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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.
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Name: Karen Han
Occupation: Erhu (Chinese two-stringed violin) Virtuoso
Hails from: Los Angeles
Why She’s A Babe: Flawless Skin. Elegant Lines. A killer musical talent. And then some.
It was hard to take our eyes off of Han during the broadcast of the Oscars, in which her husband Paul N.J. Ottosson won two consecutive awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing on The Hurt Locker. Now, winning is damn near everything to Asians, but when someone other than ourselves does the winning, it can be another story. In fact, one of the most of telling moments in any of our lives is watching someone else–particularly our partners–win.
See video of the acceptance speech:
Continue reading BABEWATCH: Karen Han
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John Woo’s new film, Red Cliff, is now available on VOD, Amazon and XBOX Live and will open in theaters starting November 18, 2009. Red Cliff is film #3 in Magnet Releasing’s Six Shooter Film Series 2, and looks so awesome.
View the trailer here:
We are partnering with Magnet for a contest to offer a sweet prize package that includes: a full size RED CLIFF poster signed by John Woo (!!!) and the Magnet/Magnolia DVDs EXILED, CHOCOLATE and DYNAMITE WARRIOR.
You’d be stupid not to want this. And entering the contest is easy!
Follow @disgrasian on Twitter and post a tweet with the hashtag #redcliffdisgrasian. If a friend suggested that you enter the contest, include their @handle, and they’ll be entered too.
All entries will be collected on Friday, November 13 at 12pm PST, and entered into a hat. Intern Jasmine will then pick the winner out of the hat on Friday, November 13 at 12:30pm PST, after which we’ll post the winner here and on Twitter!
Sorry guys, but entrants must live in the U.S.
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Why? Because we’d like to stay friends 4 eva. But since we’re both Asian, we’re both REALLY good at games. And we REALLY like winning. We need to win. We always win.
If we play against each other, one of us doesn’t win. This is simply unacceptable. Frienship-killing, even. So we play together and beat all of the other losers out there, keeping both our galpalship and our desire to win firmly intact.
Winning, however, must be done fairly and squarely to matter so much. We’ll cut you out if you cheat to get a Scrabble bingo, or recruit a professional to help you face off with us on Rock Band. We have a hard time looking at the New England Pats with respect after they got so publicly busted for videotaping their opponents’ signs (guess Super Bowl karma’s a bitch, eh?). We shake our heads at the memorable disgrace of the game-throwing Black Sox, the juiced up home runs of Barry Bonds, the pathetic game betting of Pete Rose.
What’s the point of winning if everyone isn’t playing it straight and doing their best? We don’t think those wins are worth shit. They’re not good for anybody involved.
So we are pretty much horrified that in order to win (important), a South Korean badminton team (cool) employed a strategy to throw their most recent game (wack) against England in order to guarantee themselves an easier track to the Badminton World Federation final.
We know winning is everything, but there’s gotta be a more noble way to do it.
Everybody deserves better.
EEEEeeeeek! The cast of the Season 4′s Project Runway has finally been announced! The premiere episode airs on November 14th. We’ve already set our TiVos, and can’t wait to watch Tim Gunn calmly undo the hems of these aspiring designers’ dreams as they eagerly seek his approval in the workroom.
Our inside sources tell us that everyone on this season is absolutely bitchin’, which fills us with thrills. Now, we at DISGRASIAN hate to play favorites, and we certainly aren’t big proponents for gambling…
… but our money’s on Victorya.
Go get ‘em, girl!!!
Congratulations to the Jolie-Pitts and the latest addition to their Rainbow Coalition family, Pax Thien (little dude, you just won the lottery). I mean it.
But when I saw the picture taken of Paxy and his fellow orphans, my heart broke. Paxy is on the left:
Why didn’t Crazy Lips choose me?
I can rock a mohawk! I can, I swear!
Where is Madonna?
Is it because my ears stick out?
Does Crazy Lips not have money for braces?
Who is Madonna?
I will always let Maddox win at Monopoly!
Madonna, adopting me would make you a hero in Asia!
Madonna is already a hero in Asia?
I’d like to make a collect call to Ashley Judd, please.