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March 18 2008

icshih
18:26
The anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races,
— Barak Obama: A More Perfect Union

March 03 2008

icshih
15:42
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Star Trek Meets Monty Python
Reposted fromSwebb Swebb

February 29 2008

icshih
20:08

Today is Leap Day

It will be four years later when I write the same title again.

Today is also called "Rejection" Day, because I received two rejected letters, one for job application, another for an observation proposal.

Happy Leap Day!

February 21 2008

icshih
19:31
MacHEADs the movie: A documentary about Mac users.

February 06 2008

icshih
07:37

Happy New Year

Yes, Chinese Lunar calendar New Year.

February 01 2008

icshih
01:35

沁园春·买票

    中华大地,
    春节又到,
    有钱飞机,
    没钱站票。
    望车站內外,
    大包小包。
    站楼上下,
    民工滔滔。
    早起晚睡,
    达旦通宵,
    欲与票贩试比高。
    须钞票。
    看人山人海,
    一票难保。
    车票如此难搞,
    引无数英雄竟折腰。
    昔秦皇汉武,
    见此遁逃;
    唐宗宋祖,
    更是没招!
    一代天骄,
    成吉思汗,
    只好骑马往回飙。

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Reposted fromBuou Buou

January 31 2008

icshih
19:49

Email frustration

Early this week my work email account became silence, no weekly newsletter from the department secretary, no reply from my collaborators, no news from my would-be employers, no nothing. I felt frustrated, like being cut off from any work relationship.

Fortunately, the cause of the silence is quite simple. The email service is jammed by many processes. After killing these processes, emails poured in, and I'm re-connected.

January 27 2008

icshih
07:13
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06:22
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"Once is the inspirational tale of two kindred spirits who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin. One is a street musician who lacks the confidence to perform his own songs. The other is a young mother trying to find her way in a strange new town. As their lives intertwine, they discover each other's talents and push one another to realize what each had only dreamt about before. Once is their inspiring story."


What a brilliant movie from Ireland, emotional story with great music. Now you can see it via iTunes Movie Rentals.

Reposted byworm23 worm23

January 24 2008

icshih
16:15

Default

Default is a common word in computing, it means preselected option adopted by a computer program or other mechanism.* 

But it has another meaning that I do not know until recently. This word appears frequently in the discussions of current sub-prime mortgage crisis. It means failure to fulfill an obligation, esp. to repay a loan or appear in a court of law.*

Ex:
"As families default, the owners of the mortgages find themselves holding worthless pieces of paper." 
- JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ, Vanityfair.com, December 2007

*New Oxford American Dictionary

January 19 2008

icshih
23:35

-22 degree Celsius

Feel-like temperature tonight at Lansing, Michigan.

January 18 2008

icshih
22:00

Disaster!!!

My working computer is just returned from an upgrade to the latest Linux operating system. I looked around the new system and found that all the necessary software I use for data analysis have gone. However, this is not the worst. To my horror, the upgrade also erased a partition which stores all my working data, all my last year work disappear without a trace. Unfortunately I don't have any backup, so it is really gone...

:-(

January 17 2008

icshih
19:07

"the man deserves an absolute medal as big as a frying pan."

This is how an airport worker praises the pilot of the crash-landed BA Boeing 777 plane at the Heathrow Airport, London, who glided the power-lost plane to land safely and avert a possible disaster. 

January 14 2008

icshih
17:37

I'm making a new soup

Just read Fred's introduction about ''Soup'' service. It is a new breed of personal weblog. Traditionally, in weblog you record your ''original'' idea and sharing them with visitors. However it requires author spending huge amount of effort to build up a meaningful weblog, and it is not easy.

Soup has different ideas. You can create, quote, and link any media to your page, each element is treated equal on the main page. Therefore you can build up a website quickly, just quoting or linking from somewhere. It doesn't sound very intelligent, if all you have done are "copy and paste" tasks. However, imaging yourself as an editor, you collect things together, and re-arranging them into a creative and useful way, so visitors can digest complex information easily.

It should be fun.
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