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Long Beach’s Wilson High School Stops Hateful Westboro Baptist Church – FTW!

February 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Great posting over at LBPost.com showing all the High Schoolers at Long Beach’s Wilson HS protesting against the hateful Westboro Baptist Church (you know, the God Hates Fags people).  I’m proud of the youth in America today and I’m proud at the power of technology to spread the word of how to fight these people.  Don’t fight them with hate, fight them with love, unity, and comedy!

Pic via LBPost:  (Go check out more photos there!)

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Jake’s 30th

February 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments

**update at 11:01am – see below for TV’s Lost Jake Theory

via Krista Hattemer:

Today, Monday, February 1st, marks what would have been Jacob Faust’s 30th birthday.

Please hold Lynne, Rory and Amy Faust in your thoughts and hearts today.

He was stolen from us when he was 25.  Hold your loved ones close and fight against injustice.

Much love,
Krista Hattemer

Wow, almost 5 years have passed.  We miss you Jake and you continue to live in our memories.  My open letter still stands buddy.

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Jake’s a Lost Theory.  Wow. Click photo below to enlarge:

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Congrats to Mandoline Grill

January 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

If you’re in the LA area and in the mood for the best Vietnamese food you’ve ever had, check out Mandoline Grill which will be opening their new lunch truck come early February.  Good luck Mandoline Grill!

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AirAsia is finally coming to the states and they’re going to shank you

September 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

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AirAsia announced today the celebration party of their first flight’s arrival to the United States.  They decided to kick off the festivities by pulling out knives and shanking any non-Oakland Raiders fans in the area. Oh wait, no, that’s not it.  They decided to celebrate by partnering with the Oakland Raiders and landing a Raiders branded/themed A340 aircraft.

I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to fly into Oakland on a Raiders airplane.  In fact, that idea kinda scares me a little.  According to their press release:

Partnership with Oakland Raiders brings flight, from Kuala Lumpur to Oakland in Celebration of Raiders’ Season Opener Against the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009

When did anyone from Kuala Lumpur become Raiders fans and will they help the natives knive  SD Chargers Fans?  I know that after a 15 hour flight, I long to stab someone with a knife, but hey, maybe that’s just me.

Apparently the plane is named “‘Xcellence’, to match the Oakland Raiders’ motto ‘Commitment to Excellence’” and AirAsia partnered with the Raiders “to expand the Raider’s fan base in Asia and to promote the AirAsia brand in the United States, creating excitement for future entry into the US market.”  Great, that’s exactly what we need.  Raiders’ fans in Asia.

Hey AirAsia, if you wanted to make an entry into the US Market, maybe you shouldn’t have picked a team that is notorious for its very scary fans.  Very, very scary fans.  How about the 49ers, or the Chargers, or, hell, anyone else.  I get it, you want to fly into Oakland.  Why not partner with the Oakland A’s?  Oh well.

All in all, AirAsia is making strides in the Asian marketplace and Europe.  I’m excited that they are coming to the States, specifically the West Coast, but the RAIDERS?!  Come on, couldn’t you have partnered with something that we care about?  In fact, I’m a little scared to go to your landing party, I’d like to keep my liver in one piece.

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HUH?!? I wanna ride a Space Ship to Venus.

September 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

“While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus,”
- said Miyuki Hatoyama, the wife of premier-in-waiting Yukio Hatoyama (via Reuters)

Whoa, whoa, whoa…..hold the horses.  She said WHAT?!?

“It was a very beautiful place and it was really green.”

I’m dumbfounded.  I’m all for UFO survivors and close encounter enthusiasts, but are you sure you want this lady right next to the prime minster, who himself had recently received the nickname ‘Alien’ due to his generally freaky eyes:

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Those eyes aren’t too bad…oh wait a minute:

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Oh man! You’re freaking me out.  Get outta here with those eyes.  I feel like lazers are going to shoot out.

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I bet his wife woke up in the middle of the night, looked at her husband and though he was going to take her to Venus.  Do you see those eyes?  Come on man!

When she awoke, Japan’s next first lady wrote, she told her now ex-husband that she had just been to Venus. He advised her that it was probably just a dream.

“My current husband has a different way of thinking,” she wrote. “He would surely say ‘Oh, that’s great’.”

Thanks for ruining a joke lady, thanks….

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Did anyone else see?

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Did anyone else see that the Democratic Party in Japan slaughtered the Liberal Democratic Party in this last election on Sunday?  You know what even more strange, that both of the 2 main parties in Japan use the word Democratic.  Even more interesting is that, from what I understand, the Liberal Democratic Party is actually more conservative than the Democratic Party. Get your names right people.  Liberal does not mean conservative, or does it, wait, I’m confused…

This marks the first time in 54 years, 54 YEARS!, that the Liberal Dems. will not rule the Diet.  Craziness.  Guess voting does make a difference in Japan.  Glad to see change, whether or not it’s a good thing, we’re all glad to see someone making a difference.

Check out articles here and here.  Thanks Mainichi!

