Monday, December 29, 2008

Commentary: Adventures in Higher Learning

So a very dear friend of mine (yes, I DO mean YOU Stormy!) saw my last post on my Adventures in Higher Learning this semester and wrote me a fairly long response on it. I was so tickled pink and thoroughly amused at his response that I asked his permission to post it. So here it is in all its glory!

Just thought I would comment on your rant in this form, as a comment on your actual blog would likely go on for too long. First off, I think it is safe to say that no one can rightfully accuse you of not having patience and understanding, for the simple fact that you didn't stab anyone throughout the time you've spent with these pompous, self proclaimed eternally held-down by society, %*^$!'s. Granted, I'm white with about a third mexican, so I don't really qualify as a minority in any sense of the word, but there are so many things about the matter that irritate me. I'll just pick up lines from your post, and SoC them.

"decolonize ourselves from the food industry's manipulation and corruption. They are enslaving us and we need to demand justice and human rights! For example, the WHITE MAN made blacks eat soul food and southern food, and that's yet another subtle way that the white man is killing off minorities!"
- Hey, hon? They're called "aisles," they have different food in each of them, and you don't need to show racial identification to go down any of them. Now I can see light in the theory that there is a multi-national conglomerate backed conspiracy to kill off millions upon millions of people via food. McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Wendy's, the list goes on. But in the end, if you eat it, it's your fault. Besides, until you grow, slaughter/harvest, prepare, and serve all your own food and drinks...yeah, you're padding someone's wallet. Welcome to the system.

"I personally have been lucky enough to find a delicate balance between being vegan and NOT making my family and loved ones feel inferior. So I'm taking this opportunity to inspire you to start on your quest to uncover yourself and reclaim WHO YOU REALLY ARE!"
- Modest, isn't she? If this is how she portrays her "family and loved ones" in her mind, I'd hate to see her opinions on her enemies. (Of course, as open minded as I try to be, I'd kind of generally hate seeing her opinions on anything as they seem, at least from the samples you've provided, so hypocritical and painfully...whiny.) Besides, and my facts may have expired here, but I recall several times over hearing the theory that it was evolving man's move to a more carnivorous diet as opposed to feeding on the plantlife of the regions, which helped to lead to the restructuring of the skull to accomodate a better functioning brain. (The enormous molars used to breakdown heavy tubers and the like were toned down as teeth more adept at tearing were gradually built up. The resulting cranial room left room for the brain to develop. As I said, though, this theory may have been disproven in the past few years, as I've been out of the evolutionary science loop.) And on a final note for this little bit...If your food defines you, you may need more than a menu change. Eating healthy, changing your lifestyle, that's one thing, but I doubt switching out chitlins (spelling?) for a tofu casserole will lead to a massive spiritual breakthrough. Of course, if it does, hey, grats.

"He started out by saying that my Americanization and being a 2nd generation Korean American threw him off because I was "challenging". (Read: He can't or doesn't know how to deal with his me, who probably doesn't fit his idea of what an Asian should be.) He told me he wasn't quite sure of how to handle me because of this."
Ok, this one is going to take awhile. Let's start off with the 1st part, Americanization. I don't agree with half the shit this country has done, especially in the past decade or so, but the fact of the matter is, for all that's wrong, there is a lot right, and there is potential for it to get better. Going around talking about "Americanization" is not going to improve anything, it's merely a stereo-typing. And think about this...(Well, *you* have, but ignore the choice of words, I rant with the habit of forgetting who I am ranting to sometimes.) The freedom you have to bad mouth this country non-stop, *within* this country? Try that in China, or Pakistan, or Iraq. But make sure you've handled your final arrangements and said goodbye. And the ability to move outside of your caste and pursue education, career, etc? Yet another part of Americanization. Every time someone screams racial prejudice or harrassment, and someone actually does something about it, yet another part of America.

It's taken some time for these very freedoms that are a part of America to form, (and obviously there are other countries that share them as well) but that is proof in itself that there is more than just a stagnant pond of filth by which to define America as a culture. Granted, there is some real shit in this country, true racism, mindless cruelty, corruption, sexual abuse, biggotry, and more, but there is filth in every country. It is the true effort, vision and determination to work through it and seek a better future, that defines a society as successful. There have been many great leaders who have worked to this end, throughout the world, and in America, and millions upon millions more, who, even though nameless in history, have worked just as hard for those ideals. Just remember, everything you do here, that you couldn't elsewhere, is proof of your "Americanization." (This rant brought to you by an idealistic white guy caught between utter disgust for humanity and still harboring hope for it.)

*Phew* Ok, next point. "Challenging?" What, the "Sarah Palin cultural identity Spin and Speak" didn't have the same data on people of Korean descent as what was right in front of you? Seriously, I would think that a part of working in a group with someone is to actually FRICKING GET TO KNOW THEM! Especially when working on, of all things, negotiations, as your subject. But saying that, in my opinion at least, is akin to saying, "I'm too caught up in my own self-righteous delusion of fighting racism to look beyond what the sterotype says about you. I'll just accuse you of being a corrupted sloth of society to accomodate my own inability to grasp reality." Yeah, real winner there.

"Surprise #2? His critique of a weakness of mine was that I either could not, or would not, or DID NOT, hear the MINORITY VOICE. That's right, me, I don't hear the minority voice."- ... (Er, ok, looking back on your actual post, I just realized that you had that response to it too, but...yeah. What more can I say, when silence says it all?)

Well, I'll bring this lovely little rant to a close here. As I noted above, ignore some of the pronoun uses, as it isn't directed at you, like I said, when I get going sometimes, I forget to what audience I am speaking. And yeah, it's ok to pretend you've never met me before. ><

Bah Humbug!

Xmas crit me for 9k1...which, to those of you not familiar with gamer geek lingo, is not a good thing. I was in Ohio, with real winter weather, experiencing for the first time what "below zero" and "wind chill" REALLY means. Holy fucking hell. How in God's name does anyone ever get up and go to work in that kind of weather? How does anything ever get accomplished in that kind of weather? How, I ask you??

