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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.

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What do Canada and Texas have in common?

June 13, 2007

Or Korea and Florida?  

I found this very very interesting map of our neighborhood, The United States of America with each state relabeled for countries with similar Gross Domestic Product

Lone Star replaced with Maple Leaf while Korea still located in peninsular. Very interesting.  The creator of map also provided a run-down of the 51 states, plus DC as following.

  1. California, it is often said, would be the world’s sixth- or seventh-largest economy if it was a separate country. Actually, that would be the eighth, according to this map, as France (with a GDP of $2,15 trillion) is #8 on the aforementioned list.
  2. Texas’ economy is significantly smaller, exactly half of California’s, as its GDP compares to that of Canada (#10, $1,08 trillion).
  3. Florida also does well, with its GDP comparable to Asian tiger South Korea’s (#13 at $786 billion).
  4. Illinois – Mexico (GDP #14 at $741 billion)
  5. New Jersey – Russia (GDP #15 at $733 billion)
  6. Ohio – Australia (GDP #16 at $645 billion)
  7. New York – Brazil (GDP #17 at $621 billion)
  8. Pennsylvania – Netherlands (GDP #18 at $613 billion)
  9. Georgia – Switzerland (GDP #19 at $387 billion)
  10. North Carolina – Sweden (GDP #20 at $371 billion)
  11. Massachusetts – Belgium (GDP #21 at $368 billion)
  12. Washington – Turkey (GDP #22 at $358 billion)
  13. Virginia – Austria (GDP #24 at $309 billion)
  14. Tennessee – Saudi Arabia (GDP #25 at $286 billion)
  15. Missouri – Poland (GDP #26 at $265 billion)
  16. Louisiana – Indonesia (GDP #27 at $264 billion)
  17. Minnesota – Norway (GDP #28 at $262 billion)
  18. Indiana – Denmark (GDP #29 at $256 billion)
  19. Connecticut – Greece (GDP #30 at $222 billion)
  20. Michigan – Argentina (GDP #31 at $210 billion)
  21. Nevada – Ireland (GDP #32 at $203 billion)
  22. Wisconsin – South Africa (GDP #33 at $200 billion)
  23. Arizona – Thailand (GDP #34 at $197 billion)
  24. Colorado – Finland (GDP #35 at $196 billion)
  25. Alabama – Iran (GDP #36 at $195 billion)
  26. Maryland – Hong Kong (#37 at $187 billion GDP)
  27. Kentucky – Portugal (GDP #38 at $177 billion)
  28. Iowa – Venezuela (GDP #39 at $148 billion)
  29. Kansas – Malaysia (GDP #40 at $132 billion)
  30. Arkansas – Pakistan (GDP #41 at $124 billion)
  31. Oregon – Israel (GDP #42 at $122 billion)
  32. South Carolina – Singapore (GDP #43 at $121 billion)
  33. Nebraska – Czech Republic (GDP #44 at $119 billion)
  34. New Mexico – Hungary (GDP #45 at $113 billion)
  35. Mississippi – Chile (GDP #48 at $100 billion)
  36. DC – New Zealand (#49 at $99 billion GDP)
  37. Oklahoma – Philippines (GDP #50 at $98 billion)
  38. West Virginia – Algeria (GDP #51 at $92 billion)
  39. Hawaii – Nigeria (GDP #53 at $83 billion)
  40. Idaho – Ukraine (GDP #54 at $81 billion)
  41. Delaware – Romania (#55 at $79 billion GDP)
  42. Utah – Peru (GDP #56 at $76 billion)
  43. New Hampshire – Bangladesh (GDP #57 at $69 billion)
  44. Maine – Morocco (GDP #59 at $57 billion)
  45. Rhode Island – Vietnam (GDP #61 at $48 billion)
  46. South Dakota – Croatia (GDP #66 at $37 billion)
  47. Montana – Tunisia (GDP #69 at $33 billion)
  48. North Dakota – Ecuador (GDP #70 at $32 billion)
  49. Alaska – Belarus (GDP #73 at $29 billion)
  50. Vermont – Dominican Republic (GDP #81 at $20 billion)
  51. Wyoming – Uzbekistan (GDP #101 at $11 billion)

For a more accurate data, invest your time in the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Of course, I was also wondering where would the big players like China, Japan or EU be renamed? Don’t need to worry, another blogger kindly created this map where China took most of west coast while Japan relabeled the entire mid-states, indeed. 

