Archive for November, 2007

Overheard at Gold’s Gym on Shoreline Blvd, Nov 25

November 26, 2007 Leave a comment

“Mashup or Shutup” – on a scrawny Asian girl’s workout tee.

Wow. Yes, I am stretching the definition of “overheard”, but so what? This shit is geek-funny.

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New Category: Overheard in Silicon Valley

November 26, 2007 Leave a comment

I hear some things that I’d never, ever hear anywhere else in the country. I’ll try to report them as I find them.

Categories: life, silicon valley

KC Chiefs – What a Waste Of Time

November 25, 2007 2 comments

Of my many procrastinations, my time-wasters, the KC Chiefs and the NFL have to be in the top five.

But what a waste of time the Chiefs are! I’ve been following them for at least the past five years, and they’ve never failed to disappoint. The latest came today, when they played the dreaded Oakland Raiders.

They lost 20-17, snapping a nine-game winning streak. Yay! Way to go, Herm.

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On moving, shaking things up and getting out of ruts – sort of

November 24, 2007 Leave a comment

I still remember being astounded by the rental prices when I first graduated from Stanford in 2005. Here I was, frugal grad student extraordinaire, living on campus for 450 bucks a month. Dropping north of four figures a month for the first time in one’s life should be a sign of moving up in the world, of upward mobility. Not so for me. I was scared shitless.

Yet I found a nice little pad in downtown Palo Alto, a little box worth 1200 bucks a month. Ooowwee! And then I started to buy furniture. Like a housewife in Idaho with a small budget, I started to obsess over couch placement and coffee table size. I was turning into a yuppie nightmare version of myself.

So here I am, two and a half years later, bored of living in the same darn place, saying to myself – I should move to the city. Yes, I should increase my commute, pay more for gas, pay for parking and live in smaller space for more money – all in an attempt to shake things up!

What a horrible time to move, eh? Rent prices are up 20% in the past year, gas prices are too. But we soldier on, bankrolled by VC money and unrealistic ideals.

FYI – if you know of a good pad in the city, holler at me 🙂

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How Not To Design Web Apps

November 11, 2007 Leave a comment

There is nothing worse than a web application that performs and functions worse than a 1980s piece of shit desktop terminal app. If you are trying to get something important done (not buying stupid shit online, actually booking immigration dates, etc.), you don’t want to be tripped up by true morons as follows:


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Rapper’s Delight

November 5, 2007 Leave a comment

Thanks to a couple of friends, I discovered the great rap single “Rapper’s Delight” today. What a great song!

Best line ever,

“I’ve got a color TV,

So I can watch the Knicks play basketball!”

Thank God we don’t live in 1979.

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Orkut Sandbox – Refresh Issues

November 4, 2007 Leave a comment

Yeah, you guessed it, I’m going to report issues and progress as I go along.

I’ve been using the Google Gadgets Editor as the “hosting environment” for my gadget XML file and have been simply adding and removing an app with the same URL in my Orkut sandbox. However, there seem to be refresh issues between the profile page showcase and the application canvas.

Uploading new content on the same URL seems to refresh the canvas page just fine but does not update the profile showcase which is running old code – lame!

If anyone has a solution, holler back.

Update: Okay, found the problem. The gadget is cached by default and you can use the sandbox url to override this behavior.

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