Conor McGregor works out at UFC Performance Institute on Aug. 11, 2017 in Las Vegas. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The reality of kicking butt: media vs real martial arts

Martial arts is a term synonymous with combat and spirituality that every person has heard about through one media source or another. Often the arts are portrayed in movies, anime and art as a path to enlightenment and supernatural abilities. However, while the former is true to a degree unfortunately there is no way for a person to fly or shoot Kamehameha waves from their hands. 


Leaks show what Apple will and won’t fix

Sources at Business Insider have gotten their hands on Apple’s “Visual/Mechanical Inspection Guide,” a 22-page document detailing just what can and cannot be fixed under warranty. So far, nothing unearthed is illegal, but it’s not exactly pro-consumer either. 


Nineteen Years Later: The Harry Potter Journey

For the past ten years, these words have resonated with Harry Potter fans around the world, for these words closed the story on the Boy Who Lived. Or so we thought. Since reading these words in the "Nineteen Years Later" epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Potterheads everywhere have only seen the Wizarding world grow. 


Rural residents make their own internet access

Internet. According to the United Nations, it’s a human right. ISPs (Internet Service Providers), however, don’t seem to be in much of a hurry to get access out to everyone. According to the FCC, about 19 million people in the United States do not have access to broadband internet. Places like Kentucky and Maryland have stopped waiting for ISPs to give them access and have started taking matters into their own hands. 


'Science Fiction' by Brand New: the end of an era

"Here's some advice: if you want to get your house party hoppin' with some angsty emo, don't put this record on. Its slow progressions and stripped back production don't lend themselves well to anyone who isn't fully invested in the music. Though the band has not gotten so caught up in their own maturity that 'Deja Entendu' diehards won't be able to appreciate this record, they have truly created one of the most intricately woven, conceptual emo records of all time. 'Science Fiction' deals with big themes like nuclear war and self-harm in incredibly nuanced ways, and for that reason, patience is highly suggested."


The winners and losers of the MTV Video Music Awards 2017

Another year, another VMA. From a show that usually gives us spectacular performances like Britney Spears performing with a giant, live python in 2001 or unexpected moments like Kanye West's infamous Taylor Swift acceptance speech hijacking in 2009, this year's awards show seemed fairly run-of-the-mill in comparison. But as always, some nominees and performers left The Forum with a heap of Moonman awards and others left disappointed and empty-handed.

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