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But I'm not. I'll probably do that after dinner.

Work is going to be excruciatingly quiet next week, as most of the people in my department have taken off for vacation. Mark is in LA - next year we'll have to figure out a better holiday schedule. Both our families make big deals of the holidays, although Chinese New Year is a bigger deal. And then it's about the only time I see my nieces and nephews and hopefully undo a bit of the years of damage they have coming to them.

My sister tells me that she just saw Kaitlin's report card, and she's doing quite well - she's actually caught up with other kids her age. It turns out that she's pretty good at math. My sister got her a workbook so that she can work on learning about negative numbers. You know what's funny? Her English is getting so good she's starting to translate for me with my mom. I hardly even realized she was doing it, until she said to my mom, "What she's trying to say is that..." and I thought Oh my god is my Chinese that awful? Apparently it is.

I just got a letter from my adopted brother's daughter. It's a long story about how he was "adopted", and how the circumstances of his adoption created a lot of drama in my family - I'm not going to go into it. I guess technically she's my niece. Anyway, the name she chose for herself is Crystal. I spent some time with her in the village - she's about 18 and about to take the entrance exam for university. She was a bit shy at first, but Crystal talks. And talks. And talks. In fact, in the three or four days I spent with her, I don't think I said more than ten sentences. Her letter is short, though, and I wonder if she didn't have enough paper or something. She keeps telling me how beautiful I am, which is really unnerving. I think she's probably translating from her Chinese literally to English, which makes her sentences sound very odd. I'll probably write her after dinner. I'm going to have to get my parents to write the address, though.

Some stuff I've been thinking about:

Did you know that some teenagers make money by teaching people how to play Halo? Are you fucking kidding me? They also get paid $25 an hour, which is way too close to my actual salary for comfort. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Not that I'd be any good at this - I suck at video games.

Harold McGee lives close enough to me that he can drive to the Ranch 99 at Milpitas.

I found out that Six Apart's offices are only a couple of blocks up from my work. That is so odd. Current_TV is also in the building next to mine. I walk by sometimes and am so tempted to walk in - you can see the workers, dressed like skater boys watching their stuff. And all I can think is, Are they working or goofing off?

My China photos are slowly coming up. I'm so glad Flickr increased their bandwith limit. I'm up to Hangzhou right now, and will post up pictures of my parents' villages next. If you actually want to see my family, you'll have to add me as a contact first. There are also no pictures of me, unless you want to look at the New Orleans pictures.

Oh hey! New Asian-Am show, called My Life Disoriented. Did they make one of the Asians goth? Or is that just a white guy in heavy makeup? Time to add to the TiVo list.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, etc!
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  1. This week was Secret Santa week! My Secret Santa gave me a little Christmas fir (obviously she doesn't know I will kill it in three weeks, if that), a Starbucks gift card (dude what is up with Starbucks at my company? everyone said they got one), my cubicle got decorated, and a really nice-smelling candle. I had no idea who it was, and the person it turned out to be was someone I had never suspected.
  2.  We also did a "white elephant" thing. For those of you who don't know about office holiday games like these, it's one of those things where everyone brings a small gift under $20. People take turns either opening a gift or stealing another gift from someone else who's already opened one. Each gift can only be stolen three times. After the third steal, the person gets to keep the gift. So a couple of the gifts were really desirable - like a bottle of wine, a Hello Kitty coffeemaker, a champagne flute, and others were not. Like my Serenity DVD! The person who opened it looked as if she had opened a can of worms - that's how unhappy she was with it. Ultimately she gave it up to someone who actually watches Firefly, and got herself a banjo Christmas CD instead. Weirdo.
  3. I had the most expensive meal of my life this week. Mark and I and a few other friends tried a tasting menu at the Ritz-Carlton. It was excellent, although I will be feeling guilty for the next six months for spending so much money.  One of the reasons we ate there was because the head chef beat  Japanese Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai. At least that's one of my rationales. It started out with several dishes of seafood (which were all really fresh and contained some things I would normally never eat, like sea urchin), foie gras (divine but I thought the foie gras I had at Bistro Elan was much better), duck breast (fantastic), veal (eh, kind of dry), and finished off with some desserts (delicious). 
  4. So I've been semi-following the whole Rosie O'Donnell thing.  At first I didn't really care, but then I hear she gave a half-assed apology in which she says she's sorry she's offended some people but she'll probably do another joke like that next week? Uh, first of all, "ching chong" ain't a joke. It's something five year olds use to taunt the new kid in class. And second of all, it's dumb and cliched at best. And third, unfunny. Like not just it's-offensive-and-racist-unfunny, as in it's just not funny. Not that I ever thought she was funny in the first place.
  5. Rachael Ray's influence expands. Next year the Oxford American dictionary will feature the word, or rather, abbreviation EVOO.
  6. I'm not linking anything today because I'm sick and don't feel like it.
  7. Has anyone read any reviews of Jimmy Carter's new book that doesn't attack him for being too sympathetic to Palestinians?

