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  • Naomi Osaka US Open Finals Match

    Not to hijack the thread, but I wanted to add something from a different perspective.

    My dad was Japanese, and my mom from Guatemala.    Japan is a very homogeneous country where diversity isn't necessarily embraced or celebrated (at least not well) by most.   I was born in Guatemala, and got education in both countries  (went to elementary school in both countries, junior high school in Guatemala, and high school in Japan).  Although I have a Japanese name, and I am half Japanese, no matter how well I spoke the language, or how well I understood the culture I was seen as an outsider.  In fact, the better I spoke the language and acted "Japanese", the harsher people would evaluate me, finding the smallest thing to call me out and claim "of course you wouldn't understand this, you're not Japanese."   My dad's family being usually the harshest of critics.

    A lot of people still expect people other than themselves to behave in broad stereotypical ways, and although you may think "how is that different than most other places?", my experience has been that on the whole, people here in the United States have been more accepting and open minded.   Sure, not every person I've met her has the same level of acceptance or being open minded, but overall that has been my experience (sadly Guatemala isn't much better than Japan either when it comes to racism, sexism, homosexuality, religion).

    Sorry, I'll finally get to my point.  Naomi Osaka's father is Haitian and her mother is Japanese.  Naomi was raised in the United States.  Some of the most interesting reactions I've seen on social media (comments on twitter/youtube) from Japanese people are celebrating her win as one of their own.   Hopefully in some small way this could help people of Japan become more inclusive and change their perceptions on what it means to be Japanese, or at the very least learn to appreciate people of different backgrounds.

    PS.   Sadly the comments I also saw on the videos of her winning included a lot of "I can't believe Americans are booing a Japanese beating them!   Americans are the worst."   I suppose most of us make those statements when we see a group of people do one thing without context and assume every one of "those people" are a certain way :/. I wish I could go spend all day committing on clarifying that people weren't booing the fact that a Japanese person won, but...
  • People were eating bread before agriculture and farming

    At the risk of sounding dumb, to me what was interesting was that people were eating bread before agriculture.   Somehow I thought it was the other way around.    I thought once people settled down and had agriculture, then they developed things like bread.   Perhaps had I thought about it more (or if someone had questioned that thought) it would make sense that people developed an interest in agriculture when they had a need for it ("hey, wouldn't it be better to grow wheat rather than go around searching for it all the time?).   But it's nice to have evidence that in fact people were making bread before agriculture was developed backs up that idea.
  • Top 5 Favorite Non- Bald Move Podcasts

    Anyone here a fan of "ologies" by Alie Ward?   It has BaldMove grade cussing (which I don't think it's common for a science podcast).   She interviews different scientists/doctors (like a Rhinologist to talk about noses, or a Lepidopterologist to talk about butterflies).  You may not think of listening to podcasts about trees with a Dendrologist would be interesting, but I can't get the image of trees moshing to strong winds out of my head now.

    I also listen to MarketPlace by Kai Ryssdal, Levar Burton Reads, ID10T (although I can't get myself to listen to it after last week), and Frontline (for my top 5). 
  • Stranger Things: the game

    Got to 96.5% complete.   When you collect all 6 VHS tapes in the game, you can take them to the movie theater and get a trailer for season 2 :)
  • 306 - "Certified"

    I'm impressed that they've been able to bring the same actors back to reprise their earlier roles. We haven't seen the lady with the baby in the car since the final scene of episode 1 of the entire series and I immediately recognized her.
    Yeah. Can't believe I was able to tell right away it was her too. The background to Sam's story, and how that was connected to Laurie is so well done. The departure of Sam was such an iconic event of season one (it was in the promos for the show), and to give that story more of a background and the connection to Laurie's story was so good.

    "We're all gone"... I hope that at least Jill, Tommy, and Michael make it thru ok. I'm still hopping Kevin and Nora end up together some how.