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David Bowie + Tim Tebow = Tebowie

The Denver Bronco’s have made the play-offs and we have not heard the end of Tim Tebow.  On top of this, Jimmy Fallon brought up an interesting idea of taking David Bowie and Tim Tebow and turning him into one person, Tebowie!

Though Tebowmania is running wild, will it hold when the Denver Bronco’s face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots?  We’ll find out this weekend!

Related Article:  Trying to Understand Tebowing

Trying to Understand Tebowing

Victory poses.  You’ve seen them before in video games. After a winning match, Ryu, from the Street Fighter series, faces away his opponent and poses as some magical wind blows by moving his head band.  Mario even strikes a pose when he finishes a level.

Even people in real life have memorable poses.  Rocky Balboa lifts both his arms triumphantly after running up the Philadelphia Museum of Art front steps. WWE’s Dwight “The Rock” Johnson lifts up one arm and one eyebrow, as he stands against the top corner of the wrestling ring.

Last night, I watched the Denver Broncos win over the New York Jets (17 to 13). I also watched Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow perform his signature pose at the end of the game – “Tebowing”. Basically, the pose consists of getting down on one knee and start praying even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.

Much like ‘Planking’, Tebowing is a growing viral phenomenon.  Heck, there’s even a site called that allows users to submit photos of their own pose.

After some thought, I came to the following theory.   Tebowing is simply another victory pose.  The only thing missing from Tebowing is Final Fantasy VII’s victory fanfare music.  Play this video from Youtube and look at the photo above and it will change your perspective.

In the end, this could be just another internet meme gone viral. No matter what this phenomenon is, all I know is that Tebow keeps doing his pose, because he keeps on winning games.

PETA Bringing the Hate on Mario

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is setting its sights towards Nintendo and everybody’s favorite plumber, Mario, for wearing his Tanooki suit.  Tanooki, or Tanuki, is the common name for the Japanese raccoon dog.  For Mario, it’s a power-up that gives him the ability to slowly float across the game.

“Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur,” according the the PETA’s Mario Kills Tanooki website.

In kind, PETA has created a little game where the raccoon dogs can have their vengeance on Mario in a little flash game on their Mario Kills Tanooki site.  The game is called “Super Tanooki Skin 2D.”

Though I’m sure PETA means well, I’m not quite sure if this is the right way to bring attention to a good cause especially after the Battlefield “rat” incident.

UPDATE: Nintendo responded, via Eurogamer:

“Mario often takes the appearance of certain animals and objects in his games.  These have included a frog, a penguin, a balloon and even a metallic version of himself. These lighthearted and whimsical transformations give Mario different abilities and make his games fun to play. The different forms that Mario takes make no statement beyond the games themselves.”


Derby Dolls – Sat. Nov. 12th: Sirens vs Varsity Brawlers

This Saturday night I had my first experience with roller derby.  I knew next to nothing about this sport prior to Saturday night, other than it involves roller skates and not roller blades, and that it’s all female.  My intro in to this sport was vague memories of RollerGames on tv in the 80s (  That incarnation of the sport was co-ed I think, and more like Pro Wrestling with scripted events rather than a sport.

So roller derby the sport consists of two teams skating around an oval track.  The teams that are on the track consist of five players; four blockers and one jammer.  Points are scored when the jammer breaks through the other teams blockers and skates ahead to rejoin the other blockers.  The jammer then attempts to break through the opposing blockers again, when and if she does, points are gained by each opponent she passes.  All the while the other team has their jammer doing the same thing.

These rounds are very fast and furious, the jammer has one minute to score and the game has two halves, each in twelve minute periods.  You can learn more here

All in all, I was able to learn about something I never knew about before and I had a lot of fun.  The venue/arena is very well organized and I recommend you checking it out the next time you’re in Los Angeles.  Check out a previous entry here

Here are some photos from my camera phone, the ladies were skating by pretty fast.





Occupy Wall Street? Jeff Ross Tweets He’ll Roast It

Jeff Ross just tweeted the following:

Attention protesters at @OccupyLA – I’m comin down there to “Roast Wall Street” Wed at 1pm on the south lawn steps of Los Angeles City Hall.

I’ve always believed that comedy is a great way to cope with serious matters and I’m sure the Roastmaster General has some funny and thought provoking material to share with the folks of Los Angeles.


