Thursday, December 28, 2006

Video: Fantastic Four 2, With Silver Surfer?

(Hat Tip: Solomonia)

Must. See. This. Movie.

It comes out in June? Six more months. Sigh...

Note: I wonder if they will show Galactus?

Monday, December 25, 2006

Did You Enjoy Christmas?

In less than an hour, Christmas will be over, at least in my time zone.

Aside from connecting with family, friends and those of faith, I am really glad that everyone enjoyed their presents (which is not very easy, especially in these times).

My mom and I (along with input from my brother) purchased a black iPod for my father, which is great since:

  • He is not into the geek world like me. :-)
  • It can hold all of his music, which he loves.

For my brother I purchased a movie ticket for Eragon (it was not that great) as well as the book Elder, which is the sequel to the book Eragon (which my brother explains is a lot better than the big screen version).

As far as me goes, the only thing I got was a camel backpack, something I'll be needing next year as I go running/hiking through the green forests of my state.

With 2007 coming up, I am really exciting about the changes that are about to happen, although I can not legally highlight them here on this blog (sigh...we live in a world full of lawyers).

Anyways, Merry Christmas to everyone! And a happy New Year too!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Preparing Those Gifts...Plus A Video

Now that I am done buying presents (as long as I do not see another gift idea for a family member) I can now "prepare" the gifts for those receiving it.

Now I don't mean simply wrapping the gift with wrapping paper (or old newspapers which I think is cooler) but simply personalizing them for my parents and siblings.

Some of it involves writing inside the gift, while for the electronic ones it means adjusting the gift to fit their tastes.

Sorry if I am sounding vague here (and not telling what I bought) but I do not want to spoil the surprise as I can not tell who exactly reads this blog online, other than via an IP signal.

But in order to justify reading this post, here are a bunch of YouTuber's celebrating the holidays by singing The Twelve Days of Christmas. Enjoy!

Finished Christmas Shopping...

So I finished Christmas shopping today, although I still have to "prepare the gifts" for that day of celebration. (more info regarding that later)

Meanwhile I think I am going to be blogging light for a while as I have some non-geek related activities to take care of.

For those of you who celebrate it (and for those of you who don't) Merry Christmas! (and a happy new year!)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Death To The Beta! Long Live Blogger!

It looks like Blogger in beta is no longer beta! That is really good news to hear, as the old blogger was--barely surviving.

Here is a snippet from Blogger Buzz:

The new version of Blogger is metaphorically bursting with features, from the big guns like drag-and-drop template editing and post labels [...]

to little polishes like a better-designed Dashboard or that you no longer need to solve a word verification CAPTCHA to post a comment on your own blog.

Good to see Google finally improving on "old hardware." Now, if they could only bring that finesse to Picasa (i.e. more features, public search, 25 Gigs of space, etc.).

Friday, December 15, 2006

Resolving That Firefox Leak...

Thanks to Forever Geek I finally found a way to reduce the memory hog leak on Firefox that was killing me every time I was online.

Here are the instructions for those of you also afflicted with the "Slow-mo-fox" disease.

  1. type "about:config" (no quotes) in the browser.
  2. Find browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer
  3. set it's value to "0″

This reduces the memory, but Firefox can also continue to steal your thunder even when you close it down. These next tips will help put an end to that issue.

  1. Open Firefox and go to the Address Bar. Type in about:config and then press Enter.
  2. Right Click in the page and select New -> Boolean.
  3. In the box that pops up enter config.trim_on_minimize. Press Enter.
  4. Now select True and then press Enter.
  5. Restart Firefox.

My computer already feels a heck of a lot faster. Now I can actually write about my life.

Note: It looks like this may have resolved my earlier issue with Firefox before too. :-)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Can You See Me?

Google (or rather Blogger) seems to be not showing my personal journal. Sigh...and I try so hard.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

When Robots Attack...'s good to know who your friends are.

I think I might need to order this bracelet. For the future.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Video: A Little Girl Inspires YouTubers

Anyone who watches YouTube will realize how negative a place like that can be. But fortunately, it doesn't always have to be a place filled with sarcasm, debate and cussing.

