Happy 10th Anniversary

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. -Cyril Connolly

It’s already November. What year is it, 2011? Holy cow, I’ve been blogging for 10 years. Not that I write much (see my pathetic first post). After 10 years, I still hate writing (most likely because I stink at it). One of my graduate school professors said that I was stingy with my words.

Anyways, I started a website after seeing CC’s friend’s (now husband) site. He started a few months before that, so his site is a tad bit older than mine. Either way, I can’t believe I’ve been at it for 10 years. I don’t even know why I keep posting. I remember thinking that the world wide web was pretty vast and it’d be neat to have my own little space. I didn’t know a single thing about websites or coding. I’ve never taken a computer class in my life. I think I just picked up HTML by viewing other people’s sources. :) Fast forward 10 years, my friend Joey, who was a computer engineering major and is now working for some hi-tech company, asked me about some code I use on this current site. He wanted to use it on some sites he was making for work. Haha. No, I can’t say that I know how to code. I just, um, implement.

I still find this stuff fascinating. I don’t know why I blog. Why do other people blog? Does anyone read blogs any more? I have a lot of friends who spend a lot of time on facebook, which is too social for me. I like thinking about things in my littler corner. I also have a lot of friends who aren’t online at all (we’re old enough to have missed the technology train).

Actually, I don’t really consider myself a blogger. I don’t write and I don’t really come up with original content (other than my pictures). Perhaps I’m more of a curator. I just maintain this random collection of stuffs (from the web and from my life).

Here’s the summary, my style: what I see x what I like = what I post.

So no pictures today, just some thoughts. Feedback and responses are always appreciated. And maybe I should update my 100 list.

Flock: Sporting New Feathers

Ok, so maybe it’s not THAT new, but it’s new to me because I haven’t played with Flock since version 0.0001 beta. Apparently, I got Joey hooked on Digsby. Not sure why he likes it so much. Now I have another thing to introduce to him.

Joey, meet Flock: the social web browser.

Flock

Not sure why I decided to have another looksy, but I’m glad I did. Essentially, it’s a tricked out version of Firefox that gives you quick access to most of your social networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, webmail, Picasa, you name it, it’s there.

There’s an integrated RSS reader and blog publisher too (although I don’t like to use it because I can’t, or haven’t figured out how to, upload images onto my server with that tool).

Many of the Firefox extensions seem to work, which is the only reason why I’m willing to give it a test drive.

Is anyone else using it or giving it a go?

Get Flock

Butt missiles

WARNING!!!  The following contains atrocious verbage:

obviously close friend (maybe too close): last fri i went to peet’s with  my friend after work.  i didn’t really have a big lunch so my stomach was kind of empty.  i ordered a medium coffee…  ohhh boy….  we sat and chatted for about 45 minutes and then the rumblings began.  it got so bad i suddenly just said to my friend "sorry…i have to go."  and ran out of peets.  hahaha..  i drove home, ran to the bathroom…and pooped it out so fast you wouldn’t believe!!!!!!!!
obviously close friend (maybe too close): seriously jennifer….rocket missiles…out of my butt.  it was insane
obviously close friend (maybe too close): :D
obviously close friend (maybe too close): have a lovely day
obviously close friend (maybe too close): :)
obviously close friend (maybe too close): hahahhahaa
obviously close friend (maybe too close): muuuuaaahh h aha ha ha a
me: WHAT ON EARTH???!!!!!l@!l@!l@
obviously close friend (maybe too close): :-h
obviously close friend (maybe too close): hahhaha
obviously close friend (maybe too close): just wanted to share with you
me: punk
me: i’m going to blog it now
obviously close friend (maybe too close): hey!!!
me: too good not to share with the world
obviously close friend (maybe too close): no blogging!
obviously close friend (maybe too close): zip it sister
me: if you’re going to share that with me, i cant keep it to myself
obviously close friend (maybe too close): whatever…  that’s a breach in confidentiality!
me: whatever, i’m sure there are people spying on this conversation as we type
me: sharing that kind of stuff deserves no confidentiality
me: you inflicted pain and suffering on my eyes
me: the world can share in my suffering

100 Things About Me

Last updated: October, 2016

Everyone else has done it, so here it goes “100 things about me”:

  1. I’m known as simply some girl online, and BJ at Starbucks or Jamba Juice. My real nickname is Beej (short for BJ, from Baby Jen)
  2. My REAL real name is Jennifer
  3. I’ve always wanted a nickname when I was little
  4. Coincidentally, I’ve had a nickname ever since then
  5. One of my elementary teachers used to call me JT
  6. I was born in San Francisco
  7. I can speak Chinese (Cantonese)
  8. But I can’t read characters
  9. Unless they’re menu items
  10. Neither can I write Chinese
  11. Except for my name and a few numbers
  12. I can understand Toisanese/Taishanese, a Chinese dialect from the region of Toisan (or Taishan)
  13. But I can’t speak it
  14. I have 2 siblings: 1 brother and 1 sister
  15. I’m a “left brain” person – analytical, and not very good at art- although I’m getting better a photography.
  16. I have a scar on my chin
  17. And on my scalp
  18. I believe in God
  19. And wished everyone else did too
  20. To quote The Princess Bride, “I am not left-handed”
  21. I won the spelling bee in elementary school
  22. Twice
  23. And almost won county (placed 9th out of 172)
  24. I didn’t finish reading a single book in high school
  25. I’ve worn glasses since the 4th grade
  26. I now wear contacts
  27. And wish I didn’t have to
  28. I like long hair
  29. But not on guys
  30. I worked in an ice cream shop in high school
  31. I know CPR
  32. And First Aid
  33. I’ve been certified as a lifeguard
  34. But never worked as one
  35. When I was little, my parents took me to the airport to watch airplanes take off and land
  36. Even now, I love watching airplanes take off and land
  37. Because they remind me of places far far away
  38. I majored in Psychology
  39. And minored in Asian American Studies
  40. I love to learn
  41. But I hate proving what I’ve learned
  42. I played intramural ultimate frisbee in college.
  43. My friends made me watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show my freshman year in college
  44. I had 12 different roommates in college
  45. I used to skateboard
  46. But I can’t skate nor rollerblade
  47. I’ve held an uzi
  48. And shot a gun
  49. I’ve taken piano lessons, like every other good Chinese kid
  50. I play the guitar
  51. And a little bit of bass
  52. I can’t wipe the smile off my face when I snowboard
  53. I drive can drive a stick shift
  54. I’ve seen a car flip over 3 times on its side
  55. I’ve been in a car that flipped over on its side
  56. I love dark chocolate
  57. I drink way too much coffee
  58. And not enough water
  59. I enjoy cooking
  60. But hate cleaning up afterwards
  61. I think I have worms because I like to eat so often
  62. I love spicy food
  63. I don’t drink much soda
  64. But if I do, I go for diet because it’s not as sweet
  65. I’ve worked overseas
  66. I’m afraid of the dark
  67. I’ve gone ocean kayaking
  68. I’ve biked in the snow
  69. I love horseback riding
  70. I play double-bogey golf
  71. With or without practice
  72. I’ve seen the Northern Lights
  73. And also experienced a full solar eclipse
  74. I’ve had training in ??, ????, ?? ???, and most recently, started training in Muay Thai
  75. I’m afraid of heights
  76. But I can ride roller coasters
  77. Except the ones that drop straight down
  78. I haven’t had to stay in the hospital since infancy
  79. I’ve never broken a bone
  80. But I still have a bone bruise that hasn’t fully healed
  81. I’ve torn a ligament
  82. Never gotten stitches, just 8 staples in my head
  83. I had a dog named Gershwin
  84. I ate dog meat when I was in China
  85. I get motion sickness REAL easily
  86. I want to visit the Holy Land
  87. I like falling asleep with the TV on
  88. And I ALWAYS sleep in a fetal position
  89. I’m not afraid of dying
  90. But I’m afraid of suffering
  91. I like scary movies
  92. I’m a gigantic fan of Saturday Night Live
  93. I don’t like taking naps — it feels like I’m wasting the day away.
  94. I like to read
  95. I hate writing
  96. But I love blogging
  97. This website was born November 21, 2001 at 10:54pm
  98. Three different blog engines have powered it: Blogger, Movable Type, and WordPress
  99. I spend too much time on the computer
  100. Working on lame things such as this list