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I just started reading Black Widow: The FInely Woven Thread for reading group. I was excited to show Cordelia the black cat that befriends Natasha Romanov/Black Widow. Cordy was much more excited that I had settled in for the night and she could curl up on top of me. I can't help but notice cats in comics, tv shows, and movies.

Today I flipped through vol. 5 of Hawkeye and noticed that Pizza Dog got a picture on the front charecter page. Which (in combination with Liho in Black Widow) made me think about the awesome animals in comics I have read.

- Lying Cat from Saga (& Sweet Boy)
- Pizza Dog from Hawkeye
- the rabbit, cat, & dog in We3
- K-9 from Doctor Who (though I haven't read many comics with K-9, I love him from the tv show)
- the lions from Pride of Baghdad

Also much love for the following, though they may be what is considered a "funny animal" (animals that live as humans)
- Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy (though I mainly know him from the film)
- Blacksad

I am no expert in comics, so I just looked to the internets for more animals.
I am not sure I agree with the order of this list. Of course I just don't get Howard the Duck & I have never read any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (but I did watch the cartoon as a kid.)

Here are top DC animals: http://acomicbookblog.com/2009/12/top-10-dc-comics-animals/

29 September 2015 @ 12:28 pm
I have started showing & selling some of my necklaces made from comics. One things I am starting to hear is requests for certain characters. A co-worker asked if there where any female Adrican American superheroes (aside from Storm).

The first two things that popped into my head were Gwendolyn from Saga and Dee from Rat Queens. (Of course, I adore those comics so much that I am unwilling to turn my copies into jewelry.) But that got me thinking about what other chacaters I could even name. I thought of Monica Rambeau who I met in the new Captain Marvel and Vixen who I've seen a bit of in Justice League. Though there is a lot more I can read about both of them. Also, I am excited to read more Bitch Planet & learn more about Penny.

Then I turned to the internets....which did not disappoint. I now have a whole bunch of additions to my reading lists!
In particular I want to know more about Misty Knight, Nu'bia (Wonder Woman's twin), Amanda Waller, Martha Washington (in addition to Monica Rambeau & Vixen)

The Greatest Black Women in Superhero Comics (Who Aren't Storm)

10 Powerful Black Female Superheroes We Love

Top Black Female Superheroes

17 Black Superheroes and Where to Read More About Them

Late addition -- How could I forget Agent 355 from Y the Last Man?!? There is also Michonne from Walking Dead. (I guess they are not technically "superheroes")

Also, the choice to listen to Eartha "Catwoman" Kitt as I write this is intentional.
Current Location: work
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Eartha Kitt
09 March 2015 @ 01:36 pm
The Oscars are flawed, but I love them. It may be that I feel like the Oscars saved me. At one of the points when my depression was strong I was looking for something outside of myself to get me to do something besides sit on the couch. For whatever reason, the idea that came to me was to see lots of Oscar nominated movies. Since then it has become a "thing" for me. Each year I create a spread sheet of what movies have been nominated for what catagories and then I proceed to see as many as possible. Many of these films are ones that I wanted to see already, some are wonderful surprises, and some I see for some sense of needing to complete each category. I have gotten good over the years at figuring out what movies I probably won't like, and I have given myself a little leeway to skip them (The Judge, Unbroken), but some I see anyway hoping they are better than I expected. (As expected, I did not like American Sniper or Foxcatcher.)

This year's ceremony did ok with the awards. I genuinely liked best picture Birdman. I loved the art in Grand Budapest Hotel, for which it won awards. Julianne Moore was utterly fabulous in Still Alice (which gave me a great persectoive on Alzheimer's and made me cry thinking of my mom.) Boyhood was a fascinating ride, and Patricia Arquette was the heart of it. I thought Theory of Everything was ok, but Eddie Redmayne did a terrific job in the part. In a comanding performance, J.K. Simmons earned every inch of that award. But at the end of the day, what did *I* get out of all these movies?

Thank you Oscar nominations for convincing me to see Selma, Whiplash, and Ida! I am ho-hum aboiut biopics (& I had already seen a great one, The Immitation Game), so I wasn't sure about Selma. Between the Oscar nod & a co-workers recommendation I went to see the film over MLK weekend and I was so glad I did. It is the first biopic that I felt did the story right. I can't pin point what it is, but I know director Ana DuVernay conciously made a film with out the pieces that often feel off about these kinds of movies. All the players felt human and the story only focused on a few days in the life of a movement and a leader. Plus, all the characters on screen felt fully formed. I was intrigued by each and every memeber of the movement. I might not have seen their home life, but it was there in their faces.

I was worried that Whiplash was another Mr Holland's Opus (which I hated) - a sports movied where they just subbed in music and tried to make you "feel." The opening credits of the movie assured me that this movie knew how to film music.I am still amazed that I liked so much a story about two unlikable leads. But the movie asked questions: Is it ok to do whatever is necessary to create an artist? What is too much for a teacher? Can the degridation/breakdown of a person actually lead to greatness?

