Archive for April, 2008

Election ‘08: Polls Those Washington Fat Cats don’t Want You to See

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

I spend a lot of time working with kids (K - 5th grade) during the day, and today we held an impromptu presidential poll in the computer room, the results of which may surprise you:

Yeah, that’s George Washington.

Here are some of the riveting comments from the future of our nation on why they support the people they do.


“She’s cool.”
“Obama hates America.”
“She would be the first girl.”


“He’s not Hillary or Obama.”
“He has good ideas.”


“He’d lower gas prices.”
“He’d stop the war.”
“Hillary’s ugly, and John McCain is stupid and ugly.”
“He’d be the first brown president.”
“He looks cute.” I heard this from a lot of kids.

And the most powerful reason I heard in support of Obama
“Cause my mommy go Bama.”


“He’s the best!”
“He’s as close to perfect as possible!”
“He’s the new Lincoln!”*

*Note: None of the kids actually said this, but I figured they would have.

What do you think? Let your voice be heard.

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Imogen Heap Is One Funny Woman

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Saturday Night Live is a horrible show these days, and it always surprises me how it gets even more terrible as the weeks go by. You would think eventually it would hit bottom. But no, the good folks at NBC keep valiantly digging deeper and deeper into the mire.

That being said, while we were all working tonight I was reminded of a really hilarious SNL Digital Short from a while back. Take a gander at a real diamond in the rough, something funny from SNL.

Seth Franco!!!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

I was just searching for friends on YouTube and found a family friend. He’s the second white Harlem Globetrotter in history.

Actually, a couple years ago Seth and my brothers and I were playing some pick up basketball @ Flushing Park in Queens NY (this was about a year before he was a Globetrotter). I watched Seth whoop up on 5 guys single handedly!!! It was awesome, to say the least. You can check out his website here. Keep up the good work Seth!!!

Luke Wilson Motion Graphics Demo Reel

Monday, April 28th, 2008

I’m a sucker for cool motion graphics, and this demo reel from Luke Wilson is jam packed with trapcode particle effects and hip camera action.

Also, the RJD2 song is fantastic.

Ken Tanaka on YouTube

Monday, April 28th, 2008

There is a guy on YouTube with the profile name helpmefindparents. This guy is very funny! If you have an interest in Japan or are studying Japanese, you will find him even funnier.

I’m not sure if he’s for real or not. It’s really hard to tell for me. My Mom has already voted that it’s fake, but still funny.

Supposedly his story is that he was adopted into a Japanese family in Japan when he was just a little baby. He’s now 33 or so and he has decided to try and find his real parents in LA.
A lot of his videos are about his search, but some are just silliness, like How to speak fluent Japanese without saying a word.

Check it out, he’s a funny guy even if he’s just acting.

Egg Peeling, Plant Diapers, and More Ancient Japanese Wisdom

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Paul plans on spending some time in Japan soon, and as a good friend I try and look out for anything that could be helpful for his trip. I’m pretty sure I can stop looking, because I’ve found probably the only resource he’ll need: Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan.

Urawaza is a term for little life-hacks and productivity tricks which have been featured in print and tv in Japan for some time. For the first time ever you can glimpse ancient hiccup cures and plant care secrets. Apparently the book includes 100 clever tricks, each with distinctly Japanese flair.

I have to get a copy of this quick. Because as of now, if I were chased by zombies, had to sing karaoke like a pro, or some other such nonsense, I would be stuck.

Thanks a ton to Lisa Katayama from io9

My first set of Rambling Thoughts - Takahashi Rumiko

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

I’m currently working on two projects right now. One is a Flash site for NewThink, a small design/development company in LA. And the other is my weekly post for our main site… this week I’m it’s on Joints and Forces in Box2DFlash.

Still, I find myself daydreaming a lot while I’m writing code and I tend to slip in some reading every now and then. I’m studying Japanese right now (listening to Pimsleur while typing this) and I hope to visit Japan in the not TOO distant future.