Monthly Archive for January, 2009

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links for 2009-01-15

McDonald’s “Asian Weeks” Ad Baffles 8Asians…

… at least two of them anyway. Moye shared this with me and neither of us can figure this out.

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Does the ad fold down? Huh? What?! You can count ME confused but somehow, oddly, I am craving a fried eggroll with some mysterious red dipping sauce.

Do any of our European readers have any insight?

Seen at ibelieveinadv.com: “Asian Weeks till 24th August.”

Advertising Agency: DDB, Helsinki, Finland
Art Director: Jukka Mannio
Copywriter: Vesa Tujunen
Photographer: Mikko Harma / Kustom
Other additional credits: Mika Wist

(Hat tip: mrod)

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-14

Trapped in the parking structure at Hollywood & Highland

Lit only by the brake lights of the massive ok e of cars waiting to
get out of the lot. The guys are keeping me sane in the car.

Dinner tonight at uWink

It’s possible that not all the people listed were actually there.

Had a great time with the guys tonight even though the performance of
ANNIE was lackluster.

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-13

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-12

Joz & some Flied Garlic

There’s a bad Asian joke in here, somewhere.

Taken 1/11/2009 at 168 Supermarket in Alhambra, CA

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-11

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-10

links for 2009-01-10

Joz this morning before work

Taken in the car in Beverly Hills.

1/10/2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-09

Annoyed at increase of Los Angeles visitors parking permit price

I live in L.A. city proper on a street that is permit parking. For the most part, I don’t mind this, because it means that I usually have no problems parking on my street overnight since you need to have a resident’s (or visitors permit) to park on my street.

Because we have friends visiting pretty often, we pay for the two extra visitor parking permits so that our friends never have to worry about finding a place to park when they come over.

When we moved here in 2004, the cost for a single 4 month visitor permit was $10. That meant for two permits ($20) x 3 times a year = $60/year for our visitor parking permits year-round. Not much to pay for the convenience of having parking for our visitors.

The rate stayed the same until early 2007 (the permit fees went up in November 2006). Now it was $15 per permit every four months. So then it became: two permits ($30) x 3 times a year = $90/year for our two visitor parking permits. A 50% increase! Yikes… but ok, prices do go up, and who knows how long the visitor permits were at $10.

Well, surprise, surprise! Via City of Los Angeles Ordinance No. 180059, new permit rates are in effect as of August 30, 2008. Of course, I didn’t know this until I received my renewal letter saying that a single visitor permit is now $22.50. Two permits ($45) x 3 times a year = $135/year for our two visitor parking permits. This is ANOTHER 50% increase!

So in less than 5 years since I’ve been here, the annual cost of these things have more than doubled! (FYI, The cost of annual (non-visitor) preferential parking permits are less than this, but they have also followed the same pattern of increase.)

Is it the norm for the cost of these things to go up 50% every two years?

If so, then by my calculations, this is what I can project the cost of a SINGLE visitor’s permit for FOUR MONTHS to be:
In 2010: $33.75
In 2012: $50.63
In 2014: $75.94
In 2016: $113.91

Dude. If this is the case, I’m never having anyone visit me again.

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-08

  • links for 2009-01-06 http://ff.im/wdcL #
  • By the Time L.A.’s Subway Reaches the Sea, You Could be Dead http://ff.im/wfsE #
  • Chandni Chowk To China: Bollywood Meets Kung Fu! http://ff.im/wfzh #
  • Chandni Chowk To China: Bollywood Meets Kung Fu! http://ff.im/wfRp #
  • Twitter Updates for 2009-01-06 http://ff.im/wfWI #
  • Dianne Feinstein says “Joz, no tix for the Obama inauguration for you!” (but nicely) #
  • @wendelldotme It was $1.69.9/gal at Burbank Costco for the cheapy gas. in reply to wendelldotme #
  • @ATG I don’t think I could have gone anyway! in reply to ATG #
  • Dianne Feinstein says “Joz, no tix for the Obama inauguration for you!” (but nicely) http://ff.im/wGPy #
  • RT @UCLABruinAlert UCLA Pub Safety & LAFD investigating explosion,possibly a 2-litre bottle dry-ice or soap based prank device near Hedrick. #
  • RT @UCLABruinAlert Hedrick situation is contained (minor event), UCPD on scene. No injuries or damage reported. #
  • On the WB for screening of CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA. Indian guy from Big Bang Theory was next to us! #

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-07

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-06

Chandni Chowk To China: Bollywood Meets Kung Fu!

