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Friday Things: 06/26 - Feeling the Sadness in Your Joy

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[Ahh, the weekend...]

Here's a look at 15 YA reads coming out next month. Some are intriguing - I may pick up a couple of them.

Great article by a new colleague of mine on Book Riot about the book Fangirl and how it impacted her life when things got tough. I have to agree - I love Levi in this story, and there's a commenter there who made an excellent point about how so many heroes are brooding, have some dark past, etc. while Levi is just.. Levi. Refreshing. Attractive.

7 Batman-inspired cocktails. I really want to try that Joker one.

Solid list of characteristics that'll make me want to follow an audiobook narrator's work (rather than the usual, following an author's work, etc). The only difference is I like little songs and diddies in between chapters, haha.

Why do all of Disney and Pixar's ladies have more or less the same face shape, while the men have hardcore face and nose shape diversity? Interesting and important criticism.

A look at what's going to go away from Netflix next month, as well as what'll be added.

This is a fantastic article about the movie Inside Out and the super important points it makes about sadness and joy. Fair warning though, it contains heavy spoilers for the film.

On Quirk Books: How to Plan Your Geeky Picnic.


[Have a wonderful weekend!]

Friday Things: 06/19 - Drawing Joy and The Secret Life of Pets

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[Summer is awesome~ summer is awesome~]

The Secret Life of Pets isn't out for another year, but it already looks like something I must watch. Also yeah, this is how you do a teaser trailer. Looking at you, Zootopia.

Super rad collection of illustrations of various Disney animals as humans, based on factors like location and time, and it's lovely and diverse.

A little boy left his Hobbes plushie at an airport, and they were super cute about it.

I love the idea of a preschool combined with a home for the elderly.

Adult coloring books are my jam right now... I might have to grab that Skottie Young one, because I love his art.

How to draw Joy from Inside Out.

Love these photos of an artist interacting with some super realistic dog illustrations.

In case you need some affirmations and stuff for your life, here are some Disney inspirations "for your twenties."

There's a cool video series a dad is doing based on his conversations with his toddler daughter. He (a grown man) acts as her and a pal acts as him, and they recreate these conversations.

On Quirk Books: The Magical Art of Moving With Too Many Books.

On Panels: Comics Fetish: Volume 36.

And to round things off, here's a trailer for The Martian! So excited!

Friday Things: 06/05 - Balloon art and a TANGLED animated series

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[Welcome to another week of links I saw and did around the net. I also realize that lately this is the only thing I'm posting on my blog. That'll change soon. Promise!]

The first teaser trailer for The Good Dinosaur is out! This looks like it'll be fun.

Super cool balloon art by Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto. They're so detailed and amazing.

"We live in a culture that produces girls’ tops with narrower shoulder straps than boys’ tops, girls’ shorts that expose more leg than boys’ shorts, and then shames girls for wearing the clothes that are sold to them. We live in a culture that tells boys it’s OK to shed clothing in the heat in order to be more comfortable, but tells girls that their comfort is secondary to how others perceive them." I couldn't agree more.

"When he’s not singing or producing music, Akon is busy providing sustainable living options to people in African countries. The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it with the launch of the Solar Academy." Amazing.

On Panels: "What the Flark? With GROOT, Less is More" (I take a look at Groot #1)

Wondering why Rapunzel has blonde long hair in this one promo image for the new Tangled series is making my head hurt. Especially when it states right in the article that it takes place after the film and before Tangled Ever After. Just... what?

Jon Stewart makes some smart points about Caitlyn Jenner's transitions (I pluralized on purpose there).

On Panels: Comics Fetish: Volume 34 (it was my turn again this week!)

I'll round things off here with this week's Friday Reads. What are you reading?

Friday Things: 05/22 - One-Handed Piano Serenades and Manga for YA Fans

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[Oh hey, the Friday Things column is.. back?! Maybe. I think so. Okay here are my links for this week!]

Here's a look at Inside Out-specific kanji created by Sisyu, a Japanese calligraphy artist. I love the way she applied different emotions to her strokes for their names.

