Daily Happiness

  • Aug. 21st, 2017 at 1:17 AM
1. I already finished most of that paid translation job, so I don't have to worry about spending a lot of my day off on it.

2. Tonight's Rick and Morty was pretty good. I liked the Rick and Jerry plotline a lot. (I love Jerry, so I'm glad that him and Beth being separated hasn't meant he's totally out of the picture.)

3. This Molly!

Read These Blogs

  • Aug. 20th, 2017 at 9:16 PM

Posted by Phil Yu


Asian-American doctor says white nationalists refuse her care: Dr. Esther Choo is an Asian-American emergency room physician in Oregon who has practiced medicine for more than a decade. Yet, she says, a few times a year, a patient will refuse to let her treat them. Solely because of her race.

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We Must Stand Up for Dreamers and #DefendDACA: "Today, on the heels of nationwide vigils that spoke out against racism, people all around the country will stand up once again on behalf of Dreamers, young immigrants who face an uncertain future under President Trump and his administration. Just as we stood against white supremacists, we must stand with the Dreamers as well."

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Philly Councilwoman Helen Gym unflinching in calls to remove Rizzo statue: Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym is calling for the city to take down a statue honoring Frank Rizzo, the late police commissioner and mayor who was known for sometimes brutal treatment of the black and gay communities.

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Behind a WWII internment camp's barbed wire, two Scouts forged a bond. It endured when they both entered Congress. Norman Mineta and Alan Simpson first met in middle-of-nowhere Wyoming in the 1940s, as two Boy Scouts at an internment camp for Japanese Americans. They met again in Congress, forming a bipartisan friendship that has endured into their 80s.

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What happened to Chicago's Japanese neighborhood? Chicago's Lake View neighborhood once had a thriving Japanese community, but it fell victim to a push for assimilation. As one Japanese-American puts it: "You had to basically be unseen."

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In Memoriam: Irene Cho and L.A. celebration of her life scheduled for August 26: Last week, the Asian American indie film community lost a friend and champion. Irene Cho, a pillar of the scene, died Wednesday after suffering a massive stroke. Anderson Le joins the chorus of friends offering their remembrances.

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After her life in L.A. unraveled, a woman living in her car hopes to regain health and employment: How did Megan Shimatsu, a college-educated, one-time middle-class Los Angeles native, daughter of Japanese immigrants, end up living out of her car while getting dialysis treatment for her failing kidneys?

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In 'Columbus,' John Cho Reckons With His Own First-Generation Culture Clash: On NPR's Fresh Air, actor John Cho talks about his latest film, Columbus, which explores the cultural chasms that exist between different generations of immigrant families.

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Justin Chon Gets Personal With "Gook," His New Film About the L.A. Riots: Actor and filmmaker Justin Chon, whose new film Gook is now in theaters, reflects on representation, casting his dad in a tough role, and what has and hasn't changed in the 25 years since the LA Riots.

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A Look Back at the Chinkees, the Ska Band that Reclaimed Asian Identity: The Slants aren't the first Asian American rock band to reclaim a racial epithet. The ska punk band the Chinkees, who the Slants have shouted out as an inspiration, began releasing music in 1998, skanking against ugly stereotypes and putting Asians on the forefront of American rock.



Land of the Lustrous

  • Aug. 20th, 2017 at 9:01 PM
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According to Kodansha Comics, this is a series for those who are fans of Steven Universe, so there you go.
Frankly, I say you'll probably like this if you like some abstract stuff.

The first chapter is available to read for free, thus the amount of pages below. Feel free to check them out on the site here though.

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In Memoriam

  • Aug. 20th, 2017 at 5:53 PM


Once upon a time, DC comics understood that comics don't have to be always serious grimdark heavy drama involving lots of gratuitous violence and rape. That was a good thing, but the less serious comics that DC put out weren't always worthwhile. Today it seemed appropriate to post 8/23 pages from issue 117 of the mercifully forgotten "The Adventures of Jerry Lewis" comic, an issue worthy of note today only because it guest starred Wonder Woman in her "mod" phase.

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gratuitous sexism and unfunny jokes ahoy )

The past was a different country, one in which it was possible for there to be over 100 issues of a Jerry Lewis comic.

ETA: the last page includes a statement of management and circulation. in 1970, "The Adventures of Jerry Lewis" was selling 175,000 copies every month. Do you think maybe, just maybe, going after ever more grimdark crossover events might have been a mistake on DC's part?

Giving this the crack tag, I guess? And the misogyny tag, because Jerry Lewis.
- My local online news feed has had two big breaking stories this weekend so far: a van crashed into wall but nobody was injured, and a photo of a cuddly toy lost at a local event.

- Funko Four and his 2D Tardis.

