Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Seriously dude? You think that the US has any intentions on your frozen tundra while we're battling not 1, but 2 wars and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression? Not to mention, with Russia's current state, couldn't those funds be better used for social services?
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I don't know if it's sleeping through the longest nights of the year, or being back in my childhood bed, or not having school, but once again, after another 9-10 hour outing with the sandman, I could have kept on going were it not for having stuff to do.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Nevermind that it's 15F outside, today, we celebrate our Independence Day! Done with Fall Semester 2009, despite yesterday's Finance II final being way tougher than expected. On to a little DC, NYE, and finally Vietnam!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Court records have shown that the Bush administration knew about the e-mail problems as far back as 2005 and did nothing to fix them, Sloan said.
"They never made an effort to restore them," she said.
But Scott Stanzel, a former deputy press secretary in the Bush White House, said the group "has consistently tried to create a spooky conspiracy out of standard IT issues."
"We always indicated that there is an e-mail archiving system and a disaster recovery system," Stanzel said. "We also indicated that e-mails not properly archived could be found on disaster recovery tapes. There is a big, big difference between something not being properly archived and it being 'lost' or 'missing,' as CREW would say."
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
What a waste of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman of I Heart Huckabees fame (who I think is totally underrated), and the girl who plays Seth Rogen's crush who may be the funniest of the lot. Also, Adam Sandler is getting old, literally and figuratively. Despite being a huge fan of his in high school (over a decade ago), come on man, get a new schtick. Shape up, or ship out.
Don't watch this move.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Lately, we'd drifted apart as I moved to the very pedestrian and car unfriendly Boston/Cambridge area... Yet, this would have been the last few great years of a fruitful partnership. And I feel like I've been neglectful... As, sadly, this is the beginning of the end for the White Stallion...
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The show had sold out the day tickets went on sale I believe, and the place was packed. The only downside was the length - we could have all rocked out for hours more, but the show was about 1:40 in total. Lame. Will go again the second that he announces he's coming back.
Here's a vid from the show someone posted:
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
We somehow managed to make it out to a gem of a Portuguese town called Sintra which has a reputation for being a bit of a mythic place. It was shrouded in clouds as we checked out the National Palace, and then went on a maze of odd Midsummer's Night Dream-esque ruins/caves in the Quinta Regleiro, which was mad fun. We spent the whole day, and again find ourselves getting ready for another dinner, perhaps Fado tonight.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We finished a tough day of sight-seeing with liters of beer and a snack in downtown Lisbon. On to dinner tonight and more bars.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The band on stage. I'm rocking the bass.
Friday, October 2, 2009
I threw back some advil for the show (which I'll post about when I get some pics), but a few songs in, felt something flapping around... only to discover that I'd ripped the nascent callus right off my middle finger. Ouch!
I think it's a rite of passage for a bassist though, and my middle finger's skin will grow back nice and strong for the next show. Flea used to pour super glue into the holes of his fingers when the Chili Peppers first started out.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Death Cab for Cutie's Where Soul Meets Body reminds me of my favorite Madison, WI apartment - 142 Langdon St. We were in the middle of the UW's frat row, and ironically, were the loudest apartment on the street despite being a few years removed from college.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Lots of nervous kids, beaming parents, and my personal favorite, the pint-size possible kindergartners hanging on to mom's leg, not willing to go quietly into this strange abyss.
Although my first day of school (which may be the last one forever) is tomorrow, I couldn't help but relive some of the anxiety and expectation of my early scholastic memories back so many years ago.
BACK TO SCHOOL!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Yet, listening through their album, I felt as if just a little something was missing. I couldn't put my finger on it, but with a bit more musical maturation, these guys could be really good... Only to discover 5 minutes ago that the band has split up (the lead singer is going to keep the band name, but the other guys are out)!
Now we will never know. Why oh why?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
An additional bonus is the "dating" descriptions of the three females.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
America's top diplomat for Afghanistan and Pakistan says the deadly Taliban insurgency in those countries relies heavily on funding from the oil-rich Persian Gulf.Who's up for electric cars?
