Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My yakuza boyfriend and sidekick on Japanese TV

Footballers Eiji Kawashima and Atsuto Uchida: Yakuza meets Eileen Fisher, meets cute puppy dog crossed with a femme navy officer

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Good guys finish first (sometimes)

My heart went soft twice this week.  First, when I heard about U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy's recent trip to Haiti with UNICEF and again when I saw Walter, the new Muppet starring with Jason Segal in the upcoming Muppet movie.  

Monday, June 20, 2011

Murakami doodle

Takashi Murakami and Google celebrate the first day of summer.

Diego digs in with both feet

There's so much shoving, shirt-pulling, tripping and kicking in soccer these days, it seems like a full-contact sport.  Case in point, Uruguay defender Diego Lugano who, intentionally or not, lunged at the ankles of his Dutch opponent last month. No penalty card issued.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ryan Reynolds on EW

He seems like the perfect guy.  It'd be interesting to hear from Scarlett Johansson why she dumped him. Until then you can hear about Ryan Reynolds from Ryan Reynolds in this week's Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tacky much?

If the architect of this building could come back to life and blow up the headquarters of Samsung, I'm fairly certain he would do so.  Photo posted by AbadH on Reddit Los Angeles

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Twin Peaks fashion

Guess who is on a Twin Peaks bender?  I'm forever intrigued by the 1950's meets 80's, collides with woodsy 90's fashion on the series.  How about this sassy twist on Audrey Horne's saddle shoes?

Actor Chris Pine channels both of Laura Palmer's boyfriends, biker James Hurley and bad boy quarterback, Bobby Briggs, wearing plaid.

What would Twin Peaks be without 1950s cardigans?

Liz Taylor would have felt at home in Twin Peaks with her dark waves.  Those women without lovely 1950's dos suffered from big 1980's hair.
Hello Maddie and top of the morning to you, Log Lady!

Ever notice how Laura's best friend Donna always wore oversized sweaters?

Pencil skirts and lipstick were must-haves in Twin Peaks!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Ashbrook (and Amick) on "White Collar"

Twin Peaks star Dana Ashbrook (shown here with David Lynch) will guest star on the USA series White Collar in July. Ashbrook's troubled Twin Peaks girlfriend, Madchen Amick, will also appear on White Collar though on a separate episode. Ashbrook and Amick had the best couples storylines from Twin Peaks (except for maybe Agent Cooper and Audrey Horne) including this scene where they throw Leo a party.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Men on film

Odagiri Joe and Jang Dong Gun give their new movie My Way two snaps up!  Photo via allkpop

Connie Chung opens up on NPR

Did you know Connie Chung

  • Was born in Washington D.C.
  • Is the youngest of 10 children
  • Her father was an intelligence officer in China's Nationalist Army
  • She and Maury adopted a child who is now a teenager

The famed news reporter, correspondent, and former anchor talks with NPR about her rise through the ranks of the journalist world as an Asian female, her most controversial on-air interviews, and how her family shaped her.

Monday, June 6, 2011

¿Que hora es, Nathan?

Nathan Fletcher has joined Nixon's surf team.  Expect to see a gigante watch on his gun starting this fall.

New nose for Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung may not currently reside on Hollywood's A-List, but she's at the top of the Hardest Working Actresses list. Girlfriend's everywhere; Hangover 2, Sucker Punch, Sorority Row. She doesn't seem to be picky in her roles, which to me translates as not taking herself too seriously. Aja! I've noticed Jamie now appears slightly different than during her MTV Real World San Diego days. It turns out she's had plastic surgery on her nose. The bridge has been raised and her tip narrowed. That's impressive work by her surgeon. Jamie still looks Asian, though less Korean. That part makes me a little sad. Anyway, go on Jamie with your new nose! Give those blonde actresses a run for their money.

NOW that's what you call music?

What music does an ajumma buy after a year of being in exile from iTunes due to faulty computers?  

What's My Name? by Rihanna & Drake
For the longest time I thought rapper Drake was the kid from the Nickelodeon TV show.

Waiting for the End by Linkin Park
This song is tight.

Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

Rocketeer by Far East Movement
Great tune. Solid video. Explained to a coworker, who thinks all current music is about drug use, that this is a love song.

Only Girl In the World by Rihanna
I chuckle when she sings "hold me like a pillow."

Down by Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne
It's obnoxious but catchy.

You and Your Heart by Jack Johnson

Ten Storey Love Song by The Stone Roses

Sunset by Marques Houston
I'm not usually into sexy music, but DAMN this song is sexy.

Just Breathe by Pearl Jam

Helena Beat by Foster the People

Maybe by Ingrid Michaelson
Apparently I only like songs about people who have crushed hearts.

Price Tag by Jessie J feat. BoB
If there was one guilty pleasure in this hot mess of a mix, it'd be this song.

Written in the Stars by Tinie Tempah feat. Eric Turner
"Song by singer who sounds like Enrique Iglesias" is how I Googled the name of this song.  But seriously, I like Tinie's accent and his interesting British-Nigerian background.

Cameras by Matt & Kim

Better Together by Jack Johnson
Dedicated to my dog, Ginger

DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love by Usher

Just a Dream by Nelly

The Great Big No by The Lemonheads
I was having a shitty day last spring and then The Great Big No came on the radio. Suddenly my mood lightened and I felt lucky to be alive.

The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel

Lost Cause by Beck
This is becoming my mid-life crisis theme music.

Wave of Mutilation by The Pixies

Pic by Noilkeet

Sunday, June 5, 2011

L is for Lumpia

Know a little one who loves lumpia?  Kimchi?  Pho?  Lala Lu makes organic kids tees that celebrate the world of Asian cuisine.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hey Jennifer Aniston, grow a pair

Above is Jennifer Aniston's new campaign for Smart Water.  I am sick of seeing this woman without a shirt. I am also tired of her lame "covering the nipples" pose.  If she's not going to wear a shirt then let it all hang out or put a damn shirt on already.  She's not in her twenties anymore so I wish she'd stop with the coy, girly image.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ceramic artist, Jan Bilek

If you are anywhere near Northeast Minneapolis, visit studio 337 in the Northrup King Building to see Jan Bilek's sensuous and beautiful ceramics.  My sisters in law surprised me with a green porcelain gourd years ago, and I love it to this day.  See more of Jan's work at her website.

Spirit, the little rover who could

Maybe I've seen too many Pixar films, but I felt downright emotional reading Project Manager John Callas' letter to his Mars Exploration Rover team.  This week he sent a final command to Spirit, NASA's rover, who is sitting dormant on our neighboring Red Plant.