Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Happy New Year to all!!

January 2, 2009

Happy New Year, Feliz Año Nuevo, 明けましておめでとう, glückliches neues Jahr, felice anno nuovo, 新年好, nouvelle année heureuse, ano novo feliz, S Novim Godom, 새해 복 많이 받으세요, Kulu Sanah(‘aammu) wa antoum bi-khair, Slamat tahun baru, stastny novy rok!, Шинэжил баяр хvргье, zdravie v novom roku!, Wesolych Swiat i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku , Srecno novo leto!, novym rokom!

Disgusted with Rogers Wireless on iPhone 3G

July 9, 2008
It was one of exciting news that new iPhone 3G is officially launching here in Canada on July 11th. Yes, Friday , July 11, is the day the iPhone will be officially available to Canadian customers with Rogers Wireless
The iPhone we’ve been Waiting For!!! 
 
Are there going be a long lineup outside Rogers wireless shop or Apple store waiting to buy new iPhone 3G? 
 
NO way, NO lineup, No iPhone, and No Rogers.
 
Canadian customers are so upset with Rogers pricing structure with iPhone that Voice and data plans will start at $60 per month for 400Mb Data, 150 Min. call, with 75 text. 
With all extra fees (911, call display, call waiting, system access fee…etc) the price will easily reach $100/month. So with simple math caluculation on 3-year contract to get a iPhone at $199.  The cost of carrying a iPhone will nearly $3,000 ~ $4,000 or even more.
 
The pricing structure built base on the Rogers belief that

“We’ve designed a pricing structure that offers affordable, flexible voice and data packages so Canadians can truly unleash their iPhone 3G experience on Canada’s fastest wireless network,” Rogers chief marketing officer John Boynton said in a statement.

Whoever approved this marketing or pricing strategy at Rogers Wireless, he or she was skip the chapter one of Marketing 101.  You do everything for successful new product launching through Effective Price point & Marketing processes , it’s not a stage to make money from it!

Even Apple disgusted with Rogers Wireless dumping Apple’s state of art must have piece. As a result, Canadian Apple Retail stores won’t be selling the new 3G!

And  Customers are reacting by signing petitions and boycotting Rogers Wireless. 
  
People are gathering RuinediPhone.com  for petition demanding a change in Rogers’s pricing structure. It’s just ridiculous!! 

I just signed petition demanding UNLIMITED data data plan for iPhone like everyone else! 

Until then, NO to Rogers Wireless

The Upside-down church moves to Calgary

June 5, 2008

The art piece well known as the upside-down church, originally unveiled at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 1997, “Device to Root Out Evil” by New York artist Dennis Oppenheim is start to dismantled today follow by the Vancouver Park Board commissioners decision.  It will be resurrected by the Glenbow Museum, Calgary.

 

 

Vancouverites weren’t only one to make complaints about it.  It was too controversial for New York City, too much for Stanford university, they didn’t want the controversial sculpture on its ground.  The art piece was placed in Harbour Green Park on Cordova Street as part of the Vancouver Biennale Sculpture Festival in 2005.  After 2 1/2 years, Residents of the Coal Harbour neighbourhood complained that the more than six-metre-tall (and wide) statues blocked their scenic view. Other residents said it simply offended their Christian beliefs to see a church turned upside-down. The Park Board agreed.

  

Personally, as one of ordinary with no art background, little knowledge and bad taste, I loved how the sculpture stands and with highlighted red color with every background from different angles.  It was really interesting piece of sculpture and I instantly felt the sculpture holding Earth on its bell tower from the ground viewpoint.

Can’t say much about complaints on blocking views but as someone said high-rise condominiums seem to block water more than one piece of sculpture. And was it really against Christian beliefs?  I don’t know… but I do believe the art doesn’t need to be politically correct in any form.

 

“It left as it arrived,…” as article noted.

 

Pictures from here , here and here.

So true…

March 11, 2008

 A Columbine High School student wrote:
 
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;  wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;  we spend more, but have less;  we buy more, but enjoy it less.
 
We have bigger houses and smaller families;  more conveniences, but less time;  we have more degrees, but less sense;  more knowledge, but less judgment;  more experts, but less solutions;  more medicine, but less wellness.
 
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.  We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.  We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.  We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.  We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space; we’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul;  we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.
 
We have higher incomes, but lower morals;  we’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.
 
These are the times of tall men, and short character;  steep profits, and shallow relationships.  These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun;  more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.  

So very true…

Year 2008

January 10, 2008

Wow, time really does fly.  The first month of 2008 already passed by 1/3.  People saying time really does fly when you’re having fun, busy, or at least when your attention is engaged.  I think, I am already fit into this expression. Busy!

Year 2008 is the year of Rat, yes RAT!!! 

<Souvenir stamp set released by Canada Post

Whatever the stereotype on Rat, people with Rat zodiac signs (who had been born in 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912, 1900…)

They are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking.  They are endowed with great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs….Rats are said to often have to work very long and hard for everything they many earn or have in life…Traditionally, Rats should avoid Horses, but they can usually find their best friends and love interests in Monkeys, Dragons, and Oxen…..Professions include espionage, psychiatry, psychology, writing, politics, law, engineering, accounting, detective work, acting, and pathology.

Well, I guess that’s good enough on Rats!  Every New Year that rolls around seems to find us trying to start our life a new in many areas.  The New Year’s Resolutions!   I couldn’t find what Korean popular New Year’s are, however here’s what new breed of less self-centred Canadians have, 

1. Be more environmentally conscious when shopping.
2. Exercise regularly to improve my physical fitness.
3. Drive less and walk and cycle more.
4. Save money by reducing my spending on non-essentials.
5. Focus on paying down credit card debt.
6. Improve my net worth.
7. Pay more attention to my friends.
8. Eat less red and processed meats and more fish and vegetables.
9. Be more sensitive and caring toward my partner.
10. Focus on helping others.

While Americans Popular New Year’s Resolutions are;

1. Lose Weight
2. Pay off Debt
3. Save Money
4. Get a Better Job
5. Get a Better Education
6. Drink Less Alcohol
7. Reduce Stress Overall
8. Take a Trip
9. Volunteer to Help Others
10. Take a Trip

Yup, most of these list also found on my list of resolutions.  In addition to my traditional list I would like to add one.  Create my own video clip just like our buddy, Bill Gates, one titled “Last Day at Microsoft”

Bill Gates’ Last Day at Microsoft – January 6, 2008 ; part of his keynote speech at CES 2008

Nay…not just yet.  In the end, all the resolutions would be made to help us “travel well on the life path”. How? The Buddha teach us,

“You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself”

Kudo to Mr. Gates for this sense of humor and his generosity and extensive philanthropy.