Scene: after mommy serves them breakfast (oatmeal) with loud bang on the table and great indignation and runs upstairs to take her 1-minute shower before they have to rush to their first activity on a Sunday morning... 5-year-old boy: I wish mommy is less mean. Do you wish mommy is less mean, Older Brother? 10-year-old [...]

Am I a bad mom? Sometimes I worry that in an effort to bring up children that are progressive, tolerant, self-aware, and self-reliant, and to make sure that they become "contributing members of a civil society" in the future, I may have pulled a cloud over their childhood. If they are fortunate enough to not [...]

My 10-year-old came home with a 10-page homework packet last week, a research report on this presidential election. (Let me not start with the fact that the packet is from 1997 and asks for an example of a printed ad in newspaper or magazine. I don't remember the last time I saw any candidate spending [...]

I voted. Have you?

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, during [...]

I don't understand why there was not more bluhaha around the AIG retreat. For those of you who haven't heard of it, AIG brought all their top executives to St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif for a week-long retreat. The $443,000 tab includes $23K for the Spa. Here is the breakdown for a vacation [...]

(Bless the investigative reporter's heart: at first glance, I thought this map was used for some sort of military reconnaissance maneuvering!) I am glad to finally read a report on excellent customer service provided by cellphone providers. Seriously, aren't you tired too about all the bad press endured by these companies? This story just proved [...]

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 [...]

The New Zen

If Rob Cottingham is not a genius, I don't know who is. Again, Mr. Cottingham's post together with his musings here. There are times when I wonder if there's something wrong with the fact that I anticipate, say, the next Macworld keynote or big Google announcement more than, say, my own birthday. But then I [...]

You can see Rob Cottingham's post here.

I love this one! You can see the original (with proper credits) here. The best part is the first comment: "Hey, you should try my solution to the social web - get yourself some kids. Then you have no time for social networking..." My sentiment indeed.