Monthly Archive for July, 2009

Japanese Apothecary Shop Mannequin

During the 17th and 18th centuries when traditional Japanese physicians attempted to deduce the workings of the body from outward appearances in accordance with Asian traditional medical beliefs and practices, they used mannequins to explain to patients the effects of medicines.

This model depicts anatomy along the lines of a flow chart rather than a literal representation of different organs. “Hollow” (yang) organs were the gall bladder, stomach, large intestine, small intestine, bladder, and “triple burning or heating system” that regulated the flow of energy through the body. More “solid” (yin) organs were the heart, lung, liver, spleen, and kidney.

At the NMHM (National Museum of Health and Medicine) in Washington DC

Have you seen one of these before? @jmspool tells us about a Wang Word Processor

Jared Spool is in front of the white board.

Microsoft
Los Angeles, CA
7/28/2009

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

Just landed at LAX



Just landed at LAX, originally uploaded by !!! :: jozjozjoz :: !!!.

Now off to work!

LAX
Los Angeles, CA
7/26/2009.

-J
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Sunday morning at the Shark’s Cage @ San Jose Intl Airport

Thanks for Yoshi for bringing me to the airport so early!

Terminal A/Southwest Airlines Terminal
Norm Y Mineta San Jose International Airport
San Jose, CA
7/26/2009

-J
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Bigs Sizzlin’ Bacon and Dill Pickle flavored sunflower seeds

I know! So gross!

Seen at Petro Travel Center around midnight.
Gustine, CA
7/25/2009

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

This crazy hot pink rhinestone encrusted blazer was following me around the store.

This was Friday evening at Ross. This thing was huge, hideous, and
hella freaky. It was following me around the store; I saw it in the
racks, in the fitting room, back at the racks, and again at the
discard pile at checkout.

We had to stop on the way to San Jose at Ross because Yoshi forgot to
pack nice clothes for an event this weekend.

Ross Dress for Less
Grenada Hills, CA
7/24/2009

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

@jozjozjoz at #bloggerprom; photo by @MykalBurns

I still haven’t had a chance to get the pix off my camera. Until then, here’s one of the least hideous photos I’ve seen of me from Blogger Prom! Thanks again, Mykal!

.@jozjozjoz at #BloggerProm on Twitpic

Combo pho: rare brisket, tripe and meatballs

Obligatory soybean sprouts and other veggies are awaiting!

-J
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Egg rolls, dumplings and spring rolls at Pho Citi

Just watched HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE at the Burbank AMC
16 next door.

Waiting for our pho!

Pho Citi
Burbank, CA
7/23/2009

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

Joz³ & Burns! @ Blogger Prom!

Thanks to my #bloggerprom date @MykalBurns for a great night! Thx @slackmistress for the photo!

@jozjozJoz & @mykalburns on Twitpic

The winner of the “Win a Date with JozJozJoz to the Blogger Prom” Contest is the guy on the right



KISS, originally uploaded by Burns!.

Congrats to @MykalBurns for being the only person to follow the directions in the Win A Date with jozjozjoz to the Blogger Prom Contest!

Although there were several interesting entries to the contest, including Professor Eric’s photo entry, plus various inquiries via email, twitter, and IM… Burns wins for not only being the first entrant (yay for the early bird!), but also for being the only one who didn’t get disqualified for not complying with the official contest rules.

I am looking forward to going to Blogger Prom 2009 with Burns! (I’ve seen a sneak peak of his outfit, and it is AWESOME!)

Sorry I couldn’t take everyone, but I know Burns will be an awesome Prom Date!

Dessert at Bottega Louie

Peanut Butter thingy
and Apple Tart

-J
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Our dinner at Bottega Louie…

Mussels, Brussels sprouts, caprese, chicken milanese, fettuccine.

-J
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Napoli + arugula & clam pizzas at Bottega Louie

With API bloggers.

Family style, natch.

-J
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Chorus of grandmas and grandpas did a costume change!

They’re getting hoots and hollers from the audience!

Someone yelled "grandpa is so handsome!" in Taiwanese.

Hilarious.

(Lest there is any confusion… my Mom is NOT in the chorus with the grandpas and grandmas… there were actually 3 choral groups performing in one concert!)

