Sourdough article

March 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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The Chronicle came out with yet another article on bread, sourdough — my favorite.

I get hungry just thinking about it.

Check out the article here.

We may need to watch our pursestrings more closely these days, but I suggest springing for some yummy sourdough once in a while!

Chronicle Article on Bread

March 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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I’ve previously written about my fondness for bread (has it really been a year?), and I just came across an article in the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle that I wanted to share:

Chronicle article

In my own post, I spoke about the joys of freshly baked bread, but I never really thought about old, stale bread and what a myriad of uses for it are available.

Live and learn.

Enjoy!

Recovery.gov

February 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Well, in my last post I mentioned the revamped Whitehouse.gov.

Well, with today’s signing of the Stimulus package, Recovery.gov is now live (I checked late last week and there was only a placeholder saying it will become live once President Obama signs the bill).

Whether or not you agree with the bill, what’s most impressive is the purpose of the site and its regard towards all the monies that will be spent:

This is your money. You have a right to know where it’s going and how it’s being spent. Learn what steps we’re taking to ensure you can track our progress every step of the way.

To me, that’s speaks volume: the government is respectful of those being governed.

Obama the 44th President

January 21, 2009 by · 3 Comments
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Thoughts on Obama’s Inauguration

I must say that yesterday was the first time I ever watched a Presidential Inauguration, and if that’s the case for me, then I must assume that’s true for millions of other people.

Being Asian, and in San Francisco, I’ve only experienced a little bit of bigotry growing up — nothing I’d write home about, so to speak. So I could never write about knowing what it feels to be African American, only that I’m a minority.

But just as I grew up watching re-runs of Star Trek (TOS), I finally saw the day where being what color didn’t matter — we live in a country where “anyone” can be president (well, you have to be a natural citizen).

I’m hopeful that President Obama will do a good job.

Yesterday was the first time I felt proud to be an American.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had that feeling.

Check out Whitehouse.gov

One other interesting thing about yesterday was that the Presidential website officially switched over to the new Obama Administration version.

Gone is the old 90′s style website.

In its place is a new Web 2.0 version, if you will.

There’s even an RSS subscription for the Whitehouse blog.

Check it out: www.whitehouse.gov

Cardinal Synthesis

November 26, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Isn’t it strange how we name different parts of our cities — particularly when done so with cardinal directions.

  • North Beach – one of San Francisco’s neighborhoods
  • South Beach – one of Florida’s well known beaches
  • Lower East Side – a common response for New Yorkers answering where they live
  • South Park – the potty-mouth cartoon
  • When I was attending Cal, we had
  • South side and North side – representing areas in relation to campus
  • West Side (Story) – the well known musical that’s a take on Romeo & Juliet

They do have a good ring to them.

At the same time, I never hear:

  • East Beach
  • West Beach
  • West Park
  • or East Park

although a quick Google search reveals that they do exist.

However, I do note that Google’s results are thus:

  • North Side – 36,800,000
  • East Side – 44,200,000
  • South Side – 93,800,000
  • West Side – 53,500,000

South Side seems to be more popular (or populous on the web), as is South Park.

Anyway, something maybe to bring up if you find yourself caught in an awkward silence over Thanksgiving.

(Northeast Side exists, too, but has barely 800,000 results – so clearly, nothing to write home about).

Photo by Leo Reynolds

Barack Obama and Web 2.0

November 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The Role of the Web in our President-Elect

I must say that when I wrote my Locke and Demosthenes post, I would never have thought that Barack Obama was actually ahead of the curve — just shows how in touch I am, eh?

Here’s one of the recent articles on the use of Web 2.0 and the 2008 elections:

Social Networking used in the 2008 Presidential Campaign

The fact that the 2008 Presidential Election had one of the larger voter turnout in a while suggests:

  • the state of the economy got people out of their seats to vote
  • the majority of voters wanted change
  • the Obama campaign made better use of Web 2.0 social networking tools

I also read that Obama made great use of Facebook, and used Twitter, and his campaign warchest was in no small part due to small, but numerous, donations made be everyday people.

Obama’s website

Obama even has his own Flickr photostream

Post Election

Witness, already one immediate result from the President-Elect:

www.change.gov – a website that allows us to see the transition from the Bush administration to the Obama administration

Apparently, Obama (along with Republican Tom Coburn) pushed for government transparency in its spending back in 2005, and the result is this:

www.usaspending.gov

There seems to be a lot of excitement in the air regarding our new President-Elect. While Obama was not the first politician to make use of the web, the general consensus is that he’s the first to make good use of it, to know how to take advantage of the new medium, similar to how JFK knew how to use network television to his advantage when he was campaigning against Richard Nixon.

Anyway, I do have hopes that Obama will affect positive changes. It will be interesting to see how things play out, and what kind of role the web will play in the new administration.

Remember to Vote!

