Archive for May, 2007

TV of the Times

I went to a bbq today and had a conversation with a friend of mine who is deciding between different tvs that he wants to buy. The thing is, they’re all 46″ HDTVs. During that conversation, he made the statement, “Wow, this definitely says something about how we’re all doing.”

That is so incredibly true. I’m sure that when my parents were our age, they weren’t wondering what kind of large hdtv to buy. They were probably worried about how to budget the money for basic things like food, shelter, and clothing.

I suppose this is why our parents came over from China or wherever; so that we can have more…and I would have to say that we do have more.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Carpool Tattles

So there has been a lot of talk lately about making a carpool cheater hotline where if you see a solo driver driving in the carpool lane, you can report them. The agency then in turn mails a warning and a brochure to the driver. Um… so what? Is a brochure going to stop a cheater from cheating? Probably not.

What they need to do is some how sync up with the chp database so that if someone gets a pulled over for a carpool violation and they have had multiple warnings, then they should get a bigger fine. Additionally, this website or hotline probably takes the time and location of the violation, which could help get the chp camped out in the right areas to catch these guys.

Of course, the hotline could be abused as maybe a rude driver would be reported just because there’s not hotline to report unsafe and rude drivers… there should be… I mean, you would really have to piss off a person for them to make the effort to write your license plate down and then follow up with a call or visit to the website when they get to work.

Then again, having to require a driver to find a pen and paper to jot down the license plate number has its own hazard, not to mention dialing on a cell phone while driving. It’s an interesting idea, but there needs to be a lot of thought before they should implement this program.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Over the Air HD Channels

So I got an hdtv as wedding present (whee!). The cool thing about it is that we get some hd channels for free since the tv has an hd tuner. That means we don’t have to subscribe to Comcast or Direct TV. While that means I can’t record anything digitally with my Tivo, I can still watch them live.

I always forget which channels are which in hd since I primarly watch tv w/ tivo. Anyways, here they are for my part of the south bay.

2-1   KTVU-DT (Fox)
4-1   KRON-DT
5-1   KPIX-DT (CBS)
7-1   KGO-DT (ABC)
9-1   KQED-DT (PBS Demo)
9-2   KQED-DT (PBS)
11-1 KNTV-DT (NBC)
20-1 KBWB-DT (WB) - I don’t seem to get this one.
45-1 KBHK-DT (UPN) - I don’t seem to get this one.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Home Made/Assembled Wedding Albums

So after many hours of pouring over the Internet in search of a wedding album that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, I think I found a good solution. I didn’t hire a professional photographer to shoot my wedding, and when you don’t hire a photographer, usually, getting a “nice” album is difficult. I called upon some talented friends, who worked hard to shoot my wedding.
Photographer packages often include X number of hours, digitals for the entire day and sometimes albums. Of course, they charge an arm and a leg because you can’t get the album yourself. Why not? Because album makers/companies don’t sell to regular folk directly. They go through photographers. This way, photographers can charge you whatever, often 2 to 3 times more money than it actually costs the photographer.

I know this for a fact because I was able to find out the price of a certain type of album, and a friend told me what her photographer would charge for that same album. Of course, I understand that there should be some markup  because the photographer has to spend time working with the the album maker. Ahh…capitalism at its finest.

Anyways, I wanted the nice library bound album because it looks classy. I also liked the “magazine style” album where multiple photos can be worked into one photo on a page.

After some research, I found an album that was library bound that had self-adhesive pages. Perfect. I bought an 8″x8″ album (15 pages/30 sides), because this seemed like a good size for an album for my parents. I photoshopped together some photos and ordered them online. When I got the album and the photos, I peeled off the adhesive paper and stuck the photos right into the album.

