Saturday, December 18, 2004
breakout or outbreak?
Looks like Eli Manning picked a good day to live up to some of the hype. Manning had a 0.0 QB rating last week, and thus far has managed to keep up with the Steeler offense. Who would have thought that the floundering Giants had any life left in them?! I don't know about you but I'm hoping for an upset. Go Giants!

(and no, i'm not a sellout, i'm just looking for AFC championship homefield advantage for my Pats!)

p.s. i saw manning for the first time with no helmet on and realized how young he looked. he's the same age as me (same birthday and everything)-- no wonder people think i look 17!

darn, i jinxed him. not long after i posted there was an interception which essentially ended the game. 33-30 steelers. chalk up another one for the rookie roethlisberger.
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same to you! merry christmas!

By Blogger j4r3d, at 12/25/2004 11:37 PM  

Happy Birthday!!

By Blogger Albert Wu, at 1/03/2005 5:51 PM  

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Thursday, December 16, 2004
mandatory iPods
once upon a time people had language labs to work on the oral/aural aspects of learning a foreign language. Now things are trending towards this. What ever happened to the tape recorder? Elitist America is becoming increasingly so by the minute. I'm all for technology, but if you are going to make such an expensive piece of equipment MANDATORY, it is your responsibility as an educational institution to make sure that they are affordable (preferably free, unless damaged or not returned).

...and while we're on the subject, i'm still waiting for some more referrals. c'mon, FREE IPOD

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004
what's the word?
Marketing. What comes to mind? Things like word of mouth, buzz, and viral perhaps. I know i'm good at throwing these around with the best of them but do you really know what they mean?

Check out the Word of Mouth Manifesto, if for no other reason than to see a really cool looking pdf.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Slashdot is reporting that Thunderbird, Mozilla's stand-alone email app, has finally reached version 1.0 status. Don't hurt yourself rushing to download it now!

  • Adaptive junk mail controls - Thunderbird's junk mail controls learn and improve from emails that you receive to stop spam.
  • Integrated RSS news and blog reader - View RSS news feeds and blogs with Thunderbird to quickly scan and sort through hundreds of headlines.
  • Saved search folders and search bar - To help you find emails faster you can save common searches in virtual folders and find emails with the search bar.
  • Tools to efficiently manage email - Global inbox, message filters, grouping, message views, labels, and much more are available to help you manage your email.
  • Extensible with themes and Add-ons - Extensions like Palm Synchronization with address book make Thunderbird even more customizable and convenient to use.
  • Easy migration - With Thunderbird it's easy to switch from Outlook Express and other email clients. When you first launch the product, Thunderbird migrates your mail account from Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, and Netscape Communicator.

Get Thunderbird
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Monday, December 06, 2004
kazaa it up - Survey: Net file-sharing doesn't hurt most musicians - Dec 6, 2004:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Most musicians and artists say the Internet has helped them make more money from their work despite online file-trading services that allow users to copy songs and other material for free, according to a study released Sunday.

Recording labels and movie studios have hired phalanxes of lawyers to pursue "peer to peer" networks like Kazaa, and have sued thousands of individuals who distribute copyrighted material through such networks. But most of the artists surveyed by the nonprofit Pew Internet and American Life Project said online file sharing did not concern them much.

Artists were split on the merits of peer-to-peer networks, with 47 percent saying that they prevent artists from earning royalties for their work and another 43 percent saying they helped promote and distribute their material. But two-thirds of those surveyed said file sharing posed little threat to them, and less than one-third of those surveyed said file sharing was a major threat to creative industries. Only 3 percent said the Internet hurt their ability to protect their creative works.

"What we hear from a wide spectrum of artists is that, despite the real challenges of protecting work online, the Internet has opened new ways for them to exercise their imaginations and sell their creations," said report author Mary Madden, a research specialist at the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

The nonprofit group based its report on a survey of 809 self-identified artists in December 2003. The survey has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Sounds like one big RIAA conspiracy to relieve average people of what little money they do have. I can attest to the value of file-sharing programs such as Kazaa-- I'd say about 30% of my 150+ CD collection consists of albums I would never have paid money to own, had I not had an opportunity to preview the artist. You and I both know that thirty second clips just aren't the same as getting a chance to listen to songs in their entirety. It is possible to find the albums you want (legally), with a little patience, and without having to pay the exorbitant retail prices ($15+), so I say leave the little guy (us) alone and (most of us) will do the right thing.
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I think you make a good argument for subscription-based music services, although I'd never give up my Mac just to use one ;-)

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Sunday, December 05, 2004
sleep debt
nyt magazine report:
A modest but constant sleep shortage can undermine alertness, a University of Pennsylvania study notes. Those with ''minor'' sleep debts -- say, sleeping just four to six hours a night -- may display cognitive declines equal to people who have not slept for up to two full nights.

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the color purple
Current mood: angry

I saw this movie in its entirety for the first time last night. I know I read the book way back when (ie late elementary/middle school, back when I used to read for fun) but I must have been too young or something because I haven't felt like this in awhile. I've got more to say but I have to go so consider this filler til I can come back.


Anyway, I understand that Walker is just telling a story that's based on the time, but the Spielburg does a phenomenal job bringing her characters to life. Every rape, beating, and other injustices dealt to the women in the story felt like a blow to the gut. I can't imagine even pretending to be that submissive, and Whoopi Goldberg did it exceptionally well playing Celie, the main character. Time after time I found myself pleading for her to just get up and go. I'm glad for Danny Glover's sake that I've seen him in other films, because each new abusive act made me hope that someone would come along to teach him a lesson.

In any case, my review doesn't do the story justice; watch the movie yourself (or better yet, pick up the book). "Celie" could be the grandmother of someone I know, and that's a pretty sobering realization.

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Truth about the Don't Worry post...thanks for the encouragement through it!
Posted 12/6/2004 at 9:25 AM by Nyam

hmm... what a mood to be in!
Posted 12/6/2004 at 3:25 PM by Emily_Lee

hey go to sunnie's blog for pictures.... he came with me for her birthday. (I would have thought you'd have looked at them already!!)
Posted 12/7/2004 at 8:01 AM by princessvince

ive yet to view this one
Posted 12/7/2004 at 9:17 AM by CaKaLusa

never saw the movie, read the book for school. it was a little much for me.
Posted 12/7/2004 at 9:25 AM by Nave99

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Saturday, December 04, 2004
Congratulations to the SHAW UNIVERSITY BEARS on winning Pioneer Bowl VII, defeating Tuskegee University, the all-time winningest black college football program and the third winningest program all-time in NCAA Division II. Already having captured the CIAA title Nov 6, the Bears finished their incredible season with an upset victory over the SIAC champs. Pretty good for a team that's only in it's third year of existence .

(yeah, i know i'm not a big college football fan, but after two years of ciaa (hoops) tournament madness at the side of my uncle, a product of Shaw, i can't help but root for them. besides, HBCUs don't get enough press!)
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