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Mark is taking public transportation with me tomorrow. L.A. Man Takes Train! Does! Not! Compute! ^_^

Training people is hard work. Especially on software you think is poorly designed in the first place. And also with people who are just not really computer-literate. I find it frustrating, and I have to keep remembering that I need to keep my mouth shut - I kept wanting to just install Firefox for her, but then I'd have to teach her how to use Firefox and that would take up another day that we don't have. On the other hand, once she masters that, it would really cut down on the work we do.

Amy Sedaris new book "Hospitality Under the Influence" looks hilarious. I flipped through it at the bookstore, and there's this one drawing of a woman bending over with a mirror to look at her vagina. It's so added to my wishlist. (Yes, there are real recipes and advice about hospitality, too.)

I watched episode 1 of Naruto last night, years after everyone finished the 150th episode. I'm not hooked yet, but I probably will be by the end of episode 4.

Aidell's makes really good, really delicious meat. We had their teriyaki chicken meatballs for dinner tonight, and they were awesome. On the plus side, they are also hormone-free and nitrite-free, which I did not know before. We originally got into their artichoke and garlic sausage.

I finished The Best American Short Stories compilation edited by E.L. Doctorow. I forget which year it is, but his selections were great - I loved the genuine diversity - in perspective, in feel, in culture - and loved reading all the contributor notes at the end. It was fun finding out what exactly the authors were inspired by. I think Junot Diaz is my new (to me) favorite discovery this year.

I also re-read I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan. No, I never watched the movie. The most surprising thing about the re-read this time around was that the book takes place in the seventies, and was written in that time period, so there are a lot of references to Nam and demonstrations. It's also a book about totally ordinary people without any extraordinary ambitions who get thrown for a loop by the choices they made. It's surprisingly compelling - I wouldn't call it excellent writing, but it's much more succinct and powerful than I thought it would be.

I Think We Should Start Talking About Starting A Band - I think I know this guy. And the guy he's talking to.

I think the writers of Boston Legal have been reading way too much manga. First it's all the slashiness, and now the incest...
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I did have barbecue! And it was gooood. A lot smokier than I expected.

I bought Mark a cookbook published by the Kansas City Barbecue Society or something like that. Overall, the experience was a very weird (to me) and kind of interesting one. The conference attendees were all women who were older than me by at least ten years, and the majority of whom had kids who were school-age. I have never been asked so many times if I was married, or if I "had a family" of my own. I mentioned that I had a boyfriend, but no one really seemed interested in boyfriends.

I flew in on the Missouri side, and the actual site of the conference was on the Kansas side. There was actually quite a contrast between the two sides - we were told that the Missouri side hadn't experienced much growth in recent years, and that Kansas City on the Kansas side was actually doing really well economically. The houses we saw were huge, and people had a lot of room in their front yards, and I kept thinking how much Californians would be willing to pay for that kind of real estate. Once our shuttle driver took us past Russell Stover's house. Apparently he's really famous for his chocolates or something? I hadn't really heard of him before. We also passed by a lot of signs about Amendment 2, which was explained to us as a stem-cell research bill. The opponents of the bill have taken to calling it cloning. We were told that Kansas had a lot of research companies around who were pushing for the bill. I thought that was pretty interesting, since California went through that last year, and right now the stem cell research building is being built pretty close to my work site.

