Talk Back: What did everyone think about SELFIE?

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So what did everyone think of the series premiere of SELFIE? It’s been online for about a month and had its broadcast premiere last night on ABC, where it debuted with soft but not terrible ratings, and actually edged out Fox’s comedy lineup of NEW GIRL and THE MINDY PROJECT.

Sadly, we have to have two sitcoms fronted by Asian Americans in the leads against each other essentially (John Cho in SELFIE and Mindy Kaling in THE MINDY PROJECT), but that’s beside the point. Whatever. But, my initial thoughts on SELFIE: John Cho is great, as an affable, sensible male lead and I can see the chemistry brewing between him and Karen Gillan as his My Fair Lady. It’s nothing revolutionary, even though it deals with social media and the way we interact with people in the digital age. In a way, it follows the same old tropes of usual romantic sitcoms.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ‘Heavy is the Head’ – Season 2 Episode 2 Review

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This week’s episode immediately begins where the last one ended, at the car crash, with Lance Hunter struggling to get out. His colleagues are dead (including Lucy Lawless, who I wish was on the show as a series regular) but he is soon saved by Melinda May (Ming Na Wen) who soon hops on her motorcycle and is in pursuit of Absorbing Man, who is in possession of the Obelisk, a mysterious, most likely alien piece of technology that Hydra wants to get their dirty, grubby hands on.

Meanwhile, Hunter is captured and is confronted by Talbot, who gives him a deal to bring Coulson to him (as well as a proper burial for Lawless’ character) in exchange for his freedom and $2 million. And that kicks off a series of events with the pursuit of the Obelisk, a return of the girl in the flower dress, and I suppose the big reveal of Skye’s father with Kyle MacLachlan, channeling a Killer Bob possessed Agent Cooper, who in the end, has possession of the object.

Around the Horn: YouTube Time Suck

JunoWhaleOkay, I admit that I’m a sucker for cute animal videos.  I can waste hours in a day when I’m caught in a YouTube vortex of watching the antics of our furry and even non-furry friends.  It’s so easy to think you’re only going to spend five minutes looking up a video you saw on the news.  But then a host of cute videos pop up on your search results or your eyes wander over to the related videos column that leads you to another video and then another and before you know it, you’ve wasted the whole morning and you curse yourself, wondering if there’s a YouTubes Anonymous help group out there.

In the past, I have been addicted to videos of Nora, the piano playing cat, and Carrie, the merengue dancing dog.  My current YouTube obsession is Juno, an intelligent Beluga whale that has some uncanny human qualities.  I have discovered all kinds of things about Juno.  For instance, he likes to photobomb wedding shoots.

He also likes to scare little kids:

(action starts from about :54 mark)  I love how he does a sort of “double take” move, like he’s really teasing them.

What is it with Japan and Black Burgers?

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Earlier this month, Burger King introduced its black cheeseburger in Japan. The Kuro Burger, with its black buns, have already been on the menu since 2012, but this is the first time black cheese has been added.

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Not to be outdone, the Japanese McDonalds has just announced it is also serving its own black burger—the Halloween-themed ikasumi or squid ink burger—although this appears to have the less disgusting more traditionally colored cheese.

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Throwback Thursday: Asian Weebles Wooble But They Don’t Fall Down

If you grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, you’re most likely familiar with the musical refrain of “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”. The Weebles were egg-shaped character toys that true to that musical refrain could be tipped or pushed over but they bounced right back up. And yes, there were even “classic” Asian Weebles.

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I say “classic” because Weebles were relaunched in the 2000s, but I remember having my own set of Weebles back in the day when I was a mere lad and being surprised that there were indeed Asian Weebles. If the lack of “multicultural” toys is still an issue today, it was more so 20-30 years ago when the default setting for toys was definitively set to “white” making the Weebles that much more of an anomaly.

Book to Screen: “Operation Marriage”

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After I returned from China this past January, I made a short PSA called Wedding Plan and it got circulated on Youtube. A friend, Howard Fong, ended up passing my short to author Cynthia Chin-Lee who turned me onto her children’s picture book Operation Marriage illustrated by Lea Lyon. After I read it, I immediately wanted to make it into a film.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ‘Shadows’ – Season 2 Premiere

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Warning: This review of the Season 2 premiere of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. contains spoilers…….

I stuck with the first season of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. because of the following bullet points:

  • It had Asian characters like Melinda May (50 year old hottie Ming-Na Wen with her blessed Asian aging genes) and Skye (former Canto-pop singer Chloe Bennet) in main roles.
  • I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe and couldn’t contain myself of the possibilities of story expansion of the said universe on a weekly basis.
  • It was executive produced by Joss Whedon, who knows a thing or two about producing cult-like TV fandom for his projects (i.e. BUFFY, FIREFLY).

VietJetAir in trouble again for using half naked babes in promo campaign

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Discount airliner VietJetAir is in hot water again for recent photos like the one you see above, which were leaked on social media sites by apparently, the girl on the right. Her name is Ngoc Trinh and in Vietnam, she’s known as a “hotgirl,” a dime a dozen in Vietnam of young, hot and usually buxom babes who gain a huge following, fame and sometimes, notoriety. Getting tens of thousands of followers alone, makes these girls hot commodities.

Anyhoo, she was part of this photo shoot that was apparently sanctioned by VietJetAir, where the campaign is, I guess, “fly with us because our flight attendants are really hot.” Check out some other photos that were on this “hotgirl’s” Facebook page (before they were taken down because of huge negative backlash):

Hey Kids, Squeeze These Animal Dicks and Get Sprayed!

The designers of these animal-shaped water guns in Japan have decided the best place to put the trigger is on the animal’s cocks dicks penises.

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I know it’s easy to look at these and ask, “what were the manufacturers thinking?” But I’d like to believe the folks who created these toys knew exactly what they were thinking. They saw the design and the triggers that are clearly penis substitutes and said to themselves, “yes, that’s exactly what we’re going for.”

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Why Japan is Awesome #559: Condom Meals I Want to Make for You

Considering that a semen cookbook already exists (yes, it’s a real thing), a condom-based cookbook seems almost quaint by comparison but alas the Japanese cookbook entitled “Condom Meals I Want to Make for You” is here regardless and as its title suggests, the book exists to show you the many ways you can cook with condoms.

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The e-book by Kyosuke Kagami includes recipes such as “Condom meat stuffing” and “Condom escargot cooked with butter”.

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Around The Horn: Things You Get Used To

It’s spider season in our neighborhood.  This means that even the quickest trip outside (to take out trash, recycling, compost, laundry) results in running into two or three spiderwebs with my face.  Going for a walk equals ten more encounters (recently, a strand broke across my eyeballs, and another time, a partial web went into my mouth).

Giant communal spider web at Lake Tawakoni State Park, Texas; looks like my apartment

Giant communal spider web at Lake Tawakoni State Park, Texas; looks like my apartment

Do You Know Yubiwaza?

And what is Yubiwaza I hear you asking yourself over the unsecure internets? Why, it’s the “amazingly easy art of self-defense that turns just one finger or your hands into a potent weapon of defense – without any bodily contact”. And as you can see from this vintage ad, it’s an incredible martial art that you can master at home starting in just 2 hours:

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All this for only $1.98! This sounds so amazing, I wonder why it never took off unless there’s a thriving underground sub-culture of practicing Yubiwaza enthusiasts.