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Review: Sound Intone Foldable DJ Stereo Headphones


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Sound Intone (SOIN) I65
Black & Gold
Foldable DJ Stereo Headphones with inline Mic
Electrical Specification:
Driver: 40mm
Sensitivity: 103dB±3dB
Impedance: 32Ω±15%
Frequency Response: 20~20000Hz
Plug Type:3.5mm 
Cord Length:1.5m±10%



Sound Intone I65 Headphones quality digital sound, made even better with total-comfort leatherette ear pads. They offer sleek style and an excellent on-the-go choice. Thanks to foldable ear cups, the headphones can lay flat for compact storage. Lightweight at just 10-1/2 ounces, the portable headphones slip easily into the included carry bag for added protection and travel convenience. Designed with cushioned, pressure-relieving ear pads that rest comfortably on the ears--versus completely covering the ears. They are extremely comfortable for long periods of use. They also do a better job at keeping the hustle and bustle of your surroundings out, so you can listen to your music without interruption. The on-ear headphones offer not only sleek style with a slim profile but also an adjustable contoured headband, it allows you to get a great position on your head. Inline controls allow you easy access to the controls for your headphones. Easily switch between calls and music on your phone.

Yamaguchi-gumi Group cancels Halloween!



Japan’s biggest crime syndicate, The Yamaguchi-Gumi Group, tweeted to announce that Halloween is cancelled this year. The group from the western city of Kobe traditionally holds a variety of community events and have previously invited neighborhood children to Halloween parties, where they hand large out bags of candy. However, a notice posted on their office gate explained that they would be pulling the plug on this year’s trick-or-treating, the Sankei newspaper reported, without clarifying why. The notice on the gate read as follows:


“The Halloween event that has taken place annually on October 31 will be canceled this year due to various reasons,” the notice read. “We regret disappointing parents and children looking forward to the event, but we promise to resume it next year.”



A recent high-profile split of the powerful Yamaguchi-gumi is suspected to be behind the cancellation, with mobsters fearing that a gang conflict could put children and guests at risk. Accodring to police the Yamaguchi-gumi was rocked by internal strife following the defection of several top leaders who formed their own splinter group. It was on August 27, 2015 that Japanese police confirmed that powerful factions, including Kobe-based Yamaken-gumi, Osaka-based Takumi-gumi, and Kyoyu-kai, broke away from Yamaguchi-gumi and forming new group called Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi. Prior to the split, the organisation consisted of seventy-two factions. This was the first major split since the forming of Ichiwa-Kai more than thirty years ago. The split prompted police warnings of a possible repeat of gangland bloodbaths similar to those in 1980. Which prompted poloce response with a series of raids and arrests made since then.

Like the Italian Mafia and Chinese triads, the yakuza engage in everything from gambling, drugs and prostitution to loan sharking, protection rackets and white-collar crime. But unlike their foreign counterparts, they are not illegal and each of the designated groups have their own headquarters. The Yamaguchi-gumi are Japan's largest yakuza, with 23,000 members and associates.  It is named after its founder Harukichi Yamaguchi. Its origins can be traced back to a loose labor union for dockworkers in Kobe before World War II. Events like this are held in the spirit of celebration and not with any malicious intent or criminal wrong doings in mind.
















Photos: Mjyouka 




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Review: Top Cow Genius Volume 1

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Genius Vol 1 Siege
Top Cow Productions
Writers: Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman
Artist: Afua Richardson
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Cover Art: Afua Richardson & Nelson Blake II
Graphic Novel Soft Cover Collecting Pilot Season #1 & Genius #1-5


Winner of Top Cow’s 2008 Pilot season, Genius is 5 issue mini-series taking place in modern day Los Angeles. Genius isn’t the typical good versus evil, hero vs. villain comic book. It’s not about being a hero at all; it’s a story about surviving. In 1992 a series of riots, lootings, arsons, and civil disturbance occurred in Los Angeles County, California; following the acquittal of police officers on trial regarding a videotaped and widely covered police brutality incident. They were the largest riots seen in the United States since the Detroit Riot of 1967, the largest in Los Angeles since the Watts Riot of 1965, and the worst in terms of death toll after the New York City draft riots of 1863. In this story after decades of both institutional and overt racism it would lead to a tipping point and one person would rise and start tipping things back. She would unite all the gangs in L.A. and secede a few square blocks of South Central from the Union by force. Her name is Destiny Ajaye and she’s 17 years old.



