Timelapse Video Of Meteor Shower

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Sorry guys.  The pics are not clickable and I can’t embed Vimeo videos on here as the code get automatically cleaned up by the blog posting.  I remember seeing the Leonids in November many years back in the desert at Jawbone Canyon some 10 years ago.  OH MY GAWD!!!!!  It was so awesome.  The frequency of meteors was the most it’s going to be for the next 50 years or something like that, and it was a moonless night so the meteors were very bright.

I wanted to see the Perseid shower last week, but we couldn’t make it out as we were already tired from our long get away.  So if you missed it, Henry Jun Wah Lee did a time lapse video of the Perseid meteor shower and it’s so fucken AWESOME!

Check out his Vimeo site here

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Morena Corwin – Playmate 1992

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It’s for Dad Female of the Day: Morena Corwin

Her description says she’s Korean, but I’m going to say she must be half Korean and White.  Some of her pictures she looks very Asian, and in others you can barely tell.

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From Playboy’s database:

Morena Corwin
Miss September 1992
Playboy Playmate Pic and Data Sheet

BIRTHPLACE: Seoul, Korea
BUST: 34″ C
WAIST: 22″
HIPS: 34″
HEIGHT: 5′ 8 1/2″
WEIGHT: 120 lbs

AMBITIONS:
To act and model, stay focused on what I want, invest wisely, be true to my virtues, to always be happy, healthy and in love.

TURN-ONS:
Relaxing and laughing on a mountain of pillows, eating sweets, being sung to while having my back rubbed. OXXO

TURNOFFS:
People who are all talk, men who can’t be trusted! No ambitions, prejudice, disrespect.

THINGS I WANT TO DO IN MY LIFE:
Race car driving, walk on the moon, white-water rafting & to play pro football.

FAVORITE READING MATERIAL:
Sept. Playboy 1992. The Bible & The Cat In the Hat.

MY DAILY SCHEDULE TWO YEARS FROM NOW:
Waking up, having a cup of coffee, looking over my weekly schedule, reviewing my script. Meeting my agent for lunch and discussing my upcoming projects.

morena corwin playboy playmate

For more of Morena you can find her at Playboy.com (Warning!!! it links directly to Playboy.com)

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Jim Lee – Comic Book Genius

Jim Lee comic book smoking a cigar

Continuing with today’s Korean theme, I remember meeting Jim Lee when he barely started drawing comics at a guest appearance for one of the local comic shops.  Nobody knew him yet, and he barely starting to do some guest penciling for Marvel comic books.  He was busy drawing Rogue for some girl that wanted a picture and nobody really paid any attention to him.  Most people were there for the other artists and writers.  I wanted a picture too from Jim Lee, but my Mom was getting tired and wanted to leave so I had to hurry and get my comics signed by a few of the artists and writers that were there.

Flash forward a few months (or was that years?) and Jim Lee’s career took off when he started doing the X-Men comic books.  I’m still kicking myself for not trying to convince my Mom to wait just a little longer so I could’ve gotten a picture from him.  Oh well.

jim lee rogue in the savage land

I haven’t seriously followed any comic books for many many years.  It’s probably almost 15 years by now, but I’ll occasionally stop and pick up an issue to read at the store.  Not sure what Jim Lee’s status is now, but I think he’s moved onto a more publishing type role instead of the grueling long hours of being an artist.  Remember kids, back then, we didn’t use computers to help draw, ink and color comics.  So Jim’s attention to detail and complex details set him far above all artists at that time.  That picture of Rogue above was what I remember of his style and details.

batman in the rain by Jim Lee

Some more of his work can be found on his deviantART page and go friend him on MySpace

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Hite Beer – The Korean Budweiser

hite beer korean beer it's for dad blogNow it might be unfair to call Hite beer the Korean Budweiser, but basically it is.  The market share in Korea is huge and it stems from the same formula of not being overly strong in any one area, so it offends less people and thus is more acceptable.

It’s got a light body that quickly loses it’s carbonation.  It’s like a very light Bud Light.  The head quickly dissipates so you don’t have to worry about bloating.  It’s almost a bland beer, but it goes so easily with your foods that I can see why it sells so well.  The alcohol content is under 5%, so you can easily have a few and not really worry about looking like a drunk ass while trying to cook your food.

I was introduced to this beer when I was eating at a Korean calbi BBQ house.  I saw everyone around me drinking this, so I ordered this also.  They serve it in what I was later told by my Korean friends in this “traditional” little beaker looking cup.  It’s common to drink it that way I guess because I saw it provided this way at other Korean restaurants.

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Korean BBQ – Galbi Kalbi Short Ribs

korean bbq galbi kalbi short ribs

I’m noticing more and more Korean BBQ houses that are popping up everywhere that have the sliced meats that you cook yourself.  Most of these Korean BBQ houses are also known as Galbi or Kalbi houses.  Since it’s a Korean word translated into English, the spelling can differ.  I’m use to seeing it spelled kalbi or calbi, but the better pronunciation would be galbi which I think they spell it that way so Americans can say it phonetically with a more proper accented sound.

