24 July 2008

The Hapa Project

It's been a few months since I had any hapa-related content, but I've found something good to make up for the long wait. Turns out this guy, Kip Fulbeck, made a book about hapas. Each page is a different mixed-race person and their answer to "who are you?" It's called The Hapa Project.

The guy is on a book tour and he's going to be in Del Mar later in August. Here are the details:

August 19th, 2008
Artist Talk & Book Signing - 7:00 PM
The Book Works, Del Mar, CA

UPDATE: this appearance has been cancelled due to illness.

Here's some interesting hapa trivia for you:
  • Interracial marriages were illegal until 1967.
  • The US Census conducted in 2000 was the first census where people could identify themselves as more than one race.*
  • When the census was tallied - 1.6 million people reported being half-asian.

* Let me tell ya, most forms out there have yet to catch up. If I'm lucky, there's a box for "Other."

07 July 2008

Can we get rid of voicemail? Please?

I hate using a phone. Actually, what I really hate is voicemail.

I hate voicemail more than FOX "News" but slightly less than hitting my knee on a coffee table. Lifehacker recently had an article, Should Voicemail Die? My answer is yes please!

The phone is so inefficient compared to email. It's the digital age! Let people manage their workflow without interruption!

Okay, okay, I suppose there's an argument to be made for keeping the phone around for urgent matters. Still, voicemail is a horrific time bandit. It's three times the work of checking an email and once you access the damn thing all you get is, "hey, call me."

People, people. When did answering machines become common, the early 1980's? We've been at this for 20 years.

Say it with me: Leave your name, number and why you're calling at the tone.

Why can't remember these three simple things? I've gone to the trouble of dialing my voicemail, entering my access code and pressing one. I've fulfilled my end of the deal. For what "this is Dave, call me." Where I work, there are three Daves. In my customer base, there are nine Daves. Which Dave is it? Why are there so many Daves?

Anyway, the point is: email and text messaging are so much more efficient. With one click you find out what the person wants.* Don't believe me? Try writing down how many minutes you spend fussing with your voicemail everyday. Those are minutes you're never going to get back.

Voicemail is passe. It's time to send it the way of the mimeograph. Who's with me?

* Well, most of the time. Besides, if they're a bad emailer you can always punish them by signing them up for Pun-of-the-Day or something like that.

06 July 2008

LSD + Beverly Hills Chihuahua Trailer = instant death

I just got back from seeing both WALL-E and one of the most horrifying trailers ever created. It caused me to have a scientific epiphany:

LSD + Beverly Hills Chihuahua Trailer = instant death

It loses something in the youtube translation and I know you want to see this POS in all its glory. Have a gander at the high-res trailer for Beverly Hills Chihuahuha.

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