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NO Medal for team Canada yet!

August 14, 2008

Where are you team Canada at the Beijing Olympics?

I am very surprised and sad to see that team Canada has not won any medal yet.  I am not even talking about a “Gold” medal.  Not a silver, not a bronze medal. Any medal!  Togo has a medal. Belarus has won two. Even Georgia has won three medal despite the war with RussiaNorth Korea has earned seven medal so far.  Korea has won 16 medals (Hip Hip Hooray!!)  Our neighbors to the south won 34 medals for the US and a medal for Mexico and Reporters starting to get a bit worried that the entire Canadian team would won fewer medal than US swimmer Michael Phelps.

Team Canada won 12 medals in Athens.  Not this time, yet.   Team Canada have qualified for eight finals in Beijing so far, more than double their total at the 2004 Athens Games. Canadian Atheltes have broken 21 national records and set 28 personal bests, numbers skewed by the fact they are wearing the new, high-tech racing suits. But NO medal yet.

Why?  What going on? Are athletes cursed? Is it because all the efforts and cheers went to winter sports or winter Olympic? Were Canadian Atheltes funded at all?  

Olympics motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” or “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”. And there’s no argue on the Olympics Oath that  

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

BUT Olympics is an international sports events.  Every citizens around the world would be happy to see their national athletes on podium and to hear their national anthem while the national flags on the pole.  I want to see the “Maple Leaf” and to hear” O Canada” 

For whatever reasons, team Canada perfomance are as bad as Beijing’s air quality, so far.

Cheer up team Canada.!

Pics are from here

<UPDATE>  And now, team Canada actually have far more medal than Togo , Belarus, Georgia, or North Korea ranked at 13th for total medals count or at 17th with Gold count as of Today, Aug 19th.  Good work team Canada!!

Canada ranked at 11th peaceful country

May 22, 2008

According to THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Canada has slipped out of a rating of the world’s top 10 most peaceful countries.  Canada ranked 8th last year’s index but ranked at 11th place this year mainly because of Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

The Global Peace Index, which ranks a number of internal and external factors, found Scandinavian countries among the most peaceful, taking the top three spots.   The index, now in its second year, ranks countries according to their relative states of peace, based on factors such as military expenditure and respect for human rights, the homicide rate and other things.

This year, Iceland was selected the most peaceful place, beating last year’s winner Norway, which came in third. Denmark was No. 2.   The released index ranked Japan at 5th one up from last year and Korea at 32nd two spot higher than last year and China at 67th.   The world police, the United States, ranked at 97th one place lower than last year, a ranking that had it behind countries such as Kuwait, Nicaragua and Libya and way below countries such as Costa Rica, Madagascar and Chile.   The articel says well about the US rank that

“The U.S. has done some NASTY things geopolitically, and it ranks poorly because of its high military spending, but that’s a little unfair as they are the ones that keep the world’s waterways free, and play a role in protecting global assets.”

Israel, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia and Iraq were at the bottom of the list. 

Here’s some countries on Global Peace Index Rankings.
Rank         Country
  1              Iceland
  2              Denmark
  3              Norway
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  5              Japan
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11              CANADA
  .
  .
32              Korea, Republic of
  .
36              France
  .
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67              China
  .
  .
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 97             U.S.A.
  .
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133            North Korea
  .
139            Somalia
140            IRAQ

To get from Vancouver to Seoul

December 7, 2007

Take the silver line to Pyongyang. While ago author of the strange maps gave us a hint “What do Canada and Texas have in common?”.  This time posted a promotional e-card called Transit Maps of the World published by Penguin. 

Based on the famous London Underground map, this map contains the major cities of the world that have underground transportation. It also has the same fun distortions that the Tube map has to make everything fit. 

