Sunday, January 31, 2010

January 31, 2010 - Catching Up

January 31, 2010

A pair of lonely marsupials - sorry guys ;(

January 30, 2010
[Coming Soon]

January 29, 2010

Come on Dance Dance, Come on Dance Dance, Babyyyy

January 28, 2010

This picture says a lot. Here is the narratio to this tale. I say the CSSU sells rotton moldy Reeses Peanutbutter cups. Five minutes pass, Stephanie returns well aware of the information I have passed on with the said moldy treats.

I wonder why this happened. I came up with a few possibilities.
a) Forbidden /\ Treat => Good
b) Steven /\ Advice => Unreliable
c) {Stephanie /\ Listening} = Empty Set
d) a /\ b /\ c

January 27, 2010

Who ever named Poutine was lacking a marketing perspective. This stuff aught to be more popular I reckon.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January 26 2010 - NBA Midseason Fantasy Review


PICTURE OF THE DAY - How Corny! ;)

The NBA has reached the midway point of the 2009/2010 season. That makes it a good time to look at my fantasy teams and reflect on the events that have transpired.

All of my teams are Yahoo Fantasy Basketball teams and 9-Cat Rotisserie format, Here are my standing for my 3 leagues.




























League NameTeam NamePointsRankPoint Difference
DKDK651 out of 1010 points ahead of lead
Yahoo Public 324833DK751 out of 121 points ahead of lead
Yahoo Public 324834DK791 out of 127 points ahead of lead


*Sigh why is there a big chunk of space there? Oh well.

My rosters:
League DK
Russel Westbrook
Jason Richardson
Chris Paul
Caron Butler
Carl Landry
LaMarcus Aldridge
Troy Murphy
Andrew Bynum
Andre Iguodala
Aaron Brooks
Nene Hilario

Yahoo Public 324833
Deron Williams
Jason Terry
Trevor Ariza
Michael Beasley
Nene Hilario
David West
Chris Bosh
Troy Murphy
Aaron Brooks
Carl Landry
Luol Deng

Yahoo Public 324834
Aaron Brooks
Luol Deng
Kevin Durant
Jason Richardson
Luis Scola
Trevor Ariza
Brook Lopez
Channing Frye
Deron Williams
Nene Hilario
Mehmet Okur

Almost all the underlined players are guys I had pegged for big years at seasons start. I went out of my way to pick up a couple guys namely, Brooks, Deng, Nene in drafting. These guys I felt I would get good value for and it has paid off (Brooks 57th, Nene 18th, Deng 47th). I managed to grab Brooks late in every team, and Nene in 2/3 leagues (I picked up Galinari in league DK and recently traded him for Nene), and Deng in 2/3 leagues. These solid value picks have helped me reach the top in all 3 leagues.

Another guy I targeted was Oden, Marcus Camby, and Channing Frye. Greg Oden got off to a beast start, but sadly we all know how that ended. At the same time he got injured I had just traded Marcus Camby for Jason Richardson in league DK, probably my biggest blunder of the season (up there with not following intuition on Butler instead opting to listen to Rick Kamla and Dennis Scott lol). The Camby trade was fueled due to an at the time dire need for 3 pointers. This backfired big time as Chris Paul returned from injury, Brooks heating up from 3, and J-Richs addition causing me to have excess 3 pointers. Losing Camby hurt a lot, statistically and mentally as it was a hit to my pride. Jason Richardson has been hugely disappointing as well after his hot start. Luckily solid overall play across the board has allowed me to stay up top.

Anyways, here are some of the surprises for me of the first half,

Danilo Gallinari - I don't think anyone could of predicted top 35 production out of this Italian Stallion.

Marcus Camby - I knew I got good value late for him, but I did not think he could remain healthy as much as he has. I cringe every time I see him put up 12/20,7 or something.

Gerald Wallace - 42 Games played, great to see G Force stay healthy for once, we have always loved his game.

Zach Randolph - My god, Z Bo has beasted it this year and has Memphis playing great ball. He has been a fantasy monster this year and become an improved team mate.

Stephen Curry - I am not sure why this is surprising, a dynamite scorer playing on Golden State. Maybe it was the fear of Don Nelson that had me weary of Curry. I wish I had conquered this fear, but Nelson's rape on the career of our beloved Anthony Randolph had me traumatized.

