This is me, probably at age 7, with my paternal grandmother Matsue “Majorie” Sonata Doe. I grew up going to her house in Philadelphia two times a year. Once just after Christmas so we could be there to make sushi for New Year’s Eve and a second time in the summers when I’d go looking for garnets in the Pennsylvania woods. She taught me a little bit about her heritage as a Japanese American but most of her story I learned from others after she died. Like how she was sent to the Internment camps in California during WWII because our country thought people of Japanese heritage were a threat. And how she dedicated her time there to teaching all of the children who’d been displaced from their schools.
I didn’t think a lot about this growing up. It’s hard for me to hold others’ pain but sometimes these stories want to be heard and retold. I will do that now.
I grew up in Hudson, Ohio on a preparatory boarding school campus where students from all over the world came to get the best education money offers. There were a lot of diverse faces so I wasn’t treated negatively because my skin was olive or my cheekbones were high. At least I don’t think I was. If anything I was sheltered from the historical animosity toward Japan and treated more like I was beautifully special.
I did know Japan was an ally to Hitler in the war and I knew the U.S. had bombed Japan to end it. I remember learning about the chemical aftermath that effected generations of people living there but the stories rarely seemed to intersect with my life.
Even though they do. Everyday. Everyday I make a choice to assume goodwill and treat others with compassion and curiosity or assume worldsuck and act out of fear. I choose what side of history I want to be on. I choose to fight for a world where no one is taken from their home, business, or community because of their heritage, how they look, or who they love.
I look to my grandmother’s story and know that any effort to corral a group of people for these reasons is an injury to all of us.
Below is a picture of the camps where hundreds of thousands of people were forced to relocate in what is now called, “one of the most flagrant violations of civil liberties in American history.”
Members of the Black family and their history seem to have made a tradition of naming their children after stars and constellations.
Also known as the “Dog Star”, reflecting its prominence in its constellation, Canis Majoris, Sirius is derived from the Ancient Greek, meaning “glowing” or “scorcher.”
Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation Leo, and is Latin for ‘prince’ or 'little king’. In Babylonian astrology, Regulus is listed as Lugal, meaning “the star that stands in the breast of the Lion: the King.”
(Aka it’s 2:30 am and I have entirely lost control of my life)
Alright people, I’ll get right to it. I
think I know whereabouts Ford was when the portal opened to bring him back.
I’ve just spent the last few hours sciencing the shit out of what we know so
far, and I’m gonna share it with you.
I know I’m a little late to
the party on this one, by while doing a little research earlier this evening I
found out that the symbols around the edge of the portal are actually the
symbols for the Behenian fixed stars.
These are fifteen stars, used for magical and alchemical purposes back in the
Now, there are sixteen symbols around the
edge of the portal, but I figure that, if this portal is designed to be used
both ways, there should probably be a ‘home’ symbol, right? So my guess is
that that last unknown symbols stands for our own sun, Sol.
Now, when the portal stabilises and Ford finally does come back
through, some of those symbols are lit up, like in the top image. Why is this
Because if you have six points of
reference in space, you can calculate the midpoint to get a destination.
Can often be found: Circling a wide ring around Agent Simmons in the lab. Marching down the halls in pursuit of or being followed by a trusted agent. Keeping a watchful eye in the family room or kitchen.
If you're looking for a graphic novel to read I'd recommend Majorie Liu and Sana Takeda's Monstress. It's a fantasy lead by a WOC protagonist in a world populated mainly by WOC written by two WOC and the artwork is GORGEOUS. Seriously check it out if you have the time.
A young woman named Maika — an outsider, an outcast — begins to unravel her mysterious past, and in the process discovers she’s got a tenuous psychic connection to a powerful, otherworldly creature, one of many that roam the earth.
This link puts her in the cross-hairs of an old battle between competing supernatural and human factions, all of whom desire control over these elusive creatures.
What none of them count on is Maika herself — her courage, her intelligence, her compassion— or the fact that she’s slowly becoming something more than human.
A dark fantastic adventure set in an alternate 1900s Asia, Monstress #1 came out in November, 2015 and was fast-tracked for a second printing to keep up with the high customer demand.
phone wallpapers for the space fanatic (like me). :))
from the top, left to right; Venus (artist’s depiction), Cat’s Eye Nebula (taken from the Hubble Space Telescope), Horeshead Nebula (taken from the Hubble Space Telescope), Saturn’s rings (enhanced color image by Voyager 2), Saturn (NASA), and the largest star yet discovered, VY Canis Majoris, in polarized infrared from the Hubble.
we Always discusse if jesus was white,but what about the others bible characters?the majory of them lived in desert,at least they are suppose to be brown i think.
They didn’t just live in the desert the majority were Hebrews and at that point had not mixed with white. Also there’s quite a few Black and other Middle Easterners in the Bible. And even the redheads in the Bible are not white. But yeah Jesus was brown and Europeans have been whitewashing him for a long ass time.
The monster-sized debut issue of Monstress (66 gorgeous pages!) introduced readers to the brutal and
magical world of Maika. A teenage girl
with a psychic link to a formidable monster, Maika is searching for answers about
who she is and what this ability means for her identity.
Tia Vasiliou is a
Digital Editor at ComiXology. Her
favorite Miyazaki film is Spirited Away.
Wait, no. It’s Howl’s Moving
Castle. No, Nausicaä! Or maybe Princess Mononoke? You know what, don’t make her choose…