5-Oct-2003 (Sun)

Last night at Lift, they had actual karaoke, which they called the "Asian-American Idol" contest. I recommend you at least listen to the first guy... If you don't listen to the whole thing, here are some highlights. The judges were funny:

    "You have a lot of guts... for going first. You have a lot of attitude, but I want you to work on your... tone? and your beat? But you had good crowd control and I liked how you moved around the stage."

    "You were on key, which I really appreciate."

    "First of all, I liked your outfit, and I liked how you were closing your eyes."

    "I agree with her -- I liked your pants, and you had a lot of emotion."

    "You looked like you were in pain!"

In other news, I thought you might get a kick out of seeing our Wall of Shame: the home of lost-and-unclaimed photo IDs. I started taping them to the wall a few months ago, and it seems like it grows by one or two each week.

I don't know what's going on with that one at the upper left corner: maybe it was just the angle, or maybe they've started using some magic new non-photographable coating on licenses, but it came out solid white in all the photos I took! The hologram on the bottom middle one is pretty funky too...

13 Responses:

  1. nerpdawg says:

    The judges were right.. that was pretty brave. They're about as horrible as most people. Were they on stage in front of lots of people for that?

    • jwz says:


      A couple of them looked terrified, but mostly they seemed to be holding it together pretty well.

  2. a_0001 says:

    Was the Wall of Shame photo taken with a digital camera?

    If so, does the license at upper left also appear all-white when photographed with a conventional film camera?

    • jwz says:

      Yes, it was digital; no, I did not investigate further.

    • xach says:

      I'd guess that license has the same sort of superreflective coating used for backpacks and sneakers. If so, the flash will be reflected directly back, leaving a white rectangle.

      You could test this by photographing it without a flash.

  3. fo0bar says:

    1) Next time I'm in SF, I'll stop by and convienently "loose" my California ID that Nevada never bothered taking back when I moved.

    2) What state is the vanishing ID?

    3) I noticed that there's a Nevada license towards the bottom. To calm fears, in case anybody cares, Nevada HAS recently entered the 20th century and is no longer issuing laminated pieces of paper. The new ones even has cool things like a 2D barcode on the back.

  4. jlindquist says:

    Is there any reason not to mail the IDs back to the addresses printed on them, besides not feeling 37 cents' worth of benevolence towards people dumb enough to forget them in the first place?

    (I'm asking out of curiosity, not criticism.)

    • jwz says:

      I assume that if they can't be bothered to even phone the last place they got shitfaced to see if their ID is there, they must not want it very badly...

  5. waider says:

    "Hey Jim! You left your ID at the DNA!"

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