China Olympic Grammar Errors – Part 3

8 08 2008

China Welcomes Y’all for Coming!!. Today is 8/8/08. The long awaited Olympic just kicked off few minutes ago in China. But to our surprise, there are some serious issues that are still plaguing Chinese Olympic villages. Despite the fact that we have been sounding this warnings for months (see part 1 and part 2), it’s disappointing that COPO (Chinese Olympic Planning Organization) