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Youtube and the effects of having too much sugar tonight

October 14th, 2013 No comments

I’m a little hyper tonight, and its definitely due to me downing a Purple Kow. Honestly not a good decision, although I had the 80% sugar option, it wasn’t that good! I don’t see the hype, but hey, thats just me, you’re free to like what you like. And for those that read this and don’t know what Purple Kow is, its a popular BOBA place near where I live in SF. And for people that don’t know what BOBA is…its bubble tea. And for people that don’t know what bubble tea is…well, just use Google, please?


That said, I’d really like to get back into updating this thing. I just feel like its nice to update once in a while, and yet it just seems more and more like life just doesn’t have time for as frequent updating as I used to. One thing that I noticed right away is that I sometimes miss checking the stock market (something I used to do RELIGIOUSLY daily), and even more , I am not up to date on ALL the latest Apple rumors. Man, I literally used to be THE GUY when it came to even the smallest details about Apple and what happened (or might have happened) behind the curtains. Yes, its true that I now work full time, and have since May of 2011 (so if you follow me, maybe you have noticed significantly less activity since around then? I don’t know, but I don’t like the idea of work taking over my life, if that is indeed what happened. To be honest, its my first “real job” if you know what I mean.

You know what? Although I really was in a good position a few years ago to try this, I figure “better late than never”. I want to start posting videos frequently on Youtube again. Lets say I’ll set a goal of a certain amount of activity on my channel, and for the moment lets measure that as subscribers…(since its easier to measure that way). So, I currently have about 280 subscribers, give or take a few, although almost none of those are active and would actually react to a new video I post. Lets set a goal of about 1000 by the end of 2014, and 10000 by the end of 2015? I don’t think that is too farfetched, despite much higher competition than when I started back in 2006 (and slowly grew my subscribers to the 250 ish it is now! To be honest, I didn’t expect even that much success unless I had a viral hit or struck it big by hitting the front page jackpot (which at the time ~5 or 6 years ago, guaranteed about 100k views and over 1000 subs within a week easy. The thing is, I actually really enjoyed posting videos on Youtube, but I really just…STOPPED a couple years ago. I noticed a lot of my favorite Youtubers also don’t post anymore. It seems like it happens to most of us, unless you ‘make it big’ and it becomes your full time job. It would be nice to be able to do something like posting videos for a living, even if it was a lot of work, I’m sure I would enjoy it.

I also just recovered from a cold, so although I feel about 85-90% better, I have this stuffed, raspy voice. I don’t know if listening to it makes your eyes water like it sometimes does to me when I hear someone like that talking, but I feel almost like I should make a video because my voice is so special sounding right now LOL. Am I weird? Two of my newest friends would definitely say yes. They think everything is weird, or at least like the word enough that they use it every chance they get. One of them used to laugh every time she used the word until her face changed color to red.

Hopefully, more updates both here and on Youtube…and soon!

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Applying efficiencies that make businesses more successful into my own life

July 19th, 2012 No comments

As you may or may not know, I now work a typical M-F 9-5 type of job. On any given weekday, chances are extremely great that I am at work, working. Unlike some tech jobs, my job requires my presence at the office. This means that consistently, at least 40 hours of my life are spent in an environment where I am much less likely to do the things that I want to be doing if I were given the choice. All that crap you just read is really just a super complicated way to say my free time is limited and precious.

Recently, I’ve been applying techniques we use to make businesses more efficient and therefore more likely to be successful, into my regular life. This basically means I want to be able to do things that I don’t particularly enjoy doing but have to do, using less time, such as laundry or shopping. For example, after some practice, I’ve learned the things I generally need to buy for one week, then I buy them all in one trip to the grocery store on Sunday, combining it with a trip to a Sandwich shop so I can buy 2 days worth of lunch (the sandwiches don’t really taste very good after 2 days). By doing this, I essentially have combined ~3 trips to the grocery store into one. The only problem being that I have to spend my precious Sunday time to do this, and my previous trips to the grocery store, more frequent as they were, were often on the way home from work, minimizing the amount of time I have to drive to almost nothing.

To improve this, I think I’m going to start trying to go to the Sandwich store before work on Wednesdays and go grocery shopping on the way home from work on Wednesdays. The reason I choose Wednesdays is because that is the least likely day for us to have a holiday, so its least likely to throw my schedule out of wack, and is also very unlikely I’ll hang out with friends or something after work, making me unable to stop and buy groceries. The only issue I see with this is the will power required to get up 30 minutes earlier to buy sandwiches on Weds morning, and that I’ll have to feed the meter since it is not Sunday. The upside is that the sandwiches will be fresher, and/or I may actually be able to buy 3 days worth of sandwiches. I know this is not the most interesting thing to read, but I get a small kick out of optimizing my life.

I’m also thinking about paying a shop to do my laundry for me. Since I don’t have the luxury of working less than 40 hours a week, time is valuable to me and is worth paying some money for to earn back.

Don’t get me wrong though, spending time with friends is something I love to do, and is definitely one of the furthest things I can think of from ‘wasting time’.

Oh and another thing is I’m going to start aggressively trying to get off work at 17:30 sharp, which is when I’m technically fulfilled my obligation. I way too often stay extra (for free at that) just to reach a good stopping point or do a good job. Really I should be able to stop at 8 hours sharp (not a minute before mind you) and leave and they really should not be able to complain about that. Only thing being since they got so used to me staying a bit extra they may notice and thing I’m not working as hard or something since I’d probably get less done and always seem like I’m leaving early.

Also, 3 different stocks I’ve all been eyeing since 1-2 week ago but didn’t pull the trigger and buy have all been performing phenominally the past 2-3 days (YOKU, IBM, and COP). All up 5-10% and in the case of COP also comes with a ~1.2% dividend (essentially another ~1.2% gain tacked on). Its kinda frustrating because I kept hesitating on one because I missed my chance on another. Now they are all up enough that the deal is no longer as good. Poo.

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Investing, cool car, and pirating things

April 25th, 2011 No comments

So, as some of you may or may not know, I’m currently unemployed…. Admittedly, I have enough income to live without working. OK, so thats not going to last forever…probably. My income source is actually investing. I’ve been successful at investing enough that I’ve been able to support myself and break even for the last 10 months or so. Although I could be watching streaming stock quotes, I would really like to get a proper job soon. I have been looking for a proper job, but I think I need to turn it up a notch and apply to even more jobs.

So I took a break from the computer today to go out for a walk. I really should be taking advantage of my area more, since I live in a REALLY nice area in my opinion. Today I was walking around and I saw a fully electric car called the Tesla Roadster. I snapped a couple photos of it, one of which is below:

The quality of the iPhone 4’s camera never ceases to impress me. I mean, for a phone camera, that is. It is not as good as a dedicated point and shoot, but its still pretty darn good! Oh and if you look carefully, you can actually see me in the reflection of the bumper taking the snap. You’ll probably want to click on the photo and see the full size version for that, though.

Finally, I just had this thought today as I was trying to find an anime I wanted to watch. The problem was, even if I wanted to pay to watch the anime, there was nowhere to do so, and only DVD’s to order from online stores. On the other hand, I was able to find a link to download the anime with excellent quality in both video, as well as subtitle quality for free in about 5 minutes. So basically, it is MUCH easier to pirate content than to purchase content lately, at least for some things. I don’t believe its the worst thing you can do to pirate content that is otherwise not even available for sale in your area.

On the other hand, if you COULD purchase something (such as a program or movie), but instead spent 10 times as much effort to get it for free, then maybe you should reconsider things, not to mention you’d be doing the ‘right’ thing.

Oh, and Nintendo seem to have started feeding info to the public about a successor to the Wii. Not enough info available at this early stage to make it interesting to me. I’m still waiting for Final Fantasy 13 Victorias Secret edition (Final Fantasy VS 13) before I decide which 7th generation console (360 or PS3) to purchase, if at all. The 2 games I’m looking forward to the most are FF13VS and Dragon Quest X. Even though Dragon Quest X will be a Wii exclusive, I may be able to get away without having to buy the console using the Dolphin emulator, which I hear is actually amazingly good.

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Newer is not always better

April 24th, 2011 No comments

So, this week or two has been a good lesson that newer is not always better. I’ve actually known newer is not always better when it comes to software, but it happened once again. A couple months ago, when adobe flash player was updated to version 10.2, I jumped right on because I heard it has hardware acceleration enabled for macs (reduces CPU consumption). I know this is getting a bit technical so let me just inform you that when I watched Youtube videos afterwards, my full screen became extremely sluggish to the point it was unwatchable.

Problem being, I didn’t notice right away, so I didn’t figure out it was Flash 10.2 that did this for a long long time. Well, just a couple days ago, I decided I’ll track this down and finally figure out how to fix it, so I scoured the net using Google, which didn’t help much. Instead I decided to try to figure out exactly what was causing the slowdown in full screen mode. Long story short, I ended up looking for an older version of Flash to install and see if that would fix the problem…and it did!

