November 29, 2013 § Leave a Comment
No one in my house is using the Internet, but my DSL modem is indicating activities. What could it be? Some unauthorized people are using my Wifi. I am usually very lenient on these matters, and would leave my router on without a password for people who really needed to use. However, it has become a target for abuse. I am suspecting the culprits are smartphone users, who are too cheap to use 3G. Oh well, I will be shutting off my wifi, so you will have to target another house.
November 9, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Who would have thought that one of the most watched sporting events in America is a conformation show, where the best dog breeds compete for the ultimate prize? NBC has so much regards for the annual National Dog Show that the competition has been given a prime TV spot (right after its coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade). Despite the fact this show is tape delayed, Americans still happily watch it on TV bringing big ratings to the network. The actual competition is held at least a week or more prior to its air date, meaning some may have already known the results. (Check out National Dog Show TV Schedule.) As many people consider their canines part of their families, I guess the popularity of the conformation show is not a surprise. Thanksgiving Day is family day after all!
November 2, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Last year’s New York City Marathon was cancelled after Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City and New Jersey. It was a divided decision because many people were hoping to use the marathon as a rallying point for the recovery effort. However, the marathon is returning this year with a vengeance. Anticipation level is high and tens of thousands of people from around the world are expected to participate in the race. Unfortunately, there is also a sense of anxiety. This race came on the heel of the Boston Marathon bombings in April. After seeing the huge amount of attention received by the two terrorist brothers, their “comrades” as well as domestic anarchists may attempt a similar act, in hope of getting the same amount of worldwide attention.
Obviously, we should never be deterred by these threats. However, we still need to maintain our vigilance. If you could not make it to the race, here is the 2013 New York City Marathon TV & Live Stream Schedule. Enjoy and happy running!
October 22, 2013 § Leave a Comment
When a major Chinese city had to shut down for days due to dangerous levels of smog, you know the country has some serious issues. And no, this was not due to a wild fire or a weather disaster. It was due to increased industrial activities, which caused an alarming level of pollution. I guess that’s the cost of having to provide employment for hundreds of millions of people. But if the country has to face many more of these “off” days in the future due to smog, what type of future will await the next generation of Chinese? I fear for the young Chinese people who will inherit this terrible legacy.
October 21, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I am planning to go to Santa Anita Park on Saturday November 2 to watch a few of the Breeders Cup races. This is one of the more notable horse racing events in America and will happen to coincide with my trip to LA on that day. I am neither a gambler nor a horse racing fan, but I do enjoy a spectacle like the Breeders Cup. It is always entertaining to watch majestic race horses in person. If you can’t make it to the races, this two-day event will be broadcast on TV. (Check out the 2013 Breeders Cup TV Schedule.) My goal is actually to attend the Kentucky Derby, which is the most famous horse race in the world. Unfortunately, I live in San Diego and this race is in Kentucky, meaning I won’t be able to go there anytime soon. I could still watch it on TV though. Happy racing!
October 18, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Squash is one of those obscure sports that are trying to gain mainstream relevance. Its federation lobbied hard every Olympic cycle to be included into the Olympic Games, but its effort was rejected every time. As of right now, squash only has a noticeable presence in a few countries, mainly England, Malaysia, United States, South Africa and some European countries. It was the sport’s hope that an inclusion in the Olympics would raise its profile and introduce the game to more people. Unfortunately, it was beat out by rugby and golf four years ago and now by wrestling.
Despite the failure, squash fans can take solace in the fact squash still has a healthy competitive circuit with an adequate number of events. The most important event is surely the world championships (also called world open). The men’s championship is set for a week from now. (Check out the 2013 World Squash Championship Broadcast Schedule). If you are new to squash, give it a chance.
October 17, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I was a near “victim” of a popular scam the other day. I received a call from a man with an Indian accent who claimed to be from Microsoft’s Windows Tech Support. He said that the Microsoft server has detected a critical error on my computer and offered to remove it remotely. I recognized the fraud right away and decided to play a little with him. I told him to provide a reference number and his name. The fraudster appeared to be caught off guard by my “request”, but proceeded to provide me something that resembles more of a phone number than a reference number. He also used an American name, even though I was 100% sure he was a man of Indian descent. Our conversation ended after I told him I know people who work for Microsoft and will contact them directly about my computer’s purportedly problems. I even said that I will commend him with Microsoft for doing a good job. I think he got my message and won’t be calling me again.