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Age. 31
Gender. Male
Ethnicity. Chinese
Location Vancouver, Canada
School. Other
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All the anime I've watched.
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  • Air

  • Air Gear

  • Bakuretsu Tenshi

  • Black Cat

  • Black Lagoon

  • Bleach

  • Clannad

  • Claymore

  • Cyber Formula Saga

  • Cyber Formula Sin

  • Death Note

  • Elfen Lied

  • Eureka Seven

  • Fate / Stay Night

  • Full Metal Alchemist

  • Girls Bravo

  • Ghost in the Shell S.A.C.

  • Ghost in the Shell 2nd GIG

  • H20 ~Footprints in the Sand~

  • Hayate no Gotoku!

  • Hellsing

  • Kakyuusei

  • Kakyuusei II

  • Kanon

  • Love Hina

  • Lucky Star

  • Mahou Sensei Negima

  • Mai HiME

  • Mai Otome

  • Mai Otome Zwei

  • MaRchen Awakens Romance

  • Naruto

  • Naruto Shippuuden

  • Negima!?

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Night Wizard

  • One Piece

  • Persona -Trinity Souls-

  • Read of Die: The TV

  • Samurai Girl

  • Seto no Hanayome

  • Shakugan no Shana

  • Shakugan no Shana II

  • Shuffle!

  • Sola

  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

  • To Heart 1

  • To Heart ~Remember my Memories~

  • To Heart 2

  • Trigun

  • Tsuyokiss CoolxSweet

  • Zero no Tsukaima

  • Zero no Tsukaima: Futatsuki no Kishi

April started with a joke
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
It snowed, it hailed, and it rained!!
There was over three hours of snow, a few minutes of hail, and just about when I was gonna go outside and see what everyone's doing, it started raining and all the snow melted in a few minutes...

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Strange death cases
Monday, February 25, 2008
Everybody has to die sometime. At least some of us get to in interesting ways.

  • In 1995 two pilots and a navigator were flying a warplane in a U.S. Navy training exercise. When another warplane flew up beside them, the three men stripped off their clothes and mooned the other plane, pressing their buttocks against the cockpit glass. But to get their clothes off, they had to remove their oxygen masks. They quickly lost consciousness, and the plane plunged to the ground, killing all three.

  • In November 2005, Jimmy Ray George of Easley, South Carolina, died of smoke inhalation when his home caught fire. Oddly, George made it out of the house safely. He wasn't overcome by smoke until he went back inside the burning house to get his cell phone so that he could call 911.

  • Frauke Punz and Ulf Lech worked together at a steel mill in Essen, Germany, and were secretly dating. The day their plant was to close for a monthlong summer break, they snuck into an elevator for a romantic liaison. Unaware that Punz and Lech were in the elevator, everybody left for vacation and maintenance shut off the electricity. Their bodies were discoovered a month later. [I found this one scary... To be stuck inside a small cubical box until you die of starvation.]

  • Three 18-year-old members of the Ukraine military were ordered to clean a food storage container that was burned 12 feet underground in the city of Charkov.Cabbage had been left in it for weeks, and the fumes were so severe that they overcame and killed the three teenagers as well as the 48-year-old worker who tried to rescue them. [This one's my personal favorite.]
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Sunday, February 24, 2008
When it comes to disguises, crooks can be very creative. I once read about a guy who smeared his face with Vaseline before robbing a bank, figuring the security cameras couldn't photograph him through the hazy goop (they could; he was arrested). Yes, there are some odd and outlandish thieves out there. Like the ones dressed up...

  • ...AS UTILITY WORKERS: In 2005 the Associated Press reported that in Baltimore a group of thieves disguised as city utility workers had stolen more than 120 street light poles. They said the thieves put up orange traffic cones around their "work area" while they dismantled and made away with the 30-foot-tall, 250-poung aluminum poles. (Why would anyone steal a light pole? Police theorize that they were stealing them to sell as scrap metal.)

  • ...AS PRIESTS:Police in Serbia said three man disguised as Orthodox Christian priests, complete with fake beards and anklelength cossacks, entered a bank in Serbia, gave the traditional "Christ is born" greeting, then pulled shotguns out of their robes. Within minutes they had made off with more than $300,000.

  • ...AS SUPERHEROES: A group of young "activists" in Hamburg, Germany, showed up at a high-priced food store in April 2006. They were dressed as comic book superheroes, and they made off with several cartloads of expensive food. Police reported that the superhero robbers gave the cashier a bouquet of flowers and posed for a photograph before fleeing. Although 14 police cars and a helicopter were involved in the search, the bandits got away.

  • ...AS A PAIR OF UNDERWEAR: Police in Calgary, Alberta, announced in June 2004 that they had finally caught the "Black Panties Bandit," who had robbed at least five convenience stores while wearing a black pair of women's underwear over his face as a disguise.

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Mile-High Comedians
Friday, February 22, 2008
Flying can be scary. That's why flight attendants and pilots sometimes try to add a little levity (get it?) to the experience. Here are some actually airplane announcements.


  • "To operate your seatbelt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seatbelt, and if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised."

  • "Any person caught smoking in the lavatories will be asked to leave the plane immediately."

  • "There may be fifty ways to leave your lover, but there are only four ways off this airplane."


  • "We are pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the business. Sadly, none of them are working this flight."

  • "Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached our cruising altitudeb of 30,000 feet, so I'm going to switch off the seat belt sign. Feel free to move about the cabin, but please try to stay inside the plane until we land."

  • "The weather in San Francisco is 61 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive."


  • "As you exit the plane, please make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses."

  • "Thanks for flying with us today. And the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of us."

  • "Last one off the plane has to clean it!"

Guess that's why they have recorded announcements now...

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How do you sleep?
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Interesting facts on various sleeping behaviors.

  • If it takes you less than five minutes to fall asleep, it probably means you're sleep-deprived. Healthy sleepers need between 10 to 15 minutes to doze off.

  • Researchers at Oxford University concluded that counting sheep may actually keep you awake. Why? Counting sheep is so boring that the mind brings other, more interesting thoughts to the surface just to keep itself occupied.

  • Elephants sleep standing up when they're not dreaming, but lie down when they enter REM sleep.

  • Every year, more than 100,000 U.S. drivers crash their cars because they fall asleep at the wheel.

  • Cramming for a test? You'll recall the information better if you review it once and get a good night's sleep than if you stay up all night studying.

  • Your brain is more active when you're dreaming than it is when you're awake.

  • Most primates sleep an average of 10 hours per night; humans average only 7. But that's a recent development. Until the turn of the 20th century, humans slept for 10 hours, too. Who's to blame? Thomas Edison. The invention of the lightbulb turned us into a society of night owls.

  • Having trouble falling asleep? Turn off all the lights or get some eyeshades. You need melatonin to feel drowsy, and melatonin production slows down when ambient light passes through the eyelids.

  • Certain scents can help you fall asleep. According to a recent study, the most effective aroma is jasmine.

  • If you want to remember your dreams, write them down as soon as you wake up. After five minutes, 50% of the dream fades from memory; after 10 minutes, 90% is gone.

  • If you're average, you'll spend more than six years of your life dreaming.

  • Your body is more ready for sleep during predawn hours and right after lunch, during the afternoon "siesta" time. Consequently, these are the two most dangerous times to operate heavy machinery.

  • New parents will lose 400 to 750 hours of sleep in their baby's first year.

  • Want the best night's sleep possible? To sleep like a baby, literally? Try the fetal position. It provides the body with optimum blood circulation for a healthy sleeping session.

  • Everyone experiences "microsleep." It occurs when you are straining to stay awake at a meeting or on a long trip. Your eyes may remain open, but all outside stimuli will go unnoticed for anywhere from one second to a few minutes.

  • We are programmed to sleep at night, thanks to our circadian rhythms--physiological cycles that follow a daily pattern. No matter how long someone works the night shift, their body will never fully adapt.

*Btw: Tonight there's an eclipse. (I didn't see it thanks to the clouds.)
Next eclipse will be on Dec 20th, 2010.

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New neighbour's arrival
Monday, November 26, 2007
There's this open house up the hill from where I live. Its chimney is right in front of the house and there's no front yard, so it looks as if the house is staring down the hill at us.. it's not very spectacular but it stands out from all the rest because of that.

No one wants to buy the house, not because of it's chimney or the lack of a front yard--most people can live with those--but because of its backyard. There's just this huge stack of vines in the backyard(you'll notice I have no idea how to describe this.) It covers up the whole yard, and stretches even outside of its fence, slowly it even crossed to other neighbour's yards, which is like, 5 feet from the end of the fence. Luckily, I don't live in one of those houses, because the owners there have to constantly cut the vines themselves, and because no one owns the junkyard--a name that came to our minds naturally whenever we passed--they cannot blame anyone.

But now that's changed. A family came to that tiny neighbourhood. Whenever I greet them, they show me a smile and greet back, but I can easily imagine them scratching their soon-to-be-bald heads deciding what to do with their obviously-out-of-control backyard whenever I turn my head. To their dismay, there are also tiny bumps on the ground that gets filled with water whenever it rains, and do believe me when I say Vancouver has a lot of rain. So there are puddles of water everywhere, and what's worse is that mosquitos grow and inhibit those small ponds. Over time, those mosquitos will bunch up and invade the house.

The family has yet to do anything about their yard, but I have a tingling feeling that that tiny neighbourhood up the hill will become quite noisy over the next week.

There are so much more I can talk about that backyard, but I don't think anyone'll want to read a long blog like this...

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