How long and far did Frodo and Sam actually walk? Cool look at that, if you're into these things.

Apparently there's music composed for one hand with small children in mind, so you can hold your baby with one arm and play with the other until they fall asleep. Genius. And pretty!

I had never given it any thought, but there is a reason why baby Groot freezes mid-dance whenever Drax turns his head in the end of Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Japanese A Song of Ice and Fire book covers are gorgeous.

Take a tough Would You Rather quiz for book nerds.

Here's a cool recommendation list for folks who like YA and want to get into some manga. I've added a few titles to my TBR with this.

On Panels: this week's Comics Fetish was my turn, check it out.

[See ya next week!]

Friday Things: 03/08 - Turning a Meme Around, and a Look at Mr Holmes

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[Happy International Women's Day!]

On Film:

There's a Sherlock movie coming out this summer called Mr Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as an elderly Sherlock. Anything with Mr McKellen will get my butt in a theater.

If you're into trivia and such, here are 15 things you may or may not have known about Beauty and the Beast.

And also, 14 things you may or may not have known about The Sound of Music.

On Photography:

Pictures of 26 places that look like they're from some kind of fairyland, but they're real.

Here are some great tips for improving your food photography. Great if you're into instagraming or food blogging.

Things I Wrote:

On Book Riot: 10 Bookish YouTube Tutorials to Up Your Book Nerd Game.

Other:

There's a dude who makes gorgeous costume dresses for his online shop, and he actually models them himself. Lovely.

A little boy with Down Syndrome loves Maroon 5 and when he had an opportunity to meet them, had a panic attack. Their response to that was pretty great.

The Salvation Army took that Dress meme and turned it into something truly great.

If you're interested in learning some Japanese history, here's a Crash Course video on the Heian Period.

[Have a great week!]

Friday Things: 03/01 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Frozen Fever

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[Welcome to another link dump! It's a new month.. actually, it's my last month as a resident of Japan. Ahh!]

On Disney:

The latest Disney Kingdoms series comic is starting up next month: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I'm pretty excited about it.

Disney has opened up some areas where you can enjoy the parades and fireworks at the Magic Kingdom - great that they're doing this, because it's getting tough to find a spot to chill and enjoy the show these days.

There's a cute trailer out for Frozen Fever.

New series announced: LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. Definitely interested in watching that.

On Sexism and Feminism:

"John Travolta, Joe Biden, and why men touch women's bodies without asking."

Dove started this "Speak Beautiful" campaign encouraging ladies to post more positive status updates on Twitter. That's kind of garbage, so here's a list of books to help you speak your mind. (if you're wondering why I think it's garbage, there's a good explanation at that link, too)

Stuff I Wrote:

On PANELS: Art Roundup: Spotlight on Poison Ivy.

On PANELS: Comics Fetish: Volume 20 (Robots and Cyborgs Edition).

Other:

A pal of mine is involved in a new comic! Read it free online.

The question: Why do adults read so much YA and teen fiction? The answer.

[Have a wonderful week!]

Friday ThingS: 02/22 - Misconceptions of Medieval Life and How to Draw Tinker Bell

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[Welcome to another weekend link dump!]

On Books:

If you read, watch, or play a lot of fantasy media, you might have a few misconceptions of what medieval life was like.

You could read samples of books that were adapted to Oscar-nominated films.

A fellow Book Riot contributor Nikki Steele listed 20 nonfiction titles that are about the lady human body. I intend to check a few of these out!

On Art and Photography:

A Romanian photographer went around the world and photographed women from 37 different countries for a project called The Atlas of Beauty.

Learn how to draw Tinker Bell.

Stuff I Wrote:

On Book Riot: 9 Excellent Mustaches in Literature Today.

On Panels: 10 Questions With a Manga Editor at VIZ Media.

Other:

If you're looking to improve your toy photography, here are some tips from a pal

Super cute - a little girl feeds crows and they bring her little gifts in return. The full interview should be live sometime this week.