On a similar note, I had recently ‘upgraded’ to Google Chrome 10 by force. It was actually really sneaky, I got no notification and before I knew it, I had the latest version of Chrome. I immediately began noticing small but annoying bugs, such as having to press enter several times after typing in a web page address such as This time, I noticed right away and immediately blamed Chrome 10, so I set out to try to figure out how to install an older version of Chrome, which was harder than I imagined it would be. Eventually I found a 99% similar browser called Chromium, and I installed version 8 as well as version 9 and tried both with several different versions of Flash. Finally, I settled on Flash 10.0 combined with Chrome 8 to feel the ‘snappiest’. Now, my web browsing experience feels a whole lot better! If I could, I’d remove Flash completely, but I cannot live without Youtube in my life (and the HTML5 option is not ready for primetime…trust me).

For that matter, I recently decided I would sell my iPad 2, as I found I don’t need anything newer than an iPad 1. The iPad 2 was to me, 99% identical to iPad 1 but nearly twice as expensive. I’ve since put my iPad 2 up for sale, although I don’t know if I’ll be replacing it with another iPad 1.

Finally, I was reading about this fragrance (cologne) that is a limited edition (seen above). For those curious, its called Windsor and it was released in a limited quantity in 2009 (right 4 bottles are 2009 edition). Apparently, it got rave reviews from the very few people who were able to try it. So much in fact, that it was re-released in 2010 (left 2 bottles are 2010 edition), but when people started sniffing and comparing the 2 different releases of the supposedly same product, almost everyone was able to tell the first one smelled a little different (and it is generally considered better). The maker of the cologne (Creed) apparently admitted that the cologne was reformulated! WTF they are selling a reformulated product and claiming it is the SAME product if that is true (and one thing for sure is the color is different as you can see, suggesting this is true). Seemingly off topic, I know, but just another example of an older version of something being better.

In other news, I have been fairly successful with investments lately, which is always good. One thing that kinda sucks though, is that in 2010 I bought a big batch of limited edition colognes as an investment. I found them at a good price and I knew they would soon be sold out and not reproduced, plus the cologne had rave reviews so no doubt the value would increase, right!? Well, same thing happened to this cologne (Thierry Mugler’s Pure Malt, pictured above in the re-release ad), they decided it was so popular that they had to re-release it to make more money. I sorta understand the need to make more money, but this is a fine line that could be considered lying by saying it will be a limited edition. Ask any Lamborghini owner if they would be pleased if Lamborghini decided to make a limited 20 car run into a 2000 car run and suddenly their expensive car was not only 100 times less exclusive, but also lost resale value? Well, if you bought the original Windsor cologne mentioned earlier in this post, at least the newer re-release doesn’t hurt your resale value too much as it is not the exact same product, but in my case, it seems as though the ‘Pure Malt’ product re-release is EXACTLY THE SAME, thus hurting the value of my investment. It can be kinda annoying sometimes.

The good news is, if I sold my batch of Pure Malts now, I’d still make some money, just not as much as before the re-release announcement. And for the record, it actually is quite a nice and very unique cologne.

I’ll try to write a less technical blog soon.

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Excited about video games!

February 9th, 2011 No comments

I figure its time for an update. The last time I posted was also when I updated my tech blog as well. Perhaps this will turn into a good trend for frequent updates. While I wanted to update every week over there, I feel I did well by not spilling over 2. Hopefully next time it’ll be 7 days or less, although I don’t want to overexert myself at the same time. Perhaps I should instead update once a day, but with smaller updates. Tech moves along fast enough that a summary every week may not be enough.

I’ve decided to try to get RSS feeds working on my blogs. I don’t know as much about RSS as I should, but I am pretty sure it is a method of “subscribing” to updates – which would be a useful way to keep an audience alerted of my site should they choose to do so. I am hoping I would make it easy to understand how to use RSS to my readers, as well as make it easy to subscribe to my feed. Hopefully I’ll start implementing this later this week.

While I was driving, I saw a double rainbow!! Sorry I forgot to take the video in landscape -.-

Still cool though!

I’m thinking of selling my iPad soon, since the iPad 2 is imminent, and I think it would hurt the market value of my current iPad. Hopefully I can sell my current one for nearly what I got it for and then hold that money and use it to pay 80%+ the cost of the next iPad. I was really looking forward to the double resolution screen, but in all honesty I think it’ll be unlikely until at least iPad 3. Nonetheless, I know somehow Apple is going to make me want the iPad 2 so, might as well get ready. For what its worth, I am also planning on selling my iPhone 4 in May, although that one is a bit harder to work with, since I would have to wait for an unlock again, it is a device I use everyday, and the iPhone release cycle is a lot more famous so everyone knows to expect a new iPhone around the June/July timeframe.

