Archive for July, 2004

103% Effort?

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

So this is really fun…

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this: What makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life? Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%


1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%


2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

And, look how far ass kissing will take you.

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that while Hard Work and
Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it’s the Bullshit and Ass-kissing that will put you over the top.

A Blast

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

It was a blast. Around 20 people come to my bday party and I had a blast. Thanks to everyone who came and gave me such a great time. E. surprised me with the pretty-looking truffles from Kee’s Chocolates, which I am still saving them. They are so pretty and I just couldn’t help but not eating them. Since the address of the store (he’s been telling me about it for a while already) is on the box, now I can finally visit it! Ha! L. and O. got me those gorgeous paper which I am already thinking what I can make out of them. O. also got me one of those flashing lights that go with the cellphone. It has a rabbit on it! Thanks to all again for a wonderful afternoon.

What a Surprise!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

Wow, I really thought that it was M. who is coming to visit me. Well, they got me this time. I got a phone call in the afteroon, I thought it was M., but I wondered, she sounded so much younger. We talked about arrangements for me to pick her up after work, but I still had no clue. Then suddenly it striked me that the one talking was W. Ok, perhaps she tricked me by calling me from Hong Kong. But then the surprise came — it was her who is coming, not M. They tricked me with such a surprise! I have always wondered when W. is going to come and visit me, now there you go, with a surprise on my bday. It’s just wonderful, very thoughtful, you guys.

Weekend Update

Monday, July 19th, 2004

Thank you to J. and E. for a delicious meal of stuffed chicken breast and spicy couscous stuffed pepper. E. baked me a double layer chocolate cake covered with M&Ms to kick off my birthday week. It was such a wonderful surprise. The cake was so moist and delicious.

I had a class at the book center with BR. on “Altered Books”. It was rather interesting. I felt like I was doing sculpture most of the time. I got some great new ideas on exposed spine books from BR, and I can’t wait to jump onto making more books. I wish I have more time and space and home. BH showed some of his works, they were pretty fascinating. I especially loved the hand-drill on which he wrote “Before Battery”, with penises in various shapes as drill-bits. I think it’s pretty smart piece.

Oh Boy

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

I guess I am finally trying to find a chance to write something, at least to people thinking that I am still alive. Yes I am alive. I am trying to put together the entire system for TS these days. We want to launch the Boston tour in 1-2 weeks’ time. It’s a truely exciting time for all of us here at C. Anyhow, things are just busy, crazy and intense.

Last weekend I took the collage class from CBA, it was rather disappointing. I thought there would be more to it, although I really didn’t know what I expected from it. This coming weekend, I will attend the Altered Book workshop, let’s see how it goes. Shoot, I need to get old books and objects. Where am I going to find time to find them?


Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Afterall, it’s my first decent-size television in six years. Yes I finally decided to make the purchase today. I ordered the Toshiba 20-inch flat panel TV. It costs a thousand dollars, and it took me months and months to finally be able to do it. I am so sick of watching DVDs on my VCR combo 13-inch TV, but afterall, it’s about time.


Friday, July 2nd, 2004

M. spotted a pair of newly born kittens in front of our building, trying to drink the dripping water from the a/c. We went down with some fresh water and half a can of Newman’s cat food, which our Sasha just didn’t seem to take it well. One of them just wasn’t afraid at all. It gorged itself on the food, while the other was so afraid and ran away.

Meanwhile, some other strays were trying to copulate. How wonderful. I usally don’t like feeding the strays. Call me cruel, but what is it going to help anyway? Either you take them in, or leave them alone. Feeding strays is just going to make the situation worse. They are going to flock together and fight over the food. They live in the “wilderness” and the fittest survive.

These two poor little kittens, are they going to survive? Is the less timid one going to survive? Or the timid one? Perhaps the one who is less guarded will get killed first because it is not very aware of its environment. Awww how terrible it is for me to think that!

Beautiful Boston

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

I travelled on Acela for work to Boston yesterday. Getting up at 5am was so foreign to me, but I had to do it. Luckily, half a cup of (small) coffee did help. I was so careful not to drink too much coffee so that I wouldn’t go crazy all day.

So it turns out that I spent a beautiful day in Boston. The weather was so mild and gorgrous. It was wonderful to be driven down the river, looking at the beautiful hoses and green lawns. Newbury Street was so lively on a Wednesday afternoon. We had our lunch at Sonsie, sat at the front watching cute stops, cute people, and again, enjoying beautiful weather.

On the way back, I popped out my laptop and watched Hannah and Her Sisters. I am saying it yet once more: I am not a fan of Woody Allen, and I never really got into his films. But finally, I loved this movie. I love how the characters all tangled together, and with all the issues among them. Mother, father, sisters, friends, boyfriends, husbands, ex-es… Every relationship is nice weaved together, and into each other.