Saturday, May 10, 2014

I don't like MFAs

I'm a published creative writer, yet, I don't like other creative writers. Sorry, I think they don't make any sense.

It's fucking annoying to have to either teach them as students or sit in the same class with them as peers. They are awfully good in coming up with strange ideas, but if you want to have an intellectual conversation with them, they can't even get their logic right.

It's frustrating. Why did some stupid academics create this type of degrees called MFAs? If you're a writer, you shouldn't have to go to school to learn how to write. If you have to learn it in college, you're not good, so you should be studying something else in college while write on the side. That's how creative writing works. You can't learn it. Creative writing is not learnable, okay? You either know how to do it or you don't. If you don't, that's fine, but you should then learn something else in college. I'm not saying you should abandon writing, but that's something no one should learn in college. College should be for intellectual and practical subjects, like literature. Creative writing is not an example of any of those.

The only reason why someone would want to do an MFA degree, in my opinion, is because (s)he doesn't know how to do anything else.

Friday, May 2, 2014

All about pee and poo of Chinese people

I'm just going to open an entry and post all the important pictures about the controversy on every Asian News page in major news sources worldwide these days. It is the public defecation by Mainland Chinese tourists in Hong Kong. I found it really funny, taught it in class and liked to use this entry as a reading list.

Here's the background story from L.A. Times: "Toddler's defecating riles residents of mainland China and Hong Kong" http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-wn-china-hong-kong-defecating-dispute-20140430,0,6992755.story#ixzz30b8CT355

So from what I understood, like thousands of other Mainland Chinese tourists, a couple traveled to Hong Kong with their toddler boy and let him poop in the street in front of a million passersby. Agitated, a local Hong Kong man, who later said in one of the video clips that he was a journalist, took pictures of them. The parents attacked him and were arrested by the police. Here's the footage showing the feces and violence:

In this, you see it's obviously public defecation, not urination, right next to a McDonald's where its restroom is always open to the public:


In this, you see the parents took the memory card out of the local man's camera by force:


In this, you see the husband (the man holding the kid) threw his son as a weapon against the local man and the wife (the woman in a long dress) used the baby cart to hit him. They tried to leave but the passersby stopped them by pulling the baby cart:


In this, you see the wife pulling the local man's the camera string, pretty much as strongly as bending his upper body:


She also hit him:


What happened, as usual, is that the Chinese TV and online media reported that it was pee, not poo, as in "bladdergate," not "colongate." They tried to propagate the idea that it was because the local Hongkongers jealous of and biased against Mainland Chinese, as neo-Nazis and skinheads, that such thing happened. Um, Jews, blacks and gay people, thoughts on China's use of your names?

The "tradition" of Mainland Chinese' public defecation and urination (without cleaning up) in global locations has been around since the beginning of China's economic success.

In Hong Kong's Apple Store:

Peeing in a paper cup in a hot pot restaurant in Hong Kong:

Pooping on the floor in Taiwan's airport, only 45 seconds away from the restroom:


Pooping in a mall in Hong Kong:
Peeing above a trash bin in a mall in Canada:

Chinese people are rude.
Peeing in the subway in Hong Kong:

 

Political party's office in Hong Kong:
Want more? Cuz this is getting a bit sick now.

I mean, really, I understand they are kids, but Chinese people, you literally scare the crap out of everyone. That's shit, Okay?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

China is the new America

Now, the Urghurs become their Talaban. Look at that Chinese Bush Xi Jinping. Makes me sick. Go to hell Chinese Communist Party. I wish in Bush's terms he had directed his batshit craziness to China but not Israel and Afghanistan. Man why didn't the Americans bomb China?! Shut up about everything you are suffering ranging from losing your jobs to your burgers. You asked for it.   http://m.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/trad/china/2014/04/140430_china_urumqi_explosion 


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This place squeezes women's breasts and takes pictures!

... Which probably will save me from breast cancer. :-(

Damn, the process was painful. Fainted a bit. I was told I'm just a special case though. How fucked This place squeezes women's breasts and takes pictures! is that I have very dense breasts?! Thanks Mom.


