Berlin

About a year and few months ago, I visited Berlin, Germany. My father lived in Germany for a few years.

http://picasaweb.google.com/sadderly/GermanyBerlinMay15th16th

Berlin is quite the city these days. If you visit, you can still see the outline of the wall with a brick pattern embedded in the pavement. You can probably already predict what I’m going to write next. Yes, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was celebrated yesterday, with much pomp and circumstance, rightfully so.

I’m sure 20 years ago, there were many doubters that the wall would fall, and that Berlin would be reunited. Well it was, and Berlin today is one of the most expensive, interesting, and posh cities to live in the world. Don’t underestimate the ability of people or things to change.

Now that health care bill has passed the House it is time to get the bill passed in the Senate, and stop this price gouging. Happy birthday Sesame Street. Sunny talking about sunny days…..

This weekend I saw Marnie (1964) and The Man who knew too much(1956), both good Hitchcock films.

Que Sera Sera’ in “The Man Who Knew Too Much” –>The Famous Doris Day Scene

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVuEC3r7a-o

Paris Hilton

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090710/ap_on_en_mo/us_promoting_paris_14

My Favorite excerpts from the article:

You have to give it to her, she’s clever.

MIAMI – Paris Hilton repeatedly fussed with her hair and makeup in a federal courtroom Friday, sported six-inch stiletto heels and a black dress and amused the judge with a little wave on the way to the witness stand.

My people handle my schedule. I’m a brand. I’m a businesswoman. I have 13 different product lines. I’m always working,” Hilton said.

The trial is being heard by Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno, who reacted with surprise when Hilton gave him a little wave before testifying. “I’ve never had a witness wave at me before,” the judge cracked.

In another exchange, Moreno was puzzled by the title of Hilton’s current reality show, “My New BFF.”

“What does that mean?” he said. After Hilton gave the title — “Paris Hilton’s My New Best Friend Forever” — the judge remarked “This will be my best case forever.”

Without missing a beat, Hilton replied “You’re my best judge forever.”

I’m 21

First off wow I’m 21. My how time flies. I’d like to correct a previous blog post I wrote, while I was riding on the CTA. I said I that I was heading towards Chicago and Lake, I meant Chicago and State.

Anyway, I’ve been busy with work and class. I do get to play on the weekends. Last weekend I went to the Shedd aqaurium with S & Company, which is free thanks to the large technology company I work for. Working has been eventful, I realized that I still have a steep learning curve. Yea, VLSI your right, staying in school is still more fun. I finally did buy a dslr, or in laymen terms, a really nice high end digital camera. I ended up getting the Canon T1i. Lets see how good I can learn to take manual photos.

What shall I do today who knows?

Michael Phelps

A guy wins 8-gold metals at the Olympics, and then he comes to some insignificant meet this past weekend. Then gets second place in two events,and every headline you read is “Michael Phelps loses again at Charlotte”, or “In a New Challenge, Phelps Finds He Is a Touch Behind.”

Give the guy a break. Now off to that large technology company in Chicago.

The Russian Phil

So after staring at E&M problems that I can’t solve I’ve given up for the time being. I saw the National Philharmonic of Russia tonight, with my Russian, and Kazakhstani (imagine I said this with an accent) friends.

Earlier this week the US military rescued the US born captain of a ship that was held hostage by Somalian pirates. Obama ordered the military to use lethal force, they snipped all three pirates in the head. Guess no one is going to be wondering whether Obama is soft or not on terror, he signed that death order pretty easily. And notice he never made any public comments, Hillary made them all. OK back to work.

North Korea and Guns

So no surprise, North Korea has launched their “satellite”. They had to launch the rocket soon anyway, the fuel is to corrosive to let it sit there. I’m not sure what the United States is going to do. I think going to the UN is just going through the motions. The question is what the heck was in that rocket..the payload was kept a secret, no surprise there either.

I almost went out to Radio Maria’s tonight for salsa, but I was a bit swamped with things. Lately if you pay attention to the news daily, which you should everyday for at least 15 minutes. I think the amount of gun-related violence lately is unbelievable. This past week someone has either shot their entire family to death, co-workers, strangers, or police. All the shootings seem to come from people who have lost their jobs, one guy today said he was worried about Obama banning guns which is why he shot three police officers. Oh the Irony in that statement. But I think the Bush administration should be faulted for letting the assault weapons ban expire. You’ve got to be kidding me who needs a freaking assault rifle.

