August 31, 2009 § 2 Comments
I had a quite mortifying experience this past weekend and it took me a couple days to recover before I could write about it.
To be succinct, I set my building on fire.
Thankfully not literally, but it was still pretty bad. I was hanging out with some friends and we were making dinner together when we started our last dish of the night: tempura shrimp. For those of you who are not familiar with the art of tempura, you dip anything in batter and then deep fry.
It was my first time but I thought, how hard can it be? Well, turns out it really is an art! And one that I will not attempt in a lloonngg time. =( I didn’t have a traditional deep fryer so I just heated some oil in a pot. After waiting about ten minutes I guestimated that the temperature was fine and started plopping in items. Within a matter of seconds smoke had filled the kitchen. At first it wasn’t too bad but then it turned into a cloudy haze that prevented me from seeing the other side of the room clearly. I opened up all the windows and had the fan running but apparently that was not enough. Pretty soon the fire alarm went off with its loud, raucous, incessant beeping.
Normally that wouldn’t be too bad right? I mean, it’s definitely not an ideal situation but it’s nothing to cry over either. Well, there is one tiny but very significant detail you are missing out on. The building I was in looked like this:
It was a 27 story highrise, relatively new, and VERY occupied. Once our smoke detector went off we opened all the windows and doors to clear it out. BAD idea. The door opened to a closed hallway with no windows and very sensitive smoke detectors. Pretty soon the alarms for the whole building went off with a message that went like this, “BEEP BEEP BEEP! Warning, please evacuate the building….BEEP BEEP BEEP! Warning, please evacuate the building…”
… and it was all my fault.
I kept on apologizing over and over to my friends and I too embarrassed to tell the other (very annoyed) residents of the building why they had to evacuate. Nobody seemed too worried though and they knew that it was not an emergency situation. Nonetheless people came out with their pets and laptops until the alarm stopped ringing (a process that took at least an hour, probably two). A firetruck also came with five or six firemen dressed like this:
Hehe. Okay, just kidding. Dressed like this:
They were really nice though and only made fun of me a few times before going back to the fire station.
Moral of the story: Don’t try to deep fry with a pot in a poorly ventilated apartment unit.
**Author’s note: My condolences for the victims of the current raging fires in LA county. =/
August 30, 2009 § 1 Comment
Whenever I see an old high school friend who has gained a significant amount of weight, I always wonder if they are aware of their change in appearance. I honestly cannot tell just by looking in the mirror and since I don’t own a scale and can fit into pretty much the same clothes, I just assumed that I hadn’t gained weight. However, while looking back on past pictures there is a definite change in my face, at the very least. Losing muscle mass definitely changes your appearance even though you technically aren’t gaining weight.
It was a little surprising to me but I think it’s just part of life. Even if I dieted I doubt my appearance would change to what it was in high school and honestly, people’s bodies are not meant to stay in their 15 year old forms. For me, that initial shock really resonates within me whenever I see a person from my past. However, it fades in a matter of minutes. I think it’s better received (theoretically through social psychology) to go from chubby to normal than really skinny to normal…no matter how emaciated you first were.
August 29, 2009 § Leave a comment
I made this video last semester in my Entrepreneurship to Address Global Poverty course at UC Berkeley. Enjoy!
August 28, 2009 § 1 Comment
I made a twitter account today. For those of you that also use it, my user name is jokilydokily. I would have liked to use jokidoki but it was taken.
Why did I make a twitter? Well, it is a quite complicated story. I resisted from jumping on the bandwagon for a long time now, mostly because I didn’t see a need for another social networking site. I also tend to shy away from trendy things because of their transient nature and I find things unappealing when there is too much hype. Even after making a Twitter, I am still not convinced of its added value. It’s just like Facebook status updates, no? With less privacy controls. I don’t like how it shows everything I write to other people. Hehe. I’m sure I will be griping prolifically about Twitter once I actually start learning how to use it properly. But who knows, I may be extolling its virtues in a few days.
Anyway, the reason I made a twitter is simply to learn the ins and outs of how to use it because I realized today that it is useful knowledge to know when undertaking a marketing campaign.
