I’m busily catching up on popular culture, which meant a recent viewing of the movie Serenity, a continuation of the popular but short-lived television series.
There are a lot of little Asian-like things dropped into this future world, including some mangled Mandarin phrases. I didn’t even recognize the language as Mandarin until quite some time has passed. Actual Asians, however, don’t feature very prominently.
But here is my favorite Asian-like tchotchke, worn by a character at a funeral. It’s a 雙喜 (double happiness) necklace. Almost as good as a smiley face. :)
CNTV has a brief feature about how those crazy ‘Merkins discovered the popcorn maker (“discovered” as in “Columbus discovered America”). Apparently the video shown is from a television show called “Mythbusters (video link).”
Remember M. Todd Henderson, who was barely scraping by with his family income reported to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $400,000? He apparently is still clinging tightly to his privilege. Here’s a quote from a Bloomberg article about how the super rich are barely managing:
M. Todd Henderson, a University of Chicago law professor who’s teaching a seminar on executive compensation, said the suffering is relative and real. He wrote two years ago that his family was “just getting by” on more than $250,000 a year, setting off what he called a firestorm of criticism.
“Yes, terminal diseases are worse than getting the flu,” he said. “But you suffer when you get the flu.”
My second favorite quote from this article: “People who don’t have money don’t understand the stress.”