Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Some Movie Promo Stuff

A mini-movie from Ted
Going to these street fairs, celebrations, etc., I have noticed that the local "cool" (Top 40) music stations always have booths at them. I have been stopping at them and grabbing the movie stuff that they have there. It is nothing big just a bunch of mini-movie posters, buttons and other assorted stuff. I just pick it up and take it home and put it in a box. I guess I am hoping that future generations of my family will pass down the box and who knows it might show up on whatever Antiques Roadshow is around a 100 years from now. Who knows:

A promo game card from Despicable Me 2
A folder from the Paul Rudd/Tina Fey movie Admission
Buttons from the movie Wreck It Ralph
A gum package from the movie Now You See Me
Make your own ship from the movie Oblivion
Buttons from Rock of Ages
And then you have the traditional mini-movie posters:

The Host
Olympus Has Fallen
Evil Dead
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Pitch Perfect
A Haunted House
Who knows if I keep going to these things I might have a true collection.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland A's-5-15-13

I know my ticket is a little bury, but I like showing it. I guess for me, it proves I was there. I am goofy like that. Anyway, I decided to focus on the game as O.Co Coliseum has not changed since last year. No trees have grown in the outfield and no fences were built. It is still hated by the A's owners but I am just happy to have Major League Baseball in my world:

O.Co Coliseum
Got some Rangers before the game:

Rangers pitcher Joseph Oritz
Rangers pitcher Justin Grimm
Rangers VP of Security Blake Miller (right) and pitcher Tanner Scheppers
One thing I have OCD about is getting a media guide from a team. The first time I go for the year I head to the team shop and get a media guide. Well, in Oakland (even though it was just the 20th home game of the year) it was like Jonah looking for the whale. I found a vendor who had the last one in the stadium and I had to get it:

The Oakland A's 2013 Media Guide
On to the game:

The A's Pat Neshek in the bullpen
The Rangers Tanner Scheppers on the mound
The A's Derek Norris hitting a pop up
The A's Nate Freiman taking a swing
The A's Coco Crisp doing his thing
The A's lost 6-2 but any day at the yard is a great day, even if your team loses:

The Rangers celebrating the victory
The Rangers Nelson Cruz talking about the game

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Asian Heritage Street Celebration

Last week I went to the Asian Heritage Street Celebration that was held in San Francisco. It was really cool:

People enjoying the celebration
A couple of Buddhist Monks praying for people's safety
These guys were great
Some traditional dancers
Got to love the Tiki Man
Got to love the dragon
Dressed in traditional clothing from Thailand
UFC fighter Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez enjoying himself
Wanting Qu singing. I later found out that she is one of the most popular Chinese singers in the world
The Asian-Heritage Street Celebration was really fun and I can not wait for next year.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

China's Terracotta Warriors Part II

Roof title from the Imperial City of the First Emperor
As promised, here is Part II. This mostly the other artifacts that the exhibit had. I thought it was really cool thing to see. Most of the artifacts are from the First Emperor (Qin Empire) and are dated 221-206 BC. There are some that were in the exhibit that were older and I will note those:

Bronze Lance Head
Ornaments for horses head (770-476 BC)
Ritual Vessel-Bronze (771-476 BC)

Miniature calvaryman and horse (475-211 BC)
Wine Vessel (475-221 BC)
Hollow brick used to pave the First Emperor's Palace Steps
Bell (770-476 BC)
Being a history geek, it was a real treat to see something up close that I have watched on PBS.

Monday, May 20, 2013

China's Terracotta Warriors Part I

On Saturday (5-18-13), San Francisco hosted the Asian-American Heritage Street Fair (a blog on that will be coming) in Civic Center Area of San Francisco. One of the cool things was that the Asian-American Art Museum (that is two blogs-super cool place) opened its doors for free. For the special exhibit of China's Terracotta Warriors it was a mere $10 to see it. It was the bargain of the decade. It was just too cool.

A little history: China's Terracotta Warriors were discovered by local farmers in 1974. They date back to the first Emperor of China-the Qin Empire (221-206 B.C.). The Terracotta army was funerary art and was buried with him to protect him in the after-life.  Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits near by Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. The majority are still buried in the pits. There were some items in the exhibit that are older. I am going to do this in two parts, I hope my pics did to them justice:

Cavalry Man
Standing Archer
Armored kneeling archer
Armored infantryman
Armored General
A pentagon-shaped drainpipe that was installed in the first Emperors burial complex
A suit of armor (non battle as it is made of stone and too heavy to wear) from the Qin  Empire
The next four pics are bronze waterbirds that were found 3km northeast of the first Emperor's tomb and are from the same period 221-206 BC:

Will do Part II, tomorrow. I promise.