Aug 15 2014

My thread is being LOCKed!

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A kind user K replied before the same replier from the previous thread locked my post/topic. I was able to private message K.

The left picture is from K (right is mine). It seems we’ve identical left panel but the right, the main body differ drastically: K has two tabs and I’ve 3! K is able to click on the singleton when I can NOT because I don’t have the little check box on top left of the photo. WHY?

Also, my single upload does NOT appear in Batch Manager nor Caddie.

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Aug 14 2014

Learn from the best ..

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I’ve been taking a deep breath for the past few days, and am totally calm and sane.

I was told to stop [asking a specific question] on the forum at a photo site on my second try.

It’s not polite, and down right wrong.

What and why did I ask: after loading multiple pix, on the same screen the site offers Action (a pull-down menu where one can manage the pix on the same screen). However it’s NOT available for uploading a singleton - needs a few more clicks to arrive at a different screen to manage the singleton (hope I get this right – is this the only way?):

  1. uploading one photo
  2. go to the Batch Manager
  3. have to change to the appropriate album ..
  4. then finally you get to the Action..

WHY?!?  I’m confused.

I never thought a site would want to complicate its site from one click to several clicks. When I didn’t understand the answer – my instinct is to look for a clickable link on the same page. I asked again. So here we’re.

A few facts:

  • I’m dim with the computers ..
  • I’m spoiled by the ingenuity of the Americans ..
  • I’m using piwigo only because my host offered it..

I had experienced a defunct site ( once (yes, I lost every pictures I posted there), so unless it’s earth shattering I would not change to another photo site – that’s why I’m spending time here writing, in the hope to make piwigo better and last for the eternity, at least for my lift time. (Btw, IF Piwigo specifies that they’re catered to the developers only I won’t have bothered with it in the first place.)

IF what I’ve described above is the only way to manage a single upload, shouldn’t you have viewed my question as a wake up call instead? To slim it down to one click?

I know I could only go as far as my imagination allows. And I always appreciate a good suggestion or two. I learn this first hand from the Americans.

Piwigo’s forum has been helpful with the main developer asking me for opinion (perhaps due to my locale?). Then I couldn’t log in to my own account after a little hiatus. Recently I created a new account with the same old ID and email and begin posting in the forum frequently.  Some question is being answered with great patience (see the pic with all red arrows - very much appreciated ..), some being received well (they’ll improve it in the next version ..) while others’ are less desirable….

Over all, I enjoy the site. Please keep up the good work.

I could only hope for the best with all my sincerity.




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Jul 29 2014

Fedders at 43 years

I’m changing this ancient air conditioner. Not knowing it’s 43 years old (a few day shy) - installed by T.F. O’Brien on Aug 3, 1971 . My lord. It still works but Fedders is no longer exit in the USA.

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A quick search finds:


Since 1896,FEDDERS has been a trusted household name for generations of families in the United States.

For sophisticated consumers who seeks to enhance their everyday experiences, FEDDERS’ focus is on convenience, comfort, design and smart living.

Whether it is the living room, dining room, kitchen, or anywhere else at home, FEDDERS Integrated Home Solutions continuously seeks new products to provides the lifestyle you desire to relieve you from your daily challenges.

Singapore Launch – 26th March 2013
China Launch – 10th and 18th January 2013 – See more here

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Jul 26 2014

Dave Mason

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Performed in Great Neck (here are video 1, v 2 and v 3). It’s Rock n’ Roll but mild, enjoyably mild, with gorgeous weather, and fire work across the bay. I could not have asked for a better night out in.


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Jul 17 2014

Enough is enough

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The manager at Shengjin was sorting those flyers: 全球华人反邪教联盟 (Global Chinese anti-cult Union). Ha, finally the merchants are fighting back, against Falungong.

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Jun 30 2014

Out for Blood

Fortune’s cover story by Roger Parloff on Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos (its worth more than $9 billion at the moment), did not used the word, pretty and or beautiful, which is so refreshing. Holmes is clearly more than those two words combined.


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Jun 20 2014

Lafite-Rothschild in China

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Lafite-Rothschild ’07 Bordeaux Rises to Two-Month High of $8,500 in July 2013

After dinner at I spotted wrapped wine bottles. Asking around and finally someone at the restaurant said to keep it fresh.

The following day randomly I saw the wrapped bottles at a wine store in Xintiandi. Incredulously, I asked again.

The staff explained its to protect the label.

“Let’s face it, the label is the most important thing.” He knowledgeably lectured.

“Not the wine itself?!” I asked.

He gave me a blank look.

2004 ¥20,800.00 ($3351 @ ¥6.21) , $926 on Wine-Search
2007 ¥19,800.00, $931 Wine-Search

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May 19 2014

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May 19 2014


Some vitamin supplement (CQ10) that’s popular in China. Remembered went to Costco more than a decade ago helping a friend’s mom buying it. Now it has liquid form.
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Apr 30 2014

Have you donate your blood this month yet?

