Friday, October 21, 2005

Ramen with salsa: why didn't I think of that?

It's hard to find kim chee around here, but ramen with salsa might be a reasonable substitute.

Asian nations remain the world's top consumers [of instant ramen]. The Chinese alone ate nearly 30.5 billion servings last year. Outside that region, only the United States, Russia and Brazil gobbled more instant ramen than Mexico.

Small world: Photo of Bob

Brian thought Brian would be interested in this photo of Bob of the Main Street Coffee Roasting Company. Not only was Main Street Coffee the subject of one of this blog's earliest posts,, but it is one of the first photos I blogged, and one of the first I took with my $20 digital camera (which is now available at Walgreens under the Philips brand name).

But Brian doesn't know that Barak Yedidia, the photographer of Bob, is a classmate of the other Brian. It is entirely possible that one or both Brians have had coffee just a few feet away from Barak and didn't know it.

Barak is concerned about reproducing Bob's photo without permission. Brian is concerned with reproducing Barak's photo of Bob without permission, but Brian would be glad to buy Barak coffee and catch up if Barak manages to track this down!

Got it?

I've never heard of Graffiti-related RSI's

Apparently, Blackberry devices can cause repetitive stress injuries.

Blackberry RSI = 16,900 hits on Google.
Blackberry RIM RSI = 1,710 hits on Google.
Graffiti RSI = 20,800 hits on Google.
Graffiti Palm RSI = 843 hits on Google.

I think this clearly demonstrates that graffiti is a more common word than blackberry, at least among web authors.

My numbers are 1-2-3-4-5-6

Whenever I tell people that my lottery numbers (which I have never actually played) are 1-2-3-4-5-6, they tell me that those numbers will never come up. But they usually stop objecting when I point out that they are just as likely to come up as any other numbers.

But it does seem very unlikely that a U.S. senator would win money in the Powerball lottery. Since he bought about $20 worth of tickets though and I bought none, I guess his odds were better.

I would have felt sad if 1-2-3-4-5-6 actually came up with $340 million at stake. But I bet other people would be saying that the contest was rigged or something that would make me the object of scorn and ridicule. On May 10, 2003, the numbers were 1-2-6-10-20-38. On June 19, 2002, they were 1-3-4-7-11-23. On September 26, 1998, they were 2-3-5-24-25-8. That's about as close as it gets. I suppose some people would say that since my numbers have never come up, that means they are due to. But I think they are just as likely as this week's numbers repeating.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

iRiver U10

You can potentially get an iRiver U10 for free. Meet each of the following conditions to get a 10% discount: 1. Born in October 2. Born at 10th day of the month 3. Sum of date of birth is 10 4. Name consisted of 10 alphabets 5. 10cm long finger 6. Wear shoes sized of 10 7. Parent of 10-year-old kid 8. Own 10 pieces of HK$10 note 9. 10 pierces in the earlobes 10. Work/Stay at 10th floor

Biggy (1989-2005), RIP.