Looks like Tri-Rail has an opportunity to get trains running straight into Downtown Miami, which would be super convenient for people who live in that area or along the metro in others. I kind of hope it happens - I think there are way too many cars in Miami.

[Have a nice day!]

Friday Things: 02/13 - Putting Spider-Man to Work

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[Oh hey, it's Friday the 13th! I'm not really superstitious, but it's always kinda cool when days fall a certain way.]

On Books and Comics:

Great DIY idea I'll be taking advantage of - yarn ball bookmarks. Adorable and easy to make.

I thought this was a funny picture by Hrjoe Photography in light of the Marvel/SONY Spider-Man news.

One of my co-contributors at Book Riot wrote about being surrounded by people who don't care for or understand your favorite reading genre. I think many people either have this problem or have enough preconceived notions about a particular genre that they may be part of it for someone else.

On Cool Moms:

This mom had her toddler pick out her outfits for a week, and the result was pretty great.

A few moms got tired of their girls wanting to wear clothes they couldn't find anywhere with trucks and aliens and things on them, so they made their own clothes line just for the girls who don't fit the gender stereotype. Go, them!

Stuff I Wrote:

On Panels: Comics Fetish (weekly comics merch column): Volume 18.

Other:

Great little round-up of ladies who aren't having it with reporters and their sometimes dumb/sexist/awful questions.

Very good, and important read about the way we teach our children to eat.

Some great tips for photographing couples (or people in general). Just in time for Valentine's Day.

101 Dalmations is now available on Blu-ray for the first time ever.

[Have a wonderful weekend~]

Friday Things: 02/06 - All About That Cake and Quackerjack

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[Whoa, actually on time? Why, yes. It's because my weekend is pretty much booked, and I had the presence of mind to write this up a day early. Enjoy!]

On Disney:

Some cute Disney-themed Valentine's Day cards if you're into printing and making your own.

A few screenshots of the upcoming Frozen short, Frozen Fever.

On Books and Comics:

If you're passionate about comics and interested in writing about them, consider applying to PANELS!

If you're the type who likes to "read it before ya see it," here are three books for upcoming adaptations.

The next Hello Kitty comic has just been released! It's called Hello Kitty: It's About Time. Oh yes, I'll be grabbing this.

Stuff I Wrote:

On Panels: Art Roundup: Spotlight on Quackerjack.

Other:

Michelle Phan wrote up some tips on handling homesickness. She nailed it with keeping busy as well as keeping in touch. I Skype with folks back in the US all the time, and I try not to have too much idle time in general.

A glance at what some school lunches around the world look like compared with the US. If you read my blog regularly, you know what Japanese school lunches look like, but have a look at others like Greece and Spain!

A publication sent out a call for science writers, and dude was rejected because he isn't a science writer. His response to the lady who runs the site is appalling.

Awesome dad gets tattoos of his son's doodles.

A+, solid parody.

[See ya next week!]

Friday Things: 02/02 - Monday Edition, feat. Cinderella, Mos Eisley, and Tokyo

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[Welcome to another week of... winter! And links! And stuff! Yeah, I know, I'm late. Here they are!]

On Movies:

Have another look at Cinderella. The bells are grating, but it looks pretty cool overall:

In case you're curious about what's canon and not in the Star Wars universe, and a reminder that even when things are taken off the canon, they still exist and you can still love them.

Over on Star Wars (dot com): 7 Things You Might Not Know About the Mos Eisley Cantina.

From/On Japan:

As it turns out, Tokyo is the safest city in the world. Osaka is in the top 5 along with it, and NYC is the only US city on the list.

Waaay too expensive, but these fruit-shaped note pads look so great.

Great little guide by my pal Lauren Orsini on writing anime reviews.

Stuff I Wrote:

At Panels: Comics Fetish: Volume 16 (weekly comics merch column)

At Panels: Art Roundup: Spotlight on Quackerjack (weekly art column)

Other:

Some tips for getting great photos in/of snow or when it's snowing, whether with a regular camera or a phone.

This might be my favorite Let It Go parody yet:

[Have a wonderful week!]