Year of the Monkey Art Exhibition

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The Year of the Monkey Exhibition at GR2 is a stunning collection of work by nearly 60 artists. While many thought they needed to be born in the Year of the Monkey, most artists figured out that monkeys are just one of the best animals to depict in art. The specific type of monkey in 2016 is said to be “Fire Monkey” – an aggressive and controlling version. It was depicted in many pieces of art, yet the pieces ranged.

The Year of the… zodiac exhibitions are practically annual, and it’s always one of the most crowded exhibitions throughout the year. f3753bc8-2529-41fc-869e-6959ba382a5b

Marvel’s AGENT CARTER — Season 2, Episode 3 — “Better Angels” Recap

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Tonight’s episode, titled “Better Angels”, propelled the investigation further into conspiracy-land, with old white men in exclusive clubs plotting to throw a senate race, and Kurtwood Smith manipulating Chad Michael Murray’s Thompson (who, BTW, is still a major dickhead) to steal key evidence for him to save the United States from shadowy figures who will stop at nothing to destroy it. Stuck in the middle, of course, is our hero Peggy Carter, who must fight against male chauvinism, but at the same time use her wiles at the same time. Ah, men are the weaker of the species.

THE X-FILES, Season 10, Episode 2: “Founder’s Mutation”

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Be careful what you wish for, folks! The second episode of the X-FILES event is as scary as the first episode was befuddling. It verges on terrifying, actually, but the fact that Mulder and Scully are both wearing the FBI power suits again somehow makes everything okay.

SPOILERS ahead.

Why Japan is Awesome #1824: Floating Bonsai Trees

This is the Air Bonsai:

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And yes, it’s a real bonsai tree that apparently really floats. Designed by Japan’s Hoshinchu Team, it consists of two parts: the “energy base” which is the foundation and the “little star” which is the floating ball with the bonsai tree (or any other plant you’d prefer to replace it with). Both halves contain magnets which is what allows the “little star” to float.

The X-FILES Season X! Episode 1: “My Struggle” (with spoilers)

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OH MY GOODNESS IT’S A NEW X-FILES EPISODE and basically what happens is this: Mulder and Scully reunite and meet Tad O’Malley, a wacky web show host with lots of money and conspiracy theories, and a woman named Sveta who was abducted by aliens and might be the key to the secret of the unraveling of the revealing of the truth behind the cover-up of the lies and….

Oh I just can’t hold it in anymore. The big SPOILER in this one is:

Around the Horn: Any Lunar New Year Plans?

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It’s kinda crazy that even NBA wants a piece of the Chinese pie and created this little video:

This year 2016 is the year of the monkey. Chinese New Year will fall on February 8, 2016. Do you have any plans for celebrating? I’m personally not that into Chinese New Year as I’m too old to get red pockets. In China, many take the opportunity to travel… and I generally find Chinese New Year an irkful and unfun holiday where most things are closed and zero business can be done for a week. What are your plans for this Chinese New Year?

YOMYOMF Rewatch: The Twilight Zone “The Encounter” (1964)

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TV SERIES: The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) created by Rod Serling
EPISODE: “The Encounter” Season 5, episode 31 (aired May 1, 1964)
DIRECTOR: Robert Butler
WRITER: Martin M. Goldsmith
PLOT SYNOPSIS: A Caucasian World War II veteran and a Japanese American gardener find a samurai sword in the attic which leads to the revelation of dark secrets that both men have been hiding.

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So far for my rewatches, I’ve focused on feature films but today I turn to TV, specifically, Rod Serling’s classic genre anthology series The Twilight Zone. In its fifth and final season, an episode entitled “The Encounter” aired and quickly became the series’ most controversial for its handling of a Japanese American storyline. In fact, this episode never aired again on American television until earlier this month and we’ll go into the reasons why later, but first, the plot:

We open in the attic of what appears to be a typical suburban home. Fenton (Neville Brand) is a middle-aged Caucasian man who is in the midst of cleaning out his old junk. He comes upon a Japanese samurai sword, picks it up and throws it across the room.

Marvel’s AGENT CARTER Season 2 Premiere is a hoot!

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AGENT CARTER returns for season 2 and this week’s 2-hour season premiere was a total blast. It worked on so many levels for both die-hard Marvel, as well as casual fans. First off, it immediately setup a connection to the upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE with the use of dark matter or energy that Isodyne lab was using and discovered during an atomic bomb test. This is the same matter from DOCTOR STRANGE that allows him to travel inter-dimensionally. It also tied in the mothership, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., which had a similar story in season one and also looked like the same matter in the monolith that transported Simmons to that alien planet.

North Korea has Invented Alcohol that Doesn’t Give You Hangovers

According to The Pyongyang Times aka North Korea’s state-sanctioned newspaper, North Korea–under the leadership of the god-esque Kim Jong Un–has created another startling invention: alcohol that doesn’t give you hangovers.

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Made from an indigenous ginseng, the drink allegedly boasts a 30-40 percent alcohol content and will get you properly fucked up, but without the morning after booze blues.

The Pyongyang Times reports that this “miracle drink” is a big thing in North Korea and is “highly appreciated by experts and lovers…it’s a national scientific and technological hit.”

DC Films Promises That All The DC Things Are Coming

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The Justice League: Aquaman, Cyborg, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash

DC Films used a half-hour of CW prime-time last night to introduce the wave of superhero films they’re unleashing to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe which will culminate in THE JUSTICE LEAGUE. This year they’re betting big on BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and SUICIDE SQUAD (the team with all the villains in it). The show was mainly recut clips from the various BvS trailers with scenes from MAN OF STEEL, with animated stills teasing the existence of the other Justice League team members: Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash and Green Lantern.