The good news, however, is I didn't have to spend the holidays with my family, which is another thing to be thankful for. And I got to see what a REAL Christmas is, with a REAL and NORMAL family, which was both a new experience to me, and inspiring to say the least. I don't know if the manz's family will ever know how much that meant to me, but maybe someday I'll stop being so guy-ish and learn how to express my feelings better, and actually let them know. Or...maybe not. Who knows.

In any case, I'm back now and in semi-full effect! After I finish defrosting!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Burger King...WTF?

Today on Yahoo News:

If you'd like to smell like Burger King...

NEW YORK – Burger King has launched a new men's body spray called "Flame," which it describes as "the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat." The fast food chain is marketing the product through a Web site featuring a photo of its King character reclining fireside and naked, except for an animal fur strategically placed to not offend. The marketing ploy is the latest in a string of virile ad campaigns by the company. Burger King is also in the midst of its Whopper Virgins campaign that features an taste test with fast-food "virgins" pitting the Whopper against McDonald's Big Mac.

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WTF?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Reminiscing On My Adventures in Higher Learning, TL;DR Inc!

I'll start this one off with one of the best, most smart-ass, and most fitting for ME comments I've ever read:

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. - Joseph Baretti

Unfortunately this semester was moderately painful because of your boy Monty. Oh, I finally learned how to pronounce and spell his Aztec name. It's Axayacatzin, pronounced, "Ah-sha-ya-cot-zeen" for any of you that might be interested in pronunciation of Aztec names. *insert eyeroll here* Interestingly though, somehow the negativity of being grouped with Monty in some negotiation simulations canceled out most of the detrimental effects of having Carolina in my class. I think its because the kung fu of his craziness was more powerful than hers. Or something. Well, for the most part. During our persuasive speeches, however, her rabid liberalness practically had her frothing at the mouth during her presentation.

For shits and giggles I'll recap her presentation so the rest of youse can either support my beliefs that she's riding a little too high on that high horse, or maybe not. So. Her presentation was a persuasive speech based on trying to get us to consider a vegan lifestyle. The topic alone in and of itself already has a variety of compelling arguments FOR it. However, in true Carolina fashion (and don't forget to roll your Rs, bitch!) she had to link NOT being vegan with being held down by DA MAN. Oh yes, if you are not a vegan, then that's because the white man is holding you DOWN, son!

So, what were her arguments to back that statement? Well, she decided to go all Fox News ultra mega propaganda style on it. She started off by saying, and I quote, that we need to "decolonize ourselves from the food industry's manipulation and corruption. They are enslaving us and we need to demand justice and human rights! For example, the WHITE MAN made blacks eat soul food and southern food, and that's yet another subtle way that the white man is killing off minorities!" I was SO SHOCKED when she said this, as a Latina female, that she had the sheer gall to put that out there in front of our black classmates. Then she took it a step further, saying that blacks are contributing tot heir own enslavement by continuing to eat soul food, and they're doing it both willfully and willingly, which in her opinion, was just wrong.

She then went on to say that our bodies are. "victims of organized crime". She didn't exactly follow that sweeping declaration with facts, sadly. She moved onto her grand finale by saying, in THE MOST high-falutin', lofty, condescending way, "I personally have been lucky enough to find a delicate balance between being vegan and NOT making my family and loved ones feel inferior. So I'm taking this opportunity to inspire you to start on your quest to uncover yourself and reclaim WHO YOU REALLY ARE!" Oh yes, she ended it on that triumphant note, just standing there, beaming at the rest of us, glad to have dropped that knowledge on us. Yup, I had to listen to that hot, steaming, pile of bullshit for FIFTEEN FUCKING MINUTES.

I won't even go into Monty's persuasive speech because to be honest, I still have no idea what it was supposed to be about...other than the fact that he ended his speech with, "We didn't cross the border...the border crossed US!"

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So, field trip #2 into Crazytown, dropping me off on the corner of Crazytown Avenue and WTF Boulevard, was my experience with Monty in our negotiation simulations. This dude got so into his role as a Kurdish representative on the distribution of Iraqi oil resource simulation, I thought we were playing an MMORPG IRL and we were on a 100% role play server. No lie. The shit was BANANAS. He brought PICTURES of "himself", the character in the simulation that he made up. We were just supposed to be representatives of delegations, not actual individuals. He also brought pictures of himself and his supposed son, and taped them to the front of his desk. Just in case we forgot. Yes, he really did. And he even brought in props, and and...UGHHHHH /facepalm *headdesk*.

The worst/best part of this whole negotiation simulation was when we had to critique each others' strengths and weaknesses. When the time came for Monty and I to do our little constructive criticism, I THOUGHT I was prepared to hear what he had to say, but boy was I dead wrong. Although in retrospect the fact that he caught me by surprise is probably what prevented me from murdering him on the spot and saved him from a bloody and gruesome demise.

He started out by saying that my Americanization and being a 2nd generation Korean American threw him off because I was "challenging". (Read: He can't or doesn't know how to deal with his me, who probably doesn't fit his idea of what an Asian should be.) He told me he wasn't quite sure of how to handle me because of this. That was surprise #1, albeit a mild surprise. Surprise #2? His critique of a weakness of mine was that I either could not, or would not, or DID NOT, hear the MINORITY VOICE. That's right, me, I don't hear the minority voice.

...

He did not back this up with anything explaining why, and I was so shocked it took me a while to recover so I neglected to even ask. I tried to clarify and give him room for an out, after I did recover a little, just to make sure he wasn't really saying what I thought he was saying...but unfortunately, he really did say it and mean it. That came so out of left field it wasn't until after class ended that I realized I was pissed and wanted to beat his ass down. Wasted opportunity. Ah well.

And so the semester is over. There were a couple of high points. One, I got to know Katlin better, which in my book is a good thing because she's a very cool chick. And in a somewhat timely coincidence, I recall a few quotes from HBO's Boycott, which I think are direct quotes from some of MLK's speeches.

"We have been trampled by the iron feet of oppression...but history is not an accident, history is a choice...there comes a time when time itself needs to change."

