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Man Builds A Robot Scarlett Johansson Because, Obviously.
Here's some breaking news in the realm of Earth's impending robot takeover. It seems that one Hong Kong robotics enthusiast has fulfilled his 'childhood dream' of designing a robot and his (probable) adult dream of being able to hit on Scarlett Johansson by creating Mark 1, his very first humanoid robot. Okay, so Ricky Ma, the man in question, will not flat-out admit that Mark 1 was designed to look like Scarlett Johansson, but he does say that he was 'inspired by a Hollywood actress' which is probably dodgy robotics dude speak for 'I made a Robo-ScarJo.' The entire project cost Ma roughly $51,000 to create the robot, who was made mostly of 3D-printed plastics, silicone, and various hardware. Mark 1 has the ability to talk, walk, and make natural facial expressions - including a smirk when you tell her she's pretty. Because, of course, he programmed her that way. Yo, Ricky, you might want to cool off on hitting on Artificial Life ScarJo. (We've all seen 'Her'. We know how that'll end.) But anyway... Ma intends to sell the prototype to a major investor and help develop more and more versions of Mark 1, a robot he sees as extremely useful as our technology capabilities only continue to evolve. Could you imagine a fleet of Robo-ScarJos built to help run our banks, medical offices, or even retail centers? How do you think Scarlett feels about this? Let me know what YOU think about Ricky Ma and his Robot Johansson below. And for more strange tech news, follow my Weird Science collection!
Did they seriously put Scarlett Johansson in yellowface?
Dear Hollywood: Asian actresses exist. Of course, you wouldn't know it just from watching our movies. Of the top films in 2014, only 5.3% of the characters were Asian, and only about 2-4% of main characters on television are Asian (via). Even on shows like Orange is the New Black, which has been lauded for its progressive representations of race, gender, and sexuality, only featured Asian characters as central to the story in season three. Representations of Asian people in our media is sparse as it is. Which brings me to Ghost in the Shell. Polish actress Scarlett Johansson has been cast to play the Japanese character Motoko Kusinagi. And to add insult to injury, there's a rumor that the studio was experimenting with CGI to make the white actors they cast appear more Asian (via). Instead of actually CASTING an Asian person in the role. The idea has reportedly been rejected, but why on earth was it even considered in the first place? When Asian actors absolutely were never on the table??? Ghost in the Shell is NOT a universal story. The story was originally released in the 90s, during a period when Japan was dominating in the field of technology. Every major innovation, from cars to video games, was coming from Japan or relied on Japanese technology. They were a world leader in a way that no one expected them to be. In the aftermath of World War II, this was a huge source of pride for the Japanese people (via). Ghost in the Shell is a story about Japan's relationship with technology. It's something that an American audience can understand and relate to, but it's not one that we specifically experienced. It is literally not our story. Does it feel like a big deal? Representation might feel insignificant if it's something you already have. After all, it's just tv, just movies (just books, just our political system, just our lives...) but representation is how we shape our identities. Exposure to television can actually lead to a decrease in self-esteem for white and black girls, as well as black boys, but an increase in self-esteem for white boys. What kind of message are we sending when we prioritize white faces over others? We're saying: You don't matter. You are less important. And when that is the prevailing- if not the ONLY message- it's impossible not to hear it. It's deafening.
How to Work out Like Black Widow
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow is one of the most kickass women in comics. She's brainy and bold and totally unapologetic. Who wouldn't want to be her? Sure, her backstory is a little dark. Okay, a lot dark. I probably don't want to try and live through training as a spy for the KGB. I'd love to be as powerful as she is though! Here's a fool-proof guide to get you started as you wipe out the red from your ledger (or just want to start getting more exercise). The workout Designed by Neila Ray, this workout is going to get you moving! Natasha is a master gymnast as well as an incredible hero, so if you're having trouble getting yourself to do a solo workout like this as often as you need to, try exploring classes that engage your entire body. I'm not talking "booty boot camp", go for something more adventurous like a mixed martial arts class or an aerial fabric workout (check out the second pic on this block). Trying something new can really get your adrenaline going, and you'll be amazed by how strong your body can be! Protip Trainer Bobby Strom and stunt double Heidi Moneymaker revealed that proper nutrition and hydration were key to maintaining the intense workout regimen that actress Scarlett Johansson dedicated herself to for the Marvel films. Make sure you're nourishing your body with lots of protein and nutrients. The music Remember when Natasha stole the show... in another character's movie? I actually imagine her taste in music might be a little odd, and I don't think that she'd want any when she's working out (some people are like that- no judgement!). If you're like me and need a little mood music to get you in the right mindset, listen to the soundtrack to her fight scene in Iron Man 2 and remember how much butt she kicks. The cool-down After your workout, your muscles might be sore. That's normal, but kind of unpleasant. There are a lot of things you can do, but my favorite solution is a nice warm bath. The heat helps to relieve tension and relax your muscles. Who wouldn't want to feel a little pampered after a hard workout? And definitely get yourself a Black Widow bath bomb! The comforting smells and essential oils will make you feel oh-so-good after a hard day fighting crime and saving the world!