Reasons Kobe Should Play Basketball For Italy


Kobe will be closer to Italian exotic cars makers like Maserati, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. It is already known that Kobe enjoys sports cars. He owns a Ferrari F430 and a 360 Modena. Being close to the automobile makers is like living near your favorite restaurant if you are a foodie.

A new motto

After making a flashy slam dunk, he can go “That’s one spicy meatball!”. Right now, he’s got too much American in him. Even though he was raised in Italy, his heart is with the Lakers. Once he’s re-immersed into the Italian culture, that thick Italian accent and the hand gestures will surely resurface. Speaking of food, haven’t we already imagined him spinning pizza dough like he would a basketball on his fingertips?

A new look

We’re all dreaming Kobe will grow a mustache and wear a plumbers suit to become a Mario brother. Being in Italy will legitimize that vision. After all, he already possesses the jumping ability.

The prodigal son factor

Everyone loves a prodigal son. If Kobe disappears, fans will either forget or fiendishly follow him. When he comes back, he’ll probably have gained new skills from a foreign culture and effectively become a more well rounded player.

An opportunity of playing soccer

Compared to the rest of the world, the United States isn’t exactly known for it’s soccer. Kobe stated that if he had stayed in Italy, he might have become a soccer player. Imagine if he were to live that dream. The world might have a new Bo Jackson.

Rekindle his marriage

Marriage takes a lot of work. Kobe Bryant’s had a rough start to his marriage because of sexual assault allegations. We all know Italy is one of the most romantic places on earth and being in Italy would definitely fan the flames of his love life with his beautiful wife, Vanessa.

Steve Jobs has Passed Away

Despite what others may think about Apple (good or bad), you can’t help but take a moment of silence for Steve Jobs who passed away today.

The following message can be found at

Steve Jobs

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.  Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.  Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email

Don’t Stop Believing in Sesame Street “G”

Didn’t think it was possible but somehow Sesame Street has captured the essence of Fox’s hit TV show, Glee.

“G,” a spoof of the television show Glee and Journey’s song, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” To prepare for G-gionals, the G Club members sing a song about the letter “G” and the two sounds it makes.  That’s right, G-gionals for the G Club.  Despite the silliness, it does convey the proper aspects of the letter “G.”

Of course there are a couple other choice words that can come from the letter “G,” but this is meant for the kids!

Sesame Street’s 42nd season begins September 26th, 2011.

Improving International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy mateys!   September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, ye land lubber.  We figure instead of just talking like a pirate, we help find other ways to help celebrate!

Dress up like a pirate!

Instead of just talking like one, why not dress up like one!  There are plenty of ways to dress up like a pirate, some can even be found from Halloween stores.  Other ways is finding your own gear and making do with what you got. has a handy guide to assist those who want to make your own costume!  For those near Southern California or Orlando, FL, you can always pick up a sword, eyepatch, and a captain’s hat (ala Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean series) from Disneyland or Downtown Disney (maybe even Disney stores outside of Disneyland).  Remember there are other cultural pirates out there, so you don’t have to limit your look to specifically one culture.  Who says Halloween is the only time to get dressed.


Teaching a parrot how to talk like a pirate

Okay, so, maybe this idea may actually take a while (depends on how willing your parrot can pick up words), but imagine walking around with a parrot perched on your shoulder talking like a pirate.

Build or convert a boat with a pirate theme

Okay this isn’t easy either, but perhaps you own a small boat or craft or even floatation device (not recommended, but maybe you can hijack your CEO yacht).  Add some sorta flag (or even a paper print out) and set sails on the water (or pool side) and claim your treasure!  If this is too much, perhaps an origami boat or Lego boat with a small pirate flag on a tooth pick or Lego piece respectively.

Geocaching for pirate booty

Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity where participants use a GPS receiver or mobile device to hide and seek containers or caches anywhere in the world.  What better way to seek hidden treasure then by searching for it!  You may want to be careful though, as sometimes you may appear suspicious to others (even more so with a mysterious container).   There are plenty of applications for phones, that can serve as a potential GPS receiver.  There are also many sites with lists of hidden booty and their GPS coordinates.

Learn pirate songs

I think of The Simpsons, when Troy McLure starred in the musical of Planet of the Apes.  When the apes find out he can talk, they all gasp “he can talk… he can talk…” and McLure responds, “I can sing!”  You too can learn to sing pirate songs!  It may be a little hard to find some songs off the top of your heads, but you can always learn the jingles from Pirates of the Caribbean or Google some songs and impress your fellow pirates!

