Archive for September, 2005

Date: September 30th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Fei1 – Not, Un-

非常 – Fei1 Chang2 – Not Common — Unusual, Exceptional

Date: September 29th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Jiu3 – Leek

Not to be confused with – Lou4 – Leak.

Date: September 29th, 2005
Cate: Geekism

GILAD BRACHA HAS WEBLOG!

It’s called Computational Theology. It only took about a year!

Date: September 29th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Gui1 – Silicon

硅谷 – Gui1 Gu3 – Silicon Valley

The Simpsons are going to Silicon Valley! We’ll be in San Jose on October 19th for Trolltech Developer Days, and then in that area looking for stuff to do until the following Sunday. Any suggestions? (I think the comments are now fixed, by the way.)

Date: September 27th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Nong2 – Concentrated, Dense

濃縮咖啡 – Nong2 Suo4 Ka1 Fei1 – Concentrated Reduced Coffee – Espresso

Where would be a logical place to find a Chinese/English coffee-related-terms dictionary? starbucks.com.tw, that’s where.

Date: September 26th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Chi4 – Left Step

And of course – Chu4 – Right Step.

Date: September 25th, 2005
Cate: Geekism
1 msg

The Internet’s Heartbeat

This is acutally kind of old, but I haven’t seen it before. It’s the distribution of Google searches over the course of a single day (August 14th, 2003).

Date: September 25th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Mao4 – Luxuriant

宮本茂Shigeru Miyamoto

Date: September 25th, 2005
Cate: Video Games
1 msg

Miyamoto trip wrap-up

That was as close as we ever got to Miyamoto at the Nintendo World event today. With my silver Wavebird for him to sign, we got there about 90 minutes before the event was supposed to start. We found a line of hundreds, maybe a thousand, some who had obviously stayed overnight. We took our place at the end of the line and waited.

I missed out on probably the biggest Nintendo DS wireless gaming session EVER, because I don’t have a DS. But I was eavesdropping on several people who were participating in insane PictoChat sessions, and got some information on progress at the front of the line that way. Nintendo gave out free water and pizza to everybody waiting, which was really nice.

Eventually people starting coming out who had seen him! Several had him sign Nintendo T-Shits, controllers, games, and instruction manuals. “He’s so nice!” “Good luck you guys!” “He’s still signing, you have a chance!” The line moved forward at a near glacial pace. I went to check out the head of the line, it snaked into the store and then up some stairs and disappeared into the second floor. Can’t even see him!

Around 1:30, people coming out were saying “It’s all over, he’s left already.” NOOOO!!!! I went up to the front of the line again to see what was going on. Somehow, just at that moment, MIYAMOTO CAME TO THE WINDOW! I was among the first to notice him there, waved, and he waved back! I tried to quickly get a cameraphone picture, but it didn’t really come out! The rest of the crowd realized he was there, and surged forward. He kept waving, and eventually apologetically moved away from the window.

At this point the crowd was completely out of control, blocking the street, just trying to get a glimpse. Jenny joined me, and when he came back to the window again for an encore, she got a few pretty good pictures and even a movie of him waving. He’s just as cute and goofy in real life as he looks in pictures, and seemed to really be enjoying the crowd. He waved, gave several multi-thumbs up, and pumped his fists to get the crowd going. “NIN-TEN-DO! NIN-TEN-DO!” and “REV-O-LU-TION! REV-O-LU-TION!” chants started, but eventually he did move away from the window again, and didn’t come back. I assume he left through some sort of mushroom-powered airship or possibly a green underground pipe, because we never saw him come out.

So, final tally: Almost four hours waiting. One grainy picture…. of Shigeru Miyamoto! MISSION: SUCCESS! Also, we got to try this dumpling place Jenny wanted to go to:

By the way, Joystiq has a pretty nice post covering the whole event, including a much better picture of the guy who got his Power Glove signed, which I think is pretty much the coolest thing to have him sign ever.

Date: September 25th, 2005
Cate: Mobile

Miyamoto-san!

Date: September 25th, 2005
Cate: Mobile
2 msgs

Signed Power Glove!!!

Date: September 25th, 2005
Cate: Mobile

Free pizza!

Date: September 25th, 2005
Cate: Mobile

The line to see Miyamoto



Four blocks long, and we’re at the end!

Date: September 25th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Tao2 – Escape, Run, Flee

The song that I thought was saying 我的心想他 – Wo3 De5 Xin1 Xiang3 Ta1 – My Heart Misses Him actually was saying 我的心想 – Wo3 De5 Xin1 Xiang3 Tao2My Heart Wants To Flee!

Date: September 24th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
1 msg

– Zai4 – Over, Carry

過載 – Guo4 Zai4 – Exceed Carry — Overload

I have now reached over 10,000 unread items in my feed reader! Specifically, I have ten thousand, two hundred and ninety-eight.

At Gmail, I have 2,179 unread messages.

At minutillo.com email, I have 1,141 unread messages.

I have so many unmoderated comments at this weblog that when I go to the moderation screen I get this:

SELECT * FROM bk_comments WHERE comment_approved = ‘0′
WordPress database error: [MySQL client ran out of memory]

Luckily for me, I’m completely caught up with my $SECRET_PROJECT at $WORK. But unluckily for all of you, I’ve let everything else slide for the time being. Sorry if I haven’t been responsive!

