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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Thy Mai’s Hair Channel

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.




The cool kids at Giant Robot and Kumquat will probably tell you that they love Thy Mai. She’s been lopping off their locks for years (Ever checked out Martin Wong? Dude has an awesome head of hair!), and recently gave me a hot (if I do say so myself) new coif before donating my old locks to eco non-profit Matter of Trust.

Mai’s a saucy, sassy, ebullient hair afficianado who may be one of the world’s best natural conversationalists. Two things I already understand about her–she loves hair, and she loves to share. It’s no wonder, then, that she’s been offering free hairstyling lessons on the web via her hair channel, to show–by working on herself–how hair dunces like me can use bobby pins and flat irons to look hotter than the Hills chicks we make fun of on this blog. Like Michelle Phan with makeup, Mai operates in realistic body positions and points out easy fixes, which makes styles more doable than daunting–a welcome alternative to walking out of the salon looking like a supamodel, only to look like a supamoron for the following six weeks until the next visit.

[YouTube: Thy Mai's Hair Channel]
[Thy Mai - Official Site]

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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Busy Dad Blog

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.

I’ll admit that I am personally a bit of baby whore, someone who walks up to any strange little ‘un with wide open arms to offer a bounce or a burp, loves getting puked on, files “squishing baby thighs” under “favorite pastimes,” and is truly validated not by career achievement but by the squealy giggle of a toddler who can’t distinguish me from a play-and-learn musical puppy. I love babies. I probably love your baby. Give me your baby. I want to squish its thighs.

But still, I think it takes a lot for a parenting blog to be good reading for those without child. I don’t spend a ton of time on mommy and daddy sites (although I did follow a mama trail to this post about family bikes once, and almost dropped a few grand on a family tricycle just for myself), so I’m surprised that I keep finding myself browsing the stories of Busy Dad Blog and giggling at the life of Huggies-sponsored daddy Jim. Jim (Busy Dad) is one of the three people I know of in Los Angeles that rides Metro besides myself, seems like a real dude’s dude, and is constantly being outwitted by his older cutie of two, Fury (real name Marcus). I am most eternally grateful for baby Lessi (real name Alessia; Busy Dad has acknowledged that she got shortchanged on family nicknames), who has inspired a whole new cache of oogy-woogy photos to fill the empty space in my stomach that arrives every time I realize Fury is smarter than me. And she’s got those baby thighs. Just the cutest, most squishable baby thighs.

[Busy Dad Blog]

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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: We All Scream For Ice Cream

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.





Summer shmummer. Guys, it’s too fucking hot in Los Angeles right now to do anything. Too hot to walk, too hot to think, too hot to blog, too hot to be nice. It is literally too hot for me to like anybody else’s site enough to send you there, so I’m breaking the DISGRASIAN vacasian rules.

Instead, I am sharing a video of a Japanese robot serving ice cream. It’s the only thing that can make me smile at this particular moment because I am COOKING INSIDE MY OWN SKIN. GOD HELP LOS ANGELES.





[YouTube: Yaskawa-kun Robot Sells Ice Cream In Japan]

Thanks, G Scott and Doug!


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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Francis Lam’s Food Column At Salon

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.

Francis Lam and one of my reasons for being: The Chicken Fried Steak

Francis Lam’s column over at Salon is, in many ways, the anti-foodie food blog. It’s unpretentious, informative, fun, and a little bit random. (Take, for instance, this post Lam wrote on the anniversary of Biggie’s death, a collection of the late rapper’s best food rhymes.) Lam mixes the high–professing his admiration for French master chef Michel Bras–with the low–taste-testing KFC’s heartstopping Double-Down sandwich–while maintaining the same casual tone, as though he were just a buddy you were having a beer with. My favorite posts of Lam’s are the ones where he uses food to serve up a little slice of personal or cultural history, like this one where he gives out his Hardass Asian Grandma’s coffee and banana pudding recipe only to reveal how mean she is (“quick with a lashing with her tongue, sticks or an open hand”), or this one where writes about how, as the child of Chinese immigrants, all he ever wanted for Thanksgiving dinner was turkey, but, in the end, it was Pizza Hut that saved the holiday.

[Salon: Francis Lam Food Blog]

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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: La Blogotheque’s Take-Away Shows

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.

If you’re a fan of the indie rock, then La Blogotheque’s Take-Away Shows are for you. The Take-Away Shows are video podcasts of your favorite indie artists–or, really, mine–like Elvis Perkins, Yo La Tengo, Lykke Li, and Animal Collective–taking their music out into the streets. The shows are spontaneous and gorgeous, both in look and sound, a perfect way to pass the time when you’re cooped up inside during the dog days of summer.

[La Blogotheque: The Take-Away Shows]

Thanks, Dave!

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DIGRASIAN’S Summer Reading: SDAFF’s Reel In The Vote Contest

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.



Some of you know that I’ve dedicated years of toil trying to get unregistered Americans to vote. Thusly, voter engagement is a cause that is very near and dear to the heart of DISGRASIAN. Y’all may have noticed that over the past few months, we’ve featured an ad (to the right, under the DISGRASIAN Dictionary) for a PSA contest hosted by our pals at the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, called “Reel In The Vote.” To enter, just create a 30-second PSA convincing our peeps to get off their asses and hit a polling station.

“But Diana, it’s not an election year!” Au contraire, my dears. It’s always an election year.

If you haven’t yet put in your two cents (or, rather, your 30 seconds), please check out the contest and submit something, for chrissake. The final deadline is August 31! You can do good stuff AND win a little money, honey (not to mention a trip to the film festival).

[SDAFF: Reel In The Vote]

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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: F*ck Yeah Memebon!

