Sunday, December 31, 2006
Read books slowly. Savor every image, every noun, every verb, every adjective. Read to evoke hidden emotions. Read to feel, to experience the story, not to find out what happens in the end. Read for the journey, not the ending.
1) East of Eden
2) Cold Mountain
3) Nicholas Nickleby
Watch movies with content. Watch movies that make me think. Watch movies with complex plots. Watch movies that inspire, that sadden, that evoke deeper emotions. Watch movies that is outside my comfort zone. No more movies with girls whose only mastery of the English vocabulary is "Oh my god." Watch darker movies.
2) Nicholas Nickleby
3) Schindler's List
4) Flag of our Fathers
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
IT Hell finally ended at 10:12 am when the TA's shouted: "Time's up. Please turn in your exams!" The incredible sense of relief from taking your last final is still got to be one the best feelings in the world. Thus, I'm was elated that I've been granted a pass to exit hell. It's only a temporary one though, because I'll have to go back eventually. Still, I'm very happy that winter break was here!
After walking out the exam building, it was time to catch up with people that I've managed to avoid all semester. Not really, but I've just been putting it off using various lame academic excuses like: "I've got a lab report to write" or "I have a test that I need to cram for." There were no more excuses for being anti-social.
The planning for a lunch with Yana had been in the works for a while, and we finally managed to get together after my last final. She had hers in the morning too, but it only took her 40 minutes to finish it. We ended up going to a Korean cafe and ordered its buffet. All I shall say is that Yana definitely got her money's worth while we ate there.
After lunch, I went back to my dorm to enjoy my first day of freedom. I could have done anything I pleased so I ended up watching Dead Poets Society on my computer. Carpe Diem!
That night, I had arranged to hang out with Vanessa. We went to Pita Pit, a place I've never gone before. For those who know me, and especially Vanessa, I rarely try non-Asian foods. However, I'm determined to overcome this. So far, I've gone to an African restaurant, and had a gator burger. Still a long ways to go I know! Anyway, Pita Pit was rather good. It's basically like a subway sandwich except the toppings are put into pita bread. Pita bread is a round wheat flatbread made with yeast. We stayed there for about an hour and a half, eating, talking, and more talking. We've seen each other a total of 4 times this semester, so there was a lot of catching up to do.
Finally, Vanessa had to go because she still had two finals the next two days. I went back to watch a couple more movies. When you have the hub, you have instant access to Blockbuster. I spent the evening watching Scoop (a quirky Woody Allen film) and The Perfect Score. Perhaps it was the effects of euphoria after finals, I really enjoyed both movies. My roommate was studying for his last final and he had to put up with my random bursts and snorts of laughter.
Ahhhh, I want to savor this moment forever!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.......I'm done with Microelectronics!!! It has been the bane of my existence this semester. The professor's English is as articulate as Jackie Chan's, except he isn't funny. I used up an entire THREE SUBJECT notebook, and progressed onto a new notebook. We were bombarded with pages and pages of notes lecture after lecture. In fact, for a four credit class, we had four lectures a week and discussion. His final was probably the most difficult test this semester so far..... I did the entire practice exam (9 problems) and none of the questions were anything like what was on the final. I had some missing equations on my crib sheet..... Basically, life sucked because of Microelectronics. Thank god I don't have to take advanced Microelectronics. I've heard, however, that advanced Microelectronics is actually easier. I'll have to talk to my EE friends and find out. As for me, my next objective is to study for my computer science final. It's at 8 am on Monday. Why do my finals hate me so???? Anyway, enough ranting.....(I just finished my Microelectronics final about an hour ago....so please excuse me. I'm still both elated and exhausted now that it's over)
On the bright side, I have only the computer science final left. Originally I was suppose to take my Signals and Systems final that same day at 1:30pm. However, I did well enough on the first two midterms that I have been excused from taking it. What could beat getting an A in an IT class without havinng to study/take the final? I was giddy for a whole weekend because of this =0) I know I'm shameless in saying this because all my friends still have to take it, but I think it's about time I gave myself some credit for all the effort I've put in for my major and for myself. It is a big milestone for me personally because college hasn't been exactly how I had envisioned it to be. The people around me haven't always been the nicest. Example: One of my "friends" said to me: "I wish you were in my physics class, you could help lower the curve." That felt like a giant slap on the face, especially coming from my peers. What's worse is what people around him said to him afterwards: "You shouldn't say things like that, well, at least not to his face." I suppose it's better that they did say it behind my back....then I didn't have to sit there stunned for the entire lecture. Oh well, it did hurt, but because of this, I promised to myself not to give up and be the one who lowers the curve. So far, I've managed to overcome this in my Signals and Systems class, and it feels so great. The down side is that my friends all hate me for not taking the final. I suppose you just can't win on either side of the curve.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
This Minnesota winter has actually been really nice. Fall temperatures have lasted all the way to Thanksgiving! I've actually just brought back my hand-knit (made by my talented mom) wool sweaters back with me today. Thank goodness I'll only have to travel in sub-zero temperatures for another two weeks. My last final is on the 18th....but I might stay an extra day, just to mock all those who still have finals. Nahhhhh....I'm not that mean.
