Just a random awesome video for the weekend cuz I’m not feeling so well.
Some memories from this weekend—
King: (when he first picked me up from the airport) That building there is the…uh, forgot the name of the bank. Wait, is that even a bank? (He was pointing out the Frost Bank to me).
I just LOVED Stina’s surprised face when she found out some….um…secrets.
Jess: Do I detect a tone of condensation in your voice?
Daisy: I have trouble differentiating between pin and pin. You know, pin, like a safety pin and a pin, the thing you write with?
Tao: (At a frozen yogurt place) You know, Sprinkles would make a good nickname.
Billy: I want you to take out your friend card and rip it up!
Ever play a game called telephone charades? Let’s call this “telephone over a couple of days”:
Sherry: Did you know that Jen likes to warm up her car in the mornings?
Jess: Why would she need to warm up her car?
Alvin: I heard you like to warm up your seats.
Hmm, I can’t remember anything else.
I almost titled this post: Barack, the baby killer?
But before I get into that, check me out:
There’s a little quiz at glassbooth.org that helps you find out which presidential candidate most closely aligns with you.
I don’t usually post about politics much here, probably because I’m not much of a political person. But for the presidential election, I can’t decide which is the lesser of evils. Both candidates are far from perfect. As you can see, I’m pretty evenly divided. Of course, I can’t say anything about the validity of that quiz, but it’s fun to try out all the neat election tools out there.
Practically every one around me is probably going to vote for Barack because I live on the left coast. My friend and I were watching the debate last night and we were discussing the topic of abortion as it came up between the 2 candidates. I know many of my friends are fervent Obama supporters, but I don’t know if I can hang with his stance on abortion. Of course, I don’t know if I’d go for John McCain either since my current situation would allow me to benefit more from Obama’s tax plans. Might as well call me Jen the Plumber. Check out Obama’s Tax Cut Calculator.
Anyhoo, I’ve learned that in every single vote related to the issue of abortion, Obama’s favored abortion, its legality and even the killing of children who survive abortion. (As an Illinois state senator, four times he voted “no” on the Illinois Born-Alive Infant Defined Act, which would protect babies born alive after failed abortions.)
In a 2007 speech he made for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Obama said,
We know that a woman’s right to make a decision about how many
children she wants to have and when— without government interference—is
one of the most fundamental freedoms we have in this country. . . . I have worked on this issue for decades now. I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught constitutional law. . . So, you know where I stand. . . The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing that I’d do.
So before fixing the economy, helping the poor, and protecting the environment, he’s going to make sure that abortion stays legal. He wants to allow 16 year olds to have abortions without parental consent, where these same 16 year olds can’t even be given aspirin without permission?
During the debate, my friend, who is in her 2nd year of med school, was talking about how there may be legislation requiring doctors to perform abortions. If they decline, they may lose their licensing. Wouldn’t it make a little more sense to allow doctors to refer their patients to someone else if they themselves do not agree with this procedure? What is this world coming to?
Oh, and Obama supports late-term abortions too. Infanticide or not?
“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 18:21)
Too complex. Too many things to think about. All I know is that I would never want to run for president.
I was watching this guy on TV several weeks ago. Pretty good ventriloquist with funny material. Personal fun fact: when I was young, I tried to pick up ventriloquism by reading books. I didn’t get very good, so instead, I learned to juggle.
Anyone remember the Garbage Pail Kids? They were designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids. My sibs and I used to collect GPK cards for some reason. Not sure why. Maybe it was because I never could afford a Cabbage Patch doll. Anyhoo, found some images by Luis Diaz, one of the original GPK artists. Good times….good times.
Edit: Sept. 3, 2008
me: i miss my adblocker
joey: it has adblock
joey: doesn’t it
joey: o wait it doesn’t
joey: lol it doesnt’ block google ads
oh, and type about:internets into the address bar to get a fun little animation.
This is too funny. High five to Kurt for the link.
Consulate fun fact: the seat cover dispenser in the women’s bathroom is upside-down. Hmm, I wonder why… :)
I spent a lot of time there last week. But, I also had the chance to use the “special window” at the Laguna St. entrance. I waited in a little room while the consul brought my documents to me. As I stood up to leave, he stood up to acknowledge me, though he was already tending to the others in the room. And who said chivalry was dead? I’m such a girly girl inside. Shh…I hope no one finds out about this.
