Thursday, August 24, 2006

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Pluto says ...

Posted by Hippo Bean at 12:46 PM 5 comments Links to this post
I dunno what's with these so called humans ... they like to pigeonhole everything! I've been orbiting the Sun longer than these miniscule microbes had been on 'that' rock. I've been observing their evolution while doing my routine orbit. Although I admire their tenacity and perseverance in trying to discover the origin of everything (including themselves), sometimes it just aint right what they do, like hitting my dear friend Tempel1 with tons of dynamites. Man, that hurts! And what do they care? All in the name of science they say. Tempel1 came limping back and bitching about having her rear blown up and photographs taken of her without consent! And they seem to have a fattish on size! Sure, I'm tiny as compared to almighty master Jupiter, and I'm not gonna grow any bigger, but hey, I'm every part of 'their' solar system, definitely a veteran, and a loyal one too. So what if my orbit is a bit eccentric? I like to take a slightly different angle on my routes sometimes and get closer to Neptune for a bit of gossip. I've contributed to the system as much as any other 'planet' who's been my neighbors wayyyyyyyy before these egocentric microbes even show signs of life. I think I deserve every bit to be classified as a full blown planet and now demoting me and calling me a dwarf for no apparent reason is just down right humiliating. My sidekick and dear pal Charon and all my Kuiper Belt friends say so too. What did I do to deserve that?

* Pluto - the 9TH PLANET !

PS - I dont think I'd welcome New Horizons when it comes to study me. I think I will go slightly off orbit to avoid it!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

reminiscing ...

Posted by Hippo Bean at 11:59 PM 1 comments Links to this post
Today I realized what I left behind for good was really something still close to my heart.
This afternoon Keith gave us the database schema walkthru. Thru his well articulated and logical presentation, I've heard familiar terms that long ago used to excite me, design principles and data normalization that I used to pronounce daily. Gosh, I miss that stuff! I looked around the room and I doubted if half the people there knew what a view or a foreign key was. In a dream like state, I saw myself discussing stored procedures, triggers and load balancing. Reminiscing ... in another life, another time, another place ...

Later in the afternoon Erik, Mike and I walked to Target in search of snacks. On our way, we made fun of Erik's 'hollish' background and Mike said he wanted to go to Scandinavia. I told them how I've wanted to go to Lebanon for chic Beirut for a long time, but could find no one who dared go with me. Inside Target, we each found what our hearts desired and Mike got his Starbucks lowfat full vanilla coffee. On our way back, we dug in our purchases and started munching, each with his/her own cookie. The day was warm and the sun simply brilliant. It reminded me of the High School days when we used to get our cheap cookies and hang out on Mission St after school. I mentioned as much and they both smiled, each with his own reminiscence. Strange how life sometimes offers you a bit of tranquility and enjoyment amidst all the high power confusion and decision making. I havent been feeling well, plus all the stress of finding a bed, moving house, lab tests, getting tires for the Rodeo and registering for graduate school, I was pretty much a mess lately. Then suddenly, a few minutes to enjoy the sun and the warm day with 2 good looking and fun guys, sharing chitchat and simple cookies, was more than a gift from heaven.



Friday night, it was late
I was walking you home
We got down to the gate
And I was dreaming of the night
Would it turn out right
How to tell you girl
I wanna build my world around you
Tell you that it's true
I wanna make you understand
I'm talkin' about a lifetime plan

That's the way it began, we were hand in hand
Glenn Miller's Band was better than before
We yelled and screamed for more
And the Porter tunes "Night and Day"
Made us dance across the room
It ended all too soon
And on the way back home
I promised you'd never be alone

Hurry, don't be late
I can hardly wait
I said to myself when we're old
We'll go dancing in the dark
Walking through the park and reminiscing (Graham Goble)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Apple 2006 WWDC After Bash

Posted by Hippo Bean at 11:10 AM 0 comments Links to this post
The Hippo missed it all! As usual when there's fun, I'm not there. So the best I can do is to bring you the pictures of Heather's WWDC Apple Campus Bash after _bash party. Seeing faces I recognize, people I used to work with, almost brought tears to my eyes (not again!!! :-) The consolation is they all looked so happy and having fun. And another Hippo year without MacWorld and WWDC. Apple and NASA, 2 great places, and my honor to have worked there and be part of these out-of-this-world, wacky, intelligent and insanely exciting people. Enjoy the pictures!

The fire alarm went off, the cops were called and everyone's alter ego made an appearance ...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

apprehension

Posted by Hippo Bean at 10:09 PM Links to this post
feeling uneasy or is it fear of change? after over 6 years, I'm finally moving out. who would have known I would stay this long? After battling with job situation, finally earning my living again and be able to stand on my own 2 feet and now finding a place to live, suddenly I'm scared to move. I've grown too comfortable here even with the daily shouts, impatience, bad smells, hassle of having to take care of everything, driving them around, I thought I was tired of this place, or was it just that I've grown accustomed to it? I guess I'm too old to be playing this game. The place is nice, a bit far from the rest of the world, but roomy and I can have my own dishes, my books and shoes, the type of food I like, and finally free to do as I please. Dunno what tomorrow will bring but I need to summon my old adventurous spirit back and confront the world on my own again. I used to like it so why not like it again? I no longer know what I want, or what I like ... I'm simply tired of life!

I just want November to be here quickly so I can be in Hawaii even though it would just a rush little break.
 

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