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Jun. 15th, 2006 08:57 pm

tidbits

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Embarrassment - finding your junior high yearbook and looking at the picture of you when you were thirteen and your mom still cut your hair and gave you crooked bangs that still covered your eyes anyway. God, that's so painful. Why oh why didn't I just fix the damn bangs?

I've reneged on my no new magazines promise to myself and bought the latest issue of GiantRobot. Holy shit, one of them got married? They opened a gallery in San Francisco? (The newest one is on Shrader.) How much more could they possibly take on?

I should just get a subscription already. The highlight of this issue for me was Daniel Wu's article talking how he decided to form his own boy band with friends and document the process. I've been downloading the Quicktime links from their band website, and the article answers some questions, but not all. Like, the press boycott of the group is mentioned in one sentence. And you can find out here why Daniel hates the press over there so much. If you think the paparazzi are soulless pricks here, the Hong Kong version is a million times worse - they have no compunction about going through garbage, staking out people's homes - they probably don't even need long-lens cameras for their work.

The music sucks, even by Canto-pop boy band standards. Terence Yin is the only one who can sing, and every time they go off-key, they jokingly blame Daniel for it. They can't dance, either. Oh, and they covered Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time. In English. They probably didn't get permission, either.

Daniel's Cantonese got a lot better. His accent used to bug me, reminding me of my own increasingly Americanized Cantonese. I think he should come back to the States to do movies, but that's just me. :P

I first saw him in Purple Storm, in which he plays a Cambodian terrorist who loses his memory and some Hong Kong psychologist decides to implant memories in his subconscious so that he will be a good person. It's a decent action movie, with a little bit of incredulous sci-fi thrown into the mix.

I have to get my hands on Bishonen.
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I have a weakness for celebrity gossip, especially when it pertains to Asian people, so the whole Jenny Shimizu dishes about her relationship with Angelina Jolie is fascinating to me. Shimizu is a total trip; some interesting things she says includes "I've never kissed anyone with a bigger mouth than Angelina. It's like two waterbeds" and "Her and I have a relationship just like I have with my friends or my mother but it doesn't necessarily mean were having sex." Uh huh. In one of the articles it mentions that she hasn't spoken to Jolie in years, but in another she mentions that Jolie still booty-calls her to "fulfill her sexual needs."

Then I discovered that GiantRobot once interviewed her. GiantRobot gives the best interviews ever. In this interview, she talks about pooping in Madonna's bathroom, listening to Shaq poop and rap at the same time, and getting robbed by someone and her mother. It's only a partial interview, so if you want to read the rest, you're going to have to buy a back issue.

I'm sort of torn about seeing Memoirs of a Geisha. On the one hand, I haven't read the book yet, and I like to read the books before I see the movie adaptations, and on the other hand, I love Michelle Yeoh. Oh, and the stupid controversy over the casting. Even friggin Wikipedia wastes three paragraphs on it. Sometimes I wish there was a way for both the Chinese and the Japanese to grow the fuck up about these things, but I don't see it happening in my lifetime, unless they actually deal with the war honestly. (And no, I do not mean all Chinese and Japanese are like that. And I heard Memoirs is kind of a Westernized fantasy of what geishas are about, so that's more of the reason why I'm hesitant. But I can't judge until I actually read the book.)

At least they didn't cast Lucy Liu. :P

When I read somewhere that Bill Murray didn't like Lucy Liu and said she had no comic timing, I laughed. He's right. She doesn't.

Michelle Yeoh - I wish she would change her English name to the Cantonese pinyin - which would be "Yang" or "Young", because "Yeoh" sounds like "Yow!" or a cat screaming. I love her in everything she does, and also partly because she is crazy enough to do her own stunts even though she has no official training in martial arts. Oh, and her English is excellent, which gives her way more leeway in crossing over to America than for Jet Li or Jackie Chan.

Zhang Ziyi - When she first came out, I didn't think much of her. I thought she was kind of plain, and I was like, Zhang Yimou dumped Gong Li for her? But I think her willingness to do anything is probably why she's so good.

