A Starry Night and a Smartphone Screen: When We Won’t Just Put Down the Phone, and Look

Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night".
Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.

Last night, a beautiful blood-red lunar eclipse happened to coincide with the moment in the lunar orbit when the moon is at its closest position relative to the Earth. Such a conflation of astronomic events is relatively rare — the last so-called “supermoon lunar eclipse” occurred in 1982, and the next one is not scheduled to occur again until 2033. Neither is likely to again fall on the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

I had spent most of yesterday at work. I was in on a Sunday afternoon to process some samples for a collaborator, and — consistent with the laws of benchwork — the entire experiment took twice as long as originally expected. After having endured hours of shivering in a super-cooled room (because, lasers!) fighting an uncooperative piece of expensive equipment, I returned home late, grouchy, and exhausted.

Still, at around 10:30pm, I dragged myself and Snoopy off the couch. I opened the front door and looked up. There, against a backdrop of twinkling stars and glowing in a near-cloudless night sky, was a dark red moon illuminated by just a sliver of sunlight reflecting from an incomplete eclipse.

I smiled and let all of the days frustrations and anxieties melt away.

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Where I’ve been for the last 2 weeks: campus & radio appearances!

Me and the staff of UC Berkeley's Hardboiled!
Me and the staff of UC Berkeley’s Hardboiled!

Regular readers of this blog might have noticed that I’ve been seriously M.I.A. for the past two weeks. For the first week, I was attending a conference in California where I snapped this picture of a nearby state beach; for the second week, I was so busy upon my return that I didn’t even have time to check my (work) email, let alone my blog email or to write blog posts.

There’s a ton of stuff I’ve missed, and I apologize to all of you for leaving you in the lurch like that (I need an intern!). But, during the past two weeks, I did have a chance to do several media and on-campus appearances, which I’d like to tell you guys about!

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12 years of Reappropriate | #AAPI #Feminism

Nico Minoru-themed layout, 2006-2007.
Initial planning code for Nico Minoru-themed layout, launched Sept 18, 2006.

Today is the final day of AAPI Heritage Month for 2014, and after a great month of celebration and education, I thought I’d take a minute to reflect: as of this year, Reappropriate will have been online (in some form or fashion) for 12 years.

It’s incredible to think about how long this site has been with me. For nearly one-third of my life, Reappropriate has been a part of it. This blog been a source of incredible inspiration, and also at times of profound frustration. 12 years after I launched Reappropriate, I have the opportunity today to stand back and wonder: was it worth it?

I think so. I hope so.

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NOC: Identity in the World of Locke & Key

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Originally posted at The Nerds of Color

There’s a comic book out there by Joe Hill. It’s called Locke & Key (from IDW Publishing). And, it’s the best comic book you’re probably not reading.

In fact, it’s proof that while the conventional superhero comic might be for children, the comic genre can and does create compelling, sophisticated, and intelligent stories for adults. And, it can do so while appealing to the cape-and-cowl crowd.

This post contains very minor spoilers. Please read with care.

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NOC: “The Walking Dead” Recap, Season 4, Episode 8

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Originally posted at The Nerds of Color

This is my recap for The Walking Dead season 4, episode 8 — the mid-season finale — titled “Too Far Gone”. Please also check out our live-tweeting session #NOCemdead, featuring me at @Reappropriate and J. Lamb through @TheNerdsofColor.

And, here we go! Spoilers ensue, after the jump!

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