Such money even outpaces the cash gathered from Afghanistan's multibillion-dollar exports of opium and heroin, said Richard Holbrooke, the United States' special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, in an interview Tuesday with CNN.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
As a bit of a throwback, here's my first post ever on the blog from last year:
It's starting to sink in... I'm going back to school, this time, for an MBA at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. After four years out in the working world, I'm jumping back in. I'll once again have to brush up on Calc, Stats, Accounting and Econ. But first, I have to move from DC to Boston... That's happening this weekend. There's so much to do before then..
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
One of the girls yelling for the Pixies then suggested that we write it into their setlist while the band took a break... She hooked up the pen, and I put it in, with a message that we'd go nuts if they played it. Apparently, we hit on the one band's songs that this band didn't know, as my female teammates related to me that the singer was hanging out nervously in the ladies bathroom, explaining to whoever would listen that they didn't know any Pixies songs...
Hah, now that I wrote it down, it seemed a lot more poignant last night.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
- Barbecuing a smorgasbord for ~20 people, only took 3 wardrobe changes
- First time grilling chicken hearts - marinated them in wine and soy sauce, and then rubbed in garlic and ginger and skewered them. Turned out great!
- Beer pong all around with nifty plastic cup holders to maintain formations
- Deepak being lame
- Ash taking a nap between beer pong games sitting on our driveway, leaned up against the house
- People being picked up from the train/bus/wherever and brought over
- Kicking out a bum poet who wandered into the party. He made a major scene when I asked him to leave
- The cops politely asking us to take the party inside because they didn't want to come back and have to give us a ticket (whoa, that never happens)
- The leftovers make a major comeback as we head inside
- Talking the bouncer into letting Thomas into a bar despite him not having ID
- Taking over the "hippie bar"
- Ravi jumping on stage
- Giving tips to some hippie girl about how she should go about seducing her male roommate who is across the room, which she's been trying to do for some weeks now
- Trying to kill the keg back at our place with new friends from the bar after the bar kicked us out
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
1. Start Foreman Grill
2. Place 2 pieces of 12-Grain wheat bread to start toasting
3. Chop onions and start them sauteing on the grill
4. Flip the bread so the other side toasts and add munster cheese to melt
5. Once the onions are soft and browned, put them in the sandwich
6. At the last minute so it doesn't dry out, put in black forest ham
7. Dash of pepper
8. Close the sandwich and the grill, and sear for 3-4 minutes
Sunday, July 5, 2009
With all of the debate over the impending energy capping bill vote, which some say is too weak, and others say is too restrictive and will choke off job creation (doubtful because nearly every change in the way things are done has spurred massive innovation which leads to the creation of new industrial sectors), I am reminded of the boldness that America was once known as having to do "the impossible" as is highlighted in JFK's go to the moon speech. Where is this resolve right now?
"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. "
- JFK, 1962
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Brett had his birthday at a new establishment that had gone up in my ~10 months away from the city - the Public House - which was actually a really good find. The place is big, spacious and clean. It's trying to be upscale without being snooty which is a rarity in the DC scene.
About an hour into being at the bar, I start to see a procession of burly guys with AV gear making their way through. Then it clicked, I recalled hearing from some kickball friends that the Real World was filming in DC, and had approached the kickball league to set up some fake games to have the cast play and make it seem like they were actually in the league. The cast's outing in the bar went right along the lines of the fakeness. When you see three or four people people being followed around with an entire film crew - camera guy, mic guy, light guy, switchboard guy, and director - shouting orders and physically displacing people to get their shots, it's not hard to take a wild guess as to who is on the cast.
Of course, as soon as the camera's showed up, a circus ensued. The cast members got up on a table and started dancing, and guys and girls at the bar started trying their hardest to get up there with them. I even overheard some girls next to me negotiating with the film crew director if they could get up there. Jeez - people don't really act like this usually, and come on, with filming happening probably 18 hours a day, most of the footage is going to end up on the cutting room floor.
I may end up in the background of some shots as the camera seemed to be all over the place in the part of the bar we were at, but I found myself making it to the outskirts of the main area, along with a few other guys who were done with the madness. I went upstairs to the roof bar for a bit, and when I came back down, things had calmed down - the novelty of having the Real World there had worn off. It actually begged an interesting question - does the Real World film crew go in expecting the first hour to be craziness, and then getting in their shots afterwards? Who knows.
