Tuesday, January 31, 2006

We've been getting a lot of police speeding ticket hoaxs lately

If this isn't the talk of your town, then here's the summary of it: local police are planning a major crackdown on speeders by ticketing people who go just five miles over the speed limit on major thouroughfares. The first fact to bust this urban legend, can be found here. Then to make sure, I emailed my friend who's a local police officer, and he replied with this:

It's true. But we don't have enough officers to do this so we actually recruited some Martian and Plutonian officers to assist us with this. Jupiter did not respond and Andromeda is too far to get here in time.

Nah. Just kidding. It's not true that we are going on a ticket frenzy. We will do our regular enforcement. Business as usual. Technically, people can get pulled over and get a ticket for going 1 mile an hour over the speed limit. But we don't.

I think that this is a good thing for us that people think this way so that people slow down for at least this month. Unfortunately, we don't have enough of this kinds of emails circulating.

Have a nice day.

Unfortunately, Police Officers also has a sense of humor.

Also, on that page I linked, you can see a copy of the email that was sent to my state's people.

I'd though that I'd post this here so that others can see how rumors can start and snowball into huge cases.


Sunday, January 29, 2006

One pipe, many holes

I just came back from helping my Dad and brother fix a pipe. Actually, we had to dig a trench to get to the pipe. Well, I'll start from the beginning:

We spent atleast an hour digging the first part of the trench, with us completely missing the pipe by a couple of inches to the left. We then started from the front part of the marking and dug it, until we found the pipe on the left side, just under the edge of the trench. We then started to test for the leak and patched it with pipe clamps. When we started to test the clamp, the dirt began to leak, so we dug somemore and found our second leak, then third, and so on. We found a total of five (yes, 5) holes along what it seems to be 15ft of piping. All in all, it took us six hours to do it, and we ran out of clamps, so next weekend we'll just replace the pipe.

My body doesn't hurt as much as the last time when I helped my Dad, but that's because I stretched before, during and after the job. And since I wore slippers, my feet got muddy from the digging and stuff.

Here are some pictures:




Saturday, January 28, 2006

Four Fords: one car, two trucks, and one van

Okay, looks like they bought a car without my knowledge. Drum roll please...

Its a 1994 Ford Taurus. Yes people, not a fancy car, but not a bad car choice.

It got so much power everything, that we can't even figure out how to either open the gas tank or the trunk. Now we got 2 white ford vechicles (the Taurus and my Dad's work truck) and 2 red vehicles (a truck and van).

They bought it at the Budget Car Sales near Midas in Waipahu near St. Joseph Church yesterday (paid 2 grand for it) and drove it home a couple hours ago.

I sat in it and its comfortable. I still can't see the front of the hood because I'm so low, but that's why there's phone books :D

[UPDATE] Full time school, and part time job

I got my school schedule and books and told my employer about the situation. After showing my schedule and that I won't be able to do a morning full time position, he seemed disappointed, but assured me that he'll find an available position for me (he actually said something along the lines of "don't worry, I'll accommodate you") and mentioned he'll call me tomorrow for details.

By that line alone, I already felt that I've been working for that company for a long time and that its like I'm attending school and he don't want to lose me as an employee. Not to mention, that I never even started training yet, so that makes me feel that I have potential in this company.


And speaking of school, the dean said that I have two more quarters, so this is my second to the last quarter, with me taking a final grad project class during the April quarter along with physics. So I'll be graduating in July 2006, one year after I was expected to graduate. That news alone make excited, and certainly now I won't screw up like before. Actually, I think I'm in a better position than my cousins and older brother (who all has jobs and are atleast going to school: my brother has a position at a radio station as a DJ; older cousin has a job as a cook at a restaurant but has a degree in Criminal Justice; and my younger cousin has a job at Circuit City, working at the front desk), while I have an upcoming job as a wireless company (which the trio knows that I love doing - as much as working with computers). If everything goes according to plan, then I'll save up for a laptop computer (to have as a second computer and to mirror what I have on my desktop - without any gaming/photoshop, I just want something I can access at school that has all of my files and whatnot) and eventually drive (parents are looking for a van to replace our current vehicle, so my first car will probably come out of my pocket).

I have school AND a job

For some reason, I decided to check my school's website to record my grades and that's whenI saw that I had a January 2006 schedule. I called the school and spoke with one of the night deans, who would call me back because she had to find my schedule. Since I had an interview the next day, I just went ahead and slept, thinking of all of the scenerios that might happen if I do have school and had to work at the same time. Just a few minutes ago, I checked my voicemail and the dean called back a few minutes after I slept. It looks like I do have classes, and someone thought it was good to put back my schedule on the day when we go back to school (Wednesday). So, not only I need to concentrate on the wireless job, now I need to concentrate on classes such as Intermediate Algebra, Technical Support, Advanced Networking, and planning the grad project.

