From the category archives:


Idea of the Day: What to do with the holiday cards now that you are thinking about taking down the Xmas tree…

January 6, 2009 random

Send them to St. Jude’s Hospital and help the children earn some college money! I received this email about the Greeting Card recycling program at St. Jude’s.  Wish I have heard about it in the previous years… “Friends & family, Before you toss out all those Christmas cards, read this…. “Over 30 years ago, wishing […]

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In praise of the book, “American Born Chinese”

January 5, 2009 random

For Chinese people or people in the know, American Born Chinese are known as ABC, and different from Chinese immigrants (be their parents or their distant cousins), they have to cope with a different set of tribulations, and many of these are psychological. This book, or rather, graphic novel, follows the tradition of Frank Chin's angry […]

I am changing my name to Fannie Mae!

November 19, 2008 random

Ok, I didn’t come up with such a clever title, of course not. The venerable Tom Paxton changed his old song “I am Changing My Name to Chrysler” to fit the current climate. Some things just never change, do they? Watch Paxton sing this catchy song on YouTube: Lyrics to the song, in case you […]

My pet peeves (Part 1 of a long series I am sure…)

November 19, 2008 random

People who say “How are you?” or “What’s up?” and then give you that look when you actually try to answer the question other than “Fine” People (ok, men) who do not look at you when they are talking to a group of people and you are the only woman in the room — scan, […]

Go see Mary Poppins live on stage in 2009 (and 2010)!

November 18, 2008 random

We spent a too-short weekend in the New York city some time this year, and the boys fell in love with the city. At first we were worried that they might be bored since there really wasn’t much to do, if you are a kid, once you subtracted museums and walking around and watching people. […]

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Interview of the Obamas on 60 Minutes

November 18, 2008 random

I just realized this: Barack Obama will be a work-from-home-dad with a big-old office at home! Thanks to CBS for putting the entire video section on the Interweb! I watched again the section when they talked about transitions ahead for them as a family. Watch CBS Videos Online They are such a happy, beautiful family. […]

I voted. Have you?

October 21, 2008 random

Early voting rocks! Thanks to the well-thought-out planning of the government (I can’t believe I just said that!), there are a lot of early voting stations with convenient hours for voters this year. And according to the latest report, the election this year may have a record turnout because people are allowed to vote early, […]

If you think you are being watched, well, you are…

October 9, 2008 random

Wired posted the first image demonstrating the power of satellite photography. “This bird’s-eye view of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania was the first image ever seen by the GeoEye-1, the world’s highest-resolution commercial satellite sponsored by Google, when it opened its camera door earlier this week.” (The above comparison picture comes from my new favorite website […]

Long live Kilgore Trout!

October 6, 2008 random

I have not mourned the death of Kurt Vonnegut, and now it is one and half year late(r)… By not thinking about it, I thought unthinkingly that it would be as if he had not left this world, to me at least. The way the world is going to hell in a hand basket, perhaps, […]

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You are probably in the wrong place!

October 5, 2008 random

I am never one for planning even though part of my job description involves research and I am a very good researcher if I am allowed to toot my own horn, and I guess I am, since Goddammit, this here is my blog! “Serendipity” in my case oftentimes does not come because of good luck, […]