Fan Art Friday: It’s Time to D-D-Duel!

Yu-Gi-Oh! was one of my first anime, so of course it worked its way into my drawings in high school.

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I always liked Téa (thought I liked Mai more…).  I traced most of her face (the eyes in particular are too good to be mine), and intended to draw a card in her hand, but I forget which one I was going to draw.

I meant to add more detail to this one, too, but never finished.  Note the glove holding Star Chips from Duelist Kindgom.  The card is the trap card Gift of the Mystical Elf, but her eyes are closed as they appear on the Mystical Elf monster card.  (I don’t know why I did that lol) The Mystical Elf was one of my favorite creatures from the anime.

I never had a chance to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! collector card game, which is like a version of the Duel Monsters card game played in the manga/anime.  But I’ve been playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links app game a lot recently, and it’s very fun.  I even have my own Gift of the Mystical Elf trap card!

The game play is really good, though not identical to the CCG or to the anime.  Several of the familiar cards have different effects/values/etc.

Playing Duel Links inspired me to start watching Yu-Gi-Oh! on Netflix again, especially after I realized I’d never seen all the episodes of Season 2 (the Battle City/Egyptian Gods arc).

My Top 5 Versions of Beauty and the Beast

As I’m looking forward to the new Disney live action version of Beauty and the Beast (early reviews are vaguely positive), I recall the first time I read a Beauty and the Beast story: in elementary school, one of our Reading textbooks had among its folk tales a telling of the traditional French story, complete with illustrations and a pretty page border.

Since then, I’ve developed a great love of fairy tales and have seen and read many version of Beauty and the Beast.  Here are some of my favorites.

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Once Upon a Time (S1 Ep12 “Skin Deep”)

It’s been a few years since I watched Once Upon a Time, but the first season is particularly enjoyable, and BatB is one of the key fairy tales introduced.  Emilie de Ravin is a charming Belle, and they added some nice twists to the tale (Rumplestilksin is the Beast, and Belle becomes the town librarian) while keeping some nods to the Disney animated movie (Belle’s dresses, the chipped teacup).

Beastly by Alex Flinn

T544891his YA novel updates the BatB story to modern times and also follows the Beast’s perspective.  Kyle Kingsbury is cute, popular, and rich…until he manages to insult a real, live witch at his high school, who turns him into a beast.  His famous father stashes him in a NYC townhouse with only a housekeeper and a blind tutor (plus a chat room for other magically transformed teenagers) for company. Our Belle here is the bookish Lindy, which is short for Linda, the Spanish word for “pretty.”

I gave this book a 4/5 when I first reviewed it.  It’s not my favorite YA fantasy by a long shot, but Kyle is a compelling narrator and it’s a nice urban update on the tale.

Masque by W.R. Gingell

I just re-read this book again recently; it was one of my great 29481285finds of 2016.  The BatB story is nestled inside a murder mystery filled with magic and intrigue.  Lady Isabella “Belle” Farrah is one of my favorite protagonists of all time.  She has such quick wit and emotional control, yet still manages to grow over the course of the book.

This book will appeal to fans of historical romance, fantasy, mystery, or even steampunk genres.  There’s so much to love!  Check out my original review here, or you can pick it up for cheap on Kindle on Amazon.

Beauty by Robin McKinley

8084This is a classic fairy tale novelization and was key in my (and I’m sure many other’s) love of the genre.  It’s a very traditional, novel-length telling, and pretty much a YA book before YA was a genre.  There’s no surprises here, just a great story with lovely writing.

Beauty is currently available as part of a $15 Humble Bundle of  “Women Of Science Fiction and Fantasy.” 

McKinley decided to revisited BatB twenty years later with Rose Daughter, which is a more daring, quirky take.  I like it a lot, too, but it’s not quite the classic that Beauty is.

 

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

This movie came out when I was about five years old; consequently it was one of the first Disney movies I saw, and it has remained a favorite throughout the years.  The opening sequence contains some of the most beautiful animation I’ve ever seen.  And the songs!  I can still sing them all.  It stands tall as part of the Disney Renaissance, and was even the first animated movie to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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I picked this movie poster for an image because we used to have a giant puzzle of it.

 

What’s your favorite version of Beauty and the Beast?

Hello, I’m an #ActualLivingScientist (AMA)

I’ve seen a lot of calls recently for scientists to do some outreach and explain to the general public what they do for a living, how science works, etc.