These Incredible Women's Love Lives Don't Define Them
Your relationship history does not define you. Sure you've had a girlfriend cheat on you, or maybe you've never been kissed. Maybe you've been divorced a few times or you're happily married with kids and puppies. At the end of the day, all of that stuff doesn't define your success as a human being. Only YOU can make you happy, successful, and (like these women below) totally iconic. Check out these amazing women below and how, regardless of their love lives, they are ICONS: Marilyn Monroe One of the world's most famous actresses. A muse and a mystery, the magnetic Marilyn Monroe. - At the age of 16, married her neighbor in order to not have to return to an orphanage. - Divorced when she was 20 - Dated agency executive who got her roles in movies, but also had her undergo plastic surgery. Passed away of a heart attack. - Dated many other industry folks during her rise to fame. - Married baseball player Joe DiMaggio for 1 year - Married playwright Arthur Miller for 5 years - Dated Frank Sinatra Shakira One of the most active pop star-turned-philanthropist. She builds schools, raises her son, and still holds world tours. - Dated a lawyer who would also become her business partner for 11 years. He then sued her for $100 million after the couple separated. - Dating Spanish soccer player with whom she had a baby boy 4 years ago! Audrey Hepburn An actress that women around the world admire for her quirky sense of self and originality. One of the most iconic actresses of her era. - Called off her first marriage at the last second. - Dated a costar for a year - Married actor and playwright, had a son after two miscarriages - Divorced after 14 years of marriage - Married a psychiatrist a month later, had two sons with him - Both had other lovers while they were married, stayed together for the children. - Divorced once children were old enough to emotionally handle it. - Romantically involved with another actor for 9 years until her death. "The happiest years of her life." Michelle Obama Graduated from Princeton, then Harvard Law with a PH.D. Went on to work at a law firm which eventually lead her to be our First Lady where she supports causes improving literacy, mental and physical health, and women's rights. - Mentored the summer intern at her law office. Dated him, married him, became first lady of the United States.* Yes you read that right. SHE mentored HIM. Lee Hyori One of the biggest Korean pop stars who is also a huge name in the animal rights world. She works closely with the United Nations to make sure that all living beings are treated respectfully. - Married her husband 3 years ago. Was a huge story because compared to Hyori's natural beauty, the press thought her husband wasn't good looking enough. *eye roll* Natalie Portman An elegant, artistic woman who is not only an actress but a director, producer, and social activist. She has studied 4 languages and graduated from Harvard. - Dated a folk singer for about a year - Had a baby boy with her partner of 3 years. - Married the father of her child 4 years ago. Aishwarya Rai Hands down the most famous Bollywood star in the world. She is a Goodwill ambassador for the UN and works towards combating AIDS. - Dated fellow Bollywood actor for 2 years. Ended relationship due to her partner cheating on her as well as "verbal, physical and emotional abuse." - Married fellow actor 9 years ago, and the couple is considered more famous than Bradgelina! They're both deeply religious and very happy. - Had a baby girl 5 years ago Have you ever felt like your relationship experience defines you?
If Your Favorite Pop Star Was A Pokémon Gym Leader
Leader: Rihanna Badge: ANTI Badge Special Move: Diamond Storm What's her name? Leader Rihanna! If you're looking for love in a hopeless place, Rihanna will let her Pokémon do all of the talking. Leader Rihanna is known for shining bright like a diamond with Fire and Dark Pokémon types. First she'll make you stay, then she'll give you four to five seconds to recover, and then she'll take her bow after she destroys you. You'll have to work work work work work work to beat this woman of Disturbia. Leader: Britney Spears Badge: Venom Badge Special Move: TOXIC It's Britney, b*tch. You want a piece of her? Be aware, Leader Britney may seem like a womanizer but she'll hit you baby one more time. Leader Britney loves her special move, TOXIC which will make you wanna go until the world ends. Her ending line when she beats you is, "Oops, I did it again." The gym is like a circus as her Pokémon are practically her slaves. But after all, don't hold it against her. Leader: Beyoncé Badge: Alliance Badge Special Move: Blue Flare Who run the world? Leader Beyoncé! Listen, Queen B is known for her fighting Pokémon who will show you that her badge is the best thing you never had. You'll fall crazy in love with trying to beat her but Leader Beyoncé puts her love on top calling out all of the single ladies proving that pretty hurts. Can you see her halo? Don't get an ego if you do happen to win because she's flawless. XO Leader: Adele Badge: Crying Badge Special Move: Mind Reader Hello, it's Leader Adele. We all know that you're looking for that hometown glory but Leader Adele with her normal Pokémon isn't going to let any water under the bridge. When you are young, it's easy to think there's someone like you. However, rumor has it Adele makes her competition roll in the deep, watch the sky fall as she sets fire to the rain and she will take it all. You'll be the one chasing pavements as you run to escape from her turning tables. Don't worry, she'll try to make you feel her love even though she can't make you love her if you don't. Good luck. Leader: Sia Badge: Wig Badge Special Move: Heart Stamp You'll definitely feel alive when you meet Leader Sia. The Dark, Ghost, and Psychic Pokémon Reaper will show you that Big Girls Cry. This is the gym where fire meets gasoline, an exotic experience where Sia frequently hangs from a Chandelier as she triumphs over the battle. Don't worry about your elastic heart, you can try again for another opportunity. Just know you've been changed.