Corey Maggette - The Xzibit look-a-like had never been one of my favorite players but he has having a great year averaging 20/6 on a ridiculous 54.1% from the field. He will never be great from 3 or get many steals and blocks but you can count on him to boost your free throws as he gets to the line an unbelievable 8.4 times while shooting a smooth 84.7%.

Carl Landry - I quickly picked this guy up in 2/3 of my leagues and he has become one of my favorite players in the entire NBA. This guy is a straight up baller and psycho. He plays with more ferocity and heart then anyone else in the NBA. This guy is the front runner for sixth man of the year right now with his main competition being Maggette and Crawford.

http://news.xinhuanet.com

This man here has helped me place first in all my leagues.

Biggest Disappointments (for me)

Caron Butler - Damn I messed up on this one. My intuition told me Butler's value would take a hit with Arenas back, which appeared to be true. Lately Butler has not picked up his play with the Arenas fiasco, so his decline appears to be more so based on his own performance rather then circumstance.

Deron Williams - He has not been horrible, but his numbers are down across the board. Watching him last year I felt this guy could put motha *****s on skates at will. I just don't feel the same way anymore. I love his game so I hope he picks it up.

Anthony Randolph - When given minutes has been solid, but Don Nelson's inconsistent rotations have destroyed this guys fantasy value. He just needs an opportunity to learn and the sky is the limit. Fire Don Nelson.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com

Enough said...

Monday, January 25, 2010

January 25, 2010 - Reintegration

January 25, 2010
Me and Thuy (I think mostly her) decided we should eat out less. After 2 weeks of this vendetta against dining at restaurants I would give us a grade of F. We have most likely ate out even more since this decision. This is clearly evident in my blog, as some have pointed out all I talk about is what we eat. Oh well. On the bright side however, I brought 2 bagels with cream cheese to school. That is 1 day out of approx. 10 since I said I would pack a lunch. Letter grade of D minus perhaps?

To reiterate the dining out and lack of non-food content on this blog, here is what we ate today!

Thuy T's Chili Burger


If 2 weeks is a large enough sample, it appears double Thuy and I are making Monday visits to various eateries a tradition. This week - Gabby's Bar and Grill. Lately all I can think about is chicken wings. While others were enjoy classic Quebecois dishes (poutine..smoked meat) I was going for chicken wings non-stop.

Er...It has been awhile so,

http://blogs.neoseeker.com/

http://blogs.neoseeker.com/

Lang is a cool guy, Scyther, Scizor are cool bugs! Fair enough I think.
Finally, to end this post I just have one last thing to say SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS!!!

January 24, 2010 - Back 'Home'

Back 'home' from CUSEC! I think this picture sums up 'home' and CUSEC nicely.

Must..Learn..Ruby???S

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jan 23, 2009 - CUSEC

January 23, 2010

CUSEC came to a close on this day. It was an interesting experience. Looking back at what I thought of the speeches my first day, I feel now that the overwhelming feeling I experienced was based more on the people surrounding me then the speeches. The people around me on this trip were amongst the most brilliant, I believe, of all the attendees of CUSEC. It seems my nature is to feel that the light glorifying another only emphasizes the shadow around me.

I had the most fun today, I was really excited to go to Mont Royal. I spent around 200 on drinks and clubs in Montreal but all that really does not compare to that for me. I guess I am a dork for that. Me, Andrei, and Greywolf (Alex) climbed up the 'volcano' and made it up to the top before dark. The view from the top
is worth the climb. Our descent was also quite fun, why walk when you can slide? Instead of struggling down the slippery slopes, we slid down almost all the way down on my butt. It was quite well executed except for Andrei almost having his face impaled by a branch. So this was the highlight of the trip for sure.

The city from the top

Unidentified red goo

A peanut on the mountain
Well, CUSEC was an different experience for me, time will tell if I benefited from it. I am glad to be heading
back to Toronto though, feeling a bit homesick.


January 22, 2010

Lately I have observed (well only twice that I can think of) my behavior following a tu quoque like pattern. It has led to some bad results.

Case One: Perhaps a common phenomenon. About a week ago me and Thuy were trotting along Bloor Street. I guess instead of using the street lights themselves as markers to tell me when to stop and go, I simply imitated the set of legs in front of me. The end result was a completely unintentional J-Walk. Luckily we were only nearly trampled by an incoming vehicle.

