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Wish Lists and Other Lists.

Wish lists.

Thank you for taking an interest in my wishes and gift suggestions!

Here is what I came up with [UPDATED as of 9-28-2004 as noted below]:

1. Games for the X-Box such as (a) Fable (b) Halo 2, (c) Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (d) Jade Empire [if available]; (e) Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords; and (f) X-Men Legends.

2. A knife carrying case, for my small knife collection (inherited from my uncle). Bud K Knives offers one for about $10.00 in its catalogue as model #BK446, which can also be ordered online at this link. I would also use it for my other small-sized martial-arts weapons.

3. A sword stand for a katana and wakisashi set (a/k/a samurai swords, the long one and the shorter one), to replace my old one which is broken. Any martial arts on-line store and most knife/sword/cutlery on-line stores carry them.

4. (UPDATED 8-1-2004 to replace previous item 5:) A durable work-out/tote bag with shoulder strap and carrying handles, to replace my red vinyl work-out bag, which is missing the shoulder strap and is not very durable.

5. A penny whistle, a/k/a tin whistle, with instruction book.

6. An instruction book for the ukelele. I already have a ukelele but don't know how to tune it or how to play it.

7. A good-quality hardcover The Lord of the Rings. (I already own it on paperback.) Whether a box set with three separate volumes or one single volume, I have no preference. If The Hobbit, The Silmariliion,, and Unfinished Tales were included, that would be a plus but not a requirement. I don't think this was included on my Amazon list.

8. The Unfinished Tales, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I have not included this on my Amazon list. Hardcover not required.

9. A wah-pedal for the guitar. These are available at music equipment boutique shops, such as Robbie's Piano and Music Store on Route 46East in Fairfield, between Passaic Avenue in Caldwell and Route 23, or at retail chains such as The Guitar Store on Route 46 West in Totowa or on Route 22 in Union. In case you do not know what a wah-pedal is, it is a foot pedal that attaches to the guitar via cable and can be used to give a guitar a special "wah" sound, used by guitar legends Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

Wish List in Amazon's site. Check out "wish lists" under "Michael A. Liem"

Other wish lists will be posted as they become available. This site remains under construction.

Other lists.

Proposed Ideal Cast for a Film Adaptation of the award-winning videogame STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC:

Bastila............Kate Beckinsale
Carth Onasi........Martin Henderson
Darth Malak........Vladimir Kulich
Mission Vao........Michelle Trachtenberg
Zaalbar............Peter Mayhew or similar
Canderous Ordo.....Michael Ironside
Juhani.............Grace Jones or Michelle Yeoh
Jolee Bindo........Richard Roundtree
Darth Revan........???? (Eric Bana or Jason Statham perhaps?)
HK-47(voice).......Kristoffer Tabori (original game voice)
Calo Nord..........Kevin Pollak
Darth Bandon.......Michael Jai White
Master Vandar......Frank Oz or Tom Kane (original game voice)
Master Vrook.......Ed Asner (original game voice)

Proposed Ideal Cast for an All-African-American Cast Version of Lord of the Rings (you know,
like The Wiz was an All-African-American Cast Version of Wizard of Oz, and Love Don't Cost
Thing (2003) was an All-African-American Cast Version of Can't Buy Me Love):

Frodo Baggins......Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Samwise Gamgee.....Forrest Whitaker
Gandalf............Morgan Freeman
Aragorn............Denzel Washington
Legolas............Usher Raymond
Gimli..............Charles Dutton
Arwen..............Meagan Goode
Boromir............Dennis Haysbert
Galadriel..........Angela Bassett
Elrond.............Samuel L. Jackson
Merry..............Shawn Wayans
Pippin.............Marlon Wayans
Eowyn..............Rosario Dawson
Theoden............Delroy Lindo
Eomer..............Michael Jai White
Faramir............Taye Diggs
Denethor...........Sydney Poitier
Gollum.............Jaleel White
Grima Wormtongue...Isaiah Washington
Saruman............Avery Brooks

Flawed heroes from fiction or legend who should be time-warped into the present day to team up together to fight evil in today's world, "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" style except with the added science-fiction element.
1. Li "Black Tornado" Kwei, from Chinese novel Water Margin, the almost-unstoppable warrior who wields twin-axes ambidextrously, whose strength and bravery in battle, is offset only by his compulsiveness. He represents the brawn of the group.
2. Arsene Lupin, from the eponymous French novel, a charming catburglar and master thief. He provides the group's stealth expertise.
3. Doc Holliday, from American Western legend. He serves as the recruiter and the voice of reason for the group.
4. Hiawatha, from Native American song and legend. He acts as the outdoors expert and tracker.
5. Moll Flanders, from Daniel Defoe's novel. A tough-as-nails former thief and longtime survivor, she leads the group.

Famous non-Asian people with Asian-sounding names:
1. Elizabeth Shue (lead actress in Leaving Las Vegas, Adventures in Babysitting)
2. Andrew Shue (actor in "Melrose Place")
3. Andy Kim (70s disco singer)
4. Neil Sedaka (70s pop singer "Laughter In the Rain")
5. Jennifer Jason Leigh (lead actress in Hudsucker Proxy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
6. Erica Jong (author)
7. Carl Jung (psychological theorist)
8. Anne Reinking (entertainer)
9. Loretta Young (lead actress in The Bishop's Wife)
10. Loretta Lynn (country music singer)

The Seven Social Sins according to Ghandi and cited by Noam Chomsky:
1. Wealth without Work
2. Pleasure without Conscience
3. Science without Humanity
4. Knowledge without Character
5. Politics without Principle
6. Commerce without Morality
7. Worship without Sacrifice

My top five favorite movies within 1998-2002:

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

[TIED because they are intended as parts one and two of the same movie]

2. Sen To Chihiro no kamikakushi a/k/a Spirited Away (2001)

3. Donnie Darko (2001)

4. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

5. The Matrix (1999)

My top five favorite kung fu movies of all time

(Rated for fight-scene quality only):

1. Jing wu ying xiong a/k/a Fist of Legend (1994)

2. Wong fei-hung, a/k/a Once Upon a Time in China(1991)

3. Wo hu cang long a/k/a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

4. Jui kuen II a/k/a Drunken Master II

a/k/a Legend of Drunken Master (1994)

5. Enter the Dragon (1973)

My top five funniest movies:

1. Sleeper (1973)

2. Young Frankenstein (1974)

3. Siu lam juk kau a/k/a Shaolin Soccer (2001)

4. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

5. A Night At the Opera (1935)

My top five scariest or most disturbing movies:

1. The Exorcist (1973)

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

3. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

4. Battle Royale (2000)

5. Seven (1995)

My top five musicians/artists I could not do without:

1. The Beatles

2. David Bowie

3. Elvis Costello

4. Miles Davis

5. Radiohead

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