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Bossypants, by Tina Fey

So I read Bossypants¬†recently and I have to say, I loved it! I’ve been missing Liz Lemon since 30 Rock has been on its extended hiatus, and Bossypants was the perfect dose of Tina Fey. I loved her quirky, self-deprecating tone of voice. Really, it’s like watching Liz Lemon’s life, but in a much more toned-down, realistic way. (Can you tell that I love that she has gone on to do exactly what she wants to do in a vaguely autobiographical way? And that 30 Rock has stayed successful, despite what she might write about fearing that each season would be their last?)

I think that I can’t exactly call it a memoir or a strict autobiography when she gives so much more than that–advice, tidbits about history, a behind the scenes look at SNL. Of course, it’s complete with lots of funniness. (And I’m always impressed with people who manage to be truly funny.)

Seriously, go read this book and revel in Tina Fey’s funniness and her endearing messages:

“Obviously, as an adult I realize this girl-on-girl sabotage is the third worst kind of female behavior, right behind saying “like” all the time and leaving your baby in a dumpster. I’m proud to say I would never sabotage a fellow female like that now. Not even if Christina Applegate and I were both up for the same part as Vince Vaughn’s mother in a big-budget comedy called Beer Guys.” (page 53)

Message received: stop saying like all the time! And now I’m off to find something new to read.

(Also, I confess that I don’t really know what the difference between tags and categories on wordpress is. Consider this both tagged and categorized.)

(crossposted to my own blog)

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Yay to yaysornays! So exciting that it is my first post ūüôā Since it is my first post, let me talk about something I like.

Numbers!

I recently stumbled upon some pretty videos showing some pretty numbers on some financial issues.¬†Both of them are kind of old from last year, but I still think they are well made and bring up some good points. And the first one is surprisingly from the ending of a Will Ferrell’s movie.

What I like about them is that they are both informative yet entertaining. Put things into perspective that makes you do more research and thinking about those numbers, like how the Iraq war spendings (3+ trillions) dominated everything else on the graph: OPEC climate change fund (3 billions) and saving amazon rainforest (21 billions).

It stimulates me into thinking about and researching about the numbers. After some research, I found that some part of the graph itself could be a little bit over-exaggerating. In the case of saving amazon rainforest as an example, we should note that the quoted 21 billions to save amazon rainforest is only the amount of money the Brazilian president raising for a new international fund. There are other funds to save the rain forest; policies and infrastructures to achieve the goal.  If you add the costs of those policies and funds over the years, it is definitely way greater than 21 billions; which is the way they calculated the quoted 3+ trillions number for the Iraq and Afghan war. It is a result of adding up the dollar amount spent with the estimated indirect cost and all the predicted costs (healthcare and facilities maintenance) over the future years.

What are your take-away from the graph? and what is the most striking number in the graph to you? What do you think about the the CEO pay to the average employee pay ratio of 319 to 1?

Yay to yaysorna…

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#5 Magazine for iPad and iPhone, a revolution in interactive newspapers

Yesterday I found a new magazine in the Apple Newsstand. It was a unique magazine in a couple of ways. Firstly it was free. To clarify, it was completely free. This is very different from many other magazine apps in the app store, as those require you to buy a¬†subscription¬†to¬†actually¬†get content onto their “free” app. This magazine also was different in other ways. It seems that this is the first magazine that was designed with the iPad and iPhone in mind.

It is not a collection of linked articles or a rehash of the web site. It is an experience that is built completely for the interactivity of the touch screen. Images shift under your fingers, videos flow and music plays. You read an article about a photo model, and you see the video of the shoot right there. It was a full immersion experience.

Using this app on the iPhone, as I was going, did leave a desire for a bigger screen, but then again, it was still enjoyable. I did have to squint just a bit to see it sometimes. I can really see how this app would shine on the iPad. Overall, I think, this is what the future of magazines should be. A fully¬†immersive multimedia experience. Compared to this, other apps seem just simple and antique. Many people are saying that the old media is dead. But I say, with apps like this … it’s about to get a new lease on life.

If you would like to see it, here is a link to the app on iTunes.

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