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My Favorite Scene: Thor The Dark World (2013) “Presto Chango Loki”

Of the franchises that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think my favorite (and I never would have thought this prior to the films’ release) is…

“As for Slifer the Sky Dragon, despite the rumors on the web, I did not name that character after myself, even though I was a producer on Yu-Gi-Oh! at the time. What happened was this: Another 4KIDS employee, Sam Murakami, was our liaison with the producer of the cards. Some names of the cards had to be changed because there was concern their names would be considered demonic or sacrilegious or something here in the states. It never made much sense to me, but when you’re broadcasting here in America, it’s something that has to be accommodated. Anyway, Sam renamed a bunch of those characters after people on staff at 4KIDS. It just so happened that the one he named after me happened to be a “god” card and much more prominent than the others in the series. I attribute it to the cosmic forces in the universe trying to balance things for me being made a demon in Ghost Rider. And again, just to set the record straight, I wasn’t even aware of it until after the names on the cards had been changed and it was too late to go back.”

Roger Slifer

R.I.P. Roger Slifer November 11, 1954 – March 30, 2015

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So I finally have Fresh Off the Boat on my nightstand. And I started thinking — What other Asian-American memoirs are must-reads?

Here are a handful of my favorites. (And yes, I’m including some Very Important Children’s Books!) 

Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People by Helen Zia

This groundbreaking book traces the transformation of Asian Americans from a few small, disconnected, and largely invisible ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society. It explores the events that shocked Asian Americans into motion and shaped a new consciousness. 

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

A Chinese American woman tells of the Chinese myths, family stories and events of her California childhood that have shaped her identity.

Bitter Melon: Inside America’s Last Rural Chinese Town by Jeff Gillenkirk and James Motlow

A collection of moving oral histories and stunning historical photographs (all printed in duotone), offers an unforgettable glimpse into this unique and vibrant community, and in doing so contributes significantly to our understanding of immigrant experience in California.

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman and Allen Say

An American sailor courts a young Japanese woman and each tries, in secret, to learn the other’s way of eating.

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

Lyrical, breathtaking, splendid—words used to describe Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey when it was first published. At once deeply personal yet expressing universally held emotions, this tale of one man’s love for two countries and his constant desire to be in both places captured readers’ attention and hearts. 

Any other recommendations?

one of my little brother’s friends said that iker was bad and my little brother actually called me about it.

obviously I went downstairs, unplugged their video game, questioned who raised the poor child, and spent the next twenty minutes educating america’s bumbling youth on the majesty that is iker casillas.

“Beacon” Press Release

CALLEN AND SAM ARE SHOCKED WHEN AN APPARENT MURDER VICTIM APPEARS AND ASKS FOR THEIR HELP, ON “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” MONDAY, APRIL 20

      “Beacon” – Callen and Sam are shocked when an old acquaintance, who they thought was the recent victim of a murder, appears and asks for their help. As the team investigates, they uncover a possible breach of America’s economic sanctions against Russia, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, April 20 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CHEAT TWEET:  Callen & Sam are reunited with an old acquaintance but Callen may be happier than Sam to see him alive.  Who can it be? # NCISLA 4/20 9:59pm http://bit.ly/1EzgCoP

REGULAR CAST:

Chris O’Donnell (NCIS Special Agent G. Callen)

LL COOL J (NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna)

Linda Hunt (Operations Manager Henrietta “Hetty” Lange)

Daniela Ruah (NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye)

Eric Christian Olsen (LAPD Detective Marty Deeks)

Barrett Foa (Tech Operator Eric Beale)

Renée Felice Smith    (NCIS Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones)

Miguel Ferrer (NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger)

GUEST CAST:

Vyto Ruginis (Arkady Kolcheck)

Elizabeth Bogush (Joelle Taylor)

Aisha Kabia (Coast Guard Lieutenant Joyce Kelly)

Dan Warner (Man with Hoodie/Brett Smith)

Matt Stasi (Patrick Berkeley)

Elena Evangelo (Elia Berkeley)

WRITTEN BY: Jordana Lewis Jaffe

DIRECTED BY: Diana C. Valentine

anonymous asked:

France, America, Germany, Romano, & Spain getting into a fight with there s/o and how they would handle it afterwards? Please and thanks!

France/Francis Bonnefoy: As I’ve said before, he’s a major drama queen, so any fight you get in with him will probably be alarmingly dramatic and more often than not will end with him storming off to “collect himself”. He’s not quick to fight with you, however, so whatever it was that led to him getting angry would probably have had to be something pretty big. However, Francis is mature enough to know when he’s in the wrong; it would be a matter of hours before you’d return home to find him sitting in your bedroom with a rose and a bottle of wine. “Je suis desolé,” he’d mutter as he wraps his arms around your waist, pulling you towards him. “Do you forgive me?”