And lastly, his best quote that I think applied to the election this November:

"We [as a people] are a chain, indivisible. I alone cannot be what I am meant to be, unless you become what YOU are meant to be."

Word.

Jerry Jones Is Awesome.



I never thought I'd be saying something like that, considering I've never really liked the Cowboys. Not to mention that it seems like every Cowboys fan I know is also kind of a dick. However, when I read this story on Monday, I thought to myself, "That Jerry Jones...he has a way with words." And if he didn't call T.O. an asshole, then I don't understand the English language.

I can't even recap the drama of the Cowboys, because it's just been, in my book, TM, short for TOO MUCH. T.O. is the biggest drama queen I've ever seen, male or female...and that's saying a lot, considering I live next door to West Hollywood. I often wonder what goes on in that dude's brain.

A few thoughts on the story though. Other than Jerry Jones being awesome, Tony Homo is a wee bit less lame than I thought, being man enough to play through the kinds of injuries he was playing through. Also, I like this chick Jennifer Floyd Engel. Maybe that's because she sounds like me. Heh.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Morals of Twilight?



Okay, there's been enough talk as to whether or not its appropriate for young girls. I read and own the whole series, but did so BEFORE the movie came out and before all the movie hype, thank you very much. Yes, I liked them a lot. I did think they seemed a bit on the mature side, and didn't think it was necessarily appropriate to market the series for CHILDREN, which is where I found the series in the bookstore. But to continue, yes, I read the whole series in like 2-3 days. Yes, I thought they were maybe even better than the Anne Rice vampire series, only because it was more...I don't know, modern. Did I watch the movie? No. Do I plan to? Probably not. My stepbrother and stepsister told me about the books this summer, and they know me fairly well, so when the movie was coming out, like any retarded fangirl, I got excited. Until they told me they went to see it with my stepmom, and couldn't stop talking about how awfully campy the movie was. Now, I can take campy, hell, I just watched Army of Darkness recently and loved it. But that's campy for campiness' sake, not campy-trying-to-be-serious.

Anyway, so, yeah, people have been discussing the appropriateness of the series etc, etc etc. The only thing that I think is pretty crazy is, I was reading this article this morning, and towards the bottom, they included comments from kids as to whether or not they felt the book Twilight, the rest of the series, or the movie was appropriate for children.

What trips me the fuck out is the comments these kids made. A supposedly 10 year old girl said this: "I think [the Twilight books] are inappropriate for kids under 10 because there are a ton of kissing parts and some sexual parts, that kids under 10 would think were gross, instead of appreciating the beauty and uniqueness of the love between Bella and Edward." WHAT?? If I recall correctly, 10 years old means you should be in 5th grade or so. MAYBE 6th. But definitely still in elementary school. Since when do kids these age even know what inappropriate means, or even understand the depth of love between two characters in a book? And an 11 year old had this to say about the books: "[The series is inappropriate for younger readers] because there is some sexual content in 'Eclipse' and 'Breaking Dawn'. WHAT KID THAT AGE USES THE PHRASE 'SEXUAL CONTENT" in normal every day talk? Hell, I don't use that phrase in normal every day talk! And I'm 31!

Now either the LA Times completely made all that shit up, or else I have something to be worried about when I have kids. Which is coming up here soon in the next few years. Yikes.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Jon Stewart Wants His Bike...

AND I DO TOO! GIMMEH MAH BIKE GOD DAMNIT!

Moar internet lulz


HAHAHAHAHA...oh man...I'm retarded.


This is funny in the "this shouldn't be funny to me but I laughed anyway" kind of way. *sigh*


This is like funny in the *cringe* Ha ha! way because it made me think about a scene I remember from the show Oz. Daaaaamn.


HAHAHAHAHA Man, I swear I MUST be a 12 year old boy stuck in a girl's body.

And last but certainly not least...this guy is straight up RETARDED and participating in foolishness on television when he shouldn't have. He went from badass to complete pussy in like .5 seconds.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin Had It Right!

I've been meaning to talk about this story for a few days now, but I kept re-writing this blog post in my head and couldn't quite get it straight. Okay, so it's a little gay, but I've been on the happy tip for a few weeks now (I just got engaged! omglol) and this story just struck me the right way as things do, sometimes.

I won't belabor the obvious, but honestly, happiness is one of the best things to be infectious. I myself have also noticed that smiles seem to be infectious, too. For the longest time earlier this year I couldn't figure out why so many people smiled at me, male or female, and I realized it was because they were smiling BACK at me. Despite my rough, rugged, and raw bitchiness sometimes, I do try and APPEAR as if I'm relatively happy-go-lucky for the most part, (happy to beat YO' ASS!) but it does always makes me a little happy on the inside when I smile at someone and they smile back.

When I read this story it put me in mind of my girl Genessee. Haha, on a random note, the other day I dreamt in an alternate universe that we ran away together, which is funny and kind of weird because she's like Bizzaro Diora, she's like the Diora Doppleganger OFDOOM. Anyway, the whole time I was reading this I was thinking about Gen. I knew her from work and actually, I had no idea she was the Diora Doppleganger OFDOOM because she's so low profile in the workplace and she seemed HELLA quiet. (Little did I know! For those that know me personally, you know I'm not exactly QUIET.) It wasn't until we were both working for the same company for a year and she moved offices to be almost next door to me, that I found out what omgsuperamazing chick she was. Well, *cough* I DID say she's my doppleganger. And no, I'm not much on modestym, I guess. Ha.

But as per usual, I digress. So Gen - she's an awesome girly tomboy like me, and likes pretty much almost all the same shit I do, except ever since I've known her she always seemed to have this vibe of complete centeredness and just being totally grounded. When I didn't know her well I wistfully wished I did, because she just seemed like she had a good head on her shoulders, and above all, she always seemed pretty happy. That was the thing I didn't get about her...when I was miserable, some days I wanted to ask her, "What's there to be SO GOD DAMNED HAPPY about??" And I don't mean "Somebody has a case of the MONDAYYYYS!" kind of fake-happy, I mean she just seemed to radiate a calm sort of pleasure and happiness in herself, where she was in her life, and the world around her. I wanted to get to know her if only to find out how I, too, could attain this quality, this...incredible lightness of being. Now that I know her, all my interactions with her, and all the time I spend with her, is imbued with just that quality. I know she's the rock in a lot of people's lives, and I just worry that she maybe doesn't have that in someone else. I hope I am or can be at some point, and also hope that if I spend enough time with her, I'll figure out how to feel that way, too. I think I'm doing an okay job of it so far, actually.

