SAF Seeking… Maturation

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Annika is a 28 year old Cambodian Vietnamese Chinese French American who recently returned to school to finish a bachelor’s degree in computer science and linguistics. Her hobbies and interests include swimming, cooking, baking, writing, reading, math, symbolic logic, learning foreign languages, and drinking espresso – and of course, boys.

No. No time for a social life. :)

No. No time for a social life. :)

OK, I suck at following through.

Life’s been busy. I started school again at the beginning of September and picked up a night shift at one of my jobs. On average, I get about four hours of sleep — maybe five, if I am fortunate enough to get a 7 AM shift at Starbucks. Saturdays, I have school on almost the other side of town and Sundays, I am working, working, working. I don’t get a single day off.

BUT! I say I suck at following through not because I haven’t been blogging, but because I’m still seeing Lukas, albeit on a very, very irregular basis.

So much for one night, eh?

ARROW & FLASH, Episodes 3: Also, It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

guest_offendersDominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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Let’s dispel a stereotype about comic books. The myth is that comic books are not about real stuff, because the characters themselves are myths, with funny names like Ultron and Green Arrow. Comic books are our most consistently mythic art form, and hence thought of as “for kids,” whatever that means. But the Marvel and DC Universes have always engaged the political and social issues that are in our universe, and ideally will continue to do so, now that they are so much more in our “real world” of movies and primetime TV.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in the real world, which bears mentioning because of a storyline in this week’s episode of ARROW.

FLASH FACTS, Episode 3: Drugs, Messy Rooms, and Firestorm

guest_offendersDominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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In this week’s episode of THE FLASH, a few moments of funny physics beg for a (super-speedy) Flash Fact discussion.

- There’s a gag where Barry zooms around his lab, looking for a misplaced piece of paperwork, CAUSING A FEW PIECES OF PAPER TO FLUTTER AROUND, causing his lab to become messy. This is cute, but it is Infinitely Ridiculous to bring up the issue of air displacement with the Flash. If a human-sized thing moved supersonically through your room, it would not have the effect of  a “light breeze.” It would be a frigging tornado, wrecking everything not nailed down, and some things would likely explode.

Green Arrow & The Flash (Episodes 2) : No, the Asian Superhero hasn’t appeared yet

guest_offendersDominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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I bet some of you nerds thought ^that^ was the title for a BRAVE & BOLD movie, right? In yer dreams! Oh wait, Warner Bros. just announced that they will produce 10 DC movies from next year through 2020!

Suicide Squad? Seriously? Rad.

THORHULKCRITIC: BTW ISN’T IT AWESOME HOW WE NOW GET SUPERHERO FILM NEWS FROM PUNY FORBES AND MOTLEYFOOL? AND BY AWESOME HULK MEAN ARRRRRRRGGGHH.

FLASH FACT, Episode 2: It Would Take 850 Tacos Just To Be The Flash

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Dominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

In JLA #2, Flash talks to us about Flash Facts (I believe the great Grant Morrison coined this term). Flash Facts are little factoids relevant to having the power of super-speed, which Flash calls upon whenever he’s tearing the laws of physics a new worm-hole.

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Annnnnddddd…Exhale! A Recap of the 2014 Consortium of Asian American Theatre Artists Conference/Festival

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Roger Tang wears hats. Lots of hats. So many hats he needs to check them to see what he needs to do at any given moment. Last he checked, he wrote two scenes for Revealed, a site specific piece for SIS Productions. Next time he checks, he might be producing the Northwest premiere of Carla Ching’s Fast Company for Pork Filled Productions. And if he checks again, he might realize he needs to update the Asian American Theatre Revue with even more news and events in Asian American theatre across the country. Hats. Sigh.

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EVENTThe book is closed on the 2014 Consortium of Asian American Theatre Artists Conference/Festival (that’s CAATA and ConFest for short), the fourth of its kind. Like other Asian American theatre artists, I leave feeling both drained and energized. Drained, because it was constantly go-go-go: watching panels, catching new pieces, networking with fellow professionals, etc. etc. etc. Energized because making art can be lonely, especially for Asian American artists; knowing that you’re not alone, that you have peers that support you is simply exhilarating.

I’ve been to previous conferences (plus the convening in Seattle in 1999), wearing many hats. I write, first with the Pork Filled Players, then with SIS Productions in Seattle. I’m also a producer/administrator, having served as a fundraiser for the late Northwest Asian American Theatre and as founder/Executive Director of Pork Filled Players/Productions. And finally, I am the editor of the Asian American Theatre Revue, the online calendar and news journal about Asian American theatre events that virtually binds, connects and informs Asian American theatre artists around the world (I’m literally the reason the conference knew some groups even existed).

