Harold Lloyd – lasting impressions at Grauman’s Chinese

Originally posted on Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more):

Following Douglas Fairbanks, Harold Lloyd was the second actor, and 5th person, to set his handprints at the Chinese Theater forecourt

The short Harold Lloyd walking tour I gave prior to my presentation at the Egyptian Theater included a stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  There, on November 21, 1927, Harold Lloyd became the fifth celebrity, and the first comedian, to be immortalized in cement in the theater forecourt.  Preceding him during ceremonies held earlier that year were Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, as a couple, Norma Talmadge, and Norma Shearer.  Harold’s first leading lady Bebe Daniels was the 12th inductee at Grauman’s; her prints were made May 13, 1929.

The thumb and index finger of the right hand do not leave a deep impression

If you study his casting closely, you’ll notice that the thumb and forefinger of Harold’s right handprint did not leave a deep impression.  In 1919, Lloyd…

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If Asian Americans saw white Americans the way white Americans see black Americans

Originally posted on Quartz:

White Americans often use Asian Americans as examples of the “model minority,” a reference to the perception that they are high achievers relative to other American ethnic groups.

Anil Dash, an Indian American and co-founder of social media analytics company ThinkUp, put out a series of tweets challenging the thinking behind that trope. Asian Americans aren’t just model minorities, he argues.  Data show that they have surpassed white Americans in so many ways that Asian Americans could talk about white Americans as disparagingly as white Americans talk about the country’s black population.

Asian American men and women both earn 

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Chef and restaurant owner shows how to eat a bowl of ramen like a pro 【Video】

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

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It seems to be a pretty well-known fact nowadays, but in case, you haven’t heard: slurping while eating is totally cool in Japan. One of the most commonly slurped foods is the delicious noodle dish ramen. Lately ramen has started taking off globally too, with restaurants popping up all over the place. So before things get too crazy, one ramen shop owner wants to teach you how to eat a bowl of ramen.

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The beautiful flowers of Hydrangea Temple: Possibly the best thing about Japan’s rainy season

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

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As much as I look forward to summer every year, I’ll admit it can be a little hard getting excited about the early part of the season in Japan. The humidity rises, mosquitos come out in force (although we’ve got a secret trick for dealing with them), and the weather is rainy enough that going almost a week without seeing the sun isn’t that unusual.

Still, there’s at least one nice part about June in Japan, which is the blooming of the hydrangeas. The bundles of blossoms are blooming right now, and if you’re in the Tokyo area, there’s no better place to see them than at Meigetsuin Temple in Kamakura.

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Why we shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

Gross Domestic Product has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But, says Michael Green, GDP isn’t the best way to measure a good society. His alternative? The Social Progress Index, which measures things like basic human needs and opportunity.

Analysts, reporters and big thinkers love to talk about Gross Domestic Product. Put simply, GDP, which tallies the value of all the goods and services produced by a country each year, has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But there’s a big, elephant-like problem with that: GDP only accounts for a country’s economic performance, not the happiness or well-being of its citizens. With GDP, if your richest 100 people get richer, your GDP rises … but most of your citizens are just as badly off as they were before.

That’s one of the reasons the team that I lead at the Social Progress…

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Setsubun No Hi (節分の日)

Hey all you bloggers. Hope all of you doing fine as it already 2015. Yes no new resolution for this year too!

This year, setsubun no hi (節分の日) falls on the 3rd of February (some years it’s on the 4th). It marks the start of the spring season or risshun (立春) in Japan according to the old lunar calendar. It’s not an official national holiday, but it is celebrated in ways all meant to drive away bad luck and bring in new, good luck. Most of the traditional rituals revolve around beans, because beans are considered to be very lucky. But there is another way of celebrating setsubun no hi, and that’s with a big, long, uncut sushi roll called ehou-maki.

Food wise,ehou-maki originally a kansai region thing [I’m not really use to Kansai region since always based in Kanto for work purposed] whereit has become so widespread i think everyone in Japan takes part in it. Supermarkets and convenience stores cash in on this fad with specially made Ehoumaki rolls for sale.

Ehoumaki kinda look like normal sushi rolls except there is always 7 ingredients in them. 7 being a lucky number. [Sometimes its 8 ingredients too. which is also a lucky number]

There are some rules in how you consume them though..such as…you must never never cut them and you must eat it in the lucky direction of the year. Oh and you should not make any noise or talk whilst eating this sushi roll.

Do you celebrate Setsubun? is there something similar where you are from? Do share!

A New Year’s Resolution To Draw More: A Retrospective


New year fav. Have a good read people!

Originally posted on myf draws apparently:

My new year’s resolution for 2014 was a fairly complex one, but in essence it boiled down to two words:

draw more.

…and it has felt like I’ve drawn a lot this year. Not as much as someone who doesn’t have a day-job and a child, of course, but a steady stream of stuff nonetheless.

Some of it I was pleased with. Some of it I was not – and I’ve learned to call that stuff part of the learning process, rather than a failure.


It was my husband’s birthday and I made him this card:

Dude birthday by Myfanwy Tristram


February first is Hourly Comics Day! I entered into the spirit of things, and tried not to care about putting out unpolished work – after all, that’s what it’s all about.


I’m quite looking forward to the next one already – and let’s face it, February is not usually…

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