Sunday, March 18, 2012

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

This song is just so emotional/motivating/inspiring that makes me want to cry every time there is an awesome rendition on it.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller!.." Before I get lost in crooning.. Let me introduce 3 of those:

1) the original - none other than KELLY CLARKSON! She rox truly!

2) Glee cover - Complete with dance moves! Naya Rivera's voice rocks my world! Amber Riley and Heather Morris! Girlpower totally lolx

3) Sam Tsui - his singing prowess and versatility is really awesome!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Craigslist SPAMMER

I posted an ad on Craigslist and got an email that looks like it's a computer-generated spam. After my episode with that hack-fraud case last year (he sent me a similar threat mail), my mental alarm went blaring crazy, mostly because of the capitalized subject title and horrendous English punctuation. Thankfully, I did not provide any details whatsoever, and as my roommate intelligently pointed out, "That name does not sound Finnish at all!!!".

People out there, be careful!

chrmc children's hospital seattle staff quarters

Compare those with this original email:

My name is Lyne ,I am looking to rent a place to live. I am a young professional and will be  needing to move ASAP. I am willing to pay first and last months rent .I am very responsible and open to any kind of lease. I am an Humanitarian worker and was posted on a new job to your area.I will be glad if i could hear back from you sooner.
 Thank You

When you reply, you get back this:
Thanks very much for e-mailing me back.. I am Lyne Jones by name and live in Seattle, WA. I would have been kind of happy if we can meet before making any plans, but am very busy and i have a lot of things to do right now.. I will really appreciate it if you can tell me more about the place and tell me little about you because my uncle is presently very sick, and i have to travel to Finland to see him but i want to secure the place down before going. He was involved in a car crash with his new car some weeks back and now ill seriously, I need to check on him and take good care of him. 
I am staying in CHRMC Children's Hospital Seattle staff Quarters now The address is below:
4800 Sandpoint Way NE Seattle, WA 98105 
I am moving cause of my job, am a medical Humanitarian nurse for united Nations. I work for CHRMC Children's Hospital in Seattle but will be working in a local clinic over there, More about me, am a neat type of person, honest, humble and responsible. I like honest, responsible and hardworking people while i hate the lazy, messy and uncaring people....well am a quiet and gentle going person to live with....I am 26 yrs old female, 5.4 in height ,i like tourism and i don't keep late at nights neither i will have overnight guest around but am ok if you do.. 
I was born and brought up in Finland, i studied there i had my university education right there while staying with my uncle.. I lived all my life in Finland before coming down to Seattle, WA have been living with my uncle from age 13...Then i was member of the Red Cross Association it really sounds interesting for me...Am sure You 'll really like the person that i am ,because i will also do the dishing if you like I work when i am to and relax when i am to,I also like sharing my thoughts also....paying rent on time will not be a problem as i will also be making the rent fee before the month ends....I do not have any pet, i really like dog and cat but have none of it now, so there is no problem about that. 
I must confess am comfortable with the price and I will want to secure the place down before my arrival so i will want you to tell me all about the place as i can't see it before my arrival but the pictures...I also will want you to know that i have my car that i will be coming over with little of my furniture. 
please let me know if there will be room for them. With all that I've said above I have told you more about me and more picture of mine will be attach in the next email Let me also know how i can go about securing the place down before my arrival as i will also be busy from next week and let me know if you can take off the ad off the site as i am going to secure the place with a deposit 
Feel free to ask me any question and as I've said i am looking to move in by the availability of the place but want to secured it now

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Never mind, you can be B*Star...

Frankly, I am still a little sore from this. How is this "NEVER MIND"?

She might be the ambassador to where and where, but that doesn't give you the right to make that kind of comment, even if it's supposed to be one of those "smart-alecky" remarks. Sorry, we might have the same nationality, maybe fostering familiarity in a foreign land, but I don't know you that well for a jive like that...

This just rubs off as an elitist mindset that some people have. Those eugenics, those purists, those oh-so-mighty people who stood at the top of the worlds. Seriously, get down that throne and walk the earth.

That said, this ambassador did make a few compelling points about "democracy, globalization and competitiveness" of our dear island-state. I would prefer though, if she could cut down on the verbose self-glorification. It sounds too much like propaganda and a little excessive. But I did like the way she answers questions and I did learn some stuff.

Did you know we can actually bring in gum but just not manufacture or sell them? In any case, I think I have been rewired so much that I don't care much for gum. And I did have a slightly broader perspective of how intertwined we are with other nations of the world that previously were more murky in my head: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia (Arabs respect Arabs), other Gulf states, African states, the Maldives (~300K people, wow) and how we are viewed by many. We are about the size of Chicago (really?), top 20 smallest countries in the world, >200 million Muslims in SEA (never fail to mention the fact we are surrounded by them) etc.

Habibie coined us the "little red dot" in 1998/9. I guess people will always be interested in the story of "David and Goliath". The story of survival, against all odds.

Us against the world. Nice thought.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Guild Wars 2

I found a great site that talks about the imminent release of the game. One of my fav MMORPG of all times!! Just look at those screenshots!!