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Zombies, Run! iOS game

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Everyone knows that the first rule to Zombie survival is cardio. Now you can train to protect the bastion of humankind with this Zombies, Run! ($7.99) interactive mobile game. Here you’re in a Zombie-filled city designated as the runner, which entails evading zombie attacks and collecting supplies to bring back to HQ. As you run, jog or walk in real life, you’re spurred on by orders and commands that keep you going until you reach the goal, after which you can decide what to do with the supplies you’ve picked up. In addition to giving you a novel motivation to run, it’ll keep track of your progress and help you run even faster. As a way to get in superhero shape, there’s no more terrifying (and better) way than this game.

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A friend of a friend posted this image on Facebook after she was looking to register to vote. Now the People’s Republic of China may think that Taiwan is a province of China, buthow about the state of California?

Although the United States does not have official diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan), the United States has never stated (as far as I know) that Taiwan is a province of China (there is the “one China policy” of course).  As a Taiwanese American, I’m kind of surprised and disappointed by this stated choice on the California Secretary of State website. If I were born in Taiwan, I’m sure I’d find this truly offensive (I was born in the U.S.) I wonder if the web developer happened to be originally from China and modified that option or that was just listed accidentally as an option.

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From New American Media: “What drove Binh Thai Luc, 35, to be charged this week with slaying five people in a San Francisco home last week? The grisly murders have rocked the city and left investigators and the public searching for a motive. […] News media reports have suggested that the killer may have been trying to collect on gambling debts. Although gambling addiction affects every group, researchers have found unusually high levels among Asians.”

“The Island Edge” by Tom Coffman

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Hawaii. Simply say the word and you’ll think of a lush green state, possibly resplendent with luaus and hula girls. But what really happened in the history of the 50th state? What role did Asian Americans play? The popular history The Island Edge ($19) by Tom Coffman gives a good introduction, though as a journalist his work skews towards a summary of public opinions.

Is Jeremy Lin New York’s Beloved?

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Jeremy Lin hasn’t been playing as great as he had been in February. But, still. He’s a really like-able guy. Humble. Down-to-Earth.

According to the latest “The Most Beloved” competition by ESPN, “The New York Knicks point guard captured 70 percent of the vote and upset New York Yankees future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera in the Finals to take home the title of the Big Apple’s Most Beloved.”

I’m surprised – but impressed – that Jeremy Lin is apparently a compelling player, and person, despite his not-so-notable performance as of late. He not only beat out Mariano in March Madness-fashion, but another Yankee – Derek Jeter – as well as Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Continue Reading »

Tank Up Mugs

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Has your coffee cup been looking a little lackluster? Tank Up mugs ($10.64) are a fun conversation piece perfect for your home or office. This coffee mug has a temperature activated meter that looks like a fuel gauge. Don’t worry if it goes empty, it’s hella’va lot cheaper than filling up the ol’ gas tank. Who knows, maybe a brown noser in theoffice will take notice and do it for you. Hey, whatever it takes to power through your day.

PS: Don’t talk to us when we’re on empty, fair warning.

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In Sunset Stories, Sung Kang plays JP, a man who is unexpectedly reunited with his ex-girlfriend (Monique Curnen) who is now a nurse that just lost a cooler full of bone marrow that she was supposed deliver for a transplant. She has 24 hours to retrieve this lost marrow and JP, being the nice guy that he is, helps her find it. During their hunt through the streets of Los Angeles, they go through some unexpected discoveries.

The film directed by Ernesto Foronda (who wrote Better Luck Tomorrow) and Silas Howard made its world premiere earlier this month at SXSW and I had the chance to chat with Sung Kang (of Fast and the Furious fame) about the movie, the current state of Asian American actors, and his fledgling career in comedy.

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Kawaii Kitchen Sponge

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Who would have thought scraping off last night’s dinner could look this cute? Leave it to the Japanese to combine beady eyes and an innocent smile to make anything “Kawaii” (translation: uber cute). Choose from Banana-, Apple-, or Onigiri-shaped kitchen and dish sponge ($3.25) to make cleaning just a little more fun.

While many Koreans students are considering studying overseas, rising costs are making some rethink the value of an American education, according to the Korea Times. It would seem that while many universities consider international students to be cash cows, there is a limit to how much their families are willing to pay. “Who would’ve expected tuition to increase this much, this fast?’’ said Kim Jee-Hee, a mother who lives in Seoul and has a daughter interested in NYU. “It’s like I’m holding my breath every time the price goes up.’’ Kim is now encouraging her daughter to look at cheaper options.

Staple Apparel Spring/Summer 2012

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This week we are excited to present a look at New York City company Staple Design’s Spring/Summer 2012 apparel collection. “Theology” is the theme, centered around bible verse Mark 8:36, which is printed on a hidden label inside every shirt. Staple’s iconic pigeon, a symbol of perseverance and strength in numbers, can also be found on the short sleeve tees (which are redesigned this season with updated construction and new material) and snapback hats, along with more artist collaborations that the company is famous for. One such shirt, featuring the work of photographer Jonathan Mannion, recalls the Staple Design founder’s previous work at Rawkus Records. The collection officially launches today and is available online at Reed Space.

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As most of you may have heard by now, the media has been blowing up the past several weeks over the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old African American kid who was shot and killed on February 26th by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. To summarize, a black kid has been shot to death and a man is free according to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which gives permission for the individual to shoot anyone they deem to be a threat. While it is important to note that George Zimmerman is of Latino descent, it is a question whether his white appearance played a factor in him not serving any jail time for his conduct.

Trayvon’s death brings into light the countless other murders where the victim was a person of color and the aggressor was a white individual (or someone who passes for one).

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Hibiska T-Shirt

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When people described the hibiscus as a trumpet flower, they didn’t really mean it. Some people take things a little too literally though, resulting in this Hibiska T-shirt ($23.52). Acting on the pun, it combines two things that are common to laid-back tropical environments: ska and hibiscus flowers. In striking red and yellow, the flower is beautifully designed in plaid, which we all know goes well with ska. As far as we know, it’s the only hibiscus that’ll send people skanking.

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