I don’t get it.

Some people choose to drop money on a gourmet meal, some will spend dough on making bulbs on their foreheads.

So, 3 days ago, the Huffington Post ran an article about the newest body modification that’s hitting Japan like a tidal wave (bad bad pun, I know). BAGEL HEAD.

And as much as I’m just going to comment on this quickly (because I’m sure that fellow Offender Phil will have much more to say about this), I’m fascinated.

Seriously fascinated by the need to modify our bodies.

Because our bodies aren’t beautiful enough? Because despite the widow’s peak, the naturally crooked nose, my twisted left leg (oh, the fun that was on the elementary playground!)… somehow, the bodies we were naturally given are just NOT ENOUGH.

The YOMYOMF Network: Recap for Week of September 23

Always You Ep 5 of 5 – Apart (w/Tyler Ward)

The dramatic music webseries reaches its awaited conclusion.

As Lana and James start living their lives apart, will they find something – or someone – to fill the void or are they really each other’s ‘one’?

The Book Club — Dirty Jobs (Vol. 3)

The Club is back in session, continuing right after the cliffhanger ending of last week’s episode.

The author of this week’s book (as well as this week’s murderer) lays siege to Danny’s house, taking the whole Club hostage.  Will one member’s secret save them… or damn them all?

DRONE – EP 3 of 4

The Short List (Hawaii Edition): STONES

The Short List is a YOMYOMF Network series,  where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST.  For the month of September, we’re doing it kama’aina style, showcasing 4 award-winning and unique short films that were shot and produced all in Hawaii by locally born and raised filmmakers. So sit back, relax, snack on a spam musubi and enjoy THE SHORT LIST: Hawaii Edition!

We’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up with the filmmaker since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their work and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we ask 5 questions to STONES director Ty Sanga…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3-yZpHvRpo[/youtube]

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

The film was inspired by an old Kauaʻi legend by the great storyteller Buddy Wichman. It was a story that haunted me while I was away from Hawaiʻi. The power of the original legend allowed me to address themes and issues that concerned me about my home.

$65 Million to the Man Who Can Convert Lesbian Daughter

This is Gigi Chao and her “alleged” new spouse Sean Eav:

Gigi also happens to be the daughter of Hong Kong playboy tycoon/perennial bachelor Cecil Chao Sze-tung who has claimed to have slept with over 10,000 women and is rarely seen without some hot young thing on his arm. And though he has made his disdain for marriage known in the past, daddy Cecil seems to have changed his mind with his recent announcement that he will give a “dowry” of sorts to the tune of $65 million to the man who can woo his daughter away from her lesbian spouse.

Basically, the man who successfully converts her to the other team becomes a multi-millionaire.

Gaffe-A-Rama!

It’s been a good year for gaffes, and not just for Obama and Romney.

There’s been an embarrassment of riches, and it’s really hard to pick a favorite, but, for me, it’s gotta be this one…go to :18…

What makes it for me is that Cain is completely unapologetic for his gaffe.  Not only does he not give a flying f&*k who who the president of Uzbekistan is, he makes fun of the country’s name!  That’s hubris! That’s nationalist American bigotry at its finest.

Now of course I don’t know who the president of Uzbekistan is, but who cares? That’s not my job. But I do expect it in a president. I hate all those “who would you rather have a beer with?” presidential polls.

The New Breaking Bad

http://youtu.be/ll5Wg3D4UA4

I’ve been following the insane international drama of probably one of the world’s most unwatchable film Innocence of Muslims and its trailer’s rising popularity from a couple thousand views to 13+ million views in the last couple of weeks. It’s one of those cases where the story of the movie and its maker is much more fascinating than the movie itself. Ironically and sadly, it’s also a global marketing slam-dunk for American right wing Christians who are proving their point that extremist Muslims take religious insults seriously and they will kill you if you defame them.

(The son of the filmmaker plays the titular inflammatory role.)

Duelling Gaffes

With hot mics and ubiquitous cell phone cameras and 24 hour news coverage, all political candidates are bound to do this sooner or later:

The question is, does it really hurt them?

Mitt Romney recently got popped with cell phone footage in which he says,“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. .. These are people who pay no income tax. …My job is not to worry about those people.”