With the recent events that have occurred in Ferguson and Baltimore, Genius was almost a foreshadowing of events. Maybe not on that level and maybe it is giving the creators too much credit, but the signs have been there for many, many years. Genius is a story that will hit close to home a lot of levels. Destiny Ajaye is considered one of the greatest military minds of this generation, well that’s according to Detective Grey who is an analysis for the LAPD. He had been studying patterns and behaviors of the gangs in South Central in an area called “The Crossroads”. An area that is no stranger to gang violence, but sees an increase in focused aggression against the cops. Not just random acts, but thought out military strategies. As we see in the opening scene of Genius, Destiny has every gang in the neighborhood following orders like they were Marines. A squad of 8 police officers are taken out within minutes, and within an hour she takes out an entire SWAT team like they were a bunch of amateurs. Destiny isn’t just some kid from the streets who has some uncalled for grudge against cops; her pain goes much deeper than that. As a child of 8 years old her mother was brutally gunned down in front of her in their own home and all she could do was stand there and watch as officers went in and out of her house which was now a crime scene. From that point on she planned, she plotted, she waited for the right opportunity to make her move. With a genius level intellect you would think a child like that would stand out more, but Destiny made sure to not stand out as standing out got you killed. She’d only reveal her true self to those she trusted without question. One day the opportunity she had been waiting for came along once every gang was gathered in one place and were tired of  all the killing not just by their own hands, but by the cops as well. In one show quick show of force Destiny had every gang under her control and from that point on that’s when things began to change. And as the story unfolds in each issue things not only escalate but change the entire landscape of the series.

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The creative team behind Genius did an excellent job with this story and the art. While you may think of Destiny Ajaye as the hero, with her actions she is more villain than hero. In one point in the story she lets the people of the neighborhood tell their story on the only platform they can speak out, the internet. But that is more of a strategy to hurt the LAPD’s reputation during the course of this war. For every character they introduce, they introduce more than one side to that character giving everyone depth. You find yourself not just rooting for Destiny, but for the change that she and everyone involved so desperately wants. The art work is on a level on its own. Going back to what I said about each character given depth in their personalities, each character is fleshed out in their own distinct way. It’s loose, vibrant with a touch of funk and hip hop drawn in. The art defines the setting as if it were taken from an actual neighborhood and placed onto the paper. Afua Richardson, Marc Bernadin, and Adam Freeman do an excellent job in not only having a great female lead, but having a female lead who is as real as any other human being.
This is definitely a book worth picking up and adding to any library. This mini-series will definitely have who wanting this creative to come back to do more books like this. As I said before it touched on issues that not a lot of other books could touch in a way that really shined a light on the struggle that both sides of the conflict are facing and still facing in to this date. I give this book 5 stars. This book contains blood, violence, and harsh language so please be warned before picking this book up and giving it to a child.  







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Review: Masking by A State of Mind ft MF Doom (Music Video)


ASM in Turkey (courtesy of http://asmastateofmind.com)

European hip hop artists A State of Mind (ASM) released a new music video based off their track Masking featuring MF Doom from their recently released album The Jade Amulet in the form of a motion comic book. Written & Directed by ASM featuring an original score by Fade and The Black Knight Chamber Orchestra. 

Interview: Author Stephanie Bond

Author Stephanie Bond

Stephanie Bond grew up on a farm in a tiny town in eastern Kentucky.  She is one of three children, one brother and one sister.  Her childhood was running around the farm, gardening, sewing, quilting, painting and, of course reading!  Reading everything she could get my hands on, from Progressive Farmer to the local newspaper. She did not have any plans to become a writer; graduated with a degree in computer science she took up writing after a suggestion from a professor. 


Baldwin A Saintilus: I'm here with Stephanie Bond here at the independent authors booth. In your book 'Two Guys Detective Agency', there is such big contrast in backgrounds with the sisters. Is there a reason for that?

Stephanie Bond: Oh well, when you say sisters you automatically think of conflict but in these two sisters they're so, so different and estranged from each other that it just make a very good story. It's easy to write when you've got one sister who is rich and the other one who's struggling and then they suddenly found themselves in the same situation and they have to bond together to work to start a new PI agency, so just makes for really fun story and I hope readers like it. I've had a lot of fun writing it.

BAS: Do you have an idea of how many books in the series?

SB: Let's see I've already got the second cover up for the second book. And the second books is called 'Two Guys Detective Agency Second Helping' and it's coming out at probably in about two or three months. I've almost got it, but it's got to be edited. I always start every series thinking I'll have 10 books in the series. So I will shoot for 10 books and if readers keep writing more, then I keep writing more.

