This Week in Internet Cuteness: Korean Golfer Boy Throws Tantrum

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After all the sad and depressing news these past couple of weeks, we’re overdue for a shot of internet cuteness to get us through the day. So meet this 2-year-old Korean golfer who definitely knows how to throw the most adorable tantrum when his second putt fails to make it into the hole.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 2, Episode 10 – ‘What They Become’

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(Major spoilers ahead)

Whitehall and Coulson’s forces take part in an explosive confrontation that changes everyone’s fate; Skye uncovers about her past.

That sentence above is an understatement. The whole first half of the season was building up to this episode. For the most part, it succeeded, but with so many characters on the show, some parts felt rushed, including the demise of a beloved character (more on that later). There was a lot of running around in corridors, setting up bombs, shooting guns, but the last 10 minute were pretty thrilling and mysterious in a RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK kind of way, but with aliens. Should I have used KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL as a better reference?

OK, where to begin….

An Open Letter to Sichuan Garden’s Ran Duan

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(Please see the details of the case of Ben Edelman vs. Ran Duan of Sichuan Garden in the following link)

Dear Mr. Duan,

I have reviewed the published correspondence between you and Mr. Edelman and have deemed Mr. Edelman to be in the right.

As a Chinese immigrant myself, apart from your restaurants not adhering to the provisions of State laws, I am appalled at the horrible customer service and experience that you and your institutions provided to a legitimate and paying customer, including ungrammatical English.

Toho will release new Godzilla film before Legendary’s Godzilla 2

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Toho, the Tokyo-based company that owns the rights to Godzilla, including producing 29 films that has been a kaiju legacy, will be producing a new Godzilla movie, separate from the already planned sequel to Legendary and Universal Pictures GODZILLA, which Gareth Edwards will return to direct (after completing the secret STAR WARS one-shot film). The new Japanese Godzilla will come out in 2016, two years ahead of the American sequel’s planned release date.

Harvard Business School Professor Shows us the Proper Way to React When You’re “Overcharged” $4

RIGHTTen years ago, I was overcharged 25 cents when I bought a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies. I’m pretty sure it was an honest mistake and not intentional, but damnit, it’s an injustice that haunts me to this day! Instead of doing what I did—just let it go as a minor mistake and continue with my life—I should have followed the example of Harvard Business School associate professor Ben Edelman.

Ben Edelman, righter of wrongs.

Ben Edelman, righter of wrongs.

When Edelman was recently overcharged $4 on a $53 take-out order from a mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant called Sichuan Garden, he wasn’t going to take this injustice lying down. So he sent a series of emails to Sichuan Garden’s Ran Duan. Did he politely ask for a $4 refund? Hell no, this is a wrong that he had to right–there was much more he needed to do.

So as you’ll see from the emails below, not only does he evoke some obscure Massachusetts law. Not only does he demand that he be refunded $12 instead of the $4 owed him. Not only does he claim he contacted some vague authorities to take care of the problem. But he strikes a blow against injustices on behalf of all privileged, Ivy League white men everywhere who’ve been wronged. Hallelujah, White Baby Jesus!

Was the Mona Lisa Chinese?

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In what may sound like something out of a Dan Brown airport novel (The Da Vinci Code 2: Chinese Puzzle), there’s speculation by an Italian historian that the famous Mona Lisa painting, by Leonardo Da Vinci, was in fact a portrait of his mother, who may have been a Chinese slave.

According to Complex, historian Angelo Paratico isn’t 100% sure, but according to South China Morning Post interview he gave, Paratico says, “”I’m sure to a point that Leonardo’s mother was from the Orient, but to make her an oriental Chinese, we need to use deductive method.” Um, okay.

McDonalds Gives You Crabs and It’s a Good Thing

McDonalds in Japan is now offering Crab Croquette Burgers with a patty made from snow crab and mushrooms served on Ciabatta bread.

