Archive for December 2009
今年一共看了三十本书（最后我还是把菜谱加上了，虽然并没有单独写过一篇评价）。在有总结之后，也就是2005以来是看的最多的一年。Yay! 当然大家要看到，迅速增加看书数量的第一诀窍，就是要看Series! 现在让我想一分钟，要不要从明天开始看Twilight呢？哈哈。
1。 Crime and Punishment
2. Harry Potter
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog at the Night Time
1. Ender’s Game
3. Cooking for Mr. Latte
7。Curious Incident of the Dog at the Night Time
10. Sister Age
13。Harry Potter (七本）
17。The Reader’s Companion to Mexico
18. Crime and Punishment
19. The Labyrinth of Solitude
20. Shutter Island
21. Everyday Harumi
前几天正好看完了labynrinth of solitude, 又看到几个朋友在讨论最近看了什么好看的书，两个挺好的朋友都说他们刚刚看了Shutter Island, 很好看。我看了看介绍，发现是mystic river和gone, baby gone的同一个作者。这两个电影我都很喜欢，虽然没有看过书，但是还是马上去图书馆借了来。这两个朋友都是改投Kindle 2的门下一年了，自己很喜欢。可是他们看的书就不能借给我。令我很不满。并不是说我借不到书很生气，而是觉得看到好书然后能够在好朋友们里面传阅然后讨论是一件很幸福的事情。这里是另外一个朋友贴的连接，关于electronic reader是怎么样正在扼杀书这个概念的，写得深合我心。总之，不能借书的electronic reader我是坚决不买的。
昨晚借着有点感冒的借口，躺在床上一气儿就看完了。好看吗，还行吧。但是没有想像中那么好看。Amazon上面夸他会写对话，让人物的性格凸显，而不会觉得是同一个人在讲话，这个我就没看出来。语言确实很简练，但是好像没有白描的感觉。相反好多地方觉得很dry。故事呢，前面有点平庸，但是中间和最后才出现plot twists, 让人觉得心里一惊的那种感觉。尤其是书的最后，和Life of Pi的后面的附录采访有异曲同工之处。都是一个alternative plot, 但是拥有让人rethink the entire book的力量。
本来以为今年也就是平了2006年看了二十八本书的纪录。但是没想到就在新的一年开始的前夕，居然又看了一本。这下名副其实的是最近几年看得最多的一年了。原来一直在宽慰自己那个2006的单子里面有水分，把看的菜谱也算上了。我要是把菜谱也算上，Everyday Harumi, (好像这是今年唯一认认真真看了好几遍的菜谱），也能再多一本，哈哈。
Mon, 21 Dec 2009 18:35:31 -0800 Happy Winter Solstice~ If you don’t eat dumplings today your ears will be frozen off next year!
Fri, 18 Dec 2009 11:01:55 -0800 left SFO 9am this morning and barely made it into the office at 11am. Two hours for twenty miles. Gosh I hope all the drivers of the five totalled cars can survive.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:05:19 -0800 via @[527466770:2048:Bhalchandra “Bhal” Agashe] If you don’t know, as of today, Facebook will automatically start sacrificing your children to Moloch. To change this option, go to Settings –> Privacy Settings –> Kids then UN-CLICK the box that says ‘Burn.’ Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy and paste onto your status for all to see.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009 20:35:16 -0800 is in shock. An old friend reappeared after three years, and delivered the updates on her life. Divorce was only the lesser part of it.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009 13:04:08 -0800 National Cupcake Day!
Wed, 09 Dec 2009 21:20:55 -0800 is reading on the tiniest apartment in Manhattan, 175 square feet for $150,000, where a couple and their two cats live. Think I should stop whining about the real estate market of the Bay Area.
Sun, 06 Dec 2009 13:04:08 -0800 is cooking brunch and watching the windows fog up on a chilly morning.
Thu, 26 Nov 2009 14:55:02 -0800 has so many people and things to thank for. To quote @[1024309431:2048:Don Hughes], “start off thanking those you felt struggled with first.” I better not publish my list then 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving everyone~
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 19:57:54 -0800 is happy after the catch-up lunch with friends from the previous job. Thanks @[583657089:2048:Regina Bustamante] for organizing it. Thanks @[2505646:2048:Amber Haq] and @[1214856:2048:Heather Daigle] for their coordination. Thanks everyone for coming. I had originally typed all your names but they only allow six tags in the status updates, which i am going to report as a bug 🙂
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:46:30 -0800 ate real dinners twice last week. Got noticed today. ~!@#$%^&*().
Sun, 01 Nov 2009 11:59:46 -0800 “绿茵场上呼喊着你的名字/绿色身影是我们的明星/向着未来 噢 向着世界/去拼搏我们向往的荣誉/胜利永远属于你/国安永远争第一“
Thu, 15 Oct 2009 23:09:33 -0700 thinks mutexes and conditional variables are my friends.
Wed, 14 Oct 2009 20:33:29 -0700 is amazed by her credit score, given her chronic late payments to everything.
