Monthly Archive for July, 2005

Hey…

Happy Birthday, Teresita

I miss you.

YUM-MY

I’m eating a spinach and feta cheese pretzel from Borders right now.

Mmmmmmmmmm…

HEY!

Stop throwing things at my head!

Random stuff for July 26, 2005

Some random things for today:

-An excellent story from the New York Times a few days ago on how Costco became the Anti-WalMart (subscription required)

-Thanks to Koga for sending me the link to this story: Beauty and the Bleach: Some Asian American women spend thousands pursuing the traditional ideal of whiter skin. Others see a dark shadow of prejudice.

-Seen at Craigslist LA (via David Kurtz): Angelyne & Dennis Woodruff to marry?
Date: 2005-07-26, 8:29AM PDT

Yes by george it’s True. Out of work starving artists Dennis Woodruff has asked the billboard queen of the 70’s AKA the pepto-bismol corvette girl for her hand in marriage. Dennis is 54 years old and Angelyne is 59, but they both look fantastic don’t they? The sacred spot for the wedding ceremony is still being hashed out because Dennis wants to hold it at the Coffee Bean on Melrose, so his cars can all be in attendance parked beside each other, but Angelyne wants to hold it under her last remaining billboard on Vine st. and Hollywood Blvd. That last billboard is still there isn”t it? I can’t remember since it has been so long since i was in the area, as I never need to pick up any homeless transvestites for any reason Eddie. Anyway, the faded billboard is either still there, or she wants to hold it on the street in that location as it was once there. Angelyne’s benefactor has finally decided NO MORE BILLBOARDS, as it “just didn’t work” referring to her career as an actress. From what I remember, I did see Angelyne once as an extra for one quick fleeting second in some L.A. themed movie of which the title escapes me. Yet they are famous in their own right, and we wish them all the happiness a hollywood marriage can bring two busy Hollywoodites. Dennis stays busy driving his 3 bizarre vehicles around Sunset Strip while Angelyne stays busy driving her pepto vette up and down Sunset and has even branched out to cruising Malibu. (There goes the neighborhood)
We will keep you posted right here as to dates and times of the special event so you can attend a once in a lifetime spectacle.
This is Mister Rude Reporting for Hollywood And Beyond

Yay for John Cho!

I read in the trades today that John Cho (of “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Better Luck Tomorrow” and the back of whose head is in a picture behind me here) has signed a talent deal with Fox (in the mid-six figures) where Fox and 20th Century Fox TV will develop a potential comedy vehicle for him.

Woot!

He’s already signed to star in at least 8 episodes of “Kitchen Confidential,” set in the NY restaurant world. Cho plays Teddy Wong, one of the chefs brought in by Jack Bourdain (played by Bradley Cooper) to help open a new hot eatery.

My question is: When will he and Kal Penn (Kalpenn Modi) make a sequel to the first Harold & Kumar movie?

“WB seeks bigger aud, commits Frogicide” (Headline from today’s Daily Variety)

Here’s the lead by Josef Adalian:

Michigan J. Frog has croaked — and with his passing, execs at the WB hope to finally shed the image as the Clearasil net.

WB topper Garth Ancier made it very clear that the Frog net would no longer be using the classic Warner Bros animated amphibian as a mascot.

“In my opinion, the frog is dead and buried,” Ancier told crix at the previously news-free summer edition of the semiannual TV Critics Assn press tour. “The frog was on life support for a long time and then we got permission from a federal court to remove the feeding tube.”

Later, in an interview with Daily Variety, the longtime WB exec made it clear he’s always wanted to muzzle Michigan.

“I’ve hated the frog since day one,” he said. “I think it’s a dumb logo.”

Basically, from the testing they’ve done, they think that the frog perpetuated the “young teen feel” of the network that they did not want to put out.

Later on in the article, it states that the WB execs (including Ancier) went out of their way to make it clear that nobody at the net had a personal grudge against Michigan J, an Oscar-winning toon titan of the Warner Bros corporate family. Ancier said he had no problem with Daily Variety and other news outlets continuing to refer to the WB at “the Frog,” and a network rep made sure to tell reporters that Warner Bros animation chief Sander Schwartz considers Michigan J to be “alive and well (and) living in Bolivia.”

So if you miss the frog, or if they come up with a logo that’s dumber than the frog, now you know who to blame.

But what’s the point of calling the network “the Frog” the frog has been killed?

Anyway, that’s one of the best headlines I’ve seen in a while.

Another question for the Answer Men

Since my Answer Man is in Africa, I put it out there for the “stand-by” Answer Men:

HELP! What do I do about this crack in the bottom right of my laptop screen?! (Click to embiggen.)

Eh?

Last 10 visitors
1. 25 July 06:52 Halliburton, United States
2. 25 July 07:28 Yipes Communications, Inc., United States
3. 25 July 07:50 72.240.93.x
4. 25 July 08:02 BeyonDSL, United States
5. 25 July 08:33 Covad Communications, United States
6. 25 July 08:36 BellSouth Inc., United States
7. 25 July 08:44 Bharti British Telecom Internet Limited, India
8. 25 July 08:46 University of Alabama, Huntsville, United States
9. 25 July 08:52 D&E Communications, United States
10. 25 July 09:20 Vector Internet services, Inc., United States

Halliburton? Someone from Halliburton was visiting my site?
And what the heck is Yipes Communications?

What a weird mix.

I got up early this morning…

… 8:30am, which is early considering that I went to bed around 3am.

The first order of business, figure out why we had no DSL.

I had to call sbcglobal for assistance, who informed me that I was trying to login with the wrong password. Um. Ok.

Anyway, the customer service was fast, but the woman I spoke to paused between words… just like a pre-recorded message. I wasn’t sure if I was talking to a person or a machine.

Then after I was able to connect to DSL directly into the modem, I thought I’d reset the router.

The DSL went down again (no connection to the modem this time) and just now came back up.

Sheesh.

Pit stop at my parents’ house…

…I was driving back from Sutra Lounge (described as Orange County’s newest, hottest, restaurant lounge) in Costa Mesa, where I just had dinner, drinks, and danced with a group of hawt ladies… my cousin and her bachelorette party crew… when I decided I needed to stop at the house for a bit.

It was the perfect place for a bachelorette party. The food was good (if pricey… what the hell is “aphrodisiac inspired cuisine?”), dessert was better (great shared), drinks were strong (I had a peach martini), ambience twas exactly what you would expect at a “happening place in OC” (use your imagination, or visit their website), the servers were all too attractive not to be some sort of hologram.

Too bad the dance floor was tiny and it was way too crowded and loud (what “hot spot” isn’t loud and crowded?). Also, the music kind of sucked so I was glad to be one of the first party-poopers to hit the road early.

Ok, time for me to hit the road again…

I guess we really are going…

Oh yay.

Flight, hotel, and car booked for Maui next month.

Look how excited* I am.

[/sarcasm]

*Yoshi and I are not beach people. We are also not outdoors people. We do not enjoy sand.

I’ll stop speaking for Yoshi and continue the list of things I don’t like. I don’t tourist traps. I don’t like being in direct sunlight and I hate having to wear sunblock that’s SPF 1000. I don’t like being in a place where “bathing suit” is part of the expected attire. I am scared of bugs, especially big ones that live in tropical areas.

My cousin is getting married in Maui next month. My parents aren’t going and I couldn’t convince my Bro to go with me, so Yoshi grudgingly stepped in to travel with me so I wouldn’t have to go alone. (Thanks, Hunny!)

On the bright side, these are the things I’m ok with:
-Not being at work for a few days
-Traveling with Yoshi (despite the high likelihood of grumpy spells)
-Getting lei’d.
-LocoMoco every morning!
-Roast pig! LUAU! (Sorry to my vegetarian friends on this one.)
-Fresh tropical food.
-Re-learning pidgin.
-Oh yeah, being with my cousin for her big day.

It’s just that if we’re going to spend several thousand dollars on a trip, we’d prefer to go someplace that does not involve the beach, the outdoors, or sand. And it would be nice if that trip wasn’t interspersed with family obligations.

Anyway, now that the trip is charged to the credit card, does anyone have any suggestions of what we could do in Maui that does not involve the beach or anything outdoorsy?

Anyone I could visit?

Places with free WiFi?

Help.

No, the dates aren’t messed up

I posted the link for the ugly dog link on July 30 purposefully.

I might change it to an August date soon.

OH NO! My Answer Man is in Africa!

Who is going to answer my dumb question for the day?

In real estate, what is a “street-to-street” lot?

P.S.- In reality, I am thrilled that my Answer Man and his lady are in Africa… what an exciting trip!

Yes, I’m still at work

Yes, I’m leaving.

Sheesh.

Still at work

I know you are thinking that me being at the office at his hour is nothing unusual and that I’m just being my workaholic self.

Truth is, I was told to go home right at 6pm today.

But I chose to stay for the air-conditioning!!!

So I have eaten dinner at my desk and have been doing miscellaneous work/personal related tasks.

Now I’m just trying to decide when I want to leave this air-conditioned cocoon of mine. (No, I haven’t set foot outside since I arrived here this morning.)

I’ve been here since 8am, worked through lunch, and it’s almost 8pm. Hmmm… maybe it’s time to go soon.

More excitement at the office

Posted this morning at blogging.la @ 10:39am:

Helicopter(s) overhead.
Streets closed down.
Cops on the top level of the parking structure next to Ballys.
Person in black lying on the roof of Ballys.
Cops pointing guns at him/her.
Newscameras coming.

UPDATE: The person is not dead. He(?) got up and is walking around. I heard (but didn’t see) that the cops apprehended him.

I didn’t see any LAFD, so I can’t call on Brian Humphrey to clue us into what’s going on… does anyone know?

I’m SO not going to the gym anytime soon. (Not that I’ve been there in a while, but still…)

(Click picture for full-res photo. P.S. – Warning… GIANT POP UP PHOTO! Thanks to David Kurtz for resizing/diagramming the photos for me. No photoshop on laptop means big giant pictures. Sorry for that.)


Notice the two choppers, the situation unfolding on the roof of Ballys (close up of the boxed area below), the cops on the roof of the Ballys parking structure, and the cop blocking off the street at Selma/El Centro.


Here’s a close-up of the situation. See the guy lying on the roof of Ballys on the left and the cop pointing a gun at him on the right?

Random stuff for July 20, 2005

-Time Magazine 7/11/05 Cover story: The Supreme Battle (Supreme Court, that is)
What’s at stake? Issues such as Abortion, Church and State, Gay Rights, Crime and Punishment, Affirmative Action, States’ Rights, Right to Die

-Hot! Hot! Hot! It was 82 degrees at 8:30 this morning when I was driving to work. Eek!

-Also seen in the 7/11/2005 issue of Time Magazine:
A story about DNA testing available to the average Joe. I guess people are doing research into their own genealogies via direct-to-consumer Ancestry tests. They cost from $95 to $399. A couple of celebs who’ve had this done: Oprah (she’s supposedly a Zulu, but skeptics say that there’s scant evidence linking Zulus to the North American slave trade) and Spike Lee (he’s linked to Niger and Cameroon).

-I would link this, but I can’t find it online. So I’m going to re-type it for myself. Please don’t sue me… In the August 2005 issue of Out Magazine:

Gay Factor (written by Anthony Wm. La Sasso)
GAVIN ROSSDALE: What’s queer about hunk rocker Gavin Rossdale?
>>Before Gavin Rossdale, the former front man of the band Bush, hung around with his sexy singer-wife, Gwen Stefani, he was a regular at London’s gay clubs with the likes of Boy George. A self-proclaimed punk during the ’80s, Rossdale even put egg whites in his hair and glitter on his stomach. Sounds like an ordinary Saturday night out for some of us.
>>In the upcoming movie Factory Girl, Rossdale will act for the first time with his wife; however, a lover to Gwen he will not be. He will play Gerard Malanga, one of Andy Warhol’s many male playthings. Malange also starred in several of Warhol’s pornographic films in the ’60s.
>>In his memoir Take It Like a Man, Boy George claims Rossdale had a long-term relationship with the drag queen Marilyn in the ’80s. If it’s true (Gavin denies it), he did something right because Boy George also claims that Marilyn never really got over Gavin.
>>As the sexy, dapper Balthazar in this year’s film Constantine, Rossdale certainly didn’t mind getting up close and personal with costar Keanu Reeves. In one scene he and Reeves are practically about to make out. Balthazar even tells Reeves that he is “finger-lickin’ good.” Rossdale said this about his scenes with Keanu: “I was in an enviable situation. A lot of people would give a lot of money to be stradled by Keanu.”
>>Was Gavin getting in touch with gayness when he married Gwen? Does he help her pick out clothes for flamboyant and somewhat drag queen-esque style? Is he living vicariously through her?

-Swag is cool. Especially if you come away with DVDs, CDs, T-shirts, hats, and more goodies. :)

-Headline seen in the 7/11/2005 issue of Time Magazine:
Old Dog, New Tricks
That indomitable collie Lassie is back– and you’ll never guess whom [sic] she brought with her
(Answer: Peter O’Toole! YAY! I love Peter O’Toole!)

-From the HitList by Dalton Ross in the July 15th Entertainment Weekly: #2: Wizard of Oz munchkin Mickey Carroll turns 86. #3: Hot Dog Eating Champ downs 49 dogs in 12 minutes. (I was reading about the US Eating Champion, Sonya Thomas, just yesterday.)

Noooooooooooo… not Scotty…

Wende and James Doohan

‘Star Trek’ Star James Doohan Dies

By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer

James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” TV series and movies who responded to the command “Beam me up, Scotty,” died Wednesday. He was 85.

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. at his Redmond, Wash., home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease, he said.

He had said farewell to public life in August 2004, a few months after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. [full story]

What a gentleman… George Takei already has a tribute to Jimmy Doohan on this website, featuring a write-up he did in August 2004 when Jimmy got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:

James Doohan

My dear, cherished friend, Jimmy Doohan, passed away earlier this morning. His wife Wende was at his side. Earlier today I spoke with Wende and offered my deepest condolences to her and the family. I will share my memories of Jimmy at another time. For now, please click here to read my August 2004 column when I wrote about Jimmy receiving his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jimmy, I love you and miss you.

George Takei
July 20, 2005

UPDATE: Here is George Takei’s full tribute to Jimmy Doohan

Typical day at work…

Thanks to J-X for this (click for pop-up).

yay!

hee hee. they have new mega touch machine!

i probably need to provide a bit more information here so as not to make people go, “and you’re posting that picture because…” see, we went to dinner last night and they happened to have one of these machines at the restaurant, and i had to explain to jozjozjoz how i’m totally addicted to them, and then today when i got to work, there one was, brand spankin new and just waiting for me to put up the top three high scores for the week so far. phew. that was all one breath.

I got a text message from my Dad last night that a “typhone” was coming.

I guess everything is shut down, but my parents and brother are fine. I just didn’t realize this one was such a serious typhoon.

UPDATE @ 11:54am: My brother IMed me an hour ago and we chatted for the first time in like a month. He’s in Taoyuan where it’s not as bad, but he says it’s “really windy” there.

China evacuates 600,000 after typhoon lashes Taiwan

By Richard Dobson

China evacuated over 600,000 people from coastal areas on Monday after typhoon Haitang slammed into Taiwan, killing up to four people, injuring 25 and forcing offices, schools and markets to shut across the island.

At 1300 GMT, Haitang was packing maximum winds of 144 km/h (89 mph), down from a previous 184 km/h, and gusts of up to 180 km/h, weaker than the earlier 227 km/h, said Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.

If the typhoon stays on its present course, it will hit China’s southeastern coast on Tuesday afternoon.

“Based on our current forecast data, it should make landfall in mainland China around 2 p.m. local time,” said Daniel Wu, director of the bureau’s forecasting center, noting the margin of error was around two to three hours.

The official death toll in Taiwan stood at one — a man killed by falling rocks — but the National Fire Agency said another three bodies had been found. They were not included in the official tally as the cause of death is still being investigated.

Another person was swept away while fishing, the agency said, and 25 people had been injured in the storm, which was weakening as it swept southwest across Taiwan toward China’s coastal rice-growing provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian.

Weather forecasters warned torrential rain would continue to hammer the island through to Wednesday, but Taipei and most local governments said business will resume on Tuesday.

LANDSLIDES AND FLOODS
Haitang has already dumped over 1 meter (3 ft 3 in) of rain on mountainous areas in the northeast, prompting the government to warn of potentially deadly landslides and flash floods.

Across the strait, authorities in China’s Fujian and Zhejiang provinces ordered back to port some 17,000 fishing and merchant ships with a total of more than 300,000 aboard, the Xinhua news agency reported.

On land, officials in the rice-growing region evacuated 600,000 with homes in the storm’s projected path, Xinhua said.

Travel services were suspended and seaside hotels in Fujian closed to guests.

In normally bustling Taipei, the lashing winds emptied streets for most of the day as residents hunkered down at home to ride out the first typhoon to make landfall this year.

The northern city is Taiwan’s political and financial center and home to the world’s tallest building, the 508 m (1,667 ft) Taipei 101, which was built to withstand the strongest typhoon in a 100-year cycle, or gale-force winds of 216 km/h.

Howling winds uprooted trees. Street signs and billboards lay toppled on the roads. Sandbags lined the doors of shops and homes. International and domestic flights were suspended, railways stopped running and seaports stopped loading.

Taiwan’s oil refineries were operating normally, however.

“There were strong gusts of wind every five or six minutes, forcing me to stop my scooter when I was riding to work,” said David Lin, a security guard in Taipei. “Every time I heard a loud noise I was afraid I would be hit by debris,” he said.

In 2001, one of Taiwan’s deadliest years for storms, Typhoon Toraji killed 200 people. A few months later, Typhoon Nari caused Taipei’s worst flooding on record and killed 100.

Among Chinese cities threatened by the storm is the manufacturing hub of Wenzhou — which churns out everything from cigarette lighters to shoes — where heavy rain was expected from Monday evening and nearly 80,000 people were evacuated.

Typhoons gather strength from warm sea waters and tend to dissipate after making landfall. They frequently hit Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and southern China during a season that starts in early summer and lasts until late autumn.

(Additional reporting by Tiffany Wu in Taipei and Lindsay Beck in Beijing)

Everything old is new again

I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve even thought of FlashFlashRevolution, but I just played it for the first time in months… and I still suck at it.

Oh yeah, and Dynomite still rocks.

(I’m over Zuma.)

Yay for the day of (almost) nothing!

Today I got to sleep in until 1pm!!!

That’s right, 1pm! I can’t even remember the last time I slept in until 10am, much less 1pm. Boy, did I need the sleep.

Of course, I was up until about 2 or 3am last night, but I finally feel well-rested for the first time in weeks.

Now, if I could just kick this cough, I’d be feeling 100%.

OMG! It’s here!

Let’s relive the joy…

Yoshi and I are sitting at Eat Well in Glendale, trying to track our package through Amazon… it doesn’t say that it’s here yet. I call and harass our mailbox lady, who is too busy to look to see if it’s there yet. She says that all of the mail has already arrived and by the time we get there, the mail should be sorted.

Yoshi and I lose hope and begin to plot our trip to Borders to get the book.

After lunch, we head directly to get the mail. I walk in and the lady is standing there with the Harry Potter box!!! Wheee! An old lady standing at the counter said, “You’re just getting yours now? I got mine at midnight at Chevalier’s!”

(We were at the Hollywood Bowl last night and had a 9:30am appointment for a massage this morning… no energy for Harry Potter at midnight.)

LOOK! IT ARRIVED! I especially like the extra special packaging made just for this book!

The box is here!

Yoshi sliced open the box and lifted up the first two flaps of the box… I can kind of see it!!!

OMG!  It's open!  I can see it!!!

IT’S HERE! IT’S REALLY HERE!

WHEEEE!

TAH DAH!!! It’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!!!

So now, I have to finish Books 4 & 5 (I only finished Book 3 last night), but it’s nice to know that it’s here. But really, the reason I wanted the book so badly today was because Yoshi has been waiting for years and now can start on Book 6 while I catch up. :)

my psa for today…

this is because i know jozjozjoz has a readership that is 1,000 times more than any other place i can post this.

i received this letter today from some friends of mine who run a school in el monte…

As of June 30th, Creative Planet has moved its entire school (desks, supplies, costumes, pianos, and maybe even a few small children) into storage…. and now we are desperately trying to find a new home for this amazing institution of art and learning and its deserving students… please check out our web site, be inspired by our story, pass our story and our website onto others, so that we can turn this ending into a new beginning once again… a safe and permanent home for tomorrow’s artists… these students have given their time, hearts, and souls for this school for the past 4 years… we want to show them that their innocent faith in righteousness and justice, their honesty and integrity in sticking by the arts and the gay community through adversity, and their dream for a place where the arts are embraced is not in vain… and I believe you are a part of the community that has helped us and can continue to help us in spreading the word about our plight in order for it to reach those who might be able to offer a new hope… I thank you for your time in reading yet another plea from CPSOA… but, I know that through all the adversity of the past 4 years, there is a greater destiny waiting for Creative Planet and I thank you for your part in helping us achieve that destiny… again, please take a few minutes of your day to check out our web site and be inspired once again by the students of CPSOA… inspiration can lead to change….




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