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

City Tavern DTLA - Now Serving Lunch

 

WHAT:

LUNCH at City Tavern /Downtown LA at FIGat7th

The newly opened City Tavern in Downtown LA is NOW open for lunch offering a variety of handcrafted sandwiches and salads perfect for your next power lunch!

 

WHEN:

Monday-Sunday

11:00am -3:00pm

 

MENU HIGHLIGHTS:

Food

Fried Green Tomatoes $9

Picnic Veggie Sandwich $9

Taco Truck Club $10

New Orleans Meatball Sandwich $11

Holiday Turkey Sandwich $11

Quinoa Salad $11

Shrimp Louie Salad $13

Farmers’ Greens w/ Chicken $12

 

Sweets  $8

Chocolate Pudding

Bread Pudding

Carrot Cake

Sticky Toffee

 

Lunch Menu Attached or Click Here-  City Tavern DTLA Lunch Menu

 

 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Travis Wall of So You Think You Can Dance Creates Epic Dance Number for 1st Birthday of Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace

Am I the only one disgusted by a bunch of unattractive dancers over some food, supposed to be tasty? I actually went there just a few weeks ago. Not bad. The dance in this video? Real bad!

 

Ladies, don't pull up your dress at a dinner table, Okay? I'm not gay, but I don't eat pussy either.

 

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TRAVIS WALL OF FOX'S HIT SHOW SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

LITERALLY DANCES HIS WAY THROUGH BACCHANAL BUFFET

AT CAESARS PALACE

 

Three-time Emmy nominated choreographer/dancer creates epic dance number in

celebration of award-winning buffet's milestone first birthday

 

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of the 1st Birthday of award-winning #BacchanalBuffet @CaesarsPalace.

 

LAS VEGAS (Sept. 10, 2013) – What sort of birthday gift do you get a buffet that already has everything including 25,000 square feet, dining spaces for 600 guests, over one million visitors in less than a year, accolades such as being voted the #1 Buffet by USA Today and serves more than 500 dishes daily? A big dance number of course.  And, that's just what happened at the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace when Emmy-nominated dancer/choreographer Travis Wall of Fox's hit show So You Think You Can Dance and co-founder of Shaping Sound, along with eight of his talented friends took over the expansive buffet and created a one-of-a-kind epic dance sequence celebrating the ground-breaking culinary paradise.  

 

Watch the complete video here: http://youtu.be/_Nb5C7iZCUw

 

In honor of the $17 million Bacchanal Buffet's first birthday, Wall joined forces with Caesars Palace in creating the lavish dance number and video that showcases the talent, athleticism and expertise of the dancers while highlighting the fantastic array of culinary offerings and the sleek design of the space. From flipping off of the furniture to breathtaking pirouettes, dancing on the tables to synchronized plate manipulation, Wall expertly utilizes all of the artistic tools at his disposal to create a mesmerizing dance performance. 

 

"With Bacchanal we took a big risk and thankfully, it turned out to be a game changer," explains Gary Selesner, Caesars Entertainment regional president. "We broke all the rules when we launched one year ago and the reception has exceeded all of our expectations.  We have people lining up not only to eat the amazing food which is prepared in nine live kitchens, but also to be part of a new dining social experience. We are proud to have transformed the perception of what a Las Vegas buffet is and can be." 

 

"We had a blast working at the Bacchanal Buffet," Wall explains. "The space really lends itself to creativity – the different elements of wood, steel and glass all made for great backdrops and dance surfaces. When  I was first approached to choreograph and perform a number in the middle of a Las Vegas buffet, I wasn't sure what I would come up with, but I was completely inspired by the space, the design elements, and of course, the food.  The hardest part was actually dancing around the abundance of food that all looked and smelled so delicious. But, it turns out it was pretty convenient too as we worked up an appetite." 

