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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

January 6th, 2011 | 2 comments | Posted by jasmine

For some reason, people are getting all worked up over President Obama wearing flip-flops while on vacation in Hawaii. Come on people. What else is he going to wear? Crocs? [Racked]

Toyota is being sued by seven insurance companies to recover damages they paid to people involved in accidents caused by “sudden uncontrolled acceleration.” [Consumerist]

Fashion designer Vera Wang is now blogging! For her first post, the designer wrote about the late great Jackie O and the importance of having a personal uniform. Maybe for her next post she can talk about appropriate leisure footwear for sitting presidents? [Vera Unveiled]

Hardass Asian Blogger? Elizabeth Jayne Liu has promised not to go shopping for an entire year. She’s been chronicling her exploits at her blog, Flourish in Progress. [AdFreak]

Is Dear Leader turning into Colonel Sanders? A chain of North Korean restaurants opens an outpost in Dubai. [Gawker]

Meet our new boyfriend: Taiwanese model Godfrey Gao has the distinction of being the first Asian male model to appear in ads for Louis Vuitton. [Racked]

Philippine politician Reynaldo Dagsa took this picture of his family on New Year’s Day. Also in the photo? His murderer. [Washington Post]

T.V. Carpio is replacing Natalie Mendoza in Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark. Mendoza dropped out of the troubled (cursed?) production last week after getting a concussion. Who knew musical theater was so dangerous? [Vulture]

The Daily Beast asked a panel of MacArthur Fellows (recipients of “genius grants” from the MacArthur Foundation) to compile a list of its smartest people of 2010. Included on the list are: Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen, educator Michelle Rhee, Microsoft Kinect inventor Kudo Tsunoda, and Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai. [The Daily Beast]

Amazian alert! First Lady Michelle Obama has a new Chief of Staff, and it’s Chicagoan Tina Tchen. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Happy Birthday Hayao! Legendary artist, director, and animator Hayao Miyazaki turns 70 years old today. [Wikipedia]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

July 13th, 2010 | 8 comments | Posted by jasmine

Vaseline has created a face-whitening application for Facebook users in India to promote its Healthy White Skin Lightening Cream, because, um, yeah, that sounds really, really healthy. [Feministing]

Like AT&T in the 80′s, Ichiro Suzuki reaches out and touches someone. [MLB]

You break it, you DON’T buy it: Finally, a place for women having their lady time, in Shenyang, China. [People's Daily Online]

Tila Tequila is no longer part of Celebrity Rehab. Is it because she’s no longer a celebrity, or because she can’t be rehabilitated, or because no one gives a shit? Hmm. [RadarOnline]

Hayao Miyazaki likens iPad use to masturbation. Like that’s a problem?! [Gizmodo]

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas already sounds like the greatest motherfuckin’ Christmas movie of all time. [MTV.com]

We can see why Prince said that the internet is over. Presenting…Kate Gosselin in a coolie hat. [Just Jared]

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Woods

August 26th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


As you may or may not know, Los Angeles is burning right now. An uncontrolled blaze is tragic and terrible–but sometimes for Angelenos, the L.A. fire seems like an almost necessary purge of all things impure (and oh, there are many), wiping the slate clean for another magical incarnation.

Perhaps it is this routine that turns fire times into days of anomalous calm, our millions of city dwellers just waiting and watching as thick rolls of gray smoke cloud the sunshine over our strip malls, reminding us that we don’t have as much control over tomorrow as we think we do. And perhaps our dirty deeds will just burn up and blow away.

Fascinatingly enough, it is not the hills of the metropolis engulfed in flame at the moment, but the Angeles National Forest (Non-cellphone-tower trees in our midst. For those of you who don’t believe, trust. It exists). Seems almost appropriate, then, that the album we can’t stop spinning is the latest from Woods, called Songs of Shame.


The Woods are based in Brooklyn, but one of the most infectious tracks on the album is an expectant heartbeat-instrumental called “Echo Lake” (a tribute, we hope, to the common name of a strange urban oasis on our city’s east side, not our neighbor in the Sierras), which could easily be the soundtrack to the day’s fire-calm. The rest of the album is a messy, raw compilation of psychedelic lullabies made distinct by both irregular composition and layered teeny vocal tracks–so small, lilting, and ethereal that they remind me of Miyazaki’s Kodama.


But let’s be real here. Um, hello, the album is called Songs of Shame. Isn’t a record, in its own way, simply a vehicle to purge thoughts and emotions (and arguably in this case, guilt/shame)? If it’s possible for an LP to be custom-made for DISGRASIAN, this would be it.

So why don’t you listen here. Then buy here.

And for those of you whose city is burning, temper your calm with Woods *live*: tonight at the Troubadour or tomorrow night at Echo Curio.

[MySpace: Woods]
[Amazon: Woods - 'Songs of Shame']

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BABEWATCH: Hayao Miyazaki

August 11th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Hayao Miyazaki

Hails from: Tokyo, Japan

Occupation: Filmmaker

Why He’s a Babe: For one thing, Miyazaki’s something of a recluse, and recluses are intriguing. Yet he still managed to brave Comic-Con this year, where he was the picture of a distinguished older gentleman, in his glasses, neatly-clipped white beard, and well-fitted suit. Oh, did we mention he’s a genius? Who’s made fantastical, wondrous animated movies like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, which are something like mushroom trips on celluloid?

Ponyo, Miyazaki’s latest work, opens this Friday, August 14:

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