Date: September 22nd, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
1 msg

– Tai2 – Desk, Table

檯球 – Tai2 Qiu2 – Table Ball — Billiards

Date: September 22nd, 2005
Cate: Regular
1 msg

Traffic

Good news: The construction at the first area where I get stuck in traffic every day is almost done. They think they’ll finish at the end of this year!

Bad news: The construction at the second area where I get stuck in traffic every day will not even start until 2009… and complete in THE AMAZING YEAR TWENTY FIFTEEN which barely even sounds like a real date.

Date: September 21st, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Cang1 – Cabin

艙口 – Cang1 Kou3 – Cabin Mouth — Hatch

Date: September 20th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Feng1 – Bee

熊蜂 – Xiong2 Feng1 – Bear Bee — Bumblebee

Date: September 19th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Ci4 – Thorn, Prick, Jab

Pointy prickly things are 刺刺的 – Ci4 Ci4 De5.

Date: September 18th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
1 msg

– Shang3 – Appreciate, Admire

賞月 – Shang3 Yue4 – Admire Moon

You can’t see it but in this picture we’re all outside eating 柚子, 月餅, and Chris’s special chocolate sandwiches while admiring the moon. Happy 中秋節!

Date: September 18th, 2005
Cate: Mobile

Final moon

Date: September 18th, 2005
Cate: Mobile

Moon second try

Date: September 18th, 2005
Cate: Mobile

Admiring the Moon

Date: September 18th, 2005
Cate: Mobile

Potato harvest



At Chris and Ellen’s

Date: September 18th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– You2 – Like, As If

猶太 – You2 Tai4 – Jewish

猶太人 – You2 Tai4 Ren2 – Jewish Person

Date: September 17th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Jie4 – Boundary

世界 – Shi4 Jie4 – World Boundary — World

你好 – Ni3 Hao3 – You Good — Hello

你好,世界! – Ni3 Hao3, Shi4 Jie4! – Hello, World!

Date: September 15th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
1 msg

– Ou1 – Europe

北歐海盜 – Bei3 Ou1 Hai3 Dao4 – North Europe Sea Bandit — Viking

Date: September 14th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Dan1 – Red

丹麥 – Dan1 Mai4 – Denmark

Date: September 14th, 2005
Cate: Regular

jwz: Where’s my celebrity D&D?

For the pilot episode: Wil Wheaton, Puff Daddy, Michael Madsen, and Lindsay Lohan.

I guess if you don’t see the total perfection in a dimwitted starlet who’s already washed up at the ripe old age of 19 playing Dungeons and Dragons on TV, I can’t explain it to you.

UPDATE: Truth is awesomer than fiction:

From: Wil Wheaton <wil@wilwheaton.net>
To: jwz@jwz.org
Subject: Celebrity D&D

Hey,

No joke: I helped some guys from Upright Citizen’s Brigade pitch this to Comedy Central. We did a live version for them at the Comedy Central Workspace earlier this year.

It was AWESOME, and hilarious, and I got to sit close enough to Paget Brewster to pretend that she was in love with me, but CC didn’t pick it up.

There’s a tape of it, that should /really/ find its way to the internets.

Date: September 13th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
1 msg

– Juan4 – Roll, Sweep

卷雲 – Juan4 Yun2 – Sweep Cloud — Cirrus

Unfortunately, I’m too lazy to look up THE ULTIMATE CHINESE/ENGLISH CLOUD TRANSLATION PAGE WITH PICTURES AND EVERYTHING. Oh, wait, no I’m not.

Date: September 12th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Mo4 – Suds, Froth

泡沫 – Pao4 Mo4 – Bubble Froth — Foam

Date: September 12th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Weng1 – Buzz (onomatopoeia)

Got a haircut today. 嗡嗡嗡~~~

Date: September 11th, 2005
Cate: Mobile

Ping Guo

Jenny and San Miao

Date: September 11th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Wei4 – Guard

衛星 – Wei4 Xing1 – Guard Star — Satellite

定位 – Ding4 Wei4 – Determine Position — Location

系統 – Xi4 Tong3 – System Whole — System

衛星定位系統 – Wei4 Xing1 Ding4 Wei4 Xi4 Tong3 – Satellite Location System – Global Positioning System

Date: September 10th, 2005
Cate: Mobile
3 msgs

New Haven



>From sleeping giant state park

Date: September 9th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Tian2 – Sweet

甜不辣 – Tian2 Bu4 La4 – Tempura

Cheesecake Tempura? What will they think of next?

Date: September 8th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Dian4 – Indigo

靛青 – Dian4 Qing1 – Indigo Blue — Indigo

Ever try doing Google image searches for colors?

Date: September 7th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Fei4 – Waste, Consume, Fee

費爾菲爾德 – Fei4 Er3 Fei1 Er3 De2 – Fairfield

Fairfield is where this guy is from, where I used to go to visit Jenny during the summer, and where I work now.

Date: September 6th, 2005
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
2 msgs

– Hao2 – Grand, Heroic

豪豬 – Hao2 Zhu1 – Grand Pig — Porcupine