posted Nov 7, 2016, 10:23 PM by Justin Lin   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 7:38 AM ]


2008MAR22: SF NEIGHBORHOODS: WINNER!:Downtown: Designer TomN, Model: ChristineV.

2nd: Tenderloin: Designer ChristineV, Model: MariN.

3rd: Chinatown MariN: Designer, Model: JustinL.

SIGH 4th: Financial: Designer, Model: TomN. *Victory will be mine!

Models & Designers: ChristineV(winning outfit), JustinJ, MariN, TomN (Winning Designer)




Thank you to our Judges: JeanP, Sherry "Super" C, and SebastianH.

Special Thanks to Den Mother/photograher: AndriaL.

2008MAR02: The annual White Elephant Sale(WES) out in Oakland. A photo story.

2009SEP08: Thanks ChristineV. It was fun.


For more Pictures: 1



Pictures: ChristineV:


Chinee Reeestorant

Carnival Group Shot
KatieH, RBA, DineshP, Me, Susan, FrankP, JohnS

Bay Tour
FrankP Sr., Susan, Frank, KatieH, DineshP, RBA, Me

The lady who broke into Wolfe house (Dinesh at the Farmacia)



I made dumplings with the Mom then the next night had a potluck with the friends. They were tasty (the dumplings too). Here are some pictures of the tastations. Thanks Mom and Dinner goers.

Jeff , Ami & Tom

Pot Sticker Close up


Vikarum & Sanjay

Tom & Red................................................................................. Jen & Christine

Evan, Justin, & Aditty..................................................................... Justin & Will

Alien ................................................................................ Evan, Sanjay, & Sherry

Sanjay & Jean........................................................................ Frank & Burger

Andria & Christine...................................................................... Andria & Sanjay

JT & _________........................................................................ I give up, who are they?

Sherry & Justin..................................................................Justin,Andria, James, & Sherry

________ & Sebastian.........................................................______, OGJT, & Al

Photos Courtesy of ALo Productions

 2008JAN01 |  WOW TOWN

Top Row: Jean, Andria, Justin, Dinesh, Sanjay

Bottom Row: Sherry, Christine, Neha


Photos provided by: Orange Exposure:

Directed by Jean Pilas & Associates:

Models(*in Alphabetic Order): AndriaL, ChristineV, JeanP, JustinL, Justin Ling, SebastianH, ShannonB, SherryC, TomN, WadeT.


We won't miss you. We'll stalk you. Its way better.


posted Apr 19, 2016, 6:05 PM by Justin Lin   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 6:11 PM ]

Harlem Underground

posted Mar 6, 2014, 3:07 PM by Justin Lin   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 5:41 PM ]

It's graduation in a couple of months and I'm passing my gown down to a classmate/friend. To fabulize the gown, yup it's a word now, I decided to get our names embroidered into the sleeves at Harlem Underground. They are friendly and the quick and the price is great. 

To celebrate all the wonderful folk who are graduating I've also traded a web design for 25 odd powder blue and gold roses from the craftswoman Roses by Irene. See you all at the ceremony!


posted Oct 20, 2013, 8:41 PM by Justin Lin   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 5:58 PM ]

My friend recommended Bint Rhoda's recipe for Hummus, included below, and I've finally gotten around to making it. Bint's blog gives a brief but interesting context for Hummus and I think my version turned out pretty tasty. 

I've included my friends recommendations and the few changes to my batch.

