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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Yoda Fizzle, Again

It's about 3AM in the morning, Sat night, and I've just finished drinking. My roommate and I drank a 750ML bottle of Smirnoff Vodka. That averages out to 12-13 shots each. We've made Yoda Fizzle's with them, and the drinks tasted good. For ingredients, visit my post earlier (in the April archive). I'm not too sure, but I think this might be the most I've drank in a really long time.


Thursday, April 27, 2006

PC Problems

So I have Windows XP and it randomly asks me to install updates. One update is called "Software Distribution Services 2.0", and it totally messed up my computer. It took an hour to boot, and some programs won't open, I can't connect to the web, I think it's a virus.

I had to wait forever and do a registry clean using a program called "Highjack This", uninstall a bunch of Windows update packs. It seemed to fix my computer, but it made Windows unstable and kept giving me random errors about missing DLL's.

Since Windows kept on asking me to install a bunch of updates because it knows it's missing them, I finally decided to click "Yes" (since I now know how to get rid of them if it happens again), and now my computer works fine.

Word of advice: Do NOT install "Software Distribution Services" Windows update.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Free Stuff Magazine

Received this in an Email from a friend. I made an order, it went through without asking for my credit card. Let's hope I get the magazines. :)
Just select one year, enter the coupon code "freestuff" and enter your mailing address and email (use email that you don't mind getting spammed or fake). Just keep hitting next and never asks for your credit card. Also, "freeoffer" works for a few other magazines.

Source: My friend Andrew
Visit his blog at here


Sappy Story Of The Day

I normally don't buy into sappy stories that "inspire you to be a better human being", but this one (that I got in an Email) I kinda agree with. We all need help in life, no matter how "perfect" our lives seem to be. "Help" in life could be as huge as career directions and references, or as small as a friend to hang out with when you're bored.

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work. Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don't want to be bothered. This was one of those "don't want to be bothered times."

"I hope he doesn't ask me for any money," I thought. He didn't. He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn't look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke. "That's a very pretty car," he said. He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. I said, "thanks," and continued wiping off my car.

He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came. As the silence between us widened something inside said, "ask him if he needs any help." I was sure that he would say "yes" but I held true to the inner voice. "Do you need any help?" I asked.

He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget. We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments.

I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me. "Don't we all?" he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun. Don't we all?

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help.


Monday, April 24, 2006

My Paycheck

I just looked at my paystub today, and I'm surprised at how much VA taxes are. I picked the cheapest insurance package, and I only get to keep about 2/3 of my income? What's up with that?


Saturday, April 22, 2006

Yoda Fizzle

Today is the last day of a coworker, and we had a small party for her. The theme of the party was Star Wars and we made this drink called "Yoda Fizzle".

Ingredients: Ginger Ale, Lime Juice, and Vodka.

For as strong as that drink was, it didn't taste bad at all. I've had a few, had a great time.

I've found out later after some research, there was already a drink made like that, and its name is Moscow Mule.

Everyone should try that drink out, it's actually pretty good.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

New Blog URL

So I finally transfered my blog to I feel accomplished. I couldn't do any search engine friendly redirects from my old URL because it was hosted under Blogger. But it didn't have any real rankings anyway.


Friday, April 14, 2006

Pool Shark No Longer

I found this pool hall in DC. Relatively expensive comparing to Charlotte places, $7.25/hr for one person, $12 for 2. I shot around for a little while, and I realize how badly I play now. I havn't played in about a month, and the shots that felt "natural" back then just doesn't seem to want to go in anymore. I used to play about 5 time a week back in college, and I'm losing it.

Is it worth the effort of going out to shoot pool every single night just to keep up my skills? I guess it depends on whether I want to go out and do it or not, and how much I enjoy playing pool. I always enjoy playing, but after having a fulltime job, my motivation of going out is decreasing for some reason. I must be getting old.


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

New Splashpage

A friend of mine reminded me that the former telling users to come here had a mistake (in the same category as a typo/grammar mistake). Instead of fixing the splashpage, I decided to be stupid and creative with it. Now it looks totally childish and stupid, but it's MY stupidity. :)

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Moving my blog

Hi, I'm in the process of having my blog permanently moved to So if you come here one day and my blog is no longer here, it would be at


Worked On My Blog

I know this sounds even nerdier than my video game tournament post, but it took me a while to figure out how to flip the title of my individual blog pages. For instance, instead of the title being "Paul's Blog: Working On My Blog", I got it to say "Working On My Blog -- Paul's Blog". I also added some Meta tags.

When I get it transfered to, it'll rank #1 for every single keyword anyone ever searches for. :) j/k


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Tokyo Inn

Okay, this is kinda weird. While low on gas, I decided to drive around till I find a gas station. I'm still new here, so that in itself is an adventure on its own. I've finally found a gas station after 5 min of aimlessly driving down what look like "big roads" with businesses around it. I'm getting somewhat hungry.

Next to this gas station, there's this shopping center called "Backlick". I know for as grown as I am, I shouldn't really find it funny, but I guess I'm still just a kid. I found this Japanese steakhouse, called "Tokyo Inn". Looks just like other Japanese steakhouses such as Kabuto's or Nakato's in NC, with the waitresses dressed in traditional Japanese dresses and everything, but they were speaking Chinese. That kinda weirded me out. I've seen other Asian nationalities running Chinese restaurants because they're easy to run, but this is the first time I see Chinese people running other forms of Asian restaurants. I know it doesn't mean anything, but it's just unusual. So I got some Sushi to go, and all is well.


Monday, April 03, 2006

Evan Roberts

On my last "Open Subject", Evan is the only person that wanted me to post about something......himself. So here it is. Evan's the first person that tought me anything about anything about SEO. My first job at WBS, he showed me how to do a Keyword Analysis. And who would've thought, Search Engine Marketing is my career now.

Oh yeah, props for ranking #1 for "Paul Zhao"on Google.


Sunday, April 02, 2006

Nerding it out

I attended my first video game tournament in my life today. It was a Tekken 5 tournament for the North East USA, and it was held in a mall 10 min from my place, so I decided to join. It was $15 entry fee, double elimination. I know I had no chance to win any money (top 3), but I just wanted to see how I come up against the "best players in the North East USA".

There were about 20-30 people in the tournament, a lot of them took the bus from up north to get here. I didn't do too bad, won my first match, lost my 2nd, won my 3rd and lost my 4th, which got me eliminated. Against the "top players of the North East", my record today was 50/50, so I'm kinda happy about that. One thing that annoyed me a little were some kids from NY. Everytime one kid wins, a whole crowed of them would say something like "That's how we do it in New York". But oh well, it's just games. I kinda left after I got elimiated, so I don't know who won or how I got ranked. They'll post it later.


Saturday, April 01, 2006

First Real Weekend Night in DC

First real weekend night. My new roommates took me to this random chilled out bar in DC. We all had this drink called "Batman". It's a 16 oz glass filled with liquoer, almost kinda like 3 drinks in one. Took me about an hour to finish it. I'm kinda buzzed, my new roommates are cool, and I'm gonna go to bed.