 

 

Choreographed by Wall, who in a recent episode of SYTYCD was lauded by the judges for his creative genius, several SYTYCD alum joined forces for this special project including: season one winner and co-founder of Shaping Sound Nick Lazzarini; top-four-SYTYCD-finisher Kayla Radomski; performer Albert Blaise Cattafi; SYTYCD All-Star, Shaping Sound member and star of "All The Right Moves" Jaime Goodwin; Shaping Sound members and SYTYCD alum Kayla Kalbfleisch and Channing Cooke; Dancer Adrian Lee, who appeared with Wall on his reality-based Oxygen channel show "All The Right Moves", and world Champion gymnast Dom Palange, rounding out the skillful ensemble.  

 

Wall's background in dance and choreography is extraordinary. Residing in both New York and Los Angeles, he is a resident choreographer and guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance. After a recent performance, guest judge and actress Jenna Elfman told Travis Wall, "Your choreography is perfection so full of artistry." Executive Producer and Judge Nigel Lythgoe commented, "You're a genius."

 

Since opening in September 2012, Bacchanal Buffet has set a new standard for Las Vegas buffets and continues to redefine the buffet experience by offering more than 500 dishes made-fresh daily by a team of specialized chefs who oversee the preparation of the food in nine open interactive kitchens. In its first year alone, Bacchanal Buffet has been named Number One Buffet in Las Vegas by USA Today, The Las Vegas Review Journal and Las Vegas Weekly. Serving an astounding 3,000 – 3,500 guest's daily, the Bacchanal Buffet recently welcomed its one millionth visitor who was awarded a special Caesars Palace prize package. Bacchanal has become a major hotspot and favorite among locals, travelers and celebrities. The restaurant has hosted film legends such as Morgan Freeman and Bradley Cooper, renowned chefs including Guy Savoy, Giada De Laurentiis and Gordon Ramsay and super model Tyra Banks. 

 

Overlooking the world-famous Garden of the Gods pool oasis at Caesars Palace, Bacchanal Buffet serves more than 500 dishes daily in a 25,000 square foot extraordinarily modern and inviting space that seats 600, designed by internationally renowned firm Super Potato.

 

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For hi-res photos and further behind the scenes photos, visit:  http://caesars.thedigitalcenter.com/

 

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Caesars Entertainment

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

FW: Tuesday Night Cafe is feeling Quirky on July 2nd!

Glad they’re still doing it.

 

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Address
Tuesday Night Cafe
Aratani Courtyard at Union Center for the Arts
120 Judge John Aiso St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking
Parking available across the street from the courtyard at the Aiso Street Parking Lot. $3 flat rate after 5pm!

Is feeling Quirky on July 2nd!

 

Tuesday Night Project presents:

The 1st & 3rd Tuesday Night Cafe
The Quirky Show!

July 2, 2013

7:30pm

Please join us at one of the longest running free public arts series in downtown Los Angeles. Highlighting new work in visual and performance arts from the Los Angeles and Asian American artistic community in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

Host: Kyle Mizono

Resident DJ: DJ Waxstyles

Featuring:
- Kyle Mizono
- Juts Music
- Kristina Wong
- Mary Rose Go
- Jason Oymun Fong
- Band Moto

Live Artist:
Tiger Souvannakoumane

Open Mic sign-ups and lottery at 7pm

Live broadcast begins at 7:30 PM at:

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East West Players

One Night Only
Save the Date: August 17, 2013

Come celebrate Tim's 20th Anniversary as Producing Artistic Director of East West Players!

An indoor/outdoor event featuring the best musical talent from the best musicals that EWP has produced. In addition, a delectable menu of Asian fusion, great wine from the collections of our EWP wine aficionados, a hosted open bar (have you had a Tim Dang Banger yet?), and desserts to die for...and you have one heck of an evening.

For more information, visit www.eastwestplayers.org.


