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Voicemail has its uses, for example, when one won't be able to pick up the phone for awhile, but needs to relay a message immediately, or when other forms of communication are not possible, i.e. e-mail or texting is inconvenient or irrelevant.

However, I still usually end up ignoring it, thus rendering most of the pros as moot.

(1) Oct 10, 08 - 11:18 AM

On the subject of high school friends, just because you're different, doesn't mean you can't be friends.

(0) Jun 17, 07 - 11:41 PM

Pi is wrong.

Well, actually, maybe it would just be better to use what is currently known as 2*pi. I've always thought it would be easier if sine and cosine had periods that were just pi, not 2pi.

So should pi be 6.283185...? Should pi be the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its radius, instead of diameter? If so, it would take about 50 years for this to gain any momentum in the mathematical community.

(0) Apr 20, 07 - 1:07 AM

What's with Twitter?

Thursday, January 18, 2007 | 9:08:17 PM

There's a new sort of craze going round. That's Twitter. People send updates to twitter and that's received by other people. It's simple enough. So what's the big deal?

Twitter is a site full of everyone's thoughts. One can send a message simply relaying their status, location, desires, or general thoughts and anyone who wants to know will get it. So who would want to do it? A lot of people. Looking at my MySpace bulletin list, at least 50% of these bulletins are about how their day was, how bored they are, or just because they felt like letting people know something completely random.

People tend to be very nosy, always wanting to know what other people are doing. Some people are also the reverse, wanting to let everyone know how their life is right then. Twitter has an advantage over IM in that it's a many-to-many sort of communication. All the talkative people can let the nosy people know what their doing with a single message. Twitter is also designed for this sort of thing, "away" (status) messages for IM can be utilized as such, as well as MySpace bulletins, though that's not exactly their primary functions.

Stalker-ish? A little. This isn't really something that private or reserved people would use so much. But then, the same can be said for MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, and the dozens of other social networking sites. Twitter is social too, but in a much simpler way. There's also an option to make your updates available to friends only, but your friends might really be stalkers too.

A big time waste? Perhaps, but it only takes 5 seconds to update, which can be done by web, IM, or text. The latter also makes twitter more mobile being able to update without having internet access and receive others' updates similarly. Twitter can also be used in more constuctive ways, for example, to update others in a group collaborating on a single project, as a vacation log to your family, to say when you're doing something then track how long it actually to you to start, or such.

So what's Twitter to me? It's where I send messages that are too insignificant to start a conversation with, or not big enough to blog/bulletin. It's a place to complain or exclaim. It's "microblogging". It's nothing important, just a little added entertainment (distraction).

Why not try it? And for those interested, here's my twitter.

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Food Review: Pinkberry

Friday, December 29, 2006 | 9:32:52 PM
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Pinkberry is basically a shop that sells frozen yogurt with two flavors and an assortment of toppings. Basically a simple premise. What makes it stand out? "It is dessert reinvented."

It's a mistake to expect this to be like Cold Stone. It's not sweet ice cream. In fact, it's a bit sour. It's actual yogurt, not Dannon or Yoplait. Free from preservatives, Pinkberry strives to be a healthier and yet still tasty alternative to dessert.

The yogurt comes in two simple flavors: original and green tea. Green tea is there to further the healthiness factor. They both taste nearly the same, the differences generally superseded by the flavor of real yogurt. Toppings can be added ranging from fresh fruits to various nuts, cereals, and chocolate. And no, they don't mix it in like at Cold Stone. The toppings are set in sections neatly on the side of the cup.

The employee told me they had been open for about two weeks and it was the first chain outside of the Los Angeles or New York areas.

The first time I had it up in LA, I actually didn't like it too much. I liked the interior because, for some reason, it made me think "Web 2.0". Rounded corners, bright colors, simple design, large text... ehh anyway... When I saw it right here in Temecula, I decided to take another shot at it. It's a pattern for me. I'll like things the second time I have them if I pretend that it really wasn't that bad before. The sour and tangy flavor is actually appealing to me now.

All in all, I'd say the worst thing about Pinkberry is its location. On the side of Winchester opposite the mall? Well, if people line blocks outside the store in West Hollywood, lines reaching Disneyland length, it seems to have enough appeal to warrant people going the extra mile. I'll certainly return.

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