I wish there had been a series like this when I was a kid. *I love Toph!* Each episode is well balanced, with a contained story and then a season long arc as well. The score is amazing, the animation beautiful. Add a dash of pure silliness. My whole family enjoys it, from age 72 all the way down to 7.
I'm especially recommending the AUDIObook - read by Saskia Maarleveld. If you are like me, a sucker for the Kiwi accent, it is the cherry on top of this great book. Fast paced, without sacrificing description. Description without getting boring. The story is told from 3 characters POV's one of them a lesbian (but it's just part of who she is not the center of the story). Worth the listen.
Students at NYU's Interactive Communications program developed this machine that takes the change left on your MetroCard and lets you donate it to charity with a swipe. It's a fantastic idea--I know I have a bunch of old MetroCards in my wallet with $1.30 or some random amount on them right now. Hopefully the MTA will like them and they'll be in stations soon.
Great public transportation (the Max), live music mecca, open minded welcoming people, tons of great food. Within a 2 hour drive you can ski or surf. Easy to find parking (smart park!) Powell's book store! Voodoo donuts! Waterfront Park! Puddle jumping! (there is NO such thing as too much rain!)
Great for SO many reasons: Open late nights (perfect for after shows), Food for everyone (even the pickiest eaters), Gorgeous & Competent wait staff, Unusual food (Gator bites! Oyster Shooters or my fav the Mussel Shooters), Portland Punch! Make sure you leave leftovers! They wrap it up (My rec - tomato basil pesto mac w chicken) in a tinfoil masterpiece! Leftovers as a giant tinfoil Superman!
I recommend the First season ONLY. Another show that was crippled by the Writer's Strike in 2009 (the Producers "write" the second season and it horrible). But the first season is great fun even if all the hero's are stolen from previous comic books. Watch it, then stop. Everything after Season One will just waste your time.
Joss Whedon has attempted a Wonder Woman script, Annie Palacki had a shot at Wonder Woman and alas WW hasn't made it back to the big screen for decades. For now, the only bad ass Super Hero that happens to be a chick is a pre-teen named Hit Girl. Nicolas Cage is the right kind of wrong.
I had to give up on Catwoman. She was the damsel in her own comic book! BATWOMAN, so far, is no one's damsel. The artwork flows seamlessly, it carries the storytelling as equally as the words. And the story isn't the typical lame angry woman just going around kicking men in the balls. My hopes are high for this one.