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.

Memebon, cutest kitty in the world. He once fit in a bowl.

I’m definitely a dog person, but I’m no speciesist. I love any darling animal, even when said animal appears to be a giant severed fish head. And once upon a time, I fell in love with Memebon, a kitten from Cute Overload (one of my morning indulgences, right after Daily Puppy). For years I couldn’t get Memebon’s round face, concerned eyes, and tiny paws out of my head. Memebon. Memebon. He fits in a bowl! He is the cutest kitten that has ever existed! Memebon!

I mean… Continue reading DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: F*ck Yeah Memebon!

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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Lisanti Quarterly

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.


Mark Lisanti is the funniest man on the Internet.

Now before you say, “But what about Gwyneth? He’s a fuckin’ gas!” let me just tell you that I’ve been making this declaration repeatedly since 2004, when I discovered Lisanti’s little H-wood insider blog Defamer (after carrying the site to Gawker-fueled ubiquity, he left his founding editor post in ’08). I blurted the words to him at a poorly-attended cocktail party at Sundance ’06, after an hour of awkwardly hanging out in wait for Robin Tunney’s arrival, when his buddy casually dropped his name and I lost my shit faster than a rookie chili-eating contestant. I say it snarkily at parties, when I realize he’s funnier in HTML than in person (ZING, sucka! I kid, I kid). I grumble it to the sky ever single time the guy outfunnies me on a Facebook wall (this happens more frequently than you would think). And I sighed it aloud yesterday, when I read about his new gig as Deputy Editor of Yahoo! Entertainment Blogs via Business Insider (who I must applaud for choosing a most distinguished photo of the lad to compliment his success).

Super funny people are typically the worst folks in the world to be friends with. For one, the odds of them being totally crazy/depressed/derelict/perverse is about 100%. And two, they spend most of their time with you either being spitefully unfunny (they are, after all, “off the clock”) or proving, at all times, how much more twisted, quick-draw and sharp they are than everybody else. But the thing is, Lisanti doesn’t have to be cementing sticky celebrity nicknames or befriending Tawny Kitaen to make you laugh. He just makes you laugh. I often wonder if he even has to try to be funny, because gentle–but memorable–humor seems to seep out of his pores like joy from a unicorn’s eyes. He is Continue reading DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Lisanti Quarterly

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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Multicolr Search Lab

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.


Many of our readers are Asian/Asian American, and a lot of DISGRASIAN posts are about Asian/Asian American events and issues. I can’t tell you how often Jen and I are asked to distill the opinions (based on comments and responses) that emerge in response to our blog, and declare an Asian American “take”–the collective opinion on this or that item. But as Jen said during one of our AAJA panels last week, “We don’t all look alike, and we don’t all think alike.” After more than three years of writing this blog, that’s the one thing we know for certain. Though yellow pride may swell in all of our chests, some of us sway towards goldenrod, others blonde, and others… lemon!

The thought of our peeps as a multitude of brilliant shades on a near-infinite color palette has reminded my of one of my favorite visual technology sites, Idée’s Multicolr Search Lab. The visual search software developer “extracted the colours from 10 million of the most “interesting” Creative Commons images on Flickr. Using [the] visual similarity technology you can navigate the collection by colour.” Continue reading DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Multicolr Search Lab

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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Kenyon Yeh’s UNIKEA

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.

Though Jen is an IKEA instruction savant, I am nothing of the sort. I once tried to help my sister construct a HEMNES bed frame, but ended up bending most of the pegs and Continue reading DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Kenyon Yeh’s UNIKEA

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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: The Infinite Garage

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.

Lee and her parents in Yosemite

Writer Raina Lee (Hit Me With Your Best Shot: The Ultimate Guide To Karaoke Domination) inherited a 3-car garage. The garage was filled with 35 years-worth of her parents’ things. Sorting through all of it begat The Infinite Garage, an art project, blog, personal history, and inventory of the immigrant experience (Lee’s parents immigrated from Taiwan). Here are Lee’s own thoughts on the documenting of the garage’s contents:

The Infinite Garage is my blog that examines life through objects however mundane, useless or beautiful. It’s a history of my family through things. But mainly it’s a personal purging project because I can’t move out of this house and on with my life until I get rid of the stuff.

Also: Infinite Garage is effing amazing. I’ve never seen a personal history told this way, through yellowed photographs, vintage clothing, birthday cards, rolls of change, little things saved and accumulated often for no discernible reason.

And if you’d like to own a piece of that history, Lee is selling some items from the garage online at Etsy. At the moment, the shop’s stocked with awesome 80′s-ish clothing and accessories. I’m particularly in love with this Indian cotton madras dress.

[The Infinite Garage]
[The Infinite Garage Shop on Etsy]

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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Slate‘s “Blogging The Periodic Table”

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.

Knit me this for Christmas, and I’ll be your friend for life

If you have an interest in science, but, like me, you need the dumbed-down “for poets” version to geek out on it, then you’ll love “Blogging the Periodic Table,” a series of posts published over the last month at Slate. Each post is devoted to one element of the periodic table and brimming with wonderful, obscure, and sometimes bizarro little anecdotes. Like how, in the 19th century, aluminum was considered more precious than gold or silver, and the French once displayed “Fort Knox-like bars” of it next to the crown jewels. Or why one tiny Swedish island has four elements named after it. Or how the elements get their funny names. It’s science, but it’s also the history of the world. While writer Sam Kean will only cover about 25 of the periodic table’s 118 elements for Slate, you can read more about them in Kean’s new book, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, available now.

[photo via neatorama]

[Slate: Blogging the Periodic Table]

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