Sunday, July 30, 2006

Posting from Alaska's friendliest ghost town!

'Nuff said.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

So Gone

Going camping with a couple of friends. Will do my best to not die. Enjoy life. :)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Memory World Is a Strange Place

It'll never end.

I don't think my conclusions about patents have really changed at all, looking back. But price-fixing, jail terms, patent infringements, appeals, you name it. The memory world really is a topsy turvy banana republic, isn't it?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

This book is AWESOME

When Hudson Taylor originally sought Maria Dyer's hand in marriage, there was a big uproar from their Western contemporaries. He had no education, no credentials, lived a questionable lifestyle, and made a fool of himself wearing Chinese clothing. This particular passage describes some conversations that occurred after Hudson Taylor received a particularly cruel letter from the woman who believed she had to "protect" Maria. Please note that John Burdon was to marry Maria's older sister, Burella.
One remark of Russell's explained much of the opposition though scarcely condoning the cruelty: 'If you go home to England and take a medical degree, or be ordained, we should all take you by the hand'. John Burdon, as her future brother-in-law and Taylor's friend, told Maria that a few months before in Shanghai Taylor 'was most exercised on the point whether it was not his duty to go home and remove his anomalous position either by taking his diploma as a medical man or receiving ordination... He felt keenly then that as he said he was nothing and I strongly advised him, as well as others who highly valued him as a missionary brother, to go home for a short time. Now, I think his affection for you is another call to him to pursue this course and if he is unwilling for your sake to do it, I would think him unworthy of your heart and hand. Both of you are young yet, and neither would be losers but, believe me, a great gainer by this deferring of the matter for two or three years... I do not say give him up. I do not dwell on the little peculiarities or faults that I may have noticed in him.'

Maria's answer showed the spirit of the girl: 'I would wait if he went home in order to increase his usefulness. But is he to leave his work in order to gain a name for the sake of marrying me? If he loves me more than Jesus he is not worthy of me - if he were to leave the Lord's work for the world's honour, I would have nothing further to do with him.' 'She is a noble girl,' was Hudson's comment.
Their story is crazy good. :) So now I love two women. Maria Dyer and Elizabeth Bennet.

I practiced my Mandarin today at T&T because the woman behind the counter couldn't speak much English. Ouch, it was painful, but I managed. Wo yao ershisi ge baozi. Keyi ma? It was my turn to get snacks for the team at work.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Oh yeah, I'm a superhero now

I thought I'd try to explain why someone would try to assassinate me using a can of Diet Coke.

You see, I've been learning how to become a superhero because amcal got me this. The only thing I can say that it's tough to do all your crimefighting at night and still be awake during the day. I wonder how the true professionals really do it.... @@

I guess I should explain where I got the quote. I am currently reading Hudson Taylor and Maria: A Match Made in Heaven, by John Pollock. It's an amazing tale about Hudson Taylor's call to serve in China and work among a people alien to him because he felt that's where God placed his heart. The quote was taken from one of his letters home. There was uncanny discouragement for him, but in the end, he realized that patience is indeed a virtue. Don't people warm and break your heart at the same time when they demonstrate their patience to you? That happened to me today.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

One-Hit Wonders

They had one hit single, and they couldn't sing all that well either. But whoever directed the music video did a crazy good job, no?

Will one-hit wonders never cease?

Quote of the Day

At home you can never know what it is to be alone - absolutely alone, amidst thousands, as you can in a Chinese city, without one friend, one companion, everyone looking on you with curiosity, with contempt, with suspicion or with dislike. Thus to learn what it is to be despised and rejected of men - of those you wish to benefit, your motives not understood but suspected - thus to learn what it is to have nowhere to lay your head, and then to have the love of Jesus applied to your heart by the Holy Spirit - His holy, self-denying love, which led Him to suffer this and more than this - for me; this is precious, this is worth coming for.

Hudson Taylor
Ore ha hitori deha nai. Mattaku, ore ha hontou ni ijirashikatta ne. Shourai ha mada wakaranaindesu kara, motto Kami-sama no chikara o shinjite kudasai. Omae baka.

It's real

The trailer was the real thing.

I'll put Daniel's criticisms aside and not discuss the NASA equipment. I'm no expert on them. :) But I will note that the trailer on the official website says that the thing is the "Beagle 2 Mars Rover". I'm not sure what it said in the first copy of the trailer I posted.

You know, thinking about it again, it's hard to imagine Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay attaching their names to a poorly made movie. This gives me some reason to hope that it will look better than the Power Rangers TV series. But I'm still not holding my breath. :(