Holiday cocktails

It’s the holidays, which means one thing: It’s time to get plastered! Yours truly has conducted a massive amount of in-depth research and I present to you for your drinking pleasure, four awesome drinks suitable for a holiday party, or a night alone because you have no friends.

A new start for the Kart

Mario Kart is back, and it’s rocking even more tripped-out tracks, shell-lobbing good times and highly dangerous motorized vehicles than it ever has before. If by chance you have somehow missed out on playing a Mario Kart game before, you need not worry. The sixth incarnation of Mario Kart (new to the Wii) has been carefully designed by its developers, inviting new players to give it a try, but not forgetting the longtime fans of the series.

Your inner criminal, now surfing the Internet

If you’ve never rattled off a machine-gun blast into a crowd of people, you’ve never really lived. But that’s why God (OK, Rockstar Games) invented Grand Theft Auto. The newest installment of the video game, Grand Theft Auto IV, returns to Liberty City, where you play as the generically Eastern European Niko Bellic. After a cinematic opening, you are greeted at the docks by your drunk cousin Roman, who naturally makes you, the dude who just arrived two minutes ago, drive his taxi back to his inner-city hovel.

Teetering for a cause

They move up and down. Again and again, for hours and hours. Wednesday afternoon, members representing two Portland State University fraternities are riding on a giant homemade teeter-totter in the South Park Blocks as passerby’s watch and wish them luck. But this is not merely for fun. It is for a cause. The Phi Delta Theta and Kappa Sigma fraternities have teamed up for the second consecutive year to put on their 48-hour Teeter-Totter-a-Thon.

Some people make art

Some people have really interesting stories that are waiting to be told. Some people live their lives unnoticed by most. They may do memorable things in their time, and they may make life better for dozens of people. Their memory, however, will be relegated to a photo album or a dusty cassette tape recording of their voice, completely overlooked by the rest of the world.