Case Two: As I lay in bed this morning, the clock struck seven. I swerved my head to observe my chamber mates were all still induced in a peaceful slumber. This group hibernation remained in tact until around noon sadly. At this time we had missed 3 speeches.

January 21, 2010

Well I am currently in Montreal at the CUSEC conference. The festivities
kicked off today at 8 30 AM.

We woke up at 7 am but Stephanie, Ian, and I decided to go back to sleep and arrive at the end of the registration period rather then beginning. The time to make it by was 9:30 latest, we woke up at 9:30. It is funny how this forbidden sleep is so damn amazing though. That 2:30 hours of procrastinating the commencement of our day was heavenly. I must of had roughly 20 dreams, it felt like an eternity.

The festivities began with speeches. The speakers were Matt Knox, Pete Forde (Unspace), Sergei Savchenko (EA), and Reg Braithwaite.

Well my experience with the speeches has been a mixed bag. The first two were not overly technical and this was good for me. Due to my lack of working experience I am not up to par with the lingo, there are even a bunch of programming languages and concepts I am completely ignorant about (Ruby, Fortran, Ruby on Rails, Cloud?). This left me feeling a couple things on one hand it made me feel insecure, especially in comparison to a lot of the other people at the conference. Some of the other students at CUSEC have done some amazing things, once I remember ill link them. On the other hand, it exposed me to a lot of ideas that help me feel more connected with software industry as a whole which is good.

The EA talk was far too techie for me to get absorb anything.

Pete Forde brought up a funny quote (not sure by who) it went something like, If you find yourself procrastination you aught to be working in whatever you are doing during this procrastination. TO which someone instantly connected to a career specializing in masturbating.

In the end the speeches were okay, nothing really blew me away. It just seems that these speeches are not aimed towards someone at my stage of understanding things. This also made me ponder how useful my education will be at the end. As a third year student who consistently gets A's in most courses I put an honest effort, I still feel utterly overwhelmed by everything going on.

But that probably is not the point of our education. Although we lack the specific knowledge about certain programming languages or lingoes, the study we break our backs over I hope will put us in the right frame of mind to absorb what needs to be absorbed when we finally work. Then we can emerge from our cocoon as the pretty nerd butterfly we all dreamed of

Or maybe I am just sucking at all this, who knows.

Another interesting tid-bit that I felt a connection to was this imposter theorem? Maybe more on this another time.

On a side note, back home Thuy had a bit of trouble using my cdf account to print articles. Apparently the articles were much longer then she had first imagined (over 150?). It was a traumatizing experience for her trying to get the printer to stop. Poor Tweety :P she is boycotting the CDF labs now.

It is getting difficult to write now, the room next door is full of rowdy and awkward geeks yelling. It
is quite hard to concentrate so I will leave it at that for tonight.

Good Night

P.S Reubens - Not Great. Supposedly quite well known for their smoked meat (although not up there with Schwartz), I was not thrilled with mine. I am not sure if it was a product of the it being at Reubens or me just not liking smoked meat.

Jan 20, 2010
I was going to say what happened on this day, but very lazy, and people in next room so damn loud and annoying.

Good Night Again.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jan 19, 2010 - Bunnicula and Nadege

Today my greatest fears came to pass as I encountered my child hood nemesis - Bunnicula the vampiric bunny rabbit. Well I am joking, as a kid I really enjoyed this Bunnicula book series, also it was not a rabbit it was a squirrel. The squirrel however, did have striking resemblance to the barbaric bunny. Namely this squirrel was remarkably an albino one. Here take a look,

Additionally, me and Thuy went to Nadege - a cafe / bakery sort of place located on Queen near Trinity Bellwoods. It was quite nice take a look,


I felt hygienically improved by simply entering the premises, the layout was very sleek and although not large it felt deceptively spacious.

I had this sandwich, as you can see it contained egg, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, salami, and possibly some other things. The price is a tad high on these, but still, a nice sandwich.

Thuy had this one, I have no clue what is in it except 'pathai..?' I will fill this in with the right word once I learn it..

Last but not least, we had almond croissants. These were very good and I felt priced more fairly! The croissants and bakery were recommended by Steph and she proved to be a reliable recommender of stuff. Cheers to her!