In other interesting randomness:
- My first friend ever, from pre-school, had made it to the party through a friend of a friend. I hadn't seen her in an year and a half.
- Some guy in an orange shirt in the bar was convinced that I was his long lost drinking buddy "Phil Perkins".
- Brett was starting some side ventures, and said that a conversation we'd had six months ago had been a factor in his taking the plunge to entrepreneuship. Sweet.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Why is he the only person shouting it from the roofs?
Saturday, June 27, 2009
My thoughts towards him are so dichotomous: on one side, innovative musician whose songs still sound fresh and electrifying dancer whose moves remain unmatched (Ursher and JT, sorry guys, you can't compete); and on the other, the bizarreness of Michael and the pedophilia charges. I would always say that I was a fan of Michael the musician, but not of Michael the person.
Yet, after having watched the special that aired a few years ago where MJ was interviewed by a British journalist, I did feel pangs of sympathy - it seemed like MJ was someone who needed major psychological help, and never got it. Come on - for someone to voluntarily deform themselves, and change appearance so drastically, putting up with the pain of repeated surgeries just to try to reflect how they saw themselves in their mind's eye points to a major corner case. I think a big part of me always thought that he'd get it back together and become the mid-80's Michael again - only odder looking. Rest in peace, King of Pop.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Anyways, one of the theories I studied stated that in the future, states would begin to decrease in their power as the multinational company would begin to exert its force over the laws, cultures, and politics of the many countries it operated in... With Twitter and Google working to better enable communication within Iran, and from Iran to the outside world, perhaps this paradigm is beginning to take hold.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Surprisingly, Coors used to be regarded as a very premium beer. President's had it flown into the White House and people would drive hundred of miles to get cases. Coors itself was at that time, a stickler for quality, and tightly monitored the temperature of all the trucks, trains, and wholesaler warehouses to make sure that the beer was never warm. Then, they decided to expand, drop their prices, and put out a "light" version to compete with Miller and Anheuser-Busch, and their brand perception went to pots after that.
In any case, I was curious to see what Coors' orginal brew, Coors Banquet was actually like... And actually, it's pretty good, like a cross between a Pilsner and a Lager, and it goes down smooth. What a pleasant surprise.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Starting in Columbia Heights, the monuments that had looked like monopoly pieces start to take on lifelike proportions as we zip along side streets. We stopped for a bit in front of the Lincoln Memorial, and then rode along the reflecting pool to the Washington Monument, and ended up at the Smithsonian.
The monuments at night were amazing, and it was a perfect night for a midnight ride. Thanks go out to Richie for inviting me along and lending me a bike, helmet, and belt-clipped blinky light.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I have approximately 1200 more pages to go of stuff I used to know.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
"So, nearly everyone will choose the economic maximizing choice except for a small portion of the population that feels like they're being cheated and values their self-esteem more. These types tend to be young to middle age males, who are slightly aggressive, and have worked in B2B sales."
Pegged. I chose the option she predicted.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Political wit a hit in Boston, Massachusetts
The link to Ireland couldn't be stronger than it is in Massachusetts, where a quarter of the population claims Irish heritage.
And while the state capital is awash in green cheer at this time of year, a tradition of exchanging political barbs has kicked off each morning of the St. Patrick's Day parade, dating back about 60 years. The March 15 breakfast, including song and dance amid the playful ribbing, was an outgrowth of the community's involvement in politics, which runs as deep as Irish humor.
"It allows people to see their elected officials [local, state and national] in a role they don't normally see them in," explained state Sen. Jack Hart (or, as he says it, "Haht") of south Boston, who's hosting the political roast for the eighth year. The televised event draws about 4 million viewers and "beats the Sunday morning talk shows."
Neither Sen. Ted Kennedy nor Sen. John Kerry is expected this year, but getting a call from the nation's highest office isn't unheard of. Vice President Joe Biden has attended, and Hart said they're working on getting the attention of President Obama. Or is that O'Bama?