November 4, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Is it me, or does there seem to be enthusiasm in the air — I’ve received more emails, seen more chatter online, etc., on this year’s ballot than I can ever recall.

Do your civic duty, and vote!

Rendezvous of the Literary Kind

October 12, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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It’s been a while.

I’ve been busy with…cases that didn’t involve her. You know, cases of milk from Costco, cartons of cereal, and bags of vegetables — that kind of thing.

There was also the reams of paperwork, piles of junk mail — the usual suspects.

But yesterday, I came back to the office, just to check on things.

And there she was, my Muse.

She was lounging on the client chair — a wooden number that purposely not too comfortable, especially with that pose.

But I don’t think she minded.

The shimmery outfit she had on was light and airy, draping over her curvaceous form in just that way that makes men’s hearts flub-a-dub just a wee bit faster. The slits show off her legs, which were stretched out in long diagonals, crossed at the ankles, as she demurely rested her elbows on the back of the chair. She looked at me with sky-blue eyes as her lips curved into a small smile.

No, that pose certainly wasn’t too comfortable. But, I didn’t mind either.

“How’ve you been, darling?” she purred.

“Oh, busy.” I replied.

“Oh, I know–I know about that thing called life. But I meant up there,” she said, pointing to my head.

“Still sharp as ever, I guess.” How sharp it was before I didn’t know.

“I’ve been keeping your place tidy,” she said as she rose, and started walking around.

“Yeah, I’ve noticed. Thanks, but you didn’t have to.”

“Yes, but I wanted to,” she replied. She turned suddenly to look at me in earnest.

“Are you coming back to work, finally?”

“Well, I figured maybe ease in back to it, if you know what I mean.” I said, even though I wasn’t really sure.

“I see.”

There was one of those awkward pauses.

“Um…well, you look as lovely as ever…” I managed.

“Of course,” she said, “I always look great to anyone who finds me. You know that.”

“Yeah, I guess I do.”

“Well, I hate to chat and run, but–”

She came over to me without another word, and planted a soft kiss on my forehead.

“For luck,” she said, as she disappeared out the door.

Things I’m Doing When I’m Not Blogging

June 16, 2008 by · 5 Comments
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If you’ve noticed that things have been quiet lately here in my little corner of the blogosphere, it’s because I’ve just been so busy. So what have I’ve been up to?

  • The kids go to schools of the SF Unified School District, and there have been several field trips, and one graduation — although they call it a “promotion” (5th to 6th grade), and so being a participant in those activities is #1.
  • Planned, prepared, shopped for and executed a birthday party for the older child. After the party, I certainly have a new appreciation for my son’s teacher. She has to deal with 4x the kids, for a whole school year. Whew!
  • Read Orson Scott Cards’ Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide , and Jim Butcher’s Grave Peril and Summer Knight, and Tom De Haven’s It’s Superman!: A Novel
  • Planned for a (much needed) vacation
  • Worked “in the field” almost every weekend
  • Work on post production when I’m “off the field”

I’ve cut down on commenting on others blog, reserving the right to speak only when I truly have something valuable to add. Of course, I still have the blogs in my Google reader, so that I can keep tabs on things.

But I’m beginning to realize that this blog will probably be “seasonal”, with more posts most likely in the Winter and Spring, and less in the Summer and Fall.

Hopefully, you’ll still come by.

Thanks for reading!

The One-Tenth of a Cent of Gas Prices

May 31, 2008 by · 4 Comments
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Gas Prices

How is it that gas companies can charge nine-tenths of a cent?

Does it really make that much of a difference?

Take a look at the sample pricing from last week (outrageously high pricing notwithstanding):

  • $4.17 and 9/10 for Regular
  • $4.29 and 9/10 for Plus
  • and $4.41 and 9/10 for “V-Power”

Why can’t they say $4.18, $4.30, and $4.42, respectively? What if I buy exactly 1 gallon — shouldn’t I get one-tenth of a cent back? I don’t. So I end up paying $4.18. Multiply that by hundreds of millions and those one-tenths add up, don’t they?

Be Honest with Your Pricing

We should be more honest in our pricing, and I’m not just talking about gas stations, but everything in general. In fact, I propose a simple way to present more “honest” pricing — something along the lines of:

  • Under $15, round to the nearest dollar, e.g. $1.00 per song on iTunes, not $0.99
  • $20 to $100 – round to the nearest 5 or 10, e.g. $25, $90, $100
  • $110 to $990 – round to the nearest 10, e.g. $240, $680
  • $1000 – $9,900 – round to the nearest 100, e.g. $1400, $8,900
  • $10,000 – 99,000 – round to the nearest 1000
  • $100,000 – $500,000 – round to the nearest 5000
  • $505,000 and up – oh, who cares at this point? You can go back to pennies, e.g. $99,999,999.99

Don’t you think that would help?

Have a great weekend!

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