Tuesday, December 02, 2008
My dad came to the United States in 1965 to be a medical intern in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My mom was also a medical intern living in Youngstown, Ohio. They met in the United States, two Korean immigrants who had come to America for a better education and started to date.
Then it was time to introduce my dad to the family. The only family my mom had in the States was her oldest sister and her husband who lived in Decatur, Georgia because he was a Professor of Engineering at Georgia Tech. So my dad made the drive down to Georgia.
He pulled over at a rest stop to go to the bathroom. He stopped short of the restroom doorway. There were two entrances, one marked "White" the other "Colored". He stood there for a long minute. Was he white or was he colored? He had to make a decision because he really had to go to the bathroom. So he went into the white bathroom. Without incident.
My dad once told me, "When I see a minority or a woman in a position of authority, I think that person must be really excellent at their job. Because it's twice as hard for a minority to make it that far than it is for a white person. That's just the way it is in this country. Maybe in your lifetime, there could be a black president. Maybe, but I doubt it. Definitely not in my lifetime. No way." I remember feeling disappointed when he said this to me.
Late at night on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 I called my dad and asked him if he remembered having that conversation with me.
He said, "You know what. I was listening to his acceptance speech and for some reason my eyes were wet. I reached up to my eyes and they were wet. And I realized I was crying. I can't believe. I can't believe it."
I said, "I'm so happy for you, Dad. That you're seeing this in your lifetime."
"Yeah, I know. Congratulations, Fred."
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions in a note to your wall.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Previously I had posted a thought on this election and what it would come down to. Basically, will the vast number of newly (democratic) registered voters (many of them young and therefore unreliable) actually show up to vote come Tuesday?
I say... yes.
Early voting lines for the past week have been absolutely inspiring for those who will vote for Obama. Obama voters are especially enthusiastic about their candidate and to see the long lines in Georgia, GEORGIA, a state that leans McCain but will symbolically give extra motivation for voters to become a part of history.
To vote tomorrow, is to become an indelible part of this country's history!
Become a part of history.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
(Above are pics from my most recent race.)
Sept 16, 2007
November 18, 2007
February 2, 2008
September 14, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
He asked, "Dad, how does Santa get down the chimney?"
I said, "You mean, how does a big guy like that fit down the chimney and into the fireplace and into the house?"
He said, "Yeah."
I said, "That - is a very good question."
And then I walked out of the kitchen.
In socio-economics there's the upper class, the middle class and the lower class. In a wired society there's: the power users, the lay-user and the afraid-of-the-computer user. In a web 2.0 society: the update-every-days, the update-once-in-a-whiles and the why-bothers.
The people who use web 2.0 social web apps is a subset of a subset of a small set. They are all techies and are playing to the techie crowd. Question is: will these sites continue to only play to the techie crowd, or as time goes by, will the new (younger) generation become the update-ever-day kind and take these sites out of hobby-mode to actually-can-make-money status?
I check facebook and friendfeed all the time but what I find is that there's only a certain minority of my friends who use these web 2.0 apps, and an even smaller subset of them that update their status or other feed-worthy activity. It's a very small set of people who are avid users, the majority of all my friends (all of whom use email) don't use the web 2.0 app because there's little return on investment (of time).
Updating one's status, or one's blog or any 'feed-worthy' activity is an investment of time. Why would I want to write a review on a travel site or a movie review site or a restaurant review site? What do I get in return? If I feel like I'm party of a community then maybe it's stature. Most of the time, it's for people to broadcast their thoughts opinions. Most people don't care to broadcast.
Maybe future generations will be using these web 2.0 apps like we use the telephone. Blogging and broadcasting feed-worthy activity will be as routine as checking email. Maybe.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I've signed up for something on amazon called subscribe and save (http://www.amazon.com/sands/)
Basically, you buy stuff like paper products, toiletries and stuff you would normally buy at Costco and have it shipped to you for free. And then they send the same bulk item to you 3 or 6 or 9 months later automatically. You can modify the frequency. The shipping is free and buying in bulk saves you some as well.
I hate making the trip to Costco so this was a no-brainer.
