Last year was the first time I wrote new year resolution. Looking back last year, I am surprised to find that I have accomplished most of my goals set in my new year resolution. Writing a new year resolution is a very effective way to motivate myself into action, since putting it down in words solidify your thoughts.
In 2007, there are still many things up in the air and outside of my control. I will focus working on what I can determine. I will continue to work hard in PMC, and keep up my good works from last year. Once my plan for the coming fall is finalized, I will rethink whether I want to switch job again.
I will continue practice skiing and take lessons. I will take the level 2 instructor preparation class and determine whether I can take the exam at the end of the season. In the summer, after I put away my skis, I will find a sport and force myself to exercise. I will pick up golfing again, take some advance classes and swim at least once a week.
I will continue to study philosophy part time in SFU. I want to learn philosophical theory as well as to improve my writing. I know I can be a B student, my goal is set to be an A student. I will keep joining the internet readers club, so I have friends to read difficult philosophy books together and I can share my thoughts through discussion of the books.
Last year, learn how to play piano is the only goal that is not fulfilled. I will have piano from Pat regularly every week and practice piano at least once every two days. It is quite embarrassing to be a tone deaf and knows nothing about music. If I can finish the two beginner piano lesson books, I will take the grade 1 exam, so that I can proudly say I know how to play piano.
I have moved my website to a new hosting company. I am not going to run my own linux sever, which is too much trouble. After I re-organize the files in my XP PC, I will reinstall linux on the old PC for experiment purpose. I am going to create a nice theme for my blog, that will have a better interface. Having a nice website is the first step to become a popular blogger. I will keep writing articles or blogs everyday. I will cut down the time I spent in useless debate on the web, and use the time to write quality articles instead. I have to remind myself that I go there to refine my thoughts, not to win any arguments.
Last night, there was a earthquake in Taiwan. The earthquake damaged the under sea optical fiber linking most of the Asia to North America. As a result, I cannot access most of HK websites I visit daily. No online news form Mingpao bothers me the most. Although I am still connecting to the internet in the rest of the world. I feel like I was isolated in the dark. Communication network is vital to modern society. The lack of reliability of the network means not only minor inconvenience for the users, but also means billions lost of money. I can foresee a future that internet will be treated as a public utility just like power, water or telephone. The government will step in the industry, making regulations to guarantee the service will be provided to all the people all the time. If regulation is indeed involved, then someone has to assume the legal responsibility. It is very likely that the duty and privilege will falls on professional engineers, just like those for other public utilities. If we want to stay in the communication industry for the next 20 or 50 years, it is the time to make the invest to acquire a professional qualification. When the field is still young, the requirement is often less demanding. Once the field becomes mature, the existing stakeholder will subconsciously protect their interest when the regulation time comes.
December 26th is the boxing day. In this day of the year, shopping malls are packed with holiday shoppers who are looking for bargain sales and gift ideas. For those who have received gifts for the Christmas, they have to wait until this day before they can open the gift. I don’t like shopping at all, so I am not going to the mall today. However, when I went out for lunch in the afternoon, the street is jammed with traffics heading to Metrotown. The lineup going into the parking lot blocked the street three blocks away. I couldn’t understand why people love to shop in the first place and why they pick the busiest day to shop is even more puzzling to me. The discount in the boxing day sales is exaggerated. Only the clearance items the shop wants to get rid of have deep discount. There are indeed some hot items on sales, but they are usually limited in supply. Unless you line up early in the morning, you can never get the hot items. Never to say that you could not get any decent service when thousands of customers are storming the shops. The small saving in the sales doesn’t worth the trouble and lack of comfort to go shopping in the boxing day.
I didn’t receive any gifts this year, so I have no gift to open today. However I bought some toys before christmas and I was too busy to open them. I rewarded myself today by opening a new toy – Yamato Macross 1/60 YF-19. This toy is one of the most complex transform toys ever designed. It took me almost an hour to transform it carefully from fighter moid to battroid mode. I found a nice place inside my toy display cabinet for it.
I would like to wish all my friend a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I wanted to send each of you an email with personalized greetings. Unfortunately my computer is crashed again! The new 1G of RAM seems not compitable with the existing 1G of RAM, causing the machine to reboot every hour. That is not a very serious problem by itself, but combine with a reboot during a disk write corrupts the partition table. The C: driver in which I have spent a whole day installing software is lost again. I don’t have my address book in my laptop, so I can not send my blessing via emails to my friend this Christmas.
I am very religious this Chrismas. I am going to attend 3 masses in 3 consective days. Yesterday, I went to the usual saturday evening mass. Tonight I went to the mid-night mass with my cousin. Tomorrow, I will go to the Christmas day mass as Pat will be directing the choir. In tonight’s homily, the priest cited a unofficial survey in the church that many Catholics think mid-night mass is the most attractive aspect of being a Catholic and I am one of them. I have no interest going to church every week, but mid-night mass is an annual ritual that I love. It is not about celebrating the birth of Jesus, it is all about the atomsphere that reminds me lots of good old memories. I enjoy going to the Mid-night mass which always gives me a hearty feeling.
I went to Whistler instead of work today with half of the verification team from work. Since our work is mostly done, we get a few free vacation days. We decided head over Whistler to have some fun together, almost everyone is a keen skier in the team. The snow condition is very good today. We just had a big snow dump yesterday, so we can ski on fresh powder snow.
The highlight of the day is the new Symphony chair just opened last week. The new chair open up many runs at the back mountain. It has very nice terrains with a few groomed runs between trees that we can go through. The new chair is not crowded at all, there was no lineup waiting to go on the chairs. The only drawback about this chair is that it has no easy way out. You cannot traverse back to the peak. You can only cut through some steep runs, merge with the long and flat pathway that leads back to the bottom of the Harmony chair.
Everyone, including the director and manger, in my project loves skiing or snowboarding. We have already voted to have our tape-out (project-end) party at Whistler. We like this idea so much that we are even willing to drive ourselves to Whistler provided that gas is reimbursed. A casual dinner plus a lift ticket should not cost much. This plan should be within the budget limit for the party.