As of this moment, I'm trying to get my schedule down and see how I can work and go to school at the same time. I wasn't expected to return, because I failed two classes (routing and planning of the grad project), so to make my time useful I submitted my resumes to a few companies in hopes of finding a job; then I can tailor my April quarter around the job, maybe even going to evening classes.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Training is Saturday now

Great, they've bumped my training to Saturday @ 10am, when I'm supposed to help my Dad and brother fix a problem at a house.

Luckily, the problem is just a minor plumbing one, so they can probably do without my help, but if this occurs again, (and its serious) then I'll have to cancel.

Monday, January 23, 2006

TRAINING DAY IS FRIDAY!

Yes, I got my first job!!! I'll be working as a salesperson for Upnext Wireless!!! The interviewer just emailed me a few minutes ago telling me of the training. He'll email me the details, but I'm pretty excited about this.

Pity that I'll start out in Cell Phones, and with computers, but with my last two computer classes ending in failure (advanced networking and Routing), I think I'll need to take some time away from computers. Plus, probably this job will help me be more open to people and let me gain more connections.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Back from my interview

Compared to my last interview with a wireless company, this interview was one on one and by the details the interviewer gave, it looks like I got the job (but I'll wait for the call in a couple of days to make it official).

We talked about my resume: my schooling and volunteer work (backed with pictures, certificates and letter of commendations) and my cell phone experience (with me showing my phone with the XP skin loaded and MP3 songs loaded). He looked at my brochure and I think he really liked the picture of phones I have and he also asked me about the service providers the company provides and the stores they have. The part that surprised me, was when he started to talk about the Ala Moana kiosk, its hours, and payrate. I don't want to jump to any conclusions, but if I get the correct call in the coming days, then I'll be working at the Ala Moana kiosk (infront of L&L Drive inn, so it'll be hard for me to not go hungry). Speaking of time, the hours are 0930 to 1630 (9:30am to 4:30pm for you civilians) or from 1630 to 2130 (4:30pm to 9:30pm likewise), so it looks like I'm either fighting traffic, or cruizing into work.

Overall, it lasted 30 minutes and I was impressed by myself. I only stuttered maybe 5% of the time, and I caught myself in the conversation, so that may have helped. I was calm and answered the questions with courtesy, and of course I provided detail.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Too nervous to sleep

After being away from my computer all today, I finally got the chance to sit down and try to get back to business. I received an email from a wireless store I applied at recently, and they want to interview me tomorrow at noon. So, for the past 30 minutes, I've been getting ready my career portfolio that has my resume, cover letter, work, and pictures/letters of commendation of my volunteer experience and its the first time I sweated today (and usually I sweat by just walking).

I'll be dressing up like what I learned in my Professional Career Development class taught me, and I won't let Heald college down.

Wish me luck!

Radioshack is back on my good list!

It all started when I had the sudden impulse of buying a headset converter to let me listen to my MP3s from my phone with my MP3 player's headphones. I walked all over my local mall, going to just about every electronics store and cell phone store asking if they had a 2.5mm to 3.5mm converter. 3 of the 5 stores there said no, but then I stopped in Radioshack. With their high prices and rare items, it was business's dream, but it also made money pinching people like me avoid them - until now. I don't know why I had the urge to buy the headset converter, but I spent 10 minutes trying to look which converter was right for me. Finally, I gave up and asked a salesperson, who helped me graciously. He took my phone and tried to match the hole with the bottom for the connection, and after determining that he found the right match, rang up the sale. He even let me try it in the store, but after it failed, he got another product, which worked. I went home and admired my new found powers. I then plugged it into my computer's speakers and expected it to work, and it did - in one speaker. I fiddled with the device and it seemed to work on one side, and using my headphone confirmed that. I had to ask my uncle for a ride back (thinking it would be a 5 minute exchange) to the mall, and my cousin tagged along. When I attempted to return the product, I met a wireless guy like me. He mentioned that they didn't carry the special converter that wireless phones needed to play on stereos and headphones, and he told that to the salesperson I interacted with earlier. He accepted my return, and while we waited for my uncle, me and my cousin played with the phones. I was fiddling with the Cingular phones (the only GSM provider there) when the wireless guy came up to me and mentioned that it was a dummy phone (like I didn't know that) and a few minutes later, he gave me a live demo of the Motorola Rokr. I oohed and awed at the candybar phone, and mentioned if I could play some of my MP3s on it. I offered my transflash card to him and he placed it in the phone, and attempted to play it with iTunes. After a few minutes of frustration, he gave it to me and I tried the old sounds menu (which worked). The phone's gain table wasn't modified, so the sound was soft at its max, but it had a vibrating feature and it seemed to vibrate and give bass on my rap songs I used with it. I played a few more songs on it, and wanted to compare it to my phone, but the only difference was the volume (thanks to a modified gain table). The next few minutes were spent comparing Nextel to Cingular's PTT service, and I wanted to get a live demo of Cingular's service, but they only had the dummies. For the first time this year, I acted like a noob at a cell phone store, but I was just doing that to see how much they knew and if they got the info right. The guy that took my first order earlier in the day seemed to read the pamplets, and he didn't ask me if my v635 was unlocked or anything. The wireless guy gave me his card when we left the store, and IMO he knows what he's doing.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Suddenly, I'm busy