Hello! Exploring the Super cute world of Hello Kitty

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Liz Ho (@elizabethhoacts) I am a fortune cookie: a crispy-Asian-American-treat that will give you useless advice & lotto numbers. I love Star Trek, alpacasso, Star Wars (IV-VI), makeup, reading, and taking daily pictures of my ewok of a dog named Cooper. I am also an actor. (Photography by Argeesht Mirzakhanian)

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When I was asked by YOMYOMF to cover the first ever North American exhibit of Hello Kitty called HELLO! EXPLORING THE SUPERCUTE WORLD OF HELLO KITTY at the Japanese American National Museum (aka the homebase for the first ever HELLO KITTY CONVENTION, which will happen later this month), I about shat my pants. I. LOVE. HELLO. KITTY. I will full on admit to the internet that I am a huge fan and perhaps hoarder of all things Sanrio, especially Hello Kitty.

ARROW Season 3 Episode 1 or GREEN ARROW & ALL THE OTHER JUSTICE LEAGUE PEOPLE + KATANA

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Dominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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CW’s ARROW is a pretty good show now, and I hope in a similar way for THE FLASH to find its sea legs. Season 3 of (DEFINITELY NOT CALLING HIM GREEN) ARROW premieres with an episode that does about everything one could ask of a superhero show:

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‘The Flash’ — Episode 1 Review

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Dominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and @thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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Let’s be real for a split second: No one is super-excited about the existence of a live-action FLASH. But because he is one of the iconic DC superheroes, I bet no one is super-opposed to the idea either. The main reasons the FLASH TV series exists IMO is because:

- It would be real weird to have a Justice League franchise without any Flash.
- ARROW seems to be doing okay, as long as no one utters the killing word, “Green.”
- Re: that last X-MEN movie, the VFX houses are pretty good at that super-speed time-slowing effect now, so we gotta have more of that.
- Marvel has two Quicksilvers (the super-fast X-Man/Avenger), and DC wants so bad to be more like Marvel ‘cos Marvel does everything right.
- Everyone forgot about what happened to the last attempt at a FLASH TV series (in 1990).

Paul McCartney. @Candlestick. #TheEnd.

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, rock musical aficionado, and ex-professional gambler. He can be found on the internets as dommah, paranormalstatus.com, and @ThorHulkCritic. He was also a part of our YOMYOMF Summer Blockbuster Showdown. His personal heroes are Stan Lee, Bruce Lee, Annabel Lee and Barbara Lee.

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It was 20ish years ago today…

The first pop music I ever heard clearly was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and if your experience is the same, then you scarcely need read this preamble. The vinyl record belonged to my father. I was very young and had only a vague concept of music being in two categories: 1) All my father’s classical records, in which I had begrudging compulsory interest, and 2) something called rock music, which was on the radio. Self-image having formed well before musical vocabulary, I knew that rock was the cool category, and that I could not possibly belong to the cool category. In terms of “having musical taste,” I mainly knew the opening theme to the Battle of the Planets cartoon. Bach and Brahms and Beethoven were things that happened in an adult world: pleasant, settled, defined. But next to these 3 big B’s in my dad’s record collection, there was this one record by the Beatles.

6 Asian Marvel Heroes who oughtta be in a movie about 6 Asian Superheroes

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, rock musical aficionado, and ex-professional gambler. He can be found on the internets as dommahparanormalstatus.com, and @ThorHulkCritic. His personal heroes are Stan Lee, Bruce Lee, Annabel Lee and Barbara Lee.

It is very cute that a movie about Marvel’s BIG HERO 6 exists, and thank gosh they remembered to use the Oriental Menu font in the title logo.

Big_Hero_6_Logo_2I’m sure it will be a precious fun movie. But as “an Asian Marvel movie?” DOES NOT COUNT. DOES NOT QUALIFY. Let’s just quash that idea before it trends.

BIG HERO 6 (and its DC equivalent, “Super Young Team”) is full of silly characters exploiting the half-idea that “a team of Japanese stereotypes and manga archetypes would be totally kawaii!” Yeah, cute, but, dude. These are not the Asian Marvel characters you’re looking for. A real Marvelasian superhero movie (or hey, a videogame) would feature some or all of these characters:

SAF Seeking… Laughter. Fleeting. Perfection.

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Annika is a 28 year old Cambodian Vietnamese Chinese French American who recently returned to school to finish a bachelor’s degree in computer science and linguistics. Her hobbies and interests include swimming, cooking, baking, writing, reading, math, symbolic logic, learning foreign languages, and drinking espresso – and of course, boys.

You funny!!!

You funny!!!

He’s laughing.

“What are you laughing about?” I say.

We were, predictably, in bed after a long, few hours of dinner, wine, talking, smoking, listening to music, hand-holding, cuddling on the couch on the balcony, and getting to know each other through words and gestures.

A cigarette break on the balcony with him sitting on the couch while embracing me from behind, his head resting itself on my lower back, as I leaned over the rail, facing away from him puffing smoke into the warm Hollywood night. He pulls me onto his lap to exchange some words that, at this moment, I don’t remember because I was so lost in the moment. I remember nodding my head and leaning in to kiss him for the first time which, inevitably, led to very sensuous bodily movements and my suggestion that we take this into his bedroom just five feet away which then led into me taking my clothes off and him following suit in my disrobement to reveal one of the best male bodies I had seen all year and then him putting on a condom for… two seconds of sex.

Literally two seconds.