Anyway, after finals, I'm escaping to Las Vegas for five days!!! The temperature there should be t-shirt perfect. Maybe not, for I think it's around 55 degrees during the day. However, I am really excited to take a walk down the strip again. This time, it would actually be really nice out, and I won't be melting in the 100+ temperatures that I experienced when I went there during the summer. I still not of age to gamble yet (just one more to go though!)....so I tried persuading my parents to go next year instead. However, then I realized when I turn 21, would I really want to go to Las Vegas with my parents??? If I want to live the cliche "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," then parents should not be included in the package. Thus, if anyone wants to join me there next year, I'll gladly accept!
I'll be staying at South Point (see pic).....
P.S The last time I went, I went to every major casino to get a coin box. I might do it again =0)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I also took a Harry Potter quiz.....you can go take it at The Leaky Cauldron . Just look for the quizzes sections on the left hand side. It's the second quiz with multiple choice answers.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I'm trying to think of books that I would love to own.....but I'm drawing a blank.....therefore, if anyone out there has any good suggestions, please let me know! You can either list some of your favorite books, or even classic ones that you think everybody should have read. I'm pretty much open to anything.....
Leave a comment if you have any ideas or books similar to the ones below.
Here's a list of some of my favorite book:
2.When You Look Like Your Passport Photo It's Time To Go Home,
3.The Lexus and The Olive Tree,
4.Lord of the Rings,
5.The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,
8.The DaVinci Code,
9.Howl's Moving Castle,
10.Chronicles of Narnia,
11.Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell,
12.The Opposite of Fate,
13.Pride and Prejudice,
Here is list of books I'm thinking of reading, but not sure if they are actually worth buying. So, if you've read any of these books, and you think it's worth owning, let me know!
1.Perdido Street Station
2.Grapes of Wrath
4.The Cider House Rules
5.Running with Sissors
7.The Lightning Thief
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Zowie Bowie - David Bowie
Dear Mr. Cage, you must be watching too much Superman. You must name your next son Lex Luthor.
Dear Bono, your son will never learn to spell his name, or even pronounce it. Seriously, what the heck is a Q???
Dear Gwen: Apple??? Apple??? My god, you must be using your Mac too much. What will you name your next kid? Kiwi? Orange? Banana? Peach? Pear? Why are you trying to make all your kids fruits? Seriously, as if she won't be made fun of enough, you had to name her Apple. God, you will seriously regret this.
Here's Gwen's response: It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and...clean! And I just thought, "Perfect!"
Yes, it is biblical....except maybe you forgot to read the bible, or what happened to Eve when she took the Apple. Idiot!
Dear Mr. Richards: Dandelion - Dandelions are the hardest weeds to get rid off. Enough said.
Dear Mr Howie: You're are trying too hard. I think Owie would be a better first name
Perhaps you should check out urban dictionary before you choose that name:
Zowie: a word that perverted old men aka, coots use when seeing a hot chick stone ridge girls or visitation girls. don't use this word - it's ickypoo.
old man: zowie! look at that girl. didn't make um like that when i wuz a boy.
girl: eww! perv! i'm calling the police!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
P.S I'm in a computer lab right now, trying to register for classes....
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Brian is one of my good friends from high school from sunny Cali.....how can you not laugh at the video????
More funny videos by Brian
These are some more of the crazy people I know from high school.....In order of appearance in the video: James in the blue suit, Tyler (dancing with the socks) and Ryan, can't tell who's driving (Brian maybe), Running through the forest are Mikeal and Tyler again. I can't tell who's running on the highway......but he's crazy all right!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I used to think to myself......out of all the great Holidays, my birthday had to fall two days before Halloween. The night of monsters, "It" being played on TV, and Chucky the gleeful killer being its emblem. In fact, I remember one Halloween night, my parents were watching TV and I was just messing about in my room. Then suddenly they call me down to watch Child's Play. In their naivenss, they thought it was a children's program, and that a talking doll was cute. It was cute until it went on a rampage and started killing everyone.