Well, not busy, busy, but lately, I've been getting requests from people to help them with their computer problems (ranging from pop ups to a video card problem). On top of that, I've been sending in my resume/cover letter to a couple of wireless stores (I feel that I'm qualified to work there because of my cell phone knowledge), and one of them responded. They want to interview me tomorrow, but I can't make it because of a prior engagement (gotta fix a computer problem) and unless I can fix the popups, safeguard the computer from doing it again, and educating the person in computer usage (something I feel that I need to do for everyone I help) then that will get me an hour to catch the bus from her house to downtown, and hope that there's no traffic. So, instead of taking that risk, I decided to reschedule the interview, and hopefully it'll go well next week.

And if you're wondering about my schooling, I passed the security class, but failed the routing class, and the grad project (planning) class, so I'm suspended from school again for the Jan-Apr quarter (same time last year, I guess its the holidays and relaxation). That's why I'm applying for jobs and responding to people's computer help requests. I'm now beginning to wonder if this college is right for me. Sure, the 18 month degree is great, but its been 2 years since I entered Heald, and I was supposed to graduate in July 2004. So, I'm taking matters in my own hands and trying to find a job and hopefully knock some sense into myself and see that school is easier than holding down a job (unless I apply for jobs that I like :) ). And the reason why I didn't get my CNA yet, is because I don't want to jump ship and work in the medical field. I know that they make a lot of money, but if you don't like the job, then you're just working for money. I want to prove to my Mom that I can find a job that I can start off, then excel; or easily expand my horizons and gain experience and branch out from there. Right now, I'm only good in cellular phones and computers, so I choose the cell phones to try out.

Using the techniques I learned in my Professional Career Development class, hopefully I can make an impact in the requiters and land a job with my skills.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Just Facts...

One gallon of used motor oil dumped in to the ocean can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water!

An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards!

In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" was considered a dirty word!

The average person laughs 13 times a day!

Every 45 seconds, a house catches on fire in the United States!

A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans!

The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'!

The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven!

A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court!

Should there be a crash, Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane as a precaution!

Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second!

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos!

The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad!

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!

When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second!

A car uses 1.6 ounces of gas idling for one minute. Half an ounce is used to start the average automobile!

A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface!

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!

Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill!

Skepticisms is the longest word that alternates hands when typing!

It's illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while you're sitting on a curb in St. Louis

Porcupines float in water!

The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet!

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable"!

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!

Cat urine glows under a black-light!

The electric chair was invented by a dentist!

The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1!

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove!

The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons (5,940 billion billion metric tons)!

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie!

It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a certain church in Omaha, Nebraska!

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete!

Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark!

More people use blue toothbrushes, than red ones!

Recycling one glass jar, saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours!

It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland!

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and month

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!

Alaska law says that you can't look at a moose from an airplane.

In Memphis, Tennessee, a woman is not to drive a car unless a man warns approaching motorists or pedestrians by walking in front of the car that is being driven.
In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping.
In New York, it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile.
In Oklahoma, no baseball team can hit the ball over the fence or out of a ballpark.
In Kentucky, it's the law that a person must take a bath once a year.
In Tennessee, a law exists which prohibits the sale of bologna (sandwich meat) on Sunday
In North Carolina, it is against the law for dogs and cats to fight.
In Singapore, it is illegal to chew gum
In Michigan, married couples must live together or be imprisoned
In Michigan, it is against the law for a lady to lift her skirt more than 6 inches while walking through a mud puddle.
In North Carolina, it is against the law for a rabbit to race down the street.
In Missouri, a man must have a permit to shave.
In Texas, it is still a "hanging offense" to steal cattle.
All polar bears are left handed
Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
the United States.
Elephants are the only animals that can't jump
China has more English speakers than I am. is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you will have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
No word in the English language rhymes with month.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.
Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
There are two credit cards for every person in the United States
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard
Women blink nearly twice as much as men
You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
You can't kill yourself by holding your breath
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
> During an hour's swimming at a municipal pool you will
ingest 1/12 liter of urine.
> In a year you will have swallowed 14 insects - while
you slept!
> At an average wedding reception, you have a 1/100 chance
of getting a cold sore from one of the guest.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.
It is physically impossible
for pigs to look up into the sky.
Horses can't vomit.
The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick"
is said to be the toughest tongue twister
in the English language.
If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.
If you try to suppress a sneeze,
you can rupture a blood vessel
in your head or neck and die.
If you keep your eyes open by force,
they can pop out.
If the government has no knowledge of aliens,
then why does Title 14, Section 1211
of the Code of Federal Regulations,
implemented on July 16, 1969,
make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact
with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

