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California driver’s license.

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The finish line

Beautiful day at the Santa Cruz beach. :D

The Relay start line

My leg – 4.1 miles? No plm.

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The 199-mile relay race

In a few hours, I’ll be running in the relay race with 11 other runners and each of us will run three times during the span of approx. 24 hrs so yes, that means we’ll be running into the night and arrive in Santa Cruz. :)

I’ve been training consistently in runs of about 10k and to date, I think I’m in one of my best shapes so I hope I will run good in the relay. :)

Course info:

The course is divided into 36 segments called “Legs” with 85 turns (44 left, 41 right). Legs vary in length (3-8.9 miles) and difficulty (“Easy” to “Very Hard”). Runners travel 190 miles on shoulders of roads or sidewalks, 4 miles on five bicycle paths (Legs 6, 17, 21, 26), 3 miles through two vineyards (Leg 8), 1 mile across a ranch (Leg 10) and 1 mile through a quarry (Leg 35). Nine legs have ocean views (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 31, 35, 36) and five legs border reservoirs (13, 22, 23, 24, 28). The date of The Relay varies each year to provide moonlight for course lighting.

accurate to within a meter to generate maps for 36 legs. From 24 satellites, 32,000 positions were recorded. Progress of the race is monitored using GPS and Amateur Radio APRS.


I’m debating if I should turn on the live moblogging from my Flickr setting. Hmm.

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Letting Go – Kelly Slater

Bill Creswell provided the captioning. Damn, this promo made me want to buy the DVD!

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Workforce Recruitment Program Success Story

Thought I’d share this story that my former manager asked me to write for the program.


WRP Success Story
There are many paths to the top of mountain but the view is always the same. – Chinese proverb
by Nathan W. Kester

Hi, my name is Nathan W. Kester and I’m going to write how Workforce Recruitment Program, WRP for short, has helped me find a job. Some of you may have heard or used the program but for those of you who never heard of it before, WRP is a program coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense to enable college students to find summer internships not only within the government agencies but also in the private sectors. It aims to set up a path to obtain a permanent position following an internship and to develop career networking too.


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Kelly Slater

Easily the god of surfing.

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The Audacity of Code

from Brian Alvey

Cool ode.

In the end, that’s what this internet is about. Do we participate in a project of cynicism or a project of code? Project managers call on us to code. Investors call on us to code.
I’m not talking about blind optimism here — the almost willful ignorance that thinks bugs will go away if we just don’t talk about them, or the cross browser crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. No, I’m talking about something more substantial.
It’s the code of developers sitting around a codejam singing Sublime songs; the code of sites serving APIs to distant shores; the code of a young junior programmer bravely patrolling subversion; the code of a lawyer’s son who dares to defy the odds; the code of a skinny kid with a funny domain name who believes that the internet has a place for him, too.
Code in the face of difficulty. Code in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of code!

Korean comparison

Looks like he and I got a little in common. Heh. Hmm, I gotta work out more consistently and watch my diet if I wanna get abs like that. His name is Kwon Sang-woo. Pic from popseoul.com



More reason why I’m studying korean. :-)



From Ask a Korean

Here is ask’in another Korean who’s actually studied the anthropology.

There are certain types of East Asian physical types. Northern Asian, Southern Asian and islander aborigines.

Koreans are essentially of the Northern Asian type, which migrated from Siberia in the last ice age. Northern Asians are characterized by high cheek bones, small flat noses and wide eyes with an epicanthal fold. Northern Asians evolved from areas where it was very cold, and there was a high wind chill factor. High cheek bones and a flatter face helps the heat distribute better in and around the head. wider set eyes helped keep wind out as well.

The Chinese are a blend of Northern and Southern Asians. South Asians have rounder faces, slightly larger eyes and darker skin. It is well known amoung Chinese themselves that people from the North and the South look noticeably different.

The Japanese are a blend of Northern, Southern and islander aborigine (in approximately that order), with the Northern influence being more prominent on average.

No wonders I do like the cold… heh.


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