Jury Duty

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The bailiff admonished us – again – to turn off all electronic devices.  “Not sleep mode, not airplane mode, but completely off, folks.”  About 100 of us had been called into the court room for an initial jury screening, where we all waited for the Honorable Judge Ming to enter.  No one chatted; we sat up straight. The room itself seemed modest compared to what I had seen on TV and in the movies, but still, upon entering it, we all felt the gravity of our civic obligation: twelve of us would eventually determine someone’s freedom.

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The Most Depressing Starbucks in America is Getting a Makeover

Last year, I blogged about the newly opened Starbucks in Highland Park, California, just miles from our YOMYOMF Office in South Pasadena—the one dubbed “the Most Depressing Starbucks in America”. Well, as I drove past it the other day on my way to the office, I noticed this sight:

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It looks like that Starbucks is finally getting that makeover they promised the community. What the new Starbucks will look like remains to be seen, but I will be there the moment they open to check it out. The only question is—if they do indeed renovate the business into something aesthetically appropriate that the community is happy with, where will sad Keanu get his afternoon lattes?

Still Holding a Grudge or Pissing Into the Mouths of Japanese Soldiers

Even decades after World War II, there are still a good number of Chinese, Koreans and other Asians who harbor grudges against Japan for the atrocities they committed during that period. Growing up, I remember many of my parents and their friends would refuse to support anything Japanese (though their stance has softened in recent years). Well, one restaurant owner in the Chinese city of Pingliang apparently still holds a grudge as evidence by this picture:

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42-year-old Bo Fang, the aforementioned restaurant owner, has added urinals shaped like the heads of Imperial Japanese soldiers and, yup, you can piss right into their mouths.

According to Fang, this is his way of remembering how his family suffered during the Japanese occupation, adding that “It really annoys me that they never said sorry for what they did – and I know a lot of people feel the same.”

Check out this iPhone case that will make you look like a nunchaku wielding badass!

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I guess this product has been around for awhile, but it’s getting quite a lot of traction online in the last 24 hours. The Next Web featured the demo video for the iPhone Trick Cover, which is Made in Japan. They reviewer raved about it so much that he wished he didn’t already have a case for his iPhone 6.

So what’s the big deal? It’s essentially a case that has a flip cover, but what’s “cool” is that you can wield your iPhone like a butterfly knife or switchblade or nunchaku. I mean, I guess that’s cool. What do you guys think?

Do the Crayon Pop Christmas Jelly Leg Dance!

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WONDERLANDYes, Christmas is over, but I am so late in the game, catching up on my K-Pop for the year. KoreAm just listed 12 K-Pop Christmas songs and Crayon Pop’s “Lonely Christmas” was on the list.

I love Crayon Pop ever since their hit single “Bar Bar Bar” came out a couple of years ago. They’re the 21st century version of Pink Lady, a Japanese girl duo group that had minor success in the US, and an all female Power Rangers team. And they do simple, wonky dance moves that even I can do. And with “Lonely Christmas,” they’ve done it again with their “jelly leg” dance, which I think I am going to bust out on the dance floor next time. Watch out, ladies!

Hackers Blast Billboard in Hong Kong with “What’s Up Hong Kong?”

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Admist the Umbrella Movement protests and world wide exposure on every network, Hong Kong’s skyline is as dense as mankind can build. The electronic “noise” of the landscape is on max, which makes Hong Kong the perfect place to hack. Although this video was shot most likely, long before the current news amalgamation, the release couldn’t be better timed. The news of the Umbrella Movement seems to be “last week” thanks to the current news maker, Ebola. Yet know that the movement continues with or without the cameras. Shot more like a skate video, the creeping on building rooftops, drone camera shots, and changing of clothes, this mission runs like an action sport. Finally the message of “What’s Up Hong Kong?” couldn’t be more pertinent. Hong Kong Building

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.

(Other) Americans Trying Hawaiian Food

Ah, you mainlanders. You don’t know what you are missing. How can someone diss the yin and yang elegance of a spam musubi? It’s the perfect balance of salty and glutinous, wrapped in seaweed, and is perfect to have after a long day of surfing, hiking, or drinking. It’s great anytime of the day or night!

Therefore, I chortle at these Buzzfeed videos that have mainlanders taste Hawaiian food, even though they are using the term correctly. Whenever you refer to “Hawaiian,” it’s in reference to the Native Hawaiian culture and customs. When it comes to “Hawaiian food,” it is usually referred to Hawaii local cuisine, which is a hodge podge of Asian and Pacific influences, hence the spam musubi or the loco moco. But, I am a stickler when it comes to that kind of stuff.