The summer of Lamar Odom
is finally over. The Lakers are invincible once again. HOW’S IT FEEL, CANDYMAN?
to my brother Brendan, who got his braces removed today. I am also infinitely envious that he only needed braces for 2 years, whereas I required 3.5 years. Hmph.
100 things your kids may never know about
Taken from http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/07/100-things-your-kids-may-never-know-about?npu=1&mbid=yhp. Audio-Visual Entertainment Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something. Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds. Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo. See what happens when you give a Walkman to today’s teenager. The number of TV...
How can you tell when people are lying?
Lesser eye contact or sometimes too much eye contact. Positioning items infront of them. Either too detail when explaining or always change topics. Lesser body movements. Liars tend to raise their voice just to frighten you. Can’t remember what they said. Creating stories or excuses that do not click. I found this on Yahoo! Answers, and I thought it’d be beneficial to save for a...
An oldie but DEFINITELY a goodie.
I love talking to I-Connex, Pt. 2
Barun: drill what????
Barun: contruction horizontally is more expensive than construction vertically
Me: no it is not.
Barun: u need to make onlu 1 foundation and then u can make as many floor
Me: have you accounted for transportation?
Me: vertical construction requires the use of elevators
Barun: yes and in 1/6 g
Barun: its really easy
Barun: u nee to pay for foundation on horizontal
Me: elevators are not only more complicated and more expensive to construct than public transportation traveling horizontally...
Me: but also cannot transport as many people compared to public transportation
Me: evacuation in the event of a catastrophe is also infinitely more difficult
Barun: no... evactuation is like cake walk
Barun: u can jump off the building... and ull not get hurt [WTF?!]
Barun: and then assemble at the bottom
Me: you're suggesting that our primary evacuation method should involve our inhabitants jumping out of their windows?
Me: such a method is disorganized and will lead to unnecessary injuries
Barun: well if there is a set pattern for the evacuation...
Barun: it can be organised
Me: you cannot easily control vertical movement
Me: which is easier? controlling 100 people falling midair? or controlling 100 people moving in a crowd?
Me: vertical movement cannot be organized
Barun: its raining men ...
Barun: but why cant we just try some new method ... lets not stick o the conventions
Me: yes, innovation is a positive thing
Me: we don't want to approach radical methods
Me: that cannot be backed up
Me: vertical construction will lead to either an infeasible and unsafe evacuation method (elevators), or a radical method (jumping out of windows)
Me: we will inevitably try different things
Me: just not in the method of construction
Me: i.e. changing from horizontal to vertical construction
Barun: k lets talk a bit later..
Barun: im going to have food [AKA GOT OWNED BY MY AWESOMENESS]
I love talking to I-Connex, Pt. 1
Ian Villa: how are the girls in india
Ian Villa: ahaha
Gursanam: gals r cool....
Gursanam: i shud say....
Ian Villa: AHAHA
Gursanam: n der?
Gursanam: i kno....
Gursanam: dey r damn gud....
Ian Villa: lol
Ian Villa: we have our share of ugly ones too
Ian Villa: lol
Gursanam: i hav been 2 usa buddy....
Gursanam: i kno abt a bit....
Gursanam: v hav ugly 1's here as well.....
Ian Villa: ahaha
Gursanam: v cant compare gals of usa n india.....
Walking On the Moon - The Dream ft. Kanye West ...
With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our...– John F. Kennedy
Wow, this video is extremely controversial. In fact, it was censored by Youtube when it was first uploaded. This video ridicules religion, so do not watch if you think you’ll be extremely offended.
THANK GOD FOR O-CHEM
I never thought I’d say that. While playing Letterblox on Omgpop.com, the letter combination “N-E-F-L-I-O” came up. I mean, what the hell?! What common words can you make out of that? Lie Elf Ion One Oil Foe Fin Eon Loin Lion Noel File Foil Fine Info Life Felon 17 words is seriously not enough to win a game of Letterblox. What’s more, I was playing...
Materialism is buying things we don’t need, with money we don’t...– Taken from Cyndy’s Facebook
It’s been 3 days since I finished O-Chem. Regarding the course, it was the first accelerated class I’ve ever taken; we covered 14 chapters of 1st semester O-Chem in merely 6 weeks (most summer classes last 8 weeks). Furthermore, my professor, Dr. Rogers (he absolutely loathed being called “Mr. Rogers”), was simply way too brilliant at what he taught. He graduated from MIT...
I love Facebook debates. Not.
Kevin Nguyen: just had an epiphany: why are asians considered to be exotic when there are more of us than white people? it'd appear that white people would be in the minority...
Justin Pariwat Tuwatananurak: I don't think Asians are the majority in America
Autumn Aubrey Crow: Yeeaahh, you haven't been to Texas. ALL white people. And a few illegal Mexicans.
