Sunday, August 31, 2008

John Legend and Stephen Colbert Duet

John Legend is set to drop a new album in the fall, and my obsession with him is starting up again. (This always happens when he has a new album out or a concert tour. Then it dies down.)

Here he is performing "The Girl is Mine"-- a classic duet originally sung by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney-- with Stephen Colbert. Surprisingly, Colbert can sing!

Monday, August 25, 2008

I miss you, Olympics

I miss the Olympics.

Every night, I set my DVR to record the Olympics. Four hours of it on NBC (yes, I'm still affliected with standard-def TV, so I couldn't access the 24-hour Olympic coverage on the HD channels).

My DVR quickly filled up, and I had to delete other recordings. (Bye bye my beloved So You Think You Can Dance.)

Each night, I looked forward to whatever athletic competitions awaited me. I sat down on the couch with my dinner, turned the TV on, and let the games roll. I followed whatever order of competitions NBC dictated. I listened to the commentators-- sometimes scoffing at their blatant subjectivity (women's gymnastics)-- but mostly learning from them. I learned what qualifed as a good or bad score. I learned about the athletes, their countries, their coaches. I tried to watch for the flat footed dives, the abnormally long torso of Michael Phelps lunging through the water on his Fly, and the different styles of boxing between the 6'7" Chinese boxer vs. his shorter Italian opponent (the Italian won gold). I learned the difference between the snatch and the clean & jerk in weighlifting, and I learned that in trampoline, you have to land within the designated outlined box. And, I was entranced by the back story of the competitors (more love going to the underdogs, of course).

I had never watched so much of the Olympics. I used to only care about gymnastics, basketball (with the original Dream Team), and a little for track & field, swimming and diving.

I watched so many swimming events and track & field events; trampoline; gymnastics; synchro diving and solo diving; boxing (light flyweight all the way up to heavyweight); volleyball and beach volleyball; basketball; synchronized swimming; 5 seconds of fencing; cycling on that funky cylindrical track; BMX racing; table tennis; soccer; softball (as background noise-- does that count?); a few minutes of water polo; women's weighlifting; rowing; a litle field hockey. And yes, I even watched the marathon.

I was fascinated by it ALL.

Yet, I still missed taekwondo, shooting, speed walking, tennis, handball, decathalon, equestrian, wrestling, and sailing.

I know I can still find these competitons online but it's not the same. The experience of watching it on a larger screen with the commentators and not knowing what sport would be featured next-- all those elements are missing when you download it online.


Next up? The Democratice National Convention.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Green Tech Article in Audrey Magazine

I wrote a story on green tech for the April-May issue of Audrey magazine, an Asian-American women's lifestyle magazine.

Click here to check it out!

Thursday, August 07, 2008


We are less than 3 months away from the 2008 Presidential election...yet, we still don't know who the running mates are for each candidate. Shouldn't we know by now? Or, do they announce that at the party conventions? BTW...when are the party conventions?

Don't you feel like this election is dragging? Ugh, I do. And, it looks like many folks are tired of hearing about Obama period.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

My Dog Air-Swims

When Piggie the Pug gets wet and if we hold her sacrifice-style, she thinks she's in the water. Her instincts kick in, and she automatically starts moving her legs as if she's swimming. It's so funny and so cute.

Check it.