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May
22

Let Me Take You There – Plain White Ts.

I love this song. I have been watching the TV Series Greek recently and they had this song in their Season 2 trailer.

I found this video on YouTube. The imagery was so fitting.

To lovers everywhere! “I know a place where we can hide out, And turn out hearts inside out, They won’t know who we are….”

May
18

I love this cover of Breaking Free, yes the song from Disney’s High School Musical.

What can I say, I have a romantic soul!

Apr
27

“British physicist Stephen Hawking says aliens are out there, but it could be too dangerous for humans to interact with extraterrestrial life.

Hawking claims in a new documentary titled “Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking” that intelligent alien life forms almost certainly exist — but warns that communicating with them could be “too risky.”

“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet,” Hawking said. “I imagine they might exist in massive ships … having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36769422/ns/technology_and_science-space/

All these years we have been sending out probes and signals to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) but if their nature is anything like our own (human) do we really want to meet them?

Apr
16

Playing Scrabble using iPhones as the tile racks and an iPad as the Scrabble board?

So cool it makes iPad a must buy.

Apr
12

Technotise is a Serbian comic book.

“The story focuses on a legendary tunnel connecting Zemun and Kalemegdan, made during Austrian-Turkish war.

The plot is set in 2074 in Belgrade. The main character is Edit Stefanović, a female psychology student who, after failing the same university exam for the sixth time, decides to visit a dealer on the black market who installs a stolen military chip in her body to help pass the exam.”

The follow is an awesome fan made trailer depicting what a live action film would look like. It is really really good ;p

Mar
29

These are my favourite IT Crowd Moments.

“This Jen is the internet…..”

“If you type Google into Google you can break the Internet.”

Mean spirited Internet Piracy Ads

Mar
12

I love Old School. It has so many classic moments in it.

Here are two of my favoutites:

True Love is Blind

Wedding Singer

You got a dart in your neck

Feb
01

Secret Identities is a comic book anthology that features 26 original stories centered around Asian American Superheroes; stories set in a shadow history of American history, from the opening of the West to the election of the first minority president, and exploring ordinary Asian American life from a decidedly extraordinary perspective.

“What if we told you a tale about a quiet, unassuming guy with black hair and thick glasses? He’s an immigrant, who’s done his best to fit in to a world that isn’t his—one very different from  the land of his birth. He’s got a hidden side to himself that he can’t quite bring himself to show, not even to the popular girl he’s got a huge crush on. If only she knew who he really was—what he could really do—she’d be amazed, he thinks. If only she knew. If only everyone knew…

For many Asian Americans, this chronicle is a familiar one, because many of us lived it. But this also happens to be the story of a mild-mannered reporter named Clark Kent, better known to the world by his alter ego: Superman. And it’s just one example of the parallels between the cultural narrative of Asian America and the mythic foundation of the comic book superhero.” From the Secret Identities website

This is very thought provoking. As an avid comic reader in my youth and all round nerd I totally understand this parallel between my own upbringing and the Superman myth. I have always treasured the Superman movie as one of my all time favourite superhero movies and now I understand why it held so much emotional resonance for me.

“Your name is Kal-El. You are the only survivor of the planet Krypton. Even though you’ve been raised as a human being, you are not one of them. You have great powers, only some of which you have as yet discovered….

Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. Always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you… my only son.”


Now that I think about it, the depiction of Asians in superhero comics have always been satirical or bordered on whimsical. Even though many of the most prolific comic book artists and writers have been Asian: Jim Lee, Brando Choi, Greg Pak, Bernard Chang, Francis Tsai, Greg LaRocque, Sonny Liew, Kazu Kibuishi, Christine Norrie:, Tak Toyoshima, Jerry Ma, Cliff Chiang, Dustin Nguyen, Larry Hama, etc.

These character always fit several shallow asian sterotypes:

* foreigner from Asian nation (Sunfire from the X-Men)

* martial arts expert (Karate Kid from Legion of Superheroes)

* sexy asian woman (Psyclocke from X-men)

* villain (The Mandarin from X-men)

It is not often that an Asian character is ever the main character or just an Asian American and by extension draws parallels to myself being an Asian Australian. So growing up I have had to idealise western heroes archetypes. My favourites being Superman and Batman.

Even though I was born in Australia, all my friends are predominantly Caucasian. I am the Twinkie.

Yet I have always felt deep down inside that I didn’t quite fit in completely into society. First being anethnic minority and then also being a nerd. That’s kinda like a double whammy.

I applaud the authors, artists and contributors for their work on producing this anthology and will be definitely checking it out.

Visit their website: Secret Identities

Jan
27

Ok He’s a parody of MacGuyver (Richard Dean Anderson is the man).

Living in Australia I kinda missed most of the SNL skits so I don’t have any history with this particular parody but it looks reasonably funny.

Powers Boothe and Val Kilmer. That’s some decent star power.

Jan
27

So the premise is a bit contrived but it’s got John Freakin Cusak in it.

And it’s got that whole ‘Old School’ old guys getting a second chance at youth vibe to it.

I’m nearing that big 40 in the not too distant future so this trailer really speaks to me and it looks like a barrel of fun as well. ;p

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