William Bratton: Investigate Ryo Oyamada's Death
Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run. Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph. The released footage by NYPD was proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp.
On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture. I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive. But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency. Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up.
Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case. *Edit* This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police. Please advise, it is highly disturbing.
And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.
On February 21st, 2013, Ryo Oyamada was struck and killed by a police cruiser while crossing the street. NYPD claimed that the cruiser’s lights and sirens were on before the collision, but multiple eyewitnesses stated otherwise, that the lights and sirens were only turned on afterwards, and that the cruiser was speeding in excess of 70 mph down a residential street. None of these eyewitnesses were interviewed for the police report.
Only 2,685 signatures to go!
ATTENTION SARCASM USERS
we’re being faced with a serious issue.
there is only 1 sarcasm left
now we’ve got to use it wisely. please, for the love of god, think before you speak. it’s gotta be good.
yeah okay, i’ll be sure to do that
"If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.
If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …
If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.
If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.
And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to."
Rachel Aaron (via relatedworlds)
Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.
Ice cream for breakfast with chewy granola. Ahh maze
simple but amazing
………………is nobody going to comment on the words “Cereal Killer” stamped on the spoon’s bowl? 0.o
Okay, I had to share. Apparently there’s a new Persona music CD released, which you can see the ad for here:
It’s a spoof of some of the songs from Persona that use English - many Japanese fans understandably can’t quite catch the words in a fast rap song in English, and so “Burn my Dread” sounds more like “Burn my Bread”. And so on.
So, they’ve done a full CD of 13 different tracks from Persona 3 and 4 resung with the “heard” lyrics. It’s running about twenty bucks, and it’s so popular they’re having to burn more to sell already.
You can listen to the whole CD here on the awesome Joy’s channel, and she also has the whole soundtrack to Persona Q posted. :3
Just thought I’d enjoy this while we all count down the days to Ultimax releasing. It’s killing me, seriously.
Also, that CD cover is pure gold. C’mon Yu, what’s the cow done to you?
OMFG. THIS. SHOW.
this is like Japanese Ratatouille
This is literally my week with writing. Tried to get some info on MFA’s in creative writing, got basically told that no serious program would consider Science Fiction writers because they aren’t “literary” enough, then came home and reminded myself that I don’t have to be literary.
I’d rather be enjoyable than literary. Sacrilegious, but there you are - my work sells, people seem to like it, and it’s doing well so far. I’m not going to sweat the fact I may never be an “Issac Asimov” of the genre.
As long as people enjoy what I write, and it makes them happy, I’m good.