i was once talking to a friend of mine and he was telling me that one of the things that he could not stand about some people is how superstitious they were. he thought that it was completely ridiculous that you would have to, for example, consult a special calendar to see what day would be a good day to get married on. he found it completely ludicrous that people believe in hexes, voo doo, or bad luck if you do certain things.

i think that superstition is a relic of the uneducated. sometimes it’s fun to humor superstition, but there are people who believe that they are cursed and they have to do these drastic things to lift a curse off of them, and i don’t get it. there’s no scientific evidence that says that houses can be cursed and that bad things will happen to you if you live in a cursed house. i just don’t get it.

superstition is an easy way to blame your coincidental misfortune on some kind of mysterious force. i think what it really does is that it lets us place the blame somewhere and it lets us cope with these difficulties. it also gives the power back to us to allow us to do something about our recent misfortune so that we can feel that we’ve done something to make our lives better.

this sort of ties in to the notion of karma. my mom is a big believer in karma and she’s a steadfast pacifist. she believes that if people do bad things to you, they will suffer later in life. and that’s her salvation. she believes that there is this karmic force that will make everything all ok. i don’t believe that this is true, but i do believe that you should always try and be the best that you can be.

there are a few people in my life who i really admire. the one quality that they all share is that they are genuinely decent and good people who aren’t looking to find profit in others. they are good people because that’s just the way they are.

i remember this one guy who i met for a very brief moment. perhaps it was only in the span of a weekend, but he extended to me the generosity of a giant. he didn’t know me at all, but he welcomed me into his home. he fed me, he made me feel welcome amongst strangers. he probably doesn’t even remember me. he probably doesn’t know what kind of an impact he’s had on me. he probably doesn’t think anything of it…because it’s just in his nature to be very kind and generous. there aren’t too many people who i’ve tried to emulate in my life. i think that i’ve always tended to be independent, but after i met this guy, i realized that he was the kind of person that i wanted to become.

think positively about everything, make best of the situation you are in, and try your best. don’t try to blame others (animate or inanimate) on your misfortunes, don’t dwell on what could be, don’t live in regret. just keep moving forward. that’s what i learned and that’s what i take with me.


power outage

the power went out at the office today. no internet, no computers, nothing. so i sat at my desk trying to find things that i could keep myself busy with while the power was out. it was kind of fun. the whiteboard was used a lot and i started drawing out all of these grand plans.

it’s weird being so dependent on power. there wasnt much that i could do, so i just sat around after all of the whiteboard space was used up and i couldn’t think of anything else to design. so i sat there and just looked at my whiteboard mess.

but the power is back on and so i’m back to my life of coding.


no more super sizing?

[url=]it appears that mcdonalds[/url] will be phasing out their super size option on their value meal deals. they claim that it’s because they are trimming down an already overly complicated menu, but many speculate that it’s because the super sized portions were making americans fat. this, by itself, is no big deal. BUT then there are those people who sue mcdonalds because they are fat claiming they didn’t know that eating super sized fast food meals would make them fat. seriously, these people should be shot and put out of their misery for being so stupid. i mean, come on!

but it is an interesting trend. does this mean that all of america is becoming more health conscious? does this mean that people are actively choosing foods that are more healthy for them? are more people exercising? something tells me that this is not the case.

but i’m going to miss the super sized fries. those were good. mmmm. now the question is, will this force americans to order two sets of fries so that they get enough? hmmmmmm…


dinner with maureen

ah, silly me. i left my camera at work instead of taking it with me to dinner so there’s no picture from my dinner with maureen. oh well. we decided to eat at krung thai, one of my favorite thai places. it was good to see maureen again. we got caught up on each other’s lives. it’s amazing how much things have changed since we last saw each other.

dinner at krung thai was good. i haven’t had thai food in a while. i got my favorite panang curry dish….mmmmm. i have been craving rice lately. after my trip to north carolina, i’ve been on a bit of an asian food kick. i think it’s because i didn’t really have any good asian food while i was there, so i’ve been feeling the effects of withdrawl.

i’m still on east coast time so i’m waking up early and feeling tired early. i think i’ve been falling asleep around midnight every night. very unusual for me. i wonder how long this’ll keep up.