Wed, 14 Oct 2009 11:03:42 -0700 Flu flu go away~
Sun, 04 Oct 2009 18:30:21 -0700 finally finished all Harry Potter’s, in the space of two months.
Sat, 03 Oct 2009 11:28:27 -0700 Happy Moon Festival~ 中秋快乐，顺致秋安~
Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:29:55 -0700 Toyota recalls the following models: 2007 to 2010 Camry; 2005 to 2010 Avalon; 2004 to 2009 Prius; 2005 to 2010 Tacoma; 2007 to 2010 Tundra; 2007 to 2010 ES 350; and 2006 to 2010 IS 250 and 2006 to 2010 IS 350.
Sat, 26 Sep 2009 19:33:00 -0700 Is outraged by the $170 rent raise out of nowhere.
Sun, 20 Sep 2009 16:31:03 -0700 discovered the biggest secret in the history of laundry today — as long as you get the clothes out of the dryer promptly, there is no need to iron all those shirts!
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 09:17:53 -0700 just cleaned up her friend list. Congratulations if you see this you are still my friend 🙂
Mon, 07 Sep 2009 22:49:51 -0700 Such a memorable concert. There cannot be a better ending for my vacation week.
Sat, 29 Aug 2009 07:54:15 -0700 Feels so lucky that her full size eye cream passed the airport security.
Fri, 21 Aug 2009 22:17:36 -0700 is happily, finally, and officially winding down a long week.
Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:05:42 -0700 is taking a minute to admire myself that a major rewrite of a multithreading program is working right off the bat.
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 22:31:44 -0700 hiked Matt Davis-Steep Ravine a second time today. That is a first after four years’ hiking in California.
Tue, 11 Aug 2009 13:16:53 -0700 does not understand why the audiences of the reality show that is my life have so many demands on what plot devices should be present and how and when they should be developed.
Fri, 07 Aug 2009 09:04:49 -0700 enjoyed an early screening of The September Issue. Now I don’t think Anna Wintour is mean any more.
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 20:47:01 -0700 went to good will to donate her previous purse. The woman rejected it saying they cannot sell it. !@#$%^.
Wed, 15 Jul 2009 13:43:29 -0700 wishes for a cooler night tonight.
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 22:53:17 -0700 just came to a revelation that I lucked out again. It is a blessing in disguise!
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 20:37:14 -0700 ate dinner in daylight tonight.
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 21:38:59 -0700 loves the new feature of showing an alternate name. I hope it is easier for people to find me among the 500 Jie Chen’s 🙂
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 20:40:23 -0700 is very happy (and tired) from the volunteering weekend.
Thu, 04 Jun 2009 05:02:21 -0700 is up for the entire night, hacking, first time since most recent commencement.
Tue, 02 Jun 2009 21:53:49 -0700 It is raining!
Thu, 14 May 2009 10:41:59 -0700 met two ex-coworker friends on a street corner this morning while walking to work.
Wed, 06 May 2009 19:19:33 -0700 Yay! First check in!
Fri, 01 May 2009 13:47:30 -0700 hello
Fri, 01 May 2009 13:39:14 -0700 test
Sun, 19 Apr 2009 02:45:54 -0700 thanks everyone for the birthday wishes and the gifts~ have a great week ahead~
Thu, 16 Apr 2009 08:30:40 -0700 is finally home in Beijing after a long day. Kind of regret buying the one-stop ticket to save two hundred fifty bucks. Did not know it takes four hours from Tokyo to Beijing. I think that is ridiculous.
Thu, 09 Apr 2009 00:51:29 -0700 is staring at the amount of federal tax she owes and fantasizing it was a refund. Then i would be going to the public library and borrow the book How to Deal with a Windfall.
Wed, 01 Apr 2009 22:13:55 -0700 should i trust my own calculation? now that turbo tax thinks i owe more…
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:05:22 -0700 just ordered a book “campfire cuisine”…cannot wait~
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 23:41:17 -0700 My download speed is 29M!
Tue, 17 Mar 2009 18:40:30 -0700 the hard work of creating friend lists is all paid off with this new UI
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 22:24:40 -0700 where do i find photos my friends upload recently?
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 22:11:04 -0700 life is hard
Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:53:04 -0800 saw Chris’s Kindle 2. It is pretty! Now I want one too.
Thu, 19 Feb 2009 20:46:06 -0800 is so sad that she has to back out of the weekend ski trip.
Wed, 04 Feb 2009 16:27:12 -0800 is bummed about missing the window for new car tax credit by a mere week.
Sun, 25 Jan 2009 08:37:35 -0800 is wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New/Niu Year~ 新年快乐，万事如意~
Sat, 03 Jan 2009 20:06:17 -0800 is very tired after a grueling hike to a volcano. It is pretty cool to be that close to some hot rocks though.
