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Buddha Head

December 9, 2010
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is a delicious fruit that you can enjoy during the winter in Taiwan.

It looks like a Buddha’s head, hence the odd name. It’s surprisingly very soft, and you can open it up with your hands, kinda similar to how you would open up a pork bun or a burrito.

There’s a bunch of fruity meat and seed inside, and it tastes like yogurt.

The best way to choose a ripe Buddha head is by picking it up and feeling how soft and dense it feels. My friend says “the softer and denser the better”.

And since you’re in Taiwan, try haggling with the vendor! Sometimes it works. Very often they pretend that they don’t understand what you’re saying. : )

Don’t bother

December 8, 2010
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making this poster. No one will remember your url, and you are wasting paper.

inside Nefeli Cafe in Berkeley

I don’t like the proliferation of “we’re on Facebook!” signs in stores, restaurants, and cafes in Berkeley these days. Everybody’s doing it, and when everybody’s doing it, it’s not so cool anymore.

Big Ideas cannot be ‘just pulled out of my butt’

December 7, 2010
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It takes months of churning and griping and contorting and refining.

What comes out from your butt are crap, farts, and sometimes diarrhea.

Next time you come to me with a “big idea”, it better have come from somewhere else.

 

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I’m not sure if we should be excited about this…

December 6, 2010
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yay !?

I saw this sign in front of a Japanese restaurant in the Bay Area.  I’m not sure what to make of it.

In a world where specialization is becoming the norm, this restaurant’s direction seems misguided.  It makes me wonder,

“Do people go in and order mongolian beef with sushi and miso soup?”

“Does the chef make kung pao chicken and tempura with the same wok?”

“Which type of tea do they serve? Jasmine, or ryoku-cha (green)?”

Stick to one type of food and do it well!

Tags says it all

November 15, 2010
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I didn’t make this up. You can see it right here: http://www.amazon.com/Decision-Points-George-W-Bush/dp/0307590615/ref=pd_cp_b_1

 

scroll down a bit…

How to get a high score on DoodleJump

November 8, 2010

DoodleJump has sucked tons of time from iPhone/android owners like myself. As it stands, I’ve spent a total of 6 hours and 32 minutes on the game, with my longest playing time at 10 minutes and 12 seconds.  During that time, some 6000 kids around the world died from poverty (http://www.globalissues.org/article/715/today-over-22000-children-died-around-the-world). Depressing.

Here are my obvious tips for getting a high score on DoodleJump:

1. Use an iPad. If you don’t have one, go buy it. The cheapest version ($499) will do. iPad gives you greater control of the guy’s movement and where he shoots. (is getting a high score on DoodleJump worth buying an iPad? Probably not, but if you have tons and tons of money to spend while a bunch of kids around the world are dying of hunger, by all means, go buy the iPad.)
2. Use headphones. It will help you tune out the rest of the crap (aka “world”) and focus on the game.
3. Close your door and put up a do not disturb sign ala https://dowhatwhen.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/do-not-disturb-2-3/.  Again, helps you focus.
4. When you get to the orange platforms that disappear: do not panic. They take a while to disappear. Be cool.
5. Do not take any “leap of faith” kind of jumps. That is, if you don’t know if you can jump high enough to skip the next platform to reach the next-next platform, don’t do it. Taking it one platform at a time is a noble thing to do.
6. Pause the game to take mental breaks. When to pause the game: when you have the boost (helicopter cap/booster rocket), or when you are on a green platform. Stretch, take deep breaths, go walk around a bit.
7. Kill the monsters instead of trying to dodge/avoid it. Killing them will eliminate the need to dodge/avoid them. Sometimes avoiding the monster results in missing the platform. That really sucks.
8. Get good at jumping into the left edge of the screen and out from the right edge of the screen and vise-versa. Practice this early on in the game when there are bunch of platforms.  You don’t know when you’ll need this skill.
9. Get good at anticipating where the blue/gray platforms will be. Platforms move at different speeds.
10. Repeat the game until you get a high score.

I’m sure you didn’t find the list helpful at all, as these are all obvious tips. I just wasted your valuable jumping time and got a high score while you were reading it…

i suck at this job dot com

November 1, 2010
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ring ring ring

A: hello?

B: hi A. This is B. For the fifth time, can you send me that report?

A: oh sorry B. I didn’t send it to you. I’ll email it to you right away… What’s your email address again?

B: isuck@thisjob.com

A: Wait sorry. I didn’t catch that. I’m watching the football game on my laptop and the guy just scored an amazing touchdown! Can you spell it out for me?

B: i-s-u-c-k-at-t-h-i-s-j-o-b-dot-com.

A: ok, here we go…aaand sent. Did you get it?

*click*