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)


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!]

My Summer Break According to Food: Non-traditional

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In this installment of "My Summer Vacation According to Food," I'll be showing you the non-traditional stuff. These are foods that aren't necessarily a part of Japanese cuisine, but were enjoyed enthusiastically by me during my travels.

As before, look below for images of various things I enjoyed with brief commentary below each.

I had this slice of pizza at the Furano Cheese Factory's adjacent Pizza Factory/restaurant. Of course, the draw here is that they make the pizza to order (there was a long wait), and the cheese itself is made fresh on-site. It was definitely one of the best slices of oven-baked pizza I've ever had.

If you hit up an Indian-Nepali curry shop in Japan, this might be what ends up on the table in front of you after you order. One or two servings of curry of your choosing, a piece of Nan bigger than your head, and/or some rice, and maybe a piece of BBQ chicken. It's always worth it.

It's not easy to find an amazing burger in Japan, and I may have just discovered, with the help of a friend, the very best burger joint in Tokyo towards the tail end of my vacation. Just look at that beautiful thing, with that melty cheese, vibrant vegetables, and fried egg. 

This is a Korean dish called Bibimbap that I enjoyed at Tokyo's Shin Okubo, where their Korea Town area is located. I pretty much just walked into a random restaurant around lunch time and picked this from the menu.

I've had the dish before, at school, so I knew I'd at least like it. I loved this, though. I had no idea the "real thing" was this amazing. And what you see above isn't even all of it - the egg and other top layer things are hiding even more vegetables there.

The last image for this section is some roasted corn, enjoyed on a stick at the beach. There isn't really any reason for this image except to emphasize that I really like to eat corn. And BBQ is awesome.

Friday Things: 07/19 - Frommer's, food, and fanart

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[Yay, summer time! I'll strive to keep on updating my blog regularly until I'm back from vacation at the end of August, but if things are a little slow, it's because I'm on break and plan on traveling around Japan a bit. You understand, I'm sure!]

On Books:

Lev Grossman over at Time's Entertainment section talks about branding, particularly in relation to the recent news about J.K. Rowling being the real identity of the crime author Robert Galbraith.

You could have Neil Gaiman read you The Graveyard Book. Free.

Frommer's no longer belongs to Google, which is pretty awesome. Even more awesome is that they know in order to move forward, they can't just rely on having travelers jump from place to place and write guides. They've decided to look for freelance writers who actually live in the places that new guides would be written for. I like where this is going.




"Listen, adults: you are welcome and encouraged to enjoy YA all you want to. There are great stories here! But the minute you try to take away the books from the teens who they’re intended to reach, then you’re overstepping your boundaries."



On Photography:

Some great tips on photographing kisses and making them look fun and natural instead of awkward and/or forced.

Food Photography 101!

On Comics:

(via Thomas ScottAnother cool feature about Hawkguy, though this time it's got some input from creators Matt Fraction and David Aja.

Whoa, there might be a female green lantern from Earth!

Lovely Batman stainless steel ring I'd just wear forever and ever.



On Art:

Some cute Disney x super heroes fan art. I like the art style.

(via TheMarySue) Fantastic Studio Ghibli fanart. I'm particularly fond of her Howl.




People got their panties in a twist over a recent Cheerios commercial, but young kids can't figure out what all the hubbub is about. Hint: it's because kids aren't inherently racist, and that sort of bad behavior is taught/learned.

At the time this post is published, there are six days left to pay what you like for some awesome stuff via Humble Weekly. This time around, it's Jim Guthrie albums.

I went to a capsule hotel in Tokyo last weekend and took some video while I was there. See the tour!



[Okay, so this was a smidge longer than usual in terms of # of links. I just need to slowly make up for possibly missing these in August. Enjoy!]