Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

A Brand New Look

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

As I mentioned here, I’ve just completed the mockups of the new look and am in the process of moving them over. As a result, things might be a little wonky for a while until things settle down…links might take you someplace else. If you do run into difficulties, please comment here.

Separated at Birth?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Commented Eric: “Dr. Evil…Dick Cheney…there is a resemblance.”

Oh…you mean something like this?


Yes, Joy, I know, your fiance could do a much better job of photoshopping than I did, but hey…

(Apologies to AFP and New Line Cinema)

Of Hard Drives and Warranties

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Sorry for the silence for the past week or so, but I’ve had some computer issues lately. And unfortunately, updating at work wasn’t an option because our computer security people in their infinite wisdom decided that blogging was a Bad Thing. And well it should be if it involves confidential information…I do value my job. But since I hardly talk about work to begin with…

But anyway, I digress.

Over the past month, my computer had been acting really flaky. My hard drive would be OK one day and then the next day react REALLY slowly, as in half an hour to start up. It got progressively worse until the beginning of last week, when the computer would start not booting at all. I went into full evacuation mode…got Norton Ghost and an external hard drive…then decided to run a chkdsk /r (the disk check feature). It took three and a half days to finish, and after that the computer just flat wouldn’t work.

That’s when I decided to call HP and deal with the results of rampant offshoring. Now, admittedly, I don’t personally know many South Asians here in Hawaii, so my ear is not quite attuned to the Indian accent. So the problem is with me. But when I have to constantly ask, “I’m sorry, could you repeat that?” because the support tech sounds like, “So, Mr. Higa, could you hooba booba the moose and snigfritz the plume bub?” I think we have a problem.

Long story short…I had to order the recover discs because I didn’t make them when I had the chance earlier. They FedEx’d them over and I got them the next day…used them to wipe the hard drive and restore the factory-installed programs. The documentation said as long as 5 hours. It was still going at it after ten hours, after which I said to myself, “Screw it,” and took it to CompUSA.

I should have done that in the first place. The technician (whom I could readily understand) confirmed what I had figured…the hard drive was toast. Three months old and my computer gets its first major problem. Fortunately, not only did the warranty cover parts and labor, the technician was able to replace the dead disk with a new one from the sales floor via a “rapid repair” program. What I was initially told would take one and a half weeks (aaagh!!) took just two days to complete.

Right now I’m in the process of putting things back on board and restoring from my three-month old backups. Fun fun fun. I’ve got things minimally up and running, but I think it’ll take until this weekend until things are back to normal.

Purple Pineapple Drive: Stem cells are in the news these days, but did you know that 9,000 people will be treated with stem cells this year? Those stem cells are mostly found in your bone marrow, and bone marrow transplants have become an important treatment option in leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, among others. What will be the next treatment for blood cancers? Help researchers develop new treatments. Donate today.

The Purple Pineapple Drive

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

Part of the reason I’ve kinda been neglecting this blog is that I’ve been feeding my sister blog, Not A Sprint But A Marathon, and documenting my training for this year’s marathon (not new for me) and fundraising to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (very new for me). If you haven’t visited it yet…hey, it’s a good read. I have had a link to it above this entry for several months now, but it hasn’t gotten much response.

In any case, my final fundraising deadline is fast approaching (December 2), and I’ve raised almost $1400. I need to get just a tad over $200 more.

I’m a regular listener to Hawaii Public Radio. They just recently finished their latest pledge drive, Celebration 2005. If you don’t know how public broadcasting works, they normally air shows without commercial interruption. But periodically for periods of about a week or two, they break into programming with appeals for donations so that they can keep operating. They get irritating, but they do the job.

So, here’s what I’m going to do, and I apologize in advance. I’m calling it the “Purple Pineapple Drive.” Until I reach my $1,600 goal, I am going to work something about leukemia or cancer into each entry. I may write a whole entry about leukemia or something related, or I may just put a small factoid about blood-related cancers at the end of an article about something else, with an appeal to donate. Or I may do even it (FACT: About 11,920 new cases of acute myelogenous leukemia are diagnosed each year in the United States) mid-sentence.

And just like public radio, once I’ve met my $1600 goal, normal programming will resume.

I hope you will find it in your hearts to support me with your tax-deductible donation as I train for my marathon, and in so doing support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in its work to find a cure for blood-related cancer.

Is That A.D. or B.C. on That Pack of Top Ramen?

Friday, October 14th, 2005

Recently archaelogists have uncovered the oldest example of noodles to date in China…4,000 years old. (via Linkmeister)

Now this gives new meaning to the term “leftovers.” Just wondering what archaeologists will find several thousand years hence when they pick through the rubble of our civilization…

A Glimpse into History…Gone

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Just last year, in the first part of my Oregon vacation, I took a day trip out to the northern part of the Oregon coast. One of the stops on my tour was Fort Clatsop, the place where the explorers Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1805. On that site is a replica of the original fort, painstakingly recreated 50 years ago from the original writings and drawings of Lewis and Clark.

It was to be the centerpiece of bicentennial celebrations to be held this winter. But Monday evening, it was reduced to charred logs.

I don’t understand how someone could do such a thing. It’s not as though they’re burning down the original fort, but why someone would want to burn down a symbol of American history, and especially this close to a big milestone, boggles the mind. I hope they find this person and sentence him to four years walking the entire trail that Lewis and Clark followed, to the Pacific Coast and back. That’ll teach ‘em.

Chemistry Class Memories

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

..or was it home economics? I’m not sure.

Little Known Fact About Chemotherapy

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up here, but I’ve been putting some time and energy into jump starting my TNT blog.

In any case…most of us know that chemotherapy is a staple in cancer treatment. But do you know when it was first administered? The answer, and what they first used back then, may surprise you.

Makes you think about how far medical science has advanced.

Tolerance: It’s In The Bible

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

Bemoans Melvin Partido Sr. in the Star-Bulletin, about a video shown to certain students at King Kekaulike High School:

The videotape about tolerance toward homosexuals shown to the King Kekaulike High School students on Maui is an attempt by homosexual activists to indoctrinate homosexuality into our education system….

Their definition of tolerance is that all values, beliefs, truths and lifestyles are equal. I was brought up in an era when the Holy Bible was the standard for tolerance in a nation brought up by Christian principles.

The Bible makes it clear that all values, beliefs, lifestyles and truth claims are not equal. It teaches that the God of the Bible words are true and that if something is not right it is wrong. Homosexuality is wrong.

Yesterday’s outrage has become today’s standard.

Obviously Mr. Partido hasn’t asked himself what Jesus would do, and he hasn’t read John 8:1-11. The Bible makes it pretty darn clear here that tolerance of other lifestyles, even those one does not agree with, is something that we are biblically required to follow (if you subscribe to Christianity, that is). What could be more fundamental to fundamentalist Christianity than the actions of Jesus Christ?

They Still Think He’s Alive? It Could Be Worse…

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Fellow blogger Lynn is going through some trouble with the state Child Support Enforcement Agency, which still thinks her husband is still alive. I really hope it gets resolved to her satisfaction (and that she can convince the government that her DH is really dead and gone…good luck), but hey, it could be worse