My Yahoo! Mail Beta is Coming Soon

Yahoo! Mail Beta Invitation

Well, after weeks of eager­ly wait­ing to test-dri­ve the new Yahoo! Mail Beta, I was so exd to find that “it is com­ing soon.” Yes! I got an email say­ing that my long-await­ed invite would be—“coming soon.”

What the heck was that? Now, this might just be me, but isn’t this like ruin­ing a sur­prise? It’s like: “I just want to let you know that your friends and fam­i­ly, and Uncle Robert (who flew all the way from across the world and whom you haven’t seen in a decade) will be sur­pris­ing you lat­er tonight. So act sur­prise.” Know what I mean?!?!

I’m all thank­ful and all but com­mon. I have been wait­ing for a long time now to be sur­prised by an invite email in my Inbox, but only to find out and be “sur­prised” via a noti­fi­ca­tion. Oh gosh darn it. “You won a mil­lion dol­lars. Now pass GO and col­lect your Monop­oly mon­ey.”

Yahoo! Mail Team—I am sur­prised and grate­ful that my “place in line is secure” but no need to ruin the great sur­prise =) Any­ways, I can’t wait to try out the prod­uct. I’ve been hear­ing a lot of inter­est­ing reviews about it. It’ll be great to see it first hand, and do some func­tion­al com­par­i­son between it, the old/recent ver­sion of Yahoo! Mail and Gmail.

From my mind to yours, you are about to read this sentence—be sur­prised! Sur­prise!

History is Written by the Victors

As I was walk­ing from the Trans­bay Ter­mi­nal to work, it dawned upon me that for the past week instead of tun­ing in to the hun­dreds of songs in my iPod, I found myself atten­tive­ly lis­ten­ing to Dan Brown’s The Da Vin­ci Code. I recall buy­ing the book a bit after watch­ing the final chap­ter of The MatrixRev­o­lu­tions years ago.

After the mid­night show­ing, as we were going back to our apart­ment, Cesar men­tioned a rela­tion of the ideas and sym­bol­ism that were described in The Da Vin­ci Code book, and of that in which he saw after expe­ri­enc­ing The Matrix Tril­o­gy. At first, I said, “are you on crack? It’s just a sci-fi flick that was writ­ten well and sprin­kled with a lot of action scenes and well-inte­grat­ed CG ani­ma­tion.” Well, it was­n’t nec­es­sar­i­ly those exact words but some­thing along those lines.

Any­ways, after that, I went to Cost­co the next day and bought a copy the book. A mere $15 for a hard-cov­er. I start­ed read­ing it right away. Then, the end­less wave of projects hit.

Fast-for­ward to now, about 2+ years lat­er, I cracked open the book and saw that I was on Chap­ter 18. Not since recent­ly, have I had the same enthu­si­asm to final­ly read the whole darn thing. Mean­while, this past week­end, I came upon an audio­book ver­sion of it and synched it with my iPod. From there on, it’s noth­ing but the bus, the walk, the iPod and the nar­ra­tor.

From my mind to yours, it makes me sad when I hear my friends read this book with­in the span of 2 days. So sad.

Note: Check out the trail­er if you haven’t seen it yet.

It’s Freaking Cold in the Winter

Cold and Winter—yes, they go togeth­er. Final­ly, the tem­per­a­ture up here in the Bay dropped to the 50s/40s this past week. Every­one is rejoic­ing by sport­ing their wool jack­ets and scarves. Now, you know its cold when peo­ple have their scarves on.

It was doo-doo last week though. Some­what rained for a cou­ple of days mid-week, but it’s all good. It’s all for the major cause. That is, major dumpage over at the Rock­ies. It’s about freak­ing time. I’m real­ly juiced about this. Going to be real­ly close to Tahoe. No more 10–13 hour road trip just to snow­board for 2 days. But it was still fun, and the com­pa­ny was great.

