Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

No sequel for "The Goonies"

Don't listen to what Josh Brolin says. Rumors have circulated for years about a sequel in the works with original cast members, including Brolin, Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. But there will be no sequel to The Goonies, Feldman reports. Warner Bros. has decided to pass over a sequel to the 1985 movie directed by Richard Donner and produced by Steven Spielberg. This is good news. Perhaps we've all learned from George Lucas' mistakes. However, if they had come together to film a sequel, here's what it may have looked like:

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Powered by tofu

If you find yourself saying "I don't like tofu," chances are you've never had tofu served in a superb dish.

Not liking tofu is like not liking rain, air, or a day off from work.

Tofu brings magic happy, afterall.

Tofu for Obama! One dollar from every purchase of these plushies is donated towards the Obama '08 campaign.

"Yes we can!"

Domo kun @ Target

Look who I found at Target tonight!

Chopsticks, please.

Next time you're sending a card to an Asian or hapa friend, why not give them a card with an Asian American twist? Based out of Oakland, Chopsticks, Please is the brainchild of designer Hae Yuon Kim. Just look at these cuties...

They actually need a card that says, "You're my crazy Vietnamese sister-in-law, but I love you all the same."

And one that reads, "Smile! You could get a modeling job in Korea where being biracial is in!"

And they definitely need a card showing an ajumma slapping someone with her pink rubber gloves! Hmmmm. Maybe I should just create my own greeting card line.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Office webisodes

It's summer in Scranton and Kevin's got gambling debt. He's trying to secure a loan to buy an ice cream cart to pay back his bookie. Catch The Office webisodes here.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

They bang. They bang.

Delicious, puffed rice for sale

Vendors in alleys and street corners work hard for their money

Going deaf every few minutes as the rice pops

Kim Jong-Il loves it

How loud is the explosion? Ridiculously loud. Vendors put these machines in the backs of trucks and puff rice everywhere. You randomly hear explosions all over the place. Check out the big bang here.

Have a Rice Day

If you're going to Comic-Con in San Diego, this weekend, stop by Giant Robot's booth #1729 and scooch up this canvas bag.

What a face!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fu Lions = instant class

I'm generally against tchotskies. Less is always more to this minimalist. But how cute are these Fu Lion bookends from CB2? Throw these babies on your shelves and presto, you instantly look more cultured and classy. If anyone asks you, the lion with the cub under its foot is female and the one with the ball is male. And don't tell people you bought them online from a major retailer, explain how you found them in Xian at a back alley flee market during your last trip to China.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cupcakes by Hello Naomi

"West Side Story" back on Broadway

Get ready to rumble! The classic musical about the Sharks, the Jets and the ill-fated love affair involving a man and woman caught between two gangs in New York is set to return to Broadway. The show, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins will hit Broadway in February 2009. The musical's new director Arthur Laurents said, "This show will be radically different from any other production of West Side Story ever done."

MR A to Z

Jason Mraz has always come across as one of those eccentric, soft-hearted dudes who burns in the sun. Sweet and pasty white-not because he wants to be, but because that's what his DNA dictates. Thus I felt mighty surpised to see a golden-skinned Mraz lounging about in his new video for "I'm Yours," which was filmed entirely in Hawaii. Rivers Cuomo ought to take note and get his butt on the next plane to the aloha state.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Christian Bale arrested

July 22 (AP) Batman star Christian Bale was arrested Tuesday over allegations of assaulting his mother and sister, police and British media said. The 34-year-old actor spent four hours at a London police station before being released on bail. A statement from Bale's London-based law firm Schillings said Bale denies the allegation. "Christian Bale attended a London police station today on a voluntary basis. Bale, who denies the allegation, cooperated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the police," it said. British media had reported that Bale's mother and sister complained he had assaulted them at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Sunday night, a day before the European premiere of his latest film, "The Dark Knight."

First Shia LaBeouf gets arrested and now Christian Bale! I wonder what he and his mom were fighting about. If it's anything like my husband and his mom, Christian's mom wanted him to attach wheels to her Buddhist altar and then changed her mind after the wheels and hardware had been purchased, or she had him drive an hour to her house to get a box down from her closet even though his siblings live 30 minutes closer to her place. The scenarios are endless.

In happier Bale news, Terminator Salvation director McG says his crew is half way through filming the 4th installment of the Terminator franchise. Warner Bros. studio released a 15 second teaser for Salvation on The Dark Knight screens last weekend. Watch it here. T4 photo courtesy of

Don't wear fur, eat veal, or support foie gras.

So sayeth the cupcake.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Where is the love?

Yesterday I swung through the toy aisle at Target searching for a birthday present for my 3 year old godson. I couldn't help but stop in the Star Wars section. Everything was marked for clearance and the only items still on the shelves were package upon package of Lando Calrissian figures. At first I felt amused that someone at Target thought they would need to order so many Lando figures. Then sadness crept over me. What's wrong with Lando that people refuse to buy him? He's suave, he piloted the Millenium Falcon and he's a brother. As soon as MJ is old enough to not shallow the blaster pistols I'll buy that boy a fleet of Landos.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Chappelle sings "Diff'rent Strokes"

Dave Chappelle singing the "Diff'rent Strokes" theme (with John Mayer on guitar and Questlove on drums) may just make your hump day.

Made in China

For the first time in seven years Ajumma's living in a place where water can be safely drank from the tap. It's really nice not to lug heavy bottles a mile uphill or struggle with a 10 pound Sparklets jug. While studying in China all my water was boiled before it could be injested. Luckily I lived in a dorm with a built-in boiling system. So guess who became my best friend in the Middle Kingdom? My metal thermos, of course. These days students studying in developing countries such as China, Mexico and Vietnam are warned that opening their mouths while showering may result in contracting hepatitis. Eew.

Ajumma's thermos looked like this red one. Ah, memories.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Gummy Bear Anatomy

The Rock at Comic-Con

Dwayne Johnson will be on hand at San Diego's Comic-Con on opening day discussing his upcoming Disney remake of Witch Mountain. Other notable Comic-Con appearances include Seth Rogan and James Franco peddling Pineapple Express and Harold and Kumar 2 stars John Cho and Kal Penn talking about Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Warner Bros. will be rolling out a Terminator: Salvation promo at the convention, so lead star Christian Bale may also show his face. Comic-Con runs July 24-27 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Speaking of Comic-Con, here are some convention folks in the best costumes ever; giant boxes of Pocky.

Those of you familiar with Korea, you know that Koreans have their own bootleg version of Pocky called Pepero.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Some f*ckers get all the skills

It always blows my mind (with envy) when I discover someone famous for talent in one area is also a gifted visual artist. Case in point, Linkin Park musican/rapper Mike Shinoda. Speaking on his role as an artist, Shinoda says:

I’m always trying to break out of and do something new. I think a lot of creative people are always looking for that one pure creative idea that they can say, “That is 100 percent original and 100 percent mine and I finally did it.” And we keep working until we get those things. And there’s a sense of artistic dissatisfaction that comes with the territory. We’re always…I mean we’re self-deprecating and we’re perfectionists because we look at what we’re doing and we always think we can make it a little bit better.

Shinoda's multimedia work will be exhibited at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California from July 12-August 3.

Artwork courtesy of Mike Shinoda's site
Who doesn't love skateboarding legend Steve Caballero? Not only is the 80's skater still ripping but he's also painting cool stuff on the side. Cab's work is included in the upcoming SK8OLOGY show opening on August 23 at the ISM Gallery in Long Beach, California.
I've always wondered whether Caballero is part Asian. Cab's 80's Powell Peralta boards featured winged dragons which led me to believe he's Filipino or of some Asian decent. I have since learned Cab was born in the year of the dragon, so that leaves it all up in the air. Photos courtesy of Steve's blog.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Hey fat boy!

Guinea pigs outnumber humans in my house. We're their slaves and they know it.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

My sassy girl gets a nose job

Korean actress Jun Ji-Hyun, star of blockbuster the film My Sassy Girl, has gone borderline Jennifer Grey with recent plastic surgery. An unintentional side effect of Jun's nose job featuring a narrower bridge and tip is that her round face now looks wider. Whoops! Hate when that happens. Jun Ji-Hyun's first American film Blood: The Last Vampire is due in theaters in the fall.

Clones Vol. 10: Mark Twain & Magnum PI

Ajumma felt quite surprised today to see Tom Selleck peering from the cover of TIME Magazine when collecting the mail. I thought perhaps Tom's hair was dyed grey for a new role as Albert Einstein. Alas, I discovered TIME's cover is of writer Mark Twain and not of 80's stud Magnum PI. As you can see it's easy to mix up the two.