So basically, Gen, you're amazing, and your happiness in yourself and in life affected me more than you knew!

(This sappy almost-love letter was brought to you by D.R.E.A.M - these days it seems like Death Rules Everything Around Me. I've lost a lot of loved ones in the past year, and am about to lose another to cancer, so it seems like a good time to try and make sure that the people I love and appreciate know it.)

Obama and Hillary, Sitting In a Tree...


W-O-R-K-I-N-G! And together, no less. I thought it was a smart move on Obama's part to include Hillary in his administration, especially as Secretary of State, for all the reasons that everyone knows by now. However, I read this story today online and it was very thought provoking, and I think most of you that know me, know that there's nothing I love more than thought provoking topics.

In any case, the writer of the article, Naomi Pope, is VERY articulate and writes exceedingly well, this didn't read so much like a news piece or a newspaper article, but more like something from a book I'd actually read for pleasure. She talks about why Obama picked Hillary and had quite a few statements that really struck me.

Statement 1: "Indeed, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Obama— the son of a strong single mother, raised also by an influential grandmother, man enough to marry an accomplished woman with opinions of her own (I love that statement, because it does take a REAL man to have enough self esteem and self respect to marry a strong intelligent woman, honestly), and a devoted father of two girls — understands in a whole new way how to draw and keep women. He recognises that women will adore you when you include them as a matter of course."

So, so SO true. As a woman, one of the reasons I love my manz so much is because he respects me and treats me like an intelligent human being, in fact that's what he expects from me. And we will love a man, any man, that automatically includes us into a conversation or what's going on, because we know there's not much calculation behind it, he just knows we're capable and feels the need to include us on our own merits.

Statement 2:"Obama is surrounding himself with accomplished female advisers without calling condescending attention to that fact. If you are a woman watching, you feel in your gut that these women won’t be window dressing. They may succeed or fail; but they are really in the game."

All I can say to that is word. I do feel in my gut that he's got strong competent female advisers and future cabinet members, not just there for show or as tokens.

Statement 3:  "I think he chose her because he understands that, even as President of the United States, he is truly a citizen of a global community — one to which he is accountable and with which he is in an interdependent relationship. (I think it's been a long time, if ever, that we've had a President who understood that as Marshall McLuhan said, we really are a global village.) One of Hillary Clinton’s much-overlooked strengths is that she understands that, too— and has demonstrated that she knows what it means. But what distinguishes Hillary Clinton from Madeleine Albright or Condoleezza Rice is where she was willing to go for her education.

She did not stay in the air-conditioned hotels and the parliamentary chambers of the nations she visited; she went to tiny impoverished villages, to places where women walk four miles a day for water, to places where women were basing their families’ prosperity on a $20 loan for a sewing machine. She sat on mud floors and sandy village commons to hear from these communities about their issues and priorities, and she took on controversial and culturally sensitive subjects, such as female genital mutilation and bride burning. Yet the respect she showed for the various cultures and people whom she was engaging did a great deal to allow such challenges to move forward without bitterness, and in a spirit of real dialogue."

I did not know this about her at all. I had no idea that when she visited foreign countries to meet with people that she went to actually BE WITH THE PEOPLE. I had some sort of hazy idea that she kept herself apart from that...most upper class white females, or just upper class people in general, don't WANT to see that kind of shit. They don't WANT to be amidst the squalor and sordidness. So knowing this automatically increased Hillary's rating on the Dioracat scale by about 100.

Statement 4: "[America needs to try] to solve the world’s true problems: environmental degradation, resource shortages, inadequate literacy, and the appalling poverty in which the “bottom billion” live. Obama understands, as I believe Hillary Clinton understands, that resolving those crises is the true key to matters of war and peace — the true marker of the possibility of international alliances. I believe that Obama knows that Hillary realises that conflict emerges from these problems, and that using military intervention without addressing them is merely the equivalent of throwing a blanket into a volcano."

I don't think even if I tried for 10 hours straight could I have put that statement more eloquently or more succinctly. It's true, and it's hopefully something more and more people will come to understand.

And to punctuate that statement, some work by Shepard Fairey:



Monday, December 8, 2008

Worst. News. EVAR.

Not to be all melodramatic, but I read this news headline today, and my poor little heart (or was it my stomach?) plummeted.

Wal-Mart to sell iPhone


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *falls to knees in pouring rain* Say it ain't so, Steve! SAY IT AIN'T SO! SAY IT!

Now I'll NEVER buy one, you can be sure of that. And how COULD Apple align themselves with WAL-MART???

My disgust cannot be expressed in words.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Clerks 2 - 60 second review

So, I watched about...half of this movie. And I'm doing a review after watching half because I don't know if I'll be able to watch the other half. This is not to say that the first half wasn't good, but...well, I digress.

The first half was great. A lot of really good humor of all kinds, and of course I love the appearance of Jay and Silent Bob, ESPECIALLY when Jay goes into his "Silence of the Lambs" impression, which ends with this lovely visual:



Oh yeah, Jay went there. He tucked under and EVERYTHING. As I said, the humor was good, Rosario Dawson was cute and hot. I dig her in glasses in this movie.



I liked Randall's exchanges with Elliott, and of course Dante was a silly bitch, as usual. But shortly after the "Silence of the Lambs" moment of the movie, came the part that I was not down with nor did I find funny in ANY WAY. Yes, it was the "porchmonkey" comment. Now, I would have been fine with just that one comment. Well, not fine, but I could have accepted it as part of the movie and moved on. But then they had to use every god damned racial slur against Black Americans possible, and then a WHITE MAN, namely Randall, had to say the N word like 38478197340871409 times. Was that really necessary Kevin Smith? I love you and all, but REALLY? I even felt a little ill afterwards and we turned the movie off.

