Category Archives: February 2012

Really? Fined for Fake Injuries?

Really China? Really?

Fining him what ended up being 1/3 of his salary because he “feigned” injuries and subsequently missed practices? WHO DOES THAT?

They claim that it was part of the clause that he signed and that they kept warning him. Who knows if they really did or not. When JR Smith, or anyone from the NBA really, goes to China to play during the lockout it’s not because they want to be great moral citizens closing the gap of cultural tension between China and America. It’s for the money. Come on, it is.

So they’re claiming that he just said whatever to them taking out $1.06 million from his deal? I find that hard to believe. He lead the team to a victory by scoring 60 points off the bench against the Qingdao Double Star and then again by scoring 41 against the Shandong Lions.

Does a foreign player of the week award mean nothing?

Or even being chosen to play for the Southern All Stars as a starter?
(Even though he didn’t get to play).

Why the fuck would JR Smith fake an injury? I’d play basketball with a knife in my back for that extra $1.06 million.

Or maybe he is just as crazy as we all think he is.

Isn’t it enough that he played well? What do these people want? Dear Lord.

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Structuralism and Deconstruction

Sorry, this post isn’t about cars or the NBA. What else could I possibly have to write about?

Structuralism and Deconstruction

It’s something that the second I try to understand the meaning, I am lost but because I am lost I am able to understand. For you can not deconstruct something without using it during deconstruction. To tear apart is to understand. And to understand is to admit to it’s existence. Is it? For freeplay can only exist within a structure, which in turn is in itself organized but because of such grounding and organization, freeplay is limited. Substitutions are limited. But in a finite field, the substitutions are limitless. The act of freeplay itself is deconstruction, but what more is deconstruction that the act of creative reading. But nothing is original. Everything is structured. The center is a center but also the non-center. It exists within the structure but it is not limited to the structure for there can be a center outside of the structure. Then what is the center? Where are the limits and bounds to the center? Are there any? What is the sign? What does it signify? But the signifier and the signified are not the same. There is a loss of meaning between the two. What is the true interpretation of interpretation if there is any?

Maybe I just don’t understand at all. Or maybe my deconstruction of it, means that I do understand it.

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Pre All Star: East & West Matchups

Two big games to look forward to today!

Lakers vs Thunder

&

Knicks vs Heat

West vs West & East vs East. You’re not going to want to miss this!

Starting off with the Lakers vs Thunder, the clash of talent between old and new will be a great show. And since it’s right before the All Stars it’s a great chance to see how the teams play against each other. Tonight’s game will show if they are pumped up and ready to go at it with the East! 2 All Stars against 2 All Stars. They can also use today to size each other up, understand how each player moves and operates, how to best support each other. For those of you who didn’t know this is the first game of the season in which these two will be going head to head. Strange isn’t it? Since some teams have already gone up against each other anywhere from 3-4 times. This season’s a bit off but it makes it that much more intense and nerve wracking to watch and follow. Both the Lakers and the Thunder have won their last game up to this one so you know that they’re in it to win it! Being the #1 & #5 team on the Western Conference this also gives us an inside look as to what the Playoffs MIGHT look like. There’s still a lot of time for a shift in rank but when you think of the possibility of these two teams competing again when the time comes, it’s more likely than not so both teams could learn a lot from today.

So what needs to happen today for the Lakers to win? Kobe is going to need to put aside all of the trade drama bullshit and get back to playing a GOOD game. For the leading scorer in the NBA, Kobe tanked last night with 15 points. I was actually afraid that we might lose to Dallas. How unsettling is that? Me constantly checking the Ipad at work talking to myself about the game while I make drinks for customers. Most of them must have thought I was crazy. Gasol, on the other hand, is playing better than ever. Do you know why? Because he plays TO FUCKIN PLAY. I’ll forgive the 5 Turnovers he had last night because Kobe had 7. 7!?! Do you believe that? Thank God Bynum and Fisher stepped up yesterday.

The Lakers also need to be on top of Durant and Westbrook. Well, not literally but enough so they aren’t able to shoot. We can’t have them scoring like they have been if the Lakers want to win. Hayward and Collison may still be out from todays game so that’ll work to our advantage. And they need to watch out for Perkins when he’s on the floor. He’s been having a high number of rebounds every night and the one thing the Lakers do not need is Perkins being there to rebound every ball be it offensive or defensive. And we need to not play Ron Artest and just trade him somewhere. I’m sorry. And the only thing with playing Barnes or Morris is that they play well when it comes down to it but they get WAY too many Personal Fouls for comfort with the short amount of time they’re on the court. Just saying.

