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February 2006

picking away

February 7, 2006   

I pick at my cuticles and hangnails. In my sleep, I also pull out my hair & eyebrows, and pick at any facial blemishes I might have. I have no idea why. At work, I pick at my chapped lips. I am coming apart at the seams. Any “frayed ends” I have physically gets subconsciously picked at until bad things happen. I have a weird 3-mm wide red mark on my cheek right now from this very thing.

Anyway, I have to stop so that I stop looking like I’ve put my face (and fingers) to a grater. My “Vanilla Ice”-esque patchy left eyebrow has slowly been filling in over time.

I have some random nonsensical observation where I compare stereotypes and prejudice to probability & statistics and people’s misconceptions of how p&s works (“But that should have come up ____” *after* the fact when the outcome clearly show a non-probable but actual result), but I haven’t fleshed it out enough to really talk about it.

I got an invite to coComment which, according to them, “will enable you to efficiently track your comments comments and conversations with others across the blogosphere”. This is great! There has been a lot of buzz in the 3 days since its beta program opened up. I’m really excited about it. However, there is a bug in the system right now which is keeping it from working for me.

Well, hopefully, it will work soon and I’ll be able to watch all my comments on various blogs as “conversation” in the style of gmail. It can also be included as a part of my blog, so that others can see it. There is also an RSS feed. Neat ideas! I just want to see them executed. The product seems to work for many other people though. Hrm.

ETA: It’s working! Wonderful! If anyone wants an invite, just sign up for their “Get Notified” list and they will send you an invite pretty much within a half day.

I have a vision of the future

February 6, 2006   

My ultra-comfortable astigmatism-correcting contact lenses and stylish new glasses will arrive in the next few days. I am so excited! I put away a decent chunk of cashola (into my MSA account) so that I could actually get stylish glasses and the thinnest possible lenses for the first time in my life.

I can’t wait. Thanks to Uyen for being so patient in picking them out.

Movie (non-)Review: Brokeback Mountain

February 6, 2006   

Highly recommended. Please go watch.

I never knew

February 5, 2006   

I had no idea that San Francisco had its own Korean American Film Festival! The 4th one is in fact running from February 7th (Tuesday) to February 12th (Sunday). Neat! I really hope I can manage to go to one or two things, even though I am severely overbooked and kind of tired all around.

If anyone who reads this has any interest in attending any of the movies, let me know. I will post which ones I would be interested in later. Of course, what I’m interested in and what I can actually get away from work early enough to attend are two different matters.


February 3, 2006   

Just finished filing taxes. Need to check back in 24-48 hours. Woo!

Merritt Bakery

February 3, 2006   

Crap. Merritt Bakery had a fire Thursday morning and will be closed indefinitely. I hope “indefinitely” translates to “only for a really short time”, but fire insurance claims can take a very long time to get approved.

We love you Merritt Bakery! 🙁 I love their crisp, fluffy waffles with whipped butter.

free money

February 2, 2006   

No, no one else deposited money in my account. 😀 Oh wait, actually, they did. Amazon’s Associate Program earned me $15.55 last quarter. I noticed the deposit into my checking account just yesterday. Those earning are just on my Christmas purchases, really, using my general referral link and not even the direct product links, which bring a bigger return.

Also, since switching Seppo & my mutual spendings (gas, food, etc) to our Citibank Mastercard in October, we’ve already gotten back something like $115 on money we needed to spend anyway.


enjoy the funny

February 2, 2006   

Who doesn’t love when O’Reilly gets called out on his idiocy? onegoodmove: Olbermann Skewers O’Reilly, Again

Not I.

random observations

February 1, 2006   

For all you potential and current homeowners with some sort of a lawn, I have a tip for you. Never use any of the following as ground cover, or you will regret it to your dying day:

  • juniper
  • ivy
  • mint

I went to a very large high school that was probably 30% black, 34% white, 20% asian, 15% hispanic, and 1% other. This is a completely random guess-pulled-out-of-my-butt, based on what I can remember. As a result, there are so many people I had interacted with of any particular one of those races that I don’t hold any individual in my mind as an archetype of a racial background. Not at all because I’m a better person than anyone — because, as much as I would like to think I am, I’m simply not — but because I am just used to lots of different people, I never think to myself, “This is how white people are,” or “This is how black people are.” I can see how easy it would be if you’ve only been friends with one person of a specific race to think to yourself, “Hmm, my Asian friend says this about Asians, so I guess it’s probably true.” I hold people I meet accountable as individuals, not representatives of their race or socio-economic background. I would eventually like to send my future kids to a school with a good racial mix so that they can experience the same kind of diversity I did growing up.

Listening to the State of the Union address made me want to scream. Actually, in the car last night as I was driving to Seppo’s work from my work, I screamed as loudly as I can, “F&*% YOU!!” at Bush on the radio. I think his presidency is ruining, among many many many many other more important things, my equanimity and my blood pressure.

Hearing my sister upset really tears me up inside and makes me want to go on a violent rampage. There goes my equanimity again.

I finally bumped a really painful bug off my queue and am so happy.

I don’t think I mentioned it earlier, but I have been promoted (on paper) to Software Engineer 5, T17. I have no idea what T17 means, but my guess is it’s some weird internal code that refers to the pay scale. How weird. Anyway, the odd thing is that I’ve been considered a level 5 Software Engineer (basically, a senior software engineer) since about… 2000? 2001? Maybe not level 5, quite, but I’ve had the senior title since about then. I lost it when I came to my new job, because I was inexperienced in the things I am working in right now, but they gave me back the title because they saw that I was performing to their expectations. Yay! But it was still weird to be “promoted” to what I had been thinking of myself for years.

I can’t even speak about Alito without wanting grab my head and shake myself for hours. So I won’t. There is a discussion at Angry Chad though.

Seppo and I constantly talk about the differences in our mental lives. My guess is that I could go on months of “down-time” if no one was making me feel guilty about it. Seppo gets antsy and needs to work/create/clean/something with even just a day off. I think that I often feel so mentally and emotionally drained that I have not yet in my life hit a satiation point for feeling mentally rested. I look forward to when I do. 🙂

I hate asshole drivers.

Holly sent me a link to MagKnits which has this on the front page:


Arrested Development ROCKS!!!!!!!! I ::heart:: Jason Bateman.