Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Back to Back Full Season Champs!

"Your heart doesn't get tired" - Drew Doughty

It has been far too long since we've riveted well, only ourselves really, but delayed shout out to the Los Angeles Kings for winning their 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 years and bringing the trophy back home. (Very) long series short, 3 Game 7's required to get out of the Rounds 1 (Sharks - #ReverseSweep), 2 (Ducks - #BookendSweep) and 3 (Blackhawks - #RevengeSweep (not really sweep), as coined by our favorite bloggers at The Royal Half, and then 3 Overtime games and Game 5 Double OT nerve puke-inducing clincher over the New York Rangers at home on June 13.  Exactly 2 years and 2 days after the Kings brought LA it's first trophy, seemingly blasting towards the Cup with a 16-4 record, they took the most amount of games in NHL history to win a championship, collecting comeback, franchise length of play, and playoff point records. It will and should be looked upon as the stuff of legends.  

I could possibly write a novel about the laughter, tears, and massive anxiety we experienced during this year's playoffs, but it will just force me to crack a mushy smile with every memory for quite a while.  I've watched the final Stanley Cup clinching goal more than 30 times since it happened, and it gets me just the tiniest bit less still than when I saw it for the first time.  Back to and endless shout outs to the amazing #teamTRH for bring us humor, inspiration, collective anxiety and nausea. It was only the postgame PODCASTS that kept us sane when things got rough.  I just wish they would 'cast about something, anything, during our hockey deprived months.  Can't wait to watch the Sharks have to watch us raise our championship banner in the October opener.  #believe #gokingsgo 

Mr. Game 7 with his scouting buddy (#byebyeMitchey)

'Alex' Martinez takes us home (again).  ;)
Celebration Time!

Best playoff beard.So beautiful he is.
Mr.Conn Smythe (#BestCupEver)
Cup #2! Go Kings goooooooooooooooooo@

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Points of our people...

A definitive trait of us Asian folks is our determined focus on merit and achievement.  As parodied by Glee's "Asian F" episode (Mike Chang got an "A-"), it is ingrained in our culture an expectation to be best, at any and all costs. To that end, in 2014, Lucy and I are determined to be best that we can be, in our Asianness anyway.  Since we are far past the opportunity for educational merit, and really, we have full time jobs, so too tired and lazy to pursue our Asianness past a certain effort, we are choosing to embrace the Asian talents that we know best: gaining the figurative "Asian points".  What are Asian points, you ask? Well, grasshopper, here you go:

 You might argue, "Hey! These points are awarded to non-Asian people!" Well, there is another criteria for eligibility:
Furthermore, I was born in the motherland under Commonwealth rule (HK) and while Lucy was born in actual Asia-land (Taiwan), she spent her impressionable youth in the South (of America and in actual America), NY, and the county of Orange.  Yeah, we lost our Asian badges ages ago, so technically also qualify under criteria 1. (Asian point for developing this technicality for our benefit.)  So you get the point... and throughout the year, until we get lazy and let the tracking system go the way of the dinosaur, we will award ourselves Asian points when we perform actions that exhibit our proudest Asian traits, including finding elusive and  massive discounts, extra bonus points for getting things for free, maximizing AYCE opportunities, checking of bucket list items, bad driving/parking, and being unnecessarily nerdy. 

We will track these points on this blog, since this concept amuses few more than us and our readership.  The concentric circle of those two groups likely reads like an eclipse. So welcome 2014! The year of the Asian!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Riveting Kings tumblr of the day...

Revealed courtesy of my favorite Kings blogger: The Royal Half, I'm not sure why or how people get these ideas, but bless all the people who have way too much time on their hands.

You try and stop looking at it...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Come on kids, go play on the internet!

