Why You Should Blog?

Good insightful article on blogging.

Yahoo! Answers Beta

Hmm, this is neat and looks promising…


Question: How old is the oldest man on Earth at the time being?

Answer: Emiliano Mercado Del Toro (Puerto Rico), born in Cabo Rojo on August 21, 1891, became the oldest fully authenticated man residing in the world on 17 January 2005 at the age of 113 years 149 days.

Currently living in Isabela, Puerto Rico, he is also the oldest living veteran, having been called up in 1918 by the US Army. A non-combat veteran, he was two months into training when World War I ended on 11 November 1918.

Flat panel tv on each aisle?

Wal-mart trying to be tech?

Sidekick III roadmap leak

Apparently, someone took a pic of this roadmap of Sidekick lineup. Looks like Sidekick III is identical to II except the mp3 player thing, which I don’t need. Then a new redesign in 2007 called a Sidekick NG that can play video.

This is pretty fascinating…

Drinking ice water actually help you to burn calories. Really!

Let’s figure out exactly what you’re burning when you drink a 16-ounce (0.5 liter) glass of ice water:

* The temperature of ice water can be estimated at zero degrees Celsius.
* Body temperature can be estimated at 37 degrees Celsius.
* It takes 1 calorie to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius.
* There are 473.18 grams in 16 fluid ounces of water.

So in the case of a 16-ounce glass of ice water, your body must raise the temperature of 473.18 grams of water from zero to 37 degrees C. In doing so, your body burns 17,508 calories. But that’s calories with a little “c.” Your body only burns 17.5 Calories, and in the grand scheme of a 2,000-Calorie diet, that 17.5 isn’t very significant.

RIT in Doonesbury!

It’s not everyday that my alma mater, RIT, got mentioned in a national syndicated comic strip. When I first entered RIT, RIT was not considered as a first-tier like MIT, Cal Tech, etc. But it has been building and growing and this comic strip shows that RIT now shares the same list with other premier technical universities.

‘Geek-heavy’ RIT draws a few ‘Doonesbury’ chuckles

My dream chair

My dream chair, Posted via Sidekick II by natech.

Gotta have one of these in the future. =)

Good Friday – cookout

Good Friday, Posted via Sidekick II by natech.

Drank 2 Coors, 40oz Hurricance malt, 32oz Mickey malt. That’s the total of 96oz or 8 beers. All in abt 2 hrs. :-)

Oh yeah, foot bag makes a great ice breaker. I noticed people like doing multiple things like talking, trying to hold their beer in their hand, stuffing burgers into their mouths and playing footbag all at the same time.

Oh yeah, I finally got my free Google t-shirt, :-D


Workout, Posted via Sidekick II by natech.

Managed to get myself out to workout after finishing work at 7 pm, then 45 mins drive back home (should be 30 mins but not in dc traffic.) :-(

Did supersets, then got out on the track. I started on the lane one as first lap, moved to second lane as second lap, and so on. Toward the 8th lane, I was panting hard and the eastern wind was blowing at me. I feel good, able to get “knots” out of my body. Hope to keep it up.

Tomorrow’s Friday, hooray!

The Solar System

I’ve been always fascinated by science—it’s probably my best and fave subject in high school before computers overtook me. I still read scientific books, loved Bill Bryson’s book on Short History of Nearly Everything, Genome Project, etc. I was just browsing and found this really mind-blowing link. The Solar System. It might take a while for your web browser to fetch the image since it’s a big one. To echo Bill Bryson’s words, it’s just impossible to imagine how big the Universe is. We can’t even fathom how big at all. It’s larger than any bigs you can think of.

In this pic, I can’t even find Earth using the horizontal scroll. I’d just miss it as it’s too small to see. I have to use the link to see it. The creator was really clever to use pixels as a scale comparison. 1,000 km = 1 pixel. This is far more accurate and make a better example than the fake planets on wires that are in every science classroom. Jupiter and Saturn make fascinating planets; would love to visit there if we ever have a such technology, which we will but not in our lifetime, probably and instead of trying to build a space station (still not finished), they’re starting a project to build a base on the moon that will serve as a launchpad to Mars and once that is achieved, other planets come next in the line.

Pluto – all the way to the right. Imagine, we’re all pulled around Sun, all thanks to gravitiy. If not for gravity, shit, we’d be completely wander-less and lost.