I went to do a routine blood test (nowadays even the rubber band that ties up your arm is disposable!) and struck up a short conversation with the technician who said donate blood is, actually good for your health because replenishing blood makes your organ health .. as if the blood might get mold? I got curious and the following is what I found on the Internet:
Different type of blood donations:

  1. Blood (or Whole Blood) the most common
  2. Double Red Cell
  3. Platelets
  4. Plasma
  • In addition, there are two special donation types that have to do with who is making the donation:

Here are some the benefits of donating your blood:

  1. Reduces the Risk of Cancer: High levels of iron have been implicated in cancer.
  2. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease: Regular blood donations help to keep the levels of iron in the body in check, especially in males. More on American Journal of Epidemiology.
  3. Burns Calories: One time blood donation helps you shed 650 Kcal (each donation takes a pint of blood, about 370 ml).

When you donate, you’ll receive a mini physical and blood analysis, may includes:

  1. blood pressure
  2. HIV 1 and 2,
  3. West Nile Virus,
  4. Syphilis,
  5. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, T.
  6. Cruzi or Chagas as well as the Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus 1 and 2

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Apr 27 2014

He said, she said

Sister Ping’s death is reported by World Journal under the title 移民造英雄-慷慨義氣-萍姐留傳奇.  I checked on the NY Times, by 11am, there is nothing. More on Chinese smuggling.

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Apr 20 2014

Becoming a Christian 基督徒

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The 45th Baptismal Service of CCGN is held this afternoon. A friend of mine’s one of the 12 converts – they range from age 11 to 51 (the program).

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A friend decided to take the plug. Reportedly she can still drink and consume meat. So that’s good to know. No offense to those who believes in a religion. I’m just a heathen and like to joke. Guess no god with a redeeming value would want me in his or her camp. The converts share the same tub of warm water. (The testimonies are way too long, more than two hours, the water got cold. A few guys tried to add hot water to make the customers more comfortable.) Happy for my friend who found her calling. The upright badly needs a tune up.
I have trouble to distinguish Christian or catholic (calories and proteins, so I give up. Not knowing isn’t too bad). This church used to be a synagogue and had a Japanese Rabbi. I played badminton here for a few years and when they failed to recruit me and any of the players, they shut down the program.
Ran into Margret who looks so good.
The heavy food smell permeated the side (where I used to play badminton.)
Two persons give the speech in English and Chinese, in this order. The testimony is painfully long. Some used paper for their speech while others used their phone.
The teenagers tend toward, ‘my family brought me here .. ‘ while the four adults have

  1. the 24 years old basically antagonized everyone around her by canceling gatherings at the last second ..
  2. two mothers have medical problems, one had half her face in pain with splitting headache .. they all made a bargain with the devil: If I get to be healthy, I would ..
  3. a new Hangzhou immigrant with a daughter who’s husband is back in China tending to the business ..

The god must be really busy. The kids (English) are ok but the adults (speak Chinese) are decidedly problem-loaded and come to seek relief, redemption and help. They all know they’re sinners 我知道我是一个罪人.


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Mar 22 2014

The utility guys

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gridThe utility companies are terrible in the USA.

National Grid – I’ve been with them for ages and never looked at the bills. I would not notice the following if were not for the large amount wrongful charge:

  1. how could a residential account uses over $300 gas per month?
  2. the payment due date is April 9 but they auto deduct on April 1 – see the two red circles.

Our water guys, still uses antiquated system that they can’t even handle the auto payments. When we first bought this house, we got a bill that was for the previous owner. Not a lot of money but it shocked me when I told them the mistake, and their reply?

I have to deal with it or pay it up.

I just can’t believe it.




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Mar 18 2014


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Mar 10 2014

Replacing a NY driver’s license

If you don’t change anything, like name or address, it’s relatives easy. Get a ticket R724 @ 12:21 and wait to be called. Today is a Monday, when I got the ticket, R712 was being serviced. We waited for 45 minutes. The process of replacing it took only ten minutes, cost $17.50.

CNN: Two mystery passengers add to intrigue in airliner’s disappearance: Tickets linked to stolen passports for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were purchased by an Iranian man, authorities say.

At least two people on board the plane were traveling on passports stolen from an Austrian and an Italian.

According to Thai police officials, an Iranian man by the name of Kazem Ali purchased the tickets for two friends who he said wanted to return home to Europe. While Ali made the initial booking by telephone, either Ali or someone acting on his behalf paid for the tickets in cash, according to police.