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Talk about your themed weddings….

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

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Talk about your epic weddings.  This takes otaku to a whole new level.  Wish I was around the statue to see this priceless gem go down.  Dude really wore that to his own wedding.  Cohones the size of bowling balls that one.  I wonder what he wife was really thinking – “Oh that Yasuo, maybe one day he will grow up…”

The craziest thing – 548 couples wanted to be them.  Wow.

Check out the full article a images over at Mainichi Daily.

**9/3/09 – I just found out an interesting fact that was not mentioned in the Mainichi Daily story.  It turns out that both the husband and wife are super otaku (geeky) for Gundam and that they both separately and secretly applied to win the chance to be married in front of the gigantic statue.  The wedding turned out to be their secret gift for eachother.  Whoever planned the event chose the couple because they had tried to surpriseeachother with the same idea/gift. *side note – This was both the man’s and woman’s 2nd marriage and both bring kids to their new family.

This brings up a good question.  Due to its romanticism, does this rise above normal otaku levels or are they just geeks?

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Bad Press Release of the Day

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

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Mr. Evan Kennedy Blogger

Please accept my apology for mis-spelling Yuan in the headline of this news release. It is being re-issued with the correction. Jim Trippon had caught the error in the first draft but we received comments from several sources and it got lost in the successive versions. My responsiblity.

P*** K*****, D***** C****** PR.

For Immediate Release



This article or quotations from it may be used with attribution and reference link to Jim Trippon’s www.chinastockdigest.com.



Jim Trippon, editor of the China Stock Digest, is available for commentary on China and the future of America. Jim is the author of “Becoming Your Own China Stock Guru” and manages money for wealthy clients from offices in Houston and in China.



New Race to Be Top Dollar

Will China’s Yuan Take the Place of the US Dollar as the Primary World Currency?

Analysis and Commentary from Leading China Expert Jim Trippon, editor of the China Stock Digest.



FACT: China has overtaken Japan to become the world’s second biggest stock market by capitalization as investors pile into the fast-growing economy.



FACT: China’s listed companies had a market capitalization of $3,210bn as of July 15 compared with Japan’s $3,200bn……..

Thanks for putting my blog name at the beginning, I almost forgot what it was.  Oh, also, who’s Mr. Evan Kennedy Blogger? I didn’t know my last name changed to Blogger!  That’s amazing.  Here I was thinking my name was Evan Kennedy, but all along it was Evan Kennedy Blogger, how stupid of me.  Now I need to go get my passport changed.  If you’re going to be sending out mass emails, then at least get your spreadsheet in order.  Also, this is the 2nd email you sent off.  So, apologize for the first blast with the misspelling of Yuan all you like, but its still idiotic to call me Mr. Evan Kennedy Blogger.  Did you also write Ms. Jane Jones Newspaper?  When you send out a 2nd blast for some reason, make sure you get all the mistakes.  Oh, you also misspelled ‘responsiblity’ – you’re missing an i.  It’s your responsibIlity to make sure these things are correct.

And another thing, why do I care about this guy?  I write about Travel and Technology.  That’s what I’m listed under in Vocus, your PR database.  What the hell do I care about China’s monetary system?  I like writing about Giant Robots.  Did you even read my blog?  Hell, did you even click the link to my blog and take a look around?  Of course not, you just pulled my name, put it in a list and then sent it.  Bad PR flack, bad!  Please, next time you decide to send me something, find out if I care about what your sending me.  Check out my blog and maybe add some personal touches to your email to engage me.  That’s what I always did when I was a flack.

Mass blasts are for newspapers, not blogs.

Until next time this has been bad press release of the day.

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Textopoly

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments

I got a new job! Woot!  Check it out: www.textopoly.com. I’m working on getting their blog site up and will show you all soon.

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Abbey Hill Literary Short Story Contest – 3rd Place!

July 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

I won 3rd place in the Abbey Hill Literary Short Story Contest.  Check out my story here.  Thank you Abbey Hill Literary, it was an honor to place!

This is the first contest I have entered and to win was a wonderful shock.

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Lady Gundam?

June 26th, 2009 · No Comments

For all you Gundam fans who have been visiting my blog, hello! Thanks for stopping by. Found this on the interwebs and thought you all might get a chuckle out of it.

A woman in Taiwan encrusted a RX-78-2 with jewels. Check it out:

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Via Pink Tentacle – check it out for more pics.

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60 Foot Gundam Model Nearing Completion

June 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Just a quick update on the huge Gundam model being built on Odaiba.  Check out the latest pic and video below. I’m telling you, this will bring on an alien attack… They’re finally going to think we’re ready to fight.

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Giant Gundam Robot Half Completed

June 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

So that giant Gundam statue I blogged about a while ago is now half completed.  Check out the pics below to see how its coming along.  A friend of mine made an interesting comment about this statue.  What if aliens were to do a fly by, see the robot, and think, ‘ok, they’re ready.’  Just food for thought.

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Photos via Mainichi

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