The post also points out that

  • Africa is most poorly endowed with public underground transit systems: only Cairo and Alexandria (Egypt), Tunis (Tunisia), Algiers (Algeria) and Lagos (Nigeria) have or are planning them.
  • Actually, Oceania is even less metro-ised, but this is self-explanatory: there’s no need for subways in a continent where most countries are small island nations. Only Australia (Melbourne, Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland) – significantly less small than the other Oceanic islands – have them.
  • Beck’s method of making geography subservient to clarity distorts distances, in London as well as on this fanciful map – rendered even more bizarre by some unlikely stops close to each other: how about Baghdad to Izmir via Jerusalem, or Athens to Esfahan via Tel Aviv? Or Taipei to Pyonyang via Seoul?
  • As in Beck’s design, there’s a concentration of lines and stops in the central area (which on the London tube map, I’ve only recently discovered, has the shape of a bottle). This gives the impression that outlying areas, such as the Americas, are much less metro-ised. Which might be a bit of an exaggeration, much like the placing of Bologna at the centre of this world map is an overstatement of that city’s charm (to everyone but the Bolognesi, I’m sure).
  • Okay, this is a fantasy transit map. But just imagine taking the metro in Vancouver, all the way to Shanghai! With stops in Montréal, Amsterdam, Prague, Kiev and Novosibirsk! Come to think of it: that’s a pretty long stretch to have to sit in a dark tunnel…
  • So, If I want visit my friends in Seoul, I need to change to Gold line in Rotterdam all the way to Esfahan then take the Silver line to Seoul. or all the way to Shanghai from Vancouver and take Red line to Pyongynag then to Seoul on Silver line.    Although it would be “… that’s a pretty long stretch to have to sit in a dark tunnel… It would be really fantastic if this transit system is real.  It’s cool and fun map, eh!

    Oh, it’s already Friday. Here’s this weeks TGIF song.  Power of old Gen. or 30 something…still active, Park Jin Yong, of course there’s many good songs but this is forever my favorite.  Honey by JYP.

     TGIF!

    Just came back!

    December 7, 2007

    from b-e-a-u-tiful places!

    Bremen, Germany

    Cologne, Germany

    Paris, France

    Le Mont Saint Michel, France

     

    Amsterdam, Holland.

    Enjoyed efficient, fast, and fun public transportation.

    From 1.8 euro tram  to high-speed, it was set 278Km on mine, train

    Thalys , or ICE .  And cheap but well-established bus lines   and Metro  in Paris.

    Enjoyed food from market places

    from local restaurants

    even the complimentary light meal on Thalys.

    It’s always pleasure to visit Europe. Definitely it was too short!

    The Ultimate Record

    September 28, 2007

    According to Reuters, More than 1,000 Australian women donned free bikinis on Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Wednesday for a group photograph to win a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records.

    WOW! 

    Speaking of the Guinness World Record, it also lists some of weird, wonderful and wacky abound of the Guiness. 

    1. Using only ONE hand, Germany’s Thomas Vogel unfastened 56 bras in 60 seconds. (Definitely, I love to try it someday!)

    2. Australian John Allwood smashed 40 watermelons with his head in just one minute. (Good for anger management?)

    3. Italian Michele Santana wins an entry for typing 57 books backwards.

    4. Indian yoga instructor G.P Vijayakumar snorted eight fish up through his mouth and out of his nostrils in a minute. (He is a Y.O.G.A instructor)

    5. American Jackie Bibby shared his bath with 75 live western diamondback rattlesnakes.(Wacky!)

    6. Frenchman Michel Lotito claimed the weirdest diet — over the years he consumed 128 bicycles and 15 supermarket trolleys which he washed down with six chandeliers, two beds and a pair of skis. (eeeeeeeu)

    7. China’s Dong Changsheng — he pulled a 1.5 tonne car using ropes hooked onto his lower eyelids.

    8. 3,541 Philippine women in Manila shared the record for the most women ever to have breastfed their babies simultaneously. (Were 3,541 babies in one place?)

    9. American park ranger Roy C.Sullivan — he was struck by lightning Seven times. Each strike took its toll — he lost eyebrows and a toe nail as well as suffering singed hair and chest burns.  He died in 1993 — not killed by lightning but by his own hand after reportedly being rejected in love. (Poor man!)

    I pick one of rising Korean hiphop singer, Leo Kekoa (리오 케이코아) from Hawaii for this week’s TGIF song.  He has been working with D.T, YDG, Buga Kingz and JK Kim Dong Uk.

    Here’s “Like That (황혼에서 새벽까지) (ft. Rhyme Bus)” from his first album III Skill, Enjoy it!

     TGIF!