Note to all directors out there - racial humor is only funny in small doses, and certainly not when it's racial slurs repeated 1000 times by the white oppressor, thank you very much.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

NFL Lulz

In lighter news, but still concerning stupidity...



Plaxico Burress IS Cheddar Bob!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Reminds me of the Busta Rhymes verse from Green Lantern's release of Hail Mary.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

People Are Still Stupid, And Still Sheep. And Wal-Mart Still Sucks.

What's with the depressing news day after day?? This is why I don't watch the news, to escape hype and sensationalism, and to try and have a better outlook on the world in general. But I read this story just now, and now I'm all pissed off again, as if I wasn't having a bad enough day as it is.

A Wal-Mart employee got TRAMPLED to death by THIS herd of sheep waiting in line on Black Friday.



He was a BIG dude, over 6 feet and over 200 pounds, and yet, thousands of people trample him to his DEATH to get to the superomgamazing Wal-Mart savings. WHAT. THE. FUCK. How do you NOT know you're trampling a PERSON? How do you not know you're stepping on something? Are you that anxious and crazed to get into the store, that you honestly don't care if you're stepping on a real live person? And it was TWO THOUSAND people, at that. TWO THOUSAND. Not ONE person looked down? Wal-Mart has horrible business ethics and practices, and this is another example of them...and just another reason for me to NEVER shop there, as if there weren't enough already.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

People Are Stupid. That's Why I Hate Them. All of Them.

My first thought when I read this story was: What. The. Fuck. And then I thought, why is it that it's always GOOD people, honest, hardworking people that get randomly stabbed or shot? It just seems like that's always the case. Why aren't there headlines about stupid dumb fucks getting stabbed or shot? Then again, I suppose that's not as newsworthy.

Okay, so this guy, just randomly wakes up yesterday, gets on a bus with a bad metro card, and then goes to the back of the bus and the driver let him just to keep everything cool and not start any shit. But then this motherfucker had the BALLS, the sheer AUDACITY to stroll up to the front of the bus, and ask for a transfer. Bus driver says no. Dude PUNCHES the driver in the head a few times. Okay. Stop. At this point, why the fuck did someone not intervene? In my bus traveling days, when people get on and off the bus, or approach the driver, everyone always looks to see what's going on. So someone COULD HAVE stepped up. But no one did. Hell, to take that back even more, this bus driver must have been a really nice guy because let me tell you...in LA, ain't no bus driver letting you get on without paying the FULL AMOUNT. For that matter, I've fumbled for my cash getting on the bus after I ran down the street to catch it, and I got the "BITCH I'MA CUT YOU IF YOU DON'T PAY UP RIGHT NOW" glare from many a bus driver. But, as usual, I digress.

So. Dude gets off the bus after punching bus driver in the face. Then, he turns around, gets back on, and REPEATEDLY STABS the bus driver. REPEATEDLY INTO HIS CHEST AND TORSO. Okay. Stop again. At this point, if you're on this bus, maybe you got taken by surprise by the punching to the head. Fine. Okay. But when dude gets BACK ON THE BUS, shit, even if you thought the bus driver was an asshole, doesn't self preservation kick in when you see the guy get back on? Don't you think to yourself, "Oh shit, this motherfucker is gonna kill somebody"? WHY DID NO ONE THINK TO STOP THIS MAN? Why was it that all people could do is scream and then when the dude STABS the bus driver TO DEATH (which by the way, is not a 2 second deal...it had to have taken a while to stab a man to DEATH) and then jumps off the bus? THEN people reacted and ran after him. WHAT THE FUCK! Its shit like this that makes me have no faith in humanity. Life is a spectacle, and all we can do is watch and eat popcorn.

And let's not even get too into the man who actually stabbed the bus driver. Firstly, as a black man...how are you going to bring your people down like this by being another statistic? As my girl Jessica always says, "You see what my people have come to?" Yes, exactly...this is what people have come to. Not just her people, but ANY people. I've been pissed off before. I've had bad days. Fuck, I've been REALLY pissed off before and had REALLY bad days, and those of you that know me well should know just how pissed off I can get and just how bad those days have been. But NEVER in my life have I considered ending someone's life over a bus ticket. Yes, I admit I've considered ending people's lives before. For hurting my loved ones in any way, for hurting ME deeply. (And I don't mean some emo kid bullshit ass type drama either.) I know violence isn't the answer, but hey, I'm working on it. In any case...I can't even contemplate what it would take for me to be in that sort of position...where not only do I have a complete disregard for others, but to where I don't even respect a fellow human life. Because in a sick way, (sorry, I grew up on the whole bushido/Sun Tzu mentality) at least you afford an enemy some respect by killing him for vengeance or retribution. But death for a bus transfer? No respect for human life whatsoever. I HOPE he was tweaking or something.

But to be completely honest...I'm a little more disappointed in the bus passengers than the killer. What can I say? I have issues.

And in closing...is a good man's life only worth $36,000? In this day and age where auto company CEOs fly to meetings in Washington on private jets? Fuck that. I hate everyone.

Dear LeBron, You're Retarded.

So, in news that anyone who has internet and/or is into basketball knows by now...LeBron James is officially retarded. Oh, you didn't hear THAT news? Well let me enlighten you.

Now, because my manz is a loyal Cleveland fan all the way (I feel sorry for the Browns fans out there, by the way), obviously I hear a lot about LeBron and his basketball team, what he calls the Cleveland LeBrons, and the Browns. The manz has been telling me for a while now, that despite my love for Jay-Z, that one day, he might actually have to kill him, since it looked for a long time that LeBron might leave Cleveland for Jersey. He asked for my forgiveness in advance, just in case one day he didn't come home from work and I found out on the news that he had tried to kill Jay-Z and gotten arrested and thrown in jail. I didn't give it.


