What Net Neutrality is and what it isn’t

The last couple of days has been a minor bout of head aches. It seems that no matter how smart you are in other areas, some people can still get other things wrong. I’ve been arguing with a physics professor named Ricardo Rademacher, hence forth known as Mr. Rademacher. He supports the repeal of Net Neutrality because: 1) “Ma Bell” is an instructive example of why the government needs to stay out of telecom. The growth of mobile phones is another example. 2) The fast, broadband internet we have it today is the result of company investment, not government. 3) [Read More…]

The similarities between the issues in Utah and Net Neutrality

President Trump made an announcement earlier that Federal protections on Bears Ears National Monument will shrink by 2 million acres, to be ‘given back’ to the state of Utah to regulate. Which also means this land which is no longer being protected by the Federal government will be up for sale if the state so wants it. Sale to whom? To companies willing to pay for that land, to be used for oil and for other similar usages. This land, which was under the Federal government’s protection was also protecting ancient burial grounds for natives, as well as of course, [Read More…]

Is Islam the main inspiration for extremism and terrorism in Europe?

From time to time, I debate with various people on the Islamization of Europe. Today, I read a post by Graham Brown in which he basically said that Islam has been around for centuries in one form and another. That basically, it’s absurd to think that Islam is a modern invention out to invade Europe. He also pointed out that extremism and religion may share the same table, but Islam is not the cause of extremism in Europe by groups of Muslims. Another member, Ronald Ihot made a challenge to draw up a parody of Muhammed and see what will [Read More…]

Why can’t some people accept that I don’t want to be around gay men?

This question was asked on Quora and garnered 25 responses at the time I read it. While others already had great answers, I thought I could also chime in. In one of your comments to Andrew Weil’s answer, you mentioned that you did no insulting, yet other people get uppity when you’re absent from such events (your girlfriend goes to?). You asked why people simply don’t understand that you just don’t want to be around gay men. Well, your thought process is on the same wave length as someone who is not comfortable sitting next to a black man, a [Read More…]

Often times, you have to work backwards to solve your problems

Awhile ago, I was playing a Hidden Objects adventure game from my Steam Games account, called Agent Walker Secret Journey and came across a puzzle that I normally have no issue solving. However, no matter the logic induced in me, I could not solve the puzzle. All I had to do was make the power flow from one end to the other. I spent a good three to four minutes before I gave up. I stared at the puzzle, then decided I will work my way backwards. Not even a minute later, I solved it. It’s not that this never [Read More…]

No motivation

Of course, everyone has their down days. Those who work on a routine 9-5 or even a sporadic part time job has someone to constantly keep them in check, at least in theory. Some people can get away slacking off and still get paid their wages. As a freelancer officially, I find that I am quite burnt out from my web development career. While it’s interesting to learn new things and experiment on them, the initiation of building a web site from bottom up is a pain in the ass to start. I create web sites mainly because it’s the [Read More…]

I realized that I won’t go very far

The last three days had been an eye opening experience for me. These experiences don’t happen often but they do come at various points in my life thus far. This time around, I realized exactly how alike my father and I are. I am a reflection of his failures while he did whatever he did to try to ‘make it’. Prior to his life in Canada, he worked at an office with a relatively good salary and a very good chance of getting a promotion to assistant manager at his youthful age of late 20-something. However, he decided to travel [Read More…]

Serious? Yes. Aggressive? No.

Earlier last evening, I was in a minor verbal altercation with my wife. While playing World of Warcraft, we spent a long time in Felsoul Hold finishing up some quests, mostly for her. I had some dangling remnants from a previous play time. After that, we started to do some Archaeology. After the first dig site was done, I asked her to activate the Flight Master’s Whistle which would take us to the nearest Flight Master. The altercation was lame in itself, so I agree that I shouldn’t have been so anal retentive, but all the same, I was annoyed [Read More…]

Why is it so difficult for me to make friends?