The first night we had dinner at McCormick & Schick's, a restaurant chain that's fairly popular in the MidWest, from what I gathered. It's a seafood and steak restaurant, and they get seafood shipped in twice a day, so it's considered "fresh". I think just about everyone ordered seafood. It was sort of disconcerting, because I'm starting to get used to the way food is being treated in California now - emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients. This restaurant just got stuff from all over the country - New England, Louisiana, Washington, etc. I suppose it's harder to do local and seasonal if you're a seafood restaurant that's not next to any large body of water. Anyway, I ordered the scallops since they're my favorite seafood. They were all right - a little bit overcooked, but better than I'd had them at most restaurants. The real winner, however, was the chocolate bag dessert, which was the restaurant's signature dessert. It was made up of a chocolate shaped bag, and on the inside were creme fraiche and lots of strawberries and other berries (that were definitely not in season). It was really good. I shared the dish with someone and totally could not finish it.

Overall, people were pretty friendly to us. On the last night there was some teenage girl and her brother giving out free hugs to people.
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:52 pm


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September 30 is Free Museum Day. Check the site to see if any of your museums are participating. We're going to take Kaitlin to the Exploratorium.

I have been unable to find my work badge. This is not good, considering it also contains my train pass for October. If I don't find it, I'm going to have to shell out $7 a day for the train.

I'm currently reading Hokum, an Anthology of African-American Humor, edited by Paul Beatty. It is hilarious, and I actually had no idea that Al Sharpton was funny. Or Mike Tyson, for that matter. Really, really unintentionally funny. Some of it, though, I'm having trouble discerning the funny in it because it is so depressing and bitter.

We watched Studio 60 and so far I think I like it. I say I think because I couldn't keep up with half the dialogue - by the time I was done processing one person's speech the show had moved on to the next day. I need a transcript of the show. Oh, and I think Amanda Peet was terrible. I totally didn't buy her as the new young president "with spunk". And who says "spunk" anymore?
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Hells yeah! Michael Knight won! I was starting to get pissed off at the edits (or lack thereof) he was getting for the first couple of episodes, and I was really annoyed with how they treated him when he came to the auditions, but this episode challenge was made for him. I totally loved his outfit, even if I could never wear it in a million years.

Anyway, stoner Bradly Baumkirchner got kicked off. I will miss his stoner commentary - "I am a squid without an ocean."

We went to the San Carlos Farmer's Market and picked up a bunch of food. Mark kept me from getting distracted, and we bought tomatoes, pierogi, fresh corn, fresh tomatoes, salad mix, and green onions. The green onions we bought from Safeway a few days ago are pretty much dead, and it bugs me. Green onions should last at least a week! It's that same way with other Safeway produce, too. Don't get me wrong - I get the majority of my groceries from Safeway, but I am going to be very, very sad once farmer's market season is over. There's just no comparison between fresh, local ingredients that don't taste of pesticide and Safeway produce. Oh, and we also got artichokes! I love artichokes, even though you can't really do much with them, and it's kind of complicated to eat.

My mom's tomatoes are starting to come in, too. ^_^

I got asked by my manager to attend a training conference in October. It's in exciting Kansas City. Anyone know any good places to eat there? I'm on my own for dinner, although I will be compensated. I heard ribs are a good bet. I could also use tips on schmoozing - the Dale Carnegie class helped a bit, but I'm supposed to build a relationship with these people whose software I just want to take a hammer to and force them to build a new program. That works. I think I might be getting a little burnt out on work, too - there's going to be another person in our department leaving and that leaves me as the only current, full-time employee under my manager. Until we hire another person. My workload has increased ten-fold, and that's fine, because previously I was seriously scrounging for work to do, but I'm starting to get disorganized. I need to get back on track.
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I bought a dress yesterday. I need shoes, though. My fault for picking a white dress (with flowers), but I don't want to wear black at a wedding. Instead of shopping more today, though, I'm gonna see Superman Returns.

The musician Momus writes about the similarities between Japan and Germany and how he prefers most of their cultural habits/attitudes/ways of living to the Anglo ones. However, nowhere does he explain their similar tastes in pr0n, which is the one thing that I've always wondered about.

New season of 30 Days July 26th! On July 26th - the first episode is about and is called "Immigration." In the show, a border patroling minuteman (who just so happens to be a legal Cuban immigrant) moves in with an undocumented Mexican family in East Los Angeles. (My first reaction was, a fucking Cuban immigrant decided to be a minuteman? WTF? But after thinking about it, I could totally see it.) Morgan Spurlock's doing one episode where he's in jail for 30 days.

