Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Toy

Over the weekend, I decided to pick up an Acer Aspire One which was on sale at Best Buy for $349 and enter the world of netbooks.  The One is a pretty peppy machine despite its small footprint, and it actually has more memory (1 gig vs 768 megs) and hard drive space (120 gigs vs 60 gigs) than my old 700m.  The Atom processor is definitely capable of regular desktop processing tasks, the screen resolution is very usable at 1024x600, and there is even a tiny little webcam built into the top bezel of the screen for web conferencing.  But what I was most impressed about this netbook was the keyboard, which actually is not too difficult to type on, but having small Asian hands help as well :P  If I had to complain about one thing, it's the fact that the fan inside the One has to spin constantly all the time, and it's definitely noticeable in a silent room, but I think I'll just phase out the noise after using it for a while.  The 700m will now go into the hands of M, who has been complaining to me about how huge her current laptop is to drag around.

Friday, August 22, 2008


Although the headlines at the Olympics have been dominated by Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and others, in the handball arena, a little island off the coast of Greenland is making their own incredible run as TheDragOnfruitS has been cheering his homeland to the Gold medal round vs France. I've been telling TheDragOnfruitS that Iceland would go all the way since they've beat all the good teams in their round robin section, and so far my prediction is coming true :) So all Veggies should watch Iceland win the Gold Medal on Sunday :)

Update: Doh, guess I must have jinxed the team with my bold prediction.  Still, Iceland doubled their silver medal count, so it wasn't all too bad :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Pre-Autumn blog rearrangement...

Having not  changed the layout of my blog in 4 years (man...it's really been 4 years),  I'm gonna shake things up a bit and try some of the new templates.  The brown from the previous template wasn't really a color that I enjoyed yet I somehow put up with it for quite a while.  I guess it looked a lot different than the other templates Blogger offered at that time, which is probably why I went with it.  Although this one seem pretty Plain Jane, it's clean looking, so I'll give it a shot and see how it goes.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Motorcycle Madness

So this past weekend, I was out to New Jersey for a BBQ/game weekend hosted by BlueOrca, and part of the trip involved driving up I-95 north.  But when I drove to the ramp from Aberdeen to get onto I-95, I noticed that cars were stopped near the intersection of the ramp and I-95, and as I drove up closer to the cars, a whole bunch of police motorcycles started driving by.

Police Bikers

And then the police were followed by a looooong line of Harley riders.


For about 5 minutes or so, the Harley riders just kept on coming, so I got out of my car to get some better pictures and to wave at some of the passing riders.



I posted a quick video of the cyclists here.  I learned a bit later that these riders were riding as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ling Hao is my hero :)

and China did a SPECTACULAR job with the opening ceremony. I thought for a moment the last torch carrier was gonna fall off his hoist when he got to the top o_O but fortunately it was just to adjust so he could go into his awesome midair stride. London's gonna have its hands full trying to top this opening ceremony :P

Friday, August 1, 2008

Take two please...

Not the best RB performance, but at least the Today Show crew seemed to have fun with it :P

Got carded...

This past Wednesday, when I got back from lunch, there was a box sitting on my desk, and taped to one of the sides was a sample business card with my name and contact info. For some reason, it feels strange to me that I have a business card since I'm still sort of transitioning between the student mindset and the working mindset, but on the other hand, I look at it as one of those achievements/milestones in your life where you can say hey, I've got one! Although I doubt I'll ever exhaust my supply since they printed out like a quadrillion of them...