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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Farewell 2006!

People do strange things.

On the one day in the year when I have a valid excuse to stay up all night, I left a party early and came home to sleep. My parents are out partying, my sister is out partying, but I came home to get some down time.

I think I'm officially old, who the heck sleeps before midnight on new year's eve? I wish I didn't have to tire myself out so much these past few week, but I really have no choice. It's all over soon though, no matter how crappy things turn out, at least I'll be able to relax and find myself again.

Ok, old man has to hit the sack now. Farewell 2006, I'll miss you much.

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Friday, December 29, 2006

Great ... I Write Like a Woman!

I stumbled upon this website that tries to guess which gender you are depending on a writing sample you submit. It's supposedly based on an algorithm developed by a very intelligent Israeli researcher who have worked years studying empirical data. Frankly, I think it's a piece of junk, because it tells me that I write like a woman ... not that there's anything wrong with writing like a woman of course, but I'm a MAN!

As you guys probably know, I've been spending every waking hour writing these lovely essays for the past couple weeks. When I put my writing samples for testing, it almost always comes back telling me I'm a woman! I took a couple blog entries and still ... it tells me that I write like a woman.

It's ok though, I felt a lot better after submitting some writing samples from famous people.

Robert Frost's famous poem says that he's a woman too. John Donne - he's a woman too. Even my extreme-sledding buddy Matt is a woman. Hmm ... maybe it's not so bad to write like a woman after all.

P.S - YES! I wrote like a MAN in this blog entry! HAHA!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

I'm Losing my Mind ...

  • Stumble into the office at 8:30am
  • Wanted to drink tea
  • Loaded the green tea pod into the coffee machine
  • Pressed the brew button
  • Walked to my desk and took off my coat
  • Walked back to the machine
  • Looked for my tea
  • "who stole my tea?!?!?"
  • Tried to find the evil culprit
  • Looked for my tea again
  • Realized I never put a cup to catch the tea
  • "DOH! That was really stupid!"

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Thursday, December 14, 2006


This is what I've been struggling with for the past month ...

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Monday, December 11, 2006

My Christmas Wish

This has got to be the coolest idea ever! I admit that it's not entirely original, as we've seen this in countless futuristic movies before. But to be fair, if KZ can actually pull it off, it would be amazing. I think I would want to move there and eat some goat cheese ... ehh ... maybe not.

So, for those of you who are in the business of fulfilling Christmas wishes. That won't be you, Santa, because I know you're not real, which means you probably won't be really this anyway. ... all I really want for Christmas is that we have this dome thing cover the 5-mile radius around my house. That's not too big of a wish, is it? I think I've been good this year.

Well, if this summer dome thing is possible, then wouldn't they be able to do a winter dome where they reflect most of the heat from sunlight and make an ever-winter-land? Sounds like a wonderful idea to me. Think about it, one hour you could be snowboarding down the mountain and then the next hour you can swim on the beach. Sounds a bit too amazing ... which means it will never happen. Oh well ...

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Stuffing Your Car

In light of recent events, I have decided to stock up my car in case of an emergency. Here are some things I plan to buy for my car:

1) A lighter - just in case I need to start a fire
2) Map & Compass - I'll keep going south until I get out of the cold
3) Bottles of water - Wouldn't want to die from thirst
4) Protein bars - yummy and tons of energy
5) Flares - if I don't use it for an emergency signal, it'll be used to kill bears
6) Candles - i'm afraid of the dark (ok not really)
7) An axe - so I can chop down trees and have firewood
8) A blanket - buuuurrrr i hate the cold
9) A big sword - just in case other animals attack
10) A whistle - so people will know where I am

OK I think that's enough for now. Am I missing anything?

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Farewell Mr. Kim ...

Yesterday was a sad day. I found out that the senior editor of CNET, a website I frequently visit, died after stranded on a wilderness Oregon road for a week. James Kim and his family were on their way home from Thanksgiving vacation when their car got stuck in the snow. Basically the family were stranded in the cold for a whole week before rescuers found them. And by that time James Kim had ventured out on foot to find help ... read more about it here.

The Story Highlights
Body of 35-year-old James Kim found about half mile from car
Wednesday night autopsy for father found dead in Oregon wilderness
He walked eight miles in rough terrain to get help for his stranded family
Kati Kim and daughters had also set out on foot when they were found

Farewell Mr. Kim, it's rather sad to see you go. I used to watch you on CNET and often wondered how you can have such a big mole on your face but look rather cool - in the geeky kinda way. Go watch the tribute here.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006


An article was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute earlier this week claiming that using cellphone do not increase the risk of cancer or other diseases.

I say that's a BIG FAT LIE.

I am not a research scientist but I know things are bad for me when it makes my head hurt. Whenever I use cellphones for a prolonged period of time, I always get this ringing inside my head. It hurts my brain, I can practically feel my brain cells dying! Those bluetooth headsets don't help either, they do the same thing - decimating my braincell count every fleeting moment.

Sigh .. it's sad but technology has almost completely destroyed my genius. As long as you never ask me to fix your computer or do your differential equations HW for you, I think I'll be just fine =)

“People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.” - Calvin & Hobbes.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Love Until it Hurts ....

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. – Mother Teresa

"Love until it hurts." This is a phrase my college friends and I often use to encourage each other. There was a point when we realized that our understanding of love was just too shallow. We found that the closer we got to each other, the harder it was to love without prejudice. What else could you expect ? When masks come off, when past hurts are revealed, when hidden sins are brought to light ... would our human love be enough?

Mother Teresa was a great role model for us. Her sacrificial service to the unwanted, unloved, and uncared for inspired millions around the globe to combat social evils in their communities. In my mind, what sets her apart is her full embrace of the brokenness around her. Never once did she shy away from living and serving among the rejected in our society. At a time when mainstream media brainwashes us to compulsively satisfy our every selfish desire, Mother Teresa went to places where she would experience much brokenness and pain. It is this type of countercultural lifestyle and the example that she led that shaped me into the person I am today.

It is refreshing to look at Mother Teresa’s example of sacrificial love in light of today’s consumerist culture. In a society where personal comfort takes priority over services of social compassion and mercy, Mother Teresa gives us a new perspective on how we ought to live. Her words fittingly capture the essence of genuine love – that no matter the cost or the pain, genuine love just keeps on loving ... unconditionally.

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