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We were just in a new Indian restaurant down the street, watching music videos, and one began, somewhat surprisingly, with a shot of the Forbidden City and a bunch of guys in vaguely historical-looking Chinese armor, led by a South Asian guy also in Chinese-looking armor. (I have seen CG aliens, and real pyramids, and most of Europe, and Rio, and gothic bondage lesbian dance clubs, but this was new.)

"PLEASE LET THEM START DANCING BOLLYWOOD-STYLE," I said.

And they did! And my day was made.

This scene was followed shortly by a bunch of South Asian and Chinese dancers in Tang-dynasty-ish dresses, and then a whole 1930s Shanghai cheongsam-and-suits-with-bowlers dance scene, and then a whole 1990s-2000s urban-Chinese-youth scene, all fronted by Bollywood stars.

Unfortunately, I can't find that video, but you can see bits of the scenes in this trailer:



As a bonus to make up for its relative lack of dancing randomness, it contains a potato with the face of Ganesha.

GLEE.

(I totally don't have an icon for this.)
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Red Mango, Pinkberry, Yoswirl, Fro-ggie, Yogurtastic, Sweetgreens, BlissBerry, Yoforia, Mr. Yogato, Iceberry, etc.

(I haven't been in most of these; my local favorite is actually Yogurtastic, but I have plans to try the Red Mango owned by Yul Kwon over in Palo Alto one of these days.)

If you find one of these places or any other strangely named new frozen yogurt place advertising "tart" frozen yogurt opening up near you, you need to go check it out--at least if you fondly remember the early frozen yogurt from the 80s (?) that still had the nip of actual yogurt to it. Froyo with actual yogurt qualities became popular in Korea with the Red Mango chain (debatably? as far as I understand it?) and then the Pinkberry chain knocked it off and ran with it in the LA area in the US, and then Red Mango followed them here, and then tons of copycats ran with the idea. But I hear tell people have come to blows over varying beliefs about that particular chain of events. Whatever, I'm just glad that frozen yogurt has gotten its groove back.

The best places will:

a) advertise or note live culture yogurt
b) be self-serve and sold by weight (it adds up fast), soft-serve in a large paper tub, so you can put swirls of several flavors (like original tart, tart pomegranate, matcha, and dark chocolate) in one tub
c) let you choose your own toppings and MUST include mochi pieces, which combine blissfully with the tangy yogurt, as well as things like mango chunks, kiwi pieces, and other fresh fruit, candy, cereal, flavored powders, and preferably a bunch of the colorful toppings used on shaved ice desserts in most parts of East and maritime Asia--red beans, fruit and coconut gelatins, etc.
d) include some non-tart versions for people who can't deal and for some variety

It's been around for some time now in California but since Yoforia has brought it to Atlanta and all, I figure i should mention it since it's hitting critical mass and you might miss out on it if you don't know what it is! So fabulous. :D Much like pearl milk tea with custard instead of pearls, it's quickly become one of my favorite things. It's usually low-fat and can taste watery to some folks; it doesn't have the luxurious mouthfeel of high-milkfat ice cream, but for me they're two totally different desserts, with tart yogurt being a much lighter and more refreshing choice for a totally different kind of dessert mood.

Anyway, if you're near any major metro in the US, try checking Yelp for "tart frozen yogurt" and see if you can get lucky, or keep your eye out for a place with a wacky name.
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Multi-fandom "One Girl Revolution" video, and you can even DOWNLOAD it so you can watch it over and over when you need a boost. Featuring 155 female characters from American & British film and TV. I think the thing that I like about it the most is that the characters aren't all shown beating people up; some of them are *gasp* reading. Or painting. Or dancing like idiots. And they're different ages! (They're also not all heroines, I should note. haha.) It rocks. [livejournal.com profile] arefadedway must have put a ton of work into this.

EDIT: Oh here. I have mustered juuuust enough brain cells to embed.




(I dug it up originally because I wanted to paste it into [livejournal.com profile] toratigris' Facebook page as a "Welcome to Korea; go get 'em!" kind of thing, you see.)

NAMES!!!

Sep. 11th, 2008 06:24 am
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THIS IS SO AWESOME:
http://www.publicprofiler.org/worldnames/Default.aspx

Put in a surname and see its geographical distribution.

Be sure to scroll down for more info!

(Fun to combine with theName Voyager, as someone on Metafilter mentioned, but much more global! I had no idea Ryan was so common in Australia, or that Byers is more common--%wise--in Canada than in the US.)

(EDIT: I should mention that it definitely has some bugs. Entering one friend's Japanese surname brought up a distribution of 1.8/M in Japan and 0.4/M in the US, which is possible, but the map colors were backwards. And some of the other data is clearly hinky as well, but it's still fun to play with. Hm, maybe I should put in C.'s actual German family surname rather than the Irishized one they've been using for the last 80 years.)
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Really cool from Science Blogs:
http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2008/09/radiocarbon_dating_ancient_gre.php

Carbon dating using grease left in ancient pottery--a lot easier to come by than actual food chunks stuck to pottery, which is the current technique, I guess.
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Do you say "I bought some cakes" meaning "I bought multiple sweet single-serving baked goods?"

I know Japanese people say this and mean it this way, but I can't recall whether it works that way in British English too.

Most Americans would mean "I bought more than one multi-serving cake" if they said "cakes." To mean "multiple single-serving items" I think we'd say "some pastries" or treats or goodies or sweets or the specific item (cupcakes, danishes, doughnuts, etc.). Right? Or am I crazy there too?



P. S. I love my town! I got a doorknob flyer and didn't look at it closely--but I should have! It's for a place called "Pizza & Curry!" They also have things like paneer masala pizza (making them the second fusion pizza place in town). How awesome is that? I guess it'd be one of the first curry delivery places in the area, although curry restaurants and Indian restaurants in general abound. That ad for some British airline last year advertising that we benighted Americans could hop on a plane and go to LONDON and have CURRY OMG!!!!! was clearly written by someone who'd never been to the Bay Area, where curry and chaat shops are everywhere. But I'll admit we've been behind in the field of delivery curry...

http://www.pizzaandcurry.com/ baby!
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I'm reading [livejournal.com profile] telophase's Anime Convention Artist Alley Survival Guide and thinking I owe her a box of chocolate or something. I've been wanting something like this for a LOOONG time.

Well, who knows; if I get on the ball maybe we'll meet each other at a convention someday.
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Collection of videos of fans playing the SMB theme music on various instruments, including balalaika and classical guitar. Very nice! The "beat-boxing flute" is impressive. My favorite, though, is an extended performance on marimbas and drums, which is linked to in the comments.

Via [livejournal.com profile] boingboing_net.

Random aside: Some of the receptionist staff at the tutoring center where I work put up handmade Valentine's decorations in the center, including hearts with each staff member's name on them. And the ones they made for me and [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor are pasted together, overlapping. Aw!
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ケーキバイキング!!!
By which I mean "CAKE VIKING!"
By which I mean "DESSERT SMORGASBORD!"

If you're on a diet, you definitely shouldn't click up there or down here.
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Tonight I saw a guy playing a harmonica and a shamisen at the same time.

Details tomorrow.

P. S. They're playing LA tomorrow, so go if you have a chance. It's their last US stop.

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