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I'm a Buddhist, though not a Zen Buddhist, and I think this question unfortunately contributes to common misconceptions about what "Zen" is. Zen is not just a synonym for "feeling kinda groovy". As something that involves deep awareness of the non-existence of self, many practitioners say it can be profoundly terrifying. It's more than stuff like this. Just wanted to drop that out there for education purposes.
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Namor the Sub-Mariner.

This is your Captain speaking. Prepare for picspam. Imperius Rex!

Dive! Dive! Dive!

Golden Age Namor (1940s) chilling with a penguin:



Silver Age Namor:



Silver Age Namor during that weird time in the seventies he swapped his speedo for disco pants:



Namor macking on Sue Storm:



Modern Namor:



As for casting, the two names most thrown about have been Vin Diesel and The Rock. I don't have anything against either of them, but I'd like to advance two more names. First, Daniel Dae Kim. He's hot, he can act, he's got the body, all he has to is bulk up some more, and he wants the part.

“Living in Hawaii, I’m always in the water," explained Kim during an interview with UGO, "And I think Sub-Mariner looks Asian [AJF: I AGREE 100%]. So I feel like if there’s any one I could play, it would be him. I’ve met with Marvel about a few other things, but if and when it becomes appropriate — sure, if they’d have me.”






My number one choice would be a different Hawaiian, however: Jason Momoa. Seeing him as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones has been pretty fucking awesome. Here's a rare picture of him with short hair and no beard:



And here's the Conan 2011 trailer. I will surely be going to see this godawful movie the weekend it opens!

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I was born by the river in a little tent
And just like the river, I've been running ever since
It's been a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come.
Sam Cooke, "A Change is Gonna Come".

It's hard to explain why those lines move me so much. Perhaps because it's a personal story and a communal story at the very same time, from beginning to promised end, all wrapped up and moving together.


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Hell yeah. I don't believe in ghosts. In fact, I can back that statement up, sort of. In the early 90s I moved into an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that cost $300 a month, which was unheard of even back then. I had to pay an agent a large finding fee, which is typical, and it was the type of apartment that was half a hotel, and I didn't have my own bathroom, I had to share a toilet and shower down the hall with three other apartments.

Anyway, when I went to visit it the first time with the rental agent, there was police tape outside the door. The second time, the super was tearing it apart, removing dry wall and great chunks of flooring, and the apartment didn't even seem to exist yet, although they told me it would be ready to move in very soon.

I chatted with one of the other residents in the hallway, and they told me that the previous occupant had been a very elderly lady who almost never left the apartment and ordered all her groceries in. She died and it was several weeks before her neighbors realized, because of the smell. She had cats and they had started... well... doing what cats would do in that situation, although the neighbor was a lot more blunt about it.  And that was why the whole apartment had to be torn apart and reconstructed.

I went ahead and got the apartment and moved in. It worked out pretty well for me, for the time I stayed there.
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EL TOPO. There could not possibly be any other answer.


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Perdido Street Station. The imagery in that book is absolutely incredible, so rich, especially the cityscapes, and just begs for a cinematic interpretation. The action sequences would be off the chain. I can practically see the movie rolling in my head when I read it, and I've read it about three times so far.

It would be directed by Guillermo del Toro, of course. Isaac Grimnebulin would be played by Forest Whitaker and Derkhan Blueday by Miranda Richardson. As for Lin, there'd have to be an actress who was the physical equivalent of, say, Andy Serkis... someone who was a genius with moving their whole body, since they'd be acting with a giant bug strapped on top of their face for the whole movie.  The Mayor? Tim Roth.

That movie would totally fucking rock. Unfortunately, it won't get made, at least anytime soon. Not in a world where  At The Mountains of Madness gets spiked (sobs).
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Easy! The Monkey King. Why? He was an awesome anarchic bad guy (he wrecked Heaven, and peed on Buddha's hand) and then he turned it around and became a good guy who was still every bit as entertaining and fun as when he was a bad guy. I could go into a lot more detail as to why the Monkey King is so cool but LJ always eats my Writer's Block responses anyway, so screw it.

We finished the first draft of the first chapter of THH! Yay, this is fun.
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Wow, what an awful question for Martin Luther King day. 90% of the answers are flip, cynical "nope, human beings are naturally racist." Well, fuck you very much. Thanks for naturalizing all the bullshit I've been through in my life and implying it's some kind of inevitable geological process that I have no business complaining about.

Those answers are also profoundly ignorant. First of all, race is a concept invented by 17th-18th century Europeans. It's historically contingent. Four hundred years ago, no one knew what it meant, and 400 years from now, people will probably have forgotten what it meant. As for the tendencies towards certain kinds of social groupings, inter-ethnic violence, fear of strangers, and so on... those will still be around, but the specific forms they take will be dependent on what we decide as a society. We have agency. We have responsibility. Racism is not gravity, folks. Ugh.

I won't see the end of it in my lifetime (unless I get preserved as a severed head maybe!) but I'm optimistic in the long run.


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A fully functional vortex manipulator.


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Whoah! This is one twisted question. Hmm. The logical thing to do would be to make it my friend. On the other hand, I once woke up in nasty surroundings with a huge-ass cockroach right on top of my face, and the experience really traumatized me.  So as much as I'd like to treasure my new friend, I would, at some point, wake up screaming in revulsion and pound him into mush before I knew what I was doing.

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My parents were hardcore hippies and I had a very untraditional childhood by any standard up until about the age of 8.  It was cool though. My main complaints were about my dad. He used to whack me on the top of the head a lot, which I didn't appreciate.  Then he would yell at me to speak a Japanese word properly, refuse to teach me how to speak it properly because he'd decided I should know it already via genetics, and the fact that I didn't proved that I was a "stupid lazy American".  He also used to sing Sex Pistols songs to me in a bizarre Japanese-inflected Cockney accent.  I absorbed an antiauthoritarian attitude from him (but luckily not the accent), and we developed a rather combative relationship, because I didn't accept his authority, and when I ignored his commands, he'd act like I was the authority and do stuff like flick me off and tell me to "go to the hell".  When a grown man does that to a 6-year-old it's awfully surreal.

So my dad made a lot of mistakes and planted the seeds of many a future neurosis, but really, by hardass-Asian-parent standards he was decent, and we have a good relationship today.

I didn't mind not having any toys and living out of suitcases and sleeping in closets or huts because it all felt like an awesome adventure. I got to do a lot of things and see a lot of places most kids never even dream of.

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Synth-pop sticks in my head forever. But I don't mind when it comes to this song, because it's made of awesome. 



In a bad way? Just Can't Get Enough. It's really insipid but it's been taking up brainspace for decades.

ETA: Oh man this YMO video is SUPER INTENSE. I'm bookmarking Youtube user ymo1965 for later, or else I'm not going to get any work done today.

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Nope! I like history and all but I'm not a terribly nostalgic person. I think my life is a lot better today than it would have been almost anytime in the past. And I'm not very nostalgic about music either. There's a ton of shitty music that reminds me of my 80s childhood (SAAAAY GOODBYE! NEVER SAAAAAY GOODBYE!) but I don't recall it fondly. I'd rather listen to the good 80s postpunk that's good sort of intrinsically.

And I'd like to congratulate LJ on a decent stretch of non-boring questions, finally.
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"China Girl" by David Bowie. It's a really stunning, fucked-up video and it's all about sexual imperialism.






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Andy Rooney's job on 60 Minutes, but I'd get to use every segment to make fun of Wapanese. Once a week, I'd walk on camera, discuss the latest Wapanese internet atrocity for a couple minutes, then say something pithy like "So desu ka... LOSER! Now give me my paycheck. Bye."  The rest of my week would be gloriously free.

No.


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