The Power of the Web

The internet is a pretty remarkable resource. One of my favorite websites, Xplane put out a new video that puts the internet into perspective.

Being tech savvy means I’m usually the one my friends and family come to when they can’t figure something technology-related out. It looks as if maybe one day, the rate of innovation might leave even me in the dust. Scary.

Running, eating and cheetahs

My good buddy Jing, did a nice write-up comparing my running and eating ability to a cheetah. While I am nothing like a cheetah literally or metaphorically, Jing makes a few very interesting discoveries (despite the pseudo-scientific nature of the calculations).

What I found most interesting was how linear my PR’s were from 60m to 500m. Also oddly, those two events happened to be above average. Definitely very strange.

My times are almost perfectly linear.

My times are almost perfectly linear.

Be sure to check out what Jing has to say about my metabolism relative to a cheetah’s too!

AT&T Wi-Fi Part II

The session window for AT&T Wi-Fi

The session window for AT&T Wi-Fi

For those of you who frequent Starbucks, you surely know about the free 2 hours of Wi-Fi access you get as a Rewards member. I was always dubious about the 2-hour limit; the access was provided by an AT&T account you sign up for and thus it didn’t appear as though Starbucks had any sort of control over the network. The account you sign up for doesn’t come with any sort of identifier as being associated with Starbucks Rewards either.

Today I spent a good chunk of time there working on various projects and had the opportunity to test what would happen to my Wi-Fi access after two hours. Apparently nothing. Awesome :smile:.

Tinkering

Greetings.

If you accessed this page by directing your browser to http://sonicage.com/btan, you should have seen a “404 Page Not Found” error. This is the result of one of many changes I’ve been making here over the last few days. The proper address for my site is now http://brianjtan.com. I chose this domain after much deliberation so if you don’t like it, you can buy something else for me.

In the meantime, I’ll be tinkering with the infrastructure and design a bit as I try to find new content to post as well. Hopefully I’ll be able to get into the habit of posting regularly too. Anyways, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, leave ‘em in the comments.

On another note, I recently wrote about the Kor One Hydration Vessel. I’ve got 5 unique coupon codes that will score you $5 off the purchase of one. Let me know if you’re interested.

Bolt vs. Phelps

Olympic Champions and world record holders

Olympic Champions and world record holders

It’s hard to believe that the Olympics Games in Beijing took place nearly a year ago given the many unforgettable performances witnessed by the world. For most people, one athlete’s performances stand out in particular. Michael Phelps undoubtedly took the show with an unprecedented 8 gold medals, 7 world records and 1 Olympic record. In total, Phelps has won more gold medals than any OIympian with 14 and has broken 35 world records the last of which he broke just today at the World Championships.

Phelps is definitely one of the greatest athletes of all time, with more to come. Call me biased, but Phelps’ records are a little overplayed relative to Bolt’s world record performances on the track at 100m, 200m and the 4×100m relay. Here’s why. Continue reading ‘Bolt vs. Phelps’

How to score free groceries

  1. Plan a late-night trip to Wegmans with your roommate.
  2. Wander around the store finding things you need and even more things you don’t (don’t forget the milk!).
  3. Check out and load up the car.
  4. After arriving home, realize that there is only one jug of milk in the car. Where’s the other jug? You probably left it in the shopping cart.
  5. Go back to Wegmans and go to the service desk. Explain your missing milk situation like an idiot.
  6. Kind/tired Wegmans will give you free milk.
  7. Return to the car only to find that the missing jug has been there all along.
  8. Get your daily dose of calcium.


Blog post times