Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Lap Dancing

Lap dancing can be sexy, or it can just be hilarious. Watch my two favorites.

Steve Byrne introduces "dancer," Sam Tripoli.

Bruno giving Conan what he really wants.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dogs Hate Black People

When I went up to pick my dog at a friend's the other day, she reported, "Loki saw a black kid and barked." She surmised, "Loki doesn't like black people, huh?" This statement puzzled me greatly so I checked with another friend who's mom bred dogs throughout his childhood. He explained with great confidence that dogs do not like the color black. Okay, what the hell is going on?

First of all, dogs are not afraid of the color black! It is true they are color blind but they are as likely to run from or be drawn to the color white as they are to the color black. And studies show they tend to like bright contrasting colors like purple on red. So, what's up with the strange "dogs hate blacks" comments? Even my friends who claim to be liberal and are not racist seem to have color issues.

This is my take. Dogs are extremely intuitive creatures. They pick up not only the vibe of their owners but also those of strangers. Bottom line is, if you have issues with dogs, like growing up in countries or areas were dogs tended to roam wildly or in neighborhoods where they were used as security behind gated fences with signs that read, "BEWARE OF DOG," you may be scared shitless of dogs. If you were bitten by a dog, no doubt you'd be tense in the presence of one. Dogs react to this and some will bark.

Dogs also vibe of their owners. If owners have "color issues," their dogs will definitely pick up on this and more than likely bark at the unexpecting brown person. But, oh, how convenient it is to project one's feelings onto a dog that does not speak. Convenient indeed.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Congrats to Class of 2009!

You made it, Class of 2009! Go out and take over the world. I know the economy looks bleak but I also graduated during a recession and have survived to tell the tale. Just hang in there.

A special shout out to my dynamite research assistants Jackie, Linda and Alan! Don't they look angelic? Thanks for all your hard work!

Monday, June 8, 2009

How to Turn a Lecture into a Dance Party!

I invited KevJumba of YouTube fame to speak in my Introduction to Asian American Contemporary Issues course and what followed was pretty...well..., check it out for yourselves.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Strange Manifestations of Hybrid Global Culture Productions

With all the fantastic cultural productions from the Hallyu movement (aka Korean Wave) that has crossed oceans and landed in the Americas, Europe and Africa, you'd think all global creations work. It sometimes does and often does not. Check out the two examples below and tell me if it's a hit or miss in their cases.

Indian dancers attempt "Thriller."

Cpdrc Pilipino inmates do the "Jai Ho." Read more on Pilipino entertainers here.

Damien Walters Defies Gravity

Parkour sensation Damien Walters is phenomenal. He sure gives the Urban Ninja a run for his money. I can watch these folks fly all day.

Product Placement Movies - GI Joe and Transformers

The trend of product advertising continues this summer. I want my GI Joe action figures and Transformers now!