In every episode of Seinfeld
there is a Superman somewhere.
A duck's quack doesn't echo,
and no one knows why.Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
Pearls melt in vinegar.
The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second was William Jefferson Clinton.
Turtles can breathe through their butts.
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
The only other word with the same amount of letters is its plural: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosesl.
The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki maungahoronukupokaiwe-nuakit natahu, a New Zealand hill
Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village
of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human
ratios remaining the same, it would look something
like the following :
There would be:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's
wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your
back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...you are
richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and
spare change in a dish someplace ... you are among the
top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married ...
you are very rare, even in the United States and
Canada.

Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture
dealer.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Feeling great today!

Since I needed to get out of my room (basically, get out from infront of my computer) I went to Ala Moana Beach park and walked around. Beforehand, I went to Walmart to get lunch (4 bags of various chips and a 1/2 gallon water) and ate befoer I walked around the beach. To make it interesting, I took pics of just about everything, ranging from the beach, to the waves, and the surrounding area. I never felt so alive and I think I lost a few pounds, but I know that it will return if I don't continue exercising, then I'll feel sloppy, so I'm planning on returning there either tomorrow, or wednesday to keep it up.

But earlier in the morning, I lost my phone's antenna, and in hopes of finding it, I looked down while walking home. Luckily, I found it afterI crossed the street, in the middle of the sidewalk. Funny thing, is that the phone still performed great even without the antenna.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Can Chickens fly?

I just witnessed one of my neighbor's chicken (or in this case, rooster) fly onto my house's roof above the wall that seperates my house from theirs.

I had chickens as pets before, but none of them could fly over the fence we built for them, much less a 7ft wall. Here's proof:

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Review of my Creative MicroPhoto MP3 player

I guess this initial review will be a mini review, as I only started to play with my new toy since I got my headphones only yesterday.

The player itself is light and smaller compared to my 3g iPod. The ability to connect it to a computer and use it as a removable drive is awsome, as I got 2gb formatted for that duty. Unfortunately, I can't listen to any music while its connected to the computer, so my 512mb thumb drive is still with me.

Combined with one of the best headphones I used, a pair of JVC behind the head-headphones which lasted me a couple of years before it finally broke. The bass is pretty good for the price (the combo of creative audio technology and the low frequency response of the headphones) and I can fully enjoy the music without turning up the volume while being alert with my surroundings. The FM radio is a nice plus, though only two radio stations can be heard in my school's computer lab, while the others are just static.

The only bad thing about the MP3 player, is that the display is hard to see in sunlight (everything is set to the max) and when the backlight is off the display is pitch black, so I can't glance at the display to remind myself what song is playing, or what station it is.

As for the touch pad, I'm getting used to it, as it registers a tap (or a scroll of less than a 1/4 inch) quite frequently, leading me into menus I don't want to enter.

Again, this is supposed to be a mini review, and I'll post a full review within the coming days, along with pictures.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

And that makes four.

I thought I'd never see the day (or night in this case) but my Mom just bought herself a $90 speaker set from best buy. I don't know what surprises me more: the fact that we now have 4 speaker sets with subwoofers in the house, or that my Mom spent money on a computer product. Anyway, she's playing her music, and before that we had our fun by playing all of the hip hop and R&B we could.

I guess she needs to let loose and since we whine and moan about how much we spend on our computer parts, she gets away with this.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

Where ever you are, I hope you're having a good new years' day, because I'm sick.

I caught someone's cold yesterday, and could only go outside to pop fireworks for a few minutes at a time because of my headache and running nose. But atleast I made it until midnight, where I dozed off to sleep with the quietness of nothing while everyone cleaned up. I was the first to get up this morning, heading into the living room to watch mythbusters, until I had enough and thought I'd collapse; I then made it to my room where I napped for four hours. After eating some leftovers from last night, I continued to watch TV, until my brother wanted to play games, then I went into my room where I stay till now.


In other happenings, my headphones I ordered last week are at the local fedex's shipping facility, and I doubt that they'll deliver it four days later if that's the case. But then again, they did leave a computer motherboard on the garage table (after they opened the gate, where two unlocked cars was) and I didn't check until 30 minutes after the scheduled dropoff. UPS on the other hand, has a good track record, and the driver even notified us that we had a package when he passed by our house.