Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Before I started blogging, looked for blogs centered around specific subjects. I was planning on going to China with my friend, so I looked about blogs about China. One of the first blogs I found was Sinosplice. Sinosplice had one of the key features of a blog according to Blood; It linked to several other blogs. I looked at a few other blogs on the list, but only one interested me. Leylop's blog looked interesting and engaging so I spent time reading her site. However, both Sinosplice and Leylop's blog didn't fit Blood's description of a blog. They resembled journals or diaries instead. Other "blogs" I found also functioned like diaries/journals.
Then I remembered another part in Blood's book about a dispute between the new and old bloggers over what a blog is. Both sides said that it had a real blog and the other did not. So what is a blog? Leo Laporte said something like "an easy way to create a website; that's really what a blog is." Does it really matter what you write in a blog as long as it entertains or teaches people? Many bloggers do entertain others with their lives. One couple, who live ordinary lives, entertain people with their daily lives (warning: comment deleters). It reminds me of a reality TV show where you get to see details of people's lives filtered by TV crews, only this time you read about their lives filtered by themselves.
Other bloggers interweave details about their lives and with several links to external sources. Anjipatchwork and KEC Journal do this.
So what should I blog? Just whatever I want to I guess, even if it does sound like a diary/journal. This is something I wanted to avoid, though. Just the thought of entertaining people about my business was absurd since I would not be getting paid for it. But I guess I could get paid for it if I sold my space to advertisers (with a blogger/blogspot pro account of course). I'm in capitalist mode now, but when I get out of it I'll just want this blog for me and really nobody else. I've just discovered the blockquote tag so there'll probably be more articles.
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Link via Call For Help
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
The Japanese's electronics are more advanced than ours and they're not sharing everything. I think they're keeping their toys just so they can taunt and make us jealous. Big GPS navigators with pictures of buildings and a first-person view! This product will debut in the U.S. in 2007, costing around $12,000. Image via Joi's moblog
Sunday, December 21, 2003
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Saturday, December 13, 2003
Link via Joi Ito
Friday, December 12, 2003
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Tuesday, December 09, 2003
It was a pretty uninformative debate, and nobody really learned anything. It's hard to say what you want to say, and it's even harder to say it well. After the debate, I figured out who can do this and who can't. When I look up things on google, several blogs show up on in the results.
I'm not going to China because we can't fit it in the schedule. The schedule is made up of time, money, interest, and knowledge. It's not too late to book a flight to China, but we would've liked to have more time The U.S. dollar's tanking, making travel more expensive, and we like to save money. Also, I'm not as interested in going to China as I was before, and my mom probably didn't care as much as I did in the first place. I think she wants to go to Brazil instead. We don't know anything about traveling to China and I don't have time to find out everything I want to, so going unprepared is not smart. I'll get to go some other time.
Saturday, December 06, 2003
Friday, December 05, 2003
Monday, December 01, 2003
Thursday, November 27, 2003
I'm going to get an account because I'm way too lazy to add new blogs and links to my sidebar. And, not every site I go to is XML-syndicated so I can't easily check to see if they've been updated. With a blogrolling account, I should be able to see when any blog is updated. We'll see.
A Political Career
If you want to work for the Govenator, you need to fill out an application. A good education and experience will help, but I think that a good reputation's more valuable. A good reputation, clean record, and nothing that would "would cause an embarrassment to you and/or the administration," and you'll be set.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Sunday, November 23, 2003
Naw, I'd rather go to school some more than be a housewife. Are the only options to get a high priced and valuable education to get a high paying job, or get a mediocre education and get a regular 9-to-5 or longer? How does one make the right decision if the state of the bourgeoisie is unknown? Well, why be limited by the U.S.? I could leave America and go live in another country. But where to go?
I want to live in a place that has a high standard of living, access to anything and everything, and plenty of things to do. I, like the average American, am spoiled. But to have all this and more takes tons of hard work, and if you don't do it, then you don't get it.