Farah's Recommendations for Gringo J:
  • Add at least a teaspoon or two of cumin. Add more for flavor as you go along I added more lemon juice (I used 3 lemons) to taste
  • Tahini to taste as well but DON'T go overboard as it's strong and will make you insanely thirsty later. Add it slowly.
  • I didn't try with the yogurt but I'm tempted to try it another time.
  • Add water at the end slowly to smooth it out, don't just dump a bunch
  • If you have some chili or something with a kick, that is also a delicious addition

    Chickpeas (dry)
    Limes (3)
    Garlic (2)
    Ritz Crackers
    Olive Oil
    Cumin Seeds


    Large pot for boiling peas
    TupperWare to store hummus
    Food Processor/Blender
    Stirring Spoon


Step One:  Prepare your chickpeas

1.  Soak your chickpeas.  I like to soak them in hot water for 8 hours or overnight. 
2.  Rinse the chickpeas, and then pour then into another pot and boil them until tender, about one hour.  If you have a pressure cooker (I don't), you can use that and the chickpeas will be done in no time. 

*Note:  I like to make large batches of chickpeas.  After you have boiled your chickpeas, you can portion them and freeze them for later use.  I like to freeze mine in two-cup baggies, nested in a freezer bag.  This will make your next batch of hummus come together in no time!

Step Two:  Make your hummus.

2 cups chickpeas, still warm, or cold and peeled1/4 cup tahini2 1/2 fresh lemons, or about 8 tablespoons lemon juice1-2 cloves of garlic, pasted1 tsp sea salt2 tbsp yogurt (optional)Additional water (or cooking liquid from chickpeas) to thinOptional:  add in 1 tsp cumin for a smokey flavor. 

1.  Pour tahini and lemon juice into your food processor and pulse until creamy and pale in color. 
2.  Add salt and pasted garlic to your lemon-tahini sauce.
3.  Pour chickpeas and sauce into a food processor and blend until well incorporated.  Add yogurt and process again for another minute.  Then add as much water as you want to achieve your desired thinness.  Taste and adjust seasonings. 
4.  Let this all run in your food processor until silky smooth, for a couple of minutes. 
5.  Refrigerate for a couple of hours for best flavor.  Serve drizzled with olive oil, and any of the following:  sprinkled with paprika and cumin, and garnished with chickpeas, olives, pickles, or parsley. 

DOMArry ME, June 26, 2013

posted Jun 26, 2013, 11:05 AM by Justin Lin   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 6:00 PM ]

DOMArry ME, June 26, 2013

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posted Feb 22, 2013, 10:17 PM by Justin Lin   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 5:59 PM ]

A few weeks back a relative of mine sent over an article about the Yoga Journal conference crossing San Francisco strike lines at the Hyatt. Speakers included Deepak Chopra, MC Yogi and local practitioners. While I'm not sure how it struck other people, the idea of people attending a Yoga conference by crossing a strike line was ludicrous. My understanding of Yoga has been in a cultural context of being social conscious, thoughtful, and part of a spiritual discipline that extends into social justice and mutual human compassion. I assumed this spirituality permeated these White American practitioners. I was wrong. Its just another example of cultural tourism.  

While I don't really imagine Mr. Chopra escapes the trappings of fame, I was quite shocked that there wasn't much dialogue from M.C Yogi and the practitioner I reached out to when I forwarded the strike article and asked for their thoughts. I wasn't making accusations, I literally asked for thoughts and was curious to see how it was being talked about within the community. My personal emails, facebook messages were met with silence. Then I decided I might as well post the question on their facebook pages. However silence and removal were the only responses. Dialogue has not been possible. 

So with all that has been going on in popular culture, I thought I'd vent a little. Particularly in the context of other types of popular cultural appropriation: the 2nd wave Harlem Shake--the best was NPR's legitimization of a culture of theft with uncomfortable excuses, and "Best Friends Forever" insisting to keep a potentially interesting young black american girl character as a stereotype--let her be god damned vulnerable and more then a prop. I think many of of us who aren't portrayed as full individuals in the media people are sick of being commoditized, objectified, and made into a series of cultural one liners without full human context (that is part of appropriation).   

