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Denver

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14:50 – I’m sitting at the Denver airport now; a combination of my own stupidity and an airline screw-up has left me in Denver for an 8 hour lay-over. Hmmm. Someone just walked by with a camo- backpack and a case shaped like a bow. He also has two hard cases, presumably with arrows in them. United Airlines overbooked the flight to Steamboat Springs, and then let the woman who had volunteered to give up her ticket onto the airplane instead of giving me the ticket. Mandy had already left their place to pick me up from the airport, too. :( Oh well. At least I got a an apology and a free ticket out of it. I also get to hang out with Rod for longer than just lunch, which will be nice. He’s on his way back here right now to pick me up. :)

19:25 – Take two! On my way now. Rod and My took me on a micro-tour of Denver, and we indulged in ice cream and Pho afterwards. :)

| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 31, 2002 18:28:58

abhi photos

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I forgot to post these photos from yesterday, so… here they are. :) (read more »)

| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 30, 2002 02:29:12

abhi, Alberto, Pine

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abhi wrote me an e-mail this morning, telling me he’d be in town for the day. It’s really wonderful to have a friend drop in for 12 hours — a nice, unexpected surprise. :) While he (and peter, jeremy, and karine) were here, we discovered a disturbing bug in Pine. If you are reading an RTF e-mail with a url that spans longer than one line (and therefore is wrapped), the character preceeding the wrapping will often be cut off from view. This means that if you cut & paste the two-line url, you will lose a character. Stupid pine! Click here for an image of the bug — the missing character is “3″.

Alberto Parrini just moved here, so I took him to Japan-town for dinner.

I’m tired now. G’night! Oh yes. I’m featured in the first issue of a new magazine that comes out in a few days. I can’t wait to see it. :) (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 29, 2002 01:48:13

Blocking people

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I often feel that “assault” is the right word for being contacted by different types of communication media at the same time. There’s only so much I can take when two phones ring at the same time — while receiving or sending a new e-mail message.

For the first time in my life, I blocked a non-spammer from sending me e-mail. He had some beef with me about an ebay auction, and was pretty rude about it. Who cares?? If you don’t like an auction, don’t bid on it. I indirectly called him “over-zealous” in a reply (just before I blocked him), which I’m sure he didn’t appreciate. He probably had a great come-back, but I will never see it. You know what? I don’t care, and it feels great! (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 26, 2002 12:30:56

Canadians

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I’ve eaten food from the local Chinese restaurant for three meals, straight. Hmmm. I’m annoyed that floors aren’t always level. With Peter‘s help, I installed something PERFECTLY level, according to gravity. However, it appears that my loft floor isn’t exactly level, so the appliance appears to be 1/4″ lower on one side. :(

Totally unrelated (which seems to be the theme of this entry): I can’t wait to cut my Tivo off from the telephone. 802.11b rocks!

John (Bad Bad Man) sent these photos out to a bunch of us (Canada jokes have been flying around since we all met Todd).

This is totally going to break the layout of this page, but I’m too lazy to make another one, just to hold these images. :) (read more »)

| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 23, 2002 14:42:09

Jittering OCD

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I am extremely jittery from Vietnamese coffee! Both Vienna and Adam came over today (separately — one for each meal ;) ; they both helped me rearrange two spaces in my house (you know, to appease my OCD). It looks much more open now. I took most of the day off from work. Back to the grind, tomorrow. Luckily, I am very excited about our new project. :) (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 19, 2002 12:40:33

Night Working

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Worked until 2:30am. Exciiiiiting! I did, however, get to grab dinner with Wendy, and this morning I finally sat down and typed out answers to interview questions for a U.K. digital photo magazine article. I also tried to go to Adam’s photo opening, but I thought it was taking place at the wrong time. :( Sucks. I really, really feel like I’m back in school. (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 17, 2002 03:07:03

32562 images

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I’m in the process of backing up all of the non-travel digital photos I have taken. It just fits onto a single 33GB tape. Insane. 33 gigabytes of life – 32562 images, so far. The travel photos take up another 21 gigabytes (22,000 images). It’s not entirely accurate, since I often output each image optimized for multiple resolutions, but it’s still a lot of bits.