A business acquaintance of mine was kind enough to extend an invitation to a special screening of Chandni Chowk to China on the WB lot tomorrow. I can’t wait to see it.

To be frank, until I received the invitation, I had not even heard of this movie, and it is being released in select markets on January 16. So of course, I had to do a little reading up and (at least) watch the trailer.

Chandni Chowk to China (also known as “Made in China” or “C.C.2.C.”) stars Akshay Kumar (an Indian actor well-known as a Bollywood action hero) and Deepika Padukone (an Indian supermodel turned Bollywood actress) in the lead roles, with Hindi cinema veteran Mithun Chakraborty and Hong Kong veteran Gordon Liu (of Kill Bill 1 & 2) playing other important roles.

The story is about a chef (actually, a halwai) who is mistaken to be a martial arts expert. CC2C is the first Hindi film to be shot in China and is said to be loosely based on Akshay Kumar’s life (he studied martial arts in Bangkok and worked as a chef).

I’ll be interested in seeing how the elements of two of my favorite genres: Bollywood and Kung Fu are fused together in this movie. Bollywood movies are usually musicals with catchy song-and-dance numbers throughout. Some people have called this movie Kung Fu Hustle for Indians, but that doesn’t really sound completely accurate, considering all the comic book elements of KFH.

I’m totally fascinated about Akshay Kumar, who has had a pretty amazing Bollywood career. I found this interview by Anupama Chopra (Consulting Editor, Movies, NDTV) which talks about how the movie came about…

Akshay Kumar: Before Warner Brothers came in, Rohan Sippy (Indian film director) got me a design of me standing like in [a martial arts] pose. The film was called ‘Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu’. He said, “Akshay I want to make a film.” I said, “Okay, what’s the story?” “I don’t have a story.” “Okay do you have an idea?” I don’t have an idea.” “Alright, you have a producer?” “I don’t have a producer.” Sso what do you have?” “I just have this poster, this is the main poster.” His idea was this poster he had made in front of me. This is the first film I’ve done without listening to anything. I told him I wanted to do this film.

Anupama Chopra: Purely on the poster?

Akshay Kumar: On the poster. You know, sometimes it’s your instinct. I don’t know whether it’s going to be right or wrong. That we will come to know later, when the movie releases. This guy is a chef who goes to learn martial art. Bas yehi idea tha (That’s all the idea there was). Let’s make it on my life and let’s do it. Rohan said,”…give me about three months and I’ll come back. He didn’t come back to me in three months. When he did come he told me that he has a small idea and that he has got Warner Brothers to produce it. And from there it took off.

I love that they produced a real Hollywood-distributed movie… all based on a poster!

PS – Deepika Padukone is HOT!

links for 2009-01-06

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-05

  • Leaving Sunnyvale. Heading back to SJ. Brrrrr! Chilly 46 degrees out!!! #
  • Brrrrr! 38 degrees outside! http://ff.im/u2U9 #
  • Yoshi’s family is all camped on the couch watching sports. I’m on my laptop. Life is good. http://ff.im/u3Hm #
  • Time for bed! http://ff.im/u4KZ #
  • Pho Quyen 2 Noodle House (4/5) http://ff.im/u52i #
  • yelping… Pho Quyen 2 Noodle House (4/5) on Yelp.com: It was a hot mid-August day.

    I was visiting f.. http://tinyurl.com/9ss9sa #

  • Twitter Updates for 2009-01-03 http://ff.im/u5bR #
  • Awake and hitting the road shortly! http://ff.im/ujNh #
  • I’m a lucky girl! Yoshi is folding/packing our laundry into our luggage. I’m playing online. Yoshi keeps putting warm… http://ff.im/ukD2 #
  • Ok, helping Yoshi instead of fooling around online! http://ff.im/ul5x #
  • Impromptu trip to Palo Alto. #
  • Brunch in Palo Alto with Yoshi, Yoshi’s Mom & Auntie http://ff.im/uoQB #
  • Gilroy WalMart Supercenter seeking cough drops. This is a scary, scary place. #
  • Ugh. I hate WalMart. Been here five minutes and I feel very stabby. #
  • Stopped for sustenance. Lebec, CA #
  • @cyn3matic. I do! I will send you info when I get home tonight! in reply to cyn3matic #
  • Back on the road!!! #
  • Home sweet freakin’ germ-infested home. Making Yoshi disinfect everything our sick friends touched while we they were… http://ff.im/uBCB #

Postcard from Nez!