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
After a storm hammered San Francisco that winter, the university campus lost power; if not for the backup generators that pumped emergency electricity to its labs, countless cell cultures might have been lost. Fisher's embryonic stem cell lab, however, was off the campus grid, housed in a temporary facility built with private funds, which did not have a backup system. It would take several days for power to be restored to that site, during which time Fisher had no other place to bring her cells — she couldn't use the university incubators without jeopardizing the school's access to federal funding. Her cells were no ordinary stem cells, either. They were the first to be cultured on a bed of entirely human cells, an important advance in bringing usable stem-cell therapies to patients. With no other option, Fisher watched her cells die.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
That's why, I was ecstatic when a classmate approached me about starting an MBA band to rival the one that currently exists (The Rolling Sloans) which is a exclusive and only has 2nd years. Thus, the Sloan Temple Pilots were born. With almost ten people interested, and a logjam at guitar, I decided to be the bassist (which I don't really know how to play), and take vocals on a few songs.
Our first rehearsal was yesterday, and we didn't seem to at first be off to an auspicious start. In total rock star fashion, some of us were pretty late, our drummer had his wrists taped up from a snowboarding accident, and many band members looked like they'd had a rough morning from a long Friday night. The rehearsal space we were renting was tiny, relatively nasty, and smelled of stale cigarettes.
Yet, when we launched into our first song, we sounded fricking great! There is (not surprisingly) a ton of talent at Sloan, and even with us not having our parts all down, getting confused over certain timing issues in some songs, and all of us generally being rusty, we could have performed some of the songs we practiced right there and then to a full house.
Our first gig is in April. Be there!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The U.S. Embassy and the Chinese Embassy are both located on Panchsheel, directly across from each other. They asked me to check out the rooftops of each embassy. What do I notice? Let’s see ... The U.S. Embassy’s roof is loaded with antennae and listening gear. The Chinese Embassy’s roof is loaded with ... new Chinese-made solar hot-water heaters.
You couldn’t make this up.
Friedman strikes again!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Hats off to my roommate for whipping up this innovative dish with meager supplies in the fridge. It really hit the spot at 3AM.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
After having one or two with one of my roommates last night, I returned today to find 1 lone cookie still in the box. Between the two of them, they cleaned me out.
Now I want a damn cookie!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
"We have woven such a tangled financial mess with subprime mortgages wrapped in complex bonds and derivatives, pumped up with leverage, and then globalized to the far corners of the earth that, much as we want to think this will soon be over, that is highly unlikely."
- Thomas Friedman, 2/1/09
Friday, January 30, 2009
Like Jordan, he's aiming for perfection, constantly working on himself and accepting that while he's good, he's not the best, and he'll never be the best, so he needs to work harder to become the best, and repeat.
He is damn amazing to watch, and the humility and openness to accept feedback is no doubt at the core of him going from being in the top quartile of players which he's been since the beginning, to the top...
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
College admission boards keep track of different parts of the country, and Fairfax County with several top 50 high schools and the magnet high school TJHSST (a.k.a. Future Einstein High) is likely known across the country as a tough place to go to school - i.e. a 3.5 from Fairfax probably equals a 3.8 from somewhere else, and 3.8 from Fairfax is truly elite.
I don't see how changing the grading system will accomplish anything. Fairfax just won't be an outlier anymore. Congrats parents, your children will no longer stand out with a slightly higher GPA if the measures pass.
My favorite quote from the article proves the point itself: A parent mentions that her daughter is a straight C student, and as a result, doesn't stand a chance of getting into the University of Virginia, which happens to be my alma mater. What this deluded parent doesn't realize is if the measure were to pass and your daughter were to become a half B and half C student, or even a straight B student, she STILL wouldn't have a chance of getting into UVA. UVA's looking for the closest to straight A's possible, and importantly, emphasises admitting well-rounded individuals who have stretched themselves by engaging in many different extracurricular activities. This girl needs to study harder and the grades will take care of themselves.
On a side note, as an in-state school receiving several thousand apps each year from Fairfax county, of all universities she could have mentioned, UVA would be particularly well aquainted with Fairfax County's grading scale.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I think it's going to take a lot of strong creative and analytic thinking to solve the issues we face. I think it's a sign of strength for the new administration to be open to other ideas, but still have the grit to go ahead and do what it thinks is best.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Aside from the general slipperiness of it all, the slush all looks uniform, and you have no way of knowing if you're stepping into an inch of the stuff, or a sizable puddle.
Hopefully, tomorrow will be in the 60's and evaporate all this stuff (wishful thinking, I know).