Friday Things: 01/18 - THE PHANTOM OF MENACE, advice from Haruki Murakami, and a comics challenge

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[We had one odd rainy day this week, but overall it's been so nice and sunny! It's nice living by the coast during winter.]

On Books and Comics:

We're getting more Shakespeare's Star Wars books! Yay!

Here's a neat tool that lets you see at what age authors published their breakthrough works, while also displaying pub dates for all released works and other nifty info.

The Panels team have issued a Read Harder challenge of their own. Currently I'm undecided whether I'll commit to it on top of my other reading goals for this year.

On Food:

Read and Eat, a store dedicated to food-related books, is opening in Chicago in April. I really want to go there.

Sir Patrick Stewart proves that he's funny and charming all the time, even when talking about pizza. But yeah, American pizza-eating conventions vs European (and Italian), etc etc.

On Movies:

It's uncanny how sometimes a cosplayer can just totally nail their character

Every Single Disney Reference in Enchanted (if you're into that sort of thing, hah).


The Japanese language is loaded with specific onomatopoeia for all kinds of sounds, including things that don't really make a sound, like clouds. There are catchy onomatopoeia-like words for feelings and textures and such as well, some of which have been translated into chocolate by Oki Sato. The designs look really cool.

Haruki Murakami is opening up an advice column on his website. It's in Japanese, but worry not: here are some instructions in English if you want to submit a question.


Nice little primer on keeping your sensitive information private, or at the very least, difficult to dig up, online. 

Stuff I wrote:

At Panels: Comics Fetish: Volume 14.

[Have a great week!]

Friday Things: 07/11 - pizza party on a plane

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[Oh, I'm on time? Yes! But this time, the reason is because a typhoon is supposed to hit and I felt like I should probably get all my busywork done early so I can just spend the storm reading and doing other things that require little-to-no electricity. Just in case.]

On Books and Comics:

The Mary Sue had the honor of breaking the announcement of a book First Second (I mention them pretty often, don't I?) is publishing called Something New, created by Lucy Knisley. It's about a woman who grew up a shy tomboy and decides to plan her own wedding. Can't wait!

I should admit now that I didn't care much for Lost at Sea and I lost interest halfway through Scott Pilgrim, so I'm not the most avid Bryan Lee O'Malley out there. I don't dislike the man or his work, I just didn't love it. But after reading this sterling review and endorsement by my fellow Riot contributor Brenna, I'm excited about next week's Seconds release.

EpicReads suggest 25 YA titles for fans of Game of Thrones. I might give one or three of these a try...

UDON Entertainment posted up previews of their upcoming books in the Manga Classics series for Les Misérables and Pride & Prejudice. I'll probably review them, so maybe check back for that here?



On Disney:

Cute bangles coming out at the Disney Parks next week. Love the style, but I just wish they weren't so dang expensive.

More Disney DIY! This time, tie-dye Minnie ears.




In which you can read some of the weird things Jen Campbell has overheard or been told at the bookshop where she works.

Apparently Cats is coming back?

In the UK, an app is being developed for people who call emergency on their smart phones that allows them to share video of what's going on to responders, so they can try and get more information before they even arrive at the scene. Additionally, the app could help responders pinpoint the location of the caller in cases where the caller doesn't know exactly where they are. Could be very awesome.

Slightly NSFW, but very cool reminder that we are all way more than our appearance.

Pilot of a diverted plane got hungry while waiting out a storm, ordered pizza for everyone because he's an awesome guy.

[have a great weekend!]



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.