Wish this was my office view

Miss snowboarding trips

California Association of the Deaf – Hawaiian-themed party

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Pausch’s last lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

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Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.

My dream was to play in the National Football League. And most of you don’t know that I actually – no. [laughter] No, I did not make it to the National Football League,but I probably got more from that dream and not accomplishing it than I got from any of the onesthat I did accomplish. I had a coach, I signed up when I was nine years old. I was the smallest kid inthe league, by far. And I had a coach, Jim Graham, who was six-foot-four, he had played linebackerat Penn State. He was just this hulk of a guy and he was old school. And I mean really old school.Like he thought the forward pass was a trick play. [laughter] And he showed up for practice the firstday, and you know, there’s big hulking guy, we were all scared to death of him. And he hadn’tbrought any footballs. How are we going to have practice without any footballs? And one of theother kids said, excuse me coach, but there’s no football. And Coach Graham said, right, how manymen are on a football field at a time? Eleven on a team, twenty-two. Coach Graham said, all right, and how many people are touching the football at any given time? One of them. And he said, right, so we’re going to work on what those other twenty-one guys are doing. And that’s a really goodstory because it’s all about fundamentals. Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.

Nothingness

Lately, I’ve been thinking about human consciousness and our existence, as well as spirituality and religions. I finally understood why people have religions, to explain our existence, our purpose and eventually, our death. That is the fact of life. Doesn’t get any simpler than that.

I believe that we come out of nothingness, which is actually some kind of magic like the birth of universe, by the infusion of one sperm and one egg. A man and woman. As we grow to become adults and getting to our prime, we procreate. Babies are born and the cycle goes on. Till we grow old and can no longer function and then drifts back into nothingness, become unconscious but with our spirit, we’ll be somewhere, wherever we want to be, with our families or loved ones. I support the first amendment, by the freedom of religion that anyone can believe in whatever they like to, just as long as it doesn’t result into violence and compromise one’s life. If they want to believe they were a cockroach or something, there’s nothing wrong with that either.

Because in the end, we all drift into nothingness but worry not, we all mean somebody to someone.

There’s a first time for everything

Couldn’t sleep. Looked up in old Men’s Health magazines.

Read this article titled “There’s a first time for everything.” Not sure if the website has a copy of that and I’m in the mood to type it out.

1. The first time you see your father as a man, complete with flaws, unfulfilled dreams, and unchained lust. Your mission: Learn from him, but don’t repeat after him.

I have.

3. Your first paycheck. It gave you a one-two combination punch from the invisible hand of capitalism, the first being that yes, taxes suck. The second: This is not nearly enough dough. Both fueled your ambition to earn more zeros. And still should.

Yup, it still does.

5. Your first wedding as a groomsman. You looked your best, the free booze flowed and you had that genuine pang of hope that someonday you’d find the woman of your dreams–and that she might ust be that hot bridesmaid dancing to “Baby Got Back.”

I have. One of the best experiences. And still yet to find that person. Someday I shall.

6. The first time you dump a girl. It took balls to walk away from free nooky. Maybe you’re stronger than you think.

I have and it was hard. Hope I don’t have to do it again.

7. The first time you’re picked last. First thought: I suck. Second: I’ll show them. That mojo can last a lifetime.

Yes, that’s the most important.

8. The first time you encounter mechanical failure in bed. Laugh it off, reboot, and spend the next hour pleasing her. She’ll remember it as your best performance ever.

Hasn’t happened but that seems possible. I’m already well-read.

9. Your first medical scare. Next time you’re in the drive-thru or at the gym, remember that panic.

I didn’t get the scare but regardlessly, I’m working out.

11. The first time you stay out all night and see the sunrise. Freedom. Hope. Endless possibilities. Attack every dawn with that mix of surprise, awe, and optimism.

That’s why I camp out in my Element. :-)

12. The first time your 401(k) nmber surpasses your annual earnings. It means you’ll be buying and not serving the lattte at Starbucks in 2048.

About halfway there already.

13. The first time you walk away from an animal pleasure–the fourth pitcher, the availabe wench. It’s an indication that your cerebral cortex has finally taken over from your lizard brain. Now you can pursue a life, rather than merely live it.

Yup, have been drinking quality beers like new belgium beers and start to experiment with mixed drinks. I’ll wait till when I’m over 30 years to start appreciating the fine taste of wine. Ha.

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The laws of simplicity

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Gotta buy the book. Pretty much sums up what I was trying to figure. Just bring simplicity to life and work.

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6,366 people want to learn sign language.

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Cool. :-)

My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language


Cool.

Visual Learners

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Making up about 65% of the population, visual learners absorb and recall information best by seeing. Some of their primary characteristics include:

-Love books, magazines, and other reading materials
-Relate best to written information, notes, diagrams, maps, graphs, flashcards, highlighters, charts, pictures computers.
-Like to have pen and paper handy
-Enjoy learning through visually appealing materials
-Feel frustrated and restless when unable to take notes.
-May have exceptional “photographic memories”
-Can remember where information was located on a page
-Need a quiet place to study
-Benefit from recopying or making their own notes, even from printed information
-Have trouble following long lectures
-Tend to be good at spelling
-Benefit from field trips where observation skills can be used
-Tend to be detail oriented
-Are usually organized and tidy
-Often ask for verbal instructions to be repeated
-Benefit from previewing reading material.
-Skilled at making graphs, charts or other visual displays
-Write down directions or draw a map
-Need to see the instructor’s facial expressions and body language
-Concentrate better with clear line of sight to blackboard or visual aids
-Remember how people looked and dressed in the past
-Prefer written instructions to oral ones.
-Don’t remember names easily.

Wow, describes me 100%! Cool.

Strange dream

Hmm, I had a strange dream. There will be another Tower of Babel event and this time, everyone will become deaf, thus need to rely on one language to communicate. That would be sign language. Another way to communicate is to use computers or anything that uses texts.

DeafNation Golf Classic 2008

Results are in.

http://deafnation.com/wp-content/sports/finalresultsdngolf08.html

Tied for 23rd place in my first golf tournament. Not too bad!

Will write more later. Gotta do some work here.

Big thanks to DeafNation for their awesome work in planning the event!

Next year in Moline, IL where John Deere PGA is hosted at.

Blogging with Textmate

This is cool, blogging with Textmate editor, using xmlrpc protocol.

Conversation with a girl

One of my friends is studying medicine and I asked why did she decide to study in that field.

her: well, I have a theory. I think it’s because I have a short attention span. I tend to change subjects every two years as I get bored of them easily. Medicine is one subject I think I wouldn’t get bored too easily and it should have enough things to keep myself and my so-called attention span busy. And I like to prescribe medicine for people. What about you? why computer science?

me: because it talks back to me.

her: Oh! you are weird! I just know a medicine I ought prescribe for you!

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When Steve Jobs was 27 years old

STEVE JOBS AT HOME IN 1982: This was a very typical time. I was single. All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and that’s what I had. ~Steve Jobs

Whoa, I didn’t know that his birthday is on Feb. 24th, two days apart from my birthday. Awesome.

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