Thu, 01 Jan 2009 14:24:03 -0800 is totally amazed by Tikal; she finally feels the trip is worth it, after a week.
by Octavio Paz
这本号称了解墨西哥的最佳著作太难懂了。或者说它非常深奥，我不知道自己读懂了几分之一。它主要讲什么是墨西哥的identity。从pre columbian, 到conquest, 到revolution, 到reform, 横贯了墨西哥历史上的最主要的时期，并且把每个时期的主要思潮都详加解释和批判。同样的思辨作品，就算是用中文写的，一样是会很头疼，读得很慢，更不用说读英文的版本了。希望以后有时间可以再读过。
本年度的xmas-new year trip好事多磨，一波三折，虽然我早就挑定地点，仍然没有成行。但是临近一个四天的长假，总不能呆在家里。飞机票都太贵，只能挑一个开车能到的地方。直到出发的前一天晚上，我还在crater lake和redwoods np里面犹豫。但是for some reason, 早上醒来我觉得crater lake更feel like it. 所以我们就出发了。
冬天的crater lake只有很小的一部份rim drive开放。园内的住宿等地方也都不开了。xmas eve当天早上，打了好些电话，终于订到了一个晚上的旅馆，倒不是有多紧俏，而是大家大约都忙于准备xmas, 谁也不接电话的说。开车过去花了九个多小时。前面还好，最后的crater lake highway上面雾气沉重，伸手不见五指，一度我都很担心会miss路边的旅馆。还好快到union creek的时候雾气没有那么重了。
union creek是一个很小的town。我们在xmas eve的到来，几乎使当地人口加倍。cabin比较小，但是还算nice。看起来和forks, washington还有glaciers住的地方都很像。
最challenging的一天就是xmas day。首先早上起来发现本镇唯一的饭馆一年休息的唯二两天就包括圣诞节。lodge owners很nice, 让我们用他们的厨房。我们就吃了两碗方便面。下午更是开出去足足五十迈，才到了唯一还营业的一个馆子，没有在xmas饿肚子。
crater lake很漂亮。rogue river gorge, which is within walking distance of our cabin, is a very beautiful spot. 通过和商店里的明信片比较，我觉得冬天比夏天要好看太多了。总之，I fell in love with the beautiful Oregon. 从黛色的远山，到像写意山水画的冬天的小溪，到林海雪原的辽阔无边，一切的一切都仿佛在画中一样。
My computer is acting up…it is driving me crazy…why everything has to be so slow and unresponsive? Writing English is certainly a more computer-friendly approach to a sane life.
Tamarine is the other Vietnamese-fusion restaurant in Palo Alto. I have loved Three seasons and have been there multiple times. In comparison, Tamarine is a more upscale, more formal version of Three Seasons. I don’t exactly like the food because it was consistently sweeter than my preference across the board, from the soup to the entrees. Three Seasons is a definitely better choice both in terms of price and taste.
Just Koi is at the Ulferts Square in Dublin. We were driving back from the north and wanted to explore restaurants which we don’t normally go because of the distance. I haven’t read much about Chinese restaurants lately and a few clicks made me realize there is an Ulferts Square and so that became our destination. Upon arriving about 6：30pm on a Sunday night, Just Koi had the most people inside its store eating. It did not disappoint at all. It seems it is the tea cafe offshoot ff Koi Palace, a restaurant I am in absolute love. The design is rather efficient with everything with us complaining about the chair most. You don’t even have a chair back to fall back on. The food is what I would expect from a Hong Kong style tea cafe: casual, fast and delicious. After days in a remote corner of Oregon, I finally felt like I was eating real food 🙂
周末我们跑到tahoe去过的。一天雪都没滑，也过得很开心。周五晚上开过去的。本来想去单位的holiday party露个脸儿的。但是看到天气预报说十点开始下雪。我们遂决定不如不去parties了，早点儿出发是正经的。晚上的drive还可以，就最后一个山头有chain requirements, 所以开得比较慢。最后开了六个小时到的。
这次我们呆的地方很好啊。房间很宽敞，full kitchen也很nice。还有很多很现代的amenities, 比方说两边可以调不同软硬程度的床等等。我还以为是个新开的resort。后来前同事看见我的facebook照片说他小的时候年年都去这个resort度假滑雪，我才知道原来至少三十年的房子了，还这么与时俱进，不容易啊。
房子是另一个朋友的timeshare来的。我对timeshare的印象大大改观。原来不是骗人的。是又好又便宜的一件事情啊。我们后来看到街上的牌子timeshare resale, 都有点想进去看看了:)
星期六一整天下很大的雪。窗户里面望出去只有白色什么都没有。所幸买了大量的食物来，我就连门都没有出。下大雪吃火锅本来就是这次trip的motivation and vision吗:) 星期天有点放晴了，我们在湖边走走停停。89到emerald bay就关掉了。camp richardson的湖边的long walk非常nice。有很多人在cross country skiing or snow shoeing with their dogs. We met four golden retrievers in total. They were such happy dogs in snow, frolicing, and venturing into the freezing lakes.
两个同事本来星期六ski day trip的。但是他们的trip太不organized了。星期六一点才到。所以不想就走。因为知道我在，就给我打电话。最后两个人没有车，居然就找了来。他们星期天可爽了，都是powder snow。后来我们星期一一大早开了回来。一路顺畅，五个小时就够了。