Hopefully bourgeoisie society stays in tact in America and I won't have to worry about any of this crazy stuff. Get a good education, job, and die wealthy. Is that what America's about?
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Sunday, November 16, 2003
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
"You must remember this, a kiss is still a
kiss". Your romance is Casablanca. A
classic story of love in trying times, chock
full of both cynicism and hope. You obviously
believe in true love, but you're also
constantly aware of practicality and societal
expectations. That's not always fun, but at
least it's realistic. Try not to let the Nazis
get you down too much.
What Romance Movie Best Represents Your Love Life?
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Tuesday, November 11, 2003
If you don't mind the German, get Safaqua. If a bilingual Safari bothers you, then be wary of installing Safaqua.
Panther is crashing and I don't know why. AOL Instant Messenger, iChat, Word, and Safari have crashed. This didn't happen in Jaguar and it's hard to return to the days of frequent application crashes. Safari crashes the most, so maybe using a different browser would help. I'm thinking about a Mozilla browser like Camino(?). As for the rest of the programs, I'm hoping that future Panther releases fix the crashing.
I think, "Oh, I can't wait till after Tuesday when I'll be done with my math test," or "I just have to make it through Thursday so I don't have start my journal early." I think these things and hours become minutes, days become hours. I'm 18 going on 35 and my life is going whizzing before my eyes.
Since nobody cares about the Official Blog of the United States and everybody cares about Jessica, this'll be the official blog of Jessica. What Jessica people are actually searching for, I'm not sure. If you visit here looking for a different Jessica, I'll add more links when I find some time, so maybe you'll find what you're looking for there.
Friday, November 07, 2003
That is why I don't like spending a lot of time reading the news. Each news site presents a different perspective on the same topic and it can be confusing to figure out what is really going on. Many of the journalists are good writers that can present a convincing argument and make good seem like evil and vice versa. Once I sift through all the bias, I have to read another article from a different news site and do the same.
Some people can do this every day; they read fast enough and are able to sort facts from fluff. I don't want to do this, but I don't want to be shut out from what's really going on. I need to find a reliable news source that isn't going to cloud their articles with self-interest bias. What's a good fair and balanced news site?
I haven't used all of the features yet, but overall I'm pleased. I think it is well worth the price and anybody who liked Jaguar will like Panther even more.
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Monday, November 03, 2003
Saturday, November 01, 2003
I'm somewhere in between these poles. I get my homework done on time, spending most of my free time doing it. I do manage to make room for television and the internet, but little else. Rarely, I'll have a history journal completed before Thursday night and if I find out that I spent hours on math homework due a day later I'll be upset. The feeling of getting work done ahead of time is desirable to me, but not to the point of sacrificing boob tube and mind wandering idleness. I am somewhat of a procrastinator, but I do not and cannot stay up late doing work. My addiction prevents me from doing so.
While the addiction itself is a choice, it can creep up on those who do not wish to be addicted to homework. Approving of, liking, and enjoying homework have little to do with the addiction, although this is a rare side-effect. One may do things like skip out on going to the movies on a school night to do a chemistry lab, while others will refuse to schedule non-homework related events on Saturdays or Sundays. These are the first signs of addiction, and if they continue for more than two week, a person is diagnosed addicted to homework.
The side-effects of addiction can be positive, negative, or both. Positive side-effects are receiving high marks, extra free time, and acceptance to ivy league institutions. Negative side-effects include losing friends (good friends), abandonment of family, and forgetfulness of the definition of fun. People may possess a combination of these, so counseling is advised to maintain positive effects only.
If you know someone who is battling homework addiction's negative side-effects, have her play Grand Theft Auto III or watch Fine Living channel. Anything else the typifies the anti-homework is acceptable too.
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Monday, October 27, 2003
Also, since Gates' personal wealth has been declining, I think we need to start some kind of fund to help him out. How much would each American have to contribute so that he has $100 billion again?