-J
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The Southern California Taiwanese Hakka Choral Group

One of the lovely ladies in this photos is my Mom!

Arcadia Presbyterian Church
Arcadia, CA.
7/18/2009.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

On the way to see my Mom perform in a Hakka choral concert

I’m so proud of my Mommy!

In the car, passenger seat. Yoshi’s driving.
Somewhere on the 210, CA
7/18/2009.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

Today’s food experiment: chawanmushi

I can’t say it was a success but it wasn’t a total fail either.

*shrug*

-J
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ProfessorEric’s Application to the “Win A Date with Joz to the Blogger Prom” Contest

I received this entry to the contest a couple of days ago, but am just now uploading it to the site. The contest closes tonight!
~~~
Dear Joz,

Since you mentioned trouble with your attention span I have completed your application with way less than 100 literal words per question.
However, since an image is worth a thousand, I may be disqualified.
Please look over my application and let me know if I make the top tier. It is in pdf form so I could not post it myself.

Thanks.

-professoreric

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Parked in Wolfgang Puck’s reserved parking space

At a screening with Moye.

The parking attendant told me it was ok to park there.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

At the dentist’s waiting to get numb

Trying to be a good patient.

My wonderful dentist says his grandson is now really getting into
HARRY POTTER.

He wished that he had a magic wand that made people numb instead of
having to give injections. (He HATES causing pain to his patients.)

"What if I’d come in here with a wand? Aren’t you glad that I follow
dental procedure even though I now believe in magic?" he asked me.

Hee hee! So cute!

7/16/2009

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

Win a Date With Jozjozjoz! To The Blogger Prom!

i’m supposed to devise some sort of contest to decide who takes joz to the blogger prom. ummm, got any ideas?

and before you ask, no, joz hasn’t broken up with yoshi. joz and yoshi have been together for a really long time and joz has figured out that yoshi is much more pleasant when not forced to attend social functions with strangers. when the yoshi could be at home, watching baseball and drinking beer. yoshi is anti-social. joz is whatever you’d call the opposite of anti-social.

ANYWAY!

answer these questions: why do you want to go to blogger prom? why would anyone want to go to blogger prom? WTF is the blogger prom?* Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?

truly, this contest is going to be simple. tell me who you are, why you want to go (please, 100 words or less, joz’s attention span is rapidly declining thanks to twitter), and give me a new, creative, and inspiring tagline for jozjozjoz.com and you’re in–provided you pass a standard background check and pee in a cup.

entries must be submitted via comments to this post by 11:59 pm PST on friday, july 17, 2009

the winner will be notified by sometime saturday morning and given instructions on how to redeem their prize.

see? simple!

FINE PRINT: THIS PROMOTION IS OFFERED IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE. THIS PROMOTION IS VOID OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTIONS LISTED ABOVE, AND WHEREVER PROHIBITED BY LAW. THIS PROMOTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS (THAT WE KNOW OF). THIS PROMOTION IS OPEN SOLELY TO PERSONS WHO ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF, AND CURRENTLY RESIDING IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE. IN ORDER TO ENTER, RESIDENTS OF THE JURISDICTIONS LISTED ABOVE MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. ALL ENTRANTS MUST HAVE AN ACTIVE AND BEATING HEART AT TIME OF ENTRY. BY ENTERING, YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU HAVE READ THE “OFFICIAL” RULES AND ANY APPLICABLE WEB SITE POLICIES AND/OR TERMS OF USE, AND THAT YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND (!) BY ALL OF THEM. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN (ALTHOUGH A BEER WOULDN’T HURT). A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE AN ENTRANT’S CHANCES OF WINNING A PRIZE (WELL, IT MIGHT).

*the exclusive invite-only Blogger Prom 2009, which takes place at the Andaz Hotel July 22, 2009. Free cocktails, delicious food, sweet giveaways, a gorgeous venue and only bloggers in kitschy, cool, weird prom attire.

Hello Kitty Hell: Hello Kitty Tasers, Hondas, Condom Keepers, and More

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Hello Kitty is an oft-blogged about topic at 8Asians because HK is emblazoned on all things imaginable. We’ve already covered Hello Kitty Mac cosmetics, Hello Kitty as a model for Christian Dior, and Hello Kitty as an MMORPG.

