Finally, he had passed away after long suffering from Pakinson’s dicease at age 84. He is the 264th pope, the figure head of the Catholic church, which I belongs to. He is an admirable man, although I don’t agree on his ultra conservative view on moral issues, he is well deserved for his credits in fighting against communism, dialogs with other religions and stand up against Bush for world peace. In order to pay tribution to him, I decided to go to mass tomorrow morning. After all the dust are settled, the next focus will be who is the next pontiff. I wish a priest with similiar personality and as respectful as John Paul II will be chosen, however a liberal mind like John XXIII is more than welcome. With the many conservative cardinals appointed by John Paul II, the chance of electing a conservatives one is high. However, we could not rule out the work of the Holy Spirit that may lead the church to another path. John XXIII had succeed under the heavy installment of conservative cardinates by the formor Pius XII, history may repeat itself again. The only concern may arise if a liberal pope is indeed elected, there maybe conspiracy to kill him like the short-lived John Paul I before John Paul II. Anyways, I was worrying that the health condition of John Paul II may not allow him to show up in the World Youth Day. Now, at least it is guarantee that I will able to meet a Pope this summer, no matter who he is.
I had my speed ticket disputed today, by luck the cop didn’t show up and I’m free of charge. I think the whole speeding ticket system is a scam of the government to make money. I got ticket on the down hill section of Boundary Road on a fine sunday by speed traps. It is almost guarantee every driver will be over the ridiculously low speed limit on that section. The police just stop whoever coming down and issue the tickets, what a easy way to make quick bucks. By disputing the ticket, not only you have a chance to walk away free, you are making sure the government cannot profit from this scam. In a long run, if everyone dispute their tickets, they will stop issuing all the unnecessary tickets, and put the police force into better use, such as catching criminals. To learn more about how to fight a traffic ticket and why the current ticket system doesn’t server the good public, please visit here
Tonight our project team had a team building dinner with the leaders from Saskatoon. The food and beer are great, and most important the expense is covered by PMC. In the dinner, we had talked about how expensive it is to file a patent. It costs tens of thousands of dollar to hire a lawyer to word the patent using those legal terms. Then I came up with an idea, why don’t we have software automating this process? Legal language is a subset of normal language, and each word has a specific meaning, which is similiar to logic statements understand by computers. The goal is to create a software that will translate contracts and patents written in daily english into a legal document. It would be a great idea for inter-discipline research among the liguistic, CS, and law departments.
Bittorrent is the de facto peer-to-peer file sharing protocol. According to a latest internet traffic survey, bittorent traffic alone account for 30% of total internet traffic. If you search hard enough, you could pretty much find anything you want to download, from movie to music to anime to software. Comparing to other p2p service, the advantage of bittorrent is the more user the faster download speed, due to its clever distributed torrent exchange algorithm among the cilents. Yesterday I come across a cool bittorrent T-shirt when surfing the web, it has the BT logo ans says “Give and ye shall recieve” at the back. I’d like to buy one to support this wonderful protocol and make a statement on file sharing. And yes, I against the copyright law.
It is simply inhumane to have eight thirty meeting in the morning right after a long weekend. I did make it to the meeting on time, but the side effect is I feel sleepy all day due I deprived of sleep in the morning. There is another 2 hours boring presentation in the afternoon, and logically I end up fishing during most of that meeting. It’s unlike in the school days which I can sleep comfortabily in class, I had to try keep myself awake in the meeting. The presentation is done by a marketing guy on our new product. I wonder how successful can the product be if similiar presentation also goes to the customers or the executives.