I still think that I'll be buying to new operating system, unless more software (games) is made for the Mac. Windows Media Center looks tempting too, so I may buy one of those PCs when the one I have now dies. Apple may come out with it's own media center-type OS though, and it may be better than the Windows version because Apple's good with a/v stuff.
Saturday, October 25, 2003
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
I am no expert on Christianity, but I think that when Jesus is depicted in art he's not supposed to be any specific person. Taking hip-hop artists, presidents, or anybody and depicting them as Jesus or any other religious icon is a supposed to mean something about that person in relation to the religion. If the depiction is supposed to mean that Tupac is Jesus or a Buddha, then that is morally wrong because it is against religious teaching.
Tom Sanford is unquestionably talented, but I am not sure what message he is trying to deliver through his work. I am further confused by his website (I think it's his website, and I cannot see any of the pictures for some reason). It appears that he does not know about the real conditions of the various ethnic and racial groups in America in the past and present.
As more people become familiar with his work, more will comment and hopefully his work won't be taboo in America.
Monday, October 20, 2003
I guess part of the reason why the Bureau of Engraving is not doing anything drastic is tradition. American money is green and black with old white men and Roman style buildings. Anything different and it would be heresy.
The Bureau just needs to forget about tradition and try something radical. See through money, holograms, primary colors, and new people would all be great things to try for U.S. currency.
If those things don't work out, then that's okay, try something different. What ever happened to the Sacagawea coins? I liked those coins, and I think other people did too. Were the coins too pretty? Were people collecting them rather than spending them? Naw. They just disappeared! May that's why the Bureau of Engraving and the Mint don't want to do anything wild anymore.
Sure there's the state quarters, where each state gets a quarter that is unique to itself, but I haven't seen any I like so far. Also, those are only coined for a limited time so people (including my mom) are just collecting these coins to own some history. People should be able to own a nicer piece of history rather than just peach coins, corn coins, horse coins, etc.
I have so many big plans for U.S. currency, I should work at the mint or something. However, being around money has its consequences as illustrated by the Discovery Channel's program on the Loomis Fargo bank robbery (almost obsolete online).
Saturday, October 18, 2003
It may seem like I've turned into a domesticity freak, but I'm looking for two things: sheets that last for 20 years+, and darker sheets that don't look like they're dirty when they really are (I just hate washing sheets).
This is what happens when you watch too much Martha Stewart. If I go broke decorating rooms, this what I'll blame it on.
Friday, October 17, 2003
I'm not sure what to make about this viewpoint, but I want to know if anybody who has this opinion can help me understand what it means.
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Sunday, October 12, 2003
Both Mac and Windows are great with the internet. Most of the websites I visit are formatted for Windows, but that doesn't stop me from using the Mac. The problem that I have is that major companies have Windows and Mac version of their websites, but the Mac version doesn't look as good. Yahoo! is one site that has all this great video stuff on the Windows version, but they cut all that stuff out on the Mac version. I think they're just being lazy and don't want to create a nice website for the Mac people out there. This has nothing to do with lack of capability of Macs, it's probably just uneconomical for the companies I guess.
Watching DVD's on a Mac is just better than with a PC. I think this has something to do with InterActual Player. This program is a terrible program with so many bugs in it that I just avoid it all together. DVD's have special features that only work on the PC (most special features work fine on the Mac), but InterActual is so bad I just skip over them. I think I need another DVD player for the PC.
Burning CD's is really easy with both platforms. Data CD's burn nicely on both platforms, but music CD's are different. iTunes makes everything easy, while the 5 million programs on the PC all need to be learned after each disk. I just use iTunes; the Mac is better in this field.
Instant messaging is another case where it's uneconomical for the programmers to make a good client for the Mac. I can do the basic things, but the PC versions are full featured. I use AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, and iChat (AOL IM client designed for the Mac) but I can't do voice chat with any of them except iChat. iChat's brand new and buggy, and I can only do voice chat with other iChat users (just my mom). AIM claims that it's Mac version has a voice chat, but it's nowhere to be found (others can't find it either). The PC wins because of the extra features.
I use Microsoft Office on both systems and it works well them. The problems I have on the PC is when I create something on the Mac, and it doesn't show up right. Fonts change pictures not showing up are real cumbersome problems, but I'm told there's tricks I can use to avoid this. I just don't know where to find them though.
When I want to play games, I play them on the PC. Games are made for the PC not the Mac, this might change in the future, so I'll discuss it in the future.
I use the Mac most of the time. It's works for me and can work a lot for many other people.
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Wednesday, October 08, 2003
When I first clicked on a link to George W. Bush's blog I thought it was a joke. However, the site looked legitimate (lots of money was put into it), and the news reports confirmed it. If only he actually wrote each entry, it would probably sound a lot like his poetry.
"Survey says, only 50,000 blogs are updated daily and most bloggers give up within one year. Perseus Development Corp. randomly surveyed 3,634 of the estimated 4.12 million blogs online and found that two-thirds hadn't been updated in over two months. Over one million blogs only contained a single day's posts. Active blogs were updated on average every 14 days. Only 106,579 of the hosted blogs were updated on average at least once a week. Fewer than 50,000 were updated daily. There's lots more in the report - it's interesting reading. QOTD: When's the last time you updated your blog." Courtesy Leoville.
Saturday, October 04, 2003
Sunday, September 28, 2003
Saturday, September 27, 2003
Digital Video Recorder
TV is a necessary part of my life. I have to see my programs! However, thanks to modern technology I can record them and watch them later. All I would have to do is find a blank cassette tape, program the VCR, and make sure nobody else messes with it. If I do it right, then I'll be able to see my programs when it's more convenient to. Unfortunately, possibility of human error is high and any small mistake would cause me to miss my show anyways. In comes digital technology: The Digital Video Recorder (DVR). We have digital cable, so why not have a recording mechanism that best suits it? What's the best brand? What kind of features should I be looking for? Do any of them use WiFi? What media do you use to show your programs on other TV's or at somebody else's house? As soon as my dad finds out about DVRs he'll want one too, so I want to get the right one.
I've had a ton of work to do lately, so I haven't been able to update as frequently as I like. Next week I think I'll have more time but school projects come up all the time. I guess I could just have short posts but I don't really like doing that. We'll see how things go.
My research project for English is immigration to the U.S. from China. I'm not sure what I'm going to say about this subject so feel free to give me some suggestions. It's not due until December, so I'll worry about it in late November.
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
You're Most Like The Season Winter ...
You're often depicted as the cold, distant season.
But you're incredibly intelligent, mature and
Independant[sic]. You have an air of power around
you - and that can sometimes scare people off.
You're complex, and get hurt easily - so you
rarely let people in if you can help it. You
can be somewhat of a loner, but just as easily
you could be the leader of many. You Tend to be
negative, and hard to relate to, but you give
off a relaxed image despite being insecure -
and secretly many people long to be like you,
not knowing how deep the Winter season really
Well done... You're the most inspirational of
?? Which Season Are You ??
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I couldn't help doing one of these quizzes because I wanted to be winter, and I am winter. I found it at http://mihana.blogspot.com
Sunday, September 21, 2003
If you have a lot of time and don't mind downloading something 40MBs go to The Broken. They tell you how people cheat/steal from each other with technology by cheating/stealing from some people. I learned about Knoppix and how you can use it to crack passwords. I don't want to screw up my computer, but I think I could use it to see if our passwords are secure enough. They probably aren't, but we don't have any trade secrets or anything valuable that somebody would actually want.
The whole disease thing is another issue. I've heard people say it's a disease, and I've heard other wise. I don't really have an opinion on whether it is or not because I'm not a doctor or an alcoholic. What counts is whether it's controlled if one has a problem, and just preventing it all together which make things easier. Which is better? Prevention or treatment? I'll go with prevention. Somebody's got to deal with cause right? That sounds like a good research paper topic: The Prevention of substance Abuse (in America?)
