Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Sylvie's Johari Window

This is from Noor:

The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up.

So, go click on adjectives you think describe me and then look at my window

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Amy for SOCHI board

To add to Da Choi's endorsement of Amy for a SOCHI officer, I would like to add my own two cents in.

Amy would be a perfect SOCHI officer for the following reasons:
- She knows more about HCI than I and I've served as a SOCHI officer for a year now (uhh, maybe not such a good thing to admit to but wth, I'm on my way out)
- She's smart, very very smart
- She can hold her liqour and she likes her liqour, unlike some other unnamed SOCHI officers, so it's a sure thing that she'll be at SOCHI happy hours week after week, making SOCHI even more fun
- I think she has contacts, and not mafia contacts like another unnamed SOCHI officer, but professional contacts
- Did I mention she's fun loving and likes her beer?
- I like her and that should be enough for people to vote for her

So, I would like to hereby officially endorse Ms. Amy for a SOCHI officer position.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Monday, February 13, 2006

3 hr cell phone hold

So, I was an AT&T customer in my previous life. Then, I met Jeff and we became AT&T co-members on a family share plan. Then Cingular bought AT&T wireless. And thus started this pain in that place where the sun rarely shines...

Because our plan was AT&T, we couldn't get any service from Cingular and we could use some of the Cingular services but not others. Fine. We decided to wait and just sign up for a new plan when our current one ran out in August of 2006. But then

Jeff lost his phone last night

and I went to a Cingular store to replace his phone. I got him the cool new Rokr that plays iTunes. I bought him a Bluetooth headset. What I didn't know was that I was buying hours of headache with it.

The cashier supposedly took Jeff off our family plan, migrated him to Cingular and gave him a plan of his own. When I called Cingular to migrate my number over to them, this is what my mind tells me now that happened:

- the cashier shouldn't have done what he did
- the 4 people I talked to at Cingular all had varying ideas of how easy was it to fix the problem (what problem? I wasn't entirely sure myself)
- I had to get a new number, which I had been avoiding because of job search issues and such
- If you want to call customer service, use a landline
- They deactivated my phone and said it would be re-activated sometime again (WHAT?)
- It finally was reactivated but now we are on 2 seperate plans and I am still with AT&T (Wait, wasn't the whole point to get me off of AT&T?)
- I have to go back to the store and get myself migrated apparently

I am starting to believe my immigration proceedings will be a piece of cake after this

Oh, and I have a new number. If you don't have it yet, check UMich directory or email me.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Rob a jewelry store & make me the GrillZ!

Ok so the new swanky thing is to slap a grill on your mug and bling bling it down on Long Beach, or South Beach if you're into that whole Nelly thang -- can you gimme 2-pairs of dem Air-Force-OneZ! Hey, if you don't mind making a plaster mould of your pearly whites you too can have a 30-point 14k gold set of chompers.

Put asside your booty-drop and ErrTime grab a set today--see even David Letterman got himself some and now he rolls like iCe!

Check out Mr. Bling's site www.mrbling.com so you can look like you're chewin' on aluminum foil. They're great wit' the Roederer Cristal but be carful you don't lose a stone in the Filet Mignon else you'll get served like John McEnroe!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Tagged...I'm it

Hmmmmm.... let me see.....

Four jobs I have had:

1. Editor for a literary journal
2. Built pill-crushing machines at a CIA/DEA small cover business as part of a sting operation on a shop in the same complex several suites down (didn't know at the time-found out afterwards)
3. Worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer
4. Freelance graphic designer

Four movies I can watch ad nausium:

1. The Big Lebowski
2. Patton
3. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
4. So I married an Axe Murderer

Four places I've lived:

1. Pelham, Alabama
2. Halle-Neustadt, Sachsen Anhalt, Germany
3. Buffalo, New York
4. Albany, New York

Four t.v. shows I love: (or I used to watch)

1. Deadwood
2. Poirot Mysteries
3. Cadfael Mysteries
4. Good Eats

Four places I've vacationed:

1. Monterey, California
2. Berlin, Germany
3. Innsbruck, Austria
4. St. Louis, Missouri (on a paddle-wheel steamer)

My four favoritest dishes:

1. Any Indian dish made by my wife (especially pekoras)
2. My wife's spaghetti (the really spicy kind with ground beef)
3. Doritos and Brauschweiger
4. Pizza at Jupiter's in Berkeley

Four sites I visit daily:

1. www.apple.com
2. www.usbank.com
3. www.apple.com/support
4. www.mac.com

Four places I'd rather be right now:

1. Anywhere with my wife
2. At Disney again with my wife
3. Playing playstation
4. At 1611 S. State Street, Apt. #9 Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Well, since I don't know four other "bloggers" and I just learned how to be a "blogger" myself I'll just leave it at that.