I have to go to work tomorrow. I doubt I'll get anything done, given that half my department decided to take the day off as vacation like normal people. Unfortunately, I'm saving up my PTO for the trip to China (if the tickets ever get bought), and I've just gotten sick too many times this year. (Yes, the only form of time off we have is PTO and no sick days, and I'm still in the process of accrual. Technically. My boss tends to give me whatever days I want off, but I don't want to get her in trouble.)
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Especially now that Guys Gone Wild exists. Favorite title is "Dude, Where's My Pants?"

Other things bouncing in my head:

You know that annoying guy in Office Space who says "Mmmmkay?" all the time? I met the real-life version of him in a very long meeting this week. He is just as annoying in real life.

Random people's opinions on immigration are really pissing me off. None of them seem to get that any changes in the law will also affect legal immigrants, almost certainly not in a good way.

Superman Returns will be on IMAX.

Mark's parents and grandparents are coming tomorrow. Mark previously thought they were coming last week, so I assisted him in the middle of a cleaning frenzy even though I was pretty sick. The good thing about cleaning last week is that there's not much left to do tonight. (And he is doing most of it.)

For whatever reason, lately, I've been resenting helping out with the cleaning. I think I'm just annoyed because even though I spend a lot of time here, I don't live here, and I (rightly or wrongly) don't feel like it should be my responsibility. Maybe I'm just being bratty.

The more I learn about the healthcare industry the more it depresses me.

I finished Danny, Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl. There are a couple of stories taken straight from his autobiography, Boy, and one chapter about the Big Friendly Giant, which would later turn into its own book. It's fascinating watching how the stories inspire more stories.

I hate PG&E. Stupid privatized utilities. (What, you thought California was liberal?) They have not managed to keep the power on continuously for a straight month. Last week, there was a power outage at my office. This week, Mark's power went out.
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I don't know why, but lately I've become really self-conscious about what I write in this journal. I've had this mood before - it comes and goes in waves, and it drives me fucking nuts.

Work is fine, and in fact, I'm getting pretty busy. There are two items of suckage - the company has decided to switch from LotusNotes to Outlook, and the company has also decided to comply with the California labor law for non-exempt employees requiring them to clock in and clock out on their computers.

I must be the only person who's not excited about using Outlook. I hate LotusNotes too - it's slow, it's buggy, and it does stupid shit like making all my meetings disappear. However, I'm pretty damn certain I'm going to get more spam with Outlook, more likelihood of getting viruses, and more annoyance because the interface irritates me and I have an (ir)rational hatred of all things Microsoft-related. I'm getting so annoyed that I even considered downloading OpenOffice and trying to run things on the Mozilla suite, except I realized that I probably don't have the administrative privileges to do that, and I'm not sure how I would do the Mozilla thing anyway. (I did install Firefox, though.)

The second item of suckage - supposedly the California labor law is supposed to guarantee that workers get paid the amount they work, but for my department it feels really constricting, and the fact that I'm dependent on the computer to clock in and out pisses me off. First off, I have to reboot my computer almost every morning. Second, my computer is slow. So that means that it's 8:15 before I can even log in properly. And by the end of the day I'm really tired, and I leave at 5PM sharp. If I have to log out, then I'll have to log out then, and it would look like I left 15 minutes early. Supposedly our department will work it out, but we'll see.

I made a few midyear resolutions. I broke some of them already. Why midyear? Because I'm lazy, that's why. And because I realized I need to get a grip on my finances already. I'm making a decent salary, but it seems to be disappearing as fast as I earn it.

1. Don't buy magazines or books. I broke this one already by buying the latest issue of Elle. I was really bored. Surprisingly, Elle was a bit more political than it usually is this month. I'm borrowing books from the library now, because I need to take a break from the books I have on my shelf. I'm currently reading Julie & Julia.
2. Eat out less, and eat healthier. Our biggest expense is eating out. I hit the farmer's market on Sunday. Damn, why didn't I do this every week? I got a one pound bag of salad mix for $4, a loaf of French bread, some really good tomatoes, and some great peaches and nectarines. I would have gotten more stuff, but I was afraid we wouldn't eat it all. The salad mix was excellent, and would have cost three times as much if I had bought it at Safeway. I'm going to need to figure out a plan for lunches.
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"To honor our great workers, Amici Pizza will be closed on Monday May 1."
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Japanese TV blog. How awesome is that?

