June 24th, 2009 by tungsai

kid alarm clock

June 24th, 2009 by tungsai

who needs alarm clocks when you got kids? I swear. of course, who would set their alarm for 1:45, 5:30, and 6:30? Mia, that’s who.

Great day with Mia today!

June 13th, 2009 by tungsai

We dropped mommy off to get a haircut. Then we went to a park and watched some people play tennis. We swung on the swings, and played in a wooden teepee. We saw a doggy, and a helicopter, a fire truck, and an ambulance. Then we went to Meijer where daddy bought a ball, and we took the ball to play outside on UIUC campus! We saw a fountain, and dropped tree seeds down a sewer grate, and watched some cheerleaders practice. Then back home for some good dinner, a bath, and finally to bed.

Microsoft to discontinue making Microsoft Money

June 10th, 2009 by tungsai


You know, I have mixed feelings. I use Money 2002, because the newest versions were way, too bloated with bells & whistles. (Plus I already had a license and I didn’t wanna pay any more, especially after trying the trial period of 2007.) I religiously put my data into Money, but it has only been able to actually accurately do a couple things: Make pie charts of our spending categories, and provide a history of transactions better than the bank. After a year, it *sort of* predicts future cash flow & net worth, but applies it to the wrong accounts.

Completely useless were the areas where I was supposed to “Build my portfolio”, as all my various TIAA/CREF, Fidelity, American Funds, etc., are broken down into at least 15 if not more different actual “Funds” that have a stock symbol. I never took the time to meticulously add them in, except for once I tried it, and Money got the numbers all wrong. Yeah, yeah; garbage in, garbage out; but should it BE so complicated that I can’t “Just Do It”? So… Scrap the investment tracking.

The newest version of Money even went so far as to offer to automatically connect to ALL my accounts and download daily updates. It reminded me of the robust, vast array of drivers available in NT 4.0 Server: Though a huge list of providers appeared to be available, none of them were used by me, so that feature was useless.

Yeah, its sole purpose has pretty much been to see “Gee, how much did we spend on diapers THIS month?” but even such granularity could not be obtained, since diapers are always mixed in with other purchases that got labeled “Household” or “Groceries”.

I don’t know if 2007 or whatever the latest version has this problem, too, but money is also very bad at guessing what category a transaction should be if it has any type of unique number in it whatsoever, which 90% of them do. Very annoying.

So, in conclusion, I guess the only major thing I’d going to lose is the ability to see where spending has been in the past.


June 10th, 2009 by tungsai

Now that I’ve got your attention, Yesterday Mommy had to leave early to go to IU for a presentation by her boss. Daddy got Mia up, fed, changed, and off to day care. Then he waited for the bus and went to work. At work, I mostly worked on the CCTV project with Debbie. she has a great new motorcycle helmet. It is yellow, and has a cool built-in G.I. Joe-style visor. For lunch I went with the work gang to Qdoba’s. But the music was horrible. To complete the “Qatmosphere”, Pat turned on the TV. there was an expose’ of Charlie Sheen. I remarked that he has the best hair, and if I could have Charlie SHeen’s hair, I would. Then I could no longer stand the Qatmosphere and left early. I went to GameStop to see how much Boom Blox Bash Party cost. It’s $40, a rip off. Then back to work, and then home. But for dinner I went to Zelma’s where they have $3 large two-topping pizza if you order 1 drink (alcoholic). So I got a beer. The bartender *almost* remembered my name, but he sure remembered what I drank (Sam Adam’s). His name is Buzz and he likes to complain about stuff. I often catch snippets of him muttering phrases to others such as, “If , i’m gonna get pissed.” I think it’s his way of generating large tips out of sympathy. I had a dream that I had committed a crime. There was no way I was going to get away; and the whole time I was thinking, “Why did I do this?!? I’m going to go to jail for 20 or 30 years!” The evil dream conveniently left out the decision-making part; I just had to deal with the consequences of earlier actions, NOT on my part. Perhaps I got the dream from an article I read where a guy is just getting out of jail after 20 years, who has now been proven innocent. I call it the “Shawshank Syndrome”. I feel really bad for those people.


June 2nd, 2009 by tungsai

I wonder if Max’s brother knows these guys… funny vid.