Visual Communications


Armed with a Camera
Accepting Submissions through August 2nd

 

In its twelfth season, the successful Armed With a Camera (AWC) Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists nurtures the next generation of Asian Pacific American media artists to capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life. Visual Communications works with the Fellows for seven months and provides special training, mentoring and networking opportunities, access to facilities and equipment, plus a cash and rental stipend to create four to five-minute digital shorts that premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other venues nationwide.

For more information, visit www.vconline.org

Sunday Jump

Sunday Jump
Summer Series:
Featuring Pratiti Mehta!


Sun, Jul 7
5:30-7:30 PM
Kapistahan Grill
1925 W. Temple St., Ste 103
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Sign-ups begin at 5:00 PM
Open mic starts at 5:30 PM
Lot and street parking available

There will be good music, good food, and good vibes! Please support the venue!

The mic will be open for poets, musicians, emcees, comedians, and every artist that would like to share and build a community with us!

Sunday Jump has only two community guidelines:
(1) Free speech, not hate speech
(2) Express, not impress.

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Sessions LA

Sessions LA presents:
Freestyle Fridays


Fri, Jun 28
7 - 9 PM
SIPA | Search to Involve Pilipino Americans
3200 W. Temple St.
Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, 90026

Freestyle Fridays is a monthly fundraising event for Sessions LA, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Featuring Performances By:
* Made In Heights
* Sabzi
* 4 the King

Hosted By:
* Jay Black

With:
* The Sessions LA DJs

Plus:
* Open Mic & Open Turnatbles!

All Ages
$5-$20 Suggested Donation

Sessions LA Website

Saturday, June 22, 2013

If an American doesn’t know anything, he can always just call that Chinese woman crazy

(From Huffington Post)

Elisa Lam Death Accidental: LA Coroner


The death of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old B.C. woman whose body was found in a hotel water tank in Los Angeles in February, has been ruled accidental by the Los Angeles County Coroner.
Lieutenant Fred Corral told The Huffington Post B.C. that the cause of death was, "accidental due to drowning, other significant conditions: bipolar disorder."
Lam's body was found in one of four tanks that hold the water supply for the Cecil Hotel almost three weeks after she was reported missing. A worker, who was checking a complaint about low water pressure, discovered Lam's body.
The L.A. Police Department confirmed to The Huffington Post B.C. that Lam was positively identified by body markings.
Lam, who attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, was last seen on Jan. 31 at the hotel. L.A. police released surveillance video that showed Lam acting strangely in the hotel elevator.
Lam had been travelling alone but was in regular contact with her parents in Vancouver until she disappeared.
If an American doesn’t know anything, he can always just call that Chinese woman crazy and close the case (while she’s actually Canadian; he just doesn’t care).

LAPD is retarded.

Lesson of this story: do not expect your body to tell the truth of your death if unfortunately, it gets in the hands of LAPD, because they will just use it as an excuse to show they have something important to do, while in reality, they have done absolutely nothing. N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

I hate LAPD. This is coming from someone who sat in the jury of a murder case reading their “evidence” files for days. Sorry to tell, but LAPD is an incredibly corrupt government unit full of crooks, idiots, or a combination of both. If one day you get caught, you should absolutely not say anything to the police until your lawyer comes. The cops are awfully manipulative, even though they may appear as sympathetic. You don’t want to go to jail if you’re innocent, just to help these assholes get a better head count, a better portfolio for their annual salary increase.

Next time I’m on jury duty, I have no reservation to say this.

Friday, June 7, 2013

What good does it do to be smart? Two funded advanced degrees but...


I lost my child over a month ago, but I did not have time to react to it until now, because I had to do my stupid exam and whatever. I would have dropped everything if it wasn’t for my advisor: I had already done it once to him before; I can’t do it again. There’s some shit you can’t do twice to the same person, or you’ll be a complete jerk. This is how it is in the ivory tower: food stamp level poverty, no grievance upon your own child's death, complete insult by your superior for your ignorance about something you consider yourself an expert in..., I can go on.

I'm really wondering this is for real. It can't be this bad just to be a traditional intellectual, can it? Is it just a nightmare? Somebody please wake me!