On Memorial Day

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Mo Okita is a family man, fisherman, and a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. He loves to take pictures of what he eats (or doesn’t eat) as he has lost 30 pounds in the last few months. Although he is a “lifer” in the military, he’d rather be the captain of a fishing boat than a naval ship.

Memorial Day is observed annually on the last Monday in May. Following the Civil War it commemorated those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the country. It wasn’t until 1978, after many cultures, demographics, and neighborhoods started to celebrate their own version of Memorial Day that it finally was observed as a National Holiday.

Each and every one of us have some military history in our family. Just as the history of Memorial Day came about, we all feel the need to commemorate military members that have passed. We all have a story of struggle, of opposition, of fighting for what is right, of sacrifice.

my first one cent paycheck

Well, it finally happened.  I just got my first residual paycheck for $0.01.  Yes, you read that correctly.  One cent, one penny, 1/100th of a U.S. dollar.  In the past, I had always heard stories on the mean streets of Hollywood about actors getting the infamous once cent residual paycheck in the mail.  However, I have never met any of these penny beneficiaries in person so I kinda just wrote the whole thing off as some sort of urban legend or street myth.  You know, stuff like unicorns and four hour erections.

But before we continue, for those folks not familiar with the esoteric pay practices of the entertainment industry, here’s a quick explanation of how actors earn their keep.  Here we go…

INTERPRETATIONS Short Film Spotlight: GOOD SHOT (New and Improved Version)

As many of you already know, we’ve launched a new film initiative entitled INTERPRETATIONS to support aspiring filmmakers. In a nutshell, you make a short film of no more than 3 minutes using the same script we provide (get all the info here). To help us launch, we commissioned several filmmaker friends to make their own shorts using our script and we’ll be featuring each one of them here (including a few words from the filmmakers themselves).

Today we present Good Shot (in an updated version with additional visual effects) by our fellow Offender David C.P. Chan:

Revisiting World War II: The Justice Society Battles The Japs

It may be difficult to imagine from our “enlightened” 21st century perspective that there was once a time when popular cartoons/comics aimed at children were used as propaganda to spread a racist agenda. At no period in our history was this probably truer then during World War II when all of America was united to fight the Nazis and the “Japs.” And in the world of comic books, the superheroes of the Justice Society of America (JSA)–featuring such favorites as the Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Hawkman–got into the act in 1942 when they went up against the evil Black Dragon Society, a group of Japanese militants intent on destroying the U.S.

During the 1980s, DC Comics revived the Justice Society of America and other heroes of the Golden Age in a new comic entitled All-Star Squadron. I’m sure this posed an interesting dilemma for the creators of the new title: how do you tell the story of the Black Dragon Society in a way that was still true to the original concept while somehow addressing the inherent anti-Japanese xenophobia that was so integral to that original concept?

But before we get to that, I want to provide a bit of historical/cultural context. It wasn’t just the comic book world of the JSA that tapped into the anti-Japanese hysteria of the time. After the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into WWII, other popular cartoon characters also jumped on the bandwagon. I present two such examples below.

BUGS BUNNY NIPS THE NIPS (1944):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vidDHQ_66IU&feature=PlayList&p=B653BBEDCDD1AB64&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=9

RIP Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper died yesterday from a long battle with prostate cancer. He was also one of the most dynamic American iconoclasts. For film nerds only, check out this amazing clip reel, produced by the Museum of the Moving Image,  of Hopper’s oeuvre, including his roles in Easy Rider, Giant, Apocalypse NowBlue Velvet, True Romance and Hoosiers, just to name a few:

I have to say, 1986, was Hopper’s year, with great performances in Blue Velvet, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Hoosiers and River’s Edge. The LA Times writes about the posthumous tribute effect, when celebrities die leaving work still in the pipeline, i.e. Heath Ledger with his final role as the Joker in The Dark Knight and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. In Hopper’s case, it’s voice work in the animated film Alpha & Omega. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out like Orson Welles final role, as the voice of the planet eater Unicron in Transformers: The Movie.

