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Photos: Japan Day / Japan Tag in Düsseldorf, Germany

Today I met my friend Saskia at the annual Japan Day in Düsseldorf. The German city at the Rhine has the biggest Japanese community in Europe, and they do this special festival every year to show how great and multifacetted the Japanese culture is. The festival is very popular in the Cosplay community and I made an effort to photograph the coolest costumes today. Enjoy!
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Next Book Club – May 24, 2:00pm PST

Anna Shinoda

We’ll be discussing How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff on Friday, May 24th at 2pm PST in my Ustream Chat: . If you are in a different time zone and need a little help figuring out when 2pm PST is for you, check out this magical site.

I know it’s a bit time before our next meeting, but I wanted to give everyone who wants to participate the chance to get the book and read it.  That, and  I have a very busy May, so I need time to re-read the book myself!

Hope to chat with you there!

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How I Live Now – Next Book Club

Anna Shinoda

It’s midnight here in California, so I’ve closed the poll for voting for the next book club selection.  How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff barely beat The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  So for our next book club we’ll read How I Live Now, and the book club after that we will read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Thanks for voting and happy reading!

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The Art of Parenting: Stepparents and their Stepkids

I just found this great article about Stepparents and their stepchildren on Huffington Post. Kudos to all the stepparents who work extra hard to take care of their loved one’s children – in some cases even more than some “real” parents.
What are your experiences with your stepchildren or stepparents? Feel free to share them in the comment section!

Here’s an extract of the article:

Every stepparent remembers the moment they finally earned their stepkids’ seal of approval. It’s a meaningful moment — as any stepparent can tell you, a stepchild’s trust can be hard won, sometimes taking years and years to gain.

On Friday, Redditor Jedi_Hog shared his shiningest moment as a stepparent — in meme form. Take a look here:


The stepdad’s success story won over Reddit, with fellow stepparents and stepkids weighing in with their personal stories in the comments.

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WordPress has some great advice for bloggers!

The Blog

We get a lot of questions about SEO here on, and no wonder — you work hard on your site and want to get the word out! SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO recommendations are intended to help your site rank higher and more accurately in search engines, like Google. Say you write a blog about sailboats. When someone Googles “sailboats,” how many pages of results do they have to scroll through before they see a link to your blog? The goal behind having good SEO is to increase your website’s SERP (Search Engine Results Page) ranking.

Ideally, you want your link to be on the first page of results. The best ways to accomplish this are:

  • consistently publish useful, original posts about sailboats; and
  • promote your blog in intelligent ways to people who are looking for information about your topic.

The more traffic your blog receives for sailboat-related searches, the…

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Zombie Apocalypse Monthly

Norman Reedus, the actor behind the fan-favorite character Daryl Dixon in AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, recently shared a link to a YouTube video posted by LifestyleMirror. In the clip, Reedus discusses the evolution of his character and what it’s like filming on location.

“I’m very thankful that the writers have have allowed me to sort of build this character from scratch,” Reedus said. “He is complex, you know.”

Reedus said his past acting experiences helped him prepare for a role in the hard-scrabble life of zombie apocalypse.

“I’ve killed somebody in everything I’ve ever done,” he said. “I’m good at rage and I’m good at insecurities.”

As for shooting the television series, Reedus said the group has become a tight family and its fun to come to work every day. He said a recent experience on the set of an indie film showed him just how special…

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