Anyhow, so that's been the story/rumor up till like, last week or so. However, last week, Charles Barkley made a comment to LeBron. We all know Charles Barkley has participated in crazy amounts of foolishness over the years, but this one time, I think he was right in what he said/did. "If I was LeBron James, I would shut the hell up...I'm a big LeBron fan. He's a stud. You gotta give him his props. I'm getting so annoyed he's talking about what he's going to do in two years. I think it's disrespectful to the game. I think it's disrespectful to the Cavaliers." And I wholeheartedly agree. See, old school people understand what respect is and what its all about. The Cavs gave LeBron a home, and they haven't said anything to confirm nor deny the reports that LeBron is leaving, nor have they made any bitter comments about it, to my knowledge.


However, these kids like LeBron don't give a shit about respect, all they care about is making money. You know, gettin' that paper. Okay, fine, I can understand that. But to straight out disrespect your team by wearing New York gear when you're not even out for another 2 years? Come on, now.

And how does LeBron respond to the blow to his ego? "He's stupid. That's all I've got to say about that,"

...

Okay, now if you're saying Chuck is stupid in general, you could be right. Has he said and done stupid things before, yes. But is he stupid for saying what he did? No. In fact, in true Charles Barkley fashion, he should have just gone all the way in his comments and said the Knicks were stupid too for letting this kind of talk abound two years in advance. 'Cause they are. I mean, why go out of your way to hurt another franchise? I believe that just hurts the game in general, in the long run.

Aw, what do I know. I'm just a girl, anyway.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Moar NFL DRAWMUH~!

Haven't talked about the NFL in a while and there's been so much going on!


So I have to dedicate a little space here talking about my mans' poor Browns. DA was failing, he got replaced, Brady came out looking pretty solid, except he couldn't quite carry the whole team on his back, and Cribbs and Lewis were a little pissed thinking that "certain people" have a quitting sort of mindset. And then Romeo Crennel (Mr. I Look Like I'm All About Hugs) was all mad because they talked shit...even though it was true. *sigh*



Brett Favre cannot save the Jets and he is not the man. That is all.



Okay, I felt bad about Donovan McNabb before, and his semi-forced early retirement, but...I'm seeing now that he's kiiiiiinda a little bit of a bitch. Kinda. Wtf is going on with him anyway?



Michael Vick pleads guilty...LOL. I wonder whether or not anyone will pick him up to play. It does kind of suck for him that he's like, younger than me, and his career is prolly already over, just because he made a dumb ass mistake and fucked up. Then again, he made a dumb ass mistake and fucked up. I suppose it's fucked up as well that he doesn't get a second chance, when you have people going to jail for worse (*cough cough* all the Bengals) and yet they're still playing. Those god damned PETA people!


And last but not least, it's old news, but I finally have a little respect for T.O. He's still a douche canoe, but I guess he's all right. His little segment on Letterman was actually funny.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

60 Second Commentary - John Woo Presents: Stranglehold



I love John Woo. Well, his pre-Hollywood stuff...you know, The Killer, Hard Boiled, A Better Tomorrow - the trilogy, etc etc. You know, all the fight scenes that everyone and their mom totally jacked, and I believe that the Wachowski brothers based "bullet time" off of the aforementioned movies. Anyway, I also love Chow Yun-Fat. The man has style. And, well, I do love me the renegades. (Yes, even the Eminem collabo with Jay.) Batman? Check. Punisher? Check. Ghost Rider? Check.



So my take on the game? I know it's already been out, but hey, I finally got around to renting it for the 360 because I was having a bit of a lull with Warhammer. Anyway. Graphics are amazing. It's very true to John Woo's early style, and I love the fact that you get more points for stylish kills. My favorites are the running down handrails of staircases while killing 10 baddies, and of course the Chow Yun-Fat trademark of sliding down stairs backwards while killing 30 baddies at the same time. Only thing that I don't think is true to Woo's movies is that in this game you actually...RUN OUT OF AMMO. Yes, you really do.



My only complaint: The objectives in the game get repetitive and boring too quickly, especially for an ADD gamer like myself. Also, I honestly would have been happy with a straight forward FPS where you just kill all the bad guys and only have 1 or 2 objectives per level. I'm kind of into instant gratification that way, with my video games. If I'm playing an FPS, I prefer it to be simple. Kill the bad guys, and rescue the princess, without her being in another castle. Sheesh.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mad Props to the Flobots!

Yes Act X, if you're out there, as you may have noticed previously in this blog, I've made many a mention of them. ;)

So the Flobots were in town this week, namely yesterday, and I at the last minute realized I couldn't go to the show due to financial issues causing concert monies to be diverted to car repair funds. However, I did have my girl Gen and her man Matt go, because of course I had been talking about the Flobots to them for the last few months, trying to break them off with some knowledge. Gen and Matt are feeling the financial crisis, much like the rest of us, so I went ahead and burned them copies of Fight With Tools and Platypus. (I recently came across a copy of Platypus, and its just as good as Fight With Tools in different ways, I think...much like 36 Chambers is to Wu Tang, if you catch my drift.) They ended up going to the show, and Gen was talking it up today, I was so jealous, but of course I had seen them in July, so not TOO jealous. Her and I commiserated on the fact that probably the best part of the show was when they transition from "No W" into the beginning of "Killing in the Name Of" by Rage.

Check that out here...at another venue they were at earlier this year...which just so happens to be in Hollywood DOWN THE GOD DAMNED STREET FROM ME, and ONE WEEK before I moved here. Argh!



Anyway...man, when they did that at their Anaheim show in July...holy fuck, I went batshit crazy. I think anyone who knows me well enough knows my love for the Flobots, and my long time love for Rage. To see the Flobots do this, well...to me it really was a Biggie moment..."It was all a dream..."

So she was telling me that you KNOW a show is good when:

- The Flobots were appearing with Matisyahu, who Gen and Matt actually really love, and have liked for some time now, before they had even heard of the Flobots. Gen and Matt were so satisfied with the Flobots performance that they actually left BEFORE MATISYAHU WAS EVEN DONE.
- She was talking to me about the concert afterwards with Matt, and then with me all day today, the day after the show! Her and I discussed yesterday how amazing their comic was. Which for her and I is also like a sort of wet dream, because we're both comic book nerds.
- After you leave the venue, you think of all the people that don't know about the Flobots, and urge them to make sure to catch a show when they can, and cop the album, and visit the site.