Let me introduce you to Hello Kitty Hell, a blog dedicated to chronicling one man’s life in cute overload. I’d actually seen this site a couple of years ago, but with years of content built up now, you can spend a lot of time surfing the insanity of Hello Kitty crapola.

As mentioned, Hello Kitty Tasers, Hello Kitty Hondas, and Hello Kitty Condom Keepers are just a taste of what you can find on this site.

But beware, Hello Kitty fans! If you’re actually looking to purchase or find items that you see on this site, this is not the place to go! Not only is this guy not willing to help you find what you’re looking for, he’s even got a snarky message for those “whiners” who are mad at him for not helping in their HK searches!

I say that If you are a true Hello Kitty fan, you’ll be able to find this stuff without his help! Bonus points if you are wearing Hello Kitty underwear and eating Hello Kitty Canned Ramen!

(The words “Hello Kitty” were used 14 times above, not counting abbreviations of “HK”! A record, I think!)

h/t: MJ

Reactions to Michael Jackson’s death in Asia

The death of Michael Jackson has unleashed a lot of craziness here in Los Angeles, as it has been the location of his death and memorial service, as well as “home base” for the Jackson Family (via their Encino compound).

But all over the world, the outpouring of emotion over Michael Jackson’s passing has been a its own kinds of crazy. Fans all over the world have been following the ongoing saga, but how have Asian fans been reacting? See this CNN video which includes an interesting comment by a Japanese woman: “I am surprised by his death but I understand why he had a short life: he didn’t seem like a happy person.”

What about in other parts of Asia? For those of us in North America, MJ’s death broke during the middle of the day, but in Asia, early risers were the first to hear the news. OneIndia reported the following:

Indian fans resorted to the internet, news websites, blogs and foreign channels. Social Networking sites like Facebook, Orkut and Twitter soon became the destination for sharing and grieving.

According to media reports, the SMS networks in India registered a significant rise in traffic after 4:30 am on Friday, Jun 26.

Many Chinese were affected deeply as MJ’s passing signified the demise of the icon that exposed the China to the outside world. Many people in the U.S. don’t realize that the release of “Thriller” in the 1980s was one of the first times Western (American) pop music to make it into China. Maybe that’s why there are already investors in Shanghai who are already talking about building a small scale version of Neverland in China.

Elsewhere, the Filipino prisoners, who became famous via their version of Thriller on YouTube, completed a tribute to Michael Jackson complete with a giant banner of Michael Jackson on June 27, 2009… that is “10 hours after receiving word that the King of Pop passed away.”

Speaking of quick turnarounds, “two Chinese writers locked themselves up with coffee and cigarettes, no cellphones and no sleep for 48 hours — and emerged with a finished Michael Jackson biography. “Moonwalk in Paradise” hit shelves this weekend, fewer than 10 days after the pop star’s death.”

The newspaper China Daily reported:

The 130,000-word book, titled “Moonwalk in Paradise — the Michael Jackson biography,” written by Jiang Xiaoyu and Xing Han, and published by Chinese publishing house Xiandai was available for pre-order sales online on Friday and on bookshelves Saturday. …

A report in China Youth Daily said the writers never met or interviewed Jackson and simply wrote the story from their “accumulated knowledge about the king of pop.”…

[co-author Jiang Xiaoyu said] “I am not only a music critic but also a fan of the King of Pop, so I understand what fans really need…. fans cannot wait for months.”

I, for one, have no idea how long it would take me to come up with 130,000 words, so props to these guys for cranking it all out. Of course, there’s no saying how accurate or well-written this book is, but in today’s world of “instant information,” authors do have to move fast. “Instant Michael Jackson books” have already been released in the U.S., too.

As for my personal memories of Michael Jackson music from my childhood? My parents were pretty strict about what kind of music we listened to (mostly classical music), but “Thriller” was so pervasive, even I managed to persuade an uncle into getting me a copy of the album. I think I can safely say this now, but my copy of “Thriller” was on cassette tape, obviously some sort of bootleg tape from Taiwan with the lyrics of the album poorly “translated” into Engrish inserted. I’m not certain, but I think this may partly explain why I never know the words to any songs. Shamone!

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