Hometownless

It's full moon outside.  In Korea, everyone is going back to their home town to celebrate Choosuk, Korean Thanksgiving of sort.  For my family, there is no hometown to go back to.

My family is from northern part of Korea which is now North Korea.  I was born in Seoul which is nowhere in people's hearts.  There are just too many neon signs, asphalts, and endless rows of characterless buildings to give it a sense of place to long for.  Our family never went anywhere on Choosuk and I thought Choosuk was just a holiday of sort until I grew up and started reading Korean newspapers.

I suppose I could visit North Korea, but there is no one to go home to.  My father's younger brother supposedly lives there and I am sure there are many relatives, but they are strangers to me.  Yes, they will look like me and I am sure we share some of the strongest family traits like frequently forgetting to zip up.  Still, the place feels like wet cloths.  I don't want to put it on.

Speaking of forgetting to zip up, I did it again today although my son's zipper was proper.  It saddens me that my wife has been rather lax at inspecting my zipper ever since my son has gotten old enough to wear pants.  My father, my son, and I have yet to simultaneously forget to zip up at the same time but I am sure it will happen someday, a family event to remember.

For my son, I guess Redwood Shores is his hometown.  Did you know there are no redwoods in Redwood Shores?  My son and I corrected that mistake by planting one a year ago in our backyard.  In another couple of years, we'll have to move it somewhere else, a hidden spot where it can grow as tall as it can be without nudging disgustingly expensive houses aside.  In about a hundred years or so, everyone will be able to see it, hopefully even from the 101.

Wishstore

After writing the Mobile Orgasm post, I thought of Wishstore: an online retailer that sells imaginary products.  I think such a website would be entertaining enough to draw traffic and generate decent ad revenue, particularly since people will be drawn to product sections they already have some interests in.

Besides, if an imaginary product is popular enough, someone will make it.  Kind a dream come true for manufacturers, isn't it?

Mobile Orgasm

A raunchy post to celebrate Friday.

Gina Lynn's article on Teledildonics reminded me of a recent IM chat with Didier.  When Didier sent me a picture of a cellphone with old fashion telephone handset attached to it, I told him that attaching a dildo might be more marketable.  The raunchy idea is certainly more useful than Teledildonics which has to be hooked up to a computer.  And it's simple to make also: just use the audio signal as input just like those cellphone headsets do.  Upscale version will use Bluetooth, of course, instead of the usual 2.5mm jack.

I think the idea has legs although it would kind of awkward standing in the middle of the street talking and thumbing your girlfriend into orgasm.

Korean USB Memory Startup

A Korean startup with a line of patented USB memory stick products is looking for US partners.  Their product is selling well in Korea but they don't know where the cluetrain stops are in the US so they need help.

I get a lot of requests like this but this is the first time I posted about it.  Why?  Because it's one of those father's friend's son type of thing.  Not as thick as blood but near enough to motivate me to move a few more extra muscles than usual.

Seattle

I'll be in Seattle from October 3rd to October 5th.  I don't have any plans for the evenings yet but I am sure something will come up.  Maybe I'll attend a bloggers dinner.  I'll be staying at the Monaco Hotel downtown so I might just stroll down to the waterfront to stuff myself with seafood.

Last time I was there, I had a bucket of mixed sea food.  When they brought the food out, they just slapped down some newspapers on the table and emptied the bucket on top of it.  There weren't any utensils either.  Just a pile of sea food and some ale to wash down with.  Yum.  I hope I can find the place again 'cuz, while others might enjoy talking like a pirate for a day, I prefer eating like one.

Spring in Autumn

This week is turning out to be a slow blogging week because I was busy wrestling with funky HTML email formats.  Generating email is easy just as generating HTML is easy.  Trying to make sense of all the wild variations and loosy goosyness at the receiving end is tougher and doing content surgery in route is even tougher.

I did have some enjoyable time integrating Spring Framework with the pure Java milter though.  It took me only a few hours to wash most of the configuration mess out of code and into an XML file.  Nice.

Although I did notice the recent release of HiveMind 1.0 final, I went with Spring Framework because I felt more comfortable with its design and terminologies than HiveMind's.  But then they are very similar so which you choose to use is just a matter of taste.  HiveMind is fairly small though because it is boxed in by rest of Jakarta projects in terms of functionalities.  Joining a community means having more toes and egos to avoid stepping onto.

Spring Framework, on the other hand, has a growing flotila of integration packages.  Since I was short of time, I ignored them for now and used only the core and context packages.

Firefox on Fire

While it's cool to see that Mozilla Foundation has met their goal of 1 million Firefox 1.0PR download in 10-days, it's sad to see that they achieved that by doing it the Old Fashion Way, delivering every byte to everyone themselves.

Instead of the irrelevant, so called, RSS Support, they could have added BitTorrent support to the Firefox, enabling Mozilla servers to share the download frenzy stress with network download clients and enabling every Firefox installation to be BitTorrent-ready at the same time.

But then it's a puzzle why AOL, Mozilla's former patron, didn't add BitTorrent support across it's product line (AIM, WinAmp, etc.) to make it easy for people to download multimedia.  IMHO, the best way to control illegal sharing of copyrighted goods is by controlling the client.  And lets not forget all the legal ways to leverage P2P technologies.

One example is peer to peer education.  Recording video or audio is so much simpler than writing books.  Why not ask people to share amateur How-To videos?  Time/LIFE made a bundle selling How-To books and market interest is clearly there.  Turn on those Visa/MC logos and let people make money off teaching others how to fix things.

The best time to embrace a technology is when everyone is scared of it.  Grab it by the horn and flip it to your advantage.

Firefox Live Bookmarks == IE CDF?

William Slabbekoorn (see his comment in Firefox RSS Support) duplicates Firefox Live Bookmark feature for IE with a bit of server-side ASP code that transforms RSS into CDF.  You remember CDF don't you?  If my feed was in CDF format, server-side component wouldn't have been necessary which makes Live Bookmarks as uncrappy and useful as CDF.

Below is a partial screenshot of my feed displayed as IE's 'Live Channel':

Full screen version from William Slabbekoorn (Local Copy).

IMHO, false praises are worse than no praise at all.

Bug Enhancement?

This entry in the most latest list of changes to QDBM, a fast dbm-like open source library, gave me a good laugh:

A bug in the extended API was enhanced.

Aside from the typo, I have no complaints about QDBM.  Coming from me, that's a complement.

Open Bookshelf

Being an entrepreneur means I have a fetish for domain names.  I just got the openbookshelf.com and the gang.  What is the chance of me actually using it?  Near zero.  Sometimes I feel like a dumb squirrel.  Thankfully, there are dumber squirrels.