Today I sat in a day full of meetings at a publishing house in San Francisco because the professor I am working with has written a book that will be launched in April. I find it fascinating to learn about the process of publishing not only from the author’s point of view, but also from the publishing house’s point of view. Although I do complain quite a bit about my current job (because of the paltry pay and ridiculous work load), I have to admit that I do get to partake in some unique experiences and meet some very interesting people. I don’t want to write too much about the details of the book deal because it is not my story to tell (not to mention I could get sued or fired), but basically a good portion of the meeting was dedicated to digital marketing. We talked about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, Stumble, RSS Feeds, and more. It was an eye opening experience for me because the average age of the meeting attendees was probably 45 years old and everyone but myself was Caucasian. I was surprised at how Internet savvy some of the staff members were.
For some reason I thought that only young people (or people working in the computer field) knew how to use the Internet. Hehe. Oops. And even though I knew times were changing, I didn’t think companies actually strategized Facebook and Twitter campaigns and invested a lot of time, money, and resources just for that cause. To me it is still a bit ridiculous but I suppose I have to accept it as part of the world I am working in right now.
Thus ends my Twitter story. Feel free to follow me, but like my blog, know that I am too PC to be very entertaining. =*( Darn my overwhelming sense of propriety! Ugh.
August 27, 2009 § 2 Comments
The Internet is such a fascinating but terrifying place. After googling myself I was horrified to discover that both my personal e-mail addresses can be found online. Facebook also shows much more information than I had imagined, although there are now more personalized privacy settings available. I suppose that I am somewhat lucky though and can more easily hide from cyber stalkers due to my ubiquitous surname.
After starting to learn more about the internet, it is even more terrifying to discover all the information that is floating around for crazy people to take. Allan likens the Internet to the Wild Wild West due to its chaotic nature and lack of structure. Nothing is secure and Big Brother is always watching.
That said, computer programming is such an amazing and useful skill to have. I’ve started to learn the basics simply for enrichment purposes but also because I find it fascinating. I predict that competent programmers will not have to worry about job security for the next 50 years. However, programming in general is an evolving field and any decent programmer will always be learning and adapting to the new times. Although I don’t envision myself becoming a real programmer I would one day like to have the skill set to facilitate achievements in my chosen career.
August 27, 2009 § 2 Comments
I vaguely remember coming across this blog a couple years ago but it wasn’t until I read excerpts of its published book that I grasped the incredible hilarity of it all. The satiric observations are so wonderfully apt of bay area yuppies that it particularly strikes home with me.
Here is the google books link: http://books.google.com/books?id=lWipWdrHsMwC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_navlinks_s#v=onepage&q=&f=false
I like the entries on Asian Girls and Nonprofits the best (from the blog listed above):
“#11 Asian Girls
95% of white males have at one point in their lives, experienced yellow fever. Many factors have contributed to this phenomenon such as guilt from head taxes, internment camps, dropping the Nuclear bomb and the Viet Nam War . This exchange works both ways as asian girls have a tendency to go for white guys. (White girls never go for asian guys. Bruce Lee and Paul Kariya’s dad are the only recorded instances in modern history). Asian girls often to do this to get back at their strict traditional fathers. There is also the option of dating black guys, but they know deep down that this would give their non-english speaking grandmother(s) a heart attack.
White men love asian women so much that they will go to extremes such as stating that Sandra Oh is sexy, teaching English in Asia, playing in a coed volleyball league, or attending institutions such as UBC or UCLA (please note that both schools’ colors of “blue” and “yellow” are intentional also the “A” in “UCLA” stand for “Asian” while the “B” in “UBC” stands for “Billion” try and figure out what the rest of the letters stand for). Another factor that draws white guys to asian women is that white women are jealous of them.
Take for instance the fact that asian women well into their 30s and 40s retain teen / college girl looks without the help of botox, yoga or a trendy diet (future posts). Asian women also avoid key white women characteristics such as having a mid life crisis, divorce, and hobbies that don’t involve taking care of the children (also future posts). Should white guy / asian girl marry, they produce hybrids that are atheistically pleasing, but are very annoying. This practice is also a means by which white people can catch up to the asian peoples in the population race, as most of the hybrids often act white rather than asian.”
“#12 Non-Profit Organizations
It is a known fact that white people make up 95% of non-profit organizations. They can’t get enough of them.
They like working there for a number of reasons, the most important of which is that it gives them a sense of self importance. This is important so that they can tell their friends and parents that they are “helping” society, and not just working to make money.
But the sweet side of non profits is that you are paid a competitive salary for your field. So you can be working at a non-profit and still make six figures, and you don’t have accountability or pressure. Again, like most things with white people – you can’t lose!”
They also have hilarious posts on San Francisco, camping, and more! However, if you are white and easily offended, I suggest you do not visit the website. =)