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Thirteen Things I Want to Do

In no particular order:

  1. Fly in Singapore Airlines’ first-class suite with a double bed.
  2. Go mako fishing.
  3. Live in France.
  4. Speak French and Italian proficiently.
  5. Learn how to cook gumbo.
  6. Skydiving.
  7. Own a nice herb garden.
  8. Have a drink with my agent.
  9. Visit Egypt.
  10. Learn how to fly.
  11. Swim with dolphins. (I’ve done sharks already.)
  12. Outsource boring and routine tasks.
  13. Learn kendo.

Slow Firefox 3

I just installed FF3, and boy it’s slow. (I used to use FF2)

Someone told me to go to about:config and set network.dns.disableIPv6 to true. I did that, and it seems a bit faster. Hmm.

What a crummy upgrade.

P.S. If you want to revert to FF2, click here.


You No Speak English? You No Play Golf.

Per ESPN, the LGPA Tour has a new policy:

The reportedly new rule that will force foreign members who have been on tour for two years to pass an English oral evaluation test or face a suspension is harsh. And it certainly does not send a very positive message when the game continues to grow to all parts of the globe.

English conversation in two years? Are you kidding me?

It takes a lot of time and effort to learn a new language and be able to speak it proficiently. Certain people master English faster than the others, not just because of their linguistic talent or lack thereof, but because of their mother tongue. A person who speaks European language may find English easier to learn than…say, a Japanese or Chinese person. (BTW — it’s much easier to go from Korean to Japanese or vice versa because their grammar, etc. is so similar.)

So instead of hiring an interpreter, which may be easier, all foreign golfers must pass an English conversation test in two years or else. Hmm. Not sure when they are supposed to practice their swing and have some sort of life and study English.

P.S. Yes, I know a talented foreign golfer can study English before doing the tour. But the foreign golfer probably lives in her own non-English-speaking country, which means it’s going to be much harder to learn English.


A New Chapter

It was one of the hardest things I’ve done for the project, but I managed to insert a completely new chapter into The Last Slayer without ruining the continuity and so on. It’s about 16 pages long, but I spent over four days to write it because I kept going back to add, fix, delete, rewrite, etc. etc.

Two more big chapters to go, another read-through, and I’m done. *whew*


The Awesomest Baseball Game Ever…

…or pretty close anyway.

I just watched Korea v. Cuba live. It was an incredible game. I won’t spoil it, but you should watch it if you can.


Book Buzz Tag

a.k.a Jennifer is Evil because she tagged me.

Rules:

I am going to list three categories of books: 5 MUST Read Books, 5 Books on Your Nightstand, and 5 Look For These Soon.

Anyone I tag should put these same lists on their blog but SUBTRACT one book from each list and ADD one of their own.

Then they should tag at least 5 more bloggers. It will be fun to see how the lists change as it goes around the blogosphere.

Please come back to this post and leave a comment so I can see how the lists are changing as they go around the blogosphere.

Since this is Book Buzz…please keep your lists to titles released in 2007-2009.

5 MUST Read Books:

  1. Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
  2. A Mile in My Flip-Flops by Melody Carlson
  3. Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward
  4. Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  5. Conception by Kalisha Buckhanon

5 Books on the Nightstand:

  1. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
  2. Crazy in Love by Lani Diane Rich
  3. Pleasure by Eric Jerome Dickey
  4. From Harvey River by Lorna Goodison
  5. Trading Dreams at Midnight by Dianne McKinney

5 Look For These Soon:

  1. Evernight by Claudia Gray
  2. Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
  3. The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
  4. Midnight: A Gangster Love Story by Sister Souljah
  5. The Hood Life: A Bentley Manor Tale by Meesha Mink and De’nesha Diamond

I tag Claudia, May, Joely, Sarah and Lynn.