Hope you enjoy the image as much as I am. See if I can somehow shrink this image enough to fit on my widescreen panel. :-)

United States Travel map

States I’ve been to…

create your own personalized map of the USA

1) Alabama – went to the space camp in Huntsville during middle school and high school.
2) Illinois – my home state
3) Iowa – boring state – bunch of Amish families there – from what I remember during early family trip
4) Missouri – most of my dad’s relatives live there.
5) Wisconsin – my good friend has a cabin there near Dells, many lakes there. Good for outdoors.
6) California – SF Bay, Santa Cruz, Brubank,
7) Las Vegas, Nevada – flight stop, got delayed, had to stay at a hotel, temperature was 120 degrees, damn.
8) Oregon – YLC 1997
9) Minnesota – flight stops there many times but never even went out of airport.
10 Hawaii – flew there four times. Rich diversity there.
11) Kansas – Gallaudet Academic bowl – 1998 – should have won the regional there but got jeopardized BIG-TIME. Our lead was almost doubled, 120 to 65. Missouri team had to bet all their points and they got it right, we wrong. The score became 105 to 130. That was one of the sickest moments in my entire life. We also found out that we answered the most questions compared with other regionals. That next year, they changed the game format, no more “gambling” on the final question. Also, we did beat the Missouri team in the first round and then they fought to advance to the finals and beat us and they got to go to the Deaf Nationals in Washington DC. Damn. I was pissed off.
12) Indiana – their deaf school is our biggest rival
13) Detriot, Michigan
14) New York – NYC, Buffalo, and Rochester.
15) Florida – my parents’ good friends live there, interned in Miami, Walt Disney in Orlando, Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Daytona Beach. Probably my most vacationed state.
16) Atlanta, Georgia. Had my IBM interview there.
17) Denver, Colorado – my freshman roommate lives there and recently got married.
18) Ohio – went to the Cedar Park amusement park, which is one of top 5 parks in the US. Is a middle point between Illinois and Washington DC, so I usually stay over a friend’s place there.
19) Pennsylvania – Had to drive through PA to get into NY; just tons of forests there. Sylvan means wood or forest in Latin. (I took Latin class in college). Also went over a friend’s who lives in Philadelphia.
20) Virginia – my uncle lives there; can’t miss it if u drive to DC.
21) Maryland – same as above, the latter one.
22) Delaware – had to drive thru to get to Ocean City.
23) New Jersey – drove through it.
24) Kentucky – drove through it
25) Tennessee – dropped my friend off at his brother’s home, who was in the army.
26) West Virginia – drove through it.

So, 24 more states to go! Dang, still a lot of states to visit. Wanna go to Vermont for snowboarding this winter season.

World Travel

create your own visited country map

South Korea – 2002. Cities: Incheon, Kwangu, Seoul, HamYong. Would like to go back and travel more.

China – 2001. Cities: Beijing – visited the Great Wall; incredible sighting! Highly recommended. Also went down to Tian Jin to visit their Deaf college technical program. Would like to visit Hong Kong next time I go to China. FYI, the distance between Beijing and Hong Kong is farther than NYC and LA, so the people and cultures are vastly different even they’re Chinese.

Mexico – 2001 – Cancun – Spring break, what else? That place is entirely americanized. Full of bars and clubs. Did go to Chichen Itza. It was fun climbing up the pyramid there. Highly recommended too. Heh, we were able to get a rental car under 25 years or older policy (I was the one doing all the negotations) and cost only $50 dollars for an entire day. Definitely beat staying in Cancun all week. You get to see the real side of Mexican life and saw homes that were just a shack with a bed sheet as a front entrance and you could see the entire family inside.

Canada – went to Toronto many times, close to Rochester, about 3 hours drive. Been to Niagara Falls; gorgeous sight, highly recommended.

Still haven’t gone to Europe yet. I really love to travel but work keeps getting in the way. Hope I’ll have more opportunities later.

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Water dispenser in refigerator

This water dispenser is really useful. I’ve been drinking more water

while saving money on bottled water. Also I’m drinking less pop now. Go


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Testing this new Flock web browser that allows you to blog directly from ur browser instead of going into the blog page at all… Wow, it does work… I highly recommend you to try.  Ofc, it’s free. 

Well, looks like I don’t even need to go into my website to post an entry.  I can also edit entries from this Flock browser.  It’s being called a social browser that uses my del.icio.us bookmarks as favorites.  So that means whenever I happen to reinstall browsers, I don’t even need to save my bookmarks since it’s being stored on del.icio.us servers.  Cool idea and what’s more, this is actually based on Firefox browser, so it’s not yet another web browser who wants to fight Microsoft’s IE. 

Gentoo Linux screenshot w/ Gnome

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