Dec22

National Budget Explained

Posted by: Brian Chan | Filed in: economy | Tags: | 12:13 am, December 22nd, 2011 1 Comment »



Dec19

20%

Posted by: Brian Chan | Filed in: fun | Tags: | 10:36 am, December 19th, 2011 No Comments »

Dilbert.com



Dec18

Biggest Risk for the U.S. Economy in 2012

Posted by: Brian Chan | Filed in: economy | Tags: | 11:56 am, December 18th, 2011 No Comments »

The Street.com piece on “Biggest Risk for the U.S. Economy in 2012″



Dec16

2012 Top Safety Pick

Posted by: Brian Chan | Filed in: Uncategorized | Tags: | 10:13 am, December 16th, 2011 No Comments »

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries, and property damage that result from crashes on the nation’s roads. Our research focuses on three main areas: human factors, or preventing crashes by changing driver behavior; vehicle factors, or reducing deaths and injuries by improving vehicle design; and environmental factors, or changing roadway design, signs, and signals to reduce crashes.

They just released the 2012 Top Safety Pick winners report.

ALL 115 WINNERS

Minicars
Fiat 500 built after July 2011
Ford Fiesta sedan and hatchback
Honda Fit
Toyota Yaris 4-door hatchback

Small cars
Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Sonic
Chevrolet Volt
Ford Focus
Honda Civic 4-door
Honda CR-Z
Honda Insight
Hyundai Elantra
Kia Forte sedan
Kia Soul
Lexus CT 200h
Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback
Mini Cooper Countryman
Mitsubishi Lancer except Ralliart and Evolution
Nissan Cube
Nissan Juke
Nissan Leaf
Scion tC
Scion xB
Scion xD
Subaru Impreza except WRX
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Volkswagen Golf 4-door
Volkswagen GTI 4-door

Midsize moderately priced cars
Audi A3
Buick Verano
Chevrolet Malibu
Chrysler 200 4-door
Dodge Avenger
Ford Fusion
Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry
Toyota Prius v
Volkswagen Jetta sedan
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Volkswagen Passat
Volvo C30

Midsize luxury/near luxury cars
Acura TL built after September 2011
Acura TSX sedan and hatchback
Audi A4
Lincoln MKZ
Mercedes C-Class
Volkswagen CC except 4-wheel drive
Volvo S60

Large family cars
Buick LaCrosse
Buick Regal
Chrysler 300
Dodge Charger
Ford Taurus
Toyota Avalon

Large luxury cars
Audi A6
BMW 5 series except 4-wheel drive and V8
Cadillac CTS sedan
Hyundai Equus
Hyundai Genesis
Infiniti M37/M56 except M56x 4-wheel drive
Lincoln MKS
Mercedes E-Class sedan
Mercedes E-Class coupe
Saab 9-5
Volvo S80

Small SUVs
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags
Kia Sportage
Subaru Forester
Volkswagen Tiguan

Midsize SUVs
Chevrolet Equinox
Dodge Durango
Dodge Journey
Ford Edge
Ford Explorer
Ford Flex
GMC Terrain
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Kia Sorento
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Venza

Midsize luxury SUVs
Acura MDX
Audi Q5
BMW X3
Cadillac SRX
Infiniti EX35
Lexus RX
Lincoln MKT
Lincoln MKX
Mercedes GLK
Mercedes M-Class
Saab 9-4X
Volvo XC60
Volvo XC90

Large SUVs
Buick Enclave
Chevrolet Traverse
GMC Acadia
Volkswagen Touareg

Minivans
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Honda Odyssey
Toyota Sienna
Volkswagen Routan

Large pickups
Ford F-150 crew cab models
Honda Ridgeline
Toyota Tundra crew cab models



Dec15

太歲 ?