Bill Ayers


On Monday night, I saw Bill Ayers speak at Allen Hall. (The room was much more full this picture was taken 15 minutes into the Q and A). I do commend Allen Hall for putting on these events, and I probably made a huge mistake by not living in Allen. Anyway, I did come into the talk with a dislike of Ayers previous activities. I did get the chance to ask Dr.Ayers some questions about: education, newspapers, education segmentation by discipline, and local vs. federal funding. I have to admit he is a very articulate guy. Although, he does have a considerable amount of experience as a debater. The question and answer period got heated towards the end, in fact the gentlemen that got in a heated discussion with him, was arrested Thursday night.

The real question that was in my mind when I left the Ayers’ talk is should we forgive him? In the United States during the Vietnam War many people dodged the draft. Some had violent protests, some peaceful. The things that Ayers did was to make a point, and he agrees the way he went about making his point was wrong. And I believe what he did was wrong. But do people deserve to redeem themselves, flash forward 40 years and Dr.Ayers is a distinguished professor of education at UIC. I am still conflicted about people reforming themselves, but I’m willing to give people a second chance because some people have given me that chance.

I actually found out today someone I knew dropped out of college and decided to become a minister. If that makes him happy and he feels that it is a calling. I think he should do it, I agree with him you have to do things that make you feel good.

Madoff Continued

I have to continue my rant. I was so pissed that Madoff remained a celebrity while he was out “cooperating” with prosecutors. Do you see any of the Billion returned?Give me a brea, the SEC sleeping again, and I can’t believe Madoff was covered by CNBC like a rock star they had helicopter coverage of his court house appearances as his “motorcade” with police escort made its way through the streets of Manhattan without having to stop in traffic. If you look at the photo I attached from the NYT article in the previous post, it looks like he’s attending a movie premier, not going to jail. I don’t understand why the justice system is so inadequate if you steal a loaf of bread from a store you go to jail, if you steal a TV from a store you go to jail, you steal 50 billion, you steal 200,000 like Martha and its a slap in the back. Give me a break. AND if you are in business and you do not know who Alan Stanford is or Madoff, please look them up now.

Madoff


It is nice to see that Mr.Madoff is finally spending some time in jail and not in his Penthouse apartment on Park Avenue. Although, I should say many questions still remain un-answered such as what really happened to the 50-plus billion Madoff is accused of swindling. I think those are the questions the prosecutors should really be seeking answers to. Some investors even have committed suicide due to the loss of funds through Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. If you were wondering what the previous record for record loss of money it is held by a former trader at Societe Generale.

“But Mrs. Madoff is seeking to retain almost $65 million that she says are her own assets.”

The only thing I give Bernie Madoff credit for is taking care of his family he’s 70, he’s enjoyed his life, now he goes to jail but his family will live in comfort while the people that lost their money suffer. Sorta like Ken lay’s wife. But Mr.Madoff is undeniably a crook in every sense of the word, and I’m not sure how he lives with himself. I guess people can rationalize almost anything, to themselves, and believe what they want to believe devoid of all sanity.

Panda Diplomacy

It turns out Pandas too can be used in the diplomatic process. The UK has been negotiating with China over the loan of two Giant Pandas to the Edinburgh Zoo. I looked up the price of what a typical Panda “loan” runs, apparently approximately 1 million dollars a year, seems sorta pricey.

Taiwan recently announced they would also accept a pair of the attention grabbing bears, as a symbolic representation of their friendship. Even though in my opinion I think there’s a fairly non-existent relationship between them and mainland China. I’m not sure how I feel about the Pandas traveling abroad from their native habitat. The way I look at it, if you want to see Pandas go to China to see them. However, if the Edinburgh Zoo can help in preventing the Panda from going extinct through their conservation programs, a trip to the UK might just be worth it.

In closing due to the fact my blog has a higher readership level than vliang’s blog, I am now the undisputed Panda expert. Liang, I concede still has the music, which she tells me you should thank her for giving everyone good music. Maybe slightly better styling, and commentary on paper sizes. Hey, Viv where did you get that cool domain name?But you can’t beat me at insightful blogging…..cheya…cheya..

On Taiwan Pandas, and On Panda Negotiations in the UK