Archive for January, 2007



January 31, 2007

For several years I’ve exclusively worn Lagerfeld cologne. I’ve had nice compliments on it. I liked it and my ex definitely did too. But I feel it’s time to expand my horizons. So I ordered myself up some small samples of three colognes that sounded interesting – all at a very reasonable cost. This way, I can try out things before I commit to a whole bottle. Here’s what I’ll be trying:

Penhaligon English Fern. I have high hopes for this one as a potential Lagerfeld replacement.

Truefitt & Hill West Indian Limes. This one seems like it could be a great hot weather cologne – something I’ve never really had.

Musgo Real #3 Spiced Citrus. Another warm weather option that I’d like to try. Citrus seems lighter and more appropriate for warm seasons.

Men, what do you wear? Ladies, what do you like to smell?


BBC Embraces Internet BIG

January 31, 2007

[The BBCs] iPlayer will allow viewers to watch their favorite programs from the previous 7 days and store them on a PC for 30 days [more…]

What are the implications of this?


10 Unconventional Diet Tips

January 29, 2007

Kyle Pott has a way of dieting that seems pretty simple. I have to admit that losing 50 pounds in 3 months seems excessive, but some of his unconventional tips really appeal to me, such as “weigh yourself every day” and “don’t diet on the weekends.” Check out all 10 of his suggestions here.


New! Parental Controls!

January 29, 2007

“An operating system has never had parental control features before.”

Bill Gates on the release of Windows Vista



Phone Chargers

January 29, 2007

I know I can’t be the only one who’s experienced this problem. Why do so many cell phones have unexplainably finicky chargers? I have had this problem with every cell phone I’ve ever owned with the exception of my RAZR, which I should point out I owned very briefly.

The problem basically is this. I plug the charger into the wall outlet, I plug the other end into the phone and it. Won’t. Charge. I become frustrated and turn the plug upside-down in the wall outlet. I try re-seating the phone-end in the phone. Several times. Then I try other outlets. Then I reboot the phone. Then I want to smash the phone and I wonder why mobile phone makers curse us with these needlessly proprietary* and unreliable chargers.

Then – mysteriously – it works again. I am relieved and I charge the phone. The problem sometimes persists for days, other times that’s it; I won’t experience a problem again for weeks.

I am completely unable to think of another electronic device that has this kind of problem with battery charging.

* Again, the exception was my RAZR, which had a standard USB connector. It could be that if I had kept this phone for a longer period of time it too would have experienced charging problems, but I can’t help but wonder if the non-proprietary connector means a more reliable charge. I guess I’ll never know because I got rid of the RAZR due to reception problems. If it’s not one thing it’s another.


2007 48-Hour Fast

January 28, 2007

2007 hapkido seminar

I have returned from the weekend fast. (That’s me on your far right during the hapkido seminar.) I have eaten. And showered. And shaved. (Taylor’s Lemon & Lime and a Feather blade – nice.) So I feel human again. But I’m very tired now. I’m off to take a nap. Before I go, though, here’s a few random thoughts and facts about the weekend:

  • My 48-hour fast was actually 63 hours because the last meal I ate was dinner on Thursday night, not breakfast Friday morning.
  • This fast was easier than the one I did last year. It may have something to do with how restrictive my diet was the week prior.
  • Not only was there no food, but I also spent the weekend without shoes and furniture, not even a chair.
  • Hapkido is one of my favorite martial arts and grandmaster Chang is amazing. If you’re in the Naperville, Illinois area you should check out his school.
  • I have mat burns on my feet and hands (the only exposed parts of me outside my uniform) from getting thrown around so much.
  • Verbal judo is not really wicked smack-talkin’, as I suspected. It is a system of rhetoric used to defuse a conflict. As Sun Tsu wrote, “to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.”
  • I took lots of photos. You can see some of them here.

To my fellow students: thank you for spending the weekend with me and sharing your knowledge, enthusiasm and skill.


Quick Fast Update

January 27, 2007

My fellow students and I are having a rest until noon so I thought I’d pop on the net and say hello. So far things are going really well. Lights out at 10pm last night and up again at 6:30am. Then we had a terrific session with grandmaster Lee. After a light warmup we worked on deep breathing exercises and then assisted stretching (this is where a partner helps you stretch a little further than you otherwise would).

We did not brush our teeth, nor have we showered. We slept on the training area floor. We massaged our gums with salt. And now we’re drinking water and barley tea. And resting.

At noon grandmaster Chang will come from Illinois and teach a 3-hour hap ki do seminar. I liked it a lot last year.

So far I am not too distracted by hunger. But if last year is any indicator, It’ll hit me this afternoon big-time.