A major effort came in February after David Steen, PhD (@AlongsideWild), tweeted that “most Americans can’t name a living scientist.” With some help from Mary Roblyer (@darthmom7), the hashtag #actuallivingscientist took off on Twitter, with scientists introducing themselves and their work.

So…hi!  I want to do something similar here, as well as open the floor up for questions.

My Science Career

I have a Bachelor’s in Zoology from a small, four-year liberal arts university, with emphasis on genetics and animal behavior.  I received an honors diploma for my independent study research on developmental genetics of C. elegans, a tiny hermaphroditic roundworm.  (I also had to sit an exam, but that’s less exciting.)  I also did internships at zoos, doing animal care work as well as observational research on various animal behavior.

After graduation I worked as a zookeeper and then at an animal shelter for a few years.

I currently work at a medical school in the research department.  I am a research assistant in a lab that investigates how to grow new blood vessels in hearts with heart disease, using stem cells created in the lab.  I have been listed as an author on several papers we have published in research journals.

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I also make cool designs with my pipette tips when I bored at work.

Ask Me Anything

As part of my outreach, I’d like to invite my readers to ask me anything they are curious about regarding science.  Some topics might include:

  • Daily tasks of my job
  • Current experiments in the field of stem cell therapy for heart disease
  • Where my funding comes from
  • Clarification of any terminology I’ve used in this post
  • How scientific papers get published
  • Science in science fiction
  • How science intersects with my religion
  • My opinions of current science topics in the news
  • What kind of music I listen to in the lab

For personal and professional reasons, I can’t give too many details about my current work.  But I will do my best to answer all your questions as fully as possibly.

Basically, if you ask a sincere, polite question, you will get a sincere, polite answer.  Leave your question in the comments below, and I’ll respond to you there.  If your question is really good, I might even make a whole post about it. 🙂

The questions don’t even have to be about biology; I have plenty of scientist friends in other disciplines I can appeal to.  Though, if you have a very specific question like How much Force power can Yoda output?, I’d encourage you to try submitting it to What If?  because I don’t have time to watch The Empire Strikes Back repeatedly to check the X-wing’s rate of ascent.

Some previous posts I’ve written about science:

Five years blogging

Today is my fifth blogiversay!  Happy Birthday, Jedi by Knight!

blogiversary2.pngI can’t believe I’ve been doing this for five years.  Hopefully I’ll be doing it for many more!  So far my blog has seen me through dozens of book reviews, Weekly Photo Challenges, coloring book pictures, K-pop videos, and so on.  Sometimes five years seems like no time at all, and sometimes it seems like an eternity.

This year, I’m going to be focusing more on science (which is my day job here on the blog.  I’m planning a series of posts aimed at non-scientists on how to analyse the scientific studies you see reported in the news.  I’m also going to open the floor for any questions my readers have for me as a scientist.

Since I didn’t do a yearly wrap-up at the end of 2016, I’ll briefly mention a few stats here.  My blog has had about 41,000 views over its lifetime.  My most popular posts have been:

  1. There is no hot air balloon in Around the World in Eighty Days

  2. Famous Introvert-Extrovert Pairs

  3. We all got a chicken-duck-woman-thing waiting for us: Star Wars Bad Lip Reading

  4. Who’s that Pokémon…girl?

  5. Who is the Pilot? (Reached review)

  6. Introvert Challenge: Getting a Haircut

Thank you so much to all of you who have read, liked, or commented here in the past five years.  I truly appreciate each and every one of you.  It’s really thanks to you that I’ve been blogging this long.  Please keep reading in the future!

Fan Art Friday: Lightsaber battle

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri at Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.

Not gonna lie, this is probably my least favorite picture I’ve done.  I don’t really hate it, it’s just totally blahhhh.  I hope Kiri’s turned out better. (Spoiler alert: it totally did!  Check out her awesome Mustafar-themed picture here!)

The background design reminded me of a circle of  Imperial Royal Guards with their red hoods, observing the battle, so I colored it all in varying reds, which ended up being too much red together.  Also, I hadn’t looked at the lightsaber hilts yet: the left blue one is Obi-Wan’s, and the right red one is Vader’s, recreating their showdown on the Death Star.  But now the red lightsaber doesn’t stand out at all.  I tried to add some shadowing to help, but, meh.

For the rest, I tried to focus on colors of other lightsabers, so we have some Jedi green, blue, and of course purple for the one and only Mace Windu.  I considered doing some magenta for Mara Jade or silver for Corran Horn, but that seemed too difficult.

Here’s my pick for next month:

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