Articles in life

  1. Belated Christmas Pressies

    Took two deliveries at work today for my belated Christmas pressies (that I actually have to pay for myself). First one -- all the way from the United Kingdom: It's Real World Haskell by Bryan O'Sullivan, Don Stewart, and John Goerzen. It was released in November 2008 by O'Reilly, which you …
  2. Last Day at Work in 2008

    Last "working" day for me for 2008, as I will be taking 4 days off next week and resume "work" on the 5th of January. "Work" is in double quotation mark because it refers to only my office work during the day time at IRESS. I am pretty sure …
  3. All Girls

    When all the Taiwanese guys from my ex-uni course mates married Hong Kong girls was statistically scary, here is something even more creepy. They all have girls! So. We had Anna and Elsie. Then G and F had a baby girl last year. The 3rd couple had their first …
  4. Moving a Queen Size Bed

    Alan and Jean are moving back to Hong Kong after college, and their bed will be temporarily stored at our place. Even though they live around 200 metres up the street, moving a queen size bed from a 4th floor apartment to my place across the road can still …
  5. I am B-B-Back!

    I am back to Sydney this morning after 2 weeks of so-called "holidays" in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Took the night flight from Hong Kong to Sydney and it wasn't pretty with two tired children... Well. The trip is good. Visited family that I have not seen for a while …
  6. Are We There Yet?

    Looking at Dow Jones and ASX this week was painful. It goes down, and down, and down like there is no tomorrow. Fortunately market is closed on weekends so people can take a breath -- thinking about when it is going to end. It's a bit like taking kids for a …
  7. Catch Up Week

    It's going to be the week of catching up. Last Friday I went and picked up my primary school friend from air port, and brought him around Sydney Eastern suburbs on Saturday and Sunday. I have not seen him since migrating to Australia back in 1990 -- which makes that 18 …
  8. New Keyboard - Unicomp SpaceSaver

    Got a new keyboard at work. Why am I blogging about an old-style looking beige coloured keyboard? It has only 104 keys -- no media keys, no volume knob, no wireless, no USB hub, no card reader, no ergonomic layout -- not even palm rest! It's a Unicomp SpaceSaver with a USB …
  9. We Are On Sydney Morning Herald!

    Lazy Saturday morning. Checked my email at around 11am, and got an email from Elsie Lam with a catching subject: Picture of you in the newspaper!!. Ouch -- is that in the crime section?! Hopefully not. No chance in Sports nor in the gossip section either, I think. Then Elsie passed …
  10. China, According to Beijinger and Shanghainese

    Via SinoSplice, Chinese Map according to Beijinger and Shanghainese. Although it is a bit of generalisation, you can pretty much see the culture difference between those two mega cities. Click to see the full size image.   It is interesting to see that they both agree on Shangdong, Wenzhou and Xinjiang …
  11. I Need More Money

    I need more money... This is what I have posted on my Twitter status: Yes. Facebook app Friends for Sale can be addictive, where you make virtual money online by buying/selling your friends as "pets". No I don't aim to become a millionaire but I do have a collector's …
  12. Whom should I SMS?

    There are a few bonuses when you recharge your Three Prepaid Mobile (in my case, a Three Skypephone). You get 150 minutes of free calls to other Three users, and 100 free SMS to any mobile network. Well. That's all good. Except when there is some glitches. After I recharged …
  13. Kevin Rudd the new Prime Minister of Australia

    Watching the live stream from Kevin Rudd's victory party in Brisbane right now. Looks like the election is now finally over -- no more election campaign ads everywhere! Oh, Australia also has a new Mandarin-speaking, me-too echoing Prime Minister. Yeah. A new era. I went to vote this morning (in Kingsford-Smith …
  14. AustPost PO Box - A $70/Year Spam Box

    There is an advantage and a disadvantage living on the southern side of Gardeners Road. I live in Daceyville, where most of my neighbours are of the state housing commission. As I have suspected that it is the reason -- I actually do not get many unsolicited commercial mails, i.e …
  15. Someone has just sent me an SMS

    A few minutes passed noon today, I received an SMS message from some number I did not recognise. Reminder: Your tax return is due 31 Oct. You can use e-tax at ato.gov.au Please ignore if recently lodged. Australia Taxation Office. Thanks for the reminder from our considering government …
  16. It Is Now Complete

    Went to the big crowded East Garden Saturday morning, and bought this from Big W. $14.82 each, and comes down to total $44.46. Once in a while my heart feels a sense of completeness. Saturday morning was one such occasion. Now with Episode I to III (all with …
  17. Touch Down at the Gold Coast

    10:20am this morning -- touch down at the Coolangatta Airport. Welcome to the sunny Queensland. Vivian, Anna, Elsie and I will be here for a week of holiday, and will be back to Sydney next week. Oh. Holiday + Wifi connection at home = very good :)
  18. When Sickness Strikes

    On my bed side table there are two DVDs from Bigpond Movies -- Casino Royal and The Dreamers. Got them through this deal where you can get two months Bigpond Movies trial for free, but that's besides the point. They have been sitting there unwatched for more than half a week …
  19. Melbourne

    Got back from Melbourne on Saturday night but only managed to write about it today. It was my first visit to the capital of Victoria that was not work-related. I used to just fly down there, taxi'ed to the office in CBD, taxi'ed back to the airport and fly back …
  20. 收到楊大哥的信

    最近這幾天常常在我的 Gmail 帳號下收到奇奇怪怪的電郵,而且還是繁體中文的。大部分的時間我都把它們直接丟往垃圾筒裡,但今天心血來潮就打開了幾封看看裡面賣的到底是什麼葯。 結果發現這幾封都是寄錯地址的!我的 Gmail 地址是 scott.yang at gmail dot com,所以我懷疑這幾封信真正的收信人也叫 Scott。信裡的對收信人的稱呼為「楊大哥」!而他的責任是-為一個婚禮做主持人!基本上這些信都是有關那婚禮的,而寄信人分別為某某婚姻顧問,與一家台北上市公司的總經理!!! 由此可證寄電郵前一定要把地址打對,不然很有可能被無聊人士貼在他的部落格上。 還好那收信的楊大哥只是在 CC 裡面,然後他的另一個郵址也在 CC 裡,所以他應該沒有漏失任何郵件...