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The only thing I do know

In Becoming ruminative in education on February 25, 2010 at 5:38 PM

I watched an interesting video named “The only thing I know” on youtube the other day the viewing experience made me ponder about the value/peril of video-game playing. It is a common sense that when one binge-doing something at the expense of other matters, the inbalance eventually leads to downfall. The video warns people on the over-indulgence of playing MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) and how this may sacrifice your time and investment on other potentially more important people or things in one’s life. Spending thousands of hours playing online games may get you to level 80 and you are stronger and you own ample currency in the virtual world. However, what lurks behind this virtual accomplishment may be that you are living in solitude, devoid of friendship in real life, suffering from eating or emotional disorder caused by the binge-playing of MMORPG.

My own history of  playing video game dates back to when I was 7 when SEGA and Nintendo took center stage. I got hooked to playing and followed suit with Super Nintendo and Playstation. In fact, I was a player for almost 20 years until I receded of late to occasional game playing on my PSP. Not that I don’t want to play, it’s just other obligations at the current stage of my life took over. Fortunately, I didn’t develop ill-devised routines or sickness that adversely affected mylife thus far with regard to game-playing. A word for the young and upcoming consumers and players of MMORPG, the only thing I do know is to do all things with a healthy dose of mixed balance. Allocating proper time investment doing a variety of things, and pay attention to your friends and family, also health is vital, not only to prolong your “HP” and “EXP”  as a game player but also as a good quality healthy human being in virtual reality and the real world.



In Not so random posts on February 18, 2010 at 4:21 PM

News came in from the body shop mechanic the day before saying that the estimate for replacing my car body parts add up to $3200. If I convert the amount to Taiwanese dollars, it makes little sense to me that replacing a tailgate and rearbumper would total to that gigantic sum. Simply no way! It is my knowledge that the labor fee here in the U.S. is signifcantly higher though. A raise on my insurance policy is looming for sure even though I had no fault in the accidents. Anyhow I will be sending my car in for repair these few days and my Mazda 5 will come  out like brand new! That’s a piece of good news.

吃飯皇帝大 “Eat like an emperor”

In Not so random posts on February 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

This link is a wordpress product I just found about gourmet. Everybody loves food! A Chinese saying goes “Eat like an emperor” implies that to eat is the most vital task of one’ s daily life and nothing else precedes it. “Well fed on the Town” is so diverse in terms of information (restaurant background and cultural origin) and the pictures do make people drool. At least I did. Read more…

Hooray teamwork!!

In Not so random posts on February 12, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Working with my cohort on research seemed distant to me until this semester I met Kari from Germany and Laeeq from Pakistan. I worked with Kari in fall, 2009 in a different course. I’m so so glad to have met both of them now and we want to work TOGETHER on research and to publish. At this point of my trajectory as a doctoral student, a loner phd candidate really at times feels lost. To unite is where the power is! We’ll have collective effort and work looming on the horizon. I’m so excited about working with other graduate students and be spurred and inspired.

For the much unlikely to happen…

In Not so random posts on February 11, 2010 at 6:09 PM

I didn’t know I would think about posting things about what goes on in my life, up until this point in my life. I guess that’s what starting a blog is all about, sharing bits and pieces of my life experiences with other WordPressers.

Early last week I got involved in a minor car accident. Talk about first time for everything. A car behind me couldn’t stop his car due to icy road condition and slid into my passenger-side rear bumper. A law school student was driving and he was extremely apologetic for causing the incident. It was his first tiime as well so he called his mom for help and called MSU police afterwards. Police came and made a report. Funny that the law school kid and the policeman happened to come from the same hometown and they started a conversation as nostalgic as it could have sound to me. Restaurants and bars at the corner of the road and the good food here and there. Old time is always the best time i guess. The policeman didn’t give the law school fellow a ticket and that was big relief for the kid. On my part I received a claim number that I can use, after a week, to report to my insurance company for repair. The incident drew the curtain down as the three of us shook hand (I felt weird doing so since there was no deal to be stricken) and drove off in light snow showers. I called my insurance agency and reported my claim to the best of my knowledge and wound up with another claim number to be given to a certified body shop. Good news I am under no fault and therefore will pay nothing for the whole repair. The imminent trouble for me was the thought of having no means of transportation when I send in my car for repair. But that remains to be seen…  

02.02.2010 lesson learned–Intermittent braking is way safer than one-time braking & keep a longer safety distance while driving on icy roads.

Here comes the much unlikely scenario. This morning while driving my significant other to school. On an unknown road on campus. I saw in my back mirror a black truck couldn’t stop right and was carreening. Within the split second I thought about changing lane but couldn’t coz there were cars occupying the other lane. Buuuuuuummmmp! Here we go again. Gee I would never have thought I can get my car damaged two times in a matter of ten days. The guy is a under and didn’t seem as apologetic. He wanted to make up a story that I can tell to my insurance company to cover the damage, this time, on the rear end on the driver side. (Weird feeling to see almost equal dents on both right and left side of my Mazda 5 rear end though). Plus the tailgate was dented. Making up a story seemed to be a hard sell both to the insurance company and the body shop. I let him go after getting his cel phone number and quickly regret and apprehension took me over. What if the insurance or the body shop doesn’t buy my story? After elongated comtemplation, I called my insurance and explained the situation. Another claim number granted and I took the two claims to a local body shop. The body shop guy, aged around mid fifties, was amicable and patient in explicating the drill. Good news that when I send in my car for repair, they will give me a car to drive for free. Later that noon I called the black truck guy and lectured him a bit on driving slowly. I myself learned a lesson as well.

Weird weird thing: The law school guy’s name is Brian and the black truck guy’s name is Ryan. My brother’s name is Bryant. I wonder what’s going on there with these names that resemble.

02.11.2010 lesson learned–So it’s not trunk door but “tailgate”. Boy I need to learn English not related to academics. Split-second decision-making is vital in critical circumstances and it may not be something we can rehearse but we can still give it a thought or two in case we get involved in such.

Keep tuned in for more news concerning my lovely Mazda 5…in the meantime…drive safe for sure!

Hello world! This is 艾倫旻倫吳

In Not so random posts on February 4, 2010 at 10:43 PM

WordPress 部落格的朋友們大家好!  因緣際會下在美國密西根州立大學修習博士班課程CEP 952 Technology in Higher Education這門課, 我開始察覺到自己必須在虛凝網路上開始創造自己的獨特身分及存在感, 創造網路身分的路徑很多種類, 我可以做個人學術專業網頁, 寫部落格, 或是照片網站. 在這麼多途徑裡面, 我選擇開始撰寫部落格, 把自己想法公開, 讓天馬行空的我, 久未擅於中文表達的我受刺激求改變, 希望往後能跟廣大部落格網友們互相交流.

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