Saturday, April 12, 2014

Highlighted 2013 Tweets

Here are my highlighted Tweets in 2013. I tweeted 749 times. The most tweets were 88 in May because of Fanime Con 2013 and 79 in Sep. The least tweets were 51 in Jun and 52 in Oct. My Twitter Account is @inin61 Enjoy!

Jan 13: RT: @darrenrovell Ticket broker on possible Super Bowl match-ups: "Falcons-Patriots is toilet paper. 49ers-Ravens is gold."

Jan 17: "Dear Abby" columnist Pauline Phillips past away at the age of 94 from Alzheimer’s disease. Phillips' daughter, Jeanne, continues the advice

Jan 20: The San Francisco #49ers are going to the Super Bowl. #nfl #playoffs #sf49ers

Feb 3: Thanks for a great season San Francisco #49ers !!! #sf49ers #niners

Feb 13: Six degrees of separation: anyone can be connected to another through a chain of acquaintances from 1-5 intermediaries #mytriviaoftheday

Feb 17: Space Brothers eps 43: The veteran Brian Jay came all the way to see you. I'll give you some help, Hibito.

Mar 7: Continuing my music tweets today, #mysongoftheday Dream On by Aerosmith … #Argo

Mar 10: A conversation with @mduo13 @tsubasaaki @PixelatedIndex introduced me to Kickstarter website kickstarter.comw

Mar 24: RT: @ESPN_Numbers With La Salle and Florida Gulf Coast winning, there are two teams seeded 13 or worse in the Sweet 16 for the FIRST TIME EVER.

Mar 31: I purchased a Brita. Looking forward to stop buying the one gallon Crystal Geysers at the supermarkets.

Apr 1: I watched Gone With The Wind, my longest movie I ever watched, including Opening, Intermission, Ending. Fantastic!!! Everyone must watch it.

Apr 3: Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock #mytriviaoftheday

Apr 7: 'Evoland' is a playable history of gaming, from 8-bit to HD …

Apr 15: Teach your children subtraction playing Chutes And Ladders from 100 to 1. It's a good variant. #chutesandladders

Apr 15: Teach your children opposite playing Chutes And Ladders. Ladders go down and slides go up. It's a good variant #chutesandladders

Apr 16: RT: @LATimesfarmer Just talked to John Madden who said, in all those years, he and Pat Summerall never had one argument or disagreement.

Apr 17: idiosyncrasy: a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual #mynewwordoftheday

Apr 24: A mail room clerk position requires 3 years of experience, 5 years preferred. #areyoukiddingme …

Apr 27: OMG, I'm hype on Quell Memento. I predict long sleepless lights addicted to puzzle game I enjoy very much! Love the traile

Apr 27: Excelsior: a Latin word meaning "ever upward" #mynewwordoftheday

Apr 27: Sleep is broken into 90 minute cycles. tells you when to fall asleep, counting backward in 90 min increments.

Apr 29: Space Brothers Eps 46. *Kei: How are you supposed to decide your future? *Ena: Are you having trouble?

*Kei: Well, I don't know what I want to become.

*Ena: I see. In that case, is there anything that you wish you could do? For instance, would you like to play the piano?

*Kei : Oh. Sure, I would. *Ena: Do you wish you could hold conversations in English?

*Kei: Yup, I sure do. *Ena: You just need to find the one thing interesting enough to make you lose track of time.

May 6: Screw you semicolon.

May 9: The new 49ers stadium name in Santa Clara is Levi Strauss. Commonly called Levi's Stadium. Pants co. pays $220.3M over 20 years.

May 19: Nikola Tesla, known for alternating current (AC) electricity and the Tesla Coil… … #mytrivaoftheday

Jun 6: Took my car to an auto shop for service. Received new break pads and resurfaced break rotors. No more steering wheel vibrating when [breaking]

Jun 7: Today is National Donut Day.

Jun 20: I was on the stationary bike when the gym lost power. Going to sleep early tonight.

Jul 1: I remember playing video games from the Commodore 64 with my brother and cousin. I share my favorite games.

