FRQ - Friday Five, b2++, AdSense, etc.

Why Friday? I don't hear anyone asking, but I am giving an answer anyway. It's "officially" the end of working week, where my mindless surfing ends, and I need a place to collect all the thoughts before hitting the weekend. For this week, I have found another interesting time-wasting effort that is suitable for procrastination. Friday Five is a website that pumps out 5 personal questions each Friday that each blogger can use to fill some blanks in their journals. If you don't have anything to blog about this week, at least you can pick up the questions on Friday Five and reveal abit about yourself. Anyway. Here's my take from last week's Friday:

  1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have?
    Learn Cantonese!!
  2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest?
    I am always honest about my indifference.
  3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn't? What happened?
    Like, they just bought exactly the same thing that is $50 cheaper than how much I've paid? Sometimes...
  4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why?
    A Jedi knight, of course! The one who controls the force, wields light sabre, travels through galaxy and preserves the peace of the universe, that is.
  5. What's one talent/skill you don't have but always wanted?
    Since I picked up guitar 13 years ago, I always wanted to be able to play piano/keyboard and read sheet music fast. That has never happened.

Gee. These questions are hard. Definitely not designed for Fridays :)

A few days later...

Well. I did the bits above on Monday, and now the latest Friday Five has been released, and here's my attempt on this week's questions:

  1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short?
    Straight short hair. Not that short. Urr. I need a haircut.
  2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime?
    It has always been black. However, when I was in Queensland because of the sun, it actually appeared "brownish" and people thought I had a die on my hair. Oh. Did I mention that I used to have "longer" hair? But that's history.
  3. How do your normally wear your hair?
    On my head. Actually I don't take it off...
  4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like?
    I need a hair cut now to go to Ben and Faith's wedding tomorrow! Whatever will do.
  5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened?
    Last time when V cut my hair. It took 2 hours on the first day, and 90 minutes the next. Why two days? Because we realised that it's now even when I woke up in the morning the next day.

Why is it all hair related question? I need some deep meaningful philosophical questions that I can pnder in my head! Maybe not. It is Friday.


Claudine from Pelita wrote about the weblogger types that is very interesting. So, what kind of blog is my playground? I think I am more of a joint between The Journalist and The Philosophers. I do take my trusty Psion 5mx to take notes where ever I can, but I mainly focus on Christian events. At the same time, things happening everyday seems to pull enough thoughts for me to write philosophical essays on... Okay. I must admit that I am also a surfing junkie that occasionally blog on the garbage I found on the Internet.

Even wondering who works for the Empire blogs? Here's a list of Storm Troopers Bloggers - Microsoft Bloggers. free blog site is deployed using a new blogging tool - b2++. "b2++" is related to the popular PHP based blogging tool b2, but it uses Smarty template as the template engine, so that you don't have to modify raw PHP file, which sometimes marks b2 as "geeky". It has quite a few new features, and it comes with a script that provides "blog hosting" capability, which is very cool. It has a registration form that someone can come and request a new blog. Then after the administrator approved the request, the new site will be created by the script and that person is ready to blog!

Geek Stuff

The saga between IBM and SCO continues this week. First of all, SCO terminates IBM's right to use and distribute AIX, as SCO exercised the right under the original sublicensing agreements between IBM and AT&T back in 1985. But the big blue does not even give a damn about it, as IBM stated that the license is irrevocable, perpetual and fully paid up. Here's a list of related news on the Battle Over Unix on, thanks to Oliver for the links. The next episode continues next week.


I have just noticed Google AdSense, which is a service the giant Google is putting out to place contextual text advertisement on your website, and they'll pay you for it! Here is a discussion on Webmaster World about this topic. It claimed to have more than 100,000 advertisers (Google Adwords?), managing all your accounts on-line and will push out ads that is contextual sensitive, i.e. the ads will be related to the content of your page.


Here is an interesting way to create properties for a Python class, and it eliminates the chance that users will call your get/set functions directly. For example,

  class Foo
      def bar():
          def getfunc(self):
          def putfunc(self, val):
          def delfunc(self):
          return getfunc, putfunc, delfunc, 'some doc string'

      bar = property(*bar())

Quite neat.

Here's some plugins for the Vim fan that wants to code Python -