Showing posts from October, 2011

Book Review: Secret Maps of the Ancient World

I was watching the show Ancient Aliens, and in one episode they noted how ancient cultures from opposite sides of the globe shared some common traits despite being hemispheres apart. Although I'm a fan of the show and the ancient astronaut theory, I never take what they say too seriously. One problem with ancient astronaut theorists is that they downplay the ingenuity of ancient peoples. Here's what David Hatcher Childress said about a Mayan statue on an episode of Ancient Aliens:

This is one of the curious dragon sculptures here at Copan, of which there are many. In fact, these very Oriental statues would look right in place in China or some other Oriental country. Some archeologists believe that there are elephants on either side of this Copan ruler. So why would there be here in Copan such Asian motifs such as elephants and dragons in a place in Central America that is so far away from China and Southeast Asia? Is there some kind of extraterrestrial connection between …

How great leaders inspire action

White House State Dinner

Last week, President Obama held a White House State Dinner for South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. Some of the White House guests for the dinner:

Dr. Peter Rhee (Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford's trauma surgeon) and his wife Emily.

The classical music trio, the Ahn sisters.

Actor John Cho, looking a little nervous---maybe he needed his buddy Kal Penn.

Innovative chef David Chang, owner of the New York restaurant Momofuku.

Fucking A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

To mojorider: You know..being with her was one hell of an experience for me. I had already learned the value of the dollar from my job, but I guess my time with her taught me that it was good to have a steady income as well as having enough reserve. Also it's really weird knowing that (in maybe 10 years) I want to get married...but that doesn't really bother me too much. It's nice having goals, right?
As for goals right now, I just really want to finish school and get my job as soon as I can. Of course, once I enter grad school I'm not going to have any time whatsoever to do anything besides study so before I get in I want to work on becoming a "better" person. Most of the pharmacists I work with have already settled down and have kids and they're always telling me how they wished they could have done more when I was my age.

Interests: I grew up as a "tiger" kid in a competitive Asian parental environment. I took seven years of art and ten years…

One Man Army

I've been watching a cool show on the Discovery Channel called One Man Army. It's a reality game show where military operatives, law enforcement and others compete in a series of tests on speed, strength and intelligence. Tests can include breaking through 5 walls with a sledgehammer, unlocking 5 safes and assembling their contents into a 9mm handgun while hanging upside down, sawing your way out of a locked underwater tank or breaking out of a prison cell. The winner gets a cash prize and the title "One Man Army."

Now in modern society, the specialist reigns supreme. You don't have to be a generalist, a one man army, in order to survive or to be successful. You can specialize in a specific skill set and as long as your skill set is in high demand, you can make a living off of it. But when civilization collapses and the zombie apocalypse arrives, the generalist, the one man army will reign supreme.

What's better than a one man army? A two man army, of course,…

Asian Athletes In The News: Paul Kariya and Richard Park

Hockey season is about to start. It's taken a really chilly turn here in the DC area, we barely got up to 52° yesterday. But it has that kind of hockey weather feel, though, in the area. During this summer, NHL player Paul Kariya retired after 15 seasons as a left winger. He missed the entire season last year due to concussion problems. And unfortunately for hockey fans, Kariya’s career came to an end because of those problems. He wisely chose to retire from the game rather than try to continue on and risk further brain damage. had some harrowing details by columnist Pat Burnside about his brain injury that I don’t think most hockey fans were aware of. Burnside writes:

"Highly skilled and a stickler for details big and small when it came to preparation, Kariya became a cautionary tale even before the NHL had turned its attention to keeping its best players safe. Kariya suffered his first concussion in 1996 and another in 1998.

Mark Lovell, one of the continent's …