The baseball game Hardball for the #commodore64…

Track and Field for the #commodore64 …

Spy Hunter for the #commodore64 …

Spy vs. Spy for the #commodore64 …

Beach Head 2 for the #commodore64 …

Ghostbusters for the #commodore64 …

Transformers for the #commodore64 …

Bruce Lee for the #commodore64 …

Jul 2: A gentleman says "miss" to women under 50 and "ma'am" to women 50 and over. #NowIKnow

Jul 4: When you build something, you must be ready to spend time and money on failure. #spacebrothers eps 56 #lifelesson

If you build something by improving on failure, you'll end up with good results. #spacebrothers eps 56 #lifelesson

Jul 13: Tim Lincecum throws a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres #sfgiants #mlb #awesome

Jul 18: In financial news, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 are at record highs. Dow Jones 15,500+ and S&P 1,690+.

Jul 20: GQ's 100 Most Powerful Bald Men …

Jul 22: The next time you finish taking a shower, exit with your opposite dominant leg first. You experience a different feeling.

Aug 5: NOVA's The Miracle Of Life (1983) on PBS. … I remember watching the video for #highschoolbiology #humanreproduction

Aug 13: Here's a Buster (Posey) Hug. You did a good job! #busterhugs

Aug 30: My first tweet on my new HTC One smartphone.

Sep 1: Today's Click And Clack is about car turn signalling when absolutely necessary. They answered by risk and reward.

Part 1 article last tweet. Here's part 2. Reward prolong bulb not worth it. Always signal lower chances of accident.

Sep 4: You're not quitting. You're going to fake it. Do it, do it, and do it to the moment you're doing this. Fake it 'til you make it.

There is a better way of faking it. Fake it 'til you BELIEVE it.

I personally like to say as the following: Genuinely fake it 'til you believe it.

Sep 9: My high school US History teacher didn't assign homework when the #49ers play on Monday Night Football. #RaymondsHistoryBook

Sep 11: My ortho treatment is complete. No more appointments. I contact only when I have problems.

Sep 12: RT: @arstechnica It’s official: Twitter takes first steps toward initial public offering by @cfarivar

Sep 16: Peroxyl mouth sore rinse is a cheap over-the-counter remedy to treat some common oral health problems.

Sep 16: I finally watched the famous Abbott & Costello's Who's On First …

Sep 22: My Twitter reminder: always check your #Costco pizza to make sure you have the correct order. #humansmakemistakes

Oct 1: ABBA was composed from the first letters of their first names Agnetha (vocals), Benny (keyboards), Bjorn (guitar), and Anni-Frid (vocals).

Oct 13: RT: @ChuckGarfien Here's Torii Hunter going over the wall. His legs, the cop's arms. I love sports.

Oct 17: I have seen more freckles around my entire body. I wonder if these indicate I'm earning life points.

These life points earned means I'm getting to be a better, stronger, wiser, smarter person.

Nov 11: I met a person who quit his job because he and his family didn't want to be separated. His permanent job was outside the USA.

He started job searching for one month on LinkedIn only. He asked why nobody replied back to his job applications.

He was the first person I met who paid for LinkedIn premium membership. He considered hiring a consultant who improves LinkedIn profiles.

We told him the job market reality. Tears started coming out of his eyes. The job market is tough.

Nov 15: 'The Simpsons' is heading into cable syndication after estimated $750 million deal with FXX …

Nov 15: Dear Abby's Nov 13 talks about thank you notes. In particular, very young children draw a picture, and the parent mention they express thank

Here's the complete article Dear Abby's Nov 13 thank you notes advice…

Nov 15: RT: @SFWish Cutest and sweetest superhero Gotham has ever seen! We love you #SFBatkid!

Nov 18: I got a job. I'm a data entry/bookkeeper for a retail start up. Wednesday is my first day.

Nov 19: RT: @BillGates Toilets save lives. That’s a fact worth celebrating: #WorldToiletDay

Nov 25: Earlier today was my first day of work on a Monday. Waking up was a little difficult. I had a little trouble falling asleep.

Some workers hate waking up Mon morning to go to work. I believe millions of unemployed people want to experience that awful feeling.

Listen to me from a person who was unemployed too long. I welcome awful Mon mornings to work.

