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Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you OR I've already read yours and think we have a lot in common.

Honestly, I'm not going to tag anyone because either you've already been tagged or you're getting tired of this whole thing...

I've done this before... )
thepeopleseason: (burrito)
This is yet another illustration why Malcolm Gladwell's works are little different from The Secret.
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I've lived with Engrish/Chinglish all my life. I still have a pencil box from grade school emblazoned with the phrase "Space Shuttle shall be realize to answer your dream." catalogs some of the more amusing offences (To everyone thinking they'd never do something so foolish, however, turnabout is fair play)

This (long, slightly complicated article) is a pretty amusing account of how poor software and lazy proofing (update: and the simplification of the written Chinese character) are combining to create something that China definitely wants to eradicate before the Olympics come to town.
thepeopleseason: (tienxia) links to an Aurgasm post about Korean-American singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn, who sounds to me a bit like Dar Williams.

A comedian named Russell Peters details why people of African descent shouldn't necessarily be offended around gibbering Mandarin-speakers. My brother often asks for "clarification" from my parents when they unknowingly channel Nathan Bedford Forrest through their native tongue.

And two memes from countessmary )

DragonCon is in a few days, and I'm feeling positively ambivalent about it. I've had so much work lately, I guess it's eating into my enthusiasm.
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From Single Female Seeking Same-Race Male:
The researchers found that most women speed daters said yes (meaning they’d like to see a man again after the four-minute speed date) less often to men of another race than they did to men of their own race. Here’s how much less interested they were in the other races, as compared with their enthusiasm for men of their own race:
African-American women said yes about 30 percent less often to Hispanic men; about 45 percent less often to white men; about 65 percent less often to Asian men.

White women said yes about 30 percent less often to black or Hispanic men, and about 65 percent less often to Asian men.

Hispanic women said yes about 20 percent less often to black or white men, and 50 percent less often to Asian men.

Asian women didn’t discriminate much by race (except for showing a very slight preference for Asian men over black or Hispanic men).
... The researchers, after controlling for all other attributes (height, weight, attractiveness, etc.), calculated how much extra income (relative to the income of the average online male dater, $62,500) a man would need to overcome the racial barrier. Here are some of the estimates (there weren’t enough data to do all the interracial permutations) of how much each extra income a man would need to be equally appealing to a woman as would a man of her own race:
... For equal success with a white woman, an African-American needs to earn an additional $154,000; a Hispanic man needs $77,000; an Asian needs $247,000.
To all the women who chose to share some emotional- (or latex-) filled moments with me, a sudden and belated appreciation is due.


Jun. 19th, 2007 09:52 am
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[ profile] batnandu: yeah
batnandu: if i grew up exposed to that language [Ogg Vorbis audio link -tps]
batnandu: i'd probably be all into lego video games too
batnandu: your people really freak me out
thepeopleseason: (Default)
I know you think pretty much anything is fair game, especially if it's sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or spicy. But, please, for the love of all that is umami, stop putting ingredients that kill into things that are meant to go into people's mouths.
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A few notable stories from Angry Asian Man

A marketing firm, SnapDragon, has released Ten Things Every Brand Should Know About Asian-American Youth. Of particular note:
The 15 minutes of seemingly benign American Idol fame for William Hung had a surprisingly negative effect on Asian-American students. There's a feeling that Hung perpetuated the worst stereotypes about Asian people and gave non-Asians permission to indulge in two years of racial stereotyping and mocking.
To which I say, NO DUH.

I didn't watch the Oscars, but the announcer indicated that Best Adapted Screenplay winner The Departed was based on a Japanese movie. Bzzt! Infernal Affairs (with Andy Lau from House of Flying Daggers) is a Chinese movie. Yes, I know we all look alike, you uninformed, ignorant round-eye.

The New York Daily News reports on a Chinese students' participation in the recent NYU College Republicans' 'Find The Illegal Immigrant' stunt. The piece recounts some of the troubling history of Chinese immmigration in America:
As early as 1850... )
Beau Sia, an Asian poet, posted an open letter to all the rosie o'donnells in response to her defense and half-hearted apology of her own 'ching-chong' remarks on The View. O'Donnell, after viewing the piece, has apparently taken his message to heart and sincerely apologized, all the racist, sexist, and ignorant shitcocks on YouTube, notwithstanding.
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I'm watching The Legend on Spike right now, which, for those of you who don't know, is the English-dubbed version of Jet Li's Fong Sai Yuk. It lacks both the humor and the drama of the Chinese language version, and hell, I only understand one-third of the dialogue at best, and have to read the subtitles most of the time. They've mucked up the soundtrack, the tone and everything.

It pains me.
thepeopleseason: (sad)
Random Redneck Woman at the Georgia Aquarium: I tell you what, foreigners are the rudest people in the whole world.
[ profile] thepeopleseason: Thank you very much.


Oct. 31st, 2006 03:51 pm
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After Pinky informed me this morning that the British consider Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker as their top fictional scientists (beating such keen scientific minds as Spock and Dr. Emmett Brown), we had the following conversation:
Me: You know, Bunsen Honeydew is just made to look Asian--he's got glasses, a round head, he's kinda yellow--
Pinky: --He's GREEN!
Me: Well, he's *kind of* yellow... and the lack of eyes are clearly meant to imply some squinty-ness.
Pinky continues to disagree, however, so I'll leave it to you, fair readers--do you think Dr. Honeydew (graduate of Carnegie-Melonhead University) is Asian?