So is Minnesota can be named as Minnekaido (or Hokkaisota) after Hokkaido?

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED

January 22, 2007

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.


Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.


We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

 
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because.


WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.


And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have PS3, Wii, X-Box360 not even Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound , CD’s or Ipods, no Cell phones! , no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms……. 
 

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,

Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!


Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of those kids.  
CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives


for our own good

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.


Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks,” Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us….go ahead and delete this.
For the rest of us…..pass this on.

 

Diversionary Tactics vs Still kickin’

January 10, 2007

Perspectives on Roh’s Presidential Term Revision Propose.

Diversionary Tactics

Celebrating three years in office last year, President Roh Moo-hyun vows, There will be no constitutional revision. We won’t do it!”
One year later, now a lame duck, he shouts “Revise! Revise!” Looking for another red herring, is he? comments the weary citizen.
Roh on Tuesday said he will invoke his prerogative to propose a constitutional amendment changing the presidential term from a single-five year term to four year renewable once. (The Chosun Ilbo: January 10, 2007)

Con·ser·va·tive
(adj.) Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change;
Traditional or restrained in style; a conservative dark suit.
(n.) One favors traditional views and values.

VS 

Still kickin’  

Everyone thought president Roh Moo-hyun was going to be a lame duck the remainder of his term. In addition, some of the ruling Uri Party was going to play the “create yourself a whole new party” card.
Across the table, Park Geun-hye and former Seoul mayor Lee Myung-bak were going to play the “primary” card and put on a big show for the Grand National Party’s presidential candidate selection process.
They’re alarmed when Roh pulls out the “revise the constitution to allow presidents successive four-year terms” card. They didn’t see that one coming, and among other things it means he is still alive and kicking and ready to set the public agenda for much of the rest of his time in office. (Hankyoreh Geurimpan: January 10, 2007)

Pro·gres·sive
(adj.) Moving forward; advancing; Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments; progressive change.
(n.) A person who actively favors or strives for progress toward better conditions, as in society or government.

Note: Republic of Korea adopted the single five-year presidential term in 1987 as a measure to prevent a monopoly of power under previous authoritarian (military) governments.  I do positively think it would give good impacts for Korea than bad if the presidency term is changed to two four-year term from current term.  And it could be my only agreement and favor with President these days. The unconditional objection from opposition party (the Grand National Party) without any debates on proposal is just pure disappointment.  The following cartoon is just how I see the GNP’s position.

Two four-year presidential terms? “Nay, Never, No way” the GNP’s presidential candidates (Park Geun-Hye, Lee Myung-bak, Son Hak-Kyu) immediately object.  The guy asks back “Why…I thought you all wanted to revise the term? ………… You stupid …The proposal is from Rho tong (President Roh).

Apple Strikes Back

January 9, 2007

Years of Speculation on Apple’s iPhone has been ended.  Apple announced launching of iPhone today. 

Apple claims that iPhone is a revolutionary new mobile phone that allows you to make a call by simply pointing your finger at a name or number in your address book, a favorite list, or a call log. It also automatically syncs all your contact from a PC, Mac, or Internet service. And it lets you select and listen to voicemail messages in whatever order you want — just like e-mail. 

iPhone features a rich HTML email client and Safari — the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device — which automatically syncs bookmarks from your PC or Mac. Safari also includes built-in Google and Yahoo! search. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background over Wi-Fi or EDGE.

Technical Specifications
Screen size 3.5 inches
Screen resolution 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
Input method Multi-touch
Operating system OS X
Storage 4GB or 8GB
GSM Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
Wireless data Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
Camera 2.0 megapixels
Dimensions 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
Weight 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

According to this Gadget Blog, the 4GB iPhone will go out the door in the US as a Cingular exclusive for $499 on a two-year contract, 8GB for $599. Ships Stateside in June, Europe in fourth quarter, Asia in 2008. Steven P. Jobs  aims to sell 10 Mil units (1% Market Share) by 2008.

Will iPhone sank all giant cell phones manufactures like Samsung, LG, Nokia or Moto?

It will be bloody fierce battlefield.

* Pictures, data, and relevant information are ripped from here and here.