Dec 1: On another subject, my brother and his wife introduced two reality series from TLC. They were Extreme Cheapskates and Hoarding: Buried Alive

Dec 1: RT: @ReillyRick Here's what Alabama lost in 1 tick Saturday: a game, an SEC title, a national title, a threepeat, and a Heisman. Never been a game like it.

Just RT: Auburn defeated Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl's final 0:01. Chris Davis returned a missed field goal for the game clinching TD.

Here's the video broadcasted from CBS …

Dec 2: RT: @EmilyAndTony Giving a massage can burn up to 80 calories per half hour?! Here's what you need (30% off!): …

Dec 14: Earned seven hours of overtime today. Inventory audits. I skipped my lunch hour.

Dec 15: Charles Osgood's The Osgood File reported on learning music can help identify and correct a person's own mistakes on Fri Dec 13.

Dec 16: If you're living a bull shit life or BS moment, then do something about it . . . fix the problem. #wisdom

Dec 16: #familyguy brought back Brian on last night's episode. Very good.

Seth MacFarlane tweeted the following: And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for

granted, for they can be gone in a flash.

Dec 18: We are so short handed today. I'm answering calls[.]

Dec 21: I'm one day late. Yesterday was my one month anniversary at my job.

Dec 21: Pay it forward: an expression to return a favor to another party instead of the original benefactor #mytriviaoftheday

Dec 24: Customer arrived late. He said I called hour ago. Someone said we're opened extended hours. Good #lie. Everyone said we close early on phone

Dec 24: I shopped for bare necessities. The cost of living is more expensive. E.g. body wash is $4.69. I used to pay $3.99.

Shaving cream is $1.49. I used to pay $1.09. There is no more $.99 sales.

Dec 23: RT: @AndroidPolice Amazon Offering $5 Appstore Credits To Anyone Who Downloads An App Or Game December 24-28th

Just RT: you must have the latest Amazon App update to receive the $5 credit.

Dec 26: For everyone working on Dec 26, let's do our best. Get the job done. Be professional. Professional.

Dec 27: I downloaded Quell Memento, today's Amazon Free App of the Day. I have no life now.

Dec 30: RT: @Hoganmag Today in Comics History: The final daily "FoxTrot" strip by @billamend ran on Dec 30, 2006. @gocomics

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

My Foundation

I'm following up a blog I wrote on Fri Jan 31, 2014 titled Clean The House With Deconstruction And Reconstruction . I wrote destruction was necessary to improve, to change, to innovate one self. It's like deconstructing an unsafe and outdated building to reconstruct a new safe and modern building. I also mentioned my new foundation I established reconstructing my new life.

I want to list specifics in my foundation today. My foundation establishes who I am. I mention the specifics which started from Oct 2008 to present.

*Gym (Oct 2008). A friend recommended I downloaded workout plans and purchased new gym clothing. Physical activity is important for good health and well-being. We have elbows and knees. Use them or lose them.

*Core Friends (Oct 2008). The last months of 2008 my core friends and I became closer. These core friends continue to be an important part of my life. I hope we continue to stay together as long as we can. It's unfortunate as time moves forward, our lives move forward, and some of us move somewhere else.

*Fiction Books (Oct 2008). I'm happy reading books is a favorite hobby. I can't explain why I avoided fiction books. I believe people learn more about life and themselves reading fiction books. I read 75% fiction and 25% nonfiction. Most of the books I buy are used at used bookstores and library fundraising.

*Gaming PC (Dec 2008). I built my own PC simply named "Gaming PC". I wanted to use the latest and greatest hardware I could afford. A solid and reliable computer is important in today's information society. My computer was vital when I went back to school.

*Social Networking (Apr 2009 and Nov 2009). I registered for a Facebook account on Apr 2009 and a Twitter account on Nov 2009. Social networking helps me keep in touch with my friends and family. Social networking also helps me communicate my latest and greatest to my friends and family.

*Professional Skills (2009-Present). I relearned SQL, Business Objects (Crystal Reports), and Office 2007. I learned QuickBooksPro and Peachtree.

