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Plastic Bottle Bombs – Be Careful!

June 29, 2010

WHAAAT!?!? Not even WIH Wednesday, and I’m posting? Yep, it’s true. But there’s a good reason. We gotta protect our `ohana and everyone around us (see below)!

Got this one in a forward before but didn’t have time to post it. Just got it again today and thought I’d bettah do my part to try to warn y’all. So here’s my little PSA to you guys. Be careful out there kay?

THIS IS NOT A JOKE! DO NOT PICKUP STRAY BOTTLES IN YOUR YARD OR AT ROADSIDE. THESE MAY BE BOMBS! SEE VIDEO and VERIFY INFO ON SNOPES.COM.

Innocent looking bottle. Deadly bomb!

This is true. It’s serious… and Snopes just released an alert.

1. A plastic bottle and cap.
[ingredients removed]
5. Pick it up. Move it. Shake it and it goes BOOM!!
6. No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc..

People are finding these bombs in mailboxes and in their yards. They’re waiting for you to pick them up. You’ll never make it! Grab them and they take only 30 seconds to blow!

Have a Good (and SAFE!) Tuesday gang!

P.S. In case you missed it, here’s last week’s post: Where In Hawaii Is Edward Sugimoto – June 23, 2010.

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Otanjoubi Omedetou Gozaimasu Kurosawa-sama! [Guest Blog by skycastles]

March 23, 2010

skycastles
by skycastles

A big mahalo goes out to Ed for letting this wannabe blog about movies the entire day and to the two readers of my humble movie blog who apparently twisted Ed’s arm to get me today’s spot in the line up. Much love!

Happy Birthday Kurosawa-sama! Today Akira Kurosawa, the prolific Japanese director, would have been 100 years old. I found this website, AK 100 Project, which celebrates his life and work. (You’ll need to run it through Google Translate though because it’s all in Japanese.)

It’s amazing to me that one person could produce so many significant movies in a lifetime. Like all good art, his films went on to affect his contemporaries and future generations. According to Wikipedia, Kurosawa’s films have influenced some of Hollywood’s greatest directors, such as Sidney Lumet, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola.

However, despite Kurosawa’s accomplishments, the role of Asians in cinema is still quite limited. In Hollywood, on-screen roles are extremely few and far between (unless, of course, the Asian person is playing the exotic beauty or martial arts expert). Behind the camera, it seems like Asians are pigeonholed into making high-flying action movies. In addition, most mainstream movie-goers aren’t familiar with the films coming out of Japan, China, Korea, India, Thailand, etc.

While I enjoyed Charlie’s Angels and Rush Hour as much as the next person, I’m more interested in seeing aspects of life from an Asian perspective with an Asian cast. The best representation that pops into my mind is The Joy Luck Club. Unlike Picture Bride or Memoirs of a Geisha, which are firmly established in a historical setting, The Joy Luck Club captures a modern life and all the assorted issues that go along with that from an Asian American viewpoint.

Do you know of any other films like this worth passing on to the World Wide Ed ohana? Who is your favorite Asian actor/actress? What do you think about Hollywood casting white actors in roles written for or based on Asians (aka “white washing”)? Examples of this are 21 (about the MIT students who used their math abilities to count cards in Vegas), the upcoming film The Last Airbender (Most of the cast is white, except for the villain who is played by Dev Patel. That right there is an entirely different issue altogether, where people of color are only cast as the bad guys. I won’t even get into that discussion.) and Dragonball Evolution (starring Justin Chatwick as Goku). Similarly, what do you think of Jake Gyllenhaal playing Prince Dastan in the upcoming Prince of Persia? Does casting always have to be about the bankability of an actor? What about the integrity of the script? When and how will Asians become viable options as leading men and women? Or have they already achieved this status but are just continually overlooked because of the politics of movie making?

The Guest Blog Schedule:

  • THU 03/11 – Chicken Grease – “TheGrease and TheBus”
  • FRI 03/12 – kuya.d – “I’m So Over It”
  • MON 03/15 – JMAW – “Something like a Phenomenon”
  • TUE 03/16 – frankie – “The Curse of the Murse”
  • WED 03/17 – kako mochi – “Where in Oregon is kako mochi?”
  • THU 03/18 – tweetpeep22 – “Online Dating Follies – Female Perspective”
  • FRI 03/19 – S-Ticket – “Online Dating Follies – Male Perspective”
  • MON 03/22 – tita leerz – “The Hawaii Visitor’s Survival Guide”
  • TUE 03/23 – skycastles – “Otanjoubi Omedetou Gozaimasu Kurosawa-sama!”
  • WED 03/24 – hemajang – “Where in Hawaii is hemajang?”
  • THU 03/25 – uncle jimmy – “Grab One, Leave One, and Get Reel…”

What Would You Do If YOU Won the Lottery?

