a more reputable source, but this looked right up my alley.

The Big G in all its glory. By Morgan Acuff (sorry for grain, it was really dim in there)

The Big G in all its glory.
By Morgan Acuff (sorry for grain, it was really dim in there)

Following the advice given, I ate a max-out meal 22 hours before my planned “food event,” as my blogger source, Satel, calls it. I started by eating some grapes on my way to my night job at the Capital Hotel. Once I arrived, I ate a few salads in the employee dining room. I then came back to eat another salad after I saw the lobby and mezzanine were empty (I am a lobby server). I was still not very full, and took to a bowl of tomatoes and cucumbers. The plan with the max-out meal is to eat foods that are easily digested to ensure your digestive tract is empty. I had two bowls of my cucumber and tomato mix before I left early from work due to lack of volume. Once I got home, I really maxed out with roughly two pounds of grapes (there were barely any grapes left in the three pound bag) and I drank three or four glasses of water. I felt bloated, to say the least. Read the rest

Poll: Best city for barbecue

By Arshia Khan

By Arshia Khan

We want to know.

What is the best city for barbecue?

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12 martial arts movies to watch during the ATA World Expo

Taekwondo got its present name from Supakhee in 1954. Since then, there has been no looking back and today it is estimated that more than 23 million people prefer learning this martial art for varied purposes like self-defense, sport or a leisure-time activity. Basically, it consists of many types of hand and foot techniques. By Monadawson/Wikimedia

By Monadawson/Wikimedia

The American Taekwondo Association World Expo is in Little Rock this week. For everyone who isn’t capable of breaking bricks with their fists, we put together a list of the best martial arts movies for vicarious living. Martial arts movies have appealed to audienes for quite some time, and the sport’s rich, storied history is still bobbing up into mainstream consciousness. Directors like Sergio Leone display Akira Kurosawa as a great inspiration, while Star Wars and spaghetti westerns drew heavily on Kurosawa’s influence, with less name dropping. It’s only fitting that a good number of influential movies are tied to this ancient Eastern tradition.

A movie about getting drunk and fighting. Right up my alley.

A movie about getting drunk and fighting. Right up my alley.

The Legend of Drunken Master

The 1994 sequel to Drunken Master is 16 years removed from its original, but it delivers a tighter story with a better sense of Jackie Chan’s comedic skill. The movie’s production was a subject of contention for Jackie Chan and Chia-Liang Liu. Eventually, Liu would leave the production during filming, leaving Chan to pick up the direction for the final scene, which reportedly took months to film. The drunken boxing style depicted in the film is an actual martial art, although it is not normally used whilst drunk. All in all, Chan delivers the goods in the comedy department and drops jaws with amazing fight scenes.

Chan is the king of prop fighting.

Chan is the king of prop fighting.

Seven Samurai

Kurosawa might go down in history as the greatest filmmaker to ever live, and his magnum opus Seven Samurai is a perfect example of why. The film inspired The Magnificent Seven directly, shot to be identical side by side in certain scenes by director John Sturges, and inspired every filmmaker since with its mold-breaking attitude toward film. Samurai is often called the first modern action-adventure film. Read the rest