The last time I saw Mike Patton, he was standing over me, growling into a microphone while wearing a gorilla mask. It was the mid-90s, and my friend had convinced me to see him perform with his side band, Mr. Bungle. She was in love with him from his Faith No More frontman days. Mike didn't remove the gorilla mask once that night but my friend was still satisfied.
Mike turned 44 yesterday. This man is involved in so many projects and bands, I can't keep them straight. Long story-short, he also speaks Italian, does voiceovers, is friends with Lou Reed, enjoys musical standards, and ladies still love him...at least the ladies on Tumblr. Photo via The Quietus
I will soon turn 36. I'm no old sage, but as an ajumma I've come to realize a few things in life. If I could go back in time to chat with my college freshman self, here's the wisdom I'd drop:
Study hard in Math. Take real math classes. Get a tutor. Drink it in until it comes naturally, otherwise you'll be having nightmares about math finals 20 years later and will fear retaking the GRE.
Date A LOT. Date different guys, not just long-term boyfriends. Date across the spectrum. Men are like countries with unique histories, customs, and points of interest. Get out there and experience the world!
Think about where your food comes from. The food industry is a thinly veiled world of animal abuse and you're a direct consumer. Open your eyes.
Work out and be active. You might be skinny now, but you can't eat cake at midnight for ever. If you get active in college it won't seem like such a chore in your 30s. Also, stop wearing boy clothes.
Learn to speak Korean. Sure, there's no one you can speak with now, but someday it will come in very handy. You'll be able to have actual conversations with people in your birth country instead of sounding like a cavewoman. Japanese is fun and all, but it's not where you came from or where you're going to.
Try snowboarding. He asked you to and you said no, because it's his thing. Maybe it's yours, too. First snowboarding, then surfing. Then motorcycling. Then the accordion!
Joel Patterson at Surfer Mag has written a feature on surfer Nathan Fletcher. It doesn't say a whole lot of new things, but it's alway nice to see Fletcher get recognition. One amusing tidbit from the article is that Fletcher and his girlfriend have two dogs named Mr. Buzz and Boopers. Love that.
Kudos to those who prepped, designed and photographed the Room and Board 2012 annual collection. The catalog landed in my mailbox this week and it's a surprisingly refreshing presentation. Initially I wasn't excited about it because Room and Board's inventory has gotten stale over the past couple of years. The new catalog is a whopping 380 pages. The photos superbly highlight Room & Board's furnishings with crisp lighting, cool accessories, and clutter-free spaces. (IKEA drives me nuts with all the crap they cram into photos in their catalogs.)
I'm particularly impressed by the variety of plants and flowers, and fun accessories Room and Board's designers located for the shoots. Many storyboards were undoubtably laid out on what pieces should be shot together so that everything was included, and items not overused. (I guess if I wanted to get picky I could create a drinking game based on how many times the Gehry, Jackie Kennedy, and Calatrava books appear, but whatever.)
If you like modern furniture you'll enjoy paging through the new Room and Board catalog. It's good inspiration for decorating ones own space and will likely bring wayward shoppers like me back to their stores.
Ezra Miller, the 19 year-old film star of We Need to Talk About Kevin, looks like Daniel Henney. He's pretty damn lucky in that regard. According to Miller's chat with Kate Bosworth last year in Interview magazine, the up and comer is the son of a modern dancer, would love to portray writer Edward Allan Poe, and his biggest fear is being invalidated by people in his life.
Daniel Henney (above), age 32, is an actor and model. The American set Korea on fire with his cheekbones and charm in the 2005 K-drama My Name is Kim Sam Soon. Since then he's starred in the U.S. drama series Three Rivers and as the assassin Agent Zero in the film Wolverine. Henney's mom is a Korean adoptee and his dad is white. Miller, meanwhile, doesn't have Asian lineage. He describes himself as Jewish. It's amazing how you can throw a bunch of unrelated genes into the mix and end up with people who resemble one another.
Miller doing Daniel Henney's patented squint-smile, pucker
Fact: Daniel Henney's been cited as a Clone on Ajumma's Pad twice. See more Clones!
Do you know that rockers Alex and Eddie Van Halen are part Asian? I recently learned that 1) the brothers were born in the Netherlands and 2) their mom is Indonesian. It seems Eugenia Van Halen had a Tiger Mom edge to her, too. Eddie recalls, "The whole time I was growing up, my mom used to calling me a 'nothing nut- just like your father.' When you grow up that way, it's not conducive to self-esteem." Eddie also notes with music, "My mom was the one pushing us. You know the father in the movie Shine. That's what my mom was like." (Dodds, Kevin. Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography. iUniverse Publishing. 2011.)
All this time I thought Linkin Park were the first Asian American guys rocking the masses but it turns it was actually Van Halen! All photos are courtesy of Halen.com. You can see more cool old photos on their site.