Anyways, I am off to pack for CUSEC! Good night!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Jan 18, 2010 - Daily Report!

Not much to say today, me and double Thuys went to eat Vietnamese food at Pho Hung on Bloor Street near the ROM. Thuy T. had Viet pancake Thuy V. had Pho. I usually get pho but I decided to try Vermicelli this time around. It was quite good except I apparently ate it wrong. I did not put the fish sauce into the bowl or mix it up. Still, I enjoyed it!



Sunday, January 17, 2010

January 17, 2010 - Been a Bad Boy =(

Ack, it has been 5 days since I posted pictures! Although I have ruptured the blogger's moral fabric I managed to take pictures everyday (minus the 15th, I am waiting for Steph to send me them).

On another note we are leaving for CUSEC (Canadian University Software Engineering Conference) in Montreal on Wednesday. This is exciting stuff. I often feel some degree of stress and anxiety in regards to my big picture perspective of Computer Science. I do fairly well in all my courses however my lack of work experience in this particular industry has me feeling this way. So far I have done the following to remedy this upsetting sensation (will present in relation form due to my csc343 databases poop sock marathon today).

plans_completed
p_id desc.
1 Try harder in school
2 Make more friends
3 Think less (blog counters this?)

and my futures plans are contained in the following relation:

plans_future
p_id desc.
1 Try harder in school
2 Find a Job or do PEY(professional experience year)

Enough of this, on to the stock pile of pictures I've let pile up!

January 17, 2010

This was super poop sock study day. The beginning did not go so well, I came to the decision that I should drop csc320 which I was very excited about. I am hurting sort of over this, I don't want to think about it anymore. I think this was the right choice though. We had planned to bring snacks to make this day fun. I failed to bring the sandwiches I claimed I would make, but brought some Timbits to remedy this (slightly). Andrei brought some blueberries and pepper nuts from Holland. Lori and Stephanie did not bring anything, although Lori was unaware of our plans. Bad bad Steph x_x.

January 16, 2009

The push and tug of adult hood and childhood. I wonder if this is my ending.

January 15, 2009

CSSU Pubnight! We also celebrated Linh's birthday. A lot went down today, down in my belly! Me and Thuy ate so damn much this day. From around 3 P.M to 11 P.M, we had a full meal of Indian Food (after 10 minutes of navigating on google maps I cannot find the name), Japanese food (Kuni Sushi Ya, Linh joined us at this point), Wings and Fries (Molly Blooms), Chinese food (HOUSE OF GOURMET seafood, bbq, noodle restaurant - rough..rough translation?). In summary, food and happy birthday Linh.

January 14, 2009

Earlier I vowed to eat healthier in order to increase my energy (fallacy of composition?) - this poor quality picture shows my poor quality attempt at healthiness.

January 13, 2009

What even happened this day? Ah yes this day we ate Burger King and Thuy met Midnight. It seems my memory can only recall in detail up to 3 days or so.

Finally,

bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net

This is the War Machine the alias of our dear friend Warren. His fearsome alter ego is Rhyperior who is well known for his strength. Coming Soon, the pokemon equivalent of the man inside the machine!


http://pokemon.neoseeker.com

Poliwag! The key features that links Ms. Jane and Poliwag is the eyes! Not only that the mind boggling circular line design is like the fractal art she enjoys (sort of..lol)


bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net

My room mate Mr Tat! Jolteon is lightning quick, it moves swiftly and you do not know what happened until you have been zapped! Alain also moves in a sudden quick explosion on the basketball court and his trusty bicycle! His steps are also quick and silent (ha ha ha...). Like Jolteon he also cooks birdies!


tops.gamerlimit.com

Nobody else could be Lopunny but the bunny lover herself Laurie! As far as I know it, Laurie's love of Bunnies began at the tender age of 20 when she met Blue. Since then, she has fortified her image as a Bunny lover. This is why she is Lopunny.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jan 12 2010 - First Date

Although me and Thuy have been dating a little over 2 months now we actually had not been on an official date. To clarify, we have gone to plenty of restaraunts, seen movies and such but it has all been rather spontaneous or last minute. I guess, we felt a date is planned ahead of time, like the name implies you set aside a 'date' for you two to spend together. Well the lack of dates we brought to my attentions and I quickly put together a couple activities from an online list of things-to-do.

