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eugene ts wong's Journal: Hi. I'm not around, but I couldn't resist the contest. 22

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Hi all.

I'd just like to take a moment to thank you all for submitting your photos to the contest. I really wondered what you all looked like.

Some of you had the same faces, but different hair. Oculus, I was so surprised when I finally recognized your face. Turg, I recognized you right off the bat, but the hair did seem longer.

Some of you looked way more clean cut than what I expected. btlzu2, I honestly would have never have guessed. I thought that you would have had glasses and a younger looking face. MC Hamster, you looked a lot cleaner looking too. You seem older than what I thought.

As a matter of fact, a lot of you looked older.

Some of you looked scary. baldass_newbie, you seem very intimidating. I'm so glad that I agree with you on a lot of issues. :^) Oh, how I envy you! :^)

As for me, well, I saw what a couple of people said about Queer Eye and what not. I can't say that I'm surprised. My brother and his wife bought that shirt and a matching pair of jeans for me as a Christmas present. It doesn't match my personal preference at all, but I'll wear it and that style when I'm around them. I've really taken a whole new attitude in the last little while. I've really put people before my own preferences for the sake of making them comfortable and pleasing them. I must say that it is good to wear something up to date even though I don't like it.

Anyhow, like I said, I'm not really reading the journals, but every now and then, I see a few of you in the main area. I want to know how you're doing, so I look through your last few comments.

A while ago, I found out that there was a photo contest, so I thought that I'd keep quiet for a bit longer and surprise you all with updated photos. I was posting anonymously in that journal entry where the photos were first announced.

As for an update in my life, I've been reading "How To Win Friends And Influence People". I never thought that I'd ever read that ever again, because I thought that it was all just liberal junk about making people feel good. Oddly enough, I had a bit of a change in my life. Over the last few months, I came to the conclusion that a lot of what makes us tick isn't logical and rational thought. The harder we fight it, the worse it is. Logic and rational thought are fundamental to success, but no where near as much as we expect. So, not only did I borrow it from the library, I bought it. Not only did I buy it, I put it at the head of my bed, and I read it every few days when I get up, and really try to understand it. Sitting next to that book is "The Tipping Point". I swear, with all my mind, heart and soul: if this world isn't better by time I die, then I consider myself a failure. But I don't think that I will fail, because for reason, the world appears to be my oyster like never before. In the last little while, I've really taken on the attitude of doing the opposite of what I'd normally do, as long as it isn't a moral issue, and I'm pretty surprised at how well it worked. For example, just the other day, I took my brother's advice for Risk 2210, which is the exact opposite of what I would advise, but lo and behold, I won! Or as I like to say it, my brother won by proxy!!

When I last journalled, I was still volunteer tutoring and doing some other volunteer work. The other volunteer work ended because the guy I worked under left because he was so frustrated at the organization. They didn't treat me in a very helpful manner, so I spent more time tutoring. That is going well. The math student got 100% on her exam. She is now doing grade 10 math, and has requested that I tutor her some more. I have already done 2 more sessions with her. We'll see how it goes. She seems to be doing fine.

I'll be checking for replies here, so if you have any questions or comments, then I'll reply as usual.

I'm planning on coming back to slashdot 1 day, maybe at the end of the summer, but I really want to get my life organized first...but wait! That's what I would normally do. Maybe I should do the opposite and come back now! We'll see. Anyhow, that's what I'm planning.
Take care. I wish you all the best of success.

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  • It's good to hear from you. Your pix were cool man! :) A little bit of "hamming it up" for the cam eh? :)

    Keep on working on stuff man. It's good! I look forward to seeing you again. I've learned lots of stuff the past few years. There is a bit more to life than strict Christianity for example. I was there.

    Anyway, I just wish you the best. See you later hopefully. Never see you on IM much!

    Take Care.
    • Never see you on IM much!
      Yeah, for some reason, when I upgraded KDE, it stopped working. I'll probably see you there after the next upgrade. Right now, I tend to use IRC. If you frequent a particular server and channel, then let me know here or via email, or something.
  • Glad to hear you are still around from time to time :-) Good to hear from you.

