Thursday, August 31, 2006

Photos: Tahoe

I've been so busy at work and will be until our.... um...development launch. Good thing wifey and I were able to go to Tahoe for a few days of R&R.

Story: Went to Tahoe with our dog, stayed at a house there in Incline Village and had good drinks, food (well except for the chinese food there which tasted bland), went places and swam a bit (wifey that is) had a wonderful time. Great place to go as always ;)


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Photo Story: Rave!!!

Rave! da daa.... dada...

Nope. My nephew's baptism actually. My brother had this great idea that instead of having the reception in his house or a restaurant he just held the reception at Hilton. After the ceremony at the church we headed out to hilton, started with drinks while my nephew fell asleep. The DJ was pretty good, had parlor games for the kids and dancing for the adults. Cool stuff...busy at work, not much time for other stuff...Cheers.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

hmmm still can't post pics on the previous post....oh well...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Photo Story: Luxury Living eh?

It was a tiring day today, the morning started like any regular morning, woke up too early for the weekend due to the habit of waking up early on weekdays. Got our dog outside and did some cleaning, proceeded to do some work as the project I'm working on is in a kind of a rush. Then we went to my sister's new house a few miles from our place and helped them unpack, got back settled in and while wifey's fighting the cold or flu I decided to do more research for work and drink some wine. I didn't want to drink my red today so I got a Bordeaux instead as I only drink white when I don't want to waste my reds (except white zins, I found out they taste well with roasted chicken ;). I remembered this has been in the fridge for a couple of months and it was sent to us by BMW for appreciation of purchasing their fine automobile. Other than this wine they had sent us catalogues for new cars, club membership, BMW credit card application and some DVD's that shows the cars and the future for BMW. I really do like the way they treated us as of course for marketing and future growth they'd like to catch people like me in their net so when I get used to the treatment and attention they gave me my next car would be from under their shop too. Fortunately for them if ever we are going to buy another car their brand will be on top of the list, unfortunately though we're not rich so who knows ;) but this is a fact, no matter what I won't buy Benz. Our neighbor told us that their service is crap and that they didn't help him get his issues resolved with his Benz so he told them that if this is the way Benz treats customers they just lost one. He ended up getting a 7 series instead of the same Benz model, so after hearing this I wouldn't waste time on a Benz, I heard the quality is crap anyways.
On the flipside, there is a big chance that if you see someone driving very nice cars a lot of them are actually leasing the cars. Other that the fact that these people are probably liking the way they are being treated by the company or the fact that they want to show themselves as successful (materially). Personally I think there are three reasons to lease: 1. You're very rich and you change cars every year or so, 2. You have a business and leasing a car gives you the opportunity to claim the car as a business transportation, or 3. You can't afford the car so you lease it instead. And normally it's the #3 for a lot of people. Leasing is a waste of money as it's smarter to get a car that you can afford and keep it, because maintenance of automobiles are cheaper than the monthly of a leased luxury car. But it's a material world and it's sad to see people value other people by what they drive or have instead of the actual person.

hmmm.... pics issue, blogger can't seem to upload them...

Friday, August 04, 2006

High Visibility Low Value

Been busy at work lately, I was dragged into another project again which IMO is very High Visibility but Low Value...Website reconstruction, yes your average website with functionality of most websites, not an online store on anything. I've never done content or design because I've always been involved with developing application, but I did notice that it takes so much time for those powers that be to choose what colors and what styles to use and type of functionality for the site...teheee... funny. My take is KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid! That's why Google is on the top of the pack now, no frills, few ads, just the basic search engine everyone wants. People always feel websites should have so many functions when in fact the fewer the better as nobody wants to visit a busy website. Blah! Nice project for me though.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Trucks and their drivers

I've been noticing the increasing volume of speeding pickup trucks and SUV's like the Ford F150, Expeditions, Tahoes and Chevys on the road and some even swerve while speeding. Do these truck owners know that their vehicle has a higher center of gravity and will likely flip over in a sharp turn or an accident than normal cars? Are they all doctors or rescuers that they have to get somewhere to perform life saving operations? Do they know that the force of their vehicle if/when it hits another vehicle is very extreme (Force = Mass x Acceleration, if you don't know this go back to High School)?

Are these drivers stupid or something? Yes, both stupid and something.

If you have a truck/SUV and drive it like mad read SUV before you hurt somebody.