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Bridezilla Unveiled

You’ve no doubt seen this by now:

The timing of this video was just perfect. I’m getting married in May and the save-the-date cards I created feature Audrey as Bridezilla rampaging accross Tokyo.

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My parent’s and Audrey’s parents have had a great time with this video laughing our asses off and teasing Audrey whenever she brings up wedding planning. Well, it turns out that the video was staged.

I’m somewhat disappointed. For some reason, the thought that there are psychotic brides out in the wilderness prone to loose their shit over something as trivial as a bad hair day (well, trivial in my view) amuses me most greatly. Still, I’m impressed. Thanks to the viral nature of YouTube, these four ladies are now familiar faces to millions of viewers, a great way to jump-start an acting career. I actually prefer this kind of entertainment to regular broadcast. It’s shorter, no commercials, no sponsors, no annoying judges, no shit theme music. Short, quick, to the point, and ball busting funny!

AZM Sketchbook

Interested in some Jami art? A friend of mine has opened her own publishing company and the very first item for sale is my sketchbook from last year. If you pick one up and find me at a con, I’ll sketch you something nice on the back or on the inside or on you or where ever! They’re about 8.5 by 5.5, 30pages for $10.00. So head on over to Diginin Publishing and comit random acts of commmerce!

Deathly Hallow Release Date

According to J.K. Rowling’s site, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be release on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 12:01 AM in the UK and the U.S. as well as other English speaking countries. On the weekend of July 21, 2007, I predict that I won’t see Audrey except for meals as she secludes herself in a dark chamber to read the entire book before she goes back to work on Monday.

If you haven’t checked out the site before, it’s actually a lot of fun. I’ve linked to the text only version because you can’t really link into the flash components of the site. I especially like the Rubbish Bin and the Rumors section where Rowlings dispels much of the crap out there about her and Harry.

Bigot Rehab?

I know it’s old news at this point, but if I’m going rail against Michael Richards for his judicious use of the KKK-friendly word “nigger” instead of the rapper-friendly word “nigga,” I’ve got to give some time to Isaiah Washington and his use of the word “faggot.”

Isaiah Washington allegedly referred to Grey’s Anatomy co-star T.R. Knight a “faggot” within ear shot. At the Golden Globes, Washington responded to the allegations:

T.R. Knight responded to Washington’s statement on Ellen’s show:

Washington finally owned up to the allegations admitting that he had some issues to work out and was entering rehab. There’s bigot rehab now? When did this shit happen. Apparently, he’s much better now and ready to join the rest of us.

I don’t care that Isaiah Washington hates gay people. I don’t care that Michael Richards hates black people. No amount of rehab will change the way you feel about someone unless you want to change the way you feel. Be all homophobic or racist all you want. But do it on your own time in your own damn home.

I do care when that homophobia or racism affects other people. It’s the actions that these people take that infuriates me. Does calling someone a “faggot” rise to the level of a hate crime? I wouldn’t go that far. But in any working environment, you should feel safe to be yourself. Clearly, Knight is uncomfortable working with Washington which will affect the show in a bad way (not that I give two shits about Grey’s Anatomy).

There’s another side to consider in all of this. Words are just words. You can choose how you react to hateful words. If you choose to let them have power over you, words like “nigger” or “faggot” will always hurt you. They will control an aspect of your life. If you choose to exert your power over words, words can never control you. I’ve been called “Cchink” and “Jap” before and it used to really bother me. I felt angry that someone would see me as anything other than who I am. But getting angry gives these words power over me and I am no longer willing to let anyone or anything control me. So call me anything you want. I know who I am and that’s good enough to me.

In the end, I think that both Isaiah Washington and Michael Richards are incredibly stupid for the words they used. I think both of them are suffering the consequences for those actions. I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy anyway so I couldn’t care less if Washington got fired. You slur someone’s sexuality or ethnicity in an office and you’d probably get fired. Either way, I couldn’t care less about him. I do hope that T.R. Knight will rise above this and not let slurs hold power over him. Washington doesn’t deserve that kind of power over him and as a black man, he should have damn well known better.

Back in Black!

Don’t call it a comeback!

The new site is up and running! As you can see, there are some sections that I’m still working on, most notably the comic section. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that new comics are on the way. Erfworld is still taking too much time for me to work on my own comics. I’m surprised you’re even seeing this new site. But I’ve got some ideas on how to restructure that section so stay tuned.

Thanks for all the kind words and support you all have sent during this down time. I promise to get someone who knows what the hell they’re doing the next time I decide to upgrade something on the site.

So, onward and upward! To infinity and beyond! By Grabthar’s hammer, by the sons of Worvan, you shall be avenged!

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