Posted by: Brian Chan | Filed in: fun | Tags: | 07:27 pm, December 15th, 2011 1 Comment »

太歲又稱太歲星君,太歲就是天上的木星,因為木星每十二個月運行一次,所以古人稱木星為歲星或太歲;太歲又稱太歲星君,或者歲君,它既是星辰,也是民間奉祀的神隻。

一般人的年庚,若與值年太歲相同,民間稱為犯太歲,年庚對沖者,則叫沖太歲;詩約: 太歲當頭坐無喜恐有禍。因此,無論是那一種,在那一年裡必定百事不順,事業多困厄,身體多病變,因此務必要拜奉太歲星君以保平安。

六十甲子各有歲神輪值,而當年輪值之歲神稱為值年太歲,如想知道自己的值年太歲,隻需找出自己在六十甲子所屬的名稱,便可找出自己的值年太歲。

太歲共有六十位將軍,輪流負責統領該年,是最有力的年神,除玉皇大帝,幾乎各路神明都要聽其命,因此,若有冒犯他,便稱為“犯太歲”。


甚麼叫做犯太歲,犯其實即是沖,「沖」亦分為「年沖」及「對沖」。

年沖」即是指生肖之年,例如今年是蛇年,屬蛇者即為年沖;

對沖」即是指生肖之年再加上六年,「對沖」又叫「六沖」,即子午沖、丑未沖、寅申沖、卯酉沖、辰戌沖、巳亥沖;以巳蛇年為例,巳與亥為相沖,因此肖豬的人仕在辛巳蛇年,便是「對沖」,犯了太歲;凡是遇到「年沖」或「對沖」的生肖,都要到廟裡拜太歲,才會諸事順吉。

十二生肖:
十二地支:
形成: 子鼠丑牛寅虎卯兔辰龍巳蛇午馬未羊申猴酉雞戌狗亥豬

刑太歲,又稱「偏沖」,自己的出生年月與流年所屬生肖相差三年,便是刑克,即與流年太歲「偏沖」。古語有雲:太歲當頭坐,無喜恐有禍。例如蛇年,肖蛇為太歲,肖豬為沖太歲,而肖猴和虎為「偏沖」太歲。


根據流年太歲的不同,每年都會有幾個生肖與太歲刑、沖、破、害,從而使自己在這一年里波折不斷,是非橫生。既然犯太歲,就要想辦法去化解,盡量減輕太歲所帶來的傷害,使自己能夠平安度過。具體化解方法大致有如下幾種:

一、給太歲上香,敬拜太歲
在立春和大年初一的早晨,點燃三炷香,向東南方三鞠躬,敬奉太歲辰龍。由于今年的太歲龍居東南方,因此向此方位敬拜,會給人帶來一年的福氣,緩解此年的災禍。此方法不僅局限于沖犯太歲的生肖,所有的生肖都可以去敬太歲,以得到太歲的佑護。

二、在立春之日“躲”太歲
沖犯太歲的生肖除了敬太歲外,還要“躲太歲” ( “躲太歲”俗稱“躲春”)。也就是在立春時靜待兩個太歲的交接,這是沖犯太歲者平安度過一年的又一保證。在這段時間里,獨自躲在一個房間里(不要讓其他人打攪),靜靜等待兩個太歲的交接,就為“躲”太歲。

提示:不僅犯太歲的生肖需要躲太歲,其他生肖,也不妨躲一躲這個太歲交接的時辰。

三、佩戴、擺放流年生肖吉祥物
沖犯太歲的生肖可選擇佩戴或擺放與自己相合的生肖吉祥物,例如生肖龍可佩戴或擺放生肖雞的飾物;生肖狗可佩戴或擺放生肖兔的飾物;生肖兔可佩戴或擺放生肖狗的飾物等等。


ref:
http://wenwen.soso.com/z/q341113624.htm?ri=3000&rq=179852332&uid=0&pid=w.xg.yjj&ch=w.xg.llyjj
http://wenwen.soso.com/z/q123452351.htm?ri=1000&rq=179852332&uid=0&pid=w.xg.yjj&ch=w.xg.llyjj
http://www.lnka.cn/big5/6121.topic



Dec13

生生不息

Posted by: Brian Chan | Filed in: life | Tags: | 10:32 am, December 13th, 2011 No Comments »

香港電台 :「我未成年」第十集【生生不息】

Jump to 5:08 !!! ;)

節目簡介:

有人認為90後青年是愛打機,追潮流,不用憂柴憂米,想做就去做,甚至對政治冷感。科技資訊快速發展,網絡成為90後青年的主要社交媒體,從互聯網了解最新潮流動向,追日、韓新星,八卦新聞。但亦有90後關心政治議題,在網絡大談政見,甚至走上街頭,用腳步表達自己訴求。究竟現今的90後青年對政治冷感還是過激呢?

