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AAJA’s #V3con was an experience I will cherish forever

Samuel:

My journalism life.

Originally posted on But at the end of the day...:

The Japanese American National Museum was my weekly home for almost two months. It’s a great place.

During the time between my departure from the NFL Network and my arrival at Yahoo, I was looking for something to do to occupy my time. I think that for me, I just wanted to stay connected. I wanted to stay fresh. I needed to really make myself useful.

Thanks to a suggestion of a friend, I got connected with the Asian American Journalists Association. This was a group that I had always known about. But because their meetings were far away and I was a poor college student back then, I never gave it much thought. I always thought that I would learn my way through my field in journalism without them. And so far, I was right.

But now that I am in Los Angeles and they have an LA chapter…

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Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons

Samuel:

Well, the problem isn’t the misleading images. The problem is that you are clicking links to stupid things. Look at the first few examples. None of those grab my attention. None of that should be interesting. It’s dumb.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Oh, cute cat video? Let me watch that for a second in the News Feed. Click the play button. NOPE. It was a lie. Just a static image of a play button designed to dupe me into clicking out to some crappy website. Feed reading, interrupted. User experience, injured. Likelihood I’ll click legitimate videos in the future, diminished. Facebook. Seriously. This BS needs to stop.

I get it. Sites are trying to convey they have video content to share, so they stick a fake play button on the link preview thumbnail image. But what they really want is my ad views, and they’re willing to trick me to get them.

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That play button is fake. ARRRGGGHH!

They could have put “Watch:” or “[Video]” in their link’s headline, but then I’d get to make the choice if I wanted to click away from Facebook to watch. Instead, they just make Facebook…

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‘The power of Twitter’: Tesco removes anti-homeless spikes but remains in hot water

Samuel:

Anti-homeless spikes? Shame on you! Stop treating homeless people you do pigeons.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

As Twitchy reported, photos of spikes on sidewalks and ledges to deter the homeless from sleeping there caused a huge public backlash, with U.K. citizens calling the people behind the installations “disgusting” and “inhumane psychopaths.”

Other photos of “activists” pouring concrete over the spikes surfaced on Twitter days later, and today they show U.K. supermarket Tesco uninstalling the spikes entirely — a move journalist Ian Fraser attributed to “the power of Twitter.”

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Life’s Good

Samuel:

Something I wrote. It means a lot to me to remember that Life’s Good with God.

Originally posted on Love God, Love People, Change the World:

By Samuel Lam

The perfect slogan.

LG Electronics Inc. years ago adopted the backronym slogan “Life’s Good” and I’ve actually been a fan of it. It’s a simple slogan and it’s memorable. Everytime I see their commercial with their smiley face logo, that slogan pops into my mind. It really sticks to me.

Life is good.

It’s a hard concept to grasp at times. After all, there is a bunch of things that happen in life that aren’t good. Job losses, broken relationships, car accidents, bills to pay and food to buy. There are so many other things that happen that make you think that life isn’t good. We worry and we stress out about it. Can we not have these bad things happen to us?

Jesus reminded us about these tough times and told us about the good things in life.

Matthew 6:25-33 (NIV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not…

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‘Batman-Superman’ Movie to Be Scored By Hans Zimmer

Samuel:

YES!!!!!

Originally posted on Variety:

A lot is still under wraps for Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Batman-Superman” movie, but it looks like Hans Zimmer will return to score the upcoming sequel.

Zimmer told Digital Spy that he will begin working on Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” follow-up once he completes the score for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” (Nolan evidently kept the sci-fi film’s plot a secret from his longtime composer).

“We’ve already had a couple of chats and once I finish the movie that I shall not talk about, I will probably head over to where Zack is shooting his movie and just hang out a bit and see if we can come up with any ideas,” Zimmer, who most recently scored Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” said.

Zimmer is no stranger to the Batman universe, having penned the music to Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy. However, he said the experience only…

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Coco Crisp

Samuel:

It’s humbling to see someone say that my work is their inspiration.

Originally posted on little.bobble.blog:

Covelli “Coco” Crisp. A’s leadoff hitter, center fielder, and fan favorite. He has one bobblehead made by the A’s, but it is a “Bernie Leaning” bobblehead. He also has a gnome coming out on June 22 as well. But i prefer to have a bobblehead of him in a gametime pose. so, here it is.

