August 2009

After weeks of toiling, virtually, on his own farm, i.e. the infamous Facebook application Farm Town where many a woman allegedly have lost their husbands or vice versa, Mr. Monk my 6 year old finally made enough money, all 70,000 coins (which are worth $50 in real life currency), to purchase his own farm house, [...]

To recap, I decided to follow the recipe for Bacon-flavored vodka... Why? Because I love Bacon. And I love Vodka. So it seems like a no-brainer... I went to Walmart to gather my supply. Why Walmart when we know they are evil? Because Walmart was the only place where I recall for having ever seen [...]

Apparently Pork-flavored Vodka is gaining some traction now in the Northeast, originated from Seattle, more specifically, the Seattle-based Black Rock Spirits.  According to this online article, Bacon-Flavored Vodka: What’s Next? Eggs Bourbon? , BAKON, the vodka with an oink in it, is getting some dedicated followers because people just love bacon. Thanks to the same [...]

Scene 1: There is this new website, People of Walmart, that's gaining the buzz.  (Heck, even The Bloggess mentioned them as "shit-I-didn’t-write-but-wish-I-did-because-it’s-kind-of-awesome" for this week...) (Note: Time.com also wrote about it on August 31, 2009, the day after this post was originally published.) Here is one of the most excellent specimen, in all its glory: [...]

Louise Brooks, aka Frank Wedekind's "Lulu", 1929. Nobody, I mean, nobody, does it better... I have had the same postcard on my bookshelf since college.  I included it as one of the images for a self-portrait collage that I put together...  Now come to think of it, I started having identity crisis since that age [...]

So now I am completely obsessed with Anna May Wong. I wanted to find and read everything about her... then I found this: Shanghai Express This is fucking Marlene Dietrich we are talking about here...  Marlene Dietrich looks like this: (Ignore the cigarettes. They didn't know better back then...) Yeah.  I get the irony about [...]

This is yet another picture I took of the art works that resonated with me when we went through the new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. "We will not become what we mean to you." I think about that sentence often ever since... I’m interested in how identities are constructed, how stereotypes [...]

Anna May Wong in "Daughter of the Dragon", originally uploaded by The Absence of Alternatives. There is so much theorizing and critique one can do based on this one image, I don't even know where to start... Or, if you don't mind, I find it hilarious.  Is it a sign that we have come a [...]

Valiant Struggle No. 11

Valiant Struggle No 11, originally uploaded by The Absence of Alternatives. This piece is part of the Public Art exhibit in Chicago: "A Conversation with Chicago: Contemporary Sculptures from China". Valiant Struggle No. 11 by Chen Wenlin I like "Protest Art", or art with a message, as much as the next socially conscious and politically [...]

        Desperate Housewives: The Disney Princess Version. This is one of my favorite cartoons from the Sundays.

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