As I Grew Older

30 04 2007

Langston Hughes was an African-American poet during the early-mid 20th century, wrote a lot about rising up because of racial prejudice. Just got me thinking how you dream when you’re young but as your grow older they become less and less poignant, this poem is something that keeps me up:

As I Grew Older

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun–
My dream.
And then the wall rose,
Rose slowly,
Slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky–
The wall.
Shadow.
I am black.
I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Above me.
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My hands!
My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun!

 Langston Hughes





Woerriors no more…Bulls are cooking over Heat…Dice K…

28 04 2007

Got a chance to watch the “New Warriors” in action in their Game 3 win 109-91 against the Mavs tonight and man can they fly up and down the court…I think they’re probably faster than the Suns also (If those two teams were ever locked in a matchup it might as well be a “Matrix” sequel). But, I’m not entirely sold on them yet considering if a team can bog them down into a half court game then it would be curtains for them. Dallas looked absolutely SLOW against them both on offense and defense and I’m not sure if it was total failure in preparation or Golden State just ran them out of the gym because the fat lady was already singing in full glory at mid-court before the first half was even finished.  What I do know is if the Warriors can keep this pace you are going to see the 3rd upset of an 8th seed over the 1st seed in NBA history- guaranteed. Definitely the story of the 1st round this year.

 But what’s almost as surprising are the Bulls who have a 3-0 lead over the Heat after winning tonight 104-96. Wow…I didn’t even imagine the possibility of Miami being swept out of the first round but it looks like without a 100% Wade and a complete balance attack by the Bulls it could become a reality.  Did you see that block by Andres Nocioni over Udon-is Haslem?!?Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee~

Nets go vinsane and drop kick the Raptors…102-89. Jason Kidd posted a triple-double on one leg with 16 pts, 16 rebs, and 19 ast. Don’t know why Chris Bosh is doing so sub-par, he should be feasting on the likes of Mikki Moore, Jason Collins, and Josh Boone…well known delicacies in his country.   The least surprising result tonight though.

Oh and if you’ve watched Dragonball before this article will bring a grin to your face…

Excited Red Sox Fans Eagerly Await Debut Of Matsuzakas Ultimate Galactic Dragon Gyroball Pitch Power Explosion

The Onion

Excited Red Sox Fans Eagerly Await Debut Of Matsuzaka’s ‘Ultimate Galactic Dragon Gyroball Pitch Power Explosion’





What the Heelys This?

26 04 2007

Heelys 

Just recently looked up info on this shoe/roller-skate hybrid called the Heely out of curiosity (and I wanted to know what the kid that almost ran me over in Target was wearing) and I was surprised how long they’ve been actually around. Created in 2001 by Roger Adams (native of Tacoma, WA by the way) his first prototype was actually a pair of Nikes, and using a hot butter knife he cut the heels out of them, cranked a rod through ’em and used skateboard bearings for rollers. Amazing! Sorry if I sound like I just walked out of a cave.

Then I thought about the positives and negatives about these things and how much of an impact they would have in our society:

Pros:
-Convenience. Don’t have to switch between shoes and skates/roller-blades. Now every household closet will have an extra space or two to put more useful things like more shoes.
-Instead of running away from somebody you can roll away as fast as you can… that is unless your pursuer has heelys too then you’re screwed.
-Motivates kids to do something outside instead of sitting around indoors doing useless things like playing video games and studying .
-Accessible to everyone, there are no weight restrictions (oddly) whatsoever.
-They look like ordinary street shoes…it’s not like moon-shoes where people can see how much of a total freak you are.
-It’s a fad. People like them.

Cons:
-It’s  a pair of Vans with wheels in them. The novelty probably wears thin after 10 minutes of gliding in circles after realizing every mall, store, school, and every other public place has banned the use of them.
-Heelys will cause a generation of  children to eventually lose their ability to use their legs.
-Walking to rolling involves just shifting your weight. I don’t know exactly how that works but what I picture is a kid accidentally rolling off an edge of a cliff while leaning or bending over. Can that happen?
-Yes! Actually no, but there’s a story of 12 year-old boy who got hit by a car while rolling in a pair of these in London. He now has permanent brain damage. Yikes.
-Heelys for Adults. I have never seen and I don’t think I ever will see a grown adult wear a pair. And when I say adult I mean over 16 years-old. 
-Roller skates, Roller Blades, and Skate Rinks will become obsolete. Oh wait, they already are.
 
Hm, to sum it up Heely is something that you’d think “Hey, I could’ve thought of something like that” but at the same time it’s so mundane almost to the “wth” point. Or perhaps I’m jealous of this multi-million dollar idea…





Virginia Tech: We’re all not like Cho and the Media Circus

25 04 2007

“Why does he have to be Asian?”

 All across America, in every Asian American community, that is the question running through everyones mind.