Yellowface, Blue Hairs, and the Challenge to Broaden Broadway

HOWARD

After graduating with a lucrative double major in music history and communications, HOWARD HO immediately achieved his dream career in marketing, administration, and playing piano at friends’ weddings. When he had tired of his triumphs, he decided to risk it all to combine his talents (writing words and music) into a new guaranteed-moneymaking goal: writing a Broadway musical. Well, a Broadway-quality musical. Well, a musical influenced by Broadway-quality musicals…in Los Angeles. With no funding. And no producer. Even so, he’s written two musicals developed at East West Players and USC respectively. When he isn’t doing that, he’s working on sound design for East West Players and Company of Angels, composing scores for short films, and getting his master’s in professional writing at USC

I wanted to write about The Nightingale casting controversy and how disgusting it is for Asian American actors to not be cast in a major musical about ancient China. But plenty has been written here and here and here and here and here.

The latest response is a call to action by Tim Dang, producing artistic director of East West Players. He wants Asian actors to audition for parts that are not specifically Asian, and he wants audiences to go see shows that hire Asian actors. You heard the man. Do it!

Why Japan is Awesome #909: Divorce Newspapers Put a Happy Spin on the End of your Marriage

If you’re too embarrassed or afraid to tell your friends and family that your marriage didn’t work out and you’re getting a divorce, the Japanese have the perfect solution for you. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…The Divorce Newspaper!

The brainchild of “Japanese divorce guru” Hiroki Terai, here’s how it works: when couples who are about to divorce sign up for this service, they undergo an extensive interview regarding their marriage and the reasons for the divorce and that information is compiled into a “Happy Divorce” newspaper which is distributed to friends and family. The cost for this service ranges from $140-200 U.S. (with a 50% discount if you allow Terai to place an ad for his business in your newspaper) and for an extra charge, they will even convert your tale into a “Game of Life” board game that ends with the final square marked…yes, Happy Divorce!

SAF Seeking… Dieting feels like PMS

Eat me, eat MEEEEE!

“Respect your pleasures,” the chef sagely nodded and then drifted away into the crowded Mexican/Armenian/Russian market.

I was standing in front of the cheese deli case. Machengo, Reggiano, Asiago, Feta… they all called to me like a lifeboat and I was haplessly swimming towards them, and they, in turn, kept floating farther and farther away.

I am on a diet. (Insert several curse words here.)

I am not fat by any means. I live an incredibly active lifestyle that includes various romps in the mud and lots of running in the rain. But at the same time, I am filipino and therefore I do truly believe that a good breakfast can mean, “Rice, scrambled eggs, ketchup, and lots of delicious crispy-fried Spam”. And if not Spam, Longanisa. And if not Longanisa, some Tocino, or how about deep-fried Bangus? And if the pantry is empty, I see nothing wrong with having freshly steamed rice with a freshly opened can of Pork and Beans.

The YOMYOMF Network: Recap for Week of September 16

Always You Ep 4 of 5 – Away (w/Kina Grannis)

Lana has second thoughts about her decision to the sounds of Kina Grannis.

In this penultimate episode of the Brothers Riedell-helmed show, Lana’s certainty about leaving falters amidst a series of recollections. Will she stay?  Or will she stand by her choice?

The Book Club — Enemies of the State (Vol. 2)

The action-packed literary review returns!

When Thomas witnesses a murder, he unwittingly brings the shady business back to the Club.  What the crew uncovers might cost them their lives… and Baja Fresh.

Short List – Shave Ice is Nice

This week on the Short List, look at the thumbnail.  Yeah.

The Short List (Hawaii Edition): SHAVE ICE IS NICE

The Short List is a YOMYOMF Network series,  where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST.  For the month of September, we’re doing it kama’aina style, showcasing 4 award-winning and unique short films that were shot and produced all in Hawaii by locally born and raised filmmakers. So sit back, relax, snack on a spam musubi and enjoy THE SHORT LIST: Hawaii Edition!

We’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up with the filmmaker since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their work and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

We continue with The Short List Hawaii Edition with this week’s installment, Shave Ice is Nice, and ask filmmaker Roman Cortez five questions on the making of the film:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUgpXbEPy6k[/youtube]