Buddha’s birthday

Today is Buddha’s Birthday, Apr 8th lunar calendar.

Since 1997, Buddha’s Birthday has been a public holiday in Hong Kong SAR. It replaced Queen’s Birthday, which is a public holiday before Hong Kong was handed over. There are a lot of public holidays in Hong Kong, including both Chinese traditional feasts such as Chong Yang, Qing Ming, Duan Wu, etc and western ones such as Christmas and Easter. Hong Kong has the mixture of culture from both Eastern and Western, so are its holidays.

This photo was taken on Buddha’s Birthday in 2001 in Hong Kong. This is the largest outdoor Buddha statue in the world. You can find some flare around Buddha’s head, it’s not caused by the bright sky, it’s the low cloud instead. :) It’s also because the base of the statue is also very high.

Here’s another photo I took on the same day. This is the temple where the statue is located. You can see the cloud is really low.

Search MP3 in Google

It’s pretty cool to search MP3′s using Google. For example, search

"alizee" intitle:index.of mp3 -html -htm -php -asp -txt -pls

in Google will turn back all MP3′s by Alizée.


Early bird

对于多年来已经习惯了晚睡晚起的我,在周末的早晨早起做“early bird”实在是一件困难的事。不过为了尧尧瑶瑶,今天还是强打精神起了个早,去为她搜罗一些价廉物美的好东西。对照着地图开车和尧妈一连转了几个“车库卖场”,而且出发时天空还细雨绵绵,不过收获还是非常不错的,满载而归。
看来做“早鸟”是有道理的,确实有虫子吃。古训诚不吾欺也。 :)

Firefox security flaw

One of the main reasons to switch to Firefox from IE is that it’s said to be securer. But…Firefox is having vulnerabilities too. Before it’s been fixed (hopefully in the very near future), I think it’s better to stay with IE if you don’t want to disable JavaScript in Firefox.

UPDATE: Firefox 1.0.4 is released for upgrade.

Flickr tools

Many flickr tools are collected on this site:

Baby gathering

We participated in a baby-and-parents gathering here at Champaign-Urbana yesterday, though our Yao Yao was not officially eligible yet. :) There were totally about 12 families attended. The weather was beautiful, the potluck food was delicious and yes, the babies are extremely lovely! I took about 950MB photos for the babies from the beginning till the dusk.

As I concluded before, to take photos of babies, especially infants and toddlers, is a task needs you have patience, perseverance, personal charm(don’t laugh, that’s true!), physical flexibility and a little photographic technique. Babies move and react in their own manners and they will never pose for you. So I think the most important point to take good photos for babies is to be there and get your camera ready at any time, but not fancy camera gears. “Babies grow faster than we imagine”, and babies’ precious moments are shorter than we can imagine too.

Share some happy moments with us.

Google web accelerator

It’s Google again! Google Web Accelerator beta was released days ago. It’s a big news and sparks privacy fears in the community. On the other hand, GWA can also be used as a super proxy and seems the techniques Google uses break through some “powerful” firewalls!

5ive day!

It’s 05/05/05 today, be cool! :mrgreen:

Little tweak to the theme

I like this theme “Wuhan” but some of its appearance is not what I want it to be. So I just made some little modifications to it:

  • Modified the template files to make it display meta data of each entry on its single post page, archive pages and search result pages.
  • Modified the template files to make it display the whole entry instead of excerpt on archive pages and search result pages.

I do think the original design has its good reason. But I think the modified version fits me better. :)

Two years in U.S.

I arrived in U.S. two years ago, May 4th, 2003. The same place, the same weather. Everything was just like still on yesterday. Sometimes I just feel time really flies… It’s said this is a symbol that someone is getting old, youngsters never feel time flies. Yes I believe that. :!: