father of the year

Rayven Choi is a story about a Black young woman who, as a child, witnessed a man shot dead her parents on a military commuter train. She was secretly transferred to Seoul, Korea, to live with her father’s best friend. After 20 years, she finds out a hint that could lead to finding the killer. She returns to the US and seeks help from the FBI, but who knows, maybe they also have blood on their hands.

This story has a strong Black female character. Finally!

In Beverly Hills, Rayven Choi Chapter #1 is available at Ace Medical Pharmacy and Mickey Fine Express (in the WME building), while Al’s Newsstand is selling Rayven Choi Chapter #1 & #2 as well as the Limited Edition Korean version of Book #1. See info below.

Al’s Newsstand
216 S Beverly Dr,
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Mickey Fine Express
9601 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Ace Medical Pharmacy
9171 Wilshire Blvd,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

DJ’s Universal Comics
11390 Ventura Blvd,
Studio City, CA 91604

Super Star Hair & Wigs
11322, Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604



Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Novel  (2016)

“In a single year, my father left us twice. The first time, to end his marriage, and the second, when he took his own life. I was ten years old.”

Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations―those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences.

With maturity and sophistication, humor and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality.

By Madeleine Thien

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Madeleine Thien is a Canadian short story writer and novelist.

She was educated at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. In 2001 Madeleine was awarded the Canadian Authors Association Air Canada Award for most promising writer under age 30.

Thien’s first book, Simple Recipes (2001), a collection of short stories, received the City of Vancouver Book Award, the VanCity Book Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her novel, Certainty, has been published internationally. It won the Amazon.com / Books in Canada First Novel Award and was a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize.

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I need your help!!! I got a letter in the mail today stating I must appear in court for a tax misdemeanour NEXT MONDAY. Evidently, a city I used to live in has issued a bench warrant for my arrest on account of income tax they say I owe from 2013. I thought I had sent my city taxes electronically with my federal and state taxes, but it turns out that the company I used to submit my 2013 taxes DID NOT SEND IT. 
Currently, I can’t work more than 14 hours a week because I’m a full-time engineering student with three very sick family members. My mother suffers from extreme panic attacks and out of control diabetes. My father is losing his vision. My  11-year-old sister is dying from a brain tumour called DIPG and has lost the ability to walk or go to the bathroom by herself. I have four other school-age siblings that I help take care of due to my mother’s illnesses.
I don’t know what else to do because this was all very unexpected. I just know that if I go into that courtroom with only $50 in the bank, it’s likely they’ll lock me up for an honest mistake, and my entire family will suffer very much. I’m asking you Tumblr, please help with what you can. The maximum misdemeanour fine they can hit you with in MI is $500, and I estimate it’s not safe to walk to into court with less than that on Monday. 

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Father Of Student Arrested For Sexual Assault Says ‘Lots Of Girls’ Want His Son

A 15-year-old De La Salle High School student was arrested on Thursday for allegedly assaulting a teenage girl after a playoff football game. No charges have been filed, but USA Today reported that on Dec. 1 the accused student’s father insisted that the incident was consensual, because when “young, fast girls see something they like, they go after it.”

The junior varsity football player’s father, a registered sex offender himself, told local media that his son was innocent and that the victim, a student from neighboring Carondelet, gave her consent.

“He’s tall, dark and handsome, he plays for De La Salle, there’s a lot of girls that want to be with my son,” the 38-year-old father said in an interview with Bay Area News Group. “When young, fast girls see something they like, they go after it.”

This commentary, which suggests that an individual who is considered attractive or desirable is somehow exempt from the ability to assault another person, drastically differs from the alleged victim’s version of events.


C#1:: Kinda-AU, Ginny acquires the Padres in the divorce from her husband and the Padres think they are in major trouble until Oscar and Al laugh and tells them that the Padres are actually her legacy because her father was a Padres legend who went on to acquire the Padres…years later Ginny was actually the person making all the upper management calls BUT her husband made everyone think it was him

C#2:: Ginny doesn’t show up for practice and Mike flips out, worrying about her especially when she won’t pick up her cell phone. He finds out from Blip where she’s at and why - she’s back in her hometown because it’s the anniversary of her father’s death.

Why am I seeing more fan-content for Sun/Kali than Ghira/Kali?

Rhetorical question. I can guess why.

Part of it is probably because the FNDM is more familiar with Sun than Ghira. But I think most of it is because most of the FNDM identifies with Sun more than Ghira. After all, Ghira is 40-something-year-old man and father to a young adult daughter, whereas Sun is a teenage bachelor.

My fellow fans, by all appearances, Kali has been happily married to a great man for approximately 20 years. Could we, perhaps, show a bit more respect and enthusiasm for the first unbroken and healthy marriage to appear in RWBY?

Also, a little more respect for the love of the first actually good and living mother towards her daughter? Sun is not only Blake’s age, he’s clearly expressed an interest in her daughter that Blake has not rejected.

Married women can flirt with their husbands, you know.

France: Jewish man attacked, called 'Dirty Jew', police unsure it's an antisemitic attack

Via Haaretz:

A Jewish man was beat up in a suburb south of Paris on Thursday by a group of men, at least one of whom shouted “Dirty Jew!”

“These local thugs hit the 30-year-old father from behind while he was returning home from work. They threw him on the ground and beat him. I don’t know how they identified him as Jewish since he wasn’t wearing any distinctive sign,” said Creteil’s Jewish community leader Albert Elharrar who has met with the victim and talked to police.

“The victim was brave enough to hit one of his aggressors back which allowed him to try to escape but they caught him,” said Elharrar.

Creteil is the home of one of France’s largest Jewish communities with about 22,000 people. They represent about 20 percent of the town’s workforce.

“The courthouse neighbourhood has been developed by Jewish businesses, including a big kosher supermarket in recent years, but it’s filled with petty criminals,” said Elharrar. “Police believe the same local thugs attacked a non-Jewish man the same day.”

Police are still investigating the assault, searching for suspects and trying to determine if the attack was anti-Semitic.
The case was handed to the local judiciary police.

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The New Antisemite: http://ift.tt/2gYvKDw
Few historians today would agree with A. F. Pollard, in his history of England published in 1919, that Elizabeth “was sceptical or indifferent in religion”; on the contrary most now accept that throughout her adult life she was a committed and conventionally pious Protestant. As an impressionable adolescent, she had been educated by the humanists, William Grindal and Roger Ascham, and immersed in the atmosphere of the evangelic households of Sir Anthony Denny and Queen Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife. During the latter years of her father’s reign, she had spent months in translating three pious works of an Erasmian or mildly Protestant nature into different languages: a French version of Erasmus’s “Dialogus Fidei”, an English copy of Marguerite de Valois’s “Mirror or Glass of the Sinful Soul”, and a version in French, Italian and Latin of her stepmother’s composition, “Prayers or Meditations”. In the reign of her half-brother, she was noted for her “godly zeal”, an image that she was keen to cultivate. Throughout Mary’s reign, she was a suspected heretic and continued to use the English Bible, even though she obeyed the law and attended the Catholic mass. Once queen, she not only regularly attended morning service in the royal chapel but in addition used private prayers, probably composed by herself, for daily worship.
—  Elizabeth I and Religion 1558-1603 by Susan Doran

Transforming Birthday Cake - Optimus Prime

Russell Munro helped create a robotic transforming birthday cake for his son, using 3D printing to help build its frame:

My boy asked for a Transformers cake for his 6th birthday. I decided to up the ante, my wife did the actual cake. 

Here is a short demo of the actual robotic frame itself, complete with Transformers sound clips: