Monthly Archive for May, 2007

Now I’ll never get one…

Silver Surfer Quarters
In last Friday’s VARIETY, I caught the following headline and lead:

Silver Surfer U.S. quarter minted
Limited edition coin put into circulation

Hollywood really does mint money.

In an unprecedented marketing move, 20th Century Fox and the Franklin Mint have created a Silver Surfer U.S. quarter that has been put into limited circulation in advance of the release of “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.”

And it turns out they’re illegal. Even if they have to pay a fine, for Fox, this is great because it’s all kinds of free advertising. And people will go nuts for these hard-to-come-by coins.

They released about 40,000 quarters into general circulation, approximately 800 per state over Memorial Day weekend. Chances of any of these things landing L.A. aren’t too great, I’m guessing. If anyone does come upon one, I’d love to know how they got it.

I wanted one myself, but I’m not willing to fork over A HUNDRED + DOLLARS on eBay for something legally worth 25 cents.

UPDATE: I was looking for the follow-up article from VARIETY on this topic (the first article did not mention the illegality of the coins as that had not become apparent at that point). I haven’t seen it yet, however, I did notice that they removed a paragraph from the online story which was previously in the print version:

The U.S. Mint isn’t the only government agent getting into the movie marketing biz. Post offices across the country have begun displaying some 300 mailboxes made to look like “Star Wars” character R2-D2 as part of the 30th anniversary of the film franchise.

Of course this paragraph is inaccurate because as we know now, the U.S. Mint did not sanction the Silver Surfer promotion. And, as previously discussed on blogging.la regarding the Star Wars mailboxes, the USPS is “an independent establishment of the Executive Branch of the United States Government” (in other words, it’s not exactly a government agent).

Photo via AP Photo/20th Century Fox

McYummy or McYucky?

Growing up in America with immigrant parents meant we ate food that my Mom knew how to make. In my lucky case, this meant Chinese/Taiwanese foods. (No matter what, the yummiest food anywhere is food made with love by Mom!) I can honestly say that until I was 18, I had McDonald’s less than a dozen times in my life.

It’s been 10 years since I’ve been back to Taiwan and one of my favorite parts of going back is the cheap and yummy food you eat off of carts. It was always trippy to go into Taipei and people would want to take me to McDonald’s or Pizza Hut or Sizzler because people thought I preferred “American foods.” I would oblige to be polite, but aside from not liking any of these places too much in first place, the “American foods” served there tasted weird. I did not enjoy the cut corn pieces on my Taiwanese Pizza Hut pizza. And the cheese on my Taiwanese McDonald’s cheeseburger always tasted too sweet. But hey, I know they’re catering to “local tastes,” so whatever. The point is, eating at a McDonald’s while travelling didn’t seem too appealing.

Fast forward 10 years and the knowledge from Will Work For Food’s post about special McDonald’s foods from around the world. Here’s a sampling:

HONG KONG
* McDonald’s sells chicken and pork burgers, fried chicken wings and nuggets. In some restaurants, a separate counter sells ice cream and desserts to pedestrians. Some restaurants have a section for the McCafé. Apart from the general menu, it also promotes some other foods seasonally or longer, like spicy french fries, the Shogun Burger (a pork bun served with Japanese Teriyaki sauce and cabbage), Grilled Chicken Burger, twisted macaroni breakfasts, salads, soups, pineapple or red bean sundae, pineapple pies, taco flatbreads with pork, beef or chicken, rice fan-tastic (a burger-like entree with rice patties in place of buns) and many others.

INDIA
* Beef and pork products are not served to cater to Indian religious sensitivities. Chicken (that too, only non-Halal) along with fish are the only meat products used.
* The Big Mac is replaced by the Maharaja Mac, which was originally a mutton burger, but is now a chicken burger.
* In India, vegetarian and meat dishes are prepared in separate areas of the restaurant in respect for vegetarians, and cooks preparing vegetarian dishes wear distinctive green aprons.

JAPAN
* Teriyaki McBurger: Ground pork sandwich with mayonnaise, lettuce, and teriyaki sauce.
* Ebi-Chiki Set: 2 shrimp nuggets and 3 chicken nuggets.
* Ebi Filet-O: Shrimp burger similar to a Filet-O-Fish.
* French Fries can be purchased in barbecue, seaweed, and Italian basil flavors.
* Ume Nuggets: Chicken McNuggets with sour ume sauce for dipping.
* Chicken Katsu Burger: Breaded chicken sandwich flavored with soy sauce and ginger.
* Salsa Burger: Breaded chicken sandwich with salsa,
* Koroke Burger: Sandwich with breaded mashed potatoes, shredded cabbage, and katsu sauce. Served with or without cheese.
* Tamago Double Mac: Hamburger with 2 beef patties, pepper sauce, bacon, and a poached egg. Served with or without cheese.
* Green Tea-flavored milkshakes
* Macaroni and Cheese Burger

KOREA
* Has the Bulgogi Burger (pork patty in bulgogi marinade, as of 5/07), McBingsoo(Korean Shaved Ice), as well as the Shrimp burger similar to Ebi-Filet-O in Japan. Also interesting is that there is a deposit levy charged on cups (100 Won) which is refunded on return of cup to any McDonald’s location for recycling or reuse.

PAKISTAN
* There is a Spicy McChicken burger that has chutney in it. There is also a McChutney Burger, a meatball sandwich called the McKofta, and strawberry custard pie. A pineapple-flavored sundae, pineapple pie, and a mango-flavored milkshake are seasonal menu items. Also, McArabia was recently introduced, with a chicken patty rolled up in Pita bread.

PHILLIPINES
* McDonald’s sells spaghetti (to compete with local fast food franchise Jollibee), which is called, unsurprisingly, McSpaghetti. In 1993, a popular combo featured spaghetti with fried chicken wings. Also unique to the Filipino menu is the Burger McDo, a ground pork burger served with a Thousand Island dressing like sauce to cater to local tastes. Also sells “Rice burgers” chicken fillet or beef burger served in rice toasted to shaped like buns.

Personally, I’d like to try me a Maharaja Mac, a Bulgogi Burger, and the Ebi Filet-O. I’m not sure if they’re McYummy or not, but I’d definitely try them once to find out.

(See the whole post here.)

h/t: Ernie. Cross-posted at 8Asians.

McYummy or McYucky?

japan33_mcdonalds4.jpgGrowing up in America with immigrant parents meant we ate food that my Mom knew how to make. In my lucky case, this meant Chinese/Taiwanese foods. (No matter what, the yummiest food anywhere is food made with love by Mom!) I can honestly say that until I was 18, I had McDonald’s less than a dozen times in my life.

It’s been 10 years since I’ve been back to Taiwan and one of my favorite parts of going back is the cheap and yummy food you eat off of carts. It was always trippy to go into Taipei and people would want to take me to McDonald’s or Pizza Hut or Sizzler because people thought I preferred “American foods.” I would oblige to be polite, but aside from not liking any of these places too much in first place, the “American foods” served there tasted weird. I did not enjoy the cut corn pieces on my Taiwanese Pizza Hut pizza. And the cheese on my Taiwanese McDonald’s cheeseburger always tasted too sweet. But hey, I know they’re catering to “local tastes,” so whatever. The point is, eating at a McDonald’s while travelling didn’t seem too appealing.

Fast forward 10 years and the knowledge from Will Work For Food’s post about special McDonald’s foods from around the world. Here’s a sampling:

Continue reading ‘McYummy or McYucky?’

The little world I’ve created at the office is totally crumbling…

No private printers.

My fax personal fax machine and fax line is slated to get taken away due to that same corporate mandate.

And Bossguy’s former office is being dismantled and turned into a little conference room. Today they took the couch away so I no longer have a place to close the door and take a nap during lunchtime.

Oh and the mini-fridge is gone, too.

*sigh*

Annoyed.

Due to some corporate mandate to standardize all business machines, my personal black & white and color laser printers were removed over the weekend.

Now I have to share with others.

Meh.

Another social networking thingy

Here’s the link to my profile on I’m in like with you.

I can’t say that I’m going to hang out here, but of course, I had to join. And the link is on “Stalk Joz” in my sidebar.

Courtesy: Chef Joanna.

Ask and ye shall receive…

…answers, that is.

So while I’m not done with this nightmare desk cleaning job (hey, it took a lot longer than 2 days for it to get like this!), I had a thought that I kept coming back to… what would it take for me to digitize all these paper bills I have filed away?

I’m a little old school about my bills. Even though I pay them online, I still like to get my bills mailed to me. I can make my notes on them and then I file them (well, once in a while I file them). I worry that if I start getting my bills online I’ll forget to pay them. And the last thing I want to do is to have to print bills out just to remind myself to pay them.

Anyway, I have all these paper bills that I’d like to keep a copy of. I was thinking I could scan the bills to pdf and finally feel OK about shredding/recycling everything. Except that my current all-in-one scanner/printer/copier/fax doesn’t scan to PDF. It scans to .jpg or .tif or some other unweildy file format.

So in the middle of all my cleaning yesterday, I took a few minutes to IM Chris Pirillo to pick his brain for a solution. What I didn’t realize is that he was in the middle of doing his show when I IMed him. He asked me if I wanted to call in, but if I did that Yoshi would catch me “goofing off” (not cleaning) and I didn’t want to get in trouble for that. But he was nice enough to make a post about my problem anyway… and get coupon codes for the products he found!

Anyway, thanks to Chris, I have a couple of possibilities to investigate. Thanks, Chris!

I must be procrastinating.

Because I am cleaning right now.

(I have 5 chapters of my Business Law book to read and outline before a big quiz on all chapters the Monday after Memorial Day.)

As if I’m not on enough social networking thingies…

I joined Jaiku about a month ago and started adding feeds to it.

Check it out: Joz @ Jaiku

(you can also find the link in my sidebar under “Stalk Joz”

Busy, busy

Tired.

Going to sleep now.

Heroes Season 1 Finale

One word: LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME

I can’t believe I rushed home from class just to be so freakin’ disappointed.

Sheesh.

Cleaning out my purse again.

This would be the second time I’m cleaning out my purse this year. (Last time was in March and boy did I have a lot of crap in there.)

I love handbags but since I’m so hard on my purses, I protect most of my nice purses inside plastic bins in my closet and only bring them out for special occasions. For day-to-day use, I’ve been carrying around a cheapy black Guess handbag (given to me by a friend) which was small and very durable. (I’ve been using it since the latch on my vintage brick purse broke.) Anyway, I decided this weekend that it is time for a purse change. So I shall clean out my old purse and blog about its contents.

(My new purse is one I picked up from Annika at the blogging.la yard sale last Saturday. I’ll post pictures of the purse later. Maybe.)

Outside pocket:
-$2 cash
-A 39-cent stamp
-A 24 cent stamp (used for postcard mailing while traveling last month)
-Brown elastic hair band
-Miscellaneous receipts
-Digital Camera
-Twin Tip Black Sharpie

Inside pocket:
-Wallet
-Make-up satchel
-DVD of Pan’s Labyrinth
-Bag of Wrigley’s Airwaves Blackcurrant flavour gum (has Chinese writing on the package, so I wonder where my Mom got this)
-A bag of miscellaenous supplements and vitamins
-A little bottle of allergy meds
-A Chocolate Strawberry Vertigo Candy & Chocolate Flavored Pop (yes, it’s mockolate. Given by Cybele as sustenance at the blogging.la yard sale CandyBlog.net… thanks, Cybele!)
-AMC Theatres Annual Pass
-Flyer for a seminar I was thinking about attending
Tempa-Dot Thermometers (don’t ask, because I won’t tell you where I got these and why I’m carrying them around)
-Coupon for $1 off Propel Powder Packets at Pavilions
-Paper coaster from Outback Steakhouse
-Paper with random handwritten notes and phone numbers
-Business card for Fresh Fire Kabob at Hollywood & Highland (where we had a quick bite to eat one day last month)
-Bottle of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 45
-More miscellaneous supplements
-Bag of Benadryl cream, DayQuil, cold medicine, and Lipton Green Tea To Go mix
-Borders gift cards
-$2 more in cash
-Travel-sized Oral-B Satin Dental Floss
-Black Marks-A-Lot Permanent Marker
-Mechanical Pencil
-Orange highlighter
-Dentist Appointment Reminder Card (for appointment in August)
-Hand santizing spray
-Pavilions grocery store receipt
Butler Gum Stimulator (hygenist thinks I need to massage my gums)
-Beige elastic hair band
-CVS receipt
Crystal Light On The Go – Cherry Pomegranate Immunity (prevents me from getting voted off the island)
-A bottle of bubbles (Miracle Bubbles, no less!) from Markland (picked up at blogging.la yard sale)
Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser 526 50 (the best!)
-Mini stapler
-Emery board
-Airborne
-Checkbook

Inside pocket:
-Pink mechanical pencil 0.7 (out of lead and I can only find my 0.5 lead)
-Pepperdine retractible ball point pen
-Misc business cards (mine and others’)
-Cranberry Ricola cough drop
-Two lipsticks
-An electronic hotel room key from Bally’s (I think it was from our Vegas trip in January)
-Paper clip
Fingerbowl Moist Towelette from Royal Paper
-Beaded cell phone case
-1 GIG USB Flash Drive
-Pink highlighter

All in all, the purse isn’t that bad, compared to last time. But it was still due for a cleaning.

The only bad thing about the new purse is that it’s a lot bigger; may be tempting to put all kinds of stuff in there… at least the old one was small and therefore the mess was manageable. If my new purse starts getting out of control, I might go back to the old one.

Oh yeah, for the record I sold approximately $70 worth of stuff at the blogging.la yard sale last weekend. Considering I only brought like 10 items, it wasn’t bad. Plus, I got to hang out with my blogging.la pals all day.

Like I have time to do this to my shoes.

Luckily, I rarely wear shoes with laces.

Thanks to Professor Shoelace’s Guide to Lacing, you’ll never be bored with your laces again.

h/t: presurfer

Push to achieve tied to suicide in Asian-American women

Um, duh.

Ok, now that I’m done with that insightful commentary, I just want to say that not getting straight A’s has never been so horrifying to me that I would want to commit suicide over my grades. (That doesn’t stop me from petitioning my school to reinstate my A from last term so my GPA doesn’t drop.)

In all seriousness, in 2005, the United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that Asian American females between the ages of 15 and 24 had the highest suicide rate among all women in that age range.

The push to achieve is also often cited as a factor in suicide for Asian-American men or Asians (see this article about suicide in Taiwanese youth from a few years back).

With the recent suicide of Jennifer Tse, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major at UC Davis, the issue of stress among the Asian American female population has been brought to the forefront. [full story]

While I think this is a very likely reason that Asian-American women who commit suicide do so, I think it ignores potential mental health issues that may be related. Are these women clinically depressed? Have they received any treatment? Did they have social issues? Did they possibly use drugs? There are any number of other reasons that could have also pushed them to the point of suicide, but I think it’s easy to put it under the “push to achieve” umbrella and blame the Model Minority expections. I’m not saying culture and achievement don’t have a major part in this; they probably do.

However, I think it’s dangerous to ignore the other things that may or may not have been going on the victims lives and say “Oh man, she was under so much pressure to achieve and she couldn’t take it.” While a gal may not be able to change parents who are pushy, or a college admission system that is incredibly competitive, or even a society who looks at her and expects her to achieve, if someone is depressed because she lost a boyfriend and doesn’t feel good about her self-image (on top of having a lot of pressure to achieve), it’s possible for her to seek help about some of the other problems and possibly prevent a tragedy for a family and community.

Sometimes a great big problem is made up of a whole bunch of unrelated problems.

Oh yeah, here’s the story:

Push to achieve tied to suicide in Asian-American women
By Elizabeth Cohen, CNN. POSTED: 2:53 p.m. EDT, May 16, 2007

Story Highlights
• Suicide second-leading cause of death for Asian-American women 15-24
• Highest suicide rate among women of any race, ethnicity for that age group
• Experts cite “model minority” expectations, family pressures as factors

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — One evening in 1990, Eliza Noh hung up the phone with her sister. Disturbed about the conversation, Noh immediately started writing a letter to her sister, a college student who was often depressed. “I told her I supported her, and I encouraged her,” Noh says.

But her sister never read the letter. By the time it arrived, she’d killed herself.

Moved by that tragedy, Noh has spent much of her professional life studying depression and suicide among Asian-American women. An assistant professor of Asian-American studies at California State University at Fullerton, Noh has read the sobering statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services: Asian-American women ages 15-24 have the highest suicide rate of women in any race or ethnic group in that age group. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Asian-American women in that age range.

Depression starts even younger than age 15. Noh says one study has shown that as young as the fifth grade, Asian-American girls have the highest rate of depression so severe they’ve contemplated suicide.[full story]

(If you have time to check it out on CNN tonight, Elizabeth Cohen examines depression in Asian-American women and the cultural stigma against getting help, on “Paula Zahn Now,” 8 p.m. ET)

h/t: OutOutBlogger, who sent me the link to this article, saying she thought of me when she read the article!

(x-posted at 8asians.com)

Push to achieve tied to suicide in Asian-American women

Um, duh.

Ok, now that I’m done with that insightful commentary, I just want to say that not getting straight A’s has never been so horrifying to me that I would want to commit suicide over my grades. (That doesn’t stop me from petitioning my school to reinstate my A from last term so my GPA doesn’t drop.)

In all seriousness, in 2005, the United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that Asian American females between the ages of 15 and 24 had the highest suicide rate among all women in that age range.
Continue reading ‘Push to achieve tied to suicide in Asian-American women’

Another long day.

Today I spent several hours during the afternoon writing a correspondence regarding a grade situation from last term.

To make a long story short, our professor was incorrect in making a class pass/no pass in the syllabus last semester. I asked her several times to check on this, as I wanted a letter grade for tuition reimbursement purposes. She responded via email (at the beginning of the semester) that the class was being considered by the administration for a letter grade for a future term, but for the current term, it would be pass/no pass. I let the issue rest. A week before the end of the term, I found out from classmates taking the same class at a different location that their professor was assigning letter grades. We immediately consulted with the chair of the department who informed us we were supposed to be receiving letter grades. At the next class session (which happened to be the final class session), I brought the issue up in class. She informed the class she would check on this situation. By this time, the term was effectively over.

After all our final assignments were turned in, the Professor sent an email to the class stating that she was not aware that the class was for a letter grade when she was putting the syllabus together and that we would indeed be assigned letter grades, which would be ready in a week. When I checked my final grade, I saw that I received an A.

Obviously, my classmates who did not receive an A complained about the situation, which I agree, was completely valid. So after “a complete review” (which I was not aware of since I didn’t complain about my grade), we received an email from the school saying that all the students in the class would receive pass/no pass credit for completing the course; our letter grades were to be rescinded. This email was sent to me to my school email address (which I rarely check) a week ago.

So when I opened my email today and saw that email sitting there, I was upset. For the last month, I believed I had received an A. And now I am being told retroactively that my grade is being removed? I didn’t even know that a review was in progress, otherwise I would have put my two cents in at that time.

I am currently waiting for a response from the school, but because I anticipate the response to be against me, I am prepared to petition to the administrative committee.

This sucks because it’s not like I have all kinds of free time to put petitions together.

But this situation is unfair and based on the information I had, I believe I deserve to be able to keep my A.

(I know, people have worse problems than this. But I work hard for my grades. I put a lot of effort into school and sacrifice my time and energy from other activities to devote to my studies. When you invest so much of yourself in something, you do care about the things you earn… like grades.)

Brief update

I think I need to ban myself from the intarweb for a while. I bombed my Business Law quiz tonight. This class is going to kick my ass. Last week, I took the practice quiz and missed 3 out of 20, basically a B. But it didn’t count. And I hadn’t even read the chapters we were quizzed on last week.

It pains me to say that not only did I read the chapters we were quizzed on tonight, but I thought I knew what I was doing. Until I got my score back… 13 out of 20. I MISSED 7! That’s a D/F! Holy crapola! Good thing we are allowed to drop our two lowest scores from our final grade. But that means I have to ace the quizzes from here on out. If I believed the secret of getting a good grade was not reading like I did last week, then I would be blogging a lot more.

But right now I have a nerdly 3.95 overall GPA (I would have a 4.0 if I hadn’t received an A- the semester my Dad passed away because I bombed a final), and I would like to maintain it. So now that I finally have a book to read, I’m going to put more effort into reading and understanding the book so I do better in the future.

However, I still allowed myself to watch tonight’s HEROES. OMG! zOMG! Eeeeeeeeee!

In related news, VARIETY reports the following:

“Heroes: Origins” will air in “Heroes'” Monday night timeslot, most likely after the original completes its season run (but possibly when it takes a hiatus). The net has ordered six segs of “Origins,” which combined with “Heroes” makes for 30 hours.

NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly said “Heroes: Origins” will allow the regular show to air virtually uninterrupted through the season.

“I’m calling it the ‘Bulk-Up Challenge,’ ” Reilly said. “We’re trying to stay more consistent in the scheduling for our audience … so we’ll fill out the year, with not a lot of repeats or a long hiatus. We’ll keep the pedal to the metal next year on ‘Heroes.'”

Reilly credited “Heroes” creator-exec producer Tim Kring with pitching the spinoff. Kring will oversee a second crew that will write and produce the episodes simultaneously with the original skein.

“Heroes: Origins” will air as stand-alone episodes that center each week on a different character not yet seen on the original show. Peacock has also added an interactive element to the show: Viewers will be asked to pick their favorite character from “Origins,” who will then join the cast of the full-blown “Heroes” skein the following year.

The Asian/Asian-American Hollywood (AAAH) Report: Variety “Players” this week

manns_chinese_theatre.jpgWelcome to the first The Asian/Asian-American Hollywood (AAAH) Report!

I’m not sure if this will be a recurring report, but I think I’ll try it out. I’m always reading the trades and taking note of the up & coming Asian/Asian American actors/actresses making it in mainstream Hollywood productions, so maybe I’ll try to keep up a little better and make this a regular thing. And I’ll try to pay attention to things that don’t aren’t just about actors and actresses, but various things that are related, too. But if people hate this report, I won’t bother.
Continue reading ‘The Asian/Asian-American Hollywood (AAAH) Report: Variety “Players” this week’

Mother’s Day without Mom sucks.

I called my Mom to wish her a happy Mother’s Day late last night (so that it would be Sunday in Taiwan). I only got to speak to her for a few minutes, but it was nice to hear her voice. She told me she got the card and pictures my brother and I had sent earlier in the week. So glad they got there in time.

After a hellish Saturday, I woke up way too early on Sunday: 6am. My alarm was set for 9:30. Why I woke up so early, I have no idea. Since I was up so early, I thought I would try and visit my Grandma early, before I had to be at work at noon. Unfortunately, at around the time my alarm was set to go off, I go really tired and was going to take a 15 minute nap. My 15 minute nap ran an hour and a half too long, so I just got up and went straight to work instead.

After work, I had to run a quick errand to K-town, and then I got back in the car and went to visit Grandma. But not before I went to fill the gas tank and pick up an air-pot style hot water heater/dispenser (so they can make tea at my Grandma’s house without boiling a whole pot of water). By the time I got there, it was after 6pm and I had missed my Uncle and Aunt by only 10 minutes. I gave Grandma a framed picture of us (her, me, and Bro) from her birthday in 1981. Then I hung around for more than an hour.

I came home and futzed around, ate junk, and paid bills, all instead of reading Business Law. Now I’ll be up for a few more hours to try and knock out a chapter tonight.

Arrrgh.

Just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean that anything gets any easier.

Happy Friday

Yay for the weekend.

Interesting things going on at the office these days.

Someday I’ll write a book about all the stupid jobs I’ve ever had and all the crackpots I’ve worked for. (Just so I don’t get dooced for that previous statement… I’m not saying my current job is stupid or that the people I currently work for are crackpots; just that I’ve worked at a lot of stupid jobs and for a lot of crackpots AT VARIOUS POINTS OF MY LIFE, one of which may or may not be now.)

And for as shitty as my day was yesterday, would you believe it this isn’t even the worst situation I’ve ever been in (job-wise)?

I know you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, but suffice to say some shit went down yesterday, and it was not good.

Anyway, I’ll stop saying stuff without saying anything now. Have a good weekend. I have a ton going on, as always, including figuring out how to read multiple chapters of a very dense Business Law book.

I had a horrible day at work.

If I write any more than that, I will get dooced.

So that’s all I have to say about that.

In other bad news, I continue to have not yet received my Business Law book, which I am now approximately 8 chapters behind in. (I know that was terrible grammar, leave me alone about it.) My friend who lent me her book sold it online and I had to ship it off yesterday, leaving me bookless again. Now I need to borrow it from someone else.

Usually I love ordering stuff online, but sometimes it really, really sucks ass.

Pat Buchanan: Why does anyone listen to this crackpot?

Pat Buchanan - AP PhotoI hesitate to even quote this Pat Buchanan idiot, but it’s relevant to the previous discussions we’ve been having here about the aftermath of the Virginia Tech masscre. Buchanan is blaming Seung Cho’s psychotic and deranged actions on IMMIGRATION.

He recently wrote an article at townhall.com called The Dark Side of Diversity. With a title like that you can imagine where this article is going.

Here are some choice excerpts (my commentary in bold italics):
Continue reading ‘Pat Buchanan: Why does anyone listen to this crackpot?’

I made it through another day.

I heard about the Griffith Park fire earlier today, but I was working off-site and didn’t have a view of the fire.

Then I went to school (drove away from the fire) and didn’t catch my first glimpse of it until past 10pm. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the fire had kicked up again right around then. From the car, it looked like the whole other side of the hill was alit.

Great coverage at blogging.la and stunning pictures at laughingsquid.

Props to the LAFD for all their fine work; may this fire be contained quickly and safely.

6pm

Class is about to start.

I spilled punch and mystery sauce on my shirt; probably ruined it.

I forgot my notebook for class. And I still haven’t received one of my books for one of my classes.

Sheesh.




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