Olympic figure skating, anyone?

February 19, 2010 § 8 Comments

I watched the men’s figure skating competition yesterday and was perplexed by the final results. Many of the top skaters attempted a quad, the most difficult maneuver in figure skating, and failed miserably. Yet, the only one who actually landed the quad lost to another skater who didn’t even attempt it. This is critical as the quad is the only thing that separates a male skater from a female skater. In figure skating, a woman can do everything a man could except for the dreaded quad. For a male skater to win the Olympic gold with no attempt of a quad is akin to a man in drag, entering a ladies’ golf tournament and winning it. Why not have a unisex tournament then?

In every sport, there’s a clear distinction between men’s and women’s competitions. Male tennis players play best of five sets (in major tournaments) compared to best of three for women. Obviously, women should always be allowed to play in men’s tournaments granted that they adhere to the rules. A female tennis player, participated in a men’s event, will have to play best of five sets too. There’s no other way to go around it.

olympic figure skating

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Good News!

February 15, 2010 § 3 Comments

I have recently been informed that two of my economic articles have been selected as supplementary readings for college courses. Additionally, my economic research work was recently cited in an economic journal. Finally, I have granted the children periodical Studies Weekly permission to republish my “The Siamese Cat” story. What about you? Care to share some of your recent small accomplishments.

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Happy Presidents’ Day

February 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.” Thomas Jefferson

=> more presidential quotes

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Valentine Day or Hallmark holiday?

February 13, 2010 § 4 Comments

Valentine’s Day was formerly a religious holiday. Some people believe that the meaning of the holiday was purposely changed to boost sales of greeting cards (Hallmark cards especially), chocolate, and flowers. In effect, Valentine is believed to be nothing more than a consumption holiday or Hallmark holiday, as some have called it. Personally, I believe love should be celebrated everyday and not just February 14. What is your view on this? Is Valentine’s Day a legitimate holiday or just a Hallmark day of consumption?

VAL quotes
VAL poetry

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Korean giant pears

February 12, 2010 § 2 Comments

Has any of you ever tasted a Korean pear before? Well, I can tell you that it is the crunchiest, juiciest, and most delicious pear I have ever tasted. The giant pear shapes like an apple but is 2 or 3 times the size. Incidentally, I was gifted two dozens of these pears yesterday. My favorite fruit is still the Ripe Banganpalli mango from India, but the Korean Giant is very much up there.

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Happy Lunar New Year!

February 10, 2010 § 3 Comments

This coming weekend is shaping up to be quite eventful. In the U.S., we have President’s Day and Valentine. In Asia, there’s the Lunar New Year. In Canada and the rest of the world, the Olympics is about to commence. Is there any other holiday or special event, slated for this weekend, that I might have missed? It will be a fun weekend for sure. Enjoy the Lunar New Year and keep your red envelopes tight.

Check out my articles on the Lunar New Year below:

CNY food & games
CNY traditions

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The 2010 Winter Olympics is almost here

February 8, 2010 § 1 Comment

I am not familiar with most of the sports in the Winter Olympics, but I will watch the Games anyway. Many of the athletes have spent their entire lives preparing for this moment. I will support them by watching the Olympics. What is your favorite part of the Games? Mine is the opening ceremony.

olympic preview
olympics trivia

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