Amazon has a lot of 'green' brands as well, but not the wide selection that costco has to offer. Still, it's worth trying out for a few months and see if I like it.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I’m not going to rant or rave about the state of politics today. I’m just going to cut to the chase. It comes down to just one thing and one thing only:
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
So I sent a help request form to Customer Care and a few days later they told me that I broke the Yahoo! Terms of Service Agreement and that’s why the shut my Yahoo ID down.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A group of people I used to work with started something called the Pushup Club. They woud pick a day of the week, Thursday in this case, and give themselves the entire day to do a set number of pushups. So on the first Thursday, they did 100 pushups in one day.
They could divvy up the 100 pushups any way they wanted to: in sets of 10, 20 or even 5 and they had 24 hours to complete those 100 pushups. Then the following Thursday the number was 200 pushups. The week after that, 300 pushups, and they would add 100 pushups to the total ever week.
This was very effective weight training because you were stressing/pushing your body beyond its previous limit in one day then giving it 6 days to recover and rebuild before distressing it again. Plus pushups are an excellent all-around exercise for the upper body.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The purpose of Fredfolio is to present all my studio and animation work as an online portfolio.
This blog, "Fredland", will continue to be the thoughts in my head while 'folio will be the images and stories in my head.
Monday, March 10, 2008
I'm not exactly sure what this is or how it works but my second cousin Beth tagged me so here it goes...
4 jobs I’ve had1. Cigarette Captain at Philip Morris. [read all about it here]
2. Fire Extinguisher Checker for the PENN Safety Department. The title says it all.
3. Bellboy for The Avalon Inn (Warren, Ohio), where I got into my first car accident with the company van.
4. Grill worker for "The World's Most Magnificent McDonald's" in Niles, Ohio.
4 shows I’m watching1. How It's Made on Discovery Channel my sons love this show.
2. ESPN PTI - my guilty pleasure, and I do mean guilty.
3. Avatar, the Last Airbender - honest to god, the best show on TV
4. Battlestar Galactica - it jumped the shark during during season 3 but I still dig it.
4 places I’ve been1. India - beautiful and crowded
2. China - hot and crowded
3. New York City - fun and crowded
4. on the ferry from piraeus to san torini - barfy and crowded
4 CDs I’m listening to
don't listen to CD's, instead i use Rhapsody. I listen to tracks at random and I don't know the artist's names or even albums. So I'm completely useless here. Suffice it to say, I'm not the biggest musicophile in the world.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
The solution, I have found, is to not read them at all. But listen to them.
Years ago I tried out Audible (www.audible.com) and downloaded two free books ("On Writing" by Stephen King and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini) then dropped my subscription. But I recently re-subscribed and have promptly listened to 3 books ("The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho; "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy; and "The Golden Compass" by Phillip Pullman) and working on my fourth. The subscription allows me to download 2 books a month.
The aural experience vs. the visual in consuming a book - Listening to an audiobook is great in that you get a performance from the narrator, an actor or the author, and, like radio, you can do other things while you listen. When reading a book, you can't do anything else but read the book.
Reading a book is visual and you miss out on the 'design' of the sentence. Sometimes an author will deliberately use short sentences like Hemingway or McCarthy. Does that come across in the audiobook? Is it important?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
There was some mention over company culture clash. Silicon Valley companies HATE Microsoft. It's not just a culture clash, it's an all out hatred/oil and water situation.
I hate to say it because I loved working there but for Yahoo, this was a long time in coming. You could see the decline begin 5 years ago, and it's caught up to them. So to turn 5 years of lethargic momentum around in 6 months - don't think so.
And the kicker is, even if the merger worked they'd still be chasing Google, they'd still be very far behind. Google is wicked shrewd and continues to run with the ball.
In the short term, wall street might like the accumulation of eyeballs and reward the stock price(s) but in the long run there's going to be severe confusion.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
I think Hillary would be a great president. I think Obama would be a great president. She definitely has more experience. But she would also bring out the Hillary-haters.
If Romney were the Rebulican nominee then Obama or even Hillary would be a shoe-in. But b/c it's likely to be McCain, it makes the race that much tighter.
While I still think it's the Democrats' general election to lose, I want someone with the best chance of winning and that's Obama.
Don't see much difference in policy and philosophy really, just electability.