Saturday, December 31, 2005

Pov Pob

Fresno has the largest Hmong population in the U.S.A., and every year there is a big Hmong New Year celebration at the Fresno Fairgrounds. The kids have this wacky courtship game they play. Watch! (video/quicktime Object)

I like that they use tennis balls.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

In Hoc Anno Domini

This editorial appeared in the Wall Street Journal today. It was written in 1949 and they've been running it yearly ever since (just one of many reasons why I love the Journal). It's a beautiful testament to the significance of Christmas to people of all backgrounds.

In Hoc Anno Domini
December 24, 2005; Page A8

When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus the whole of the known world lay in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar.

Everywhere there was civil order, for the arm of the Roman law was long. Everywhere there was stability, in government and in society, for the centurions saw that it was so.

But everywhere there was something else, too. There was oppression -- for those who were not the friends of Tiberius Caesar. There was the tax gatherer to take the grain from the fields and the flax from the spindle to feed the legions or to fill the hungry treasury from which divine Caesar gave largess to the people. There was the impressor to find recruits for the circuses. There were executioners to quiet those whom the Emperor proscribed. What was a man for but to serve Caesar?

There was the persecution of men who dared think differently, who heard strange voices or read strange manuscripts. There was enslavement of men whose tribes came not from Rome, disdain for those who did not have the familiar visage. And most of all, there was everywhere a contempt for human life. What, to the strong, was one man more or less in a crowded world?

Then, of a sudden, there was a light in the world, and a man from Galilee saying, Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's.

And the voice from Galilee, which would defy Caesar, offered a new Kingdom in which each man could walk upright and bow to none but his God. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. And he sent this gospel of the Kingdom of Man into the uttermost ends of the earth.

So the light came into the world and the men who lived in darkness were afraid, and they tried to lower a curtain so that man would still believe salvation lay with the leaders.

But it came to pass for a while in divers places that the truth did set man free, although the men of darkness were offended and they tried to put out the light. The voice said, Haste ye. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you, for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

Along the road to Damascus the light shone brightly. But afterward Paul of Tarsus, too, was sore afraid. He feared that other Caesars, other prophets, might one day persuade men that man was nothing save a servant unto them, that men might yield up their birthright from God for pottage and walk no more in freedom.

Then might it come to pass that darkness would settle again over the lands and there would be a burning of books and men would think only of what they should eat and what they should wear, and would give heed only to new Caesars and to false prophets. Then might it come to pass that men would not look upward to see even a winter's star in the East, and once more, there would be no light at all in the darkness.

And so Paul, the apostle of the Son of Man, spoke to his brethren, the Galatians, the words he would have us remember afterward in each of the years of his Lord:

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

This editorial was written in 1949 by the late Vermont Royster and has been published annually since.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


I had to write a limerick for JR becuase I forgot to submit my snippets. (I know the previous sentence makes no sense to a non-Googler):

Larry, Sergey, and Eric
Don't snip - or at least, don't share it.
But alas I'm just me
A lowly A-P
I'll do it next week - I sware it!

This was forwarded by JR to LS&E in an attempt to call them out for not submitting snippets just 'cuz their billionaires.

Monday, December 19, 2005


For the past two years, I've worked on Fast for Armenia, an annual fundraiser I helped start with the Stanford Armenian Students Association. Last year, we raised over $13,000 through donations and sales of wristbands. The funds went to support Armenian schoolchildren -- we were able to give them full sets of textbooks, new desks, and other school supplies. Here are some pictures of the kids from one of the schools we supported in the village of Antarout.

Friday, December 16, 2005

China China China

This is my most favorite picture ever, from my trip to China with Googs. The girls are all freshmen at Jiaotong University in Shanghai. I demoed products for them, but mostly they wanted to know about my life in the US and what college was like for me. There was lots of giggling.

Umm...yeah.... i've been at the Googs for 7 months now, as an APMM. I work on a couple of products, one of them being Blogger. I've always been a bit paranoid when it comes to The Internets, and I've never blogged because I was always concerned that something I wrote would come back to haunt me 20 years down the road when I run for president. But after some Deep Thoughts and a bit of mathematicalisms, I came to the realization that:

P[life(subscript 2025) = presidential candidate]*[Blog(subscript value) | life(subscript 2025) = presidential candidate]
(1 - P[life(subscript 2025) = presidential candidate])*[Blog(subscript value) | life(subscript 2005) != presidential candidate]

Therefore, I (finally) started a blog. Yes, I know I'm 7 months late.