5 Things I Really Like ATM

March 11, 2009

In no particular order, I’m just going to wax poetic about 5 things that I really like at the moment.

5. Twitter
The micro-blogging/status update supersite has been the buzz word as of late and for good reason.  There’s no real sense to it but the idea of updating your life and conversing with friends/e-buddies with a 140 character limiter has become an integral part of my online experience.  I choose to use Tweetdeck on my MBP and Tweetie on the iPhone.  The service is like a vacuum-packed social network – you can follow and interact with people that technically should be out of reach.  You can harass them, but more likely than not, they’re ignoring you.  There’s a veiled intimacy surrounding the experience of Twitter – technically, everything is easily accessible for the public, but there’s still an aspect of you privately going about doing your own business.  This micro-voyeurism is part of the allure.  With the integration of hashtags, you can meet tons of people with similar interests as you and through their Twitter accounts, chance upon their blogs and network beyond what was possible before.  Also, conciseness = quick reads = less headache!

4. RSS
If you’re surfing the internet in 2009, more likely than not, you’re making your way through tons and tons of blogs on a daily basis.  The ‘blogosphere’ has become a beast to be reckoned with, and making your way through these blogs on a daily basis can be a hassle, to say the least.  Insert RSS.  RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and most blogs have RSS feeds that you can subscribe to (even mine!).  The concept behind RSS is that all of the feeds from the blogs you read are aggregated in one reader and whenever they blogs are updated, the feeds push the content to the various RSS readers that in turn chronologically list the articles from all of the blogs you are subscribed to and can be read in a single window.  This is useful because you won’t spend your time constantly checking your favorite blogs & sites to see if they’ve recently updated.  And you can categorize.  I prefer Google reader.

3. Gmail
Not so much Gmail, which I’ve had for a long time, but the Google productivity tools that I’ve recently implemented in my Gmail hub.  Gmail by itself is already an impressive product – almost limitless space, threaded emails etc.  I had preferred to use Apple Mail before and barely touched the Gmail website before, but I’ve been convinced otherwise.  If you turn a bunch of the options available under Google labs on, you’ll get so much out of Gmail.  For example, I have Tasks, Advanced IMAP Controls, Multiple Inboxes, SMS in Chat, Google Calendar Gadget turned on at the moment, and I use each on a regular basis.  Tasks is an online to-do list that I can access in Gmail or my iPhone.  Advanced IMAP Controls allows me have more control over my email in Apple Mail and my iPhone.  Multiple Inboxes (1) partition my mail into separate mailboxes (nifty for multiple accounts and different labels).  SMS in Chat is quick text messaging to people on your contact list.  The Google Calendar Gadget (2) put a mini-Google calendar in your Google hub that allows for quick viewing and updating.  Also, I’ve implemented Google sync so my contacts (phone numbers, email addresses, profile pictures, physical addresses) and my Google calendar are all pushed onto my phone.  Life’s good with Google.  Ask me about if you have more questions and/or need help setting up stuff in your life.

2. WBC
I love the World Baseball Classic.  I don’t know why.  Maybe its because I’ve grown up playing baseball, but I just love watching it.  The upsets, the stacked teams, the national pride, the underdogs beating the big dogs (Netherlands over the big DR?).  I can’t get enough of it.  The fans are crazy and the atmosphere is so intense.  At the inaugural WBC in 2006, I went to a couple of different games (most notably South Korea vs. Japan) and that was probably one of the most intense atmospheres I’ve ever been in.  40,000 South Korean fans chanting in unison is a sight I won’t easily forget.  Superstars are born at the world level when national pride is on the line.  And this kid is pretty good.

1. Mia’s Idiosyncrasies
Mia is my 9-week old German Shepherd/Black Labrador puppy (she was born on 1/1/09).  She’s getting pretty big already, but I still have to remind myself that she’s still a puppy.  There are certain things about her that just tickle my fancy.  When I’ve scolded her for nipping me with her razorsharp puppy teeth, she always turns her snapping maw into a huge wolfish yawn as if hiding the fact that she was biting me moments before.  Or when I’m telling her to do something that she doesn’t want to do, she lowers her face to the floor and puts her oversized paw over the top of her head, as if trying to hide.  And she runs so goofy cos her legs are too big for her body.  So cute.

What are some of your favorite things at the moment?

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Another Random Act of E-Racism

March 4, 2009

whyareasiansso

Not so much a random act of racism, but just a compilation of what Google‘s webcrawlers have determined to be the proper way to complete the query regarding “why are asians so…”.  Its amusing to see what the web/world as a whole has to say about Asians and their insecurities regarding our existence.

It’s going to be interesting to see how many of these stereotypes are going to be rendered ineffective as my generation (I’m a first generation Chinese American) ages.  As culture gets watered down, which values are going to be sustained and which values are going to be more Americanized?

Anyways, just looking at that list, I must only be partially Asian.

via skidknee.net