My Dale Carnegie class is almost over. Next week will be our last session, and I've decided to make double-fudge chocolate brownies for everyone. It's been a fun ride, and very useful, but I'm looking forward to having my Wednesday nights back.

My cell phone number is dead. My new cell phone is coming in this week. I decided to sign up with Sprint for their "fair and flexible" plan, because I can get 400 anytime minutes and my nights start at seven instead of nine, which will definitely be a relief. I can call people across the country now! I considered joining Cingular for a few days, because that's what Mark is under, but their plans are ridiculously priced, and don't offer any really good benefits.

I've decided to accept some more responsibilities at work, now that the other person is gone. Man, people are hitting me up for dirt about his departure, but I can't. It would be disrespectful to him anyway. My manager is considering hiring someone for my position (and we'll see what happens to me later).

I finished Selected Fictions by Jorges Luis Borges last week, and started Selected Poems by Jorges Luis Borges this week. I have become so anal retentive about my reading that I'm actually reading the poems in Spanish first, then the English translation. Needless to say, I haven't gotten very far, but I think I get a better sense of the poetry anyway. Since I'm forcing myself to re-read the lines until they make sense in both languages, it slows me down enough to take it in.

I'm the same way with manga. I prefer reading manga in Chinese, not because I'm trying to show off or anything, but because I read English too quickly, and I'll gloss over the pictures in order to get to the next scrap of dialogue. If I'm reading in Chinese, I'll spend my time figuring out the characters and their dialogues from the drawn actions.
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Not that I'm planning to quit or anything, but this is very good to know: In California, a non-compete agreement is enforceable only if someone sells a business and agrees not to compete with the new owner. That aside, California employers cannot restrict the livelihood of their current or former employees.

Greencine had someone covering the Hong Kong Film Festival - the most interesting part is the controversial directorial debut of heartthrob Daniel Wu, who according to Wikipedia, went to Head Royce in Oakland. Head Royce is a pretty exclusive private school, and you either have to be very rich or very smart to get in. (Of course, the first thing that popped into my head was, so that's where all the hot Asian boys were!) I received an application, but I never applied, after looking at the cost. I remember we had a few friends who went there, and (my memory is extremely fuzzy on this) how once some people from Skyline went to visit them. One told a story about how the teacher, in order to get her class to be quiet, said that she would walk out until the class became quiet. And did. When one of the Head Royce students asked the Skyline kid what she would do if it happened in the public school, she replied, "We would walk out, too. Shit." Or something to that effect.

Of course, being from Oakland, Mr. Wu's a troublemaker, and his movie, Heavenly Kings, totally pissed off the Hong Kong media. It's basically a mockumentary/documentary, in which he and three other friends create a real band, and show how stuff gets manipulated and processed in the press and in the recording studio. He's been blacklisted from quite a few places, but it's only garnered him more media attention elsewhere, and his band is still Alive.

How is the movie itself? Don't know; have not received any VCDs from my sisters yet.
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1. Work has been insanely busy. That's good for me, because I am no longer bored.
2. I've been listening to NPR a lot. I don't listen to the stream, because I know it'll just piss me off. Instead, I picked the stuff that looked interesting and listened to those, such as Rebuilding Chinatown After the 1906 Quake, Gauging the Benefits of a Living Wage in L.A., and A Chat with Beverly Cleary
3. It's Beverly Cleary's 90th birthday! Her publisher is celebrating by declaring today Drop Everything And Read Day. I loved her stories, especially Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and the Mouse & the Motorcycle.
4. No Good For Me is one of my favorite fashion blogs. When did she start doing one for Jane?
5. Kaitlin is a card shark with more skills than Chinese men who've been playing for decades. While playing Chor Dai Jee (or Dai or Die or whatever the hell you call it), she beat me, my sister, Mark, and her mom several times. Too bad we cannot take her to Vegas with us.
6. Hey, remember when you were drooling over the revelation that the next Toyota Prius might get close to 100 mpg? Well, I took a random old issue of Dwell magazine with me to read on the train today, and came across this little nugget:

The VW 1-Liter Car

One mizzling day in April, Dr. Ferdinand Piech of Volkswagen broke an uncommon world record on the autobahn. His tortoise-like jet-black car consumed less than one liter of gas per 100 kilometers -- 239 miles per gallon. A concept car last spring, the 1-Liter is embarking on new developments. The two-seater is not a hybrid, but conserves through engine redesign, weight-saving measures, and aerodynamics.
Updates at VWVortex. (I don't see any mention of this car on the website but I haven't dug very far.)

