Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Tom Larkin is convinced that a shark jolted his surfboard and left what looks like a bite mark on the back end while he waited for a wave in the waters near Bolsa Chica State Beach earlier this month. After paddling in as his damaged surfboard took on water, the 26-year-old stock analyst from Manhattan Beach said he "proceeded to freak out in the parking lot. I don't know what else it could have been." But Huntington Beach lifeguards dismiss the reports as hogwash -- even though great whites have been spotted in the area in years past." As far as we know, there's not any evidence there's great whites in our vicinity," said marine safety officer Steve Reuter of the Huntington Beach city lifeguards. And Los Angeles County lifeguard patrols haven't recorded any unusual sightings, said Capt. Terry Harvey. "It's springtime; people are saying 'shark' and they're freaking out," Reuter said. He said surfers and swimmers are more likely to encounter less-dangerous thresher, blue or nurse sharks. In other words: "I would call it shenanigans."
Friday, March 28, 2008
"Paper Planes," by Sri Lankan artist M.I.A., is officially stuck in my head, despite the offputting gunshots in the chorus. This video, filmed in NYC, features cameos by Ad-Rock and Mike D. of the Beastie Boys. Blink (as I first did) and you may miss them.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The chimp's handler better watch his back. Chimpanzees are smart suckers! They have outscored humans on memory tests. This chimp might decide he's had enough beatings and floor the Mach 5 right over his handler, if given the chance.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
PLOT: Rob Dyrdek is a professional skateboarder and verbose showboat. Big Black (aka Chris Boykin) is his straight-talking, I'll try anything once-bodyguard. They live together in a L.A. pad and get into some crazy hijinks every episode. It's a reality TV show that Big Black admits is not completely real. Regardless, Rob and Big reminds me of an amusement park ride whose specs are a bit off, resulting is a frantic yet exhilarating ride. I am especially fond of Big Black, who tells it like it is. Getting dressed up to be on their own cereal box (after getting no response from Kashi), Big applies red lipstick and says, "I hope I don't get beat up in the streets for this."
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I had big plans to throw my newly purchased iPod across the customer service area of Best Buy, today. Two days of frustration over not getting it to sync properly reaked havoc on my sunny disposition. I wanted it all to play out in a dramatic display with the Apple product sailing through the air. Alas, I realized I'd get better service if I wasn't a raving lunatic.
Best Buy accepted my return without question. The Geek Squad guy pushed some buttons and furrowed his brow on how this new Apple product failed so miserably. A Best Buy employee found me, later, browsing at their other MP3 players and suggested I reexamine my iPod's default settings, since it's set up to use as little memory as possible. $230 dollars and an iPod later, I discovered the guy was right. Apple 1. Ajumma 0.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
- Toyota earned my "Most Attractive Spokespeople" award at the show--mainly women of color in short, red leather belted jackets, black shirts, and stilletto boots
Paul Walker, you look good in those Pumas. I'm glad it's a fork in your hand and not a cigarette. Vin, you've been away too long (and by too long, I mean making crappy movies like The Pacifier and Find Me Guilty). Photos courtesy of ridiculously fantastic site, ohlalamag.com
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Watch the video of the boys taking on Rock-a-Hoola here.
1. Rather than cranking a key, the Prius features a power button.
Monday, March 10, 2008
"Get him out of the tank," screamed a woman in the village in the Urals. The army promised Friday to pay compensation and said the tank must have been broken and fallen behind a column heading to a test site for exercises. Earlier it said the vehicle slid on melting ice.
"Of course, there were violations but the crew acted in good faith to catch up with its unit," said Colonel Konstantin Lazutkin, spokesman for Russia's Volga-Urals Military District.
"Thank God, they didn't shoot," the house owner said on the video.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Perhaps you've heard Target stores now sell Converse clothing and One Star shoes. I checked it out on Friday night. The shoes are a dumbed down, cheapened version of their original One Stars. The slip-ons are half decent with metal shoelace rings (the tie-ons don't have them), but I am not a faux shoelace-less, slip-on kind of girl. Target wanted $30 for these shoes. I'd pay no more than $10. They look like the kind of shoes you'd see piled in groups of 300 at swap meets. Now their black suede men's skate shoe is another story. These babies have some substance to them, and while I cannot imagine someone doing tricks with so little heel support, they're pretty comfortable! I snatched up a pair for myself. As far Converse's clothing, they look nice on the models, but doesn't everything?
Friday, March 7, 2008
I proceeded to Google Christian so my coworker could take a second look at him. Upon seeing him again she said she couldn't figure out why she thought Christian was Asian. I think I know why. Christian looks like one of those nerdy Asian characters in 1980's movies. Sigh.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
What a hot button topic! Living near Los Angeles during the immigration reform votes of 2006, I remember Latino students marching out of their high schools and across cities in protest. Some were true activists and others simply wanted out of class. One of my colleagues at the time came to the U.S. as a child, as an undocumented Mexican immigrant. As a young adult she was accepted to UCLA and earned her Ph.D. When the high school students marched past my office window she rushed to my desk and watched excitedly. She joined them later at a rally, and told them how years ago she wouldn't have dared speak out in a crowd because she lived in fear. But now she now wanted to put a face on the topic of illegal immigration, because that's what she felt was being lost in the controversy--the people and their stories.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
This evening Margaret shoved her knife a little deeper into my back when she blogged about her perfect skin. She says, "I have beautiful, amazing, incandescently glowing and mostly clear skin, and I try really hard to get it that way. Skin is totally important to me." Yeah, skin is important to me, too. I really need it so my muscles and tissue don't fall out and slosh all over the ground! Too bad it won't stay clear for longer than a week!!! Anyway, kudos to Cho for loving dogs and for having a pro-PETA stance. But it's sure hard to relate to a popular, skinny Korean girl with incandescant skin.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
I think Taaschen should create a coffee table book made up of bad English translations from foreign countries. It would sell millions.
- Dark colors create depth and therefore make rooms seem bigger, not smaller (I'm not sure if I agree with this one)
- Accessories are the fastest way to change a room's appearance
- Paint is the cheapest way to change a room's appearance
- Plants are the quickest way to warm up a room
- Put real plants on eye level and silk plants on upper levels (Ajumma generally says NO to fake plants, because fake and dead plants don't give off chi.)
Lee also talked about how to select paint colors for rooms. Here's what drew the largest laugh from the crowd: Lee said when selecting a color for your bathroom you should select the opposite color of your hair. Hmm. Lee also said:
- He has broken his arm twice during "Design on a Dime," both from skateboarding accidents
- He has adopted two dogs, so now his house is full of dog hair
- Unlike many other home makeover shows, after the cameras stop rolling DOAD lets homeowners keep everything the crew has made or purchased for the episode
- Alot of the stars of reality homeshows, these days, are not designers or carpenters, but actors. I suspect he was specifically referencing Carter Oosterhouse of "Trading Spaces" and "Carter Can."
Lee, Summer, and Charles wrapped up their last episode of "Design on a Dime" last October. Lee is now filming webisodes of his reality design series, "Real Lee TV," which are pretty cool. Watch his series promo here!