Cloud appreciation society

Other than a good book by the pool, a cold drink under the sun … the next best thing to relax in a holiday resort is, really, cloud watching. You know, you can name every cloud you like, while the clouds drifting slowly … Obviously, there are lots of people sharing the same view, and they are the members of Cloud Appreciation Society. Following is the famous Six Leg Pig … click the pix to see the full picture and you can buy their book.

Six feet pig

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In plain English

Really wanted to find a solution to take GTD with me even outside office and with no access to computer. The solution shall be the stuff that carry with me or I can easily access to – i.e. PDA / smartphone / phone and its software, notepad, stack of index cards, or remote voice mailbox etc. etc. … something that I can jot down the actions as efficient as possible.

One service I am evaluating closely for the moment is Twitter. The idea is to send an SMS with my phone to one Twitter account and then I can “follow” the tweets back in office. What is Twitter, you may ask ? Understand that some of you are living in another planet, so here is Twitter … in plain English, by Common Craft.

We are not alone

“Always on my mind” is one of my favorite songs, no matter it’s the original version by Brenda Lee or the cover versions by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Pet Shop Boys and the latest by Michael Buble. But yesterday I found another cover version in a Hong Kong movie shot 15 years ago, and I love this version the most.

So I asked myself where I can find this version on the web … – No, – No, – No … but I finally found it thru some searches. I reckon, no matter what are our likes and dislikes, no matter how niches those are – we are not alone; and someone share the same interests will put those online. Another case of Long Tail theory, I suppose …

Believe it or not, the singer is Peter Chan, the famous Hong Kong film director. Enjoy the song, i.e. the first two minutes of the following video. By the way, the subtitles do not sync with the song …

Telephone line

One of the mobile operators in town recently introduced a new service – “Wireless fixed-line service”. What that marketing gimic exactly do is beyond me, but it gonnna be a mix of wireless and internet based telephone services. I am sure one day this kind of service will replace our usual fixed-line phone and by then, the term “telephone line” will go down the drain of history. Before then, a song from Electric Light Orchestra, 32 years ago.

Hello. How are you?
Have you been alright, through all those lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely nights
That’s what I’d say. I’d tell you everything
If you’d pick up that telephone yeah yeah yeah

Upgrade to WordPress 2.5

WordPress released the latest version 2.5 for two weeks now. So I decided to give it try, after skipping 1 or 2 upgrades in the past few months. The upgrade process was simple as usual.

  • Deactivate all the plugins
  • Backup the database
  • Download the latest codebase, unzip and transfer to the server
  • Run the upgrade.php
  • Activate back the plugins

There are something I like / dislike / puzzle about this version:

  • The plugin upgrade is now almost painless, very useful
  • Not all plugins can work with this version, however
  • The new administrator dashboard is fresh-looking, but need sometime to get used to. For example, I don’t like the categories section in New Post screen is now underneath the text box, but not on the right hand side
  • Somehow, two files were mixed up – plugins.php and post-new.php. Click the plugins function links to the New Post page and vise versa (!). I have to re-download the files, not sure what went wrong
  • The new engine is super slow !!