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R.I.P. WordPress.com. R.I.P. Facebook. R.I.P. Twitter. Thanks for the short but sweet memories, March-July 2011. Follow me on Google+ https://plus.google.com/114853527252366171175/posts

If you remember in my first Blog 001, I wrote: “… To explore the bright blue bubble… I feel it’s time to move onto the next phase of my extracurricular life… I no longer have the blocks of time and energy to spend. The days of pulling a heavy wagon have drawn to a close. And the days of carrying a simple backpack have begun. In other words: a new WordPress, a new Facebook, and a new Twitter… By freeing myself from a heavily-centralized self-hosted ‘wagon’ of computer files and folders, I can leap lightly from site to site with a simple but liberating ‘backpack’ of ideas and expressions. Free to pursue and explore exotic new territories along my technical path. At least, that’s the theory. We’ll see what the bright blue bubble offers…”

Unexpectedly, all three paths led me to the same sparkling destination: Google+. See you there.

IBM

IBM

Happy 100th Birthday, IBM! Yup, after the stunning announcement in March, blazing acquisition in April, and furious integration through May, I finally became an official IBMer on June 1st. Yup, photo ID badges too, hehe. But guess what? Just two weeks later, IBM celebrated its 100th birthday on June 16th. What monumental timing!

To celebrate, feel free to peek at this illuminating and inspiring YouTube video: IBM Centennial Film: 100 X 100 – A century of achievements that have changed the world.

Proud to be a newbie IBMer, hehe.

Delicate Arch, Utah

Delicate Arch, Utah

Ah, from Angels to Devils! More specifically, a 5-day Utah hiking trip that conquered (1) Zion National Park’s strenuous “Angels Landing”, (2) Bryce Canyon National Park’s breathless 8000-foot elevations, and (3) Arches National Park’s dehydrating “Devils Garden”. Wow, such an awesome, inspiring and unforgettable trip! Here’s the day-by-day breakdown:

  • On Tues, May 3rd, picked up my brother from McCarran Airport.
  • On Wed, May 4th, drove several hours from Las Vegas to Zion.
  • On Thurs, May 5th, conquered “Angels Landing” and drove a couple hours to Bryce.
  • On Fri, May 6th, conquered “Bryce Point” and drove five hours to Arches.
  • On Sat, May 7th, conquered “Devils Garden” and “Delicate Arch“.
  • On Sun, May 8th, drove seven hours back to Las Vegas.
  • On Mon, May 9th, dropped off my brother at the airport.

At this point, it’s probably not too worthwhile to describe the granular details — the random road-trip discussions, the last-minute fuel-or-lunch stops, the endlessly colorful small-town landscapes, the wide-and-wild spectrum of breakfasts and burgers, even the laid-back lend-a-hand hiker culture, let alone the drenching sweat-and-awe of the actual hikes themselves — because it’s pretty difficult to convey unless you’ve experienced them yourself!

Nevertheless, from our combined 800+ photos, here are just 50 photos spanning across these 3 stunning National Parks. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Enjoy!

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J200XC Version 2

J200XC Version 2

Updated on 02 May 2011: Ah, too bad, “Zumba”. After Day 62 of J200XC, I decided that despite its good sweat, Beto’s Latin-based “Zumba” dancing didn’t really push or engage me as fully as I’d like.

So on Sunday, Day 63 of J200XC, I replaced “Zumba” as follows: (1) “Zumba Cardio Party 50″ with Tony’s “P90X Kenpo X 60″, (2) “Zumba Sculpt & Tone 45W” with Tony’s “P90X+ Kenpo Cardio Plus 40″, and (3) “Zumba Flat Abs 20” with Chalene’s “TurboFire Stretch 10″. In fact, on Day 63, I specifically crushed “P90X+ Kenpo Cardio Plus 40 + TurboFire Stretch 10”. Ah, yes, I think Kenpo more functionally and physically kicks ass! Consequently, here’s the PDF file for “J200XC”, Version 2. As always, feel free to peek inside. Cheers! Till next time!

