Memos from August 2005


Thursday

You guys ever won­der how the names came about for the days of the week? As a lit­tle break, I took and won­dered off to out­er space and this ques­tion both­ered me for a cou­ple of min­utes. For exam­ple, the mean­ing of the first part of “Thurs­day”. That is, “thurs”. What is it? What does it mean? Here are some def­i­n­i­tions I have found from the biggest, cen­tral­ized knowl­edge-base in the world (aka. the inter­net):

  • Thurs­day is the day of the week between Wednes­day and Fri­day.
  • The name Thurs­day comes from the Old Eng­lish Þun­res­dæg, mean­ing the day of Þunor, com­mon­ly known in Mod­ern Eng­lish as Thor.
  • Some have adopt­ed an acronym for Thurs­day, sim­i­lar to Fri­day’s T.G.I.F., to say “So Hap­py It’s Thurs­day,” or S.H.I.T.
  • In the pop­u­lar rhyme, “Thurs­day’s Child has far to go”.
  • In The Hitch­hik­er’s Guide to the Galaxy by Dou­glas Adams, the char­ac­ter Arthur Dent says “This must be Thurs­day. I could nev­er get the hang of Thurs­days”. A few min­utes lat­er the plan­et Earth is destroyed. Thor, for whom the day was named, also appears lat­er in the Hitch­hik­er’s series and in oth­er Adams books.
  • In the Hin­du reli­gion, Thurs­day is guru­var or the Guru’s day.
  • Quak­ers tra­di­tion­al­ly refer to Thurs­day as “Fifth Day” eschew­ing the “pagan” ori­gin of the name “Thurs­day”.

Inter­est­ing aye? Well check this out… in terms of his­to­ry, here’s one for the record books:

Black Thurs­day refers to Octo­ber 24, 1929 when stock prices in the NYSE fall sharply, with record vol­ume of near­ly 13 mil­lion shares. Five days lat­er, the mar­ket crashed on vol­ume of over 16 mil­lion shares — a lev­el not to be sur­passed for 39 years. In pop­u­lar imagery, the crash has come to mark the begin­ning of the Great Depres­sion.

How about in terms of the Bible?”, you might ask. Well, here it is:

There are two hol­i­days that tra­di­tion­al­ly fall on Thurs­day. One is Maun­dy Thurs­day. It is the Thurs­day upon the eve of Good Fri­day. Bib­li­cal accounts have it that the “Last Sup­per” was on a Thurs­day, and it was at this meal that Christ gave the “man­date” to his dis­ci­ples to “love one anoth­er”. The word Maun­dy is a cor­rup­tion of the Latin word “man­date”.

Mean­while, here’s one Thurs­day that most peo­ple in the US look for­ward to every year:

One of the most pop­u­lar hol­i­days in the Unit­ed States is Thanks­giv­ing. It always falls on the fourth Thurs­day in Novem­ber.

Very inter­est­ing to find all of this stuff. I guess thats why peo­ple don’t like Hump-day (aka. Wednes­day) that much. But once they are over it, they feel [like] S.H.I.T. =P

Flickr Yahoos!

Signin to Flickr using Yahoo account

Stew­art But­ter­field, one of the smart peo­ple from Flickr, announced ear­ly this morn­ing that you can now sign-in and have the option to inte­grate your Yahoo! account with Flickr. This is great stuff for those with Yahoo! accounts in that they don’t have to remem­ber anoth­er login, for those that do that kind of stuff any­ways. The only down­side, a tem­po­rary one, was that for peo­ple using third-par­ty Flickr API-based pro­grams (like myself) have to wait for the devel­op­ers to update them with the new authen­ti­ca­tion API.

The pro­gram that I use a lot would have to be by Jon Gilk­i­son called Flick­rIm­portr. I use it to do my uploads and set man­age­ment. I would say that its 10x bet­ter than Flick­r’s own Uploadr tool, at the moment.

Mean­while, as I keep say­ing, if you blog and recent­ly start tak­ing more and more pics with your dig­i­tal cam­era (point-and-shoot, phone and/or dSLR)… then Flickr is the way to go. Not to men­tion the great com­mu­ni­ty that it has. If you ain’t sold, then check out the qual­i­ty of pics Flickr pho­tog­ra­phers take via the Explore page.

Any­ways, good morn­ing and go Flickr!

PS. I won­der if Flickr would be adding that damn excla­ma­tion mark like Yahoo!‘s. Look­ing at it, it’ll be hard to be gram­mat­i­cal­ly cor­rect when you write about Flickr, specif­i­cal­ly when you describe some­thing from Flickr like Flickr!‘s web­site… its just plain wrong but so right with the cur­rent news. I need to wake up. Sor­ry for the non­sense ear­ly in the morn­ing. Good times =)

10 Best Resources for CSS

Looks like CSS has been slash­dot­ted. I guess this is not a sur­prise, for me at least, since CSS is like milk for a choco­late, web­page-cake… Yah, you laugh now… “Geek”, you say…

…I know man, WTF?!

But hey, its a hob­by; its part of new media design; its my pro­fes­sion and pas­sion … its my Life—Welcome! Any­ways, just to sum­ma­rize what this arti­cle links to, here they are… the 10 Best Resources (as of July 20, 2005):

As they say, prac­tice makes per­fect. Good luck on your quest to geek­i­ness.