America/Alfred F. Jones: America’s got a temper and he knows it; and since he usually doesn’t put much effort into controlling his emotions, it wouldn’t be uncommon for the two of you to butt heads from time to time. Normally it’s over something inconsequential- but even then, it takes America a while to calm down again. Once he does, you can count on him being all affection; expect snuggles and puppy dog faces galore as he tried to convince you to forgive him.

Germany/Ludwig Beilschmidt: Ludwig doesn’t tend to seriously lose his temper all that often; when he does, it’s either over something really stupid or really serious, and it can be spectacular. However, it wouldn’t take long for guilt to hit him- and when it does, it hits him like a truck. He’d reappear a few hours later- maybe with something sweet that he thought would help smooth things over, like flowers- and confess that he hated fighting with you.

Romano/Lovino Vargas: Okay, let’s face it, Romano’s not an hard person to get into a fight with. Hell, half the time it seems like he’s almost asking for it- any fight you have with him would probably be completely justified on your side. After he storms away, however, you’re both left with some time to think, and it wouldn’t be long before you consciences come back to haunt you. That night, when the both of you return home, you’d stop to awkwardly face each other in the doorway; you both owe each other apologies, but neither one of you want to be the one to step forward first. Eventually you decide to be the one to be a better person and break the silence; Romano reciprocates your apology with a rather sheepish one of his own, and the scowl fixed on his face fades away slightly as you smile and plant a kiss on his cheek.

Spain/Antonio Fernandez Carriedo: Fights with Spain would be few and few between, mostly because he hates upsetting you in any way- in fact, you sometimes wonder if he even has a temper. But whenever the two of you fight, you quickly learn why he used to be so feared centuries ago; when Spain is angry, his eyes burn and his words sting like fire, and it’s all you can do not to shrink back in shock at his tone. Normally he doesn’t say anything too hurtful; but when you get upset and storm off, no matter how angry he’d previously been, guilt hits him hard. That night he would be back home when you are, sitting on the couch with a box of chocolates clasped in his hands; as soon as he saw you he’d spring to his feet, his eyes wide and apologies running out of his mouth like water in a brook.

Okay so I’m the GSA adviser at the high school I work at, and for tdov students in the club created posters of transgender celebs with some interesting facts about them (ex: did you know Laverne Cox has a twin brother?) to hang around campus and gave me a few to hang in my room (I have a wall area for GSA related things). 

And. You. Guys.

All of the freshmen classes I teach noticed the new posters in my room and swarmed around to read them and learn about transgender celebs. It was amazing. 

“She wrote and directed Jupiter Ascending? I love that movie!”

“I saw that guy on Dancing with the Stars!”

“Oh, she was the one I wanted to win on America’s Next Top Model!”

And for several kids this was apparently the first time they’d ever heard the word “transgender”, but it was probably the most positive introduction to the concept I’ve ever seen.

And that’s one major reason why this day is so important.

Nintendo issues takedown notice for Super Mario 64 HD project

CloudFlare received a DMCA copyright infringement complaint from Nintendo
Reporter’s Name: Alicia Bell
Copyright Holder’s Name: Nintendo of America Inc.
Reporter’s Title: Attorney for Nintendo of America Inc.
Reporter’s Company Name: Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Reported URLs: mario64-erik.u85.net
Original Work: The copyrighted work at issue is Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 video game (U.S. Copyright Reg. No. PA0000788138), including but not limited to the audiovisual work, computer program, music, and fictional character depictions. The web site at mario64-erik.u85.netdisplays, and allows users to play, an electronic game that makes unauthorized use of copyright-protected features of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 video game. Nintendo requests that CloudFlare, Inc. immediately disable public access to mario64-erik.u85.net

We have provided the name of your hosting provider to the reporter. Additionally, we have forwarded this complaint to your hosting provider as well.

Regards, CloudFlare Abuse

Response from the creator Roystan Ross

Hello;
Thank you for forwarding the request to me. I was hosting this work for a good friend who is an avid fan, and built the project from scratch as a tech demo. You can read more about the project here: roystanross.wordpress.com

As mentioned on the original blog post, and noted in various big name media press below, there is no intention to monetize this, ever: IGN -GameSpot - TIME - TechCrunch - The Verge - Gizmodo

Immediately upon receiving your request, we have taken down the web player, and replaced it with the original takedown notice verbatim as provided. You can verify this via the original link: mario64-erik.u85.net

All back-end properties hosting the original files have been updated and files removed. I trust that the issue is fully rectified. If you may be so kind, please follow up your previous contacts with my hosting providers, so they are aware that actions have been taken on the same thread. If you do require any further next step actions pertaining to the take down request, please feel free to reach out at any time, and I will be more than happy to provide assistance in any mean possible.

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