Some photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpslee/sets/72157600234983537/

Total cost: $145 (seeminlgy expensive for just an album, but cheaper than what a photographer often charges for this type of album). So, if you’ve got all your wedding digitals in hand from your photographer but don’t want to spend oodles on parent albums, or even on an album for yourself, you can go this route.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Suburbia Chronicles: 10 Or So Minutes Away

After living in the South Bay for about half a year now, I’ve noticed that I have to drive everywhere. I would say that where I used to live in the city, I would definitely hit several stores within a 10 minute walk.

In the SB, after walking 10 minutes, I think I’d see zero stores. I think in 10 minute’s time, I’ll probably have reached the 2nd or 3rd housing community away, but that’s after taking about 3-5 minutes to get out of my own community.

So I realized that once I hop into my car, I can reach many stores within a 10 minute drive in nearly any direction. Funny how things are so much more spread out here.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Rusty Climbing

So it’s been about 2 months since I’ve last hit the climbing gym. A few friends joined me as well and we all felt the rust as we tried to tackle the climbs we used to more easily do. I ended up doing 3 bouldering routes (v0, v0+, v1) and 3 regular routes (10a, 10b, 5.9).

Even as I type this, my hands and forearms are a bit tired. Eek, I better hit the climbing wall again before I totally lose any grip strength that I ever had.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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With Milk?

So I’ve been going out to lunch with a friend of mine on nearly a weekly basis, whenever I work from home. We go to the same plaza to eat and then we grab a pearl drink afterwards.

I usually order a green tea with pearls. So when I go up to the counter, I read off the board which drink I want, “Green tea with pearls.” Then without fail, every time I go to that store, the guy asks, “With milk?” to which I say, “No milk.”

I don’t get it, why does he have to ask me that? If i wanted green milk tea with pearls, then that’s what I’d ask for. So for next time, my friend suggested that I order “green tea with pearls, no milk,” and then see if the cashier automatically asks “with milk?”

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Squeeze Bottle

Growing up, I always saw the same type of oyster sauce bottle from Lee Kum Kee in my house. You know, it has the lady wearing the blue dress on the label.

Well, recently, I was shopping at 99 Ranch and saw that they had the same Lee Kum Kee oyster sauce, except that it was a in a plastic squeeze bottle (kinda like ketchup). Well, I found it amusing, practical, and a bit wrong. I suppose only knowing it in the glass bottle form, it just looked weird as a plastic squeeze bottle.

The thing is though, I bought it anyways to try it out, and it is way cool. The glass bottle is defiintely classic, but you find that there is a bunch of it that gets stuck cuz it takes forever to pour out and you have to use a chopstick to get the last of it. As for the squeeze bottle, it’s always stored upside down so you will get more out of it.

Oh those clever people.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Korean Rice Bowls

So I was having dinner with some friends recently and we had a Korean in the group. I asked her something I always wanted to know. “Why do Koreans use metal bowls for their rice?”

The answer she gave me was that Koreans don’t pick up their rice bowls, unlike the Chinese. Well, that didn’t quite answer my question. “But why?” She thought about it some more and couldn’t come up with anything. I suppose she grew up with it and it’s one of those things you just don’t question. It’s simply normal to her.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Commuting Sucks: Another Caltrain Adventure

After a while, when you take the same train everyday, you start noticing the same people waiting at the same stop. As the train approaches, I usually try to rally for position in front of where the doors will be. I like first choice of seats if possible. When the train hits the brakes, you spot your door and try to estimate where it’ll stop. Kinda like a game. A really boring nerdy game where only people who take public transit would play.

Well, one day as I was waiting for the train to make a full stop, I notice this old guy (aka. grumpy old guy), doing the same thing. I see him staring intently at the doors and walking sideways in towards my direction, which is where the doors were expected to stop. Well, he didn’t see me and nearly walked right into me!

Anyways, from that day on, I remember him as that grumpy old guy who ALWAYS hustles to the door. Well, the other day, while I was walking towards my office I saw him walking into a building. Now I know where grumpy old guy works. Hahah.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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