BAS: That's very exciting. Your work ranges from the humorous to the sexy. Is that how your mind works or how you think in general?

SB: I think people read to escape and to have fun so I want everything to have a little bit of humor in it. But I also want it to be based in enough real life that people can relate to the characters and to the situation, so anytime I can inject a little extra entertainment into the story so a little extra sex a little extra humor, I'm always happy to. So that's what I try to do.

BAS: Are you a mainly fiction writer?

SB: Mainly fiction, right. I do have a couple of books, that will be coming out later this year that are non-fiction books about writing and the writing process and the business of writing.

BAS: What has been the inspiration for this book?

SB: I've always wanted to write a book about sisters. I have a great relationship with my own sister in fact, but I just thought this would be a good series to set up two women who are so opposite and I've always wanted to write a book too or a series set in Lexington, Kentucky which is I'm from and spent several years living there. I love the area and thought it would be a fun place to have the series set in so it just all came together. And I thought of this idea of 'Two Guys Detective Agency' and their last name is Guy and everyone think its men that are run in the place but really it's two women and it just seem perfect for two sisters.

BAS: How much research do you have to do in some of your books?

SB: Well I've actually taken the course work to become a private investigator in the State of Georgia. Most of the research was me taking the class myself and doing the paperwork and a test you take and you learn a lot about self-defense and you learn about crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, surveillance, photography; a little bit of everything but you also take handgun training and learn how to use a firearm when you take a test. So there is such a lot of research involved and I've done to all of that to become a P.I. so I'm hoping that I can use all of it in my books.

BAS: So have you ever gone out on a actual P.I. investigation?


SB: No I haven't gone out because you have to, even though I've passed the coursework, you have to apprentice under another investigator before you can do your own investigative work. So I haven't actually done any for pay, let's just say. I've done a few things for friends that we probably shouldn't talk about. [chuckle]

BAS: So if you ever decide to stop writing, would you be actually PI full time?

SB: Oh, you know that's a good question. I would consider it because I think it's really an interesting job. Unfortunately, most private investigative work is surveillance and that's not the most interesting. But now there is so much P.I. work with computers and my background is Computer Science. So I think I could combine the two and maybe come up with a pretty interesting job. So if this writing gig doesn't work out, then who knows, maybe I'll become an investigator.

BAS: So, like you just mentioned that you have a background in computer science. So did you have to go to school for any writing or you just started writing?

SB: I just started writing. I think the best training to be a writer is to be great reader. And I've read so many books and I've loved reading growing up and most of my life. No, I didn't study English, I didn't study creative writing, none of that. I have a Computer Science major and an MBA and I just decided one day. Someone suggested to me, one of my instructors as a matter of fact, suggested that I had a flair for writing and it just seemed right. When someone says that and points that out to you it's like, you know what... "I do feel good when I'm writing, that's my favorite thing to do" and it just seems like "Why I didn't think of this before?" So I was already well deep into another career before I start writing but everything, every step leads you to where you are and I'm happy with way things worked out.

BAS: Do you have any final words for your fans?

SB: Oh, just thanks you so much for your support. I recently left major publishing and started self-publishing and it's so much business and it's a huge endeavor. And I'm not writing as quickly as I would like. So, I'm not getting the books out there as fast as I wanted to the last couple years. But this year is gonna be my year of production, so I'm hoping to get a lot more titles out there. So, thanks for being patient with me and visit my website at stephaniebond.com to find out more about my books. And thank you for the interview.

Book Review: Game Face SNAP DECISION


ZonderKidz
Soft Cover: 270 pages
Release date: July 1st, 2014

“Chase Clark just upped his game. As an eighth grader, he scores the chance to play on the varsity football team with his best friend Tripp. But when a hard hit takes Tripp down Chase is the only one who knows what really happened. And telling could have serious consequences. Making the right call won’t be easy. Neither will the consequences he'll face, both with the guys on the team and with the school. What s the game plan when doing right might means everything else goes very wrong?"

Game face: Snap Decisions is the first in a series of books by Nathan Whitaker. Each book will cover a different sport with a different protagonist. The first book “Snap Decisions” is about Chase Clark an eighth grader on the JV Football team in Archie F Carr School. Taking place in a small town called Lincoln between Jacksonville & Gainesville Florida. Chase lives with his older sister, Hannah, and their divorced Mother. Even though his mother works many long hours at a law firm he has his best friend of many years, Tripp, and his family that always looks out for him like he was their own child. Chase is all about football, college or pro level; he is in love with it. Luckily for him, his best friend's dad, Mr. Stevens, is a scout for the fictional NFL team the Jacksonville Destroyers. Throughout the story Chase is set on being one of the few JV players to make the jump to Varsity.