September 8, 2009

Here’s a kinda random, but (I think) fun, Fun Day Monday (even though it’s Tuesday! 😛 ) topic.

Recently, Yahoo! Buzz blogged about a lottery winner blowing most of her winnings, and it got me a’ thinking. What the heck MANG! If I won the lottery I would NEVER lose it all! At least that’s what I tell myself now, you know, pre-winnings.

You would think that you’d be responsible and smart with the dollah dollah bills (y’all), but nobody really knows what goes on in a lottery winner’s noggin’ when something like that happens. I’d like to believe that I wouldn’t go crazy on ridiculous things, but who knows. Maybe that 7th Hummer is something I’d really REALLY need! 😛

In all seriousness though, I think I’d be pretty good, as long as there aren’t any crazy family members who come out of the woodwork and try to kidnap me. Here’s a list of things I’d probably do with the mad papah. Post yours below k?

* Cribs. Living in the 808, with the home prices the way they are, I’d probably invest in several strategically placed homes to earn regular income for years to come. For fun, maybe even try to buy an entire block. This could theoretically bring all of my family and friends together to live on one street in perfect harmony. Hehe!
* Invest. Like they say, pay yourself first right? I’d throw some in 401K, Roths, savings, etc., just to make sure I’ve got some stored away for a rainy day.
* Buy a pimp G-ride. Because of the unbeatable payments (zilcho), your boy is still drivin’ a car from 1996. I guess I could splurge on a pimpmobile when I win the mega millions. LOL!
* Retire. Depending on how much the pot is, I’d probably consider retiring after the above is making income equal or more to what I make now. Nothing against the current gig, but if you’re making the same amount while sleeping, wouldn’t you do the same? 😛 Shhhh! No tell on me!
* Travel. I live to travel! There are so many places I want to go, but not enough time (or money). With retirement and a big lottery cash flow, those two issues will be instantly solved.
* Take up a hobby. In between trips, I’m gonna have to do something to take up my time before I go crazy (or drive others crazy with my “I’m bored” calls 😛 ). Maybe I’ll pick up golf again? Surf? Fish? I guess we shall see… 8)

Talk to me!
* What would you do if you won the lottery?
* What are some of the necessities you’d buy?
* Some frivolous thangs?
* Savings?
* Donations?
* Send some to me? 8)
* What hobby do you think I should take up?

Rebound Relationships?

July 14, 2009

Since it’s News Day Tuesday, we’ll take a closer look at one of the items recently reported in the news: Jon Gosselin has a new girlfriend.

Bruddah was married with 8 kids not too long ago. How’s dat one?

I’ll save you from reading and let you guys chime in on some of the suggested items listed below or others you’d like to dish on.

Talk to me!
* Was their marriage doomed to begin with?
* Do you think the show played a part in their break-up?
* Is it Kate’s fault?
* What about the poor kids?
* Was he cheating on Kate?
* What is an OK timeframe for him (or anyone) to move on to a new relationship?
* Have you ever (or know of anyone who has) rebounded from one relationship to the next?
* Any truth to the theory that Rebound Relationships never work?
* How about the theory that some girls rebound from one relationship to the next because they can never be alone?
* Your best rebound relationship story?
* Any other comments on Rebound Relationships?

Other hijacking options:
* Jessica Simpson Dumped by Tony Romo
* Lauren Conrad Tops New York Times Best Seller List
* LaToya Jackson Claims Michael Jackson was Murdered
* Team Oceanic remains unbeaten (3-0) in the AAJA Hawaii Media Basketball League 8)
* MLB All Star Game tonight! Gooooo Shane!

Strange Noises In the Potty

May 5, 2009

A recent trip to the little boy’s room made me recall a humorous conversation/debate I had with wifey and her friends a while back. At some point during that conversation, it took a downward spiral (probably thanks to me) as we discussed the riveting topic of bathroom etiquette. Curiously, I axed the shy sistahs if they actually made “noise” when handling’ their bidness at a public restroom.

You should’ve seen the cold stare (not to mention the deafening silence) I got from that one. Sheez.

Upon returning from the death stare and silence, they asked me, “Why!? Do YOU!?!?”