*Why QuickBooks and Peachtree? (Sep 2009-Mar 2011). I went back to school to earn an AA degree in Accounting at De Anza College. Going back to De Anza was a second chance of experiencing college life I missed as an undergraduate attending San Jose State University. My experiences at De Anza were satisfactory.

*Back To Work (Nov 2013). I found a job two years and four months after I completed De Anza. I'm a data entry/bookkeeper at a retail start up. The high priority is getting job experience to fill a gap in my resume.

*The Small Stuff (Various Dates). My smart phone, taking public transit from Daly City to San Francisco to avoid the downtown traffic and parking hassles, drinking water in the morning, trying new restaurants, hiking, filling up my car with brand name gasoline, wet shaving, forgiving, being free, and be a good person. My daily life motto is get up and do something, anything.

*Settling Down (?). I want more in my life. I'm not ready to settle down. Steve Jobs ended his commencement address at Stanford University in 2005 saying, "Stay hungry, stay foolish." I'm hungry for more out of life. I'm foolish enough to make mistakes and learn from them.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Instant Bullets Blog Apr 6, 2014

*International Tabletop Day. My brother emailed me Sat at 9am Amazon selling selected tabletop board games up to 45% off retail price to celebrate the event. I read his email at 11pm. Most of the games were no longer on sale. I purchased Ticket To Ride and Dixit at 40% off retail price. Other games that were on sale included Puerto Rico, Dominion, Munchkin, Forbidden Island, 7 Wonders, and Zombieland according to Slickdeals.

International Tabletop Day has a website. It's

*A Reminder Being Employed. I reminded myself on Wed Apr 2 I'm lucky I have a job in today's weak job market. I shouldn't complain about the commute, being overworked and underpaid, some terrible co-workers, and the hard-to-use cash register. I must be professional. I must not complain. I must get better to gain more experience and knowledge. Never take my job for granted.

*Dry Air. I experienced a moderate case of dermatitis on my hands since Feb 20. The dry air has prolonged my treatment. I apply Desoximetasone ointment on my hands.

*Drought. The State Of California is experiencing a drought. Everyone is asked to conserve water. My household is conserving. The people who use the water the most are manufacturing and agriculture industries. Restaurants and food industries should be included, too. Residential use is nothing compared to the industries. No car wash for me.

*Speaking of water, it seems the water taste from my local water company is getting worse. My Britia water filter stopped improving the water taste recently. It's hard for me to explain the taste. I no longer taste the Britia filter taste months ago.

*New Desktop Wallpapers. Visit interfacelift to download new wallpapers. I recommend you create an account to track your downloads. It's free to join.

*Blue. I read two facts online about the blue color. First, blue can help people recover from depression. Twitter and Facebook have blue in their logos and user interfaces. How ironic we commonly say "that person has the blues" to people feeling down. Second, people focus stronger working in a blue colored environment. Perhaps, I should purchase a blue colored light bulb.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Gas Analysis 2013

I analyzed how much I spent for gas in 2013. The chart above shows the average price per gallon of gas I paid per month. The average price per gallon of gas throughout 2013 was $3.89. The highest average was Mar at $4.11 and the lowest average was Dec at $3.60. The highest price per gallon was $4.24 on Feb 23. The lowest price per gallon was $3.56 on Nov 20. Both highest and lowest prices were at the gas station closest to my house. I filled up my car 31 times. The total cost I spent on gas was $1,201.

In 2011 and 2012, I spent $1,415 and $1,305, a 15% decrease and an 8% decrease over 2013, respectively. The average price per gallon in 2011 was $3.83, a 2% decrease over 2013. In 2012, the average price per gallon was $4.03, a 3% decrease. The 2011-2012 year-over-year average price per gallon increased 5%.