Researching further into this, I also learned that in the unlikely event of a water landing, Beaker can be used as a flotation device.

In other news, some guy had such an obsession with Better Off Dead's '67 Camaro, that he hunted it down and restored it. I wonder if he can build a space shuttle out of household items...
thepeopleseason: (burrito)
I'm probably way behind the curve on this one, but it's just so hypnotic. It's a good thing I have headphones, otherwise my cow orkers would probably kill me.

Dear Santa...

[ profile] fiyero2005 gives me the following quote which reminds him of me:
Veronica, I think when you get out in the world a little more, you'll discover that not all well-dressed, articulate, detail-oriented men are gay. Many of them are just...Asian.
-- Mr. Wu, Veronica Mars
And [ profile] batnandu and I watch way too many movies:
[ profile] thepeopleseason: Dude.
[ profile] batnandu: dude.
[ profile] thepeopleseason: dude.
[ profile] batnandu: dude.
[ profile] thepeopleseason: ok I see your point.
thepeopleseason: (tienxia)
"Is it me or is that guy dressed like he's in the Chinese Klan?"
-- AK
thepeopleseason: (bride with white hair)
When you roll over and look at me in the morning sometimes, I can't tell if your eyes are open or not.
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A meme from [ profile] chinook_wind with the stipulation of the letter D: Comment on this entry and I will give you a letter. Write ten words beginning with that letter in your journal, including an explanation what the word means to you and why, and then pass out letters to those who want to play along.
  1. digital I am very much a child of technology--I'm a gadget freak, computer programmer, internet addict.
  2. drumbone Quite possibly the coolest musical instrument ever.
  3. do Or do not; there is no try. All that I have done since getting to Atlanta.
  4. dude If [ profile] batnandu got this as a tattoo, I promised that I'd get "sweet."
  5. dark A possible translation of my last name, and what my complexion was like the time my fortune-telling uncle told my father that I should not grow a moustache or beard.
  6. dare This is the title of my favorite song from an 80s cartoon movie.
  7. desire I am nothing if not a creature of desire.
  8. devil Any mention of the word "devil" reminds me either of Grendel or the toast Dream makes with Hob Gadling in Sandman:
    "To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due."
    It's a wonder I didn't fill this meme up with the names of the Endless...
  9. dragon Despite everything that's been going on with it this year, I still love DragonCon, and hopefully will be able to go next year.
  10. drury I don't's a funny word--funny-looking, funny-sounding--maybe not as much as "turd" but funny still.
thepeopleseason: (bride with white hair)
I've been sick for the past few days, with some kind of hemorrhagic fever. It might really just be the flu, however, because my co-workers remarked that I wasn't bleeding from my eyes--you know, if I were bleeding from the eyes, I'd like to think that before I went to the hospital, I'd jump into the car and drive to [ profile] batnandu's workplace and yell out, "DUDE! Check it out! I'm totally bleeding out of my eyes!!"

On Monday night, the Pink Gator came over and brought me some curry noodle soup, and we both watched the second season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Where Silence Has Lease." I commented that it was probably second season, and she finished my thought with "because Worf has short hair and Riker has the beard..."

Later on that night, I pointed to the little bonus sculpture that came with my copy of Return of the King, and asked her, "Do you know what that is?" No, my friends, she answered neither, "I don't know" nor , "that city from Lord of the Rings," but "Minas Tirith" and went on to say, "The tree is missing... too bad..."

Amazing woman, she is.

Now if only she would be into gaming...

And as tagged by [ profile] amezri, A Username Meme )
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A new Chinese name renders "tmhsiao" obsolete. [ profile] thepeopleseason is the artist formerly known as "tmhsiao."

Also, from [ profile] alienpred18: Give me 4 pieces of advice...

Try and make them poignant... though no one can resist things like "don't eat yellow snow".... I'm really looking for advice from my friends... real advice.

Put this in your LJ if you care to.
thepeopleseason: (tienxia)
I managed to catch Serenity three times this weekend--Friday night I met up with [ profile] leeannslytherin and [ profile] crazchica. Saturday, I avoided the Florida/Alabama game with another viewing and then met up on Sunday with [ profile] countessmary (who I wasn't able to sit with Friday night) for a third.

In general, the Mandarin in the movie is much better than the Mandarin in the series. Since some of the longer phrases are either spoken offscreen or look a bit like they've been ADR'd, I suspect that they had a dialogue/dialect coach come in to a recording studio and run them through the phrases multiple times and picked the best one.

Some Mandarin Translations--Possible Spoilers )

Like I said earlier, Serenity is good, and much of the success of the movie (and any possible future Firefly-related projects) is dependent on both the first and second weeks of ticket sales. So here's an offer for those of you that read this who have little idea of what I've just talked about. Of the qualifying persons who: live in the Atlanta area and have seen neither Serenity nor Firefly, the first one who comments on this entry will receive: one ticket to a showing of this movie for this coming weekend. I'm thinking the 4:40 showing at Regal Hollywood 24, but I'm flexible.

In other news, I watched Mirrormask this Saturday night, and it was good, too. A bit slow at parts, but visually striking.


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