Why?

Why not? By asking this question are we not focusing more on the killer’s ethnicity than what should be more important, why this happened? All over the major news networks and throughout major media outlets both in the online and print industry there has been a ton load of information pertaining to the “vessel” of these senseless killings.  Yes,  he was a 100% mentally deranged individual yet, principally I’ve always believed no person is born to be conformed into anything. 32 innocent bystanders died by the hands of someone that gave up on himself and his reliance on this society-sounds simple enough.  Yet, it annoys the hell out of me when all these media outlets are reporting on things that don’t even have any revelance to the tragedy, “Oh, his sister went to Princeton”, “His parents immigrated from Korea and now own a  laundry mat”, or “He grew up in a local Korean community” . I mean, you can even check out two of the plays he wrote online if you really want to know how the inside of a killler’s mind works. Go CSI on everyone! That’s what the media wants, for you to come up with your own conclusions based on whatever information that could be dug up. This is just another example of the sensualization of tragedy and that is why, I believe, people in the U.S. are more numb to it nowadays. You rarely hear in a conversation, “Oh, did you hear about the band member who recieved such and such honor” or “The professor who was a role model to his/her students and was always the consummate professional”, of course they were profiled and their lives were celebrated as well, but not to the degree of coverage Cho Seung-Hui was and is still getting, not even close. Cho has in  a way become an infamous celebrity through death as far as I’m concerned which I think is a shame. 

In terms of how Asian Americans are going to be percieved as from now on, well it’s not as bad as it looks or sounds. Here’s one example:

My friend and I had to return our 7 month old microwave to Fred Meyers because it crapped out on us and we didn’t have a receipt or anything so we went to the local Fred Meyer to at least exchange it for a working one. So, we made a little fib that we just got the thing a few weeks ago but we recieved it as a gift so we didn’t have any receipt whatsoever. Anyway,  to make a long story short we were able to get a brand new one without any hassle. The thing is, when I told my mom about it she was like “Well, maybe the customer service rep thought you guys were going to shoot her if she didn’t let you return it, hahaha.”  First, please excuse my mom, she likes to joke (Hey I laughed too, i admit it). Second, at that level perhaps the VT shootings will effect how people see Asian Americans from now on but Asian Americans as a collective group? Nah. I remember reading about the fear of backlash towards the Asian American/Korean communities and I thought it was kinda ridiculous. We as a minority group in this country don’t even have enough historical baggage to spell out Waco compared to everyone else.  Cho Seung-Hui was obviously an exception but as an Asian American myself, I admit I felt a bit of an uneasiness that day and the day after the shootings when we were going around Kent/Auburn but then again that’s how we usually feel around there anyways.  It’s a black eye that will go away with time.      





Stuff from the onion

25 04 2007

And I thought nobody goes to Radio Shack…

Even CEO Cant Figure Out How RadioShack Still In Business

The Onion

Even CEO Can’t Figure Out How RadioShack Still In Business

Hilarious parody on mainstream news:

Breaking News: Something Happening In Haiti





NBA Playoffs Predictions

23 04 2007

 First Round

Miami-Chicago (Chicago in 7)

Orlando-Detroit (Detroit in 5)

Cleveland-Washington (Cleveland in 4)

New Jersey-Toronto (New Jersey in 7)

 West

Los Angeles-Phoenix (Phoenix in 5)

San Antonio-Denver (San Antonio in 6)

Dallas-Golden State (Dallas in 6)

Houston-Utah (Houston in 7)

Round 2

East

Detroit-Chicago (Detroit in 6)

Cleveland-New Jersey (Cleveland in 6)

West

Phoenix-San Antonio (San Antonio in 7)

Dallas-Houston (Houston in 6)

 Semi-Finals

East

Detroit-Cleveland (Detroit in 6)

West

San Antonio-Houston (Houston in 6)

 Finals

Houston-Detroit (Houston in 4…HAHAHA YAO MING~~~~)

 This of course, will not happen and probably the Spurs or Dallas are gonna win it all but one can only hope 🙂

Something that I found amusing since my uncle and I were NY Knicks fans while I was growing up and Patrick Ewing was our favorite player and just thought it was funny how it poked fun at Nate Rob also:

The Onion

Young Knicks Player Keeps Asking About Patrick Ewing

NEW YORK—Sources within the New York Knicks organization report that outspoken Knicks guard Nate Robinson continues to ask pressing…





Movies to gut check

22 04 2007

Been seeing a lot of movies lately and here are some I just want to mention that are watch-worthy:

 1. Reincarnation (Japanese Horror, the creepiest doll since Chucky in Child’s Play is in it)

2. Garden State (Natalie Portman)

3. Perfect Blue (Psychological Anime Movie)

4. March of the Penguins

5. Bowling for Columbine (Just seen it, but after Cho shootings holds lotta revelance now..)