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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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

Pig

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My mom’s Zodiac animal is Pig, so I like pigs.  She loves them.  Whenever I see a pig thingamajig, I always stop and eye it as a possible gift.

Mom is my free art director.  She gives a solid thumbs-down to nearly everything I draw, which I find kind of hilarious and occasionally painful.  Her feedback is usually a raised eyebrow-frown (sometimes combined with her walking away) or just an “UGGH.”  To an extent, I trust her eye since she was an architect and is pretty good at looking for - and distilling something down to - the basics.

I was afraid she’d disapprove of this drawing, but she actually said, “Cute.”

Relief (pig bias works in my favor)!

Happy October, everyone!

Talk Back: What did everyone think about SELFIE?

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So what did everyone think of the series premiere of SELFIE? It’s been online for about a month and had its broadcast premiere last night on ABC, where it debuted with soft but not terrible ratings, and actually edged out Fox’s comedy lineup of NEW GIRL and THE MINDY PROJECT.

Sadly, we have to have two sitcoms fronted by Asian Americans in the leads against each other essentially (John Cho in SELFIE and Mindy Kaling in THE MINDY PROJECT), but that’s beside the point. Whatever. But, my initial thoughts on SELFIE: John Cho is great, as an affable, sensible male lead and I can see the chemistry brewing between him and Karen Gillan as his My Fair Lady. It’s nothing revolutionary, even though it deals with social media and the way we interact with people in the digital age. In a way, it follows the same old tropes of usual romantic sitcoms.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ‘Heavy is the Head’ – Season 2 Episode 2 Review

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This week’s episode immediately begins where the last one ended, at the car crash, with Lance Hunter struggling to get out. His colleagues are dead (including Lucy Lawless, who I wish was on the show as a series regular) but he is soon saved by Melinda May (Ming Na Wen) who soon hops on her motorcycle and is in pursuit of Absorbing Man, who is in possession of the Obelisk, a mysterious, most likely alien piece of technology that Hydra wants to get their dirty, grubby hands on.

Meanwhile, Hunter is captured and is confronted by Talbot, who gives him a deal to bring Coulson to him (as well as a proper burial for Lawless’ character) in exchange for his freedom and $2 million. And that kicks off a series of events with the pursuit of the Obelisk, a return of the girl in the flower dress, and I suppose the big reveal of Skye’s father with Kyle MacLachlan, channeling a Killer Bob possessed Agent Cooper, who in the end, has possession of the object.

Around the Horn: YouTube Time Suck

JunoWhaleOkay, I admit that I’m a sucker for cute animal videos.  I can waste hours in a day when I’m caught in a YouTube vortex of watching the antics of our furry and even non-furry friends.  It’s so easy to think you’re only going to spend five minutes looking up a video you saw on the news.  But then a host of cute videos pop up on your search results or your eyes wander over to the related videos column that leads you to another video and then another and before you know it, you’ve wasted the whole morning and you curse yourself, wondering if there’s a YouTubes Anonymous help group out there.

In the past, I have been addicted to videos of Nora, the piano playing cat, and Carrie, the merengue dancing dog.  My current YouTube obsession is Juno, an intelligent Beluga whale that has some uncanny human qualities.  I have discovered all kinds of things about Juno.  For instance, he likes to photobomb wedding shoots.

He also likes to scare little kids:

(action starts from about :54 mark)  I love how he does a sort of “double take” move, like he’s really teasing them.

What is it with Japan and Black Burgers?

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Earlier this month, Burger King introduced its black cheeseburger in Japan. The Kuro Burger, with its black buns, have already been on the menu since 2012, but this is the first time black cheese has been added.

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Not to be outdone, the Japanese McDonalds has just announced it is also serving its own black burger—the Halloween-themed ikasumi or squid ink burger—although this appears to have the less disgusting more traditionally colored cheese.

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