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: 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).


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: 02/13 - 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.


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.


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: 01/02 - First of the New Year

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[Happy New Year! Here's my first link dump of 2015! It's a little light since everyone's taking a break - we'll be back up to full steam in the next couple of weeks, I expect.]

Over at Panels, here's a roundup of the best of Women in Comics 2014. Great if you're looking for something new to read.

At Buzzfeed: 65 Books You Need to Read in Your 20s. I looked, and I've read exactly four titles out of all the ones mentioned, and one of them is just the first book of a series they listed, so I dunno, is that a true four, or a 3.3? Anyway, there's some stuff I've never heard of listed there, and others I've got on my wishlist for future reading. It's probably a good list.

Now that we're coming into a new year it's nice to be reminded this amazing article titled "Notes From A Boner" exists.

Xeni Jardin writes about her experience with cannabis and cancer.

Learn to draw Scrooge McDuck.

Great video featuring Chris Hadfield titled An Astronaut's Guide to Optimism. Great watch to start 2015.

I went to Taipei last week! You can check out some of the sights on my Instagram. It was awesome and fun and delicious.

[See you next week with more links to cool stuff!]

Friday Things: 10/10 - Forever Batman Stamps, Creepy Books for Wimps, and More

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[A day late - oops. But here's this weekend's selection.]

On Books:

Cool list of books you can read any time, but particularly now that it's Hispanic heritage month.

Over on Book Riot: "5 More Bookish DIY Costumes For Halloween."

Read a new short story by Haruki Murakami over at The New Yorker.

If you're not into hard horror but want to read some creepy things now that it's near Halloween, here are some suggestions ("Scary Books for Scaredy-Cats").

On Comics:

USPS is selling Batman stamps!

On Panels, I'm participating in a weekly column called Comics Fetish, in which I take turns with a partner listing cool comics-related merch you can buy. This week was my turn.

If you're watching and enjoying Arrow Season 3, consider these book suggestions for some more background on some characters.

On Feminism:

In other feminist news, the latest happening in GamerGate is scary. The whole thing is awful, but geeze.

Colorado's Amendment 67 is kind of...terrifying.


The Eiffel Tower has a glass floor now too, apparently. I hadn't heard about it until now.

[Until next time...!]

Thoughts On: WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS - an ebook short by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun
With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
Listen to a bestseller for $7.49 at!

This was a completely oddball, random read for me because a few of my fellow Rioters were talking about it on Twitter and I dashed over to Netgalley as fast as my internet would take me. Then I saw the cover (green is my favorite color, that helped too) and I was pretty much sold.

This essay is adapted from a presentation Adichie gave at TEDxEuston two years ago titled We Should All Be Feminists. You can watch it right now.

If you don't want to read the essay, you should at least watch the talk over your dinner tray (just don't read the comments below it if you surf to YouTube instead of clicking on the embedded video in this post). It's so, so important. Adichie is rehashing some of the things you've probably heard before, but she brings a wonderful perspective to the conversation, and does so while being incredibly charming. What I mean by a fresh perspective is she comes from Nigeria - a society she describes as one that respects and values men over women, to the point where she is not greeted by servers at restaurants and her male companions receive the thanks when she tips someone with her own money.

One of the points she made that makes me happy, so so happy, is that we ("we" is all-inclusive) should be angry. And anger isn't a bad thing, especially when it leads to positive change. It reminded me of a lecture I sat in (if you sit in lectures online) where the professor was talking about The Odyssey, and how Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, had to grow up and "learn to be a man" in his society. And one of the things he had to learn was that anger was the appropriate response to the awful things happening at his home while his father was away. That he should be angry, and that he should do something about his situation. Too often, many of the qualities we praise in men are discouraged of women, and there are some fantastic examples of and arguments against that in this essay that serve all genders. Because that's the whole point of feminism.

This is completely unrelated, but this essay/talk has also sold me on reading all the rest of her work. Rock on.