I had the same reaction in July when I saw 'em in Anaheim. I joined the Fight With Tools program and became a street team organizer the very next day. (Although, sadly, people in LA proper seem to have motivation but no follow through.)

One thing I wonder though...they performed together at the DNC this year (man, if I hadn't been having so many problems with work, you KNOW I would have been there, talk about a musical dream team for someone who loves rock music, truly loves hip hop, and considers herself socially conscious and active.) and I wondered if when they met RATM and Zach for the first time if they felt a little like Kanye said he did when he first hooked up with Dame and Jay. I also wondered how Zach felt about them using the "Killing in the Name Of" intro as an interlude in "No W". Was he flattered? Did he like it? Did he think it was cool? *sigh* So many unanswered questions.

And oh, one more reason to love the Flobots...they put me up on Hydrophonix inadvertently due to Pandora. What up, Jay!

Moar Interweb Lulz

Oh MAN, I actually can't wait to have kids because I totally would help them do projects like these just to see how the teachers would react to some crazy projects. I'll prolly be reported though. Maybe the manz and I could go to jail together. Or...CONJUGALS BABY!



BWAHAHAHA that's just funny to me...but then that's prolly 'cause I never had braces.




...

Okay, not that I'd EVER hit my kids, but I'll be damned if I wouldn't be tempted to slap the taste out of my child's mouth if they pulled some shenanigans like this on a school project. Really? The Gay Plague? DO SOME REAL RESEARCH! Where's my baby powder? Speaking of which, I'd like to take the opportunity to let my gay brothers and sisters out there know that I fully support you in your fight against Prop 8. Despite my Asian-ness (I was SO SAD when I saw a picture of people who had supported Prop 8 and 2/3 of the people represented were MY people.)



All I have to say to this is...this girl will NEVER get a boyfriend if she's straight with that kind of attitude. 4 srs. But then, I don't know if I'd say that had I not had the experience in the industry. *shrugs*



When I first saw this I thought of three things. One, the scene in Office Space where Michael Bolton is really getting into his rap music, but then gets scared of a black man at the bus stop. Two, of course Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Three, I could imagine my future kids (yes, my sons and my daughters) doing something like this, and me letting it go only for hilarity factor. Bitches ain't shit because they be trippin'. It's funny 'cause it's true.

*sigh*

I'm a terrible person.

The Lazy Ass Movie Nerd Alert

Awright, awright, I said I'd keep writing in this damned blog and I will...I just wish I had like the voice recognition software that would do it for me. I have SO MUCH I want to talk about but then can't actually get around to sitting here and typing it out. A very good friend of mine (HIIIII STORMY!!!) thought - "I was starting to wonder if maybe you had gotten arrested in a celebratory riot after Obama got the election. >.>" I wish. Well not that I had gotten arrested, but that I had participated in a celebratory riot. Not enough of those, methinks.

Anyway, so here's...

The Lazy Ass Movie Nerd Alert

So, because I really wanna talk about a few things on the movie front, but because I'm ALSO lazy, and don't feel like doing shit lately (I'm behind in school, yet I'm writing in my blog, what does that tell you) I'm gonna do the Lazy Ass Movie Nerd Alert, with breakdowns on the topics I wanna talk about in a paragraph or less. Or more.

Movies I've Seen Lately:

In theaters: Rocknrolla

In a word - awesome. In two words - fucking awesome. Guy Ritchie finally got rid of Madonna (or the other way around, whichever, but the point is, its a good thing for him) and now can make good movies again that she doesn't have anything to do with. It's an all new Ritchie ensemble cast, with some unknowns and a couple interesting cast choices. Jeremy Piven and Luda made an interesting team, and Gerard Butler (MADNESS? THIS ISSSSS SPARTAAAAAAA!) was fucking great in what would ordinarily be Jason Statham's role. (Jeez, speaking of which, dude needs his career resurrected. They liken Ritchie to Tarantino, and Tarantino has a tendency to bring people's careers back, maybe they can do an actor exchange program and help dude out.) Tom Wilkinson was fucking great as the bad guy, and I forgot that he was British after seeing him in Michael Clayton (more on that later). The rest of the cast did amazingly well. Guy Ritchie himself came back to his Lock, Stock and Snatch glory days, writing an amazing script and directing with his usual style and panache and humor. Best part is, this may be a TRILOGY.

At home: Kung Fu Hustle/Michael Clayton

I put them together despite the disparity because they're both movies that I really really enjoyed when I saw them but kind of forgot how great they were. I re-watched them both recently, and one other thing that ties them together is just how important it is to LOVE not like, but LOVE what you decide to do with your life. Stephen Chow did it in Kung Fu Hustle, both with his character in the movie and also with himself IRL, and George Clooney figured out how important it was as Michael Clayton. Again, Tom Wilkinson was crazy, and did a very good job of it, but did we really need to see him totally taking off his clothes? Yeesh. Another thing, I didn't realize when I first saw Kung Fu Hustle the hilarity over the dance numbers that were so like West Side Story. The Axe Gangsters dance...LOL.

Movie News I Will Cut Myself Or Someone Else Over
Supposedly Variety reported a while back that Stephen Spielberg and Will Smith are collaborating on a new movie. *yawn* UNTIL I HEARD THE TITLE.

Oldboy.

Yes. You heard me right. Oldboy. WHY THE HELL DID THEY HAVE TO MAKE A FOOLISH ASS DECISION TO THINK THEY COULD REMAKE THIS MOVIE??????????

First of all, Will Smith look this god damned crazy?




Hmm...No. And sure, Will Smith can do fight scenes...but to capture the rawness of THIS scene?



The absolute genius is incredible - It's a one take, side scrolling fight scene that's so god damned raw, and so realistic. Dude gets beat on and gives out beatings...and STILL KEEPS fighting with a knife in his back. It brings me back to my old school Nintendo days of like Double Dragon and Contra. (And let's not forget Super Contra).

I can only hope that something amazing happens and Will Smith decides to do better by the movie than by his ego, and goes in as himself, and comes out as...SAMUEL L. JACKSON. Aww yeah!

