Archive for May, 2006

Mentaiko Onigiri

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Mentaiko Onigiri

Happy Rice Dumpling Festival 😉

I haven’t gone out to get a real glutinous rice dumpling but this one I took away last night at Ryo-Te (Falcon Street, Crows Nest, Sydney) will do.

Korean BBQ

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Had Korean BBQ with Clare and Hazel at Charcoal Mine Barbeque House — a cosy restaurant in Parramatta. Fresh food, good service and positive vibes: highly recommended. Most notably: their shoyu button mushroom (absolutely umami when barbequed!), squid (I’ve never tasted the natural flavour of squid like this), beef ribs, and the chilli sauce with a free flow of coriander leaves was simply heavenly!

Korean BBQ - Charcoal Mine Barbeque House

Korean BBQ - Charcoal Mine Barbeque House (inside)

After dinner we went back to the Coffee Alchemy roastery, I did not miss the chance to get a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans, which means I can dump the almost-stale batch that I bought before I left for my US trip. If you’re in Australia, you owe it to yourself to try one of her blends, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

The downer of the day had to be getting a parking fine right in front of my place, which used to be a free-parking zone until two days ago when they decided to put the 2P restrictions in place. Thanks a lot, I do not remember being notified of this by post or otherwise. I’ll be sending a letter of appeal tomorrow, they will not get a dime from me.

Google Web Toolkit (AJAX library)

Friday, May 19th, 2006

When I first saw the news about the newly released Google’s Web Toolkit:

Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is a Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don’t speak browser quirks as a second language. Writing dynamic web applications today is a tedious and error-prone process; you spend 90% of your time working around subtle incompatabilities between web browsers and platforms, and JavaScript’s lack of modularity makes sharing, testing, and reusing AJAX components difficult and fragile.

GWT lets you avoid many of these headaches while offering your users the same dynamic, standards-compliant experience. You write your front end in the Java programming language, and the GWT compiler converts your Java classes to browser-compliant JavaScript and HTML.

I thought to myself, since when is Google so into Java anyway? Friends of mine know that I’ve never been a big fan of Java mainly due to its There’s Only One Way To Do It philosophy that so starkly contrasts the motto of my favourite language – Perl. As much as I try to avoid it, I often find myself needing to use it (with non-trivial involvement) throughout the years (10!) Even in my current job at NeuStar, I would say Java has 80% mindshare in the company. These days, with advanced tools like Eclipse (not to mention age – mine, that is), my view on the language has certainly improved by heaps and bounds.

So, after reading more into the toolkit, I realized that, oh my God, that’s an excellent idea! Not only does it take care of browsers’ idiosyncracies (at least it claims to), it allows you to program Javascript in Java giving you compile-time checking, type-safety and reusable Ajax-aware widgets, debugging support (using your favourite IDE). Let’s face it, Javascript never had the features to support programming robust applications and differing levels of support by different browsers only makes it worse. It even purports that you can avoid the much-dreaded AJAX problem of breaking the browser back button!

Until now, I’ve been wary about going Ajax with anything I program mainly because I have to learn about browser quirks and inject ugly hacks. Moreover, it will invariably reverse the 80-20 rule; unless you are Ajax God, you will spend 80% of your time achieving 20% core functionality.

So, this is very good news and gives me the reason to incorporate some snazzy Ajax in my existing apps wherever it makes sense. Once I get some spare cycles, this will be the first I play with.

Mike and Mal

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Scene from Mike and Mal's remake of 'When Harry Met Sally'

This is really funny… 2 aussie blokes remade scenes from “Blues Brothers” (here) and “When Harry Met Sally” (the fake O scene).
Good thing for them, they’ve got Quickflix (Aussie’s equivalent of Netflix.com) and Intel Viiv to sponsor them.

Diversity Inclusion Celebration

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Sneaking past AQIS

Received this in the letter box yesterday – a packet of seeds from NeuStar for the May Diversity Inclusion Celebration… so nonchalantly sneaking past AQIS.

Unshaven

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Unshaven

Milestone: 10 days

Kingsford Chinese Restaurant

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Kingsford Chinese Restaurant

Had lunch at our fav HK joint

Automated conveniece store

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Automated conveniece store

At UNSW

UNSW

Monday, May 15th, 2006

UNSW

While waiting for the mechanic to service the car, i took a bus to Randwick to have lunch and kill some time. Always a funny feeling stepping into campus grounds after a long time.

Happy Mother’s Day

Monday, May 15th, 2006


Happy Mother’s Day, originally uploaded by dready.

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