Today, everyone is talking about Michael Jackson passed away. I hear it at work, I got it from the front page of the newspaper, I got it from the headline of the evening news, and I got it in almost every blog I visit. I can’t even escape from Michael Jackson visiting friends tonight, the host of the house party is playing Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson maybe the an pop icon, he maybe very talented, but I never like him and never will. To begin with, I am don’t like dance music and I found his songs are too noisy to listen. When he was really popular in the 80’s, I don’t understand why people love those silly dance moves. Then in the 90’s Michael simply became a laughing stock in the music industry. After many failed plastic surgery, his look resembled the apes in the movie Planet of the Apes. Later on his pedophile scandal make totally bankrupted his character.
He may left behind many legendary work in the mind of his fans. To me, all I remember about Michael Jackson are the funny moonwalk, a really stupid computer games featuring him using moonwalk to kill aliens and the dirty dance in which he keep touching his lower part. I guess I just have to bare the endless media coverage about Michael Jackson in the next few days until everyone finally get tried of him and move on.
Buying a house is probably the biggest purchase normal people ever made in a life. There are many factors the buyer has to consider before signing the offer. Location, price, size, building material, environment, school net, etc are factors most people come up in their mind when they make a purchase. The amount of sunlight the place get is often a factor many people easily overlook. You want to have more sunlight shine on the place in the winter and avoid afternoon heat in the summer.
Even you are aware about the sunlight, most often you can only rely on the not so accurate the general rule of thumbs, like avoid having west facing window and prefer to have south facing windows. If you want to find out the exact amount of sunlight the place gets all year round, technology comes to help.
First, go to Google map and search on the address. Switch to satellite view to pin point the exact location of the house. Compare the satellite photo with the floor map of the house and jot down the orientation of the windows. Then download a sky map software, instead of finding out the stars at night, use it to find out the position of sun during the day. You enter the altitude and longitude of your city and enter the time of the day, then the software will show you where the sun is in the sky. Pick at least a day in each of the four seasons and track the path of sun the in the sky. You will have a pretty good idea how much sunlight the place will gets.
For example, this is the sunlight data of Vancouver on July 1st
Altitude (° )
Azimuth (° )
Altitude – how high is the sun. 0° = on the horizon, 90° = right above the head
Azimuth – the bearing of the sun. 0° = North, 90° = East, 180° = South, 270° = West
In the economy downturn, first the company laid off the librarian, then it cut all the magazine subscriptions and close down the library. I am a long time loyal reader of the Economist since university. I used to read the article on the website using my dad’s subscription account. I forgot when I first discovered the company orders the Economist, but since then I have been borrowing the magazine from the library every week. I hang out in the library quite often and make good friend to the librarian. She is so kind that when the Economist arrive every Monday and she will put it in reserve under my account and email me to pick it up.
I like reading the paper copy better than the online version, as I can read it anywhere I like, including in the toilet. Now I can no longer borrow the latest issue Economist from the library, I have to decide whether or not order my own copy. On one hand, reading it online is free, on the other hand, reading it online is not very convenient. I will try reading it online for a while since how well can I keep up with the reading. I found reading the Economist in toilet actually takes up all my toilet reading time and I have no time left for other books in the toilet. Maybe I can be more productive if I read real books in the toilet and squeeze time here and there to read an article from the Economist during the day.
The bible said suffering can brings out the beauty of human nature and now we have scientific proof! Altruistic originates from survival of the selfish gene between tribal wars in pre-historical times. If the world is at peace for 150 generations, the altruistic gene will lose out to the selfish gene!
Every summer from May to Oct on weekend nights, the abandoned industrial area next to the Knight bridge will turn into Richmond Night Market. It is very crowded as usual. Probably because it is the only hang out places stay opens for families and friends after the malls are closed.
The main attraction of the night market is the open air food court. There are lots of Asian street delicacy from Chinese, Korean and Japanese. There are some new varieties every year. A few years ago, it was the takoyaki. There are still a couple takoyaki booth this year, but it is clearly out of fashion. The new items this year is large squid tentacles, many booths offers it in different favors, including bbq, pan fried, fried and curry.
Another hot item this year is the Korean potato skewer. Let me try to describe how it looks like. Imagine a potato is sliced by rotating blade into a single curly thin slice while maintaining the shape of the potato. Then the potato is stretched on a skewer for died fried and decorated with cheese or favored powder when it’s done. The potato skewer is very popular among the white guys, almost every white group order one to share. I think this food has a huge potential in the mainstream market. After all, potato is the staple food for Canadians and everyone loves fries.