I’m also excited about Final Fantasy Versus 13! I don’t even have a PS3 but I haven’t been this excited about an upcoming game (far FAR in the future) since Dragon Quest VI! I remember for Dragon Quest VI, I used to have a world map torn out of an issue of weekly jump magazine in Japan and just take it out and study it in anticipation of the game. I even had my grandparents in Japan stand in line and buy it for me as soon as it came out so I had it within a couple of week of release! If you didn’t know, Dragon Quest realeases cause hysteria in Japan and VI was no different. I believe the game was one of the most expensive I have EVER bought, at around $120 at the time (12,000yen) which back in 1995 was quite the sum of money for ONE SNES game. Granted, games in Japan cost more on average than SNES games in the USA, with the most expensive SNES game in the USA that I could recall was Chrono Trigger for $79.

Anyway, I am very fond of RPG’s with beautiful graphics, especially scenery. Not to be mistaken with detail, beautiful graphics usually mean nice colors and expansive environments. My current favorite RPG of all time in the graphics department is Dragon Quest 8. The world map is simply stunning and better than any other world map I have ever encountered (exclude MMOs please). It is truly fun to walk around and explore the vast world of Dragon Quest 8. I Final Fantasy Versus 13, I am expecting the same, since one of the people familiar with the game described the world map as “truly vast” and expansive, with tons of exploration. Recently, Square Enix (the developers of the game) released a new trailer that shows off some of the world map, and I was beyond impressed! It feels like a more realistically colored and updated to be more detailed map compared to Dragon Quest 8, but otherwise similar to what I was hoping for! I really missed the world map in a lot of recent RPGs such as Final Fantasy X. They probably do this because it is much more difficult to create a full 3D world map compared to back in the days, but it is still sad that there is less environments to explore because they are harder to create. Anyway, I’ll embed the new trailer below:

I am still deciding whether to buy the Xbox360 or the PS3, with the Wii as a very distant 3rd possibility. The PS3 is recently leading, as I found out that Sony will probably offer a premium PSN service. One of my main concerns before was the lag I experienced playing Street Fighter 4 on PSN at my friends house. The same friend told me there is much less lag on the Xbox Live network, which costs money to play. To me, Street Fighter 4 is not as big of a deal as Final Fantasy Versus 13, but it was the only difference between the 2 systems since both systems have every game I want so far (Versus 13 is still up in the air, though it is confirmed for PS3). The Xbox360 also has the Kinect, which is considered the best out of current generation motion sensing technologies, but again I don’t think this is a huge deal for me, and PS3 has the guaranteed eventual release of Versus 13, which is a key KEY game for me.

Another reason I leaned towards PS3 lately is because I realized in Star Ocean the last hope, there is several DVD’s for the game that you have to swap once in a while as you play. In the PS3 version, you have one Blu-ray disc that contains all the data, eliminating the need for disc swapping. And finally, my friends all say the PS3 controllers are better, and I prefer the design of the PS3, plus I am Japanese so I feel ever so slightly better about supporting a Japanese company. Plus, the PS3 seems to be better hacked at this point, which may be interesting at some point. All of these recent thoughts have tilted my current preference towards the PS3, for now. I won’t actually be buying a 7th gen console until I can get a solid job, though.

Last Sunday I walked downtown with my friend after we parked a good 20-30 min walk away. Partially for exercise, and partially because there was no parking in downtown. At one point, we walked by a house with a VERY RED paint job, so we both took cell pics (below). We ended up eating at Ajisen, a respectable ramen chain in Japan that has recently made its way to the Bay area. Or so we thought, the Ramen was most disappointing. The strange thing is that I just had Ajisen ramen a week prior to that at the Fremont location and it was A LOT better, and I recall being very impressed with that one. I guess the taste is not consistent in this chain.

Note: The photo above is from Tokyo Shinjuku Ajisen.

At the end of the day we saw a real life Seinfeld as 2 cars were fighting over a parking space with both refusing to budge. One was halfway in the space and so was the other, just as you would picture it, at the end of a block. We didn’t stick around long enough to see the exciting conclusion, but there were people in their apartments yelling their votes “Hooondaaa!!” and such.

Until next time.

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