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09.04.2005 -

wow! it's been like a week since my last update. i hope everyone's labor day weekend is going well. i've been really busy and really tired. so my parents finally left. i appreciate what they did for me during the short time they're here, but everything's so restrictive when they're around. hehe.

welp, a bunch of stuff has happened this week. i finally got my haircut today. no longer tickles me ears! yay! haircut prices here are comparable to SF, but can't compare to the prices back in monterey park. i think the cheapest around here is like $15 compared to my regular $6 haircuts back in mpk. sigh...

guess what! stanman is here in seattle too! he's doing grad school in UW. actually found that out through thefacebook. pretty kewl. we hung out this saturday. first, lunch @ qdoba (mexican food like chipotle). then we watched The Brothers Grimm. the movie was so-so. started out looking really fun, but then the story dragged on and the action wasn't really that great and the ending was really rushed. though there were some tales which I didn't know where it came from. what comes after is quite interesting.

so we decided we wanted to go bowling. so searching places around redmond resulted in $4/shoe rental and $5/game/person. pretty expensive. so then we searched seattle and it actually was cheaper there! shoe rentals was $2 and it was only $11/hr/lane. we actually got 3 games in that one hr and we spent less than $7/person. and i was unbelievable. i couldn't even believe how well i bowled!!! my scores were 124, 107, 112. i think i only broke 100 once before, but i got 3 continuous games of > 100!!! stanman bowled about the same as me, but unfortunately i beat him in every round, but only by a few points in each round. and i havent played for at least half a year. during the 3rd round, my arm was getting sored tho and i was making quite a bit of mistakes and actually had a few gutter balls. how i managed 112 in that round, i dont even know the answer to that.

neither of us were hungry yet, so we went back to stanman's apt to chill. pretty nice place he has! we were channel surfing and then watched some poker tournament. there were quite some interesting hands like AK vs AQ vs A6 and guess who wins? A6! haha. then that same guy comes in and wins with pair of 2's vs AK to win the tournament. to show just how lucky he was, a 3rd 2 appears on the river and the opponent was dead in the water. we also watched iron chef america (1st time i've seen the american version). it was quite interesting, but i think the japanese version was more fun with the hilarious translated commentaries.

we then went out and had pho. it's been awhile since i actually had pho. the place was pretty good. and then we called it a day.

welp, all the items of my new PC have been purchased (some are still coming in). well... besides the keyboard and mouse, but those can wait. i'm so poor now... i spent way too much money this past 2 weeks and i just spurged on an anime sale. here's the list of things i purchased in the past 2 weeks.

  • IBM Extended Battery
  • IBM 802.11a/b/g MiniPCI card (going to return this cause it isn't compatible)
  • 2 x 520W Super Flower PSU
  • AMD Sempron 2800+ w/ PC Chips M848A Mobo
  • 4 x Seagate 160GB SATA Hard Drives
  • Antec Super Lanboy Case
  • 21 Anime DVDs with 2 Wall Scrolls
  • Intel SRCS14L SATA Raid Card
  • 1GB PC3200 DDR RAM
  • Thermaltake TR2 M4 heatsink/fan
  • Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro
  • Artic Silver 5

haha. i can't wait to see this month's cc bill. sigh... i'll probably die from shock. i just filled out 5 rebates today totalling $240.

so if everything works out, i'll be biking to microsoft tomorrow to see how long it takes. hopefully, i wont get be too lazy and give up before putting on my helment. ;p

oooh oh yah! on friday, i met a new friend. we actually met on ms dl. he needed a ride to the airport to go back to LA for labor day weekend and asked me if i could do him this big favor. thought it'd be nice to meet a new friend. turns out he's also from berkeley! graduated my year too! but he was recruited a year before me, so that's why i haven't seen him. it was pretty kewl.

speaking of new friend, i also met another friend maxxius on the ms anime dl. turns out he's from rowland heights, went to ucla for a year, then transferred to digipen. another anime fanatic (a much bigger fanatic than me). he actually has 3 book shelves filled with anime dvds (real ones, not burnt). it's pretty amazing. we went to fry's together to pick up my cpu+mobo combo and my 4 seagate hdds. thanks to him, finding frys was quite easy. we then went to some pretty good thai restaurant in bellevue. the pineapple fried rice there was delicious!

so i finally watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. wasn't as good as i expected it to be, but it had its moments. lots of stuff were also unexplained. would've been better if they split the movie into multiple parts and actually tried to explain some stuff would be nice. *** SPOILERS AHEAD *** how many of you thought that martin and trillian were going to be the new adam & eve?!?!?! i was totatlly expecting that to happened, and then the come out with this new earth and returning it to what it was before.

so i learnt a new word from ungsunghero: Agnosticism. turns out i'm agnostic! the word actually sounds pretty bad. makes me sound like some schizophrenic (no offense to those who are). but whenever anyone asks me what my religion is or if i believe in god, i didn't really know how to answer. the closest answer i've come to was that i was an atheist or someone that didn't believe in god. but that's not exactly true. i believe a higher being may exist and i'm not saying there isn't a higher being out there, but i can't make up my mind "which" one to believe in and i can't understand why if i believe in one, i can't believe in another. so i'm here waiting until i can find a reason to believe in one particular one. i'll probably never find it, which makes me agnostic. Agnosticism is distinct from strong atheism (also called positive atheism), which denies the existence of any deities. However, the more general variety of atheism, weak atheism (also called negative atheism), professes only a lack of belief in a god or gods. Agnosticism, on the other hand, simply states that the existence of metaphysical or supernatural deities or other entities, which are by definition beyond the powers of human sense to detect, is impossible to confirm or deny, and as such are irrelevant to human affairs.

i was trying to look up the origin/etymology of the word "heck", but even with google, i wasn't able to find much besides it's a euphemism for hell. if anyone can find info regarding the origin of heck, i'd like to know. it was quite funny when i saw this statement: "Gosh will darn you to heck and tarnation" is equivalent to "God will damn you to hell and eternal damnation."

got this link from fw: (original thread). great deal for those who are living in CA using SBC or Verizon! Call China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and tons of other countries for $0.00/min. There is a $0.10 connection fee + tax on that (so about $0.11/call), but afterwards, you can talk for several hours without incurring any charge! Welcome to 1019898. Home of the lowest international and long-distance rates and the unique FREE tariff message . No plans, just the lowest round-the-clock rates . 1019898 does NOT charge any monthly/service/billing fees. You are only charged for the calls you actually make and the charges will appear on your regular local SBC (Pacific Bell) or Verizon phone bill. check out their rates for the different countries. it's the same for interstate calls too! $0.10 connection charge, and then completely free afterwards. you can read the forum to read about the user experiences.

i typed this sentence in word: i was trying decipher this message and grammar check suggested this i was trying deciphering this message. you'd think the grammar check would be better than this.

another thing ungsunghero and i discussed recently was the difference between cat5, cat5e, cat6 cables. apparently they're made with the materials, but it's the way they're twisted that differentiates them. by twisting the cables (in pairs receive+ w/ receive- and transmit+ w/ transmit-), it shields the wires from outside interference. this esentially allows data to transfer at higher speeds. how twisting them at different intervals or patterns allows data to travel faster is beyond me and i'm still trying to figure out.

thanks to fuzzywuzzy for donating this link: EGBG anti-telemarketing counterscript. if you follow the script, it's pretty interesting. wonder if i'd ever do somethign like that. hehe.

thanks to fuzzywuzzy for donating this article: High-tech parking meters rake in coins. In this seaside town, parking meters don't grant those magical few minutes on someone else's dime. Each time a car pulls away from a space, the meter automatically resets to zero. ... Oh, and forget about rubbing the traffic officer's chalk mark off your tires on the streets of cities where short-term parking is free but overstays are punished by fines.

thanks to fuzzywuzzy for donating this article: Gas Prices Drive Man to Commute by Horse. speaking of which, gas prices are so insane! i know katrina is one of the major factor of this, but OH MY GOD. sigh... another reason to bike to work huh?

speaking of katrina, i found this link: Hurricane Katrina: the backlash against Bush. it's quite interesting read. the comments are pretty interesting too. new orleans is just so messed up right now and as someone told me, this incident feels so far away. one day, everything was nice and dandy and then suddenly you hear about an entire city has submerged under water. it feels so distinct and far away as if it wasn't even happening on american soil. yet it is happening on american soil and tons of people are still waiting to be evacuated.

the person who donated this link wants to remain anonymous: nana' a fan comic based on elfen lied, SO BE FORWARNED ABOUT EXPLICIT CONTENT!

thanks to deadlock for donating this thread: What was Honda thinking?. WARNING! This car is powered by VTEC. Due to possible breathing problems under heavy acceleration, all feamles are advised to remove any tight fitting or constrictive clothing for their safety. i wonder if this is some joke post or if these stickers are actually on a newly purchased honda crv.

thanks to lsiymle for donating this trailer: Shinobi. a upcoming japanese movie that looks pretty good!

thanks to fuzzywuzzy for donating this link: New Mexico Teens Learn Lap Dance Le$. And their damage for sitting through 41 consecutive songs (82 dances)? Almost $2500. Everett and Wakji, who between them could only come up with $550, explained to cops they "did not know that a new dance started with a new song."

got these from an ms dl: (no, these are not animated gifs; click to enlarge)

got this image from detective conan:

Orange GIII Power Book (click to enlarge)

speaking of detective conan, i've been having a detective conan marathon, watching over 40 episodes this past week.

got this article from /. : 4G prototypes reach blistering speeds. In experiments, prototype phones were used to view 32 high definition video streams, while travelling in an automobile at 20 kilometres per hour. Officials from NTT DoCoMo say the phones could receive data at 100 megabits per second on the move and at up to a gigabit per second while static. At this rate, an entire DVD could be downloaded within a minute. DoCoMo's current 3G (third generation) phone network offers download speeds of 384 kilobits per second and upload speeds of 129 kilobits per second. i wonder when this'll be available in america. but only 20km/hr. i wonder what speeds i'll get when i'm traveling on the freeway @ 80mph.

got this link from /. : Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'. back in january 2001, the onion's prediction was actually quite correct! "My fellow Americans," Bush said, "at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us." ... During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.

got these links from /. : Millennium Falcon Mac mini and Millenium Falcon PC. pretty kewl computer mods.

got this article from yahoo: South Africa anti-rape condom aims to stop attacks. A South African inventor unveiled a new anti-rape female condom on Wednesday that hooks onto an attacker's penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world. ... "He will obviously be too pre-occupied at this stage," she told reporters in Kleinmond, a small holiday village about 100km (60 miles) east of Cape Town. "I promise you he is going to be too sore. He will go straight to hospital." only thing i could say was it was quite painful reading that article.

got this article from yahoo: Clever Whale Uses Fish to Catch Seagulls. An enterprising young killer whale at Marineland has figured out how to use fish as bait to catch seagulls — and shared his strategy with his fellow whales. pretty kewl!

the remainder of the links and pya images will just have to wait for tomorrow. or later if i get lazy again ;p

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