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The Japanese must have a thing for fast food crab burgers since this follows on the heels of Wendy’s Japanese snow crab burgers that were being served awhile back.

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AROUND THE HORN: Home is Where the Heart Is?

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I left my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii exactly 20 years ago to seek fame and fortune in Los Angeles (might take another 20 years.) Weirdly I’m reflecting this moment right now in Hawaii where I’m attending my good friend’s wedding.

Now that I’m back here in Honolulu, I almost don’t feel the need to go back to the hustle and bustle. What is this spell over me? The food? The friends and family? The food? The clean air? The food? I know one thing… I’ll wanna come back to LA in one week. It’s such a high with all my intentions of wanting to stay and believe that it’ll be a better life here, but it’s shortly diffused after just 7 days. Isn’t home is where the heart is?

I guess I’m just longing for the feeling of home even when I’m away. It really is like a warm hug here and I wish I can take with me on my plane trip back.

Do you ever wanted to just go back to where you grew up and stay or have you moved on and never looked back?

An Open Letter to Mark Wahlberg Regarding Atoning for His Racist Past

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Dear Mark Wahlberg:

You made news this past week by formally applying to the Massachusetts Board of Pardons to have a 1988 “incident” erased from your record. The incident in question involved a then 16-year-old you beating a Vietnamese man, Hoa Thrinh, to the point where he lost sight in one eye and referring to him as a “gook” and “slant eye” (this immediately following another incident where you stole beer from another Vietnamese man, Thanh Lam, and hit him as well).

You said you are seeking the pardon to show other at-risk youth that they can turn their life around and that “since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others.” Oh, and something about it being harder for you to get a liquor license to expand your businesses with your past criminal record.

Now, many have attacked you for your request arguing that you haven’t taken full responsibility for your past actions and considering you also chose the worst possible time to ask to be forgiven for beating a man in what’s essentially a hate crime, the outrage is justified. But let me make a suggestion that I think can be the first step toward reconciliation and winning your critics over to your side.

Sushi, Egg Roll & Tortilla Swaddles for your baby will make you want to eat them

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And now for your “awwwwwww” moment on this Friday, check out these swaddles that can wrap your babies in three, delectable options — Nori (seaweed wrap), Egg roll, and Tortilla. First We Feast reports that these adorable swaddling sets are made by San Francisco-based Bon Vivant Baby. This definitely gives the definition of the “food baby” a new meaning.

Tura! Tura! Tura!

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Shortly after her death in 2011, I blogged about Tura Satana and put forth the notion that the hapa star of Russ Meyers’ 1965 cult classic Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! was as much of an Asian American pioneer and pop culture icon in her own right as Bruce Lee or Anna May Wong. I continue to stand by that statement and anything that helps to cement that status is something that’s worthy of support in my book. That’s why I wanted to give a shout-out about a group art show opening this Saturday night at the Lethal Amounts Gallery here in L.A. entitled Tura! Tura! Tura! III.

Over 50 artists were invited to create work inspired by Tura. You can see some samples of the pieces below but if you have no clue who Tura is, then go out immediately and rent Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!—the film Hairspray director John Waters called “The greatest film ever made. And the greatest film that will ever be made” (and click here to read my Tura tribute blog).

The T-1000 is now Asian in new TERMINATOR Reboot

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Well, the first trailer for TERMINATOR: GENISYS was just unleashed online today and it looks like the franchise is getting the good ole’ JJ Abrams STAR TREK reboot/alternate timeline treatment. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the T-800 and just from what I gathered from the trailer, it seems he was another Terminator who was sent back in time and raised young Sarah Connor when she was a little girl, and waited until the evil T-800 from the original TERMINATOR film popped up in 1984 and took care of business and obliterated it, hence the new timeline, which I assume the year 2029 John Connor (Jason Clarke) and the rest of the resistance doesn’t know about, creating a time paradox when they send Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to “protect” Sarah Connor.