Saturday, September 20, 2003
Be sure to watch The Miniature Earth video. Most people are Asian (of course) and not Christian (sooo many people are going to Hell! J/k.) Also, read the text-only version because there's more information. Link courtesy English teacher.
Alcoholics Anonymous and Alcoholics
Is it a religion? Can it substitute for a religion? What did people do before A.A.? To me, is seems like people flock (including my friends) to these services like a church/temple/mosque in order for salvation. They can't exist as human beings if they don't go to a service. The church of A.A. is based on 12 commandments, which all members follow for the rest of their lives. To guide them they choose a priest/pastor who is experienced to personally help them through each guideline. In conclusion, A.A. members are more religious than the average church going American.
I'm also interested in what other people do to stop habitually drinking themselves silly. In America Alcoholism is a disease. To some people a disease is not something you give yourself (i.e. Alzheimers, Parkinson's). Rather, calling Alcoholism a disease is just another way of saying "it's not my fault." I'm not sure what to say to this. What diseases can you give to yourself? Obesity is another "disease." In the words of my English teacher, "Some people just can't stop shoving hamburgers down their throats. It's McDonald's fault, I'm 500 pounds!"
When I Grow Up, I Want to be a...
I can't finish that sentence. Forget grade school, high school and college are supposed to be what you really need for the future, right? So far, wrong. I still don't know what to do with myself! I keep seeing the ITT Tech commercial about the guy who went to a 4-year university and just ended up making hamburgers. I was sucked into the marketing, and I wanted to go to ITT Tech. I informed my mom and she informed me that a real good university would personally write me. Oh well, I really liked their commercials. For now, surviving school is my only goal.
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Internet Savvy Instructors
It's pretty cool when a teacher has a website, a course related website. Students care as much about teachers' personal lives as teachers about students'. However, I don't feel I can say, "Oh, I didn't know how to do it," because the teacher will probably say, "Well, if you checked my site...". Besides, sifting through loads of info turns me off from the site since I guess I value the information on the GDP/GNP less than how to set up a LAN.
Blogging has become another form of stalling from homework. I should be reading my moron-friendly econ text, but I'm an internet junkie. That in addition to a TV, movie, and novel junkie. With all the stalling I do, I should at least be getting more stuff done.
I have not even picked up my latest library checkouts, more on that later. Nor have I had time to watch Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the DVD rental, (I have had 2/3 of it on the computer for three months now. I don't like to watch movies on my mom's desktop, I'd rather watch a DVD on the iBook. Tomorrow's another day, one that I will just waste away sleeping, watching "necessary" TV, and hopefully LOTR: T3. Only about 13 more pages to go, I can finish it before bed.
Thursday, September 11, 2003
More Viruses, That's Not Really News
Yesterday two new viruses were created and people were told to immediately download the patch. I didn't do that since I wasn't planning on turning the PC on again, but I'm still protected even if I did need to. Apparently the new patch really doesn't work as well and a system could still be "possessed" or "owned" or whatever. As far as I'm concerned I don't need to use the PC (thank you Apple), so I just won't turn it on. Abstinence is the best protection of all.
Today is September 11th, see? I am no way connected to any terrorist attacks on any country, and I don't know anybody who is. I don't think it's fair to just commemorate this day because Americans died, rather, it should be a day when we commemorate all who have died because of terrorist activity. I'm not really a news junkie but I hear a lot about terrorist activity in other countries, and I wonder if they gather together to remember all the victims. Probably, but we don't hear about that sort of thing. I guess it should be moved to a different day then if it is for all victims of terrorism. Maybe somebody who creates "days" will think of that since terrorism was always an international problem, but two years ago became an American priority. According to me, September 11th is my friends' birthday, happy birthday.