Because his school does not have a lot of students, it is very common to have JV players make the jump to Varsity. But only a few make the cut, like his friends Tripp and Megan. What makes his dream even possible is the fact for such a scrawny kid he can throw the ball really well and that has caught the attention of Varsity Coach Skalaski and other varsity players like JB the Varsity Quarterback. Chase’s town is like a typical football town; every game is a family affair whether it’s at home or away. So when Chase tells his mom about a probable chance of joining the Varsity squad it is a cause for celebration. For an eighth grader it’s is surprising that he has the understanding that even though it is just talk for now, that the opportunity to play Varsity isn’t a guarantee. But he’s happy nonetheless. When he tries to talk to his father about the opportunity, you can see why Chase’s mother divorced him. Instead of trying to talk to Chase about the good news and seeing how everyone is doing, he treats it as unimportant news and wants Chase to ask Tripp’s dad is he can score him some great tickets to an upcoming game for a client in Detroit. When Chase goes over to Tripp’s house for dinner, you can tell how reluctant he is and sorry to have to ask Tripp’s dad for a favor his dad could have easily done himself. Showing just how strained the relationship everyone has with Chase’s father. When Chase first moved to Lincoln from Atlanta at the age of eight, Tripp’s dad was the first to help them settle in and has been there for them; since then Chase and Tripp have been like brothers.

Throughout the book you get a sense of Chase’s longing for a father figure in his life. Always looking to someone as that role model of who he wants to be; From Tripp’s Dad, the football coaches, and the Varsity QB James Brown, they all play a significant role in Chase’s life along the way. Chase looks to his coaches on what it means to be a leader and a team player; he looks to Mr. Stevens for advice on life; and he looks to JB as the man he hopes to be. Whitaker spends a lot of time building up the life around Chase, the community itself, the students & faculty in this story. So it does take a while to really get to the big decision that Chase has to make, which in my opinion is a good thing. I feel lot of children’s books tend to start with the problem before getting to know everyone involved in the story. Whitaker really lets you get to know everyone as if you are living this kid’s life. So when the big decision comes up, it’s a decision he literally has to make in a snap. It’s a decision that has consequences down the road.

When Chase is finally offered a spot in Varsity he doesn’t get to play as much, if ever, but he is just happy to be there. During the game with Bartram High School Tripp catches a pass from JB and was immediately tackled. For a moment Tripp laid on the ground after the tackle not moving at Chase’s feet on the sidelines. Even though it was for a moment it was still one of those moments that happen in a game that seem like minutes has passed by. When he helped Tripp up, Tripp was surprised to see him, asking “Didn’t JV have a game tonight”. Of course Chase thought he was joking, but the signs were there, Tripp had been concussed. The coaches sat him down and gave him a test to see if he was okay to play. Right there and then the coaches asked Chase if there was anything weird about what had happened when Tripp woke up. In his mind Chase knew what the right choice was, but he struggled with the fact that this was his best friend and knew that he wanted to play. Because with a concussion he would be placed on the injury list and not be allowed to play for the rest of the season. When the coaches asked him again if he was okay to play, he finally went with the truth and told them what Tripp said when he woke up. Feeling he had betrayed Tripp and Tripp feeling betrayed, the relationship between the 2 boys became strained and would be tested for the rest of the story.

Whitaker takes time through the story to go over why a concussion is so serious. When Chase is home one night, about to pass out, a news story about concussions comes on and really goes over what happens to the brain when a concussion happens; And how serious the injury can be if left untreated. Tripp’s parents are more than relieved that Chase was honest about what happened. Even though Mr. Stevens wanted to go over everything with Chase again at his office, he also felt Chase made the right call. With the recent news stories of the NFL taken concussions more seriously, especially after players have died from untreated concussion injuries and the lawsuits that have followed. The NFL has taken this issue so seriously by making improvements in the current head gear of not only NFL players, but to college and pee-wee league football. Football has been known as the tough guy sport, with players using duct tape to wrap up a broken hand and then going back out into the field to play.

