Zhao Ziyang dies at 85

So the last of the old guard (for my generation) of the Communist Party leader and a reform leader, Zhao Ziyang, has died at age of 85.

His tearful appeal to the Tiananmen Square demonstrators was our hope that the communist party was serious about reform and push China into the modern world. We can only imagine the China that may be if he were not ousted and became the party and country’s leader.

American Media vs. "Brown" people

Scott, the Chief Architect in my last company, pointed out something that I (and many other people) noticed earlier this week about CNN’s coverage on the tsunami. And he closed out the year with a even more pointed post which I agree wholeheartedly.

Hotel Rwanda

Just came back from watching Hotel Rwanda. Such a powerful story and great performance by Don Cheadle. And if you want to blame the U.N. after watching the movie, then I would suggest reading Deliver Us From Evil to understand how constrained the U.N. was and still is by the member countries of the Security Council.

It is also shameful to the human race that while we still have not solved all the human problems in this world, yet we have powerful animal rights interest groups lobbying for their well being.

Trade off

If people, and by that I mean American, think that they can have both homeland security and civil liberty at the same time then they are very naive. But then American are always the ones who want the cakes and eat it too.

Bizarre conversation

Characters: Myself, and the latest member of our development team who, shall we say, is a bit peculiar. Let’s call him Fred.

Location: Development area

Scene: Discussion of Sigourney Weaver booking a space flight with Virgin Galantica

Me: Sigourney Weaver has booked a space flight with Virgin Galantica.

Fred: What is Virgin Galantica?

Me: Civil space flight?

Fred: What is it?

Me: You know, X-Prize, SpaceShipOne? Headline news about a month ago?

Fred: Is it? It mustn’t that important. I didn’t read it on NY Times.

Me: What do you mean? Civilian space flight not important?

Fred: Is it a space shuttle?

Me: No… It’s SpaceShipOne. You know, built by Scaled Composites team led by Burt Rutan.

Fred: So what is it?

Me: Mmm… A spaceship with wings and rockets?

Fred: So what is it?

Me: It’s a spaceship made by the team at Scaled Composites, what more do you want to know?

Fred: I mean, what is it? What does it look like?

Me: Let me see, I don’t have a photo of it with me right now. Try http://www.scaledcomposite.com. What answer do you want?

Fred: Ahhh, a URL that’s completely different. You should have mentioned that in the beginning.

Me: But I’ve mentioned Scaled Composites like three times already!

Fred: Well, I don’t know they have a web site at http://www.scaledcomposites.com.

(I walked off at the moment after stopping myself from saying things such as "Well, apply your common sense or deductive logic?" or "Try Google? You are a software engineer, you know.")

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