Archive for April, 2005

Jabra BT110

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

I love Bluetooth. It totally changed my way of using small electronic devices, espcially with my PDA phone. I can sync and transferring files without cables. I have been looking for a new Bluetooth headset for a long time since the dying of my Nokia HDW-2. Afterall, it was a first-generation Bluetooth headset, I suppose I can’t expect too much of it. Mind you, it costed me like 120 bucks at the time.

It uses Ni-Cd battery, on every complete charge it gives me only 10-15 minutes of talk time these days. Also, the the ear loop breaks big time — and this is a known fact among users. I therefore have been looking for a new headset that doesn’t use an ear loop, and most certainly has much better battery performance. And I am not going to spend another 100 dollars for a headset, so it has to be affordable.

Then I found Plantronics’ M2500, which is great. It’s around 45 bucks on Amazon, and it doesn’t look to dorky. M. raved about his M2500 on his blog.

I strived to continue looking for a chic headset for less than 50 dollars.

Then I found the Jabra BT100. First of all, it looks good. I don’t have to feel like wearing a big lump on my ear like a big earring. The whole body is wraped behind the ear. It uses AAA battery, meaning, no recharging is necessary. Who would want to carry yet another adapter on the go? We already have to carry seperate adapters for our camera, laptops, PDA and phones, why another one? With the Jabra, 1 AAA battery gives 15 hours of talk time. It’s wonderful. And the best of all, it costs less an 40 dollars.

Who gets more respect?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

I went to the gorgeous Museum of Jewish Heritage at the Battery Park to see Ushpizin. It was introduced as “one of the most anticipated movies at the Tribeca Film Festival.” Fine, I could see why. It is having its North American Premiere at the TFF and it’s said to be the first film “made by members of the Israeli ultra-Orthodox community that is aimed at a general audience.”

I was surprised that I could get most of the humor from the movie. It’s rather entertaining, I have to say. The story is so-so but I think most of the drama and attractiveness come from the novelty aspect of the subject matter. The majority of the audience seemed to be really excited about it and they were raving at the end of the movie.

After the movie, the director Gidi Dar appeared, people went crazy and they were screaming. Fine. But then when Gidi Dar introduced the lead actor Shuli Rand and actress Michal Bat-Sheva Rand, they went absolutely mad. They screamed even more, they all stood up and clapped in a frenzy. I find it rather odd. All right, I suppose it’s nothing surprising. But hey, how come the actors got much more attention than the film maker himself? The discrepancy is just way too obvious. “People are just star-fuckers,” M. commented. I had to agree.

Great Day and Good Omen

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

It’s a great day today, the weather is gorgeous, and the temperate is most comfortable. Trees and flowers are blooming in Park Slope. After exactly 4 weeks since the fire, we finally found a place to start all over again. We signed the lease to the new apartment. The weather makes it even more exciting for us — Spring manifests itself through the blooming of life that creates the perfecet environment for the new lease, and the new life. Afterwards I opened a safe deposit box, as I won’t be making the mistake twice. Its number is 333. It represents triple-life in Chinese: 3 sounds like “life” in Cantonese. Everything is going well so far. It’s going to be a great new start.

Habemvs Papam Benedictvm XVI

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

People can finally stop gathering in for of the St. Peter’s Square, stareing at the chimney and the balcony. The Pope has been selected. He is Pope Benedict XVI. I was watching the live webcast of the event since the white smoke was released, staring at the chimney and the bells, finally staring at the balcony, waiting for the curtains to be pulled up and see who this person really is. I don’t really know much about Ratzinger, except that he is German, joined the Nazi youths when he was young, and that he is very conservative. He is believed to restore the Church’s doctrine orthodoxy. Hence, I can’t say I am excited about it. (We have Pope Benedict XVI)

Voice Over IP

Monday, April 18th, 2005

I signed up for my first voice-over-IP service with BroadVoice so that I can make unlimited long distance calls to family and friends in Hong Kong. It’s great, $20 bucks a month and I can make unlimited domestic phone calls and international calls to 21 countries, including Hong Kong, Canada, Taiwan, France and the UK, and even the Vatican City. Not that I know anyon there… Anyway, I got a headset so that I can use “softphone” Xten at my desktop, it’s quick setup and easy to use!

Recent post-fire photos

Monday, April 18th, 2005

Thanks to G. and R., they sent me pictures of the building. Our entire floor has been completely wiped out.

Spring is here!

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Welcome Spring! Now the weather has become definitely warm during the day and cool at night, it’s the perfect weather of the year. Of course, it’s Spring time.

Hello Baltimore

Monday, April 11th, 2005

We went down to Baltimore for M’s 80th birthday brunch. We got to see a lot of friends and family down there. It was really nice.

Cousin R’s kids are amazing. L. is 7 and S. is 6, we played trampoline together, they had such a blast and we were so wasted. L. is a big-time car fan. He knows so much about cars that it’s actually scary for me. L. was carrying his Sony digital camera (mind you, he is only 7) and taking pictures non-stop. Whenever we were ready to take a picture, S. climbed onto me and posed with the biggest and cutest smile. They are just really fun and wonderful kids. I think I have stop hanging out with kids and babies otherwise very soon I would want to have my own. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I think I could barely take care of myself at the age of 28.

I also had my first Maryland crabs for the very first time, at the famous Obrycki’s. A dozen of crabs loaded with Old Bay Seasoning were poured onto the brown-paper-lined table. We used mallets to break the shells and it was way cool and delicious. It was really fun.

It was a gorgeous weekend and it was wonderful. It’s great to get away from the frustrating apartment-hunting for a while.

Time to look for an apartment

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

We started looking for a new place to live a few days ago. Looking for apartments is, of course, frustrating. You see all the listings and descriptions, and the reality is completely different. Mostly disappoointment. I hope this is going to end soon.

Personal Journal

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

I have created yet another blog, this time a private one that serves as my journal. Well sorry folks, like I said, it’s private. Private means that you won’t be able to see it.