I can’t believe I missed the Perseid meteor showers this year. It’s the first time in YEARS that I have missed them. I suppose I was just too distracted this time around. :(



Now I’m really going to bed.

| link | trackb | 5 comments » | Aug 16, 2002 02:19:32

Fergus

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Just walked in the door after working all afternoon and evening. I feel like I’m in college again: fun projects, working with my same coding partner, with no set hours. Err… except that our dorm rooms are a little nicer these days. :) We used to tag-team code at Sweet Hall. I would sleep — head down on the keyboard of a Sun workstation — until woken up for my shift. hehehe.

Someone came to my place this morning to claim my big television. It took four of us about an hour to ge the thing downstairs, and it barely fit into the UHAUL van. Scary! If it hadn’t fit, we would have been very upset. It would have been horrible!

Kenny called yesterday. I looked down at my ringing phone and proclaimed loudly, “Oh, my god!” I really didn’t expect to see “Kenny Liu” pop up on caller-id. He’s been MIA for months now (with the exception of a post or two on his web journal). Sophie was nice and didn’t make me feel awkward for taking advantage of the situation to talk to him for a few minutes.

Oh. I got to play with a very cute puppy this morning. VERY cute. :) (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 16, 2002 01:57:47

Computers suck

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My tape drive didn’t work out of the box. In fact, it never worked, so I have to drive it down to San Jose tomorrow for a replacement. Grrrr.

And, my 2nd machine was taken to be used as a server, so all of my peripherals are now attached to my main, dual-processor machine. And those of you out there who own dualies know that lots of peripherals (and, therefore, drivers) make them very unhappy. Stuff is starting to break.

I installed Yahoo! Messenger beta on my notebook computer. BAD idea. It failed silently. So, I installed the normal version, which started doing Very Bad Things when I tried to send messages (IE popups with error messages in them). After 30 minutes (installing and deleting stuff), I found the following lines in the install log:

Could not Self-Register: C:PROGRA~1Yahoo!MessengerYServer.exe
Self-Register: C:Program FilesYahoo!Messengerstock.dll
Self-Register: C:Program FilesYahoo!Messengerft.dll
Could not Self-Register: C:PROGRA~1Yahoo!MessengerYPager.exe
Could not Self-Register: C:PROGRA~1Yahoo!MessengerYmsgr_tray.exe

And so, I opened a command line window and typed in the following:

C:Program FilesYahoo!Messenger>ypager -regserver
C:Program FilesYahoo!Messenger>yserver -regserver
C:Program FilesYahoo!Messenger>ymsgr_tray -regserver

And… now it works. How are normal, non CS-dork people supposed to keep their machines running??

Hmmm. Zaru soba with Sophie –> a bit of cello –> a bit of piano. I’m ready for bed now, after a nice evening.

| link | trackb | 5 comments » | Aug 14, 2002 23:11:50

Magic Candle

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I was walking around on Grand Ave. (in Oakland) this afternoon with my sister, and we happened upon a little computer parts store (you know, where locals bring their computer to be fixed when things start crashing). We wandered in, and I saw… on the shelf… THE MAGIC CANDLE III! I played them when they were released back in 1990-1992, and remember being really immersed in the world they created. It is bringing back a specific, narrow nostalgia that only that game could invoke. Strange, that computer games can invoke such things. Hmmm. I seem to remember that I was playing simultaneously with Eugene Hung. I think he finished before I did.

I got to hang out with Elliot this evening — it was the first time I’ve seen him in months, since I’ve been away on the opposite coast. It’s good to be back. :) (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 14, 2002 01:46:58

Just Pics

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Yep. –> (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 12, 2002 23:54:15

Vienna Teng

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I took Charlotte, Wendy, and my uncle to see Vienna Teng perform in Saratoga tonight. I hadn’t heard her sing in a long time, and it was nice to see the “usuals” still there supporting her. Although… these days, you have to get to the venue early to get a seat. Even her mom was unable to get into to her last performance! I suppose we should just get used to it; it’s looking like it will only get worse. :) (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 11, 2002 01:54:49

Charlotte’s Visit

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My cousin Charlotte is in town with her dad checking out local colleges. We’ve been having a good time hanging out. :) I’m extremely tired, but I wanted to post some photos, anyway. Also, see the private, family photo page, if you have the proper credentials.