Yah, so this little blurb is from Jan/Feb 2003.

7. Did taxes. That was painful.

Anyway, I gotta pack. Later.
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:46 am


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I was supposed to go to work early today, but I overslept. Now I'll have to stay late. For some reason my alarm did not go off. Arrgh.
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1. If there were ever a contest for EXTREME! Filing! I would so win.
2. Today is the third time this week I've dropped someone off at the airport. Thursday I pick Mark up. While we were waiting in line for the check-in counter to open, I noticed that there were a lot of people going to the Philippines. How did I know? Because they took their lives with them in boxes and boxes of stuff with their addresses on them, along with their luggage. It was a madhouse.
3. While eating dinner at my mom's house today, I flipped through the channels and landed on The Golden Palace, which was a short-lived spinoff of the Golden Girls. This episode was about racism and featured a young Don Cheadle, uttering the by-now-familiar-but-usually-dismissed admonishment, "Blanche, when I tell you something's bothering me, you need to take me seriously." Uh? How the hell was this bad eighties sitcom more useful in five minutes than an entire episode of Black.White? I think my world has been turned upside down again.
4. Kaitlin gets crankier than I do when she's hungry. I checked her homework and she's improving, but she really needs work on reading comprehension. And grammar. Like most immigrants to the U.S., she has the most trouble with tenses.
5. Tony Leung to star in English-language movie! *sigh* I've heard his English before - it's beautiful. The original lead character will be changed from an American to an American-born Chinese, played by Leung. - I don't know if that's ever happened before.
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What is up with people asking me how I am and then not answering me when I ask the same question? Isn't it supposed to go, "How are you?" "Good. How are you?" "I'm fine, thanks for asking." Instead no one answers my "Good. How are you?" question. I've let it go, but it's annoying.

I think I met the office Asian fetishist yesterday. I wonder if there's just no escaping the Asian fetishists; they're fucking everywhere.

I finished reading the How to Change the World book, and loaned it to a co-worker. It just ended up making me feel really guilty, because I feel like I should put some effort into getting back into non-profit work. I loved doing that kind of work, but it's not exactly fun, and there are lots of frustrations and walls you hit. The book doesn't focus on non-profits; instead it focuses on a lot of individuals who were able to get Things Done, and who had vision, and drive beyond the initial stages of their projects. For example, the Grameen Bank project, in which poor people were given low-interest micro-loans to start their own business These "social entrepreneurs" have two basic things - an ethical interest in the improvement of society, and a business-like approach to seeing it through. The book argues that these individuals, even though they're not well-known, have fundamentally changed society for the better.

I'm still thinking about that.

New York porn star hits it big as wine-maker.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 03:42 pm

a day

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The power went out at my workplace. Do you want to know just how incompetent PG&E is? At around 9:30AM, the power went out. At around 11:00AM, we had an announcement from the building manager that the power would not return until about sometime between 3:00PM and 5:00PM, oh, and there's a slight chance that it might not be on tomorrow either, so you should call this number to see whether you should come in or not!

I came home, and grabbed a snack from the drugstore. While I was waiting in line, a thin, blonde woman in her fifties(?) with a small face told the cashier that she'd caught her husband cheating on her. "On the Internet. And he denied it. Even though I had the credit card bill in my hand, he just shrugged and said 'It wasn't me'." Her hands were shaking as she swept the credit card through. I felt kind of embarrassed, because I don't even know this woman. She looked well-off, in high-heeled boots and an expensive-looking sweater. She looked like she was fighting back tears, and then she said something about her blood pressure being high. Then she told the cashier that she would see her tomorrow and left.