As an afterthought though just thought I'd let ya'll know that a 1GB iPod Nano made its debut today ($149) and the prices of the two iPod Shuffles dropped (512MB - was $99/now $69 and the 1GB - was $129/now $99). Consequently this caused Dell to pull one of its MP3 players off the market.

Not a threesome ...

Thanks to Erika for this:

Four jobs I’ve had:

1. Preschool/nursery school teacher
2. Hostess in an Indian restaurant
3. Summer teacher for low performing schoolkids so they can get into college
4. Food services manager

Four movies I can watch over and over:

1. The Story of Us
2. Dil To Paagal Hai (The heart is crazy) - bollywood movie
(I have to think more about this)

Four places I’ve lived:

1. India
2. Vancouver, Canada
3. Iraq
4. Tullahoma, TN

Four TV shows I love:

1. Law and Order - Special Victims Unit
2. Judging Amy
3. Gilmore Girls
4. Family Guy

Four places I’ve vacationed:

1. South India
2. Mexico
3. New York
4. Nepal

Four of my favorite dishes:

1. My dad's very spicy potato, onions and eggs dish.
2. My mother-in-law's meatloaf.
3. My Indian chicken dishes.
4. Top ramen

Four sites I visit daily:

1. www.dilbert.com
2. http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/prioritydates.html
3. Email
4. My blog

Four places I would rather be right now:

1. In India, with Jeff and my family.
2. In Disneyland, reliving my honeymoon, with Jeff not sick.
3. Home, vegging out in front of the tv.
4. At happy hour.

Four bloggers I am tagging

1. Jeff
2. Amy
3. Anyone not tagged yet

Monday, February 06, 2006

Sick but on the Mend

Day 437: Sickness is still upon me but the sore throat feeling is receeding. I will look for water tomorrow and try to mash some roots and bark in a can of water for food. Health outlook seems promising.

Jeff (aka Survivorman)

Friday, February 03, 2006

Valentine's Day date with INS

I got a letter from the INS today asking me to come into a service center (in CA) for my "biometrics" to be taken, which is just fancy terminology for fingerprints. The date they made the interview for?
February 14
good thing is I get to spend the day with El Jeffe
bad thing is I have to find a flight out to CA

Jeff also just informed me that he'd bought a ticket out to A2 for Feb. 18 to surprise me (isn't he THE sweetest?). So now this is what my next few weeks look like:

Feb 11: SI Revue 8-10 p.m.: MC and perform
Feb 12: 7:45 a.m.: fly out of DTW to Burbank
Feb 14: 9 a.m.: Have a nice date with the INS peeps
Feb 14: 9 p.m.: Fly out of Burbank back to A2
Feb 15: 6 a.m.: Get back to A2
Feb 18: Jeff gets into A2
Feb 22: Jeff and I fly out of DTW
Mar 5: I fly back to A2

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

CHI and pedometer :-)

I am in!!! I am going to Montreal in April, woohoo!!!

In other news, I got my pedometer and my first day count was a whopping 8160 steps.
I find myself taking the stairs more than the elevator, getting off the bus at a farther stop and even walking around a room twice before sitting down. Is that cheating?

Nightmare about Revue

I woke up this morning in a sweat. After a few minutes of just getting my bearings and ralising I was safe in my bed, I thought about the dream that was so horrific I couldn't breathe.

Here's the nightmare:

Olga, Shevon (another SI student), Autumn (my roommate) and I were doing a dress rehearsal for the SI Revue. Now, in real life, there's 12 of us doing this dance. Olga and Shevon are not among those 12.

So, in the dream, we start dancing and 30 seconds into the performance, we don't know our steps. The Academic and Career services staff members who were present yelled at us for not knowing our steps.

That's when I woke up sweating, unable to breathe ...