Once I learned Halloween also entailed dressing up in a costume, my liking for it began to increase. Thus, my first year in America, I choose the most generic costume: a black cape (it was suppose to be Dracula's cape considering one side of it was blood red), a sleeping mask (courtesy of Northwest airlines, actually, all airlines provide this if you ever take a plane) with two eye holes cut out, a wooden sword pieced together using bits of wood found in field. So what does this make???? Any guesses????*
Once you have the costume, it's candy begging time. It's more effective if you have a little kid tag along with you. People tend to give little children more candy. Once they see you with a little child, they think of you as a caring older guardian (I was already 12 at the time).....if not, you could always steal the little kid's candy. The first year went great, and I got a ton of candy. Next year, puberty hit, and I was 5 ft 7. It's harder to blend then. I thought I was getting too old for candy now, but somehow, my parents and friends convinced me to go trick or treating one more time. Only this time, it wasn't around the neighborhood, but at the mall. Boy was that one of the most embarrassing events of my life. Not only did I tower over everyone else over there, the shop owners were giving me weird looks. I didn't have a little kid with me this time, so I got a lot less candy. The shop owners in the mall all had the same expression on their faces when I came up to them: Aren't you a little too old to be trick or treating?
By the end, my face was burning with embarrassment....thank goodness for the mask because my face would have looked like a red tomato underneath. Ahhhh....memories.....this still remains one of my favorites, and third most embarrassing event of my life. I bet you want to know what the first two don't ya???? I'll give you a hint.....one happened during 7th grade health class.....you can use your imagination from this point on......
I told my mom the cape was for Dracula but she insisted it was for Zorro....so I went out as Zorro....I did have the top hat too, so I guess it works
Monday, October 30, 2006
As some of you know, my laptop decided to throw a fit on my birthday in celebration and to tell me it wasn't feeling like allowing me to write a lab report. Thus, it choose to appear dead by prompting the blue screen of doom. Desparate in need of new laptop, I decided to look for a new one.
Since my Inspiron 600m is a two year old model, it has already gone out of fashion. Thus, a likely replacement fell upon the Dell Inspiron E1405 Core. Not only is it much cheaper, it has a 160 GB memory, 2 GB of RAM along with a Windows Vista free upgrade. This is all compared to my current 40 GB of hard disk, 1 GB of RAM, and Windows XP. Sounds like a great deal right? I thought so to....
Just when I had set my eyes on E1405, my 600m came back from the dead. It must have heard me threatening it by throwing it out my dorm window. Just kidding.....I managed to run diagonistics on it before the blue screen of doom could appear. It showed there were some bad block of hard disk. Thus, I quarantined the bad blocks and it seems to be working fine as of right now. I think the cause of that was the bad dell battery that came with my laptop. I actually had the battery recalled. Anyone out there should go check www.dellbatteryprogram.com to check if your battery is overheating. During the Minnesota winter, a laptop should not be overheating.....I should have figured this out. Anyway, as a preventive measure, I have now been setting my laptop upon a notebook. This way, the fan won't be blocked and hopefully my hard disk won't get fried anymore. Who knows? If the blue screen doom ever comes back I will be definitely getting the E1405. Until then.....
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
It's been another busy week: three homework assignments plus 11 hours spent in lab trying to figure out why I keep getting negative capacitances. The thing with lab is that if everything runs smoothly, it can be finished during lab hours. More often than not, something inexplicable happens and your results are so convincing that you've just proved Newton wrong. But life goes on, despite the obstacles.
I did manage to watch a movie in between all the madness. It's a Korean movie called The Classic. The funniest thing is that I totally misunderstood the movie the first time around. Here's a brief summary of the plot:
Ji-hae and Soo-kyoung are friends attending the same university and both have a crush on Sang-min who is in their drama club. The more clamorous and outgoing of the two, Soo-kyoung, asks Ji-hae to do her a favor - write a love letter to Sang-min. Ji-hae pours out her own feelings for him on paper, but sadly in her friend's name. Touched by the letter, Sang-min is attracted to Soo-kyoung, and Ji-hae, feeling uncomfortable and even guilty, tries to avoid him. And yet by coincidence or by fate she keeps running into him. Ji-hae has lived alone with her mom since her childhood, when her dad unexpectedly passed away. Her mom is now on a trip abroad, and to wile away her solitude she starts cleaning the attic. There Ji-hae finds a secret box, in which her mom (Joo-hee) kept the memorabilia of her first love story of some decades past.
