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March 5th, 2010 | 29 comments | Posted by Jen

Three years ago this week, Diana and I started DISGRASIAN. I still can’t decide if that seems like a long time ago or just yesterday. A little bit of both maybe. The blog was–and I think still is–an idea hatched from our close friendship and from many, many nights of excessive drinking, mostly brown liquor with an occasional vodka martini thrown in when we were feeling fancy.

To celebrate this special occasian, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about how we got here.

  1. “DISGRASIAN.” Diana made up the word several years before the blog came into being to describe a co-worker who often wore socks with flip-flops to the office and ate cheap instant noodles at her desk every day. The girl’s worst offense, however? She totally lacked charisma–a cardinal sin in Diana’s book.
  2. “You’re a disgrace.  To the race.” We had decided to start the blog.  We had a name.  We agreed that the pages should be a pale yellow.  We even had an Excel spreadsheet (nerds!) listing all the people we could potentially write about on the blog.  But we didn’t have a tagline.  It was the end of the day, Diana was halfway out the door of my house, and we were about to bail on the idea when it came to me.  We didn’t think twice about it, because it was kind of a joke.  You know, like a mockery of a schoolyard taunt.  We didn’t realize how many people would take it so seriously and even be offended by it.  I can’t tell you how many people over the years have begun their hate mail with, “YOU are the disgrace to the race!”  Oh really?  Dude.  If you’re gonna burn me, you gotta do better than throwing down with something that I came up with in, like, half a second, okay?
  3. Sanjaya Malakar. Our very first post, which I wrote, was about Sanjaya.  This points to what’s good and bad about blogs.  They entertain us every day with little tidbits about the stupid shit.  But then again, at the end of the day, it’s just stupid shit.
  4. Continue reading BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN! DISGRASIAN Turns 3

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Blocking With Umbrellas-ellas-ellas

June 5th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Did anybody else see a foiled pre-Tienanmen anniversary report on CNN this week?

Seriously, is there any reason why this plainclothes fuzz display seems uncannily like a choreographed hybrid of Singin’ In the Rain and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory? I keep waiting for Gene Kelly to come bursting onto the scene, chest full, hands in the air, toes dragging with flair.

Wow. What a number that would be.

[via CNN Video]

Thanks, Chris!

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China Won’t RT You or Support Your Outdated Web-Based Email Service

June 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

China has wised up on their communicating citizens and put the kibosh on hot sites Twitter, Flickr, and Hotmail (notably, just two days before the 20th anniversary of the massacre at Tienanmen Square).

This isn’t funny enough to blog about. Nor is it surprising at all.

Especially because we could’ve told you years ago that Hotmail was fucked-slash-archaic and everybody should be on Gmail anyway. Gmail is soooooooooo gangster!

[Times Online: Chinese Censors Cut Off Twitter, Hotmail and Flickr]

Thanks, Jasmine!

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March 5th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana
DISGRASIAN: Welcome to the Terrible Twos

We’re celebrating our second year as the Interwebz’ saltiest (yet cuddliest) shame squad! Join me in song, will you?

Happy Birthday to us
We sure like to cuss
And since it’s our birthday
Maybe y’all will make a fuss!

And by “make a fuss,” we mean, um, e-hug us on Facebook and Twitter, subscribe to our RSS feed and YouTube channel, send us some cupcakes, or attack our Marni wishlist.

Fuss aside, it sure has been a great two years! Thank you–we love you for hanging with us for so long!


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August 28th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Perhaps you spent most of college eating packets of instant ramen–we at DISGRASIAN have certainly been downing the stuff for most of our lives. Instant noodles, if they could be called anything else, should probably be called “instant comfort,” because they make you feel warm, happy, and full–how could any of us live without them?

This week, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of instant noodles, which were invented by the late and great Momofuku Ando, who passed at the age of 96 this January.

So happy birthday, instant noodles! We feel more comfortable already.

Thanks, Jasmine!

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Casuallasian Dropping Hints

February 27th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Conversasian between Jen and Diana at DISGRASIAN HQ earlier today:

(Diana works tirelessly in the side office, hiding what she’s doing)

JEN: (pops her head in) Yo. Whatcha doin’?

DIANA: (wildly tosses newspapers over her work) HI!! NOTHING! HI! WHAT’S UP?!? HOW’S IT GOIN?

JEN: Dude, what are you doing?

DIANA: Nothing! Let’s talk outside in the foyer.

JEN: Are you making something??

DIANA: No. (barricades the doorway)

JEN: (pushes her way through) You are! You’re making…

(Jen lifts the newspapers to reveal a bouquet of origami flowers)

JEN: Flowers! For me?

DIANA: Yes, peach. I’m afraid you’ve ruined the surprise.

JEN: But why flowers? Is it my birthday?

DIANA: Nope. It’s our one-year DISGRASIAN anniversary. Well, it soon will be. This weekend.

JEN: You remembered!

DIANA: I did!

JEN: And here I just bought you a new Marni bag to commemorate our union.

DIANA: You didn’t! You shouldn’t have.

JEN: I did.

DIANA: I can’t believe it’s been a whole year. We’ve come so far. We’ve accomplished so much.

JEN: It’s true. Do you think any of our friends will give us presents for our anniversary?

DIANA: Like who? RJ? Ty? Jasmine? Henri? April? Erin? Benna? Slanty? Chris? Jru? Greenie? Angry? G Scott? Eliza? Your Mom and Dad? Um, for starters?

JEN: Yes, like those people. Most of them have the mailing address for DISGRASIAN HQ. And, I mean, for those who don’t, a gift certificate via email can be so chic. Only in circumstances such as this, of course.

DIANA: So chic. Wow, I really love presents.

JEN: Me too. Anyway, I’m proud of us for getting to a year. It’s been a lot of work, pain, tears, bouts of exhaustion, and sleepless nights… but so worth it!

DIANA: Me too! What more could a person want out of life besides a Volvo, their health, Marni, and a rad blog partnership?

JEN: Presents.

DIANA: Happy early anniversary, Jen.

JEN: Happy early anniversary, Diana.


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