Oh — totally unrelated: If you use yahoo for email, check out this cool, free way to check your email using POP3. Now, the photos: (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 11, 2002 01:51:51

Back!

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Hanging out in SOMA with Peter now. I found myself in northbound SF traffic on the 101 this morning. Driving again feels funny. Hmmm. The Mercury News article about Vienna Teng says that the photo was taken by a “Dai Sugano”, but it was taken by ME, almost exactly between where I live and where she lives. Robbed of a photo credit. I should sue for emotional damages! Just kidding.

I have many plans, now that I am back. Interesting enough, all of them are superficial. I almost liked it better when I was away — effectively having ownership of nothing but my computer and my camera… er… and my dive gear… and my underwater photo gear. :) I miss some aspects of New York already. It’s too bad I can’t take everyone I want to spend time with and shoe-horn them into one place. That would be very nice.

| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 8, 2002 20:03:33

Beautiful day

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“You know, I keep thinking I’m seeing you for the last time, and then I see you again.” – Haeyoung

Last full day here! It was beautiful; the sky was a clear blue, and colors seemed to pop out for the first time in… as long as my memory will allow me to remember vividly. The clouds paraded in the sky, squished into a fluffy horizontal plane. I took some photos from Pat’s SOHO apartment before having dinner with Victor in Little Italy.

In the evening, Ai-jen and I took a leisurely 12:30am stroll, walking Haeyoung home to wherever it is she lives. I still have no idea where I am when out in Jackson Heights, since I’m always following someone else whenever we go anywhere. Looks like I won’t be able to become more familiar with it until I return at some point… (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 6, 2002 23:59:01

Wrapping up

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I just returned from providing UPS another opportunity to destroy my computer. It is really, really difficult to move large boxes in this city! Basically, I paid a nice man $30 to drive me to and from the Staples in Forest Hill with a huge box hanging out of the trunk. The woman at the entrance looked at me like I was crazy.

I was supposed to be back in San Francisco yesterday, but I have a few things to wrap up before I leave, so I’m still here. I’m finding that I am starting to really like this city, though. I should make sure to get out here for frequent visits. :)

A storm is approaching. More thunder and lightning! Hopefully, no one will die this time; Graham tells me that someone was killed by lightning in the West Village last Friday!

I wish I was going to have a bit of a break upon being reunited with the West Coast. It looks like that isn’t going to happen. :(

| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 5, 2002 18:52:22

Food and Game

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All I did today was eat (Taiwanese food in Flushing), play Baldur’s Gate II, and eat again (Korean food in K-town). What a nice day. :) Oh, and we went to a nice shipping place in Long Island City to buy a box for shipping my computer back. I hope UPS doesn’t break it again. :) (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 3, 2002 22:53:56

Angie, Sophie, Pat

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THUNDERSTORM! Man. The clouds behaved ominously today: dark fingers creeping down from the north. Scary!

After having a celebratory 1/2 beer with Graham, I went to eat juicy burgers in the East Village with Pat, and it started to rain and thunder (rain — in droplets large enough to be explicitly distracting when they struck) on our way home. Nash sent me a page entitled “Laws of Anime,” that is worth reading. It’s funny.

I am thoroughly exhausted. I was so tired this morning that my head would spin whenever I lifted my head. Some pics –> (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 2, 2002 21:04:55

Tony and Bar

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Worked 14 hours yesterday, and then went out with Tony to celebrate having taken NY’s State Bar Exam. Now, very tired. Must… finish… project… Jen, Sophie, and Angie are all visiting right now, too. Wendy just wrote me to tell me that Justin was on NPR today! As usual, some photos (not NPR related. :)–> (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Aug 1, 2002 14:25:14
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