Did you know that Justin Lo is doing Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift? BLT alumni Jason Tobin and Sung Kang are going to be in it. Hey, Lil Bow Wow is, too. Dude, is he old enough to drive?
Dec. 15th, 2005 09:08 pm

random

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1. Tomorrow is the company holiday party. We get two drinks! Coworker: "We only get two drinks?"
2. Man, this was a crappy week. My phone is still broken, Sprint wouldn't replace it unless the accountholder (my sister) was there, and I'm not an authorized user anyway, so I can't make any changes. And I still have 3 months left on my contract. And I have an article to write, which requires that I make a few long-distance calls. Grr. Hope email works.
3. Mark is eating French food with his sister right now. Me = REALLY REALLY JEALOUS.
4. Bought some clothes for my niece and Kaitlin. Ok, since when did kid's clothes get so frickin' expensive? I'm paying more for a pair of jeans than I would for my own pants. I'm getting my niece a board game, too, because I do not want to play the Game of Life one more time. Last time we played it for three days straight. I think that was enough. I have no idea what I'm getting the twins.
5. It was a two-magazine week. Budget Living was a mistake that I realized as soon as I got on the train. I was looking for the Vanity Fair, which seems to have disappeared at the bookstore and at the supermarket. Grr. Arthur Frommer (he does travel guides) has a new magazine out called Smart Shopping, which had way better deals than Budget Living did.
6. Also new: Radar Magazine folds, again. You know what? They started out too big; it was bound to implode. I am not as full of love for the magazine as the author of the article is, but I think they had potential.
7. GiantRobot's current issue has an article on a guy who made a documentary about convicted men whose innocence was proved via DNA evidence. Interesting.
8. This weekend I will pay my parents back entirely for the car (which, by the way, remains awesome). Then it's serious saving up time for either a trip to China or a trip to Europe.
9. The power went out at my apartment on Monday, and I wasn't able to get Internet back up until yesterday. Stupid PG&E.
10. I still have not watched the TiVoed episodes of Project Runway Season 2 yet. I am saving it up for some vegging out this weekend. From the commercials, 3 of the guys look like coke addicts. And is that the "Follow your bliss" guy I see? If you have seen it, please don't spoil me for it.
11. Boston Legal is the slashiest television show ever.
Oct. 13th, 2005 06:34 pm

glee

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GLEE, I tell you. I made it as far as today without buying a magazine, but then I saw Jane. Because thoughts of Claudine Ko and the whole American Apparel brouhaha was bouncing around in my head, I picked it up. Did you know it's only $1.99 now? (And what's up with the trend of magazines publishing only 10 issues a year?) I saw that one of the cover headlines, in tiny print at the bottom, was "Dov Charney wants to prove he's not a perv" or something like that and totally had to pick it up.

I was going to find a link for the original American Apparel article, but Jane's site doesn't run without Flash. Flash doesn't like my computer. So bleh. Man, I haven't even read the original article.

This follow-up article has Charney all scared and shit, because he's been slapped with a few sexual harassment suits. He describes himself self-defensively as a "sensitive soul" - which, just made me laugh out loud. Sure, as a sensitive soul myself, I love it when people I barely know jack off in front of me just to show they like me. It's a great introduction, don't you think?

Oy, more later, when I don't have a major headache.
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The movie was awesome. Do NOT read any reviews if you don't want to be spoiled. It'll be less fun.

Damn Mark. He just keeps sucking me back into the scifi stuff. First it was Firefly, now Battlestar Galactica. He may suck me into Lost, too.

(Just wondering - what is up with the whole "spoiler" thing anyway? Did this exist before the Internet? I now avoid reading any reviews before I see a movie.)

Bill Bennett - wow, what an ass.

At any rate, since Mr. Bennett had been Secretary of Education I asked him to support the bill in the crucial stage when we needed Republican allies. He told me he would not help, because he did not want public schools to obtain new funding, new capability, new tools for success. He wanted them, he said, to fail so that they could be replaced with vouchers,charter schools, religious schools, and other forms of private education.