This Easter long weekend is not very productive. In fact I’m so lazy that I havn’t written my blog for two days. However I had done quite a few things in this long weekend. In summary, I had hotpot dinner with CBC friends from work at Jason and Alison’s place. I’m surprised to learn that Alfred and Jeanet is engaged, and they are about the same age as me and Pat. This give me yet more pressure to get marry. Sunday spent the whole day in Richmond, church in the morning, studied at Starbuck in the afternoon, followed by dancing lesson. It’s the first lesson for beginner class, and it’s teaching Cha-cha this week. Although I had learnt ballroom dancing once back in university, I still find dancing is very challenaging to me. The problem I have is I can’t count the beats and my music-action co-ordination is pretty bad. The beginner dancing class are too advance for me, it teaches too many moves in one lesson. I think they teach the fundamental body movement, especially the balancing of your feets at first. Today I watched too much TV, including Sunday Report on the problem of hidden youth in HK, 6 eposides of “Cruel Ding” and some more Gundam Seed Destiny. The “Ding” show is pretty funny, gave me and Pat lots of laughs. No wonder it is the hottest topic in HK at the moment.
Lastly I would like to write about this week eposide of GSD. It definitely has the best action scenes and mecha fighting in the season. There are too much talking and clip shows in the past few eposides. Even Freedom Gundam is two years old comparing to the lastest Gundam, Kira with his super coordinaror abilitiy able to disable all other Gundams in the battle field. I wonder who can be his opponent at the end of the series, maybe he will somehow die half away just because he is too strong. Looking forward to what will happen in next week’s eposide.
I went to Whislter with Pat today to try out her new snowboard. The weather is pretty good, and the snow condition is great. This is the first time I went to Whislter with just Pat and no one else. Today is quite an easy day for me since I need to company Pat go down the slope slowly. Since today is the Good Friday, on our way back we talked about Jesus and the cross. Then I came up with a new theory on Jesus’ resurrection. According to the Bible, Mary Magdalene found the tomb was empty on Sunday morning, this can only show Jesus was resurrected by that time, but doesn’t preclude Jesus had resurrected on a much earlier time. My new theory is Jesus was raised from death once the stone of the tomb is sealed, so Jesus was dead only for several hours instead of three days. Jesus, who also has God’s duty, must be a busy man, he can’t afford doing nothing for 3 whole days lying in the tomb. He must had seize the time between his death and his reappearance in front of others to accomplish some unkown but yet important tasks. The direct consequences of my new theory is the Apostles Creed and related versus in the Bible has to be updated. That 3 days of Jesus’ life not recorded by the Bible can open up lots of interesting conspiracies, maybe it will be the plot of the sequel of Da Vinci’s Code, or even foundations of a whole new sect of christianity.
Today is the day before easter friday, according to the Bible, tonight is when the last supper took place. I went to the passover mass at St. Marks college in UBC tonight. On top of the usual rituals, there is a feet washing event in the mass. I had done feet washing a few years ago in the church camp. Washing others feet is not a big deal, as long as you got to clean your hands afterward. However, letting other wash your feet, which could be quite smelly after stuff in the shoe for a whole day, is quite embrassing. Moreover I think people shouldn’t show their toes in public, let alone show them in church, it’s really disrespect to Jesus. We should propse other more elagent ways to serve other, such as shoulder massage, instead of washing feet. We cannot follow the Bible literally in today’s world, feet washing needs a modern context. Worst of all, the father didn’t clean his hand after washing the feet before handling the eucharist, that poses a hygiene problem. I begin to think, church serving eucharist is like resturant serving food, the same hygiene standard should be applied.
We all had learnt Newton’s famous three laws of motion in highschool physic, which all of us accepted as universal truth since then. (Well, at least in non-nano, non-quantum scale). Now someone has discovered the long lost Newton’s three laws of graduation. I think that can explain why I’m still stucked with my degree right now.
First Law: A grad student in procrastination tends to stay in procrastination unless an external force is applied to it
Second Law: The age, a of a doctroal process is directly proportional to the flexibility, f, given by the advisor and inversely proportional to the student’s motivation, m
Thrid Law: For every action towards graduation there is an equal and opposite distraction
The full version of the laws can be found here
Worldwind is createdby NASA and is free to download. It is a model of earth with satellite photos overlay on the 3D terran, which you can fly over using different camera angle. The software also provide animation on different measurements on scientific data such as ocean current or cloud movement. The major drawback is that the ultra high resolution satellite photos only covers U.S. cities. There are major problems in overlaying city names of certain countries, hopeful this bug will be fixed on the next release. I had spent quite some time exploring and really fascinated by this virtual globe. It can be download at here