Week-ends But Weekdays Starts

These past cou­ple of days have been total­ly busy at work. I actu­al­ly co-pro­duced a train­ing ses­sion last Wednes­day amongst my oth­er cowork­ers on what Web Stan­dards can pro­duce in terms of the com­pa­ny’s site, Military.com. It went pret­ty well, but I was a lit­tle upset at myself for not hav­ing enough time to plan the dry-run pre­sen­ta­tion with the Engi­neer­ing depart­ment last Tues­day. So, I decid­ed to put in a lot of hours after work the same night.

I think I was up till 5am Wednes­day morn­ing research­ing and plan­ning the pre­sen­ta­tion, to make it real­ly under­stand­able amongst the peers. I guess you reap what you sow, the end jus­ti­fy the means… you get the point. Mean­while, we got a lot of good feed­backs and ques­tions from our cowork­ers, which we want­ed to have and get.

I think the pre­sen­ta­tion made them re-think and re-orga­nize their thought process and work­flow. That is good, espe­cial­ly in the busi­ness were in—Online. You have to do things more effi­cient and think about the future. These two things hope­ful­ly were cov­ered in our pre­sen­ta­tion. I guess we’ll see in a cou­ple of months how the seed is gonna grow. Hope­ful­ly it pro­vides our com­pa­ny with a good har­vest.

Mean­while, as I men­tion late­ly in my pre­vi­ous posts, I have been bowl­ing a lot week­ly. I guess this has been re-ignite with the com­pe­ti­tion I have been get­ting from Bigs late­ly. Its all in good fun.

I out­bowled him this past Fri­day. I had an aver­age of about 155 in 3 games. Pret­ty good for some­one re-hash­ing the way they bowl, from straight-throw­er to a slide-and-hook one (or how­ev­er you call ’em). But yah, bowl­ing seems to be the thing that this house­hold is cur­rent­ly doing every week these days. Its fun and every­one can do it.

It just sucks that we have to bowl on Fri­day 11:30am because the spot, Manor Bowl in San Lean­dro, has a $10 2‑hour unlim­it­ed bowl­ing spe­cial. So we usu­al­ly get home from it late, like around 2–3am. How­ev­er, you real­ly can’t com­plain. The spe­cial comes with $0.50 beers and fries as well. But man, I think I only about three-fourths of it and I was buzzin’ already. So yah, I bare­ly bowled around the 110/120 my last game because of it.

I guess from all of this, it goes to show that things might suck at one end… but it all just works out at the oth­er. Good times.

From my mind to yours, keep your eye on the ball—concentrate, don’t pro­cras­ti­nate.

Casual Carpool

So today, I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty again to hitch a ride with a com­plete stranger via “casu­al car­pool”. I got picked up (HA!) from a bus-stop instead of the stat­ed pick­up places on this site. I was some­what late for my reg­u­lar bus-line that takes me straight to the Trans­bay Ter­mi­nal in the city, so I just took my alter­nate route.

Any­ways, its my third time doing casu­al car­pool since get­ting here in the bay. Its pret­ty cool, just got­ta make sure you get lucky with a sane per­son who can dri­ve well. Today, I got a ride from this lady who was dri­ving a con­vert­ible. I think it might be a Mia­ta, or some oth­er com­pact con­vert­ible. All I know was that it can only site two.

At first I though, why was this lady pick­ing up car­pools if the car­pool here requires 3 or more. But she told me that its okay, as she can only site two in her car, includ­ing the dri­ver. So we took off from the bus-stop, and into the city.

It was cool ride. The top down, and me just try­ing to lis­ten to what she is say­ing. I think I was yelling at some parts of the ride just to get my words across the car. Mean­while, its just weird how many peo­ple do this “casu­al car­pool” thing. I won­der if it’ll work in LA county—or maybe not.

I don’t know… It might be hard to apply such a thing down south. Every­one pret­ty much dri­ves. Even peo­ple who only work a block away from their homes dri­ve their cars. That’s prob­a­bly a rea­son why freakin’ LA has so much smog. But its just weird to see such a com­par­i­son. I guess being in LA itself war­rants the rea­son to have a car. You pret­ty much need it to go to most places before/to/during/after work.

Anoth­er thing that I noticed is that the pub­lic trans­porta­tion here in the Bay is bet­ter than LA’s… I’ll give them that. It is easy to get around if you don’t have a car. Only thing I don’t like is that you have to pay for a grip if you have to take your car and park in the city dur­ing a week­day. I mean, $15–30 in some places… come on!

Blah… what am I com­plain­ing about, maybe its the fact that I’m rid­ing the bus again. I rode it from 5th grade, all the way to senior year in high-school. I made that ear­ly morn­ing, hour and a half com­mute from 3rd and West­ern (in LA) all the way to the Val­ley. And man, can I tell you—it sucks ass being on any LA free­way dur­ing rush hour. Any­ways, on the lighter side of things, we can’t always get the best part of the cake. All we can do is be greate­ful that we are invit­ed to the par­ty so-called Life.

From my mind to yours, save the air… car­pool.