This answer was originally posted on Quora. While my answer here may be a bit long winded and not straight to the point, I wanted to give the OP a broader idea why and how friendship is created. Mind you, this is advice given to someone who is seeking friendships and not for people who have a solid character. This is half dependent on what your personality is like, how you communicate, what your expectations are, your environment and how far you are willing to go for those friendships. For some, communication, expectation, willingness are a natural part of their [Read More…]

Dear Santa, will you be dropping by this year?

I was probably about six years old and I know from television that Santa likes cookies with milk. So I set out a plate with a couple of cookies and a small cup of milk, when I felt my parents weren’t looking. I didn’t want to have to explain to them why I did that. I didn’t have the words for it, though I knew in my heart, I had to do it. Since Santa Claus was made aware to me as a child, I had written ‘Dear Santa’ letters to him hoping he would gift me something nice. Alas, [Read More…]

To be inspired, yet unmotivated

Often times, I have a few things happening in my mind throughout the day, but once I get home, the motivation to put them on my blog fades away drastically. It’s truly a strange feeling because I used to post so much so often, yet now, when I know something is hilarious or inspiring, I cannot get it into my blog. It’s possible I have evolved from my blog, but at the same time, I feel it’s a part of me. I think what it could be is that I’ve lost things along the way, so for my blog to [Read More…]

Eric Wilson signed this 26 years ago

On a much lighter note than my blog entry last night, I went to Steveston Village with Amber earlier today for about two hours. We saw the parade, viewed some bonsai trees, walked around the park, got some ice cream and went into the Steveston Book Store. We spent a good 15-20 minutes in there, as it’s probably one of my favorite stores in Richmond. Books are stacked from the floor to the ceiling and most of them are used books from eons passed. Last time I went in there was with Patrick and Doctor Ding about four years ago. [Read More…]

I might go blind

It’s not the end, but it might be the starting of something entirely new to me. A few days ago, Laura emailed me twice with some new cartoon pieces for a game collaboration with BGE Studios. I responded to her via Whatsapp saying I went to Richmond Hospital emergency for 4 hours, then saw an eye specialist for about an hour and a half immediately right after that. I was finally out of medical services by 10:30pm. I started just before 4:00pm when I asked my dad for a ride to the hospital. Last Tuesday on the 21st, I woke [Read More…]

Riding My Old Route

After my trip to Germany in April 2012, I went to the doctor and he told me I have fatty liver. This apparently is a pretty common ailment in the populace. Then came May 2012 and I drank a pint too much, which gave me a feeling of my liver tearing up inside of me that night as I tried falling asleep. It did not hurt, but it was the most disturbing feeling I had ever had. Following that night came the pain under the bottom right rib as if my liver was being pushed up against it. The pain [Read More…]

Trolling America with Donald Trump

For a moment, let’s all put away the notion what everyone around the world may face if and when Donald Trump gets elected into office, with the amount of ruin it may bring for the USA and everyone else. Is Donald Trump really that bad or is he doing what ‘most’ Republicans want anyway? Remember what is considered bad for one person, may be seen as great for another. Before any of my friends and long time followers private message me with “I’m surprised at you!” or other such and such criticism, let me point out that I will be [Read More…]

Where we’re going

While I never speak about it to anyone besides mentioning it with Amber a few times, I often search for images of Richmond and Vancouver, while another tab would have the map of the Lower Mainland opened. While I look through those photos, I imagine all of the things I could do with my wife, the places we will go to, the different cafes and restaurants we will visit, the road trips we may take, etc. Honestly, this is a dream come true. [Read More…]

What makes a hero?

People normally associate firefighters, war veterans and doctors as heroes. Their jobs are often high stress and has something to do with saving lives. However is saving lives through direct physical danger, the only thing befitting of what is considered a hero? What about single parents that do their best for their children? What about teachers, nurses and counselors who have spent a large portion of their lives helping people beyond the numbers of their salaries? What about artists and athletes that have made a positive impact on other people? [Read More…]