Me @ F8

June 6, 2007

Hey, I was on news.com again 🙂 (no no, this isn’t like last time)

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Haiping (a long time colleague of mine and now an engineer at Facebook) is standing behind me. I wonder why they didn’t get our names to add to the picture caption.

Pete’s sister was taking a business communications class and one day, he turned to me and said that I was in her textbook and they were talking about me in lecture. Nice! I wonder what they had to say 🙂

She’s visiting Pete this weekend and she brought the book along. It’s called Business Communication, Building Critical Skills, and it’s written by Kitty O. Locker (of Ohio State booooo :p ) and Stephen Kyo Kaczmarek.

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It’s only a quick reference in the book, but I am curious to know when people are discussing my story in class. If you’re a professor or if you’re a student in a class about this stuff, let me know; I’m always happy to discuss these things 🙂

Tahoe and Revenge?

February 27, 2007

This past weekend Rose and I went up to Tahoe with our grx small group, Immersion. The trip was mostly uneventful except for two things: a clever plot on Saturday night that demanded payback and the weather Sunday morning on our way back to the Bay Area.

First, the weather.

I checked the weather report for this weekend on Friday before we left and it said that there would be a little snow Saturday night through Sunday morning. Sounded perfect, snow overnight and fresh powder during the day. Turns out that instead of a few inches of fresh, we got dumped on! Here are a few shots Rose took from the car while we were driving Sunday morning.

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So turns out that we got outta there just in time. After we got past the summit on 50 eastbound, they closed the freeway for avalanche control. We decided to hightail it outta there and it took us about 8 hours to get home. Today, we heard that it took some people 12 hours to get back yesterday, so it looks like we were actually lucky 🙂

Ok, now for the more interesting part: revenge?

On our first night up at Tahoe, Friday, we had two rooms. One for guys and one for the ladies. Since we had 6 guys, the guys room was larger – a two story unit with a bed on the top floor and a couch on the first floor. Huy, Eddie and I slept on the first floor and Alan, Jimmy, and Hugh slept on the top floor. The next morning, Alan and Jimmy complained of not getting a good night’s sleep, but didn’t really say why. We figured it was an uncomfortable mattress or something.

Then on Saturday night, Alan, Jimmy, and Hugh tried to drive home after the day up at Kirkwood. By the time they started to head out, the storm was already coming in, so they turned back around and stayed another night at Tahoe. At this point, we only had one hotel room (we checked out of the other room) and I figured we could probably all jam up in there for a night. However, Jimmy and Alan insisted on getting another hotel room. We figured they just didn’t want to cram 9 people in a standard small hotel room.

They found a room at a motel down the street and got ready to move over there. Now comes the clever part, they left Hugh behind in our room, and said they’d come pick him up in the morning. Odd, we thought, but whatever.

As most people can probably guess by now, Hugh is an awfully suspicious character in the story. Turns out, Hugh has a serious case of sleep apnea, and it was exceptionally loud. He was choking and coughing all night, basically preventing everyone but me from sleeping (I’m always passed out cold). Rose is a very light sleeper so she ended up getting basically no sleep all night! 😦

Well, needless to say, this was a deliberate act of war. So that night after we got back, after Alan had gone to bed, we took my old foam mattress and did this:

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Then we added these:

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And lastly, here’s the scene this morning:

Bwahahaha! Watch out Jimmy, you’re next! 😀

No more Flickr upload limit!

December 27, 2006

Just noticed that flickr has removed the upload limit for pro accounts. Yay, consider my complaint answered!

Notice anything different?

December 20, 2006

Here’s a picture of me last week:

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Here’s a picture of me today:

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Hehe, yeah, I shaved. 🙂

I’m probably one of the last people in the blogosphere to take advantage of this offer, but here’s my post to get myself upgraded to a Zooomr Pro account. They offer 4GB / month of upload capacity – double the Flickr limit – so maybe when I run out over there, I can switch to Zooomr?

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Hey Zooomr guys, if you really want me to embrace the service, how about an import function from Flickr so I can store all my photos on your site? (I think that would quickly bust my 4GB monthly allotment)

Oh, and you really gotta buy zoomr.com if you really want people to be able to find your service 😉

This past weekend, Rose and I went with a bunch of people from small group to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. As with any such event, there were of course a ton of people, lotsa traffic, and parking was a headache… soooo the Pumpkin Festival itself wasn’t so interesting. BUT, on our way home, we stopped by a massive straw maze and saw a sign for a pumpkin launcher and we knew we had to go check it out.

At first, we thought it would be a Lord of the Rings style catapult pumpkin launcher, so we were slightly disappointed when we just saw a large slingshot. But then we observed a few pumpkins being launched and we knew we had to try it. We bought some launching pumpkins…

And let ’em fly!

Those pumpkins actually fly pretty far!

So after firing off a few pumpkins, we went to the straw maze. It was $5 / person ($18 for 4) and the lady at the door said it would take 30 minutes, so we figured it’d probably take 10. But since we were there, we decided to go in and run around.


All told, it took us about 45 minutes to get through the thing. It was much larger than we anticipated and it was actually a ton of fun. Dan, being an search engine engineer at A9, suggested a depth-first search algorithm. Clearly the people who constructed the maze were a bit smarter than that algorithm because it pretty much got us completely lost in less than 5 minutes. Eventually, we did make it out though (although we probably ran into every dead end in the entire maze).

Verdict: highly recommended!