December 09, 2007

Stir-fried Wikipedia, with pimento

Knowing how I love to wikichet, my boss Kevin shared a little anecdote from China back in July:

I kid you not, “wikipedia” actually was the English translation for one of the dishes at a Chinese restaurant I just ate at in Beijing. Apparently, this restaurant believes that a wikipedia is some kind of mushroom, because there were two pages of the menu devoted to mushroom-focused dishes, and wikipedia seemed to be sprinkled liberally throughout.

He pointed out the restaurant’s site, but as it’s in Chinese it proved unhelpful, and I never got around to posting the story.  Now via Boing Boing I find that another dude made the same discovery–and this time he brought a camera.  Turns out that “wikipedia” goes great with everything from BBQ eel to bean curd.

In other funky Asian/English language news:

  • My photographer friend Clare is dating a guy from Okinawa, and he points out that the now-ubiquitous term “bokeh” (lens blur) refers not just generally to fuzziness in Japanese, but also Alzheimer’s disease in particular. The usage is apparently insulting.
  • From China comes the amusingly (and unintentionally) bizarre Benign Girl. [Via]
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Gandhi as potato, Spam as art, and more

  • George Carlin points out that when considering life via license plate slogans, "Somewhere between ‘Live Free Or Die’ and ‘Famous Potatoes,’ the truth lies… I’m guessing it’s closer to ‘Famous Potatoes.’"  The Pfanni company might agree, and they cheerfully offer "Only good potatoes."
  • Guilherme Marconi‘s illustrations explode with color and detail. [Via]
  • Christopher Lee makes super fun, retro-fab creations.  Roll over the little hearts under the pieces in his illustration setup to see details & concept sketches.
  • Linzie Hunter beautifully subverts junk mail with her Spam one-liners illustrations.  [Via]
  • "My line paintings are painted using one continuous line with a beginning, and an ending," says Geoff Slater of his line paintings.  "Although it changes colour, the line never touches, or crosses itself. [Via]
  • MIT’s John Maeda talks about his process for creating an illustration for the NYT.
  • Creator & creation: There’s something in the water reminds me of Animator vs. Animation.
  • Veer offers a rad collection of vintage sci-fi imagery.  (I think I once had this guy as a gym teacher.)
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