The meat is commonly sliced short ribs that are about a 1/4 of an inch thick and marinated in a thick and sweet soy sauce. I’ve also been to places where they slice frozen meat paper thin and when they present it to you, you have this huge mountain of curled meat.  Don’t let the visual size fool you, it’s really not that much meat.  Also I don’t think they call this kalbi, but something else.  Sorry can’t remember right now.

I’ve been to a few kalbi houses with some Korean friends that would basically show me the ropes.  The more ethnic the place the better I found it to be.  What I mean by “more ethnic” is when the signs are in Korean, the wait staff can’t really speak English and communication is mostly by pointing and nodding.  So I recommend you find some Korean friends and go have a feast, it will be a little easier.

galbi calbi kalbi korean bbq table it's for dad blog

Most places will have the BBQ grill in the middle of the table where you grill your food.  It’s common to have lots of side dishes with pickled veggies and sauces you can dip your food into.  Like the picture above, it’s one of the most common presentations.  You can see the short rib bones sliced horizontally that is cooking in the center.

Like most Asian “novelty” restaurants, the cost can quickly add up.  Don’t be surprised to sometimes walk out spending $40-$60 easily, and that’s not even the top end cuts.  Most of the time (so far) I’ve been able to average it to about $30, but I still felt like wanting more.

You can do this at home on your own BBQ grill, you’ll just miss out on the authentic feeling and environment.  Just go to your local Asian store and buy a bunch of pickled veggies of various types and put them into little bowls.  Next, get some thinly sliced meats and marinate it.  I’ve also seen sliced short ribs in the major grocery stores, so it should be easy to make at home.  Get some pilsner style beer and you should be good to go at a fraction of the cost.

Here’s a kalbi marinade from allrecipes.com you can try:

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1/2 large onion, minced
  • 3 pounds Korean-style short ribs (beef chuck flanken, cut 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick across bones)

Directions

  1. Pour soy sauce, water, and vinegar into a large, non-metallic bowl. Whisk in brown sugar, white sugar, pepper, sesame oil, garlic, and onion until the sugars have dissolved. Submerge the ribs in this marinade, and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 7 to 12 hours; the longer, the better.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
  3. Remove ribs from the marinade, shake off excess, and discard the marinade. Cook on preheated grill until the meat is no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes per side.

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Cutesy J-Pop Girl Band – Morning Musume

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It’s For Dad Female(s) of the Day: Morning Musume

Umm…well, I know I’ve been out on vacation for a while and I know some of you just check in daily for my FotD selection, but I thought I would introduce you to something a little different.  The Japanese Pop girl group known as Morning Musume, which translated means “Morning Girls”

Hey, it’s cute bouncy girls singing cute songs that I don’t understand :p

From what I understand, they have an annual rotating group, so next year it might be a few different girls in the group.  If you ask a person from Japan visiting here in the US and ask them if they know who this group is, the chances are very high they could tell you about them.

Found this music video on Youtube, and I think the title is: Sexy Boy ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~.  Don’t let the title fool you, it’s mostly the girls dancing in their Sunday best and I have to admit without sounding like a creepy perv old man, some of them are very very cute!

Official US website

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Who Moved My Cheese?

who moved my cheese?

My friend Cora gave me this book and said to give it a read.  I should be able to read it fairly quickly in less than an hour.  Now I’m not sure why she wanted to give me this book.  Maybe she thought I might be one of the characters in the book, or maybe she knew I would write about it here and it might be helpful for some people.  Well, it kind of worked as I think my friend Juan could really learn something from this book.

The book is really a parable about 4 characters, 2 of which are mice and 2 are some human like creature that is small as the mice.  They live in a maze and eat cheese.  You can’t read into the literal description of the settings as it’s a symbolism for people and our world.  You hear the saying “it’s a rat race out there” as we try to make a living from working.  The cheese of course is our goal/desires/sustenance/relationship needs.

I’m not going to explain too much about the book, as each person will get something different from reading the book, so I’ll let you guys read it yourself.  Heck, you can even walk into a bookstore and can breeze through the book with a Starbucks coffee drink in hand at one of the seats.

My friend Juan likes to keep things the same.  I use to make fun of him as he would carry his Discman to listen to his music while everyone was carrying iPods.  He likes eating the same things, drinking at the same bars, and doing the same routine.  He’s flying out to see friends on the east coast, and he said “Hopefully, we don’t have to do much, and could just sit there drinking beers”

Sorry Juan, but I have to call you out on this.  I’m afraid that you are going to be like one of the characters in the book, Hem.  Hem didn’t want to change and couldn’t deal with change.  So I’m going to give you this book to read.

available at Amazon

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