Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I have to say I am very happy 2008 is over. It was been a crappy year to say the least. I am just very very happy that I finally got a gig...and I am working and earning some money. So that is awesome. I plan on traveling this year...and working hard to reach that next level. Never stop right?
So that's it...I cleaned my room and bathroom, I have backed up all my files on my portable hard drive and my family will be here shortly to kick it. Good bye 2008...and I welcome 2009 with open arms. I am hoping it will be a great year...I cannot be worst than 2008 right?
To my loyal readers..all 5 of you. Please have a great new year and please keep reading my drabble and leaving comments. Love the feedback.
Bye for now!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Check it out...apparently its a kinda underground Korean BBQ roach coach that has like over 850 followers on Twitter and they park somewhere and its bananas. I am now intrigued...and must try this place!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
After lunch we headed to a little bakery/coffee shop inside the same mall called BONJOUR.
MMMMMM...nothing like grilled Portuguese Sausage
Chicken Long Rice...HOWZIT BRO?
Super Macro of Portuguese Sausage
My short rib strew with rice...
These two pics are of the chicken fried pork belly. YUMMERS!!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
GRAN TORINO....Eastwood's latest flick he directs and stars in....features some nice Asian Gangstas in it. I have not seen it yet...and I hope ol dirty harry did his homework and it not a bunch of cartoon chop socky wanna be black rapper drug dealer stereotypes. I am not expecting much. But..I will support the film that even features Asian features. So far based on the trailer I dont know what to say. Yes they are driving in a white lowered civic..and they wear bandannas...yeah real accurate.
Anyways...I like Clint...always liked him, he has always been a bad ass...so he dont want no one messing with his car! You just dont mess with another man's car! As said so eloquently by John Travolta in Pulp Fiction when he found out his car was keyed....and we all know what happened in American History X when they tried to steal Ed Norton's truck....yeah good stuff.
I will be going to see this...
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Took Mom and sis out to dinner to celebrate my mom's birthday! I was so happy to be able to pay for it....FINALLY!
we came here...at focus plaza
Minced Pork with salted egg
Sweet Red Bean soup for dessert
Rock cod filet with Chinese veggies
Ma Po Tofu
Chinese style lobster with green onion
Deep fried salted pepper pork chops
Anyway..my good buddy Jae Bueno (www.jaebueno.com) was there covering the event and his photos made it into the latest issue of LOW RIDER ARTE....check it out! I am marginally famous! WOOHOO!!
here I am with my friend Donna. We went because Donna is a fine art photographer herself. You can check her stuff out at www.donnawong.com
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Since 2004, physicist Steven Chu has been on indefinite leave from Stanford University so that he might head Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Looks like Stanford will have to hold his slot a bit longer. This afternoon the Associated Press reported that Barack Obama has selected Chu to become the next Energy Secretary. If this is formally confirmed, the next task for Chu, a Missouri native, will be finding digs for his family in the Washington, D.C. area.
The soft-spoken scientist is a heavyweight. For developing a new technique to laser cool and trap atoms, Chu shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics. However, his passion in recent years has become a search for the ever-more-parsimonious use of energy. He’s been exploring the development of not only new technologies but also novel social and economic policies that will lead businesses and the public to accomplish more while using far fewer resources.
In other words, he’ll come to Washington with a host of ideas — and a commitment to see that science will underpin DOE’s decision making and research priorities. Indeed, just three months ago Chu was stumping on the Hill about the need to bolster federal research investments in energy — investments that he said should be grounded on science. He’ll now get the unparalleled opportunity to try and practice what he preached.
But this prof will also get a quick lesson in hardball politics. Good ideas aren’t enough to implement good policies. Neither is being smart. Let’s hope he’s a quick study and disarms lawmakers the way he charms the public. He speaks simply, tries to compel with facts, and knows the value of a well chosen anecdote, not to mention self-deprecating wit.
He’s also fairly well rounded — hardly the total geek that so many people expect of the intellectual elite. And he appears quite humble. Check out his autobiography on the Nobel site, for instance, where he notes that in a “family of accomplished scholars, I was to become the academic black sheep. I performed adequately at school, but in comparison to my older brother, who set the record for the highest cumulative average for our high school, my performance was decidedly mediocre.” Yeah, I bet.
“Education in my family was not merely emphasized,” he notes, “it was our raison d'être. Virtually all of our aunts and uncles had Ph.D.'s in science or engineering, and it was taken for granted that the next generation of Chu's were to follow the family tradition. When the dust had settled, my two brothers and four cousins collected three MDs, four Ph.D.s and a law degree. I could manage only a single advanced degree.”
And now a Cabinet post. I’d say his family continues to have plenty to be proud of.
For a capsule summary of Chu's views — including his call for the develoment of something akin to Apollo program for energy — see my Q&A with him that ran in October.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
(CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama formally announced Sunday that retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki, a decorated veteran and popular figure among critics of the Bush administration, is his pick to be secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki Sunday promised to work for veterans "each and every day."
"There is no one more distinguished, more determined, or more qualified to build this VA than the leader I am announcing as our next secretary of Veterans Affairs -- Gen. Eric Shinseki," Obama said at a press conference.
"No one will ever doubt that this former Army chief of staff has the courage to stand up for our troops and our veterans. No one will ever question whether he will fight hard enough to make sure they have the support they need," Obama added.
Obama said the nation must focus on helping troops who have served their country especially during bad economic times.
"We don't just need to better serve veterans of today's wars. We also need to build a 21st century VA that will better serve all who have answered our nation's call," Obama said.
and check out this ASIAN AMERICAN'S BIO!!! VERY PROUD!
General Eric K. Shinseki
Retired Chief of Staff
United States Army
General Shinseki assumed duties as the 34th Chief of Staff, United States Army, on 22 June 1999.
General Shinseki graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature from Duke University. General Shinseki’s military education includes the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.
Since his commissioning, General Shinseki has served in a variety of command and staff assignments both in the Continental United States and overseas, to include two combat tours with the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions in the Republic of Vietnam as an Artillery Forward Observer and as Commander of Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry. He has served in Hawaii at Schofield Barracks with Headquarters, United States Army Hawaii, and Fort Shafter with Headquarters, United States Army Pacific. He has taught at the United States Military Academy’s Department of English. During duty with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas, he served as the Regimental Adjutant and as the Executive Officer of its 1st Squadron.
General Shinseki’s ten-plus years of service in Europe included assignments as the Commander, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry (Schweinfurt); the Commander, 2nd Brigade, (Kitzingen); the Assistant Chief of Staff G3 (Operations, Plans and Training) (Wuerzburg); and the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver (Schweinfurt), all with the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized). He served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 (Operations, Plans and Training), VII Corps (Stuttgart). General Shinseki served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Support, Allied Land Forces Southern Europe (Verona, Italy), an element of the Allied Command Europe.
From March 1994 to July 1995, General Shinseki commanded the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. In July 1996, he was promoted to lieutenant general and became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, United States Army. In June 1997, General Shinseki was appointed to the rank of general before assuming duties as the Commanding General, United States Army Europe; Commander, Allied Land Forces Central Europe; and Commander, NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. General Shinseki assumed duties as the 28th Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army on 24 November 1998.
General Shinseki has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Purple Heart (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.