WSJ: AI-CH193A_MALST_G_20140310065415Stolen passport on MH370 raise security concern, this listed a few figures:

    • 1,000,000,000 # of times passenger boarded planes in 2013 without their passports being checked against Interpol’s database
    • 800,000,000 annual searches against the stolen and lost database on average per year
    • 40,000,000 mil travel documents registers as lost or stolen in Interpol’s database
    • 60,000 the # of ‘hits’ generated by the Interpol database on average per year

In light of this, I asked the DMV agent if the lost license is cancelled. She said no, there is no mechanism to do so.

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Feb 24 2014

My typing skill

I learned typing on an old mechanic typewriter (would be considered an antique by now) during my school days in Beijing. Back then we did not have after school program and I often spent free time lingering at the Zoology Institute where my mom used to work. Other than boredom, the well insulated office building provided warmth in the winter and chill in the summer. On one of those frequent and bother-some visits, one of mom’s colleagues offered to teach me how to type. I gladly accepted it, only because it beat out doing nothing. Little did I know that it would so be put to use and I’ve been using it ever since.

During the 1970s, part of school curriculum was to send students to field trips, called 学工学农 拉练 Learn from the Workers, Farmers and Soldiers. Those re-education exercises aim at introducing us to the virtues of plain living 培养艰苦朴素的美德. Those trips varied in length and locations. Some were away that lasted weeks month while others might sandwich between classes if the school had a workshop.

untitledOnce we went to a week long field trip. Due to my weak health and passable calligraphy, the classroom teacher Lin assigned me to the printing office with few classmates. Most work units used  mimeograph 油印 to satisfy the print need, with either waxed paper 蜡纸 with hand or Chinese typewriter typeface 中文铅字打字机  that required memorization of the location of each character, which was an actual job. Hand written waxed paper used a specialized needle pen 钢针笔 with a 钢板 plate. Each stroke, the needle pen would cut through the waxed paper and leaving two white trails. The trick to have a clear print, each stroke needed the same force which was impossible to achieve. When a mistake was made, we used extinguished match to repair, either lightly burn it over or used a small piece waxed paper to paste on it.

The printing office was headed by an old man who probably was sent there for reeducation too. On the first day, I spotted an typewriter and played with it for a moment. First he was not pleased and then when he saw me could actually type, he promoted me to the typewriter. I was flattered and motivated to do well. However, other mates in the office were eager to try the new toy, which made my little job more difficult because I did not know how to say no and they often made unnecessary mistake. After the week long field trip, my typing skill had improved tremendously. At the time, I had no idea what I would be doing when I grew up but typing became one of skills that I use on daily basis shortly after.

After came to New York, I went to school to learn English. It was 1986 and the computer had been widely used. For my first class assignment of composition I typed it up and found it was much easier than hand writing. The teacher was very surprised to see a neatly typed and printed homework. My English was deplorable but my effort deserved an A+.

Chinese typing has been a pain since I didn’t know how, only learned when I joined QQ, an old chatting tool used by my classmates and now migrated to WeChat. It’s really the easy to type made me writing this blog in English rather than Chinese.



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Feb 04 2014

The new Mona Lisa

Peng liyuan
China’s first lady Peng Liyuan’s oil painting portrait has a story:

彭丽媛神奇的“座.江.山”油画,价值过亿 !




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Jan 14 2014

The cockroach

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I’m reading Bud, Not Buddy, a fiction (part of it is based on true story..) by Christopher Paul Curtis. One of Bud’s friends is called Bogs because a cockroach has crawled into his ear. Today I heard this news in the radio ..

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor
Doctors had to surgically remove a 0.8 inch cockroach from a man’s ear after it crawled inside while he was asleep, according to Australian media reports Friday.
It’s purely coincidental that I’m reading Bud Not Buddy by

Hendrik Helmer told the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he had unsuccessfully tried to suck out the insect using his vacuum cleaner.

“I was hoping it wasn’t a poisonous spider. I was hoping it didn’t bite me,” he said.

Having been woken in the early hours of Wednesday morning by an excruciating pain in the side of his head, Helmer convinced his roommate to drive him to the hospital near their home in Darwin, in northern Australia.

The doctor put olive oil into Helmer’s ear but that merely drove the cockroach down further. After 10 minutes the creature began to die so the doctor pulled it out with forceps.

Helmer said his friends were so concerned by his experience that they had started going to bed wearing headphones, Sky News reported.

Before I moved to Hong Kong, I had never seen a cockroach before. One day at school, in a boring class, the windows were all open, and suddenly I saw a thing flying in. I screamed. The whole class erupted or reacted to my out burst. Then one mate said,
“Omg, it’s just a cockroach for Pete’s Sake.”
The class busted out laugh.
Sorry mates, I’m afraid of bugs。
In Beijing we have the scary bug 土鳖 ground beetle (it often refers to hillbilly too). I was so glad to leave that behind … only to find a new species.

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