Singing in pirate style

This one can get a little tricky as knowing the lyrics would help.  You can then readjust the current lyrics to the Pirate style and attempt to sing it in a karaoke bar or in front of your computer and upload it to YouTube!  Be sure to comment with your video if you do go forward with that!

Dubbing movies

This can take some time, but if you can gather up a couple friends (or go solo with variety of voices), this can turn into an entertaining night as you redub any movie with your own pirate lines.  Record it as well and share with others (may be a little tricky with copyrights but we’re still interested in seeing it).

Facebook (pirate mode)

At the bottom of your Facebook page, next to the copyright, you’ll find a language option, from there select English (US), or whichever your respected language is, and select English (Pirate).  With you can see a wide arrange of pirate language display for you to enjoy, like “Satarrrday, Septembarrr” and “Captain’s Log.”

Meebo (pirate mode)

For users of Meebo, a browser based IM client, you can turn on a pirate mode by typing in “pirateon” within an IM conversation.  Now your conversations should now look like an appropriate corsair would use.  This should help any fellow pirates if they can’t find the appropriate word.  To re-enable normal text, type “pirateoff” and you’ll be back to landlubber mode.

PirateKey X

Swiftkey has help provide a special edition Pirate-talking keyboard application.  It works just like their normal predictive text staple, but it suggests pirate lingo as well.  Information courtesy of Droid-Life

Words with Pirates

Last year, Zynga was a bit late on the drop with their version of Words with Friends in pirate style.  Unfortunately, this was only available for a limited time last year for iUsers but perhaps this year we will see a release to Android as well.


What are you some of your thoughts and suggestions on what else other people can do for International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Ron Artest Just Inspired Me To Change My Name

Ron Artest recently became Metta World Peace. The last time I checked, “World” wasn’t a common first name and “Peace” wasn’t a common last name. When it comes to middle names, it seems parents have unlimited options. Seeing how a friend recently gave his son the middle name “Ninja”, I’d say anything goes. Here are some names I’m thinking about starting a new life as.

Aaron Joshua Goldstein

I’ve recently become infatuated with Jewish girls and have this notion that many choose to only date men of the same religious background. There’s even a dating site dedicated to helping singles in the Jewish community find each other, Even though I’m Asian, I think my chances of dating a Jewish girl might be improved by changing my name to something that looks Jewish.

John Lee

Ever since I watched The Replacement Killers, I’ve been using “John Lee” as my forum registration name. It’s generic, which means my identity will be harder to trace. That’s very important if I WERE to live a secret life of a spy.

Sir Nigel Williams IV

I think every American fantasizes about being British. We do things like eat fish and chips, fixate on royal weddings, drink tea, and even wear football soccer jerseys. I would definitely need a Roman numeral suffix to convey a sense of pride in my bloodline. Having this name also entitles me to carry an excalibur in public in all 50 states.

Marc Wallberg

Wouldn’t it be interesting to share a name with someone that’s famous? I’ve always wanted to make a reservation or order a pizza and honestly give a name that makes the restaurant go “Wait… is this THE (celebrity name goes here)?” What if the person just assumed I was that person and gave me priority seating and outstanding service just based on the possibility of a great word of mouth review among my other imposter celebrity friends? I say we all deserve to be treated like kings and queens. Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out a game plan if  the restaurant puts two and two together after seeing “Mark Azali” on my credit card and not “Mark Wahlberg” and calls me out.

Kevin Amold

Sometimes the cleverest aliases are obscure references. This name was featured in one episode of The Wonder Years when a jeweler accidentally engraves Kevin’s name incorrectly. If you don’t recall, just check YouTube

2011 Nike Mag – Auctioned off to Benefit Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Starting today, September 8, 2011, Nike is auctioning off the 2011 Nike Mag. All proceeds will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. For 10 days, 150 pairs of the 2011 Nike Mag will be auctioned on their eBay website.

View the commercial below that features Michael J. Fox:

The Nike Mag is basically the same “future” shoe as seen in Back to the Future 2 movie. Granted it doesn’t have the cool auto-lacing shoe laces, it does feature an illuminating Nike logo on the front. Regardless, all proceeds are going to Parkinson’s disease research.

You can start bidding on their eBay auction here.

Here is another commercial, this time featuring Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as Doc Brown:

For more information please visit their eBay site Back For the Future.