Rant aside, I hope this reminds me that I have to mindful in my own life to respect, honor and do justice to cultures and cultural concepts that I build on and take from. I also hope to remind myself that while we do live in a white majority, appropriation can be done by anyone, myself included. But to never confuse the experience of a white person who has an experience of racial discrimination with the racism experienced by people of color facing the oppressive histories, institutions and continued ignorance on a broader scale.


My Vent Poem/Spoken Word Peace(yes its meant to be ironic): Namaste


Cultural vikings tried looting their shop, but their shop won't stop, their shop won't stop. 
So they filled the market with all that crap, slapped on a sticker and said buy that rap 

But no its not real, yes you got ripped
Because all they are selling is a click on a shit

They don't give a fuck, its image they love
Saving the beasts and freeing the doves

But the second you point out that they are crossing the line
they turn down their heads and shut down their minds

They block out your words and covers their ears
because silence is easier to continue their careers

Because cultural vikings just walk through the store, pick up whats shinny but the rest is a bore
So when they resell that crap, and hi-five you online, you should remember its a just a hollow rhyme 



posted Jan 20, 2013, 7:34 PM by Justin Lin   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 6:02 PM ]

QR codes are simple to generate. Go to the site: www.the-qrcode-generator.com, type in your link, click generate and pick the size you want--viola!


posted Jun 10, 2011, 8:06 AM by Justin Lin   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 6:03 PM ]

A Fish in San Francisco

posted May 2, 2011, 7:30 PM by Justin Lin   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 6:05 PM ]

When any single thing enters your consciousness three times, I think its the universe trying to make you listen. As I walked into Sweet Inspiration to study, the walls had mounted versions of these Koi. This was the third time so I decided to do some digging. 

For the most part you can find the koi floating over random tags throughout San Francisco. I've had sightings at Cafe Fleur and the Lower Haight.

The koi are the work of Jermey Novy, a queer street artist hailing from the midwest. He has been stenciling the city with both koi and iconic gay images. His work also includes "interventional art", both commissioned and uncommissioned works, that cover abandoned store fronts. They are definitely nicer then speed tagging and add some whimsey to the city. 

"Novy is drawn to koi because he says he looks like one. He considered having the blotchy pink birthmark on his forehead removed until his aunt explained to him that what makes the koi so beautiful and unique is their individual markings. Novy adopted the koi as his power animal, and uses it as his signature. Novy adopted the koi as his power animal, and uses it as his signature. He likes to stencil them over traditional graffiti tags - hastily scribbled monikers lacking artful intention - to cover up what he considers urban blight. In a sign of street respect, none of his koi have been covered up by other artists."-Meredith May, Chronicle Staff Writer

If you'd like to read more, here is the SFGATE article where I first read his story. That same day I was lucky enough to see some of his work at Sweet Inspirations Dessert Shop on Market. 

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BLOG: RADIO: "Clan of the Fiery Cross" (June - July 1946)

posted Jan 13, 2011, 9:15 PM by Justin Lin   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 6:06 PM ]

Stetson Kennedy with Superman and the "Clan of the Fiery Cross" (June - July 1946)

During the 1940s Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the KKK and helped to elucidate their secret rituals through the The Adventures of Superman radio show. He exposed their fascinating yet puerile activities of fish handshakes, D & Desque titles, no offense to D & D gamers, and predatory behaviors. If you want to hear the actual shows check out: thearchive.org or:

The adventures of Superman: Episodes 1293-1309 (June 10, 1946)

Audio Files16Kbps MP3
COTFC 01/161.7M
COTFC 02/161.7M
COTFC 03/161.7M
COTFC 04/161.7M
COTFC 05/161.7M
COTFC 06/161.7M
COTFC 07/161.7M
COTFC 08/161.7M
COTFC 09/161.7M
COTFC 10/161.7M
COTFC 11/161.7M
COTFC 12/161.8M
COTFC 13/161.6M
COTFC 06-271.4M
COTFC 15/161.7M
COTFC 16/161.8M

* Also thanks to Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt for bring the topic up in their book Freakonomics.

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