    And you know, you can still email me for French questions. :-)

    • I'm hoping to create a web page to help people actually practise their French so that they can start watching French tv. I'll let you take a look at it when I have a rough draft.
  • Way back when, like when I was 15 years old. One of the things I learned is to learn people's names. Just two days ago, I was in a building and ran into two different people I hadn't seen in six or eight years. "Hi John!" "Hi Chris!" just automatically popped out of my mouth.

    It's kind of nice, to have that skill. :-)

    But the point HTMFAIP made was: it takes work to practice learning people's names. You have to work at it, and practice it, and work at it some more. Use that skill in every 'hello'.

    The payof

    • Have you heard of Kevin Trudeau's [or whatever his name is] Mega Memory Sytem? What I found so interesting is that his system is the exact same system that I read in another book years before his system came out.

      I ask because a large part of the focus in Kevin's system is memorizing names. Now that he has become successful, he is doing other infomercials. You wouldn't believe what I caught him saying. During an infomercial, he got somebody's name wrong, and after he got corrected, he said, "Oh, yeah, I'm b
      • I have not seen those infomercials (or any, in the last two - three years). I know someone who bought one of those 'increase your memory' packages though, and told me how it worked. Essentially, this one was to associate what you want to remember with something absurd that sounds similar. Seemed to me that one would run out of absurdities to string together.

        That is pretty funny, that the salesman for a memory system fesses up to not being able to remember... (and it doesn't get edited out).

        There isn't a d

        • Seemed to me that one would run out of absurdities to string together.

          I think that you are right. I gave up on the system when I first read it as well as after Kevin Trudeau's version. It became a bit of a pain to have to make up funny/weird/absurd stuff. After a while I got that feeling that you get from studying and intense concentration. I'm just glad that I never paid for any of those items; borrowed from library and brother, respectively. I suspect that actively making up these absurd images is like ti

          • I haven't read The Tipping Point. Sounds interesting.

            Thanks! :-)

            As far as influencing people goes, One of my best friends was a Marketing guy - did it his whole life.

            I learned a technique where one tries to get one's own interest aligned with the other's interest. Catch is, sometimes there just is no match. A salesman will be able to make the pitch, and drive you to accepting the deal, but.... In the long run, all you will feel is "burned".

            So the lesson my Marketing friend taught me was "Don't spend you

            • Your marketing friend is smart. It's good to know that they're not all droids. I made the mistake that he spoke of when I sold Cutco knives and Kirby vacuums. It bothers me till this day that I was so pushy.
  • Some of you looked scary. baldass_newbie, you seem very intimidating. I'm so glad that I agree with you on a lot of issues. :^) Oh, how I envy you! :^)

    I AM very intimidating. Don't forget that. ;-)

    FWIW, it looks like you have a pretty good 'war face' (Full Metal Jacket reference).

    Don't be a stranger. And feel free to post over at the brew...
  • Or that is what I would say if we were characters in that sitcom.... Glad to hear from you. I can understand the need to get away from /dot. If work wasn't getting slow and boring then I might be doing just that. But it isn't, so I stick around.

    jason

  • It was fun participating in the photo contest for the first time. I was a bit disappointed that more people didn't even try to pick me out. I was curious as to who people thought I was.

    Also, you made a comment about me looking older than you thought. How old do you think I look in my picture? I figure I look about the right age for having two kids. :-)

    • I thought that you looked about 35. From journalling here, I thought that you were about 25-29. Judging by some of the 25 year olds, I would have to say, about 29. Now that I think about it, I haven't the foggiest clue about how old you really are. That's weird.

      It's a lot like btlzu2. For some reason, I expected him to have glasses even though he never gave any clues for either possibility. I expected him to look like Daniel from Stargate.

      The more that I think about this, the funnier it all seems because
  • I was suprised when I saw your nick listed for the FotoKon - good to have you check in, and it's good to hear that some things are going well.
  • Glad things are going well.

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