Wednesday, July 29, 2009

WTF of the week.


Come on Japan! Show some dignity!
This is borderline insanity. And probably why white men treat us like shit.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Weird confidence.


It's like saying "The reason I lost is because the world can't appreciate my awesomeness".

Saturday, July 25, 2009

iQuit.


Of all the Apple spoofs, this is probably the best.
Not sure if it'd sell well during the recession though.
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weekend dinners.


Five spice monk fish and prawns for Saturday.


Pork and veal Shepherd's pie while watching Masterchef finale.

I honestly think Masterchef, as staged and dramatically try hard as it was, actually helped Australia with the recession.
If the show encouraged Australians to cook, that means grocery sales goes up, and families eat within smaller budget.
However I have a bad feeling Coles and Woolworths might be the only ones cashing in while local farmers and small grocers suffer.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

EWWW.


I don't particularly enjoy working with corporate clients. Spare the pain and frustration, let's save that for next time.
But purely from a branding point of view.
They never narrow down their target market; they want to get as many people to buy their product as possible.
Hence the vague taglines ' Oh what a feeling!', ' Determined to be different', 'A little word for a big life', 'More convenient banking', 'Go Harvey Norman Go' etc. simply don't make sense nor display any unique personality.

Coke's been toying with their 'Coke side of life' for a while. I didn't realise it has evolved into 'Open happiness' (which I think also works well with Wonderbra).

It's their latest 'BRRR' campaign that got to me.
I know it's summer for the Northern hemisphere, but couldn't they, the multi gazillion dollar company just spend a little time reworking the campaign for the Southern part of the world?
Melbourne's freezing at the moment and I don't think we want some 'BRRR' in our life. They just don't care, do they?

Friday, July 10, 2009

The dish I almost didn't make.


Ken: Hey so you had dinner?
Me: No, I'm thinking of eating out, been cooking for the last five days. Besides I don't think we have anything left to cook. Let's eat out.
Ken: Nah man, I'm too tired. We're all out?
Me: Yea. (opens fridge) Well we have some meat.
Ken: How about spaghetti?
Me: Didn't we just have that the other day with Japanese curry?
Ken: That's different man, look, we have mince.
Me: Well, I do have tomatoes in a can. Maybe I'll use short pasta and the leftover carrot. Ooh, broccoli. I can dice the stalks too...

If we didn't have that conversation I probably wouldn't have cooked the best tomato minced pasta ever.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Arrested cultural development.

This post might be crammed with three concepts now that I only blog once a week. I've been doing that after taking a decent advice from a respected authoritative figure ie., the husband to the woman who gave birth to me. He insisted that the time I spend on blogging could be put on to other constructive use. I took on his advice and spent my extra time finishing the whole three seasons of Arrested Development.



I wanted to write a review about it, but after searching high and low on highly influential websites eg., Wikipedia, I found the most honest review on the Stuff White People Like website:

They love it for a number of reasons. Firstly, since the show was cancelled before it jumped the shark, it’s effectively like a rocker that dies at 27. Also, the show got terrible ratings, meaning that it wasn’t ‘mainstream'.

They also love it because there are a few references to white popular culture, and if there is one thing that white people love, it’s cultural references that they understand (see Garden State, The Onion, and Juno for examples).

Coincidentally to counter the credibility of the website, I found this banner ad at the bottom of the page:


(note: Stuff White People Like #11 Asian Girls.)

SWPL was also published into a book, which I bought for my partner at work for his birthday last year, hinting an irony of a non-white telling a white what he should like:



In fact having read through the list myself I've managed to relate with a lot of stuff that white people like. Maybe they should rename the website Stuff White People Like and Non White People Would Like To Have Too. Then again, it's probably not too catchy. I won't be surprised to see Stuff Asians Like or Stuff Brown People Like to appear in the next 15 years with the exact same content given that's the amount of time the rest of the world needs to catch up with white people. You know, stuff like:



Only non white people buy and carry LV bags nowadays. The only white people you see with LV bags are either the celebrities on the ads, or white people trying to score a beautiful Asian bride. So the couple would look like the ones on the Hot Chicks with Douchebags website, which has also been published into a book recently...



...but the hot chick would be Asian.

So I shall end this post with a revelation I had about wedding photography recently with LV bags: After paying huge amount of money, you end up getting the same *beep* everyone else has.

Friday, July 03, 2009

20th Century Boys.


Simply put, this is THE manga that I think the story, substance and drawing surpasses even American graphic novels. In fact I'd call it a Japanese style graphic novel.
I thought I'd never get emotional again over comics yet today I almost cried over 20th Century Boys.
I really don't know how Naoki Urasawa pulled it off, but his drawing style is a combination of Slam Dunk, One Piece, and Frank Miller.
At first glance, the story is really B grade: A bunch of middle aged men realising that the disaster stories they've written as kids are happening in real life. But the way it was told through three time lines spanning over 50 years from the 1970s to 2015 really adds another dimension.
I can't put my finger on the genre. There's childhood, there's modern Japan, there's conspiracy, cult, biological warfare, religion, mystery, virtual reality, giant robot, politics, all tied together with substantial historic events.
What broke me was probably the loss and mistake you made as a child, and the consequences you face as an adult years later. Everyone is vulnerable and no one wants to be a hero. Come to think of it, the whole manga is about making up for wrong doings in the past. Some take a lifetime to resolve.
This review can't do it justice. Imagine a kid trying to explain Shakesphere with a blog post. I'd recommend you to read it now.