With cold weath­er, comes the snif­fles… and even­tu­al­ly, the Flu. We had this sign-up for a FREE flu-shot over at Mon­ster last week. I pro­cras­ti­nat­ed too much (more like, got lost doing work) that I for­got to sign-up for a time slot. Any­ways, I’ma try to grab a vouch­er and just do it anoth­er time.

Mean­while, there’s a cou­ple of peo­ple at work catch­ing that nasty virus already. So I’m just hop­ing that a few tablets of Air­borne would keep those boogers away. Not to men­tion, keep­ing warm and drink­ing a lots flu­id would sure­ly help out. I just don’t want to get sick. Why? It’s the Hol­i­days. It’s no fun being sick at this time, or any oth­er time in that instance.

But alas, we need to catch the flu at least once a year; even if it be a small dosage of it from the flu-shot. It’s just nature, and our immune sys­tem needs to be test­ed once and a while. But to just add some extra pro­tec­tion against it, I keep in mind most of D. Kei­th Robin­son’s tips.

Some oth­er tips that might come handy dur­ing the Win­ter sea­son would be:

Oh yah, with Win­ter comes Sum­mer Movie Previews/Trailers. A cou­ple that I can’t wait to see are: The Da Vin­ci Code, Lady in the Water and X3. Man, the Holidays—it’s cold but it gives you that warm feel­ing inside.

From my mind to yours, stay warm and hap­py (as in Hol­i­days… “Hap­py” Holidays—HA!).

Home for Thanksgiving

Being home for the hol­i­days is a good thing. Going home on a 6:40am flight is not so good. Espe­cial­ly if you do not want to pay $25 for a cab to the air­port, and want to just get a free ride from a room­mate that goes to work at 4:30am like me.

Maybe its just poor plan­ning on my part last night. I tried to clean up my room as much as I can when I got home from the city, as well as do laun­dry. I also tried knock­ing out some easy tasks for work since I’ll be OOTO (out of the office) till Tues­day next week. I think I fin­ished clean­ing and pack­ing my lug­gage around 2am. So by that, I only slept 2–2.5 hours and got up at 4:15am to get ready to leave with Big­gy for the air­port.

It was get­ting busy when I arrived and lined up on the secu­ri­ty check line. I was for­tu­nate enough to get in group‑B for South­west. I think I was the third per­son on that line. The thing with that is, or at least being alone on a flight, would prob­a­bly be not hav­ing a bud­dy to watch your stuff when you go to the restroom.

Any­ways, the fligh was on sched­ule for a 6:40am depar­ture out of Oak­land. We arrived in Bur­bank right on time, 7:50am. Got picked up by my broth­er in his tweaked Civic Hatch­back ’95. It freak­ing only had two seats. The rest of the inside was pret­ty much the frame. Some­times, I don’t know how he thinks. Then again, it’s his car.

Mean­while, the ride home was bumpy. Dropped cars ain’t real­ly your typ­i­cal smooth ride. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good for rac­ing but com­mon… when was the last time you’ve been on a real rac­ing cir­cuit? So yah, got home a bit before 10am after eat­ing some break­fast. I real­ly want­ed to do stuff and not just sit at home. But alas, 2 hours of sleep ain’t going to get things the way you want­ed to. And all I can remem­ber was turn­ing off the TV, pulling the sheet over me and wak­ing up at 3pm.

So, here I am: check­ing email; look­ing at my fan­ta­sy foot­ball and bas­ket­ball leagues; and wait­ing for my mom and aunt to get home so we can do some­thing. We’ll prob­a­bly just end up eat­ing (as usu­al) and chill at home. But we’ll see, a 5 hour “nap” real­ly does some weird stuff to peo­ple’s body and clock. Maybe the movies?

Alas, hap­py Thanksgiving/Turkey Day every­one. Den­ver at Dal­las seems like a good game to watch for NFL this Thurs­day. That should keep you enter­tained after/before you hov­er all that deli­cious food. “Eat, drink and be mer­ry” as Dave would say. Go Turkey!