QotD: The Best Part of Waking Up…

What's your morning beverage of choice?  Coffee, tea, juice?  Homemade or store-bought?

The very much depends on season, mood, availability of said beverages in fridge. Generally, OJ in summer, hot coffee in winter. I would try tea but only with carnation milk (a left over from growing up in a British colony), and it would be interesting to mix in Horlick in the winter.

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QotD: Check the Mailbox!

What magazines do you subscribe to, and why?

I've been subscribing two magazines for a very long time (think decade).

First, one of the best source of science news: New Scientist. I've been reading New Scientist uninterrupted since 1991, and it served me well all these years. Many times when the media broke a story about some scientific breakthrough, New Scientist had already reported it the week before hand.

Second, another good source of motorsport news (as far as European racing is concerned anyway): Autosport.

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If you are the few people who follow this blog, you will noticed that lately I’ve been doing most of my blogging on Vox and cross-post them here on TypePad. The social networking and QotD aspects of Vox have rekindled my interest in blogging in recent weeks. The Flickr and Amazon integration also make linking to media much easier than on TypePad.

There is no definitely plan for me to abandon TypePad in the foreseeable future (Leah’s blog will still be on TypePad and Vox at the same time. Somehow she likes double posting. Not to mention all the old posts that I have here on TypePad) but I think eventually I would just blog from Vox and redirect the mineblogging.com domain to my Vox blog.

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Leah and I were woken up by a muffled thud on Thursday night while we were deep asleep. I turned around to the direction of the noise and noticed the wardrobe doors were slightly ajar. I remembered them being shut tight when we went to bed so I immediately suspected that the clothing shelf has fallen down to the ground. Sure enough when I got out of bed and peeked through the wardrobe door gap, I saw the top of the white wire shelf lying on the floor, on top of all the clothes that used to be hanging from it. Since we couldn't do much about it we went to bed and left the clothes where they were.

Yesterday, we went to Home Depot and got all the supplies that we need to fix the shelf. Leah got to see me as doing DIY for the first time since we moved into our Croydon apartment 6 years ago when we had to assemble new furnitures. I would have documented the DIY repair in photos if Leah wasn't occupied with her "art project". Anyhow, after over an hour of drilling, screwing, and hammering, the shelf is now up and back to its former glory, with all of our clothes back on and underneath it. We'll see how long it will last…

* DIY = Do It Yourself = Home Improvement, for the American out there.

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QotD: My Intro to the Big Screen

What was the first movie you remember seeing in a movie theater? 
Question submitted by mainmor.

The first movie that I have recollection of is the original Superman movie. Actually I remembered winning a pair of free tickets to Superman in one of the bottle drink. I insisted my mom taking me to see it even though it was an English movie, and I knew not a word of English then. We ended up leaving the cinema about half way (a third?) through the movie because there wasn't enough action to keep me interested, and I kept asking my mom what was going on.

The proper first movie that I remembered seeing is Star Wars. This time not knowing English did not diminish my enjoyment of the movie at all, for the obvious reason!

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