Keep the soy sauce on your food, and use it in moderation.
Keep the soy sauce on your food, and use it in moderation.
Aaron Tam/AFP/Getty Images
First, let's spoil this tale right away by telling you the 19-year-old man in Virginia who downed a quart of soy sauce on a dare survived.
It's a happy ending of sorts. But the guy had a close call. And you definitely don't want to try it.
While there's been quite a debate lately about whether the , there's no question that a massive amount of salt ingested quickly can lead to death.
In fact, suicide by soy sauce is not unknown in Asia. A 2011 in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine describes the case of a 55-year-old woman diagnosed with depression. She died after drinking "a large quantity of shoyu (Japanese soy sauce)," doctors wrote.
Back in the early '90s, Mayo Clinic doctors on a 41-year-old man who died after swallowing a salty gargling solution. That case and a look at the medical literature up to that point led them to caution other doctors about using salty water to induce vomiting.
A salt dose ranging from 0.75 grams to 3 grams per kilogram of body weight can kill someone. A tablespoon of salt weighs about 15 grams, in case you're wondering.
If you're metrically challenged, just consider that the unnamed fellow in the published online by the Journal of Emergency Medicine, weighed about 160 pounds and probably consumed around 170 grams of salt by drinking a bottle of soy sauce. That works out to a little more than 2 grams of salt per kilogram in his case.
After downing the soy sauce, he ran into trouble pretty fast. Within two hours he was in the emergency room at a local hospital. He was grinding his teeth and didn't respond to pain or verbal commands. His arms were stiff and at his side.
Doctors were worried about seizures and put him on drugs to control them. They also ran a tube from his nose into his stomach and sucked out some "brown material with scant streaks of blood," the report says.
The patient was transferred to a bigger hospital, the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, within four hours of the soy sauce guzzling.
His blood sodium level measured at the medical center was the highest ever seen in an adult who survived such intoxiciation without lasting neurological problems, the medical paper says.
But the doctors didn't know if that would be the case. They opted for rapid treatment with water containing dextrose, a sugar, to dilute the sodium and encourage urination. The guy got six liters of IV fluid in half an hour. The sodium concentration in his blood fell, and he produced more than four liters of urine in short order.
The doctors took an aggressive approach even though there was a risk the man might experience brain swelling and other neurological side effects. They didn't see any.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

But are they still yummy?

Cutest cows ever? Internet obsesses over fluffy cattle

Lautner Farms
Texas Tornado is one of the fluffy cows that went viral after appearing on Reddit. 
Lautner Farms
Phil Lautner / Lautner Farms

Cute isn't a word commonly associated with cattle, but get ready for that to change, because you may yet use "cow" and "adorable" in the same sentence.

There are shows for dogs, cats, sheep, llamas — even hamsters, we kid you not — and so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that pampered cattle are put on display as well. And in the world of show cattle, cows do equal cute.

Phil Lautner
Show cattle can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $75,000. 

Redditors discovered this last week after one user posted a photo of a fluffy cow taken at Lautner Farms in Adel, Iowa, for all to admire. Now, certain corners of the Internet are obsessing over fuzzy bovines, tossing out highfalutin adjectives like “majestic” to describe them.

These cows are not some special breed of cow-cum-teddy bear: They've just been all fluffed up thanks to the power of product and blow-dryers. Styling a cow for showtime can take around 2 hours and requires hairspray to keep all that fuzz in place and oil to make their coats shine. Who knew cattle had so much aesthetic potential?

Lautner Farms
Show cows are made to appear bigger than they actually are. Judges look for sound-looking legs and a square rump, according to Phil Lautner. 

Phil Lautner of Lautner Farms says he was “somewhat surprised” by the Internet reaction to his cattle, though he certainly understands their appeal.

“Those cattle are pretty, and they’re tame,” he told “They’re so fluffy-haired; I’m sure a lot of people would like to hug them like a teddy bear.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

Lautner Farms
It takes months of daily care to prepare a cow for a show. 

While some of us are just learning about the intricate grooming routines of show cattle, the tradition has continued for decades out West. Oftentimes, teenagers participating in 4-H programs will wash, clip and blow-dry their cattle themselves in preparation for judging at state fairs and the National Western Stock Show in Denver. For others, it's a family affair.

"It takes months of daily care for presentation," Lautner Farms spokesperson Stephanie Cronin-Steck told TODAY via email. "It take a LOT of hard work, passion and love for the AG industry to be involved in this way of life."

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It's like watching ice melt...

Incredible Photos of a Melting Ice Hotel


Every year, Lapland erects a hotel made of ice in JukkasjÀrvi, Sweden. And every year, when the weather turns warmer, the IceHotel melts back into where it originated: the Torne River.
Here's what the twenty-third incarnation of the IceHotel looked like when we visited it last year:
Ben Nilsson/Big Ben Productions
Click the link below to watch it melt! Now that's what I call riveting!
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