As time went on, it became more apparent that player safety needed to be a priority. From being ridiculed for an injury that most guys would have played through, to now being encouraged to get a thorough examination Whitaker’s story gives kids the right idea when it comes to their own or others personal safety. When Chase tries to go over Tripp’s house to see him, his mother tells him the ordeal he had went through at the doctor’s office. Tripp had to be kept up all through the night; he had felt physically ill and drained, and vomited. He was finally able to sleep once he was sent home, and finally able to attend school after about a week.

Game Face: Snap Decision is a great book for any child sports enthusiasts. The way he describes each game played throughout the story is very elegant and easy to understand. But in case you don’t understand certain terms there is a glossary towards the back of the book that can help you out. It helps kids understand the important of team work, being a leader, and the value of friendship. There are some religious undertones in this book. And surprisingly it wasn’t the main focus or jammed down the throat of the reader. Whitaker makes it more of a personal matter with certain characters, rather than have every single moment in the book ask “What would Jesus do?” And to me that is important to point out because religion is a personal matter that doesn’t need to be thrown around to make it more important. I give this book 3.5 stars because while I did like the building of the characters and the different towns, I felt certain things could have been left out to help move the story along.  


JAPAN’S NEWEST ANIME FRANCHISE YO-KAI WATCH PREMIERES!




In the United States, the Japanese brand phenomenon YO-KAI WATCH™ premiered on Disney XD Monday, October 5th, 2015 from 5-5:30 ET/PT with a new episode premiering each night this week. Join Nate and his Yo-kai friends in this brand-new animated comedy series, following the hilarious misadventures of an average human boy, and his involvement with the mischievous Yo-kai all around him!





The launch of the program will be followed just weeks later by multiple product roll-outs, including:

VIZ Media launches their manga throughout North America on November 3rd.
The North American video game launches exclusively on Nintendo 3DS™ on November 6th.
In January 2016, Hasbro will launch its highly anticipated toy line in North America.
New York Comic Con Family HQ Experience



The YO-KAI WATCH franchise will continue its official US launch as the title sponsor of the Family HQ experience at New York Comic Con (NYCC), the largest pop culture event on the East Coast. Attended by more than 150,000 fans, the NYCC show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television, and this year the mischievous YO-KAI are in on the fun!

From Thursday, October 8th through Sunday, October 11th, all NYCC attendees are invited to visit the Family HQ and view screenings of the animated series, play the YO-KAI WATCH game for Nintendo 3DS™, demo new toys, games and digital experiences from Hasbro, check out the new YO-KAI WATCH manga from VIZ Media, attend Jibanyan costume character meet & greets and YO-KAI WATCH dance parties, take home giveaways and more! For more details on New York Comic Con and the YO-KAI WATCH Family HQ, visit http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

The launch of the franchise will continue over the next few months with multiple product roll-outs, including: On November 3rd, VIZ Media will launch its YO-KAI WATCH manga nationwide, followed by Nintendo on Nov. 6 with the launch of the YO-KAI WATCH game for its portable Nintendo 3DS system. You explore the world in the game using your Yo-kai Watch to discover more than 200 Yo-kai, then befriend them and turn them into a team to battle other Yo-kai. Each Yo-kai has its own unique skills and strengths, so you must use them to challenge troublemaking Yo-kai and help people in the game solve their daily problems. The North American video game launches exclusively on Nintendo 3DS™ on November 6th.

Leading global play company Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) will introduce an exciting, multifaceted toy line beginning January 2016 ranging from collectible character medals & figures to collection books, to plush and figures. Fans will be able to wear their own YO-KAI watch accessory, similar to those seen on the animated series, and "summon" YO-KAI characters by sliding the YO-KAI medal into the watch to identify each character, including Jibanyan and Whisper, and hear sounds and tribe songs. New collectible medals and related product will be introduced as the line continues into Fall 2016.


Review: That is Just Genius! Samsung Galaxy S5 & Note 3 Charger Cable




The Samsung Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are two of the most advanced mobile devices on the market today, but when the Note 3 was released the charger that came with it was recalled and a new charger was never issued. With the Samsung Galaxy S5 Charger & Samsung Note 3 Charger from That Is Just Genius, you'll be able to use your mobile device sooner and get data transferred at lightning fast speeds. This Galaxy S5 and Samsung Note 3 USB cable features truly genius technology on the inside. An OEM-certified charger, the Samsung Micro USB 3.0 cable allows you to fully benefit from the USB 3.0 capabilities of your device while consuming less power and protecting your Note 3 or Galaxy S5 from damage due to overheating.