I filled up 309.71 gallons in 2013, 324.28 gallons in 2012, and 367.72 gallons in 2011. My continued long-term unemployment was the number one factor 2013 was the lowest gallons filled. It took me longer to change my oil at the 5,000 mile checkpoint. The reasons my 2011 gallons was higher than 2013 and 2012 were I attended another junior college for one day a week, a road trip to Los Angeles during Fourth Of July, and I visited lots of new places including multiple trips to San Francisco and shopping at malls throughout the Bay Area. I anticipate a higher amount of gallons filled in 2014 because I have a full-time job which requires commuting.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Family Sacrifice and Courage

I want to share a scene from a support character Kenji Makabe in the Japanese anime series Space Brothers (Uchu Kyodai) episode 82. Makabe is training to become an astronaut for a mission on the moon. Here is what Makabe said translated in English:

"Do you best" is a phase I always have to stop myself from saying. When bringing up a child, those words add needless pressure. After multiple failures, I realize this. But when [my child] tells me to do my best, I'm encouraged to work harder. I wonder how they feel about my becoming an astronaut. They've had to leave their native country, and live in an unfamiliar place, away from friends and relatives. They must be scared. They probably want to go back to Japan.

To send me to space, they're sacrificing a lot. I have to do my part. And use the time and effort that would have otherwise gone to them. It isn't enough to compensate their sacrifice . . . but I need to reach the moon before I can make things right!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Work Mar 23, 2014

Mon Mar 10 was the first day I drove home in daylight. Daylight Savings Time began on Sun Mar 9. A new hire started today. He works shipping and receiving in the back-end.

There was a tiny fire at the dumpster on Tue Mar 11. One co-worker tossed his cigarette in the dumpster. One of the employees quit after working for two weeks. She was a part-timer who has a full-time job. There were two sides to the story. The employee said she agreed to work Wed-Fri. The owner said she must work a Sat or Sun. She couldn't work Sat and Sun. She choose her full-time because it pays more.

My manager told me some regular customers who live closer to our second store prefer to shop at the first store. The discussion happened on Wed Mar 12. The top reason was the owner and the managers know the regular customers and treat them well. The second store's customer service was terrible. I didn't tell my manager my opinions. First, the second store has been open for over two months. Give it more time. Second, it's retail. Retail workers are paid low wages. Why should we care? Why should we give the extra effort?

I found out another co-worker quit. He has been working part-time which explained why I rarely see him for weeks. The end of the day I had a conversation with the part-time data entry/bookkeeper. She told me she traveled to many countries including France, Italy, Canada, Hong Kong, Brazil, and Egypt.

I was informed I work at the second store on Wed and Fri starting on Wed Mar 19. I told the co-owner my opinion on working at the second store two days a week. I said I should work on Tue and Fri. He discussed my opinion with the other co-owner.

The second store was busy for most of Fri Mar 14. I was busy, too. The short-handed staff affected both stores. A co-worker has been splitting his daily shift working in both stores. He hated it. Another co-worker told me there was a pattern for the tasting events. First, most attendees are walk-ins. We get low pre-registration counts. Second, most attendees leave the store after the event is over. They don't buy wines. The same co-worker was angry at the co-owner because the co-owner moved the set-ups from the patio to the inside. He closed the patio doors. And I ate my last lunch at McDonalds for a long time.

A customer showed me an app to help me track the wines I tasted. The name of the app is Vivino. I have been using the app to help with my work.

The new hires continue. One front-end worker started on Mon Mar 17. The store was dead on St. Patrick's Day. The commute was easy. We hired two more front-end workers and a part-time Data Entry/Bookkeeper who all started on Tue Mar 18.

My first Wed shift at the second store happened on Wed Mar 19. I was busy because we received products which were all new. The second store started selling furniture on consignment.

There was unnecessary early morning chaos. The short answer was miscommunication and misinformation. Too many emails were exchanged. I calmed down, refocused, and reassessed after the chaos ended. The rest of the day went well.

The two co-workers and I were walking to our cars after we closed the store. My manager called me five feet from my front door. He said my Thur Mar 20 shift is at the second store. The two co-workers were glad to hear the news.

We were short-handed on Fri Mar 21. Two workers called in sick. Happy spring everyone. The owner and the staff watched the Duke upset by Mercer. I found out the first store handled tasting pre-registrations for the second store. The second store is not responsible for the RSVPs and pre-registrations. The tasting attendance was 50% less than Fri Mar 14. I tasted wines after my shift was over. I used Vivino to track the Italian wines I tasted. One of my co-workers told me another classical music station. He said 97.9 FM KMZT. I helped close the store.