A couple of fun links. Here is my poll of the week on Rotten Tomatoes. Please feel free to send in your answer.
Favorite martial arts fight scene
Unfortunately, as Raffi has pointed out, it’s a bit unfair of a poll because all of the martial arts newbies are selecting Crouching Tiger, probably the only major martial arts movies that they’ve watched. I personally voted for Jackie’s final battle in Drunken Master II.
Here’s another good link: Hurt (Johnny cash)
It’s a wonderful video directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo). The video is a great extension of the song which itself is a wonderful cover of a wonderful song. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of cover songs, but that’s because most cover songs are bland, pale imitations of their originals. As a consequence, I’m extra impressed when someone is able to provide a different “reading” into a song and there by make it a new and fresh. My biggest annoyance: cover songs by untalented dance backup singers where they just put a rhythm track and call it a club hit.
This week hasn’t started too auspiciously. I slept horribly on Monday and felt incredibly groggy throughout the day. Wushu practice was distressing as well. I re-injured my right upper hamstring on Friday — I guess I overstretched in my eagerness to practice. As a consequence, I limped around with my right leg out of commission. I also had to bug bomb my bedroom and kitchen because of an ant infestation. I probably shoudn’t have slept in my bedroom last night because of, you know, all of the killer poisonous pesticides; unfortunately, my brain just isn’t smart enough to heed it’s own warnings and now I’m suffering from headaches, sinus congestion, and violent hallucinations (ok, maybe not the last one). I came home early today to rest a bit but I’m not feeling any better. Let’s hope that a relaxing night of blogging, Buffy, Smallville, and Star Fox Adventures will cure my psychosis.
For those of you who might know, I’m bit of an obsessive news/web-surfing junkie. I could probably be a much more productive if I wasn’t checking my 30-40 bookmarks multiple times a day.
Woohoo! I’m kinda proud of myself at this moment because I’ve managed to prepared an amazing delicious pot of chicken drumstick stew for Angie’s housewarming tonight. I went over the Safeway next to Jen’s apartment and picked up some items and went all out to make my experimental dish which turned out to be a rather fantastic creation (hope I’m not bragging too much ! ). Anyways, Jen claims that it’s as good as the stew that her Mom makes so it must be pretty damn good.
I’m thinking that over the next week or two, I’m going to begin to do some doing some life examination in my blog regarding two things: my thoughts on the potential for war in Iraq and my frequently pained high school life. Oddly enough, the two items are very closely tied together because, while I don’t ordinarily express my political views these days, I used to be much more outspoken and opinionated about these topics in high school. I participated in a bunch of marches in D.C. against the first Gulf War and was very politically active; but I think that level of activity kind of wore me out and has made me think extra hard and be extra skeptical before taking hard political positions these days. In any case, I think it’ll be helpful for me to recount these issues on paper (well, in my blog in this case) because it’ll help me more clearly define what I believe.
I’m not saying that this is going to be an especially exciting story, but as I said before, it’s for my posterity anyways.
Today was like a flashback. I spent the day firefighting server problems on Rotten Tomatoes while simultaneously juggling phone calls from business partners, sending out faxes, and fixing ad campaigns. It felt like the early days of Rotten Tomatoes when the site traffic was growing faster than our ability to improve our hardware to accomodate it. In a way, it’s kind of like a two-edged sword — sure, it’s bad to have overloaded servers, but it also means that you’re likely accomodating a great amount of traffic. Still, it feels like a boiler room on these freaky Friday’s when I’m trying to administer the servers like a mad man. I was hoping to hold off on buying new servers until April, but I might need to buy them a month early in order to keep the site running properly. Ordinarily, I’ve been trying to budget our server expenses to 2 new servers at $3000 each every six months (i.e. $1K/month). However, since we skipped our “December” server purchase, I might be able to have a field day and spend $8-9K this time around and get three sweet servers. It’s a pleasant feeling doing a clean install of newly ordered servers and getting this gigantic “Bogomips” counter on the login screen. The last time I installed the servers, it provided an estimated 40% computing power increase from just two new servers. I’m hoping to get around a 50-75% increase this time, although our site traffic has grown by around 30% since last May when we last did our server upgrades.
I had dinner with Leslie last night at a pleasant Vietnamese restaurant in Inner Richmond called Le Soleil. It was decent, but it reminds me that I really need to visit more restaurants on Clement Street since there’s such a good variety of cuisine. Does anyone have any suggestions for new restaurants? Besides Brothers and Brothers II, I mean. I really miss when Jen lived in Sunset and we could just walk over to Golden Gate Park in the afternoons, stop by for boba drinks and Vietnamese sandwiches, and relax. I could live that lifestyle for a long, long time.
On the flip side, I’m looking forward to tonight’s Wushu workout. I actually really enjoy the 3 hour Friday workouts — they’re a bit too long (I’d prefer 2-2.5 hour workouts), but it’s fun doing lines with the beginners and spending alot of time improving my sections for sets. Plus, alot of people who don’t ordinarily drop by (like Ivan, Jen Hsu, and Felicia) occaisionally make an appearance. It’s like a big ol’ Wushu reunion.