Summer in 1968... Joon-ha is visiting his uncle's home in the countryside during his summer vacation. There he meets Joo-hee and falls in love at first sight. One day, the lovely Joo-hee secretly asks Joon-ha to escort her to a haunted house in the village. Happy and excited to be at her service, Joon-ha meets her at their promised spot. But in an unexpected storm, the two lose their boat and barely manage to return home at a very late hour. Joo-hee gets into big trouble for this incident and is sent back to Seoul. Having parted with Joo-hee without a word of farewell, Joon-ha spends the rest of the summer heavy-hearted. With summer vacation being over Joon-ha also returns to Seoul. At school, his classmate Tae-su asks him to write a love letter to send to a girl. And who would it be but Joo-hee, Joon-ha's dream girl. Unable to confess his own summer love story, Joon-ha reluctantly complies with his friend's request.......
I won't totally spoil the movie in case anyone wants to watch it. But I will say this: The mother (Joo-hee) and daughter (Ji-hae) are played by the same actress. For some reason or another, I missed out on that important detail and that the flashback was of the same person Thus, I spent the whole movie confused. I thought Joo-hee and Ji-hae were the same person, and that she was in love with two guys at the same time. Thus, even though Joon-ha was pouring his heart out to Joo-hee and she seemed to love as well, she suddenly falls for Sang-min. At that point, I was totally flabbergasted. Since when did cheesy romance movies incorporate a plot twist like M.Night Shyamalan's movies? It didn't....the moral of this story? Pay attention to the English subtitles.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
These two goof balls are actually quite famous in China and on the internet. They do some of the funniest lip sync! Dadada is the official 2006 World Cup Pepsi anthem, hence the football attire. I love watching them when I need a bit of silliness in my life. So put a bit of silliness into your life too!
P.S Their lip sync of "A Public Affair" has even been recognized by Jessica Simpson herself on her official site! I'm in talks with these guys to let me on too. They need a third singer, and I'll be a perfect fit.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I've compiled a list of films that I will watch in due time, but I am also looking for suggestions of good films you think I should watch that not on my list. I will, however, disclaim that I am not a fan of horror movies. I have screamed while watching The Sixth Sense with three other friends in my dorm room(it was quite embarrassing).....I don't care to repeat the experience. Other than that, people who reads my blog basically knows my nature....so suggest accordingly. I eagerly await your comments.
My List of Films
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Hem, hem, hem, the WOMBAT scores are in. As a muggle born wizard, I'm very pleased with my magical achievements. Now only if this would translate over to my muggle studies of Microelectronics (I've a midterm on Oct 9th). Maybe I can transfer to Hogwarts instead.
Here's just a run-down of what the WOMBAT is:
The W.O.M.B.A.T.s, unlike the O.W.L.s, consist exclusively of written papers.Therefore W.O.M.B.A.T.s could be sat by Muggles as well as wizards, although the Wizarding Examinations Authority does not believe that any Muggle would have the degree of inner knowledge required to achieve a pass.
The Grade 1 W.O.M.B.A.T. tests whether the sitter would be able to exist safely and
effectively within the magical world. Would you fall foul of Magical Law? Would you know what to befriend/ avoid in the magical Natural World? Could you use Everyday Magic to look after yourself and your family? And would you know how to transport yourself within the world of wizards?
This is not a straightforward Harry Potter trivia test. While a thorough knowledge of the books is essential to achieving a good grade at W.O.M.B.A.T., you will need
inspiration as well as information, applying what you know, whether by deducing the
correct answer or by making intelligent guesses.
For those who have no idea as to what I'm blabbering about, I suggest you reference Harry Potter for the word "muggle" or "O.W.Ls" and visit J.K. Rowling's website for complete details. For those first time visitors to J.K. Rowling's site, I suggest you wisely refer to HP-Lexicon's guide to Jo's site.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
The cover is like a first impression. Does it seem intriguing? Would you want to know more? Maybe you'll pick it up and glance over it. If it leaves an impression, you'll go back and read it more carefully. The first read through you try to understand the general plot. The second time you read through it, you begin to pick up minute details that escaped your attention the first time. These details might either affirm your initial opinion of it or stir up feelings of dislike. Sometimes you might get lost in the moment and think the story is wonderful. Yet from another reader's point of view, he/she might see things you have missed. Often we disregard second opinions because how can we be wrong when we're all reading the same book? Yet, sometimes, a different opinion can open your mind, to see things you might have missed. Then you revisit the work, and put yourself in a different perspective and read between the lines. Perhaps then you will come away with a new understanding of the plot, of the character, of yourself. Some things aren't explicitly spelled out, but the essence is all there, no matter how deeply embedded amongst the words. I want to become a better reader for I have misjudged so many books.