December 2009 Continues

Due to my fear of the trend of anti-biotic resistant bacteria, this Slate article by Brian Palmer was quite fascinating – he’s suggest we adapt, much as the bacteria are adapting. Sure, we should evolution to our advantage.

Sad news: Time’s Richard Lacayo is ending the “Looking Around” blog on to concentrate on other writing work. I’ve liked how it’s such a unique art blog – I’ve liked the post on paintings with red, and I liked his blog post analyzing the Tower of Lights. To me, a good art blog brings both amazing images and analysis; Lacayo did just that on “Looking Around.”

I hate to think that the 2000’s decade has flown by so fast, but already there are the decade in review stuff. Newsweek has this odd “What If Gore Won” feature – one where a President Al Gore made a disastrous presidency, without preventing 9/11/01 and still going into two not-very-good wars (by Michael Isikoff) and another where President Al Gore didn’t do too bad a job (with a ridiculously recalcitrant VP Joe Lieberman; he also nominates Obama to the US Supreme Court, as J. O’Connor’s successor – what an alternate universe!) (by David Rakoff).

Personally, my favorite Parallel Universe President Al Gore is this Saturday Night Live skit that I had embedded a long time ago (and re-post again).

Interesting article and interview on covering President Obama’s half-brother Mark Ndesandjo, who resides in Guangzhou and Shenzhen in China. He seems positive about minority/ethnic inter-relations within China. Well, we can hope, I guess.

China is reclaiming Mulan for cinematic purposes, since why should Disney get all the profit of the character? Well, I’m all for giving more opportunities for Asian female actresses.

Last but not least, Angry Asian Man posts links about the first Vietnamese-American woman on the federal bench. How exciting!

Fall into Winter

….in Hong Kong at least it’s not so sudden like say Beijing.  The change in weather is nice and also making things somewhat more mellow for me.  On the other hand, things have been very busy with the year end and should be full-on until December.  Looking forward then to some R&R and spending time with family.  

But, the fast approachng year end isn’t giving me a lot of chance to catch up.  I have some training courses to take in Tokyo after X-mas from Insights Learning & Development.  It’s continuing my journey toward HR and people focus in my professional life.  At the end of the day, it’s about the people.  It’ll be fun for this and looking forward to it.  I’m also going to try winging the CGEIT exam in December. 

Hope you folks are doing good there.  One of these days I’m going to be able to make it back for a visit.  Meanwhile, life goes on here in Asia and the future seems good.

It Can’t Be the End of August

I’m in denial that it’s almost the end of summer.

This Slate article by Daniel Gross raises a good point: it’s kind of hard to criticize government health insurance if you’re a recipient of government health insurance. Well, no one said that hypocrisy isn’t funny.

I’ve really enjoyed watching Nova ScienceNow this summer. It had a good presentation on how algae could be used as a biofuel (better than say, ethanol; at least algae can give us oxygen back). I thought it was a great idea.

Saw “Julie & Julia ” (FC had also seen it; he said the movie makes one hungry; I’ll second that). Good movie!

This was a great story about how Roxanne Shante, one of the first female rappers of the 1980’s, went on to earn a Phd. in psychology from Cornell, all paid by the recording company, per her recording contract (which otherwise gave her paltry royalties, sadly). Apparently, those clauses in an entertainment contract (I think these clauses are in some professional athletes’ contracts) that the employer pays for the education of the employee – or the service provider, if you will …- are worth it. You can get your dream, or pursue new ones.

Speaking of the 1980’s, interesting ideas on what ye olde ’80 tv stars should do. But, really – I count Arsenio Hall as a 1990’s tv star, not an ’80’s star (contrary to what Television Without Pity says in the foregoing link). Oh well.

Thought this was an interesting article in Time magazine about John Kerry‘s post 2004 election life and how his current situation – as Senator from Massachusetts dealing with the future and a leading foreign affairs leader – has been. I thought it was poignant that the article mentions how Kerry has on his wall his invitation to the Obama inauguration and a handwritten note from Obama thanking him: “‘I’m here because of you'” – a reminder that it was because of Kerry that Obama made that amazing speech at the 2004 convention and received an early endorsement.

Of all the various pieces about the presidential summer reading, I thought John Dickerson’s analysis was most pragmatic yet insightful (yeah, really, is he really going to read all that? Bill Clinton was a voracious reader, apparently, and it was a bit much when it turned out he read the same mainstream mysteries that I was at the time). But, really, couldn’t President Obama read something nice and light? It kind of makes me feel bad that I still haven’t finished reading the McCullough’s bio on Adams or Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals” for some years now, and Obama apparently will have already gotten through both books by the end of the summer (well, granted he read Goodwin last year, and took the Adams one with him to the Vineyard this summer)…

I’m not ready for the fall, but Television Without Pity is already doing the fall tv previews – complete with recommendations on what to watch, dvr, or online. While I am looking forward to news episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” and “Fringe,” and even the new shows “Glee” and “Community,” (and maybe even more “Law & Order” so we can watch more of the alternate universe DA election of Jack McCoy and the continued hijinks of ADA Michael Cutter), the shows I really want to watch aren’t going to be on until… 2010… (I’m talking about you, “Lost,” among other things).

I think series like “Smallville” outlasted its lifespan. (technically, so has “Heroes,” in my opinion, but apparently there are still fans out there). “House” has tired me out too, so perhaps I am in need of a boost of good new stuff.

Because we’re lawyers and Asians here at triscribe, consider the following:

Puer tea (or Pu-erh or other spellings) is about to be better regulated, in hopes that it’d be the next big thing, like Champagne from Champagne or something. Hmmm…

Angry Asian Man posted a Q&A with Ken Chen, Executive Director of The Asian American Writers Workshop – who admits that he was once a lawyer and that it is a source of frustration (or “what makes you angry”) that people don’t read more Asian American/Asian writers.

I’ll concede that I ought to read more Asian/Asian Americans. I should read more, period. Can someone fund my lottery fund to help me pursue this lovely idea?… hmmm….

I had no idea: Scottish actor Gerard Butler was almost a lawyer, but bailed on qualifying (or failed or was asked to leave his apprenticeship or however it works in Scotland) and ended up acting instead.

What is with lawyers/lawyers-to-be and the arts? Hmm….

Trailer for a C-SPAN thing – apparently, they might have actually gotten the Nine to be talking heads; minus Alito and Sotomayor, so a tad dated – but still – they’re actually all talking? About the court building itself, of course – not about anything substantive… Still, an interesting trailer. Very spiffy looking.