“everywhere you look”

August 29, 2006

I was discussing how YouTube is basically America’s Funniest Home Videos on the Internet, and that led me to think about Bob Saget. From there, I started thinking about Full House, and of course, I checked Wikipedia. Then I clicked on Danny Tanner (Bob Saget’s character), and I found the following gem:

Danny often dated beautiful models despite the fact that he was a dork and very skinny.

I guess there’s hope for me after all.

Edit:  Apparently Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey) is rumored to be Alanis Morrisette’s first lover, and the subject of the song “You Oughta Know.”  Link

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Being Quoted in the Media

August 26, 2006

I notice my name has been in the Stanford Daily nine times during my stay there. Seems like I was really on something in 2004…

The best one is still this one, however.


School vs. the Real World

August 24, 2006

Top Ten Things to Learn This School Year

Like many Guy Kawasaki lists, there are more than ten things. Funny how most of his advice is about being concise, but hey, it’s his blog. Think of it as a bonus!


GetHuman.com

August 22, 2006

I hate calling my credit card company, the local IRS branch, customer support, etc. because it’s so hard to find a way to actually talk to a person. That’s where the gethuman database comes in, listing all the numbers to shortcut the interface.

For instance, if you want to talk to an actual customer representative at Apple, just press “0” at every prompt. For the Washington Post, just don’t press or say anything! What’s also nice is that the gethuman DB lists the appropriate phone numbers, which is very useful when companies don’t list their customer service #s (cough cough Amazon).


An Inconsistent Truth?

August 22, 2006

The sky is falling, the world is over-heating. Al Gore says it’s imperative we follow his lead and embrace a “carbon-neutral lifestyle”, else we’ll “send the world into a tailspin.” However, Gore has two houses that could both be on MTV’s Cribs, and isn’t willing to spare a few extra cents to ensure his home is carbon-neutral. Furthermore, Gore’s family invests in an oil company that drills in ecologically-sensitive areas. All courtesy of Peter Schweizer (who to be fair, is a member of Stanford’s Hoover Institute, a conservative think tank).


TechCrunch 7

August 20, 2006

Nerds from all over the Valley flocked to tonight’s TechCrunch party, including this one. Main takeaways: the chance to reconnect with some good friends (or acquiantances), and to branch out a little bit. There are already plenty of pictures on Flickr, and I’ll add mine when I get the chance. And no, I didn’t collect my $200 dollars, but apparently someone paid $501 to attend.

Being at tonight’s party reminded me how disconnected from the Valley I’d been while in China. Nobody else in my travel group had ever heard of Flickr, Digg, del.icio.us, etc.



beating jet lag

August 17, 2006

For those not in the know, I’ve been in China the last two months, studying Mandarin at Peking University for 6 weeks, followed by 10 days of travel in Yunan Province and Shanghai. The trip was a blast, and if you check my Facebook profile, you can see tons of pictures.

What’s amazing is that I haven’t really suffered from jet lag. I remember coming back from Germany once and needing 4-5 days to readjust. This time, however, it was as if I didn’t skip a beat — I fell asleep at midnight, and then easily woke up to my alarm at 9:00AM. According to Wikipedia (which I’m allowed to look at now), I should have suffered from 24 – 15 = 9 hours of jet lag. My mother kept telling me to drink plenty of water on the plane, so I did. Apparently dehydration is a symptom of jet lag, and I wonder if that makes you more tired once you get back. I was definitely tempted to take long naps, but I managed to fight it off.

In other news, I took care of some errands, and even managed to play tennis today. I also had time to go to the Coliseum to see the A’s beat the Mariners 4-0. Still have to pack my stuff for my move tomorrow to Mountain View, however. Then shortly after, the next phase of my life will begin: work.

Update: The next night, I woke up at 4 am, due to my father’s being an early riser.  The light woke me up, and I couldn’t go back to sleep afterwards.  I still woke up at 11, which isn’t too bad.  Last night, I fell asleep at 2 and woke up at noon.  It’s almost as if I’m reverting to my college sleep schedule, which isn’t exactly what I want.