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the only SGA (stadium giveaway) bobblehead i found of Coco Crisp was a 2005 release of him as a Cleveland Indian. it took me some time to buy one off of eBay because these were fairly rare to find for the right price. but once i found one, it was off to the races to transform him into the Green and Gold.

Game Plan:

1. Sand off Indians logos

2. Sand off jersey sleeve lines (the vest jersey lines showed)

3. Sand off base logos

4. Paint batting helmet, jersey, and base

5. Apply…

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How Michael Jordan will always remind me about Easter Sunday

Samuel:

My faith would never be the same after that weekend.

Originally posted on Love God, Love People, Change the World:

By Samuel Lam

Jesus Jordan is the best ever.

With Easter approaching in two weeks, I want to share a story of an Easter Sunday I celebrated almost 10 years ago.

When I was a freshman in college, I started attending this start-up church in the area. It was a great community of people who loved Jesus and weren’t afraid to be different. In fact, the pastor embodied the identity of the church perfectly. Pastor Elton Lin wasn’t the kind of guy that felt that structure had to dictate our faith. If we felt like dancing, then dance. If we wanted to express our love of Jesus through art, then go draw. If you felt like hugging one another, then hug. It was a big change for me because I grew up believing and understanding that church had to be structured and controlled at all times.

(After a few years…

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‘Frozen’ Becomes the Highest-Grossing Animated Film Ever

Samuel:

WHAT?????????? It was good, but it wasn’t that great of a movie. And that song is overplayed. MEH!!!!!!!!!

Originally posted on Variety:

Disney’s animated tentpole “Frozen” has continued its wildly successful run in international markets to become to biggest animated pic ever, bringing its total to $1.072 billion this weekend after opening in its final market, Japan.

The competition to beat was another Disney/Pixar title, “Toy Story 3,” which grossed $1.063 billion in 2010. “Frozen” earned $398.4 million domestically and $674 million internationally to take the title.

In its run overseas, “Frozen” has become the top Disney or Pixar film in 27 territories. It has grossed $50.5 million in Japan thus far, and also broke into the top ten films of all time globally at the box office this weekend.

It was released more than four months ago in the U.S., where it had a late November opening. Since then, it has enjoyed both critical and major financial success, becoming the first billion-dollar film from Disney Animation Studios. It won two Academy…

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‘Captain America’s’ Chris Evans Says He’s Ready to Leave Acting Behind

Samuel:

Don’t leave us you handsome man!

Originally posted on Variety:

There’s no escaping Captain America — especially for the actor behind the blue mask. That’s not just a career assessment. It’s a physical reality. To gear up as the iconic Marvel superhero, Chris Evans, the star of the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” once again dons his trademark patriotic suit, which requires the actor to wear a snug latex undergarment that keeps the uniform from clinging to his sculpted muscles.

Given the confines of the zip-from-the-back costume, Evans jokes that there’s one thing audiences won’t see Captain America do — head to the bathroom. “Not to get too graphic,” he says, “but you’d better hope you’re on a nice schedule in that thing. There are all these zippers and buttons.” And he only sheds the suit with the help of a wardrobe entourage. “You could fight all day; you’re not getting out of it.”

Q&A: Robert Downey Jr. Talks…

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Producer Hints at Potential Movie, Teases Finale at Paleyfest

Samuel:

Toying with my emotions. Just tell us who A is. Also, they were in LA?

Originally posted on Variety:

If there’s one thing the stars of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” have mastered, it’s the art of keeping a secret.

Joined by exec producers I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick and Joseph Dougherty at Sunday afternoon’s PaleyFest sesh, the “Liars” gave the audience only a few hints and kept the details of the upcoming season finale mostly under wraps.

The packed house at the Dolby Theatre caught a glimpse of a scene from Tuesday’s finale, but King only revealed that the episode will be “emotionally exhausting to watch.” She didn’t, however, rule out the possibility of a “PLL” movie.

“That comes up all the time and I would love to create (a movie),” she said.

TV Guide senior writer Damian Holbrook incited shrieks from the enthusiastic fans as he introduced the panelists, who dished on their co-stars, their most awkward scenes and being a part of the most tweeted-about show…

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