Justin Alec Syhongpan: have you even stepped outside of california before? -.-
Ivy Hu: You mean in the world right
Kevin Nguyen: geez guys, i meant world population
Alexander Vo: We never see the Africans, Chinese and Indians.
Justin Pariwat Tuwatananurak: I'm pretty sure if you were in asia...asian people wouldn't be exotic
Kevin Nguyen: i'm pretty sure you're overthinking it
Justin Pariwat Tuwatananurak: I'm pretty sure I'm not :o many asian guys like exotic women...aka white women to us.
Kevin Nguyen: which i'm saying doesn't make sense because the world asian population exceeds the world white population. i'm also declaring (according to my epiphany) that location is irrelevant; would you consider coffee to be exotic? it isn't commercially grown in the continental united states
Kevin Nguyen: relative* location, i mean
Justin Pariwat Tuwatananurak: Exotic can be independent of location depending on what definition you're using. If you mean something "not native to a country", I suppose coffee could be exotic. If you mean something that is rare/different, then no, coffee is not exotic since it is widely available in the conUS.
Kevin Nguyen: then throw in another drink: coca-cola. coca-cola originated in the united states, and is by far the most common drink in america (in terms of how many people drink it each day). coffee, on the other hand, is not grown in the continental united states (essentially not native to the country), and cannot claim as many consumers as coca-cola (not as widely available). would you still consider coffee to be exotic?
Justin Pariwat Tuwatananurak: Technically, yes. Realistically, no, because it's consumption is rather widespread in the nation, it doesn't really qualify as as strange or unique. I'd have to say exoticness is strongly related to one's location, which pretty much determines the prevalence of a given race/object/thing. While Asians, globally, are the majority, it certainly isn't... Read More the case in the Bible Belt, or for most of the conUS. Using a global scale as you're suggesting doesn't really work out. At least in my opinion, it trivializes the differences in regions throughout the map.
Kevin Nguyen: A "realistic" point of view would suggest that Asians, while in the global majority, are restricted to, well, countries in Asia. This perspective is based on a widespread belief, due in part to the unparalleled proliferation of Western literature that conveys such a frame of mind. Nonetheless, the numbers speak for themselves: the world population... Read More is dominated by those of Asian descent, and this dominance will only strengthen in the foreseeable future. With such a large population comes the potential to migrate, as population growth begins to exceed economic and biological sustainability. A gradual, widespread migration will effectively refute the traditional label of Asians as "exotic." Who knows, such a prediction may never be fulfilled. Still, the point of this epiphany was to broaden the current scope, to expand a traditional perspective, rather than immediately invalidating it.
Bernard Siu: Historically, Western literature proliferates mainly the Western nations. In recent years, perhaps Asia has been "infiltrated" by more Western influences and thus dominates more aspects of culture. Nonetheless, Asians are as exotic to the West as white people are to Asian nations. Our growing up in America and considering Asians to be "exotic" may be a matter of learned perspective.
Kevin Nguyen: My epiphany did not pertain to an Asian perspective; it dealt with expanding an existing Western point of view. So yes, a proliferation of Western literature in Western nations is thoroughly appropriate (although a significant Western presence in Hong Kong, Macau, and Indochina suggests that the proliferation of Western literature was not entirely ... Read Morelimited to Western nations. But that's another point). Yes, Asians are entitled to their own point of view, and indeed, white people are considered to be "exotic" in Asian countries. Nonetheless, I chose to challenge the more dominant point of view, the Western one.
Bernard Siu: But if we are to say that in terms of population that Asians are the prevalent group on the Earth, then would not the Asian culture be more a more dominant point of view than the Western one? Or are we looking at this from an Amero-centric point of view? Also, Latin America also consists of groups that are then, by the Western perspective, exotic as well.
Kevin Nguyen: Simple. The Western World's history of technological advancement and colonization between the 15th and 19th centuries overwhelms Asia's population, establishing and maintaining a dominance of Western thinking. Furthermore, Asia's population explosion is a recent phenomenon, something that occurred largely within the past century, if not the past 50... Read More years. Therefore, it doesn't significantly coincide with the Western World's era of colonization. I will not contest the point about Latin America because its population clearly doesn't match that of the Western countries. In fact, aside from Australia (doesn't quite count because it's the only continent with a single country) and Antarctica (doesn't quite count because it's used merely for research and exploration purposes), South America is the least-populous continent in the world.
The 30 Most Satisfying Simple Pleasures Life Has...
lorissaprid: Sleeping In on a Rainy Day – As the rain beats lightly against the window, you nestle your head deeper into your pillow. The sound is soothing and your bed feels like a sanctuary. There is no place you would rather be. Finding Money You Didn’t Know You Had – You reach into your pocket and find a $20 bill from the last time you wore these jeans. You aren’t rich, but you are richer...