Outside a hotel lobby in Toronto earlier this year, an elderly Asian woman stopped my mother and me to ask what time a tour bus would be arriving. Then, the woman asked in broken English: “Are you Philippine?” “Yes,” my mom replied. “Ahh, you look Korean!” the woman exclaimed. My mother graciously thanked her. I darted my eyes, offended and confused at the implication that looking Korean over Filipino should somehow be taken as a compliment. Later I asked my mother: “Why did you thank her?” “I don’t know,” she admitted sheepishly. Throughout the years, strangers have told me how “white” I look. Non-Filipino Asians who were surprised by my heritage told me not to worry because I looked Japanese or Korean or Chinese; I never looked like their version of Filipino. And years ago, I would’ve replied exactly like my mother to that elderly woman. In my own family, the notion that fairer skin was more beautiful … [Read more...] about ‘You look like the help’: the disturbing link between Asian skin color and status
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We try to be fair in our biases here, but I admit in Today's "Morning Shift" I went to town on the news that the F-150 Harley Davidson edition is dead. Someone corrected my bias and it made me think that there are probably very good reasons to drive a car that makes you look like an asshole. Yeah, the Harley Davidson has an entirely deserved reputation for being the car choice of men with an abundance of cash but a dirth of taste and boners. That being said, ELippert makes the case for the truck: HD branding aside, I'm fairly certain that the HD F150 is the only trim you could get a 2wd F150 with the 6.2L and 4:10 rear-end in it. You can order the 6.2 in the Lariat or Platinum packages, but it has to be paired with 4x4 and 3:73 gears if I recall correctly. This pretty much made the 2wd HD edition the fastest production pickup (besides the Lighting) you could (still) buy. This was confirmed in a MotorTrend test that showed a 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds. Not too shabby and something I … [Read more...] about What Car Unfairly Makes You Look Like An Asshole?
There's LITERALLY nothing worse than attempting to take a selfie of a large group. People get cut out, everyone has double chins and Kevin Spacey won't stop trying to push his big head into the center of the photo. If only there was a tool that could solve this! What? There's something called a monopod or "selfie stick" that can fix all of your selfie woes?! Hooray! There is one catch though — using a selfie stick will make you look like a total dickwad. Everything comes at a price! Currently a big trend with teens in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, selfie sticks (actually quite awesomely developed by a 21-year-old Indonesian entrepreneur named Diana Hemas Sari) have begun to gain global popularity with people well-beyond the high school demographic. But like with a lot of teen trends (Silly Bandz, One Direction, hand jobs), the whole thing gets a little goofy once it be becomes popular with groups of full-grown adults. No one can argue against the practicality of the … [Read more...] about Selfie Sticks Are Practical, But Using One Makes You Look Like a Dick
Wedding registries are a funny thing, an anachronism of the engagement and marriage process of yore. They're a throwback to the days when couples married younger and really were just starting out. Things are much different now, but registries are still a big business. Best Buy wants a piece of that action, so they've started a wedding registry. No matter how long you've been with your partner, a wedding celebration is still about committing to a life together. Guests want to help you celebrate. Traditionally this means helping you build a home together, whether you already had one or not. And if you've already got pots and pans and blenders, this might seem totally pointless. But here's the thing with registries: They are usually the one real opportunity you'll have to upgrade stuff around the house at no cost. Unless you spend your days dreaming of Chilewich placemats, you're far more likely to spend your money on other things, items that feel more necessary. If you've got perfectly … [Read more...] about Beware the Best Buy Wedding Registry, Lest You Look Like an Asshole
Remember Microsoft's how-old.net site that everyone was talking about last spring? Now, Microsoft is taking its facial recognition and artificial intelligence efforts a step further — into the canine world. Redmond on Thursday released a new iOS app, dubbed Fetch!, which recognizes dogs and classifies them by their breed. Just snap a photo of an adorable dog you see, or select an image already in your camera roll, and the app will identify the pup's breed to the best of its ability. There's also a mode that lets you find out what type of dog you'd be if you were a canine. "This is the kind of app you're going to take out when you're with your friends," its description reads. "You'll make fun of each other, comparing which breeds you look like, and posting the tagged photos." The app is powered by machine learning, meaning it will continually get better the more people use it, Microsoft said. Redmond has also built a feedback feature into the app, so if you're sure your … [Read more...] about What Breed of Dog Do You Look Like? Microsoft Will Tell You