*sigh*

One can only hope.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

DO NOT WANT!


Overworked cat is overworked.

So after saying fuck it, and giving my 2 weeks at my job (with only a potential job offer on the table, not even an actual) I quit. Overworked, underpaid, underappreciated, I was all that, but I guess I was rebelling a little too hard against the man because then I became indoor cat, as can be seen below:



Yeah, I figured eff doing ANY kind of work whatsoever, I'm gonna just do whatever the fuck I wanna do. Somehow when you're an adult that doesn't work so well because at some point you realize...you're the one that has to pay the bills. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted. My little "Rebel Without a Pause...Or A Clue" act has been postponed to a later date, and I'm back on the wagon.

So much stuff I've been wanting to write about! I voted! Historic times! Hypocrisy in California with Prop 8! Sarah Palin is retarded! Adventures in Higher Education... /facepalm! As many a hip hop artist has asked, "Guess Who's Back?"

Thursday, October 23, 2008

OMG OBAMA <3333 LONG TAIMZ!



So I was reading ESPN on my phone and my manz also told me about this story this morning. Talk about a candidate gettin' down and dirty with the people. I'm sorry, but this WAY WAY WAYYYYY outtrumps W. going to see a baseball game and drinking a beer. Eff that noise.

Obama going in with Rick Reilly on a fantasy football team??? WTF? Who's done that? Rick Reilly opens with:

"I have the absolute worst fantasy league football partner. Just try to get the guy to return a call. Or a text. You need a damn court order.

He's Barack Obama. And, yeah, I guess he's busy, but why was I the one who had to fly to Dayton, get frisked and have bomb dogs drool on my bags just so I could meet him getting off his tricked-out, chartered 757? He can't meet a guy halfway?

I asked each candidate to be my running mate for one week in a fantasy league, just to see what kind of president he'd make—how he'd handle decisions under pressure and balance a budget. (On ESPN.com's Gridiron Challenge, you get a mystical $50M to spend on a team.) Only Obama bit. We settled on the Week 6 games."

At this point I was like...is this guy for REAL? I mean, I know it's on ESPN...but IS HE FOR REAL??

He continues:

"He is taller, grayer and quicker to laugh than I expected. Moves sort of like an athlete—cool and smooth. "Now, you're the expert," he began. "And I'll gladly be the junior partner in this, but I really think we should take Drew Brees. He could have a big week. Oakland's secondary is a wreck."

Ohhhh, so that's how it's going to be. "Well, I like Carson Palmer," I said. "He's due for a big week, plus he plays in Ohio and I figure that's a state you need, so …"

He looked at me like I'd stuck my elbow in his soup. "Man, this is more important than politics!" he insisted. "This is football!"

Dude. Dewd. DUUUUDE. Say what? Obama is DOWN for his shit if nothing else. But you gotta read the whole story for yourself. Rick Reilly is himself a very good, very entertaining writer. I enjoyed every word of his story.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

OMG Midnight Club Los Angeles!



So yesterday morning I happened to tune in to Joe Escalante's morning show on Indie 103.1 and I was fortunate enough to sort of hear the tail end of an interview with a couple of representatives (I think their names were Laszlo and Adrian?) from Rockstar Games talking about Midnight Club: Los Angeles which was released yesterday. I've been a fan of Rockstar Games for a while, not to mention the Midnight Club franchise. (Okay yes, I also have been a fan of their GTA franchise as well.) I for one am going to do my best to buy it soon (low on the cashflow at the moment and all that) but I also expect it'll be sold out everywhere near me, so I'll most likely have to put it in my queue on Gamefly.

Anyhow, so I saw some of the trailers and screencaps from the game and as much as I love cars AND video games AND good graphics I think I needed a tissue for a private moment. The graphics are fucking amazing. Check these out - I only used screenshots and trailers of cars I actually want IRL, so you'll have to excuse me.

Here's the game trailer:


Here's MY favorite trailer: (read: OMGGGG LANCER EVOOOOO! I've been wanting one since the Evo 4. *sigh* One day.)


Of their official cars on the list, the ones I'm looking forward to the most are:

1975 Datsun 280Z

1999 Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR-4

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR


1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec

1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS


1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302


Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster


And they have BIKES!!!! *faints*

Ducati 999R
Ducati Monster S4RS



Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14

I love Rockstar Games long taimz. WTB now.

A Rebel Without A Pause - Shut 'Em Down!





Karl Rove: Almost Arrested!



A upper class white woman, raging against the machine...who the fuck knew? In SF yesterday, an unnamed woman tried to arrest Karl Rove while he was at the annual convention of the Mortgage Bankers' Association. He's sitting there, minding his own business, looking like a smug fuck, shooting the shit with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.

Then, DRAMA AT HIGH NOON! This shit was more entertaining that the week in the NFL! (Which I plan on recapping my amusement sometime this week, including my unholy glee at the possibility that Tom Brady may not play for 2 years. HA!)

Anyway up on the stage walks this random white lady, asking why there wasn't a woman on the panel, and then looking like she was going to introduce herself and shake hands, and out of NOWHERE, she busted out some handcuffs and tried to arrest Rove for treason.

Check it out here.

I don't know if this happened at the beginning or the end of the debate, but I would have done the same if not more if it were afterward. They're talking about the current credit crisis and the highlights of the debate were:

- Rove blaming everything on the Democrats, including deregulation that led to the subprime mortgage mess. "So the regulators in 2005 were the Republicans and the de-regulators, the anti-regulators, the let-them-do-anything-they-want crowd, were all Democrats, with all due respect," said Rove. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT MY ASS!

- Rove claiming that the Democrats were being too hardcore in their attacks on John McCain. He said: "Yesterday John Kerry your nominee of your party in 2004, stands up and said if John McCain was asked the question of whether he wears boxers or briefs his answer would be Depends. I think that is pretty much under the table and pretty nasty."

...

LOLWUT?

Mitchell looked like he wanted to say "Lolwut" to Rove, but instead he only said: "I have to say I feel like Dorothy in the Land of Oz, hearing you lecture about negative campaigning."

YOU TELL 'EM MR. MITCHELL!