Well, I think my high schoolers know what I think about this stuff. I hope my guys turn into real gentlemen–some of them are well on their way already.
I cringe every time Jet Li opens his mouth in these American films. I’m embarrassed for him, but at the same time, it makes me chuckle.
His first line in The Forbidden Kingdom after a long fight scene:
Why do I write this now? Because I’m watching Kiss of the Dragon on TV and laughed out loud at the following lines:
Bridget Fonda’s character: I’m not your type, huh?
Jet Li’s character: I don’t have a type.
Hmm, what else does he say that’s funny? I can’t seem to remember now.
Just got back from a sneak preview of The Forbidden Kingdom that opens this Friday, along with Expelled. Don’t worry, no spoilers here because I don’t really like to write. I’m just embarrassed every time Jet Li speaks in English. I think filmmakers make the effort to minimize his lines. But boy, he does move beautifully. Jackie Chan–always funny. Great choreography by the famous Yuen Woo Ping, whose moves most Americans would know from the Matrix movies and Kill Bill.
I remember watching Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the theater, especially during the scenes when the Chow Yun Fat ran across the water or over trees, people whispered “that’s so fake.” OF COURSE IT’S FAKE, PEOPLE!!! Anyhoo, I think The Forbidden Kingdom will make just about anyone appreciate fantasy martial arts movies. My friend’s 3 (almost 4) year old daughter Mackenzie was so gripped by the movie that at one point she yelled out about Jackie Chan’s character “you just can’t kill him!”. Too cute.
This is the first film that features Jet Li and Jackie Chan together. Apparently, Jackie Chan said it was pretty easy to work together.
I have not worked with someone whom I’m comfortable with, in terms of
movements, rhythm and natural reactions, in the last 10 years. I have
done many fight scenes with others but there were usually more than 10
takes, which is a waste of time as the person may forget his moves and
unnecessary injuries. When I fought with Li, our actions were quick. We
also didn’t have to do the same stunt over 20 times. #
Ok, I’m motivated to go to the park again. My new dream job: to be in a movie with both of them.
Is black the new green? Google turned its home page black in support of Earth Hour. TechCrunch brings up a good point: Google, ironically, is causing more people to visit their site, using even more power to celebrate Earth Hour than they would on a normal day. It looks so funny that it almost made Christiana reboot her computer.
World Pillow Fight Day – March 22, 2008. Massive pillow fights will be happening all over the world, except San Francisco, because we already had ours on Valentine’s Day. Too bad I missed it this year. But guess what? They’ve got it going on in Beijing and Shanghai. Fun.
My friend Craig had extra tickets to Barry Bonds’ last game with the Giants, so he invited me and my friend Nathan along. We had really good seats (row 10 on the 3rd base side). Even though I’m not a big fan Giants fan, it’s always fun to go to a ballgame and of course, take pictures! Nathan and I brought our cameras along, but the the people who sat in front of us had big posters that blocked our photography efforts.
In the middle of the 6th inning, I went to use the restroom, and asked if anyone wanted me to get anything. Craig asked for garlic fries, but he told me to get them only if the lines were short. There were a handful of people in line, so I went ahead and stood in line. All the while, bottom of the inning, Giants at bat, Bonds on deck. I was very tempted to leave the line, but I figured, it’s ok, I’ll just watch on the TV’s. Apparently, it was his last at bat. He was leaving because his big toe was hurting (poor baby…*said in the tone of Hanz & Franz*) Anyways, I guess the fans gave him a standing ovation. He came out, waved his hat around…yay. And poof. Just like that, he’s gone. No speech to thank his fans. Not even an interview with the press. Bonds and his attitude, all the way to the end.
Anyhoo, here’s why I’m posting this today. Craig IM’ed me this morning and sent a scan of the front page of the sports section in today’s San Jose Mercury News:
Click on the link to see what I’m talking about. You can see my friend Craig on the left with the hat and Nathan on the right with his camera, but WHERE AM I??? Yes, I was in line–missing. Totally missing. These things are only supposed to happen to someone like Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents.
Funny, I wasn’t that upset about missing Barry Bonds. I’m more upset about being missing from the newspaper. There goes my 15 millimeters of fame.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand was fun. Too bad everyone tried to speak to me in Thai because they thought I was Thai. So sad. No wonder everyone in China looks at me funny, probably because I don’t look Chinese. Anyways, I learned several phrases in Thai–one of which is “mai chai khon Thai”, meaning “I’m not Thai.”