Now if you know anything about me, I’m all about honesty. No shame! So I gave it to them:

“Of course! Why not!? I don’t know any of these people, and, even if I did, who cares? It’s human nature! It’s unhealthy to hold it in!”

[insert more cold stares and silence in addition to crinkled noses and “Ewwwwwws!”]

I continued…

“BUT… at work it’s a different story. If somebody saw me going in, or they know I’m in thurr, I try and hold back shmall kine.”

There’s just a different set of rules for work potty usage no? Ya gotsta stay professional up in the heezy. I don’t exactly want the trumpet to blow while one of the execs sits in the stall next to me. That’s just weird. Plus it might affect my year end reviews. 😉

There’s also a timing strategy involved. (Eh, no laugh! I know you got the same strategy! *grin*) You gotta make sure that anybody in the bat’chroom with you is gonedos before you make your grand exit. There’s nothing worse than playing a virtual virtuoso of noises in the stall, only to step out to a bunch of glaring/inquisitive co-worker eyes who were wondering who that Dizzy Gillespie-wannabe was tooting in the stall. LOL!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not exactly a noise maker extraordinaire, but sometimes ya just gotsta let loose, ya heard? After all, it’s not very good for your health… 😛

(… I still can’t believe I just wrote about this topic. Apologies… 8) )

Talk to me…
* Do you make noise?
* Is your strategy different at work than it is in public?
* How about at home? In front of your spouse/mate/roommate/parents?
* What about farts? Same rules apply?
* Any other bathroom etiquette rules you live by?
* Is this entire blog just wrong?

In the News…/Hijacking Topics
* Dancing with the Stars
* The Biggest Loser
* American Idol Final Four picks
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine
* NBA Playoffs (Goooooooooo Magic! Whew! That was a close one!)
* LeBron James’ MVP Honor
* R.I.P. Jack Kemp
* David Cook’s brother dies of cancer
* David Hasselhoff rushed to hospital

Have a good “Happy Boys’ Day” Tuesday!

Never Judge a Book By Its Cover

April 14, 2009

Here’s what’s hot on the web right now: a shocking video of Susan Boyle and her Britain’s Got Talent performance. Props to kuya.d for the link.

OK, no more words. Just watch the video and I’ll meetcha at the bottom.


If the volume is too low, click here for the official version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY) (I know, I know, it wouldn’t let me embed the official version)

What’d you think? Pretty touching eh? If I weren’t such a robot, I probably would’ve shed a tear or two. 😉

Talk to me!
* What did you think?
* Did you cry?
* Did it teach you the valuable “Never Judge a Book By Its Cover” life lesson? 8)
* Have you ever judged a book by its cover and got surprised in your own life?
* When people judge you before really knowing you, are you motivated to prove them wrong?

In the news
* Longtime Phillies announcer Harry Kalas dies at 73 (as first reported yesterday by MakiSushi)
* Mel Gibson’s Wife Files for Divorce
* Phil Spector found guilty of 2nd-degree murder
* Former pitcher Mark ‘the Bird’ Fidrych dies at 54
* Adult film star Marilyn Chambers dies at 56
* Hannah Montana earns $32M at box-office

Use Caution When Dialing Certain Area Codes

April 7, 2009

It’s News Day Tuesday, so here’s another in the series of WWE edumacation. This one’s on Area Code (dialing) safety. Yeah, I know, I know… these aren’t so popular in the comments department, but as long as I can help a handful of you peeps out with some of these, I’m satisfied.

Do Not DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284, AND 876

This is very important information provided to us by AT&T. Don’t ever dial area code 809.

This one is being distributed all over the U.S. This is pretty scary, especially given the way they try to get you to call.

Be sure you read this and pass it on.

They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has been arrested, died, or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize, etc.

In each case, you are told to call the 809 number right away… Since there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return these calls.

If you call from the U.S., you will apparently be charged $2425 per-minute.

Or, you’ll get a long recorded message. The point is they will try to keep you on the phone as long as possible to increase the charges.

WHY IT WORKS:

The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic. The charges afterward can become a real nightmare. That’s because you did actually make the call. If you complain, both your local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get involved and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing for the foreign company. You’ll end up dealing with a foreign company that argues they have done nothing wrong.

Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and colleagues to help them become aware of this scam.