黃之鋒,十四歲,中三學生。一向慣於留連網絡,不愛讀報,和政治一向扯不上關係,為何有機會接觸社會運動?因反高鐵運動大量利用網絡進行討論、宣傳和動員,之鋒在互聯網上上接觸到不少反高鐵的資訊,引起他對社會議題的興趣。另一方面,在基督徒家庭成長的他,小時曾跟父親探訪基層家庭生活,了解社會中一些人是被忽視及遺棄。自己雖然不用憂柴憂米在安定環境中成長,但看見社會不公義,貧富懸殊嚴重,大企業壟斷,小小年紀亦走上街頭,用筆桿、用鏡頭表達自己的不滿。

司徒子朗,16歲,中五學生。14歲開始投身社運行列,曾加入政黨。
最初他是在偶然之下收聽到網上時事討論,引起興趣,了解到社會很多政策、民生問題。心中的一團熱火被燃點,從反高鐵、政改,五區公投、財政預算案,每次關乎民生、政策有爭議,他都和朋友走上街頭。他認為自己是一個理性的抗爭者,在社運活動當中使他學到很多學校學不到的知識。未成年的他現階段不是要推倒什麼,反而是要吸收多些經驗準備自己。

播出日期:2011年6月4日星期六晚上八時,亞洲電視本港台
監製:鄭恵芳
編導:黃辰美
助導:莫允鏊



Dec7

newline character in title

Posted by: Brian Chan | Filed in: technology | Tags: | 02:53 pm, December 7th, 2011 No Comments »

To create a line break in the title attribute, use “
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Hover over me!

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<a href=# title='line 1&#013;line 2&#013;line 3'>Hover over me!</a>


Dec7

3 Dreams of Black

Posted by: Brian Chan | Filed in: technology | Tags: | 02:04 am, December 7th, 2011 No Comments »

This video really shows the power and potential of WebGL.

http://www.ro.me/



Dec6

Lucky self-check credit/debit card readers tampered

Posted by: Brian Chan | Filed in: Uncategorized | Tags: | 01:35 pm, December 6th, 2011 No Comments »


Affect stores are listed below:

Lucky- Pinole
Lucky- Milpitas
Lucky- Mountain View
Lucky- Redwood City
Lucky- El Cerrito
Lucky- Daily City
Lucky- Foster City
Lucky- San Carlos
Lucky- Millbrae
Lucky- Alameda
Lucky- Santa Clara on 234 Saratoga Ave.
Lucky- San Francisco on 1515 Sloat Blvd.
Lucky- Hayward on 25151 Santa Clara St.
Lucky- Fremont on 5000 Mowry Ave. and 35820 Fremont Blvd.
Lucky- San Jose on 5510 Monterey Highway, 200 El Paseo De Saratoga, 844 Blossom HillRd., and 3270 South White Road
Save Mart- Watsonville

If you have gone to Lucky or Save Mart recently (within this past year?), check your bank statements immediately…

ref: http://www.luckysupermarkets.com/index.php?id=287, http://www.luckysupermarkets.com/index.php?id=289



Dec5

How To Design A Good API and Why it Matters

Posted by: Brian Chan | Filed in: technology | Tags: | 06:14 pm, December 5th, 2011 No Comments »

A very good tech talk by Joshua Bloch on API design. It’s one hour long, but worth your time if you never designed any API before.

The pdf slides can be downloaded at http://lcsd05.cs.tamu.edu/slides/keynote.pdf