Netflix had recommended Ida to me even before the nominations came out, but I don't watch too many subtitled films, especailly not on my iPad. I remembered I had Netflix connected to my tv too, so one night I gave it a shot and I loved it. It is a refeshingly quiet film and talks about big issues without needing to announce that they are talking about big issues. The scenes are so well crafted and the cinamatography so beautifully curated that the film was almost a relief. It seems funny to talk about a story that deals, in part, with the jewish holocaust in Poland as a relief, but there were no big fancy pans or crazy lens flairs. There was no handheld camera (thank the gods). It was just "simple" black and white photography that told the story by conciously framing the scenes. Plus, this was another movie that asks questions, but doesn't necessarily answer them.What if you are not who you thought you were? Is it ok to hide who you are to get by in the world? What is the importance of quiet or reflection?

Which leads me into an interesting trend for this year's Oscar nominees: the intorvert or the power of quiet.
These seemed to be numerous stories this year about introverts or the need for quiet. Our extraverted society doesn't always pay much attention to introversion. Those stories aren't usually the big, brassy ones that get made into movies, but this year we saw a lot more introverts.
Ida - introvert, ready to commit her live to being a nun, a lovingly quiet film.
Imitation Game - Alan Turing was an introvert more interested in doing things on his own, but he had to figure out how to work with other people in order to make his ideas come to fruition.
Foxcatcher - while I didn't like this movie very much, Canning Tatum's wrestler had some great intovert moments, the likes of which we don't often see on screen.
Boyhood - We are following the story of a quieter, possibly more introverted child, the opposite of the bold, precousious child we are used to seeing in film.
Wild - not all introverts want to be alone, but sometimes we dream of Cheryl Strayed's epic solo journey. The Pacific Coart trail is free of "civilisations's" loud light and noise pollution.
Still Alice - while Alice is not an intorvert, the Alzheimer disease's takes away her ability to speak the way she used to and almost forces her to live more quietly.
Theory of Everything - If I was to strech the idea even further, Stephen Hawking lossing the ability to talk as we do, makes him live a vivid life of the mind, but a quieter experience interacting with the world. (Yes, this is much more os a stretch.)

Don't get me wrong, I still love a big, epic story, but thank you to the fim makers who also tell stories about intoverts and a need for quiet.

Who knows how much longer I will be interested in seeing all these Oscar nominated films as there are so many interesting moves being made outside of the "Oscar system," but for now it is still fun to spend the early part of the year seeing lots of movies.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
11 February 2014 @ 12:10 pm
Some quotes I loved from the book Quiet (The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking) by Susan Cain

"I don't really like being the guest at someone else's party, because then I have to be entertaining. But I'll host parties because It puts you at the center of things without actually being a social person" - Edgar (pg 213)

"Researchers have found that intense engagement in and commitment to an activity is a proven route to happiness and well-being." (Pg 259)

"Love is essential, gregariousness in optional."
"The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting...Usde your natural powers -- of persistence, concentration, insight, and sensitivity -- to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems, make art, think deeply." (Pg 265)

There was a ton of great stuff in this book. I only started to think about quotes at the end of the book.
18 September 2012 @ 02:28 pm

- Gala Apples
- Mixed Heirloom and Cherry Tomatoes
- Cilantro
- Anaheim Peppers
- Tomatillos
- Lettuce
- Green Cabbage
- Beefsteak Tomatoes

12 September 2012 @ 02:28 pm

- Mixed Cherry Tomatoes
- Red Beets
- Swiss Chard
- Lettuce
- Tomatoes
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Eggplant
- Yellow Potatoes

Turned into:

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"Peasant Potatoes"

04 September 2012 @ 02:27 pm

- Cherry Tomatoes
- Tomatoes
- Yellow Onions
- Swiss Chard
- Apples (may include Gravenstein, Fuji and/or MacIntosh)
- French Tarragon
- Sweet Peppers (most likely, Cubanelle Frying Peppers)
- Lettuce

Turned into:

28 August 2012 @ 02:23 pm

- Red Beets
- Mixed Tomatoes
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Lacinato Kale
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Mixed Cherry Tomatoes
- Padron Peppers (given to Sarah)

Turned into:

21 August 2012 @ 02:23 pm

- Lettuce
- Tomatoes
- Basil
- Yellow Onions
- Summer Squash
- Cherry Belle Radishes
- Ruby Crescent Potatoes

Turned into:

Salad made with: lettuce, tomatoes, cherry bell radishes, ruby cresent potatoes, carrots (previous box), snap peas, cucumber, & sliced string cheese

Another salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cherry bell radishes, ruby cresent potatoes, carrots (previous box), cucumber, & sliced string cheese

14 August 2012 @ 02:22 pm

- Dill
- Red Norland Potatoes
- Padron Peppers (note: I switched out the peppers for more eggplant)
- Sweet Peppers
- Eggplant
- Chard "Legs" (Wide-stemmed Swiss Chard)
- Tomatoes (most likely Amana Orange OR German Striped Heirloom Tomatoes)
- Summer Squash

Turned into:

Layered Ratatouille with eggplant, summer squash, sweet peppers (from this & a precvious box), yellow onions (from a previous box), San Marizano tomatoes (from Mariquita Farms & canned end of the summer 2011), & parmesean cheese