Hao Wu on free speech in China and taking a stand. He was arrested on February 22 by the Chinese.

Today I've been reading How to Change the World: Social Entrepreuners and the Power of New Ideas, by David Bornstein. It's not about nonprofits exactly, but it's about how smart people pushed their ideas to improve the world/society and made it happen, and in doing so, changed the system. It's pretty fascinating.

There's a bit that I really liked:

The new circumstances demanded that people become more ethically self-guiding: People had to be able to put themselves in the shoes of those around them. Those who could not navigate situations in which rules were changing or could not master the skills of empathetic understanding would find themselves unable to manage their behavior wisely and ethically; increasingly, Drayton asserted, they would be seen as "loose cannons" and marginalized within society.

I think some people missed that memo.
Mar. 19th, 2006 08:00 am


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You know what is completely weird? Finding the blogs of one of your co-workers when they've never mentioned it to you. It totally feels like I stumbled onto something completely personal and private, even though logically speaking, it's on the Internet for everyone to see.
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Apparently mine is still up. I haven't touched it since last year. I edited it a little, and I only have one friend on it. I looked at some of the data you could put in and got thoroughly creeped out by the add your "size" and "height" questions. The fuck? Also, they don't list my high school. I guess we're too ghetto.

I tried uploading a picture, but the file size was too big. Oh well; I probably don't want my face plastered over the Intarweb anyway.

Work is driving me crazy. We're doing audits, right? Only this time, everyone's basically auditing my work from last year, and the guy who's directly above me, the one who trained me on this stuff, keeps coming up to me, going, "Kim? How are you doing this random thing that the auditors will look at?" I tell him how I've been doing it, and he keeps telling me, "Oh, we're actually supposed to be doing it this way." I wanted to say, "Well, you could have told me that when you were TRAINING ME LAST YEAR, right?" Arrgh. So I've been going back the past few months, double-checking all my work to make sure they conform to the standard he only informed me yesterday of, when I thought I'd been keeping to the standard all along. These are really minor, nitpicky things, but they matter to the auditors.

I had a Dale Carnegie session this week. It was all right; it seems like the class suddenly got halved. I think some people might have dropped out. I stumbled over the talks I gave; we were supposed to do a one minute speech on something that required a lot of action, and a two-minute speech about a lesson we learned in our professional life that we had "earned the right to talk about". They want us to do gestures and get really animated, and I am just not a very expressive person. It's not like I speak in a monotone, but unless I am actually excited about something, it's hard for me to have anything other than a pretty blank expression.

Well, there's one other girl who's having the same problem I am. She's some sort of grad student scientist, who's attending with her husband. I actually think she's been performing pretty well, but her voice doesn't inflect much.
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Work suddenly dumped itself on me. Damn. We're in audit season right now, so there's a lot of pressure. I'm kind of pissed at myself because I'm discovering mistakes I made months ago and wasn't able to correct in time. Grr..

Other than that, I had a marathon IM session right before dinner today. I haven't done that since college! Am I getting old or what? I am, because everyone around me cannot stop talking about housing, and the future. Like, retirement and stuff. I think I talked to like, what 6 different people about life, the universe and everything. It's kind of crazy, actually. I wish everyone would just move near me; then I could see them whenever I wanted to.

Things I learned today: There is a Chinese Hospital in San Francisco, that serves the Asian population there. They have Chinese food in the hospital. You know what I wonder? I wonder if they let you eat oranges and chicken soup if you have a cold. My mom would never let me touch the stuff when I was sick.

I also learned that Chinese women are at higher risk of dying from breast cancer, mostly because they do not go get mammograms, they do not do breast exams, and they generally don't allow their doctors to do breast exams, most likely for cultural reasons. There are a lot of things we don't do, that we should, for cultural reasons.

I checked out some of the new magazines in the bookstore. There's a new one called "Cookie", that is a family oriented magazine. What it makes me think of is the joke in Everybody Hates Chris, where Chris is talking about how his family only buys generic food. "We didn't have cookies, we had COOKIE." There's another one, called We Men, that's bilingual, written in Chinese and English, and about as thick as a September issue of W. I flipped through it, but I didn't get it. Even though there was a beautiful Asian male model on the front cover, the models inside were all white guys. Bleh.
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