The Fourth Doctor and the Tardis

- Reading, books 2017: 84.

79. Calling Major Tom, by David M Barnett, 2017, very soft science fiction novel, and I mean soft in every sense of the word. The point of view characters are Thomas Major the first astronaut travelling one-way to Mars, Gladys Ormerod a 70 year old grandmother with dementia, Ellie Ormerod a 15 year old granddaughter trying to keep her parentless poverty-line family together, and James Ormerod a 10 year old grandson who might want to be a scientist. Other characters abound and are decently fleshed out, including a Black teenager from Ellie's class at school who is called Delil (I don't think I've ever met a Delisle who spells his name Delil but anything's possible in Wigan, I suppose). The plot is ridiculous and sentimental, and pays tributes to It's A Wonderful Life as well as Space Oddity, although it also reminded me of an Ealing comedy by managing to be funny while telling uncomfortable truths about society but without being realism. Warning: contains a brief incident of mild racism from one of the pov characters, although not portrayed from her pov, but written skillfully, and frankly actually painfully amusing in the way that socially embarrassing older relatives sometimes are when they're -ist from decades old habit but with no current malice and one doesn't know whether to flinch or laugh at them. (4/5, goodreads = 140 ratings / 62 reviews 4/5)

• Unrepresentative quote: When BriSpA's Chief of Multi-Platform Safeguarding, Craig, was in the Royal Navy he was generally known as Hammerhead due to his habit of smashing his head against doors, walls and other heads after too much drink. Those days are in Craig's past, as is the nickname, though he sometimes uses a variation of it when he frequents certain online forums that require a certain level of anonymity. At least until an assignation is organised in a dark nightclub, or sometimes on a moonlit heath, where for the purposes of identification he carries a dog lead though, of course, he owns no dog. Craig does own two cats, named Ethel and Frank. He will know he has found true love when he meets someone who knows that those are the names of the parents of Judy Garland. He is still waiting.

• Another unrepresentative quote: And that but hangs there in the still air between them, buoyed on the heady scent of flowers in Laura's garden, threaded with the lazy flight path of droning bees, suspended from the brittle, drifting spiderwebs.

Aug. 20th, 2017

  • 3:19 PM
Productivity is a distant dream today. So instead, I'm going to start documenting my London trip, which was amazing (A-M-A-Z-I-N-G).

3 days )

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/19/boston-protest-free-speech-rally

Donald Trump described anti-fascist and anti-racist demonstrators who converged on Boston as “anti-police agitators” on Saturday, in a tweet that seemed destined to revive the still simmering controversy over his remarks equating the far right and anti-Nazis in Charlottesville last weekend.

“Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston,” Trump tweeted. “Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.”

But he later seemed to back the right to demonstrate, posting: “Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!”

He added: “I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!”

Daily Happiness

  • Aug. 20th, 2017 at 1:31 AM
1. Had some leftover curry tonight for dinner and it was so good and I'm sad there's only a little bit left, so I think I'm going to have to make that again this coming week. (I'm glad the weather's cool enough that I feel like cooking again.)

2. Over the past couple days two slacker employees turned in their two weeks notice, which saved me the trouble of having to fire them.

3. Speaking of cooler weather, Chloe's been cuddling up in the bed again now that it's not so hot.

Aug. 19th, 2017

  • 10:53 PM
Well that's another day gone by lost to Pokemon Go.

I woke up late again and struggled to think of what to eat for about two hours straight. It's not that I don't have anything in the house to eat--I have a lot of food... I just couldn't decide what to eat. I groused about it on Facebook but this started a barrage of suggestions on what to eat and of course people are suggesting foods I can't eat and I just.... I give up. On the plus side I have learned that hardboiled eggs last forever in the fridge, and that egg salad is a thing I can make myself.

Anyway, I was going to go to Target right after lunch but instead joined a couple of raids around the university with the couple of people I met yesterday. They wandered off after the second raid and I stayed behind to chat with a couple of people who had just arrived, and had also just moved to Riverside.

I took a Lyft to Target because I cannot be bothered to take the 40-min bus ride. Found Pokemon Go Plus tucked away in the corner, and continued to shop for some other stuff.

Got home, set up Pokemon Go Plus, and then went for a swim.

There were a LOT of people in the pool today. At one point, I had just lifted my head out of the water for a breath of air. In general I keep my head low so I can duck it under right away, but today, as I did that, a kid jumped into the pool.... and inadvertantly shoved water into my mouth. WHO KNEW CHILDREN COULD BE A MENACE IN THIS WAY.

Nonetheless, I achieved my 4 sets of 6 laps and skedaddled out of there immediately. I can definitely feel the consequences of slacking off though; my arms were burning by the time I hit the last few laps. I'm going to have to figure out an alternate exercise during fall and winter because I hiiiiighly doubt I'll be braving the pool when the temperatures go down.

