07 July 2003

Saw this item on FOXNews.com:

The Media Action Network for Asian Americans is irritated because the father character of Lucy Liu in the new Charlie's Angels movie is white when 'clearly she is not.'
'Lucy Liu is clearly Asian, predominately Asian at the very least, but she is definitely not half,' MANAA says. 'To now imply that she’s half Asian belittles the pleasure and relief Asian Americans and fair-minded audiences had when they saw an Asian woman standing up for justice and overcoming great obstacles.'
MANAA claims to have gotten an early copy of the movie script in which Liu’s father was Chinese and her mother Jewish. They apparently liked this mix, praising it as a 'very unique bi-racial couple that is rarely seen in film,' but took offense at the final version in which John Cleese play’s Liu’s father and a voiceless extra plays her Chinese mother."

Am I to understand that people derived "pleasure and relief" from Liu's performance in Charlie's Angels? Any performance, for that matter? When the highlights of a movie are the cars ('67 Ferrari GTO, Aston-Martin DB5, Maserati Spyer, Shelby Cobra, Porsche 911 Turbo), you know you're in for a long 111 minutes.

If anyone should be able to obtain "pleasure and relief" from Liu, it's I. She does come across the best in the movie, but that's like saying Jose Canseco was the best outfielder during his days with the A's.

The three times I tried to access MANAA's site directly it crashed my browser, so I can't ridicule other items they might find offensive. Really, people, don't you get that Cleese as a father to anyone, in any movie, is a joke? Now throw in the obvious racial differences, and you've got a knee-slapper.

02 July 2003

During a lunchtime lull today Jen IMed me this link of name generators on Yahoo! Here're a few results:

Star Wars
Jen: Jenma Th'Bal, Naecapri of Penicillin
Ray: Rayst Nofar, Dribronco of Diet
Jen: Myrtle Hamwich of Buckleberry Fern
Ray: Samwise Brockhouse of Loamsdown
Jen: Queen Lil Bastard Z
Ray: King Biggie Cube Z
Jen: Captain Jenny Vane
Ray: Iron Davy Kidd
And some I did on my own:
Louis Farrakhan African: Shaft
Hockey Player: Bob McStarchuk
Superhero: Steel Tempest

I gotta get back to work.

01 July 2003

Testing the "BlogThis!" button on the Google toolbar. Looking to install a serious home network? Check out this article (Tom's Hardware Guide Networking: Building A Home Network From Scratch - The Ins and Outs of Building a Home Network) from Tom's Hardware. Hopefully this will put me out of the business of wiring friends' homes.
Obviously this blog hasn't been used much, as I'm trying to add content to starbird.com. But that's not happening much, and I'm intrigued by the "blog this" button on the new Google toolbar. So it's back to blogspot for a bit.

On a completely unrelated note, I hope y'all watch The Wire on HBO. Just may be the best show on TV. A deep and talented cast (remember Dominic West from Rock Star: "So you want the gig then?"), locals-only dialogue, and intricate plot lines that require a second viewing to follow. Can't say enough good things about the show.