Nickname: People call me Akim
Birthday: June 23
Time Zone: EST (Rhode Island) PST (California)
What time and date is it there: EST. 12:13 PM.
Average hours of sleep I get each night: 5 hours on average, give or take. Less during the school year. Somehow I still don’t drink coffee.
The last thing I Googled was: Native American Traditional Clothing. Researching for a project this semester.
My most used phrase(s): ”That’s unfortunate” has become a thing as of late. Usually sarcastic.
First word that comes to mind: Stress. Says a lot about my mental state. And it’s summer for god’s sake.
What I last said to a family member: Okay. Bye.
One place that makes me happy & why: First place that comes to mind is the beach (specifically Salt Creek back home in California). It’s where I always went to in times of stress and shit. I usually just listen to the waves, feel the sand under my feet and watch the sun go down. It’s calming.
How many blankets I sleep under: One. I basically throw it off myself at some point in my slumber anyway.
Favorite beverage(s): Non-Alcoholic: Lemonade. Alcoholic: Moscow Mule.
The last movie I watched in the cinema: Guardians of the Galaxy.
Three things I can’t live without: Games, ramen and a sketchbook. Sounds like a good night.
Something I plan on learning: Cutting toxic people out of my life.
A piece of advice for all my followers: Learn to cook. Really cook. Fuck instant Mac-n-Cheese three nights a week and heating leftover Domino’s. It’s cheaper, healthier and a good way to calm yourself in times of turmoil.
You all have to listen to this song: Golden Brown-the Stranglers
Why is it that people are willing to spend $20 on a bowl of pasta with sauce that they might actually be able to replicate pretty faithfully at home, yet they balk at the notion of a white-table cloth Thai restaurant, or a tacos that cost more than $3 each? Even in a city as “cosmopolitan” as New York, restaurant openings like Tamarind Tribeca (Indian) and Lotus of Siam (Thai) always seem to elicit this knee-jerk reaction from some diners who have decided that certain countries produce food that belongs in the “cheap eats” category—and it’s not allowed out. (Side note: How often do magazine lists of “cheap eats” double as rundowns of outer-borough ethnic foods?)
Yelp, Chowhound, and other restaurant sites are littered with comments like, “$5 for dumplings?? I’ll go to Flushing, thanks!” or “When I was backpacking in India this dish cost like five cents, only an idiot would pay that much!” Yet you never see complaints about the prices at Western restaurants framed in these terms, because it’s ingrained in people’s heads that these foods are somehow “worth” more. If we’re talking foie gras or chateaubriand, fair enough. But be real: You know damn well that rigatoni sorrentino is no more expensive to produce than a plate of duck laab, so to decry a pricey version as a ripoff is disingenuous. This question of perceived value is becoming increasingly troublesome as more non-native (read: white) chefs take on “ethnic” cuisines, and suddenly it’s okay to charge $14 for shu mai because hey, the chef is ELEVATING the cuisine.
One of the entries from the list ‘20 Things Everyone Thinks About the Food World (But Nobody Will Say)’. (via crankyskirt)
time to get off the digital trip after two years or so
Hello everyone! Just here to announce that I just opened up an INPRNT shop! You can now buy some of the Starman art I have been posting up and there is free worldwide shipping until Sunday! Thank you all for supporting this series and I hope to make even more new content to share with you!
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erasure of Asian people and characters is very deep rooted in American media and goes all the way back to conception—don’t let it persist!
Important even when you’re excited about this movie!
good points, but please for the love of god, realize that the original marvel comic was a fucking horrible racist disaster of the most unacceptable calibre that rode on the tail ends of the 90s ninja craze and the budding 00s anime craze.
I still have no idea why Disney chose to adapt this MASSACRE of a comic book series to film, but what I have heard is that they’ve cherry picked the best parts of it and created something great from what was absolute dregs before.
And honestly I think a movie portraying a much, much more racially diverse -even if it is fictional- world, where everyone lives unquestionably together and showing what that might just be like, is a pretty good goddamn thing that I think could stand to be shown and portrayed to kids of this generation. You aren’t seeing the white kids appropriating anybody’s culture, you’re seeing a bunch of kids who are friends and race is not a divisive factor between them. I sort of think, in media, portraying/normalizing these sorts of things is really important and I think that is what BH6 is doing here: normalizing these sorts of situations.
When I say “normalize”, I mean, in media, and especially media for impressionable children, things that could be anything from diverse/inclusive groups of people from different races, to things like different genders, or different body types, being shown as “normal.” You put them on screen and tell a kid “this is normal.” and this can be shown in a way to goad children into doing what advertisers/media producers want, but it can also be used as a force of good. It’s about time we start using this media influence to spread stuff like this, instead of “buy this toy, wear this type of clothes, girls behave this way and boys have to do this or they aren’t normal”.
baby steps, man. There was a shitstorm when Laika released a movie with an openly gay character. But when they did the same thing a year after for the Boxtrolls, only the stupid old people got pissy about it. See? It’s starting to become normalized.
In the future I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s now easier for more diverse casts to exist, not just because it’s now been done once, but because the people, like me, who work in production, can point to things like this and say “see? They did it in Paranorman, the world didn’t explode. It’ll be fine.” or “see? the movie didn’t have to change for a bunch of different races to fit in fine. It’s not a big deal.” It’s been normalized. Somebody has to set a precedent. Wouldn’t it be great if shows were as diverse as this, not because they had some sort of agenda to, but just because that’s… yknow, normal?