Month: July 2016

Editor’s Note: The BOOM, Issue Number 12.

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The first logo and mascots for BOOM Salad Issue 1.

Editor’s note:

How time flies when you’re having fun. Twelve issues ago, we started the BOOM with a few simple goals in mind. The first was to reclaim the phrase “BOOM Salad” from the idiotic definition it had garnered in the equally ridiculous, quasi-dictionary known as, “the Urban [F]ictionary.” When we began the site, over a year ago, their nonsensical and grossly misogynistic definition was the first link that Google, Bing, Yahoo, and all other search engines would list whenever our brand was searched. Now, it is our content that dominates the search results.

To the world and all humanity: You are welcome.

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BOOM Salad header version 2.

Our second goal was to demonstrate that the community of people known as “gamers” was far more intelligent and sophisticated than their societal stereotype would have us all believe. We knew that if we published articles of greater substance and scholarship and research than was currently available from most gaming blogs and video sites, the “gamers” would come, and boy have they.

As of this post, BOOM Salad has witnessed nearly 33,000 visitors, representing well over 20 nations, cross its digital threshold to be informed and entertained. To all who have come and made the BOOM what it is today, we say, “Thank You,” for your continued patronage.

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BOOM Salad mascots version 2.

It is with our readers in mind that we present our newest BOOM mascots: “String Bean, Pinto, Grenade!” Like the multivarious legume, visitors of the BOOM are as diverse in their individual tastes as they are powerfully compatible when blended together. Which leads to the third, and perhaps, most important, motivation underlying our efforts: to prove that the worldwide community of gamers is a sterling example of how it is possible to co-exist peacefully and amicably despite differences in race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political ideology, and all the other characteristics that make us unique as individuals, and yet unified in our humanity.

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Introducing our latest mascots: String Bean, Pinto, Grenade!

In this turbulent and polarizing time of economic disparity, political upheaval, violence and fear, the world of video gaming stands apart as an oasis of harmony and cooperation, in spite of those that would see humankind fragmented, divided, and mistrustful of one another. And while it may not be a perfect unifying force, no one can deny the power of gaming to join people together, to make allies out of former enemies, and friends of those who were once strangers.

Thus, it is with a sense of pride and hope that we bring to you our twelfth issue, signifying our twelfth attempt to participate in the global society of gamers who’s only ambition is to have fun and play games with whomever wants to join the party. Once again, to all of our readers, we say, “thank you,” for allowing the BOOM to be a part of that effort.

In recognition of our twelfth issue of the BOOM, we will be adding more content before the month is done, including, Part II of our consideration of the technological implications of Virtual Reality. Until then, KEEP ON GAMING!

-BOOM

BOOM Salad: "Where Smart People Go BOOM!"

BOOM Salad: “Where Smart People Go BOOM!”

BOOM Salad Presents: “This Video is DURTY…”

Come and see the future of cinema as Durty, the BOOM and friends, go DEEP on some of their favorite Battlefield 4 maps.

BOOM Salad Recipe #1: “Jake’s FIVE Bean EXPLOSIVE BOOM SALAD!”

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(*The following recipe is based on Corinne Fischer’s BOOMalicious, “Spicy & Simple 4 Bean Salad.”)

Ingredients:

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1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 cup of Hot Salsa with Corn and Black Beans

2 Tbsp Sweetener of Your Choice (We prefer Organic Cane Sugar)

Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 can Kidney Beans

1 can Garbanzo Beans

1 can Pinto Beans

1 1/2 cups Fresh String Beans

1/2 Green Bell Pepper

1/4 cup Red Onion

2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro

1 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice

Grenades (as many as necessary)

Directions:

  • Combine Vinegar, Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper, Salsa, and Sweetener in a small mixing bowl and refrigerate.
  • Drain, rinse, and combine canned beans in medium to large, salad bowl.

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  • Rinse and chop Red Onion, String Beans, Bell Pepper, and Cilantro.
  • Add to bean mixture and toss until well blended. 
  • Add Grenades.

  • Add dressing and mix well.

And voilá! A tasty bean salad that’s GUARANTEED to make you, and your guests, go BOOM! 

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