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.

What’s the Proper Response to a Penis Compliment?

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So I was at the gym this past weekend and after showering, I found myself in the locker room next to “Sam”—one of the gym regulars. Sam is elderly and always strikes up a conversation when I see him. A good guy, nothing odd or creepy about him. So it was odd on this day as the first words out of his mouth when he saw me were, “you have a fine penis.”

Wasn’t sure how to respond so I answered with a simple, “thank you.”

What was most odd about his compliment was he said it with the same casualness as one might say, “that’s a nice shirt” or “what a shame about the Dodgers”.

TRANSFORMERS 4 Honest Trailer is the best one yet.

I’m usually not a fan of Screen Crush’s “Honest Trailers” but TRANSFORMERS: THE AGE OF EXTINCTION was such a piece of crap, pandering to both American and Chinese nationalists that making fun of it was not only bound to happen but also easy as apple pie (oh hey, another lame American slogan).

But the Honest Trailer guys really outdid themselves and hit all the right (or is it wrong) marks about this most awful of TRANSFORMERS movies.

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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Film Festival Dispatch: Busan International Film Festival 2014

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This year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) was an overall, solid edition of the very best in Asian cinema. Dubbed “the Cannes of Asia” BIFF has built a reputation of presenting the latest films from around the world, with strong focuses on Asian films, as well as nurturing talent and filmmakers through its Asian Project Market, and also a destination to conduct business through its concurrent Asian Film Market.

Hatsune Miku Appearance on David Letterman or How I Wish She Were Cooler

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Blue-haired hologram superstar from Japan, Hatsune Miku performs repugnant songs that fail in any arena of pop. Would you thump this in your car? No, it only works with the gimmick of her likeness in 3D. I’ve seen awful J-Pop live and somehow the all Japanese audience eats it up, knowing every hand gesture and move. It’s simply bad music with throngs of fans – a mysterious phenomenon everywhere.

I respect the greatness of the technology that goes into a character like Hatsune Miku. It’s an improvement on the 80s “virtual star” concept that turned into a TV show, Max Headroom. But Hatsune Miku is taken to a new level, except with no sense of humor or weirdness. It brings the concept of a sci-fi, cyber-punk, William Gibson-like, 22nd century idol to the present day. It’s neat… for a second.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ‘Making Friends and Influencing People’ – Season 2 Episode 3 Review

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Well, this is the episode that Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) really comes back. We find out that she’s working as a lowly lab tech for HYDRA, but in fact, she is undercover, working for Coulson as an inside-woman to infiltrate Hydra for intel. She goes through her daily morning routine and examines some cells under a microscope when she is rushed by her supervisor for some data, since he has to make a presentation “upstairs” in 10 minutes. We learn that the cells are from Donnie Gill aka Blizzard) who was introduced as a S.H.I.E.L.D. academy student last season and soon escaped his prison after the Hydra coup. Currently, he is on the run somewhere in Morocco and just wants to be left alone.

Back to Hydra HQ, we see Daniel Whitehall, this season’s big bad it seems, slowly hypnotizing captured “Agent 33” in what looks like a cross between A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, Room 33 from LOST, and some kind of CIA/KGB Ultra-mind control, as her eyes are forced open to look at a psychedelic fantasia of images and sounds. Whitehall whispers in her ear, “Compliance will be awarded.” Hmmm…

Hackers Blast Billboard in Hong Kong with “What’s Up Hong Kong?”

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Admist the Umbrella Movement protests and world wide exposure on every network, Hong Kong’s skyline is as dense as mankind can build. The electronic “noise” of the landscape is on max, which makes Hong Kong the perfect place to hack. Although this video was shot most likely, long before the current news amalgamation, the release couldn’t be better timed. The news of the Umbrella Movement seems to be “last week” thanks to the current news maker, Ebola. Yet know that the movement continues with or without the cameras. Shot more like a skate video, the creeping on building rooftops, drone camera shots, and changing of clothes, this mission runs like an action sport. Finally the message of “What’s Up Hong Kong?” couldn’t be more pertinent. Hong Kong Building

‘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).

Around The Horn: Neighborly Tendencies

What did I wake up to this morning? Was it the sunlight breaking through the cracks of my blinds? Or was it the serene sound of recorded birds from my alarm clock? The answer is neither.

I woke up to the sound of a small child banging on a makeshift drum kit composed of pots and pans. Yes, I was torn from my sweet, sweet slumber by what I hope to be a future famous drummer who will look back and donate a portion of his earnings to the neighbor he constantly kept awake.

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Hey, I’m probably making a mountain out of a molehill here, but I’d like to get some confirmation: what’s some of your worst experiences with neighbors?

IRIS: I wrote a previous blog about “Mr. Cranky” who called the police on us about our barking dog and we don’t even have a dog. He’s known as “Hitler” around the neighborhood.

SAF Seeking… Escape from hormonal hell

"Taking over the world, one pregnant woman at a time."

“Taking over the world, one pregnant woman at a time.”


So this is how man conquered woman. I see. You want to control a woman, take away birth control.

Seriously y’all. (Hobby Lobby take note.)

Because for the the years I was child-free, I had some modicum of control over my body. The moment I chose to be pregnant (notice that I chose the word ‘chose’), I have never been so sucker-punched and betrayed by my own body on a regular basis. For the first four months of pregnancy, I fought constant blinding headaches, a persistent disinterest in eating, and an all-consuming need to sleep. And contrary to outside perception, I WAS NOT BEING LAZY. I was fighting my body every step of the way.

Hong Kong for Democracy

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Below is the spirited debate on my Facebook page about the recent Hong Kong protests and democracy when I posted the above image I found on the internet as my Facebook profile picture. The picture is a portrait of the 17-year-old vocal leader Joshua Wong of the current Hong Kong protests.

FM Dude.. please don’t change your profile pix. This face is NOT sexy.
October 1 at 8:53pm · Like · 1

QL He’s the future of Hong Kong! Is there any 17-year-old braver than him?
October 1 at 8:55pm · Like · 3

FM If he is the future then I better get the hell out of here!!!
October 1 at 9:08pm · Like