AT&T VERIFIES IT’S TRUE:
http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=6045

SNOPES VERIFIES IT’S TRUE:
http://www.snopescom/fraud/telephone/809.asp

Talk to me!
* Sneaky yeah?
* How about unc uji UNC Tarheels yesterday? Pretty dominating eh?
* Surprised that some guy named Jordan was elected into the hoops Hall of fame? 😛
* And how about that Cutler to Chicago trade a few days ago? Woah!
* Chris Brown entered a “not guilty” plea. Whatchu tink?
* Dish on The Hills? Nah, I nevah saw um. Probably might have to with wifey tomorrow though. Hehe!
* The big winners at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday were Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland and Rascal Flatts. What’s new eh? Any country music fans out thurr?
* American Idol predictions for tonight? Who’s gone-doze?

Wot! Like Beef!?

March 24, 2009

Nah, I like chicken! 😛

Ehn-nee-waaaay…

In a recent study, it was discovered that eating red meat increases your chances of dying early. Their study of “red meats” included succulent steaks, bodacious burgers, and precious pork chops. Geez, why don’t you just take all the fun out of BBQs, picnics and sports bars already? Next they’ll be saying beer causes blindness or somethin’.

So here’s the article. Read um and I’ll meet ya at the bottom with tears in our eyes…

Red meat linked to risk of earlier death

Eating red meat increases the chances of dying prematurely, according to a large federal study offering powerful new evidence that a diet that regularly includes steaks, burgers and pork chops is hazardous to your health.

The study of more than 500,000 middle-age and elderly Americans found that those who consumed the equivalent of about a small hamburger every day were more than 30 percent more likely to die in the following 10 years, mostly from heart disease and cancer. Processed meats also increased the risk.

The new study is the first large examination of the relationship between eating meat and overall mortality.

In contrast, routine consumption of fish, chicken, turkey and other poultry decreased the risk of death slightly, the study found.

Although pork often is promoted as “white meat,” it is believed to increase the risk for cancer because of its iron content, said Rashmi Sinha of the National Cancer Institute, who led the study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

“This would be the Rolls-Royce of studies on this topic,” said Barry Popkin, a professor of global nutrition at the University of North Carolina, who wrote an accompanying editorial.

There are many explanations for how red meat might be unhealthy: Cooking red meat generates cancer-causing compounds; red meat is also high in saturated fat, which has been associated with breast and colorectal cancer; and meat is also high in iron, which also is believed to promote cancer. People who eat red meat are more likely to have high blood pressure and cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. Processed meats contain substances known as nitrosamines, which have been linked to cancer.

The American Meat Institute, a trade group, dismissed the findings, saying they were based on unreliable self-reporting by study participants.

After accounting for other variables such as smoking and physical activity, the researchers found that men who consumed the most red meat — about a quarter-pound a day — were 31 percent more likely to die for any reason, 22 percent more likely to die of cancer and 27 percent more likely to die of heart disease than those who ate the least meat. Women who ate the most red meat were 36 percent more likely to die for any reason, 20 percent more likely to die from cancer and 50 percent more likely to die from heart disease.

FDA TOLD TO GIVE TEENS ACCESS TO PLAN B PILL
The Food and Drug Administration let politics cloud its judgment when it denied teenage girls over-the-counter access to the Plan B morning-after pill, a federal judge said Monday as he ordered the FDA to let 17-year-olds obtain the medication. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman blasted the FDA’s handling of the issue during the Bush administration, saying it had “repeatedly and unreasonably” delayed issuing a ruling for suspect reasons.

The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by individuals and organizations advocating for wider distribution and access to emergency contraceptives. The FDA, which said it was still reviewing the decision, has 30 days to comply with the order.

Sad no? Actually, to be quite honest, I’m not a heavy duty red meat eater. Don’t get me wrong. I looooove me some steaks/burgers/pork, but I don’t necessarily eat it on the regular. Reading this article makes me want to sell out and turn veggie though. You?

Talk to me!
* Are you a meatatarian? How often do you grind the red stuff?
* What’s your favorite? Beef? Burgers? Pork? Other?
* Got any secret new bbq steak recipes for the WWE `Ohana?
* What about you chicken lovahs out dea? Holla!
* Are you a vegetarian? Any one particular reason why you chose to do so?
* Allergic to shellfish? This seems to be common in my personal experience.
* Hate foods with fishy tastes?
* What food can’t you stand?

P.S. Congrats to Team Japan for beating Team Korea 5-3 in extra innings in an exciting World Baseball Classic Championship game! Sorry for yelling so loud neighbors. 😉 Apologies also to the neighbors’ of my ‘rents. I’m sure they were equally loud. 😛

Have a happy Tuesday y’all!