I went shopping for groceries. I bought sugar-free stuff! Blackberry jam and brownie mix! Also sucralose. I, uh, made a mistake of buying a box of small packets of sucralose, when I really wanted to buy just the granulated stuff for baking. I have no idea what to do with all these sweeteners now. I also bought more extract when I had bottles of the stuff already, whoops. I'm pretty excited about the sugar-free brownie mix... will try making it tomorrow and see how it is. I also got more canned foodstuffs like sardines (SARDINES!) and tuna. I bought bread, too. Sourdough bread. I saw some gluten-free baking flour, too, so I'll get some of that next time once I've figured out baking with sucralose.

I'm really liking the Pokemon Go Plus doohickey. I'll go to campus tomorrow and walk around a bit to replenish my Pokeballs, and then see if I'm up for a run at some point.

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Two Down

  • Aug. 19th, 2017 at 7:15 PM
 

Continuing Harvey Dent's 75th anniversary I'm going to be posting a few comics featuring Two-Face by Greg Rucka. I don't know if I'd call him the definitive writer for the character but he gets his mindset and has written for him on several occasions. This was first try at the bat so to speak.

Scans under the cut... )

The Legend of Korra - Turf Wars

  • Aug. 19th, 2017 at 8:30 PM
"Avatar: The Last Airbender" and it's sequel "The Legend of Korra" featured some of the best worldbuilding of any cartoon series I've ever seen. The various societies were rich, and complex, and they included their resident elemental powers with creativity and practicality.



One area the cartoon did not expand on was how certain social matters were addressed, and the Korra finale, which showed Korra joining hands with Asami Sato, the woman she loves, as they step into the Spirit World, was positively subversive in showing a blossoming same sex relationship.

Luckily for us.... )

more life miscellany

  • Aug. 19th, 2017 at 3:46 PM
♣ I downloaded the Daily Yoga app yesterday in yet another bid to get into the habit of daily stretching, and I did actually do some yoga this morning. Also I noticed there's a whole section on yoga poses during menstruation! This seems particularly promising, as my previous attempts at home exercise have been derailed by aches and cramps before. We'll see how this goes!

♣ I started on this sweater a few days ago, which looks nice in theory but is very, very boring to execute. Super tempted to break up the hdc monotony with rows of other stitches, except for the part where I'm not sure it'll actually look good, so I probably won't. If I manage to finish it before winter here is over I will be amazed.

♣ And finally, a few notes on Atomic Blonde, before I forget everything I had to say about it! I had no strong opinions or expectations going in beyond LADY SPY HOORAY!, which it delivers, in a Jane Bond sort of way. The plot twists were a bit hard to follow, not sure if that was the execution or my being fluff-brained while watching. The violence occasionally made me flinch (I really dislike gore) but it was pretty satisfying to watch Charlize Theron take on all comers. vague spoilers ) Also why is the espionage business portrayed as so overwhelmingly male?? Surely this can't be accurate? (Not even gonna touch the lily-whiteness of it; some of the Bond movies did better there.)

REPOST: Shamrock vs. Arnim Zola

  • Aug. 19th, 2017 at 3:03 PM
This is from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #24, and an early story by Scott Lobdell with art by Dennis Jensen. Shamrock, aka Molly Fitzgerald, vs. Arnim Zola.
I wanted to repost it since it seems to equate "With great power comes great responsibility" to "Must punch bad guys in the face."

Arnim Headroom? )

Scanlations: Koi-iji: Love Glutton ch. 20

  • Aug. 19th, 2017 at 9:35 AM


Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 6 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Mame and Souta go on a date.



Chapter 20: P.S. I Love You

And since that brings us to the end of volume 4, here's a full volume download for those who want it.

Posted by Phil Yu

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Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, Birth of the Dragon is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man -- a battle that gave birth to a legend.

Before becoming a legendary icon, known to millions around the world, Bruce Lee was a driven young man working to establish himself as a top kung fu master. In 1964, everything changed for Lee when Wong Jack Man, a Northern Shaolin master from China, arrived in San Francisco and stepped forward to accept Lee's public challenge. Remarkably, the outcome of that ensuing confrontation was observed by only a handful of witnesses and, still hotly contested today, has taken on mythic proportions. But one thing appears certain: from that epic battle, Bruce Lee emerged as The Dragon -- the man who brought kung fu to the world.

Directed by George Nolfi, Birth of the Dragon is a lively imagining of that mythic fight. Philip Ng stars as the then unknown but irrepressibly talented Bruce Lee, and celebrated Chinese actor Xia Yu plays Wong Jack Man. The film also stars Steve McKee, Jingjing Qu, Jin Xing and Simon Yin.

Here's the trailer:

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