Postcard from Nez!, originally uploaded by !!! :: jozjozjoz :: !!!.

From London, postmarked 1/2/2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-04

  • links for 2009-01-02 http://ff.im/tsLU #
  • @Lotay I still love PSB! in reply to Lotay #
  • Three hours of nonstop Guitar Hero. Eyes dried out. Fingers cramping. #
  • @lotay Being Boring, Domino Dancing and many more. in reply to Lotay #
  • Yoshi and family are watching football. I an entertaining myself on my iPhone. #
  • Twitter Updates for 2009-01-02 http://ff.im/tuT6 #
  • I have liberated Yoshi’s laptop! http://ff.im/tuWl #
  • @Lotay Oh those are great, too! I also love “Love Comes Quickly” and “Heart” in reply to Lotay #
  • Time for bed! #
  • It’s still morning, right? http://ff.im/tMpG #
  • Killing time. Wandering around Santana Row. Trying not to spend (too much) money!!! #
  • Should not have entered Maido #
  • Sitting on a bench at Santana Row, minding my own business. Old guy came up and hit on me. Time to go! #

Yay we’re home!

Since Yoshi is (still) sick, I not only drove the whole way up north earlier in the week, but I also drove the whole way home.

There is one part of the drive I don’t like to drive, but Yoshi wasn’t feeling well, so I just did it all.

I was really, really strung out during the drive down the 5, though. It was pretty crowded as there was traffic throughout and people drive like asshats.

Save for the spontaneous trip to Wal-Mart in Gilroy to get Yoshi some meds, our trip was pretty uneventful until after we got up and over the Grapevine. I’d been driving for 5 hours and we were only about 35 minutes away from home.

I was in the fast lane, but for some retarded reason, the two cars ahead of me kept hitting their brakes, slowing down to 20 mph on the freeway as the other lanes of traffic kept passing us by.

I wanted to change lanes and because I was getting stressed out and wasn’t sure if I was seeing traffic clearly in the dark, I asked Yoshi, “Can I change lanes?”

Yoshi said, “Yes,” but then I saw a car barreling down the lane I was about to change into, so I didn’t go.

What I couldn’t tell was that the car had seen me signaling and slowed down to let me in.

But I was still hesitant since the two idiots in the fast lane were still driving really slow.

“GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” Yoshi yelled at me.

I was startled but then I decided that Yoshi wouldn’t tell me to go unless the coast was clear and I changed lanes.

“I couldn’t see!” I cried out. “I’m sorry! Your head was in the way and that car was barreling down and I couldn’t see the car around your head!”

And then I burst into tears.

“Don’t be mean! Don’t yell at me while I’m driving! I’m tired! I don’t want to drive anymore! I hate this! This sucks! Waaaaaaaaaah!!!”

And then the tears started streaming down my face because I was tired and I was being such a freakin’ girl for crying because Yoshi wasn’t really being mean, but just the usual cranky Yoshi… except a just little more cranky than usual because Yoshi is sick.

Yoshi was like, “Oh no! Don’t cry! I’m sorry I was mean! Do you want me to drive now?”

And I was like “No, we’re almost home. I can make it home.”

So then Yoshi left me alone and I cried while driving for another five minutes and then was better when one of my favorite Erasure songs came up on the iPod.

Sheesh. Sometimes I am such a girl. At least I’m allowed to blame it on hormones, right?!

PS – Do you like how I refrained from naming this post “How Yoshi made me cry while I was driving?”

PPS – At least the weather was nice and we did not have a repeat of the “black ice disagreement”. (Here was Yoshi’s take on the same drive home.)

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-03

Twitter Updates for 2009-01-02




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