News Day Tuesday: Kitchen Fire 411

March 17, 2009

A-ightchall, here’s a little 411 on how to deal with grease fires in your kitchen. Logic tells us that we should shoot down a fire with water, but in the case of grease fires, the WORST thing to do is to use water. This is due to the fact that when the water comes in contact with the superheated grease, it will immediately vaporize, expanding and carrying more grease particles with it, causing the rate of combustion to dramatically increase and flare up.

Now some of you may already know this, so please bear with us. This is for those of us not yet in the know, and that’s the hope of today’s blog: to help educate our WWE `ohana and keep us all (and our neighbors) safe.

Check out the video below let me/us know what you think.

Here’s a link to a more graphic, to-the-point video. (WARNING: Very Graphic, chicken skin kine)

If talking about grease fires is not your bag on this News Day Tuesday, feel free to dish on any of the topics below, the ones that will inevitably be suggested by kuya.d and tita leerz folks 😛 or any other topic you wish.

* Latest on Anna Nicole / Howard K. Stern
* Your March Madness Brackets
* Whether or not you wore green today *grin*
* Lindsay Lohan’s latest troubles
* John Mayer & Jennifer Aniston’s break up… Again
* Birth of twin baby boys to Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson
* Report of Donte Stallworth’s hitting and killing a man with his car
* Dancing with the Stars last night
* NBA’s ridiculous decision to release green, shamrock/clover infested L.A. Lakers apparel (ala rival Boston Celtics)
* Upcoming June 24 release of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

In other news, shmall kine plug, but if you or anyone you know is interested in a cleanly kept, white, 2000 Toyota Corolla LE (Kelley Blue Book entry says $5,770, but you can ask for the WWE special 😛 ), let a brutha know. Bonus points for those who can guess where in Hawaii this is. LOL!

2000 Toyota Corolla LE For Sale
2000 Toyota Corolla LE For Sale

* 2000 White Toyota Corolla LE
* 4 cyl, 1.8 Liter
* Automatic Transmission
* Air Conditioning
* Power Steering
* Power Windows
* Power Door Locks
* Tilt Wheel
* AM/FM Stereo
* Dual Front Air Bags
* 80,400 Miles
* Tinted (legal)
* After market car alarm installed from Security Alarm Shop
* Covered Parking
* Driven by non-smoking female
* No car accidents
* Regularly maintained
* 2000 model has a Timing Chain (not timing belt). Good for the life of the engine.
* Oil just changed last month
* Tires just changed last month

* Passenger inside door handle needs to be replaced ($20 or so?)
* Rear passenger side window needs to be fixed ($100 or so?)
* Slight dings on body, but nothing major
* Minor paint-level rust line on bumper

Everything else is running perfectly. Great, dependable, clean, durable car from a quality manufacturer. Driven with a lot of TLC.

Happy St. Patty’s day y’all!

News Day Tuesday: LeBron James Goes Off

February 24, 2009

(continuing my whining from yesterday’s post… Can we please sign BronBron to next season’s UH squad?

Last Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James went nuts on the Milwaukee Bucks early in the 3rd quarter as he lit up Richard Jefferson and his teammates for 16 points in less than 3 minutes of action. Read an excerpt from the NBA.com recap and then check out the insane YouTube clip below.

[From nba.com]

MILWAUKEE(AP) LeBron James heaved a 33-foot shot through the net to beat the buzzer and headed into halftime with 25 points under his belt.

Turns out, he was just getting warmed up.

James erased the Cleveland Cavaliers’ halftime deficit by scoring 16 points in less than three minutes to begin the third quarter, on his way to 55 for the night – one shy of his career high – in a 111-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

“Just got in the zone, man,” James said. “I saw a few go down, so I just kept going at it, man. Every shot that I made tonight, every shot that we all made tonight, we needed.”

James’ big night included his remarkable run in the first 2:50 of the third quarter, almost single-handedly turning a six-point halftime deficit into an eight-point Cavaliers lead. And he could have scored two more in that stretch if he hadn’t missed a pair of free throws.

“It was almost like watching a video game,” Zydrunas Ilgauskas said…

Video game is right Big Z. That was some sick Double Dribble/NBA Jam-like action there. Oh yeah! Remember those classics? 🙂 Check out the video proof:

Talk to me!
* What did you think of the video?
* Can you believe he’s just 24 years old?
* Isn’t life unfair? 😛
* Are you a LeBron fan?
* Cleveland Cavaliers fan?
* An NBA fan?
* Basketball fan in general? 😉
* Have you ever gotten on a roll (adrenaline rush) like this, making you do the almost impossible? Share with your `ohana please. 🙂

Happy Tuesday y’all!