What I Learned on YOMYOMF This Week – May 23-29, 2010

Yo, what up, netizens! I think that’s a clever new term that someone coined because it refers to the people that are on the internet, which you could say are its ‘citizens’ and since the ‘net’ is slang for the internet, they combined it into this one concise word, that being ‘netizens.’

average netizen.

I think that’s great.

So, my dear friends, this past week on YOMYOMF, our intrepid bloggers uncover the age by which you should have done the ol’ in-out, in-out; the disadvantages of chopping off your own penis for revenge; and porn’s effect on the class of 2010.

GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Without further ado…

An Open Letter To Graduates On Why Porn May Have Ruined Your Future

Dear Graduate:

Congratulations on graduating from high school or college. You are about to take your first steps into the “real” world. Maybe you’re feeling worried and scared about what your future might hold. And you know what…you should be frightened. The world is such a fucking mess right now and you may be ill-equipped to do anything about it. All those “inspirational” speakers at your commencement ceremony who talk about how you’ll be successful if you just follow your dreams or embrace your dreams or make sweet love to your dreams…I’d forget about that. If you’re lucky, you’ll be living in your parents’ basement until you’re 40. And that’s if you’re lucky.

Look, I’m not just saying this to be cynical or to shock you or because I’ve just done four lines of coke and downed a six-pack of Corona. I’m trying to treat you like the adult that you now are and tell you the truth–warts and all. And it’s not completely your fault that you’ve been denied the tools to help you successfully navigate your way through this cruel world. You just happened to have had the awful luck to be born at a bad time. You were born into an era of quick and easy access to porn and that may very well be the root of your problems.

The Bride at Every Funeral, The Corpse at Every Wedding

Okay, first off: I swear I’m not the type to just dump youtube videos on friends and relatives. I do it only very, very selectively (ie, that talking kitten has to be INSANELY cute). So if you can bear with, watch until at least 2:05, when Letterman finally responds.

But this is not about Letterman. It’s about the wonderful creature called Brother Theodore:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KynnZ7kddR8&feature=player_embedded

When I first saw this bit on Letterman back in high school, I didn’t know what I was watching. Was this standup? Performance art? One of Dave’s tech guys they decided was odd enough to put on camera? I didn’t know, I just knew I loved it. You know the feeling: just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun, humanity delights and surprises you – like the first time I saw “Twin Peaks,” or the British “Office.”

Rubik’s

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could switch out your brain periodically, to see what it’s like to think differently?

Check out this kid, for example. Solving a Rubik’s cube while blindfolded.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WSev42Nha0[/youtube]

What kind of mad genius sh*t is this?  And here are others who can do the same thing.

Does Everyone Fart?

Have you ever been in a public place and let one loose? How about laughing too hard and one slips out? Or my favorite, think its gonna be a quiet airy one and it was actually 3.0 on the Richter scale? Farting is probably one of the grossest things to do or hear (esp for girls) because its airy poo particles but it can also be one of the funniest events to witness too. Its quite natural and EVERYONE does it. We know old people seriously don’t mind farting anywhere. And most of our childhood friends haven’t changed a bit either. You can’t tell me you haven’t ripped several dozen while you’re on the plane. Has your boy/girlfriend farted in front of you yet? If so, I bet a thousand more came right after.

But is it dangerous to hold in a fart?

INTERPRETATIONS Short Film Spotlight: ORIENT EXPRESS

As many of you already know, we’ve launched a new film initiative entitled INTERPRETATIONS to support aspiring filmmakers. In a nutshell, you make a short film of no more than 3 minutes using the same script we provide (get all the info here). To help us launch, we commissioned several filmmaker friends to make their own shorts using our script and we’ll be featuring each one of them here (including a few words from the filmmakers themselves).

Today we present Orient Express by Wong Fu Productions:

Ice Cakes with Love

Let me preface this blog by saying that Hawaii is my home and one of the things that make this the best State in the world is our culture and food… and our food is the best! From chicken lau lau to loco moco, sweet bread to haupia cake and shave ice to ice cakes… hmmmmmm I take that back on the ice cakes.

What is an ice cake? Take a simple small plastic cup. Put your flavored syrup and water and freeze it. That’s it! It’s sold around the island and has been around since can I remember.