Monday, September 08, 2003
Saturday, September 06, 2003
Friday, September 05, 2003
When I'm not worrying about how much work I have to do, or what to cook for dinner, I'm thinking about where I want to go for winter break. I'm not really a fan of flying on airplanes anymore, not because it's not secure enough, it's the exact opposite: it's too secure. Too much security anywhere is not a good thing because it gets to the point of absurdity. Also, I'm not sure if the measures that are being taken are really helping. One round trip should be bearable for me because of the destination, wherever that may be.
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Monday, September 01, 2003
Friday, August 29, 2003
Monday, August 25, 2003
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Friday, August 22, 2003
Last Minute School Prep
I never realized how much I'd have to do to get ready for school. Even though I started getting ready a month ago and told myself that I wouldn't leave things to the last minute, other things popped up and I have to scramble to complete them. In addition to cleaning the family room and getting food, I still need to put together/prepare all my new school things! As far as health goes I think I'm fine only I can't see very well without glasses. I was too lazy to do the eye exercises/read the book, so my eyes are pretty weak. Sitting in the front of class should help, but I might not get a seat there. Hopefully by Sunday night I'll be ready to go.
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Cindy just got her medication on Monday and so far everything's fine. It's a topical cream that is rubbed in her ears twice a day; once in the morning in one ear, and once in the evening in the other.
This week is my last week of freedom and time is running out. Classes start on Monday and I am not anticipating any of them. Year after year it's the same thing, late August rolls around and summer comes to a close in the blink of an eye. I should be used to this by now, but I don't think anybody ever really gets in the habit of accepting this terrible fate. My days are numbered now, freedom's coming to an end. To make matters worse my mom's going to be leaving for a year to teach in another state. My dad and I have never had to fend for ourselves for more than a week and we won't know what to do with ourselves. Who's gonna make dinner, fill the refridgerator, clean the house, help with homework, take the cat to the vet, pay the bills,etc. I can guarantee that in less than a month the house will be in chaos. Hopefully, mom will visit to straighten us all out. Still, while she is gone we will have to adopt some of these tasks ourselves, or not. The only things that I have prepared for is cooking meals, but I stopped doing that a month or two ago. My dad will have to pay the bills, but he's not good and keeping the checkbook balance up to date, so I suggested online bill payment. He's really into Yahoo!'s services so he might try to use Yahoo! Bill Pay. We're going to need a lot of help so if anyone wants to do just that please feel free to offer your services. If all goes as planned we will have hired a maid by late October.
Sunday, August 17, 2003
No, I didn't not experience a power failure, however some of my family members did. My aunt had to spend the night in her office, and most of the phones in her house require power. Now some Americans know how the Iraqis feel, and it's even hotter there. This event has not inspired me to learn more about the nation's power grid system, yet. It usually takes some time for people to sort all the details out and then propose what to do, so I'll wait for that. I couldn't image living in a house without power for more than an hour, especially when it's so hot. In my neighborhood we have frequent blackouts and I can barely stand not having internet access for more than a second. At least there's always reading or writing, heaven forbid we run out of ink!
Friday, August 15, 2003
No More Painting?
I think we are done painting the deck, but we still have to seal it. The project's not over, but the color is on. All that's left to do is touch-ups. Today's been hotter than usual, about 88 degrees F, so we started later in the day. Unfortunately, the bugs were out and we started to rush to get done so it may look a little sloppy. I think that I'm finished with the deck because I have a small migrane above the left brow that might be a result of the project. Yet another reason to leave DIY to the professionals.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
If you're suddenly inspired to paint something visit Behr Paints and go nuts.
Monday, August 11, 2003
Saturday, August 09, 2003
Thursday, August 07, 2003
If you don't live in a city with good public transportation, avoid walking at all costs. You never know when you're going to pass out need a lift. Also, avoid walking if you live in a small city and it's getting dark. Always where shoes that you don't mind taking wear and tear. This translates into shoes that won't cause wear and tear on your feet.