Dec 302006

What would it be like to live in Southern California? … I’ve got friends with family who live in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Cerritos, Long Beach, Buena Park, Santa Ana, and the like, so it’s not like they’re unconcerned about their children’s education. It may be more affordable to live in one of those places than expensiver suburbs like Irvine, Aliso Viejo, Huntington Beach or Laguna Nigel. I’d like to think a child’s educational formation is not irreversibly determined by a school district’s ratings and where a family lives. (Where would I find credible info about a school district rating anyways?)

Personally, I’d love to live in an urban setting

basic human needs

 journal  Comments Off
Dec 292006

I need. You need. We all need.

Bobb Biehl’s sagely wisdom about our human needs was succinct and insightful.

There are 8 reasons why people do what they do. These are insatiable needs. They are the need to be:

  • Loved
  • Accepted
  • Appreciated
  • Secure
  • Recognized
  • Respected
  • Significant
  • Admired

We all need all of these, but different individuals rate them very differently on a 1-10 scale.

I had re-ordered the list above to reflect my own priority of needs. This list rings so true for me, and affirmed to me that I’m not so unusual for feeling needy, even when I’ve got a very good life by almost any standard. After all, these are insatiable needs. And, most (if not all) of these are met by relationships and friendships.

Kyle’s Film

 internet  Comments Off
Dec 272006

Christmas time is the time for family memories and traditions, along with the year-end rituals of reminiscing. I’ve had a low-key kinda deal here in Southern California with my wife‘s extended family.

One family that undoubtedly has many mixed emotions is the Lake family, who had lost their beloved father, and their church lost their beloved pastor, Kyle Lake, back in October 2005. I’d never met Kyle in person, but my friend Gideon Tsang did. Some filmmaking friends put together a tribute to him, an artistic film titled Kyle’s Film, which serves as a memorial to Kyle Lake, his family, and his life. It explores the very words of Kyle, “Love God, Embrace Beauty, and Live Life to the Fullest.” I’d get the DVD, which has the 6-minute film, plus 2 trailers, home video footage, and UBC footage. All profits from Kyle’s Film are going to the Kyle Lake Memorial Fund- a fund that provides for family needs and his three children’s college fund.

Just found out a new cut of the film was made for SXSW and will be made available soon — stay tuned at their blog.

Dec 222006

Christmas Card 2006

I’ve just finished sending out our Christmas cards (handmade e-cards) to friends and family. I scrolled through our haphazard address book in Gmail Contacts and bcc’d probably 200 or 300 people. Dozens of hard bounces, so have a lot of updating to do in the new year. The thing about Christmas e-cards is you can hang them with the other Christmas cards on the Christmas tree or along the mantle. But, you’re welcome to print it out. :)

As much as I’m into networking and relating across the country and a little around the world, I don’t have a good way to organize my contacts and emails. Time in California has been great so far, met up with lots of great people, including Aaron “thevoiz” Flores and Keith (of Keith and Dave and RenCom) Page. Meeting up with Ray Chang for lunch today. My son Jeremiah wants to come along to meet the pastor who dedicated him. Might even drop in on Rudy if he’s around.

Read the Chuang’s annotated 2006.

Dec 202006

Had a good chat with Ken Fong today, pastor of Evergreen-LA (or its more formal name, Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles.) He’s grown wiser in his years, being a dozen years further down the road of life, and has some great people around him, including the ever teddy-like Keith Matthews. Lots of radical things going on at that church along the lines of spiritual transformation, reconciliation, and incarnational community. Some of them were alluded to in this brilliant video created by Hollywood-type filmmaking magic to commemorate Ken’s 25 years of ministry — good to hear the back stories. He blogs over at

Dec 202006

Insomnia blogging. My sleep has been disrupted 2 nights in a row now from unknown unconscious causes.

NYTimes noted this problem of unreliable Internet connectivity at motels + hotels:

Five years ago, the main challenge for data-hungry business travelers was finding a hotel that offered high-speed Internet access. Then came a shift to wireless and even free connections.

But these days, the top priority for many is simply getting consistent, reliable access to the Internet, regardless of the cost or type of connection. That, it turns out, is not as easy as one might think.

I say forget counting on Internet connectivity from hotels. Get a mobile broadband Internet card. I just got one a few weeks ago, and got the one from Tmobile, b/c their Total Internet service allows me to login at Tmobile Hotspots for ‘free’ as a part of the monthly subscription. This gives me the best of both worlds. (granted, it’s a much faster connection with WiFi, but when its unreliable and unpredictable, that’s not good..)

Dec 192006

Here at this new cafe on the corner across from Gate B32 at Dulles Airport, waiting for my son to finish his bacon, egg and cheddar sandwich (on wheat, that’s for you, Mommy!) and our JetBlue plane begins boarding in 10 minutes. We were congratulated at the check-in kiosk b/c we will have 36 channels of DirecTV. Since we don’t have cable at home, these are a few treasured hours of cable surfing for me.

I’ll be working from the left coast this week, and then official vacation next week. I have a few meetups scheduled, and maybe a few other ones will spontaneously happen. Drop me a line at 2oh2-4nine4-three44nine if you’re in proximity of Huntington Beach / Westminster / Orange County, California, to say hello in person.

Person of the Year

 internet  Comments Off
Dec 182006

Good call, TIME magazine, I’m counted among the annual ritual of “person of the year.” TIME cover for person of the year And it’s a great way to generate buzz for a print-based weekly news magazine.

But look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.

Dec 162006

Only 8% of internet users keep a blog — but an additional 39% read them. Not surprisingly, a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project also finds that the most distinguishing characteristic of bloggers is their youth. More than half (54%) of bloggers are under the age of 30. Like the internet population in general, however, bloggers are evenly divided between men and women, and more than half live in the suburbs. Another third live in urban areas and a scant 13% live in rural regions. Most bloggers (65%) do not consider their blog a form of journalism and 52% of bloggers say they blog mostly for themselves, not for an audience. Read more >>

bloggers vs internet users