 

Star Wars - The Clone Wars

Star Wars - The Clone Wars

Yup, it’s finally official. This past Thursday, IBM officially closed on our corporate acquisition (April 14th). Hence the “new hire process” begins. FAQs. Forms. Photocopies. Photos. Badges. Bands. Blue. Waves upon waves of blue yet to wash upon us, hehe. Next week, I’m polishing my technical skills by taking a two-week certification course. Today, I even stopped by the nearest tailor shop to alter and refit my oversized navy-blue suit. Yup, lost about forty pounds in four years. But it should be ready to pick up before the celebratory company meeting and taking of badge photos. Cool.

Meanwhile, on the extracurricular side:

  • Still watching the breath-taking anime “Mushi-Shi“.
  • Finally finished “Star Wars – The Clone Wars” Season 3. Wow, too amazing! Action. Effects. Storytelling. Even the CGI acting. Just keeps getting better and better! Can’t wait for Season 4 later this year! Not to mention a still-untitled live-action series, haha.
  • Still crushing through my “J200XC” 200-day extreme fitness program. Today was Day 48, P90X’s Yoga X. Wow, almost 25% complete already! But I wonder how I’ll deal with an upcoming 6-day hiking trip. Probably easiest to pause “J200XC” for a full 7-day block so I can resume the weekly pattern when I return. Yeah.

Well, that’s about it for now. May the Force be with you!

Ginko in "Mushi-Shi"

Ginko in "Mushi-Shi"

Yup, IBM. If the proposed acquisition (announced on March 22nd) closes by the end of the month as planned, then I will officially become an “IBMer”. Not bad. Intimidating? Yeah. Terrifying? Sure. But it’s a tremendous opportunity as well. To explore the bright blue bubble.

What does this mean for my readers?

Sadly, while I may not be fully closing the lid on my anime-oriented Toybox blog (launched in November 2006), I feel it’s time to move onto the next phase of my extracurricular life in April 2011. To think that IBM will be celebrating 100 years (in June 2011) is not only mind-boggling, but the timing in my life feels significant. Another sign of change. Don’t worry, I won’t stop watching anime (“Mushi-Shi” is my current series), but I’m also aiming to “travel lightly”, experiment and explore territories beyond anime. (Almost like the travelling Ginko in “Mushi-Shi”, hehe.)

What do I mean by “travel lightly”?

Haha, if you’ve ever survived a barrage from one of my Toybox mega-posts, you’ll know what I mean. Not only did the gathering of 100-plus images consume endless hours, but also the composition of the prose and the construction of the code. While presenting the final masterpiece was rewarding, I no longer have the blocks of time and energy to spend. The days of pulling a heavy wagon have drawn to a close. And the days of carrying a simple backpack have begun. In other words:

Why diversify?

By freeing myself from a heavily-centralized self-hosted “wagon” of computer files and folders, I can leap lightly from site to site with a simple but liberating “backpack” of ideas and expressions. Free to pursue and explore exotic new territories along my technical path. At least, that’s the theory.

We’ll see what the bright blue bubble offers…

J200XC Version 1

J200XC Version 1

Updated on 24 March 2011: Yup, I did it! After starting way back in July-August 2010, I finally completed my first “J200X” 200-Day Hybrid Program last month on 17 February 2010. Nice!

But wait! Shortly thereafter in late February 2011, I started my new “J200XC” 200-Day Hybrid Program, based heavily on Chalene’s programs. Yup, after 2 rounds, I’ve kept Chalene’s “TurboFire”, but I got tired of Tony’s “P90X” and replaced it with Chalene’s “ChaLEAN Extreme”. But interestingly, I decided to bring back Tony’s 90-minute “Yoga X” on a weekly basis as the most intense-yet-invigorating stretching session from any fitness program, hehe. Consequently, here’s the PDF file for “J200XC”, Version 1. As always, feel free to peek inside. Enjoy! I already finished Day 25 this morning, haha.