Make Lots of Friends

I was never really a comic book guy, and the only exposure I had to superheroes was on television, specifically Super Friends. My favorite among them was the Green Lantern, which in retrospect was an odd choice considering his power came from jewelry and he’s powerless against the color yellow. I’m surprised the supervillains never thought of just running him down with a school bus or making him slip on a banana peal.

Anyway, I found this video mash up between Super Friends and one of my favorite scenes from Friends:

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Eat Your Heart Out

After college, I was on a very tight budget due to student loans, a car loan, and credit card debt. In order to make ends meet, I had to figure out how to minimize my daily food expenses.

I limited my diet to only cheap food that I knew how to make. However, I had been spoiled by the meals at the college cafeteria and never bothered to learn how to make anything on my own. I didn’t own a cookbook, and I didn’t have access to recipes on the Internet, which was pretty sparse at the time anyway.

So for those of you, particularly guys, who are in need of a reason to watch a cooking show, you should check out Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network:

Break Stereotypes

I had such a bad self-image growing up. I think it was partly because there were very few male Asian role models in the media at the time.

They were either martial artists like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, the nerdy types like Long Duk Dong (Sixteen Candles) and Toshiro Takachi (Revenge of the Nerds), or the wise old man like Mr. Miyagi (The Karate Kid). I was neither a martial artist, a nerd (I think), nor a wise, old man.

So I thought these videos of Bobby Lee from MADtv were totally hillarious:

I have to admit though that it was great that no one ever tried to pick a fight with me in school because they all thought I knew karate or kung fu. Suckers.

Watch Less Television

I’ve recently come to the realization that I watch too much television. Not so much that I find myself watching yet another installment of Real World, but just to the point that I watched an entire season of Big Brother 8. You know something is wrong when catch yourself watching other people live their lives who are secluded in a house. That should never be more interesting than your own life.

Anyway, here’s a video of Brian and Stewie from Family Guy at the 2007 Emmys paying homage to all of the garbage on the tube:

Influence People

One can never fully trust the superhero who has the power of mind control. If you can get people to do things against their will, then it seems to be inherently evil. It’s no surprise that supervillains tend to exploit this power more. I mean, it seems like every superhero has had his/her mind controlled by a supervillain at some point… Well, okay, maybe not Aquaman. Seriously, what can he do for them? It’s not like they ever needed someone to clean a dirty aquarium or something.

What’s interesting is that of all the superpowers to choose from, mind control is the one power that is the most attainable in real life. You can learn techniques to make people do what you want them to do. Just promise me to use it for entertainment purposes only and not for evil.

Check out Derren Brown in this video I found.

I heard from my friend Mike that Derren Brown is going to have a show, premiering on July 26th, 2007 on the Sci Fi Channel. For some reason, I am compelled to watch it…

Sing Outside the Shower

Nothing beats the acoustics and the privacy of the shower. The showerhead practically looks like a microphone, the bathroom is isolated from external noises just like a studio, and the running water sounds like the roar of an audience.

Perhaps it’s time to share your talent with the outside world. I know, none of us want to be like those people that American Idol mocks every season. But you’ll never know if you’ve got something special unless you try it.

Watch this unassuming cell phone salesman as he pursues his dream in a British talent show:

Didn’t it look like the female judge had a mini-orgasm?

So step out of the shower and share your voice to an audience. If it doesn’t work out, you can always go back to the shower singing your rendition of Abba’s “Dancing Queen”.

Play Japanese Tetris

Here’s yet another video game themed clip. It’s actually more of just a hint of Tetris, using humans instead of blocks.

I’m sure the producers of the show purposely make the game ridiculously difficult to guarantee comedy.

Seriously, when I visit Japan, I’m going to have to find a way to record some of their shows.