Maybe I’ll write about the Heats vs Knicks game later…I feel like that’s the one game everyone is already focusing on anyways. OMG A JEREMY LIN ROOKIE CARD THAT SOMEONE BOUGHT FOR $1000 SOLD FOR $21,800. FUCK people are crazy.

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Michael (2011): More than meets the eye

Title: Michael (2011)

Director: Markus Schleinzer

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78% (Critics)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% (Audience)

 “Like its protagonist, Michael is deliberate and very discreet. It shocks by suggestion, not by display.” -Mark Jenkins (NPR)

“This coldly compelling film doesn’t try to explain Michael’s behavior or analyze his disease. As if doing penance for Michael’s sins, it eventually metes out unequivocal punishment, but it is small consolation.” -Stephen Holden (New York Times)

“Illustrating the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion, Michael takes a coolly nonjudgmental, non-psychological approach to a disturbing topic.” -Alissa Simon (Variety)

I didn’t do this movie justice when I wrote about it in an earlier blog entry. But I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t give it the recognition that it fully deserves.

America has come pretty far in exploring the “taboo” through the world of cinematics but it has not come far enough quite yet. It’s truly great that the ideas on sexuality, religion and even politics have seen a vast expansion throughout the years in regards to interpretations through film but most Americans still hold negative stigmas over certain topics such as murders committed by teenagers/children as well as certain sexual behaviors. What is it that I am trying to say? It’s mainly this: Americans are very “protective” of children, not necessarily in a literal sense but more so in the way children are to be seen as well as the failure to acknowledge that children are a major part of the everyday life we live in as a society. Because of this I know it must be hard for people to take what I am saying seriously. Why is this girl promoting a movie that is about pedophilia? Because it’s about more than that. Michael can even be seen as an in depth character analysis of the human mind, more specifically that of a pedophile. This movie was not created to rationalize pedophilia or to fight for it’s acceptance. The purpose is quite the opposite. This mo,vie induces not necessarily a shock but a restarting and reusing of the critical part of the mind. Michael requires a conscious audience. Leave all preconceived notions and judgments at the door. Much more than pedophilia, this movie is about life. The ups, the downs as well as the highs and lows. It is a study on the search for one’s true self. The possibilities of what could be and where one’s potential lies. What can one gain by living in falsities? What can one gain by facing life’s struggles as they appear? With self recognition comes strength. Strength to overcome any obstacle that may appear. A win for the underdog.

This movie also paints the picture of what one of my professors likes to call the “little man”. Who is the “little man”? Society ignores the “little man”. He is nothing. Someone of little to no value. And with this it brings about the question, “Is society to blame for the failings and shortcomings of the ‘little man’?” Should we as a society be more attentive to those around us rather than constantly worrying about ourselves? Do we need to pay more attention to our children and be responsible for them? For those who had written off Michael as nothing more than a “creep fest” or an unnecessary controversial film, they are lacking an open mind in which to receive Michael. For without an open mind it is almost impossible to appreciate true art.

So if any of you have a chance to watch it, please do because it is one that should not be stuffed in the closet and forgotten.

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Where do they come up with this stuff?

What am I talking about?
What else could I be talking about!

The Hyundai Veloster

Where in the hell did they come up with such a ridiculous name. Really? “Velocity” + “Roadster”? You might as well call it a Trypdick or an Orasity, get it? “Orange” + “Monstrosity”.

Why 3 doors? Because you can bring your other whore along too, that’s right! You know why… Is that really supposed to sell it? Are all the guys watching going to go, “Hey! If I buy a Hyundai Veloster I can have 2 bimbos instead of 0! I better go pick one up RIGHT NOW!”. Yeah…I don’t think so. Was this really the best marketing ploy they could come up with?

Who in their right mind would think rolling up to a club (or anywhere for that matter) in a brightly colored Veloster would be a good idea? Really? If it were me, I’d park it 6 blocks away and lie that my driver had taken my Rolls Royce to be parked. Or say that that Ferrari parked outside the club was mine. ANYTHING for God’s sake. Do you really want the type of girls that would get in a Veloster to get into YOUR car? No thank you.

What in the world is wrong with having 4 doors?

Do these designers not understand that the human brain is programmed to see symmetry as beauty?

Being unique and “out there” is one thing but they could have gone about it different ways.

I think the Dutch made a better Veloster commercial. It didn’t SELL the car but it did make for a very entertaining commercial.

Maybe they can hire me to sell their cars. I bet I could come up with a more realistic and memorable way to sell the Veloster. I’d have to do some research but I think I could do it.

THIS is supposed to be a part of Hyundai’s “Premium Youth Lab”? Is this really what young people of today want to drive around? Maybe I should just shoot myself now and get it over with. What happened to classic cars, cars kids can race and tune up, cars kids dream about growing up, cars kids watch in super hero movies, cars that kids see celebrities driving or even their parents or someone they look up to. This America, is not that car. I don’t care if it has a greenhouse effect or an all glass hatchback roof. This car is just a disappointment to all children and adults that crave that new ingenuity of up and coming designers. You’re not even close Hyundai…not even.

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What it comes down to? Kobe needs to sit down and shut up.

Kobe needs to get his head out of his ass. If he wants any more championship rings or at least a team that doesn’t bring disappointment to fan’s faces, he’s going to have to learn to calm the fuck down. Unless he decides to up and buy out the Lakers, it doesn’t really matter what he says. Every time there is a trade rumor, Kobe always has to get a word in. He either approves of shitty players who won’t threaten his playing time or disapproves of someone who might actually be better than him. What is his deal? Who are we all kidding here, you’re getting old and you and the rest of the Lakers need all the help you can get and it’s not going to happen if you keep scaring people off. If they trade Pau Gasol, then they trade him. Trades MAKE the NBA. Without it we’d still have Marc Gasol, (although that’s not looking too bad now). Aww…at least one of the Gasol brothers made it to the NBA All Stars this year. This hasn’t been the BEST season for Pau and maybe he’d do better on another team, who knows? All I know is that the Lakers need to get their hands on SOMEBODY and Kupchak does not need Kobe running his mouth every chance he gets.

Just play every game like your life depends on it and just appreciate all the time you DO have to play with Pau and the other Lakers. It’s so hard to build a team around someone who doesn’t really want change. Yeah he said he has Pau’s back AFTER he ranted about him being up for trade. The Lakers need to WORK with management, not AGAINST them. I’m sorry we couldn’t trade Pau before the season but it is what it is.

But it’s just like Mark said, who’s going to pay him $19 million per year for 2 years? And the whole thing with DH which affects Deron Williams…well the deadlines coming up soon. Everyone needs to cut the bullshit.

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The Line Game

So I had to play the Line Game today. Because I’m taking my car with me I had to go to the DMV so my mother could sign over the car to me. Mark told me that I didn’t need an appointment so I didn’t make one. I failed to realize that he got to sign over the title without a wait because he was in the middle of nowhere but that I wouldn’t be so lucky because I live in LA. Oh Well. My mother kept saying that I should’ve listened to her. Sorry mother.

So…we went to one DMV and waited in line, only for them to tell us that we have to drive to a whole different DMV to sign over the title of our car. When we get there my mother has to wait in a line JUST to find parking. So I went out, stood in another line so they could give me a number so I could wait even more. We went to a pretty nice DMV. I got #B186 and when I got there they were on #B145. Lame. Hahaha. Oh Well. Like I was saying, the DMV was pretty new and airy so it was a pleasant wait, until the kids started showing up and crying. I just wanted to yell at the parents while pulling my hair out and kicking their kids at the same time! AH!

I hate kids. I hate kids that cry. I hate kids that cry because other kids are crying. I hate everyone.

But we got the title signed over and it should come in the mail in 3 weeks. Yay! Only cost $15! Lolz.

After that I went to the post office because I just LOVE waiting in lines. The line ended up moving out pretty quickly, I got pretty lucky with that one. It was like I was at Disneyland all morning! Well actually…I know how to avoid lines at Disneyland and I NEVER wait for any ride, but you know what I mean.

You know what’s really scary though? Parents reporting their children’s cars stolen even after they bought it for them. WHO DOES THAT? WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND DOES THAT? Jesus Christ!

Now it’s time to finish watching The Bachelor!

I KNOW WHO WINS! Well…everyone does. I hate hometown date episodes, they’re so boring. *Yawn*

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Trade Deadlines

Because Mark and I started talking about possible trades and what the Lakers were going to do if anything so I thought it would be a good opportunity to see what other people think is going to happen.

So the Lakers either need a Point Guard or a Small Forward. (More a Point Guard, but yeah).

The Lakers need to make this happen! We still have our $9 million trade exception we got from trading Lamar Odom. So we scared off DH (Center), we REALLY don’t want Steve Nash. Best possible option? That’s right!

Trading with the Celtics

Scary to think of but it’d be perfect. Who’s our top choice? Rajon Rondo.

The Lakers are also considering Johnny Flynn and Ramon Sessions.

Other options are getting Allen Iverson back into the NBA (he has been aching for some cash and I’d LOVE to see him on the Lakers, for my own personal reasons) and Gilbert Arenas (meh).

I love you Derek Fisher but the Lakers need to get rid of you AND Ron Artest. Sad but true. The Lakers might end up trading Pau Gasol as well.

What might go down:

Lakers trading Pau Gasol & Darius Morris & Mavericks #1 pick FOR Celtics Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O’ Neal

Lakers trading Pau Gasol & Matt Barnes & Darius Morris & Lakers #1 pick & Mavericks #1 pick FOR Celtics Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce
Along with trading the Lakers TPE for Jermaine O’ Neal

Lakers trading Pau Gasol FOR Timberwolves Derrick Williams & Future Draft Picks

Lakers giving up cash & future draft picks FOR Timberwolves Michael Beasley

Lakers giving up either Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum FOR Nets Deron Williams

Let’s just make something awesome happen! Come on Lakers!

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I never thought the day would come that I don’t have enough boxes…

I’m cleaning my room to get ready for my move in early April but…I haven’t moved anywhere since I was 4, so technically I’ve never moved anywhere! What do I take? What do I leave? What do I throw out? Do I box things up? Leave them be?
And for someone who LOVES boxes, I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH! I’m trying to fit my life into 3 suitcases and it’s hard.

Suitcase Layout
1. Ps3 & Computer
2. Clothes
3. Books, Knick Knacks, etc.

I HAVE SO MUCH STUFF THOUGH! I’m literally at a standstill because I’m not sure what to do next. I have to leave my tv and my printer which makes me sad. I love them both so much! I’ve given away a lot of clothes but I still have a lot more to give away. I know I can’t take all of my books with me… all my art pieces that I’ve collected… all the little knick knacks that I have.

What’s going to happen to my Camilla piece that I had framed? Sadness… or my HUGE Lisa Alisa piece. God only knows what my mother would do with it if I left it here…ugh I need to talk to her about that before I leave. What about my little shelf of toys and stuffed animals! I guess I can’t keep them with me forever…

I am however able to take the love of my life, yup you guess it, my car. I don’t know what I’d do without my baby!

I just need to learn to let go of things that I don’t need. My PS3 and my baby (car) will keep me company. (And of course Mark too).

After I’m done organizing and packing everything away my room will be clean for once in my life. What a scary thought. Maybe I’ll take up Call of Duty again sometime. I have a Call of Duty decal on my car (I know, so cool right?) and these guys biking by yesterday asked if I liked Call of Duty and I told them I’m better than they could ever be. WIN!

Oh and it’s no secret I’ve been known to make racist comments left and right but I think I was caught off guard today. I was talking about Steve Blake with a classmate when this guy asks, “So, what do you think of him?” And I’m like, “Who? Steve Blake?” And he goes, “No, the Asian, Jeremy Lin”.

What, am I supposed to like him because I’m Asian too and we share some sort of deep cultural connection because of our similar face structures and struggles with the European nation? Well, fuck you. I asked him if he asked because I was Asian and he said yes. Said he “really likes them”. Oh, now we’re a “them”? And that he grew up around them. And then he tries to justify it by saying he has a Japanese wife. What a weirdo. I don’t support every god damn Asian on this planet.

But speaking of Lin, the Knicks are really going to have to kick it into hyperdrive because they’re coming up short against the Nets. Just saying.

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Zeus is rollin’ out the THUNDER!

Photo courtest of NBA.com
(They were playing the Nuggets yesterday, not the Warriots, btw).

What an INTENSE game yesterday between the Thunder and the Nuggets. The Nuggets were ahead by 5 until half time and by the end of the 3rd quarter the Thunder had caught up but who would’ve thought the scores would be so evenly matched throughout the whole game! Game went into overtime where the Thunder dominated the court by scoring 13 points compared to the Nuggets 7. But that’s not why I’m writing this blog entry.

Yeah, it’s true. I wrote a whole blog entry about how Carmelo needs to share if he wants “in” on the Linsanity but FUCK, Durant and Westbrook don’t EVER have to share and they’d STILL win!

Kevin Durant ended up scoring 51 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. 51 points!

Russel Westbrook had 40 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. 40 freakin points!

Serge Ibaka totally laid it on too! 14 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocked shots!

The highest scorer on the Nuggets was Afflalo with 27 points.

The Nuggets were struggling with their FGM-A scores. Afflalo only made 10-21, Brewer was 5-14, Lawson did a bit better with 8-17.

The Nuggets need a new star! Maybe they can take Carmelo back. I don’t know if the Knicks need him anymore.

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