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The Chinese Build A 15-Story Hotel In 6 Days But Someone’s Not Impressed

November 12th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

The Chinese have set some kind of new record for efficiency by building a 15-story hotel in only 6 days. Watch this cool time-lapse video to see how it was done:

The Ark Hotel, in the city of Changsha, was constructed with all prefab materials and is soundproofed, thermal-insulated, and reportedly capable of withstanding a magnitude 9 earthquake. The construction workers who put it together worked until 10 pm every night, and none were injured in the building process.

To me, this hotel is the paragon of Asian-ness, in its show-off-y efficiency–it was prefab, inexpensive, quickly-built, and generated only 1% construction waste–but I happen to know one Asian person who’s not so impressed by it.

That is Hardass Asian Parenting to the core!

Oh yeah, you built a building in 6 days?  SOFA KING WUT? And, while we’re on the subject, why couldn’t you do it in 5?!

[Yahoo News: Chinese workers build 15-story hotel in just six days]

Thanks to my Hardass Asian Daddy!

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Total Kong-quest

March 12th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that most people who saw Seth Gordon’s fantastic 2007 documentary, King of Kong (a film about two middle-aged men–a middle school teacher and a condiment magnate–duking it out for the Guinness World Record on Donkey Kong), were not quickly inspired to follow in the principal characters’ footsteps. Though respectfully portrayed, most of the people featured in the film are lovable losers, aging dorks, gamer geeks–and the addiction itself so all-consuming that it alienates even our hero from family, home and daily life.

But of course, someone did. Hank Chien, a 35-year-old plastic surgeon from New York, started playing the game after seeing the film. He recently broke the standing record, held by longtime recordholder Billy Mitchell, with 1,061,700 points in two and a half hours. The score was 10,000 higher than Mitchell’s.

The Kong-querer

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN! Ichiro Suzuki

October 22nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Happy birthday to Ichiro, who turns 36 today!


2009 was a huge year for the mononymous outfielder: he set a major league-record of nine straight seasons with 200 or more hits, finished the season with a league-leading 225 hits, hit his first career walk-off home run (against the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera, no less), and even drew his first career ejection for arguing a called third strike.

But hey, we’re talking about a dude who’s single-handedly proven to Americans that Asians can bring it on the baseball diamond, small ball can be just as captivating as long ball, and pokey ears can be weirdly hot, so Ichiro defying expectations is nothing new.

Speaking of defying expectations, here he is from a few years back telling Bob Costas what his favorite American expression is:

TRANSLASIAN: “August in Kansas City, it’s hotter than two rats in a fucking wool sock.”

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SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN: Hardass Asian Coaches

June 18th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
“The Big Four”: The Boston Celtics’ Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Bryan Doo


RAY ALLEN: Man oh man. We finally get rings. Nothing tops this. Nothing.

KEVIN GARNETT: Didja hear you tied the NBA record for most 3′s in a Finals game tonight? Way to leave it all on the floor, muthafucka.

RAY ALLEN: Really? How about that.

BRYAN DOO: Great work, Ray. You did good. You’re going down in the record books. You’ll have to share that record, but…they’re putting your name down. Right next to the names of Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Scottie Pippen.

RAY ALLEN: So I’m in great company.

BRYAN DOO: You’re right in there with the best. “Tied” with ‘em, which means “just as good,” I guess. (beat) It would’ve been sweet to get that eighth 3 though, wouldn’t it? Ah, man, that would’ve been sweet.

KEVIN GARNETT: Let Ray have his moment, dude.

BRYAN DOO: You’re right. Let’s talk about you, KG. Let’s talk about you and your moment. How does it feel?

KEVIN GARNETT: I don’t have the words. It’s a dream come true.

BRYAN DOO: It was almost perfect, wasn’t it?

KEVIN GARNETT: Almost? Man, it was perfect.

BRYAN DOO: When you pictured this moment as a kid, did you picture doing it in a Celtic uniform? Did you think you’d be crushing a legendary franchise like the Los Angeles Lakers? Did you imagine getting up on that makeshift stage, with confetti falling all around you, accepting the Larry O’Brien trophy in one hand and the Finals MVP in the–

KEVIN GARNETT: We all know that the MVP trophy is going to Paul. And he deserves it. I’m happy for him.

BRYAN DOO: You’re happy for him? That’s cool. Really generous of you.

KEVIN GARNETT: I’ll pick up that MVP trophy next time.

BRYAN DOO: You sure will.

KEVIN GARNETT: Yep.

BRYAN DOO: I mean, if there’s a next time. You never know when you’re going to get back on the big stage. But I’m sure you’re right. Next time, for sure.

PAUL PIERCE: Bryan, what’s eatin’ you?

BRYAN DOO: Who me? Nothing! Why would you say that? I’m happy. I’m thrilled. Look, you’re crushing the Lakers by 39 points. What do I have to be unhappy about? I’m ecstatic! I’m over the moon!

PAUL PIERCE: Alright. Then chill. We’re all getting rings here, including you.

BRYAN DOO: And I’m going to wear mine with pride. I’ll wear it and I’ll always think back to this moment, when we were crushing the Lakers by 39 points, wrapped up together in this awesome man-hug.

KEVIN GARNETT: That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

BRYAN DOO: 39 points! That’s a record.

RAY ALLEN: It’s the biggest blow-out in Finals history, I guess.

BRYAN DOO: Er, not quite. It’s a record for the largest point-margin in a decisive Finals game, which is different from the largest point-margin in a Finals game, which was 42 points, set by the Chicago Bulls in 1998 when they blew out the Utah Jazz–

KEVIN GARNETT: Sweet Jesus, Bryan! Will you just spit it out for god’s sake? Say what you want to say and stop beating around the bush. My ears are bleeding, man! I just won an NBA championship! I’m going to Disney World! My mug’s going on a Wheaties box tomorrow! What kinda problem could you possibly have with that?

BRYAN DOO: No problem, KG! None! I just think, you know, we could all do better sometimes, that’s all. (beat) Hey, who’s up for a three-peat, “Big Three”?

KEVIN GARNETT: I’m depressed.

RAY ALLEN: I feel like a failure.

PAUL PIERCE: Life is meaningless.

Source: ABC

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