My plan for the date was as follows:
i) Museum (ROM)
ii) Cafe
iii) Indoor Picnic and Movie

Anyways it was a great day, the ROM's renovations looked great on the inside (not so great on the outside to be honest..). As a kid I always loved rocks so we spent a good chunk of our time in that section. This one was my favorite, it almost looks like a mini earth.

Every good trip to the museum must include a visit to the dinosaur section. Which we did as seen here,

After the museum we had bubble tea (was not feeling the cafe anymore) and head back for the all anticipated indoor picnic,



Sadly the movie we wanted to watch was not in at blockbuster (Amelie) so we ended up watching Girl in the Cafe (a bit disappointing), still it was a great day.

In conclusion our first date was a success ! :) and here is today's pokemon!

giantbomb.com

Gardevoir's hair covers her face, this trait is often connected with emo-ness, not that Lori is emo but her profile pics always look very emotional. Additionally Gardevoir is a psychic type that is very intelligent, just like Lori!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Jan 11 2011 - Zombie What's in your Head?


For once, I am happy that this picture was taken by my atrocious camera phone. The horrid visibility of the photo nicely captures my mental state during classes lately. I have been severely lacking energy during my lectures and have been feeling like a zombie.
In hopes to remedy this I vowed to pack a lunch and drink more water at school. I stopped at the grocery store on my way home and picked up various materials to achieve this.

Anyways, today we have:


raichu203-ts.webs.com

Staraptor are highly aggressive and dangerous Flying-type bird Pokémon. Thuy Vu is famous for his graphic T's with the silhouettes of birds. He can also at times be aggressive and dangerous. Staraptor is also powerful, compact, and agile, just like Thuy Vu!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jan 10 2010 - Difficulty


The difficulty of project 365 is apparent to me on a day like this. I spent the day cleaning up and reformatting my desktop. I really have nothing to say! Anyways to fill the endless void resulting from my "writer's" block I will continue with my Pokemon => Friend segment!

Next up,

smogon.com

A little about Weavile! Weavile's appearance looks like that of a bluish-black bipedal feline, clad in a bright red crown, and collar. Weavile is very stylish, wearing a fashionable hat, just like Thuy! Additionally, Packs of Weavile love to live in cold habitats, another similarity between Thuy and Weavile.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

January 9 2010 - The Fall of Technology



As a 22 year old quasi asian male, I constantly find myself immersed in technology. This situation is further stimulated by my course of study, computer science, and my genetically nerdy composition.

However, over the past couple of weeks technology has been failing me, or rather I have been failing it. It began in Edmonton, where in an act of childish loneliness I began replacing my real life friends with corresponding digital representations as pokemon. For example,

hardestlevel.com


gaiaonline.com

The fun was cut short when I gracefully deleted my copy of Pokemon Platinum! It was a sad moment laced in profanity. Making the problem worse was my lack of a SD reader to recopy the game! I had lost my computerized companions but little did I know the fall of technology had just begun!

A couple days later I arrived in Whitehorse and that very night my laptop began to show troubling symptoms. In my rush to remedy my lack of DS games I had somehow contracted a horrible virus which prevented my laptop from working at all. Lacking any sort of boot disk or Windows installer I was left only with my beloved camera.

And now recently, as seen in my picture of the drink up top (Honeydew Milkshake from Destiny), my beloved Camera is gone. She has left me for Utah, I do not know if I have the power to forgive.

Anyways, the fall of technology indeed ;(

Jan 8, 2010 - Fresh




Today me and Thuy went to a restaurant close to her heart. The place is called Fresh. They do not serve meat x_x which is a big turn off for me. I had already ate though, so this was not an issue. I decided to order a 'first kiss' smoothie while Thuy ordered 'energy' and sweet potato fries (which I munched on). I had heard mixed reviews on the place from Thuy's friends and I am still undecided on whether I like Fresh. If I ever go there again I will order an actual plate of food and make a real judgment on Fresh.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jan 7, 2010 - Bye Bye Beloved!


After going to my csc320 class (visual programming) I was quite enthusiastic to take some photos (specifically try out some HDR photography!) unfortunately this very day I gave my camera to my parents for their vacation.. For the next couple of days my photos will be from a variety of cameras, this picture is by Thuy's camera. The photo is of the flowers which were suppose to be daisies that I ordered for her.
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