Archive for December, 2003

Date: December 4th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Guang3 – Wide, Numerous, Spread

廣告 – Guang3 Gao4 – Wide Inform — Advertise

廣東 – Guang3 Dong1 – Wide East — Guangdong province

廣州 – Guang3 Zhou1 – Guangzhou (Canton)

廣東話 – Guang3 Dong1 Hua1 – Guangdong Language — Cantonese

Date: December 4th, 2003
Cate: Regular
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I saved. I thought that meant something to you.

“Hey what is it?”

For some reason, this commercial gets me, every time. This site doesn’t support direct linking, but you can see it by going here and then clicking “WHAT WE’VE DONE” then “Geico” (on the right) then “TV: Couple”.

Other commercials I’ve liked recently: The one where the vending machine goes crazy and shoots coffee everywhere destroying the office. I can’t find this one online, any help? And the other really good one is the new Nintendo one with schoolkids running through the streets. I liked the music, so I did some searching. Here’s the MP3, and here’s the lyrics (scroll down for translation).

Date: December 4th, 2003
Cate: Geekism

I need a linkblog

Man vs. Machine – “There are fields, endless fields, where Sodaplay walkers are no longer built… they are grown.” (stole the quote from here, helping to spread the meme)

National Nanotechnology Initiative – I had no idea this was a National Initiative. According to Google, there’s about 2000 such National Initiatives that I was completely unaware of.

Date: December 4th, 2003
Cate: Regular
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Even the turkey was fake!

President Bush’s Baghdad turkey was for looking, not for eating.

In the most widely published image from his Thanksgiving day trip to Baghdad, the beaming president is wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers as he cradles a huge platter laden with a golden-brown turkey.

The bird is so perfect it looks as if it came from a food magazine, with bunches of grapes and other trimmings completing a Norman Rockwell image that evokes bounty and security in one of the most dangerous parts of the world.

But as a small sign of the many ways the White House maximized the impact of the 21/2-hour stop at the Baghdad airport, administration officials said yesterday that Bush picked up a decoration, not a serving plate.

Is anything real? Ever?

Date: December 4th, 2003
Cate: Otherwhere
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GET THE NEW LIFE! GET! GET!!

If there’s one thing my readers depend on me for, it’s linking to other people’s Japan photos.

I guess everybody takes this picture. Here’s my version.

Today’s album is by Francois Jordaan: Japan travel diary (Tokyo, Hakone and Kamakura)

DO YOU HEAR ME??!?! YOU HAVE TO GET THE NEW LIFE! OR ELSE!

He has a day by day breakdown of his photos (1000 in 10 days, nice job!) and subject specific pages. His food page is absolutely おいしい!

Now that’s a breakfast!

Date: December 4th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Chao1 – Surpass, Exceed, Super-, Hyper-

文字 – Wen2 Zi4 – Language Symbol — Writing, Text

超文字 – Chao1 Wen2 Zi4 – Hypertext

超人 – Chao1 Ren2 – Superman

Date: December 3rd, 2003
Cate: Video Games

Marble Mayhem

Marble Mayhem. Kind of like Super Monkey Ball.

Date: December 3rd, 2003
Cate: Regular

Meme watch

I am * made flesh

Date: December 2nd, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zheng1 – Jouney, Conquer

征服 – Zheng1 Fu2 – Take Over, Conquer

Continuing the long tradition of words of the day based on Sharena’s uncontrollable rage and violent streak: We were driving someplace this past weekend, and I asked her what she wants for Christmas. She quickly said “to take over THE ENTIRE PLANET!”

Recall that Sharena looks like this, so these sort of statements are extra funny:

Date: December 2nd, 2003
Cate: Video Games
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Super Mario Brothers Sheet Music

The best place for Nintendo sheet music is Brian’s Video Game Sheet Music. He’s got all the Mario themes, Zelda, Metroid and more. Here’s Mario:

Date: December 2nd, 2003
Cate: Regular
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Strange Synchronicity: Where’s Jorn?

Jorn Barger is the inventor of the term “weblog” and writer of robot wisdom, one of the longest running and most interesting weblogs out there. But he has been missing from the Internet for several months. Just today I started looking around to see what’s going on. I found his most recent Usenet post, made two months ago. I couldn’t find any later evidence of activity, and quickly gave up. He’s had absences before, and I figured he’d show up again eventually.

Then suddenly every weblogger on the planet started linking to this: Have you heard from Jorn Barger? Apparently he’s been missing from meat-space as well, for about two months. Today’s the day, apparently, that me and everybody else noticed.

UPDATE: Seems like he is fine, but is laying low for a while.

All I can add to previous post is that he made it pretty clear that Barger had asked to have his privacy respected. I gather in a somewhat abrasive manner, along the lines of, “I don’t have to to tell you squat. This is America.”

So move on, nothing to see here.

Date: December 2nd, 2003
Cate: Geekism

The 2003 Perl Advent Calendar

Back for 2003! (I wasn’t going to link this, but then I decided to, for tradition’s sake).

Date: December 2nd, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Jue2 – Cut Short, Extinct, Disappear, Vanish, Absolutely

殺絕 – Sha1 Jue2 – Kill Absolutely — Massacre

Tonight’s movie: Soul of the Sword. I’m not going to give away the ending, but I will say that A) I really liked it and 2) the Chinese title was 殺絕 – Sha1 Jue2 – Kill Absolutely — Massacre.

Date: December 1st, 2003
Cate: Kung Fu
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Get Yourself High – Starring the Venoms!

The Chemical Brothers are apparently smart enough to do this!!! They rule! The movie they used is Two Champions of Shaolin, which I mentioned the other day, as one of the really good movies where everybody dies in the end. In this video, they also all die, but they’re wearing headphones and boom boxes. Somehow.

Date: December 1st, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Liao2 – Chat

無聊 – Wu2 Liao2 – Without Chat — Boring, Bored

I finally finished Quicksilver. 很無聊!!!