Don't let people tell you what you can't do

It's a word from the movie "pursuit of happyness". People always like to give advice and their opinions on your things even they have no idea what happened. So there are some typical words can be heard from those people:

1. Your dream is unrealistic. What’s unrealistic is trying to live your life working at a job you don’t love doing something you hate for the rest of your life while regretting trying to live your dream.

2. You’re screwed if it doesn’t work out. No, you’re not. In fact, the worst possible scenario is that you go back to what you would be doing if you hadn’t pursued your dream. That’s the worst possible scenario.

3. You weren’t cut out for that. Who’s to say that? If you don’t fit the
for your dream then you’re the one to break the mold. You will
stand out.

4. You can follow your dream someday. Someday will never come. Follow your dream today.

5. Only a few people “make it.” That’s because they lack the drive, determination, and will that you have. You’re one of the few.

6. You should just be safe and get a job. In fact, a job is even more dangerous than pursuing your dream. Not only do you feel terrible doing something you don’t want to do, but with two simple words your livelihood can change. “You’re fired.” When you’re pursuing your dream, you’re the only one that can stop you.

via [Ravi Vora]



The Worst Domain Name

The name of a domain is somehow first impression to a visitor, so if there are something wrong with the domain name, terrible things could happen.

Look at the following domain names:

  1. Who Represents www.whorePresents.com
  2. Experts Exchange www.expertSexchange.com
  3. Pen Island www.penisLand.net
  4. Therapist Finder www.theRapistfinder.com
Have you found the horrible things? Yes, misunderstanding is worse than misspelling...

More can be seen at evarest online.


How to become a word guru?

If you have seen the popular american TV series "Prison Break" Season 2, you must have got a deep impression by the character T-bag.

What made me surprised is his fancy grammar / vocabulary. He can use different words to describe one thing. This ablity comes from his childhood, when his father forced him to recite a whole american english dictionary!

From the script of Episode 17 "Bad Blood":
YOUNG T-BAG: Ten synonyms for destroy. (closing his eyes, remembering) Annul. Mutilate. Liquidate. Abrogate. Quell. Ravage. Expunge. Demolish. Extinguish. Extirpate.

I always find me short of words, no, no, no, I don't mean I cannot say any word, but only quite normal words, like "destroy". :-)

Internet provides a lot of possibilities to let us learn something online. I used to learn those synonyms of words from the GRE-preparing book. Now we have a better way to explore the world of words - Roget's Thesaurus of English words and phrases.

With the word "destroy", I got 60(!) result with the same meaning of "destroy". So, it's really time to learn some thesaurus [thi-sawr-uh s] if one wants to become a word guru. Like a chinese proverb says: There is no royal road to learning.


Use WinFlip to simulate the Flip3D effect under XP

For those people who admire the shining effect  of switching windows - Flip3D under Windows Vista but have only Windows XP, here is a good news. WinFlip is such a very little eye candy to simulate the cool effect. It's extract & run ready without more configurations needed. Most important, it uses less resource (More precisely, it can adjust its effects on hardware performance automatically) and is free to use.


use WinKey + Tab to switch between windows. WinKey + Shift + Tab to switch backwards.


Click here to download the latest version 0.41. More information can be found on:

Main Site: http://www.tokyodownstairs.com/ (already down for a few days :-( )

Official Mirror Site: http://winflip.stylekings.de/

New version comes also with mouse gestures. So just try it.


Selected Firefox themes

Here are some pretty themes for firefox. So if you're already tired of the default style of firefox just like me, try one of them!

Other Software

FOXSCAPE - Netscape


Office 03 - Microsoft Office 2003

    Office 03

Outlook 2003 Blue - Outlook 2003

    Outlook 2003


Abstract Classic - icons with angles

    Abstract Classic

Baby Blue/ BB - pink and blue

    Baby Blue

Bible Fox - Christian symbols

    Bible Fox

Glowy Green - dreamy colors

    Glowy Green

Littlefox for Firefox - for small resolution


MidnightFox - neon with black


OldFactory Black - old style control panel

    Old Factory

PimpZilla - earth


Pink Paula / PP2 - pinkie for teenagers

    Pink Paula

RedShift V2 Beta - red and black


Scribblies Brite - for kids

    Scribblies Brite

ShadowThunder II Sunbeam - bright yellow


Walnut for Firefox - Wooden


Operating Systems

iFox Smooth - Mac

    iFox Smooth

Macfox II - Mac OS

    Macfox II

Metal Lion - Vista - Vista

    Metal Lion

Netscape Windows 3.1 - Windows 3.1

    Netscape Windows 3.1

Ubuntu Human Theme - Ubuntu

    Ubuntu Human

Ubuntu Tango Theme - Linux

    Ubuntu Tango

Vista-aero - Internet Explorer 7



HalloFF - The Nightmare Before Christmas.


Halloween - Browser with ghosts


Lineage 2 - Game: Lineage 2

    Lineage 2

NASA Night Launch - Can even style numerous extensions.

    NASA Night Launch

Red Cats (green flavor) - for cat lover

    Red Cats

The Simpsons - German version

    The Simpsons

tuxof - Unreal Tournament 2004


X-Mas (Light) - Christmas

    Xmas Light

So what do you like mostly? :-) <- this symbol is 25 years old, btw.


Pack all in one with Bundled Wrapping Method

For those people who are always en route, here is a excellent wrapping method to pack all needed clothes in a compacter way.

More details can be seen at http://www.onebag.com/pack.html


A new MSN smiley collection: Tuzki

My most used IM software is MSN Messenger. So I do collect many funny smiley. :) Now here is the newest collection of my smiley. It's really popular....

Download it here. Don't tell me you don't know how to install them....


Photography by Quang-Tuan Luong

Recently I am busy in finding a job, making some interviews. So the update on this site is somehow delayed. Today I found some terrific photographies by Quang-Tuan Luong.

Born in France, from Vietnamese parents, he was originally trained as a scientist (Ecole Polytechnique X84, PhD University of Paris), who made a few contributions to the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing.

Twenty years ago, his life was transformed by the wilderness of mountains. Now he is a photographer, so we have chance to see all his beautiful photos. :)

So, enjoy!

AT: http://www.terragalleria.com

US National Parks

QT Luong has photographed in extraordinary detail each of the 58 US National Parks, resulting in this unique collection of more than 4000 pictures.

North America

From sea to shining sea, the natural landscapes and cities of Canada, Mexico, and the USA including an extensive California gallery.

Asia and Israel

The surprising people, traditional culture, and temples of Japan, South-West China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar.


Historic cities and small towns of Belgium , France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, full of ancient ruins, monuments, fountains, castles, churches, cathedrals, old homes and streets.


A variety of tropical images from Australia and the islands of American Samoa and Hawaii.

Mountain Adventure

Alpinism in the heart of the Alps, Waterfall ice climbing, Big wall climbing in Yosemite, Expedition on Mt McKinley, Traveling Alaska's wilderness, High Sierra.

Studio images

The first of a series of studio artistic interpretations of nature subjects features orchids, the most diverse group of all flowering plants.