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.

SF Chinese restaurant don’t give a fuck about your “gluten free” requests

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We all know that San Francisco is a foodie town, full of health nuts with their gluten free, organic, flack seed ways. But sometimes, these special dietary requests can be a bit too much. Case-in-point, this Chinese restaurant called SO, located in the SOMA district.

Apparently, the owner, who is also a chef, blew a gasket and closed his restaurant early because of two back-to-back incidents — first when one party refused to pay their bill because they deemed their meal “too spicy” and secondly, when another customer cursed him out.

Hence, the signs he posted on his window. However, Eater reports that the restaurant has re-opened today.

I Hate When That Happens: A Butterfly Lands on Your Face While You’re Playing the Flute in an Important Competition

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That’s what happened to flautist Yukie Ota. While performing earlier this week at the highly competitive Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Denmark, the aforementioned butterfly landed on Ota’s face and, well, patiently perched there until the end of the performance.

But displaying grace under pressure, Ota played on and even made it to the next round of the competition (the finals are on Sept. 20). Take a look at the performance below and join us in congratulating Ms. Ota for getting the job done no matter the circumstances:

YOMYOMF returns to Hawaii International Film Festival for NEW MEDIA CAMP 2014

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HIFF NMC class of 2013

YOMYOMF is coming back to Honolulu this November to participate at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) with another edition of the NEW MEDIA CAMP (NMC)! Last year’s NMC was a success, where we worked with 6 participants in a 4-day intensive workshop of crafting their own individual viral video. Check out the playlist of last year’s videos.

For the 2014 edition, we’re changing it up a bit and having the participants working together as a team. We’ve also extended NMC to a full week (November 1 – 9) where 6 participants will get hands-on guidance and expertise from professionals in the new media world ranging from successful YouTube partners and content producers, working filmmakers in traditional media, social media experts, and Hollywood actors who will assist in honing their craft in the production of a short film, utilizing the theme of “mobilizing your world.” Past mentors have included director John M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), KevJumba, Chester See and Lana McKissack. This year’s NMC, with the generous support of AT&T, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), and interTREND, will also utilize the Hawaiian language in the short film’s story in a major way.

FINAL FANTASY XV Teaser will make you want to play RPGs again

I haven’t played an RPG (role playing game) or, for that matter, a FINAL FANTASY game in over a decade. The greatest one is still FINAL FANTASY III, in my opinion. I’ve weaned myself off of video games because, I’d probably lose my job and stay home 24/7. The last time I was obsessed with a game, it was COMMAND AND CONQUER for the PC. I would have been one of those people who met their unfortunate end, playing games like WARCRAFT 24/7.

But this new FF looks pretty effin’ amazing. The graphics are breathtaking. It’s coming out soon and will be available on both PS4 and X-Box One.

Who Ya Gonna Call? Krispy Kreme for These ‘Ghostbusters’ Donuts Which You’ll Then Share with Us

Recently we took a YOMYOMF field trip to watch the 30th Anniversary rerelease of Ghostbusters. The movie’s still great, but what’s even greater are these Ghostbusters-inspired donuts that Krispy Kreme will start offering come Sept. 29:

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There will be two different donut types as described below:

Ghostbusters Doughnut: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, a decorative green “splat” inspired by Slimer’s green slime, and topped with a Ghostbusters logo sugar piece.

Stay Puft Marshmallow: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, decorated with a chocolate frosting Stay Puft Marshmallow Man face and a sugar piece hat.

Film Festival Dispatch: Toronto International Film Festival 2014

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Ah, SHERLOCK’s Benedict Cumberbatch meeting his “cumberbitches” before the gala screening of THE IMITATION GAME at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last week. A biopic about the great mathematician Alan Turing who was enlisted by MI6 to crack the Nazis’ enigma code but was years later, convicted of homosexuality (outlawed in UK law at the time) and lived the rest of his days in misery, the film won the coveted People’s Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature, an industry designation and, perhaps, prognosticator of a Best Picture Oscar (previous winners A KING’S SPEECH, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK would win Oscar gold). The film is quite good and Cumberbatch will definitely be nominated for a Best Actor.

More Proof Asian Americans Rule the Digital Space

Not that we needed more evidence that Asian Americans rule the digital space, but the Nielsen company released its secondquarter 2014 Cross-Platform Report and much to no one’s surprise found that young Asian Americans watch more videos on computers and mobile devices than any other demographic group (and also to no one’s surprise, we watch the least amount of content on traditional TV).

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Asian Americans ages 18-34 spent on average 51 minutes a day consuming online and mobile content up from 38 minutes during the same period last year. In comparison, African Americans in the same demographic spent 48 minutes per day watching online content while Hispanics clocked in at 35 minutes a day.

When it comes to mobile devices, 82% of Asian Americans has smart phones capable of streaming video compared to 78% of African Americans, 79% of Hispanics and 68% of Whites.

Around the Horn: Simple Genius

Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for the close up shot. I ate the pizza too quickly to shoot it.

Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for the close up shot. I ate the pizza too quickly to shoot it.

Last month I went to New Haven, CT with my husband who was raving about the pizza. It’s been many years but he had been dreaming of going back specifically to enjoy the white clam pizza from Frank Pepe’s – a local joint that has been much lauded for being the best pizza in America (out of the top 101).  He had built up so much anticipation that I was expecting to be slightly underwhelmed. But I gotta say, the first bite was a spiritual experience for me.  The pizza was perfectly charred, crisp on the bottom with a bit of chew to the dough.  The cheese was brimming with briny puddles of clams that packed an umami punch and miraculously did not make the crust soggy.  Seasoned with touches of fresh garlic and oregano, this pizza was so simple, so pure and satisfying.   The pies are wonderfully rustic and oblong, fitting perfectly on an industrial aluminum cookie sheet the size of 24”  flat screen tv.  And, I ended up eating half of that flat screen tv.