I am waiting for my futon to get delivered, and hoping they're going to come soon instead of at 5. I've got a lot of cleaning to do.

While waiting, I got lunch at the Chinese restaurant down the street. I don't know if we eat too fast or what, but lately, Mark and I have been cursed with really slow service. Maybe everyone here is super chill or something, but dude, one time at the Italian restaurant, both the busgirl and our waiter decided to take a smoke and beer break as soon as we asked for our checks. (They were the only two waitstaff in the restaurant. We live in a very, very slow area.) We waited for nearly half an hour and they still didn't come back with our check, so Mark went to the back and flagged one of them down. I also waited half an hour for my lunch, which was beef chow fun. Bleh on that. They weren't even busy at all.

I think this Chinese restaurant may be decent, judging by the chow fun. The menu is standard Chinese-restaurant-in-white-area fare, but I think I'll have to try the other things on the menu to see. The staff speaks Mandarin, so I can't cozy up to them in Cantonese. I really liked the fact that my food had FLAVOR. I have been missing flavor so much - every other place I've tried here, no matter what cuisine, is bland, bland, bland. It's as if they think the aging population here have lost all their tastebuds anyway, so why bother?

Other than the diner, which is standard greasy. Most of the time, I don't feel like greasy, though. I wish someone would open a Vietnamese restaurant here so I can buy $2 sandwiches from them. *sigh*

I am trying to decide whether or not to subscribe to GiantRobot or not. Somehow it doesn't feel the same. They're a little empire now, with another store opening in New York and they opened a restaurant on Sawtelle a few months ago, right near their LA store and their gallery. I think they are about to take over the world.
Apr. 7th, 2005 08:20 pm

ROBOTS

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1. The new Giant Robot is awesome. I love that I can read every issue cover to cover and not be bored, even the punk rock reviews of stuff I don't listen to. I've tried, but I am just not into punk.
2. Hitachi unveils humanoid robot. Oh my god, they look straight out of a Star Wars movie.
3. CMU Robot finds life "all by itself". That robot looks hella ghetto, though - like someone cobbled it out of spare parts in their basement or something.
4. Underwater robot launched from Bermuda to cross Gulf Stream.
5. High school kids beat out MIT in robot competition. Awesome: "The four teenagers who built it are all undocumented Mexican immigrants who came to this country through tunnels or hidden in the backseats of cars. They live in sheds and rooms without electricity. But over three days last summer, these kids from the desert proved they are among the smartest young underwater engineers in the country."
...
"Excuse me, madam," he began. He wasn't used to approaching women, let alone well-dressed white women. He saw apprehension flash across her face. Maybe she thought he was trying to sell magazines or candy bars, but he steeled himself. He explained that he was building a robot for an underwater contest, and it was leaking. He wanted to soak up the water with tampons but didn't know which ones to buy. "Could you help me buy the most best tampons?"
...
When Luis lowered Stinky into the water for their run, Lorenzo prayed to the Virgin Mary. He prayed that the tampons would work but then wondered if the Virgin got her period and whether it was appropriate for him to be praying to her about tampons. He tried to think of a different saint to pray to but couldn't come up with an appropriate one.
...
Lorenzo threw his arms into the air, looked at Ledge, and silently mouthed the word "Hooters."
Scholarship fund for the undocumented kids.
6. I didn't read this, except the "nanotech swarms" bit. That sounds really cool, or like the next Terminator movie.
7. Robots ready to rumble.
8. Fembots
9. A robot tests the crumbliness of cookies.
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This space is for link-dumping. Yes, I read a lot. You will find me obsessed with certain topics - namely, China, the Middle East, tea, robots, and magazines.

I'm kind of irked by all my favorite indie-ish type magazines "branding" themselves - ReadyMade has their own brand of paint, Giant Robot opened a bunch of toy stores and now they have a restaurant on Sawtelle! Dwell produced a shoe and a television show. Why can't they just let these magazines be magazines?!
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