Thank you Steve Jobs (though I still hate you that you said goodbye too early)

It has been years since I remembered well how it felt when you lost someone really dear to you.

Things seem just so sudden. Though there are so many pointers to this inevitable event that happened today, I am not prepared. I am not prepared to lose a tech visionary that inspires millions, whom I one day wanted to talk to. I am not prepared to let go the dreams of one day that I could be part of his legacy.

I guess these are all gone now. What we have now is just countless memory and measureless thank you note. As much as I want to praise this work, his accomplishment, his legacy. I find part of myself just hate him for saying Goodbye so soon. Without a dwindling path people could see and know.

Do you know there are people who are growing up to become like you. We all hate you for not being able to talk to us, leaving only the things you did for us as example.

I love you Steve for all you have given us, yet, I hate you for leaving us so soon without preparing us like you’ve prepared apple for its continuous success.

How to write vigirously

I meant to update this blog all along, but there seems to be some reason that keeps me from doing it. And today, I have stumbled upon the reason I think that explains the situation fairly well.

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary
words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a
drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary
parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid
all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

From “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr

And it simply takes huge amount of time to train myself in writing in a vigorous manner.

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One iPhone App for ya wordpress bloggers

Have you already made the correct guess? Do you have something commercial in mind or you possess the spirit of freedom in software?

Either way, I think you are going to enjoy the new iPhone App: WordPress 2. I was actually merging the applications from acount to acount when I stumbled upon this gem.

Here is how it looks on my iPhone after I have configured this blog:
Screen capture from an iPhone showing WordPress 2 Application

The most prominent feature I love is moderating comments. Finally turning iPhone into a road journalist’s lover.

Suffice to say, in the terms of browsers, this blogging tool is like Google Chrome (Yes, I am using it on my Mac as well) – with everything essential yet holding a mini footprint at the same time.

Update: There is a blog entry on the official WordPress blog here

But If We Started Dating It Would Ruin Our Friendship Where I Ask You To Do Things And You Do Them

BY KIMBERLY PRUITT

I really like you. I do. You’re so nice, and sweet, and you listen to all my problems and respond with the appropriate compliments. But, well, I don’t really see a relationship in our future. It would be terrible if we let sex destroy this great friendship we have where I get everything I want and you get nothing you want. Don’t you think?

I knew you would understand. You always do.

We’re so perfect as friends, you know? I can tell you anything, and you know you can always come to me anytime you need to hear me bitch about work or how ugly I feel. You wouldn’t want to ruin a friendship like that just so you could be my boyfriend, and have me look at you with desire and longing in my eyes, if only once—would you? Of course not. Well, if we started dating, it would only complicate this wonderful setup I’ve got going here.

It’s just…you’re like my best friend, and I would hate for something you desperately want to change that. I mean, sure, we could go on some dates, maybe mess around a little and finally validate the six years you’ve spent languishing in this platonic nightmare, but then what? How could we ever go back to the way we were, where I take advantage of your clear attraction to me so I can have someone at my beck and call? That part of our friendship means so much to me.

No. We are just destined to be really, really good friends who only hang out when I don’t have a boyfriend, but still need male attention to boost my fragile and all-consuming ego.

Anything can happen once you bring romance in. Think about how awful my last relationship was at the end, remember? The guy I’d call you crying about at 3 a.m. because he wouldn’t answer my texts? The guy I met at the birthday party you threw me? I had insanely passionate sex with him for four months and now we don’t even talk anymore. God, I would die if something like that happened to us.

Plus, ick, can you even imagine getting naked in front of each other? I’ve known you so long, you’re more like a brother that I’ve drunkenly made out with twice and never mentioned again. It’d be way too weird. And if we did, then whenever you’d come shopping with me, or go to one of my performances or charity events, or take me for ice cream when I’ve had a bad day at work, you’d be looking at me like, “I’ve seen her breasts.” God, I can’t think of anything more awkward that that.

Oh, before I forget, my mom says hi.

Anyway, you would totally hate me as your girlfriend. I’d be all needy and dramatic and slowly growing to love you. If I was your girlfriend, I would never be able to tell you all about the other asshole guys I date and pretend I don’t see how much it crushes you. Let’s never lose that. That’s what makes us us.

Don’t worry. You’re so funny and smart and amazing, any girl but me would be lucky to date you. You’ll find someone, I know it. And when you do, I’ll be right by your side to suddenly become all flirty and affectionate with you in front of her, until she grows jealous and won’t believe it when you say we’re just friends. But when she dumps you, that’s just what we’ll be.

Best friends. Friends forever.

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Pod For Thought 1 – Internet Underdog

Host: Peter Du and Priscilla Chen

We are still turning the publishing time as well as the content to talk about, while working on a central location to host all the podcasts.
email you suggestions and comments to dusenyao@gmail.com :)


Pod For Thought 0 – Pilot

For the idle time of my blog, I have been working on this podcast. Today I bring you the pilot episode of Pod For Thought.
leave your comments, for we are testing as well :)
working on itunes link etc, will be moving the whole blog to another site as well.

Host: Peter Du and Priscilla Chen

Welcome to our pilot show for Pod for Thought, recorded in the field :)


Black Google Day is Over: Skip Paying Electricity Bills, Time to Go to Senatus

It is becoming a trend: everything is going dark on the earth hour.

Last year, Google turned its front page to this total darkness:

blackgoogle

Message? Simple: switch off ALL your electric devices during the earth hour.

This year, more people are involved in the movement locally, I know a friend started the baiktour group on facebook to promote bicycle riding for one hour.

I advocate consistency, which means I believe 20 minutes of exercise every day drives you a longer way than 2 hours of intense workout over weekend, so cycle to work every day after the baik event if you are a true believer of earth hour.

In the cyber world, which is quickly turning into a TwitterLand or the pages to FaceBook, there are supporters similar to the black Google.

Senatus is one of the extraordinary, besides painting website black, they manage to find suitable content that shines in the darkness, materials that might make an lingering impact on conversing energy. So instead of doing a Google search which costs 12 grams of coal, you stay on to read more.

Turn off SENATUS-full-original to  senatus-earthhour

So don’t it is time to go to Senatus if you believe only in participating ad hoc events that soothe your feelings and firm up your belief.

And don’t please go to Senatus if you enjoy only popular culture and think all want to become wall street people who are financial masters.

During the earth hour (Saturday 8.30pm GMT+8), you should turned off your laptop, skipped using the Internet, stayed in the dark, kept still and silent, so you could help to conserve as much energy as possible.

Or perhaps you could continued to surf the Internet, went out with friends for drinks in the bar, enjoyed the bright lamps along the street, kept on your air conditioner, and had fun playing WII.

But either way, remember, when you leave house next time, turn off all the lights, all the switches, take the train instead of your car, do whatever you could to save the energy.

Wouldn’t it be fun if you could play the game of saving energy, or rather redesign the game to suit your taste?