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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

May 16th, 2011 | 3 comments | Posted by jasmine

Admit it, you can’t help but find Baguette Bardot’s french bread arms just a little bit hot… [BuzzFeed]

Molly Wei is cooperating with the prosecutors who charged her and former schoolmate Dharun Riva with a hate crime after the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi. Tyler’s parents approve of the plea deal. [NYDNthanks, Jen!]

Go Granny! If you’ve been wondering where the spirit of the dearly departed Michael Jackson resides, look no further than 65 year old Bai Shuying. [BWE]

WHAT? A naughty hedge fund manager? Sri Lanka native Raj Rajaratnam, co-founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund, will serve up to  25 years after being found guilty of securities fraud and conspiracy. [NYT]

Toyota profits are down 77% in the first quarter of 2011, a period which includes the devastating earthquake that hit Japan in March. Toyota expects to be back at full production capacity by the end of the year. [The Atlantic]

“Tiger Mom” Amy Chua has some thoughts on how to change education in the United States. Say goodbye, recess! [USA Todaythanks, Jen!]


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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Thought You And “Ask The Asian Dude” Could Wiggle Out Of This One, TMZ?

April 1st, 2011 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

TMZ Managing Editor, Harvey Levin

TMZ, which operates under the auspices of AOL News, definitely serves a purpose. In life, there’s always somebody that has to reside in the murkiest layer–the person that denies insurance benefits to cancer patients, the defense attorney that attacks victims in order to save her guilty defendant, the jerk that has to tell little kids that there is no Santa Claus. TMZ is like that person. The supergossip team’s shamelessness allows them to dig deep into the wounds of Hollywood to tell us who’s crazy, who’s dead, who has anal sex with prostitutes instead of their wife, who’s suing their ex, who’s blown all of their money on 8 balls. Without them, we wouldn’t know such things, at least not so quickly and with no tactful filter. It’s questionable whether or not we’d ever want to, but that’s not the point. Bottom line, as I said before: TMZ has a purpose, I guess.

Yesterday, the site posted a segment featuring an on-the-fly “interview” with Sung Kang, one of Jen’s many hot boyfriends and familiar sexyface from the Fast & Furious franchise (You can see him alive again in the upcoming sequel, Fast Five). See below:

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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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February 5th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

Often when we award the distinctive honor of DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK, the offender’s biggest problem is that they are shameless about whatever shitty thing they’ve done.

This week, however, we recognize disgrace that has been acknowledged and loaded with a truckful of shame. As you may know, Toyota recently recalled eight auto models with brake pedal sticking problems, after a widely-publicized car crash took the lives of a CHP officer and his family.

Today, Toyota CEO of three months Akio Toyoda stood before the Japan National Press Club to deliver a most ashamed, sprawling, grief-laden public apology.

All Apologies

NYT reports:

A little more than three months after assuming his post, the president of Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker, recited a long list of mea culpas to astonished reporters at the Japan National Press Club.

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April 8th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

I know I’m gonna be in the model minority here, but there’s something different about these two wacktors. They’re looking better than usual:

Maybe it’s the beard-fest (yummers…so scruffy), but maybe it’s the Toyota logo. Suddenly Reeves and Brody seem practical, reliable, intuitive, smooth-riding, fuel-efficient, streamlined, forward-thinking, and aesthetically pleasing, for a reasonable price.



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Music Mix the Bourgeoisie and the Robot

December 7th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Toyota unveiled a new robot yesterday, with company president Katsuaki Watanabe declaring, “We want to create robots that are useful for people in everyday life,” before a crowd of reporters.

Uh, which explains why this robot can play “Pomp and Circumstance” on the violin?!?

I can just imagine the R&D talks that took place in order to make this orchestral Storm Trooper:

“What could be more useful than playing the violin? Isn’t that what we tell all of our children? And we will teach our robot the Suzuki Method, too! So not only will he be proficient, he will be excellent! He will give recitals and play countless high school graduations. Then, one day, he will sit first chair in a world-class orchestra. Oh my god…we are geniuses!!!”

Very useful, Toyota. Very useful, indeed.


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