Her name is Jacey. She is ten years old and suffers from leukemia. But her positive attitude has inspired a community to reach back with a million hugs.

Things like these make my eyes water (and my mouth smile). Jacey's story (before this YouTube entry) seems to have inspired even the big guns at Microsoft to fund a trip for her to Disneyland.

In a world full of depression, items like these make my day (if not week).

Update: The best video response that I've ever seen. Aloha indeed!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

What Google And The Borg Have In Common

It looks like the Google Earth team has recently added a new Geographic Web layer which basically allows you to see comments about locations from Wikipedia, the Google Earth forum and Panoramio.

Google is becoming like the Borg (except a friendlier version of them). Assimilating all information and making it usable for the masses.

But with this latest addition to Google Earth, should it be classified as a social network like MySpace and Orkut?

Keeping The Faith

So after several other editors decided to leave the Blog Herald (with two of them blogging over at 901 am) I've decided to stay and blog on.

Besides, it's teaching me a lot about how to write and interact with people (especially of different minds, cultures, etc.). How could I leave something like that?

Did I mention I'm excited to be working with Abe?

Friday, December 08, 2006

Revamping Site....

Under construction...will be back.

Blockquote test.

Can you feel it?


Sunday, October 29, 2006

To Fly For A White Guy?

Weird Al strikes again...

Where The Path Takes You

Do you ever remember what you wanted to be when you were a little kid? Most people do, although many people have given up on those dreams for "second best" or worse.

But what if you could choose to do what you wanted to do since you were little? Would you pursue it?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Google Reader Is Hot!

Love the new look Google! Now I can not only catch up with what my friends are saying, but also with what is happening around the world as well. :-)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Would You Choose The Money Or The Dream?

We all need money. Money is the blood of any economy, and if it ever stops circulating then your nation is registered as dead.

But dreams, goals, visions (whatever you call them) are the motivation behind the mind that creates the nation, business, etc. and without it we would all become nothing more than depressed robots stuck in a building working only to pay the bills and live another day.

But if you had to choose between the money or your dream, what would you choose? And, more importantly, is it possible to have both?

Possibly, but that involves risk, and to fail at striving so hard is more than enough to make most people shrink back in life.

About a year ago when I was studying for my investment license, I came across this phrase:

"The greater the risk, the greater the reward."

I think I am now at a cross roads in life. I can:

  1. Do something I kind of enjoy and make lots of money or
  2. Risk doing something that may not be profitable at first, but will satisfy this burning desire within.
I must admit I am wavering at the two, but then I am reminded that some things are done not for the money.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Future Of America?

(Hat Tip: Google Video Blog)

I sure hope not.

Makes you want to go out and cut up all of those credit cards.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Grant Writing, Is It In You?

I have been looking for a way recently to combine two passions of mine--money and writing.

Although writing a book would easily solve this problem (that is, if it became a New York best seller) I think becoming a grant writer would be something I would seriously enjoy.

I have already googled for some classes, and being the frugal person that I am I found some classes for under $500. Sweet!

I will still see if I can locate other places that are less expensive (and closer to home), although if I can find an online course somewhere, I'll probably be sold to that.

Note: Photo from

Becoming A Lift Port Ambassador?

So I finally decided to "throw in the hat" and sign up to become a Lift Port Ambassador.

I actually considered doing this before, but declined because I felt that I lacked the "know how" to be able to discuss what a space elevator is all about, let alone write about one.

Many moons passed and I finally wrote an article regarding the space elevator, which you can also see over at Blog Critics.

After viewing the initial feedback from the comment section (as well as an email from Frank and Michael) I decided to simply sign up and see whether or not I am accepted into the program.

I have already talked to some people about the idea (with positive and negative responses) and was encouraged by what I heard. Although counter arguments against building a space elevator will probably appear, I have the confidence to face them and perhaps kick off a movement to explore the stars--at least in my area.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Test post

Of my new journal. ;)