Archive for November, 2009

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Survived Black Friday

November 30, 2009

In what seems like a long time, we didn’t go camping out on Black Friday at Fry’s. That meant, for some of us, a nice warm Thanksgiving Dinner, staying warm in our rooms, and even getting to stay comfortable in our comfy beds/chairs/loungers. Definitely a nice way to spend a cold evening. Oh, don’t think we didn’t get any good deals, there were sales on the internet abound. In face, it’s was hectic. John, myself, Alex, and Fumio all stayed up for the sale at Staples to go live, 6AM Eastern Time. That meant all of us hitting refresh like made at 3AM here, Pacific Time. Let’s just say Staples dinky little server was pummeled as hundreds, if not thousands of people tried to get in. It’s their fault, really, for not starting their sales earlier in the day. Or getting more bandwidth/better servers. I’ve never gotten that many errors trying to get in a website before.

We did hit up some stores later that morning, picking up a few items we didn’t feel like waiting to ship. Overall, a nice shopping day. I was so close to buying an SSD (solid state drive) but after much deliberation with Andrew (4 hours worth), I’ll be waiting till next Black Friday. Oh, my dad bought a TV. It should be arriving soon. Turns out a bunch of dad’s bought TVs. Nice.

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Presentation is key

November 18, 2009

Today, we had to do little powerpoint presentations in my CIS class. Each group consisted of 3 members and were given a single computer component as a topic. We were to create a 3-5 min presentation, short and simple. John was in my group and we had to present first. Let’s just say, we had the strongest presentation in the whole class.

I was truly amazed at how terrible everyone else was at presenting! It was just sad. People were reading off their powerpoint, that’s a big no-no! There was this one guy who would constantly shift his weight, left and right, left and right. Stand still! Other people muttered their parts, you know, so that you didn’t get their secret information. /sarcasm The worse part was when they didn’t present to us. What I mean is, they would stare at their powerpoint on the projection screen behind them, look to their group partners, or the part I hate the most, stare directly at the computer screen. Seriously, step away from the computer and hold the mouse. The teacher said that it was a test to see if we learned how to use powerpoint and not to test our presentation skills. Then, why ask us to present?  Clearly,  none of the others had any skill in it. Most groups had paragraphs, copied word for word out of the text, filling up an entire slide!!! Bullet points, so that we listen to you and not spend all over our time reading. Did these people even do presentations in high school? I can actually say, I’m glad I had like, 900 powerpoint presentations in high school, even QUEST.

Speaking of presenting, I recently got to watch a few episodes of Good Eats and Martin Yan’s Hong Kong. By far, two of my favorite food presenters, Alton Brown and Martin Yan. Both are very different and yet they totally draw you in. Alton Brown combines smarts, sensibility, and comedy into his show. The way he teaches is informing and entertaining all while being accessible. I try to model after him in a lot of ways, it’s awesome. Martin Yan is all energy, all the time. He’s the kind of person you want to run into at the market, he’ll definitely show you what’s good, why it’s good, and even how to make it good. Also, he cracks small jokes all the time, totally win.

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Birthday dinner plans.

November 15, 2009

Finally got to planning my birthday dinner. I figured I’d do the same thing last year and invite people via an even in facebook. Funnily enough, I ended up inviting more people this year, close to 30 people for dinner at Elephant Bar on the 28th of November. And so far, I’ve gotten a bunch of rejections! Lol, people are quite busy that day. I also got a bunch of confirmations, haha. It’s kinda balanced. Which is good, cause I had 16 out of 18 invited people show last year and our table was huge! Wonder how big the table will be this year?

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Hulu’d

November 11, 2009

It seems like all my posts here are being made as I’m working out at the gym. Strange, don’t you think so? I know I do.

I’ve started watch a lot of Hulu lately. I guess with my dad cutting most of the cable, I’ve been straying away from anything on TV besides the stuff on Discovery Channel and whatever is on late at night. Now, I’m subscribing to shows in Hulu and watching them stream. Just awesome. Oh, and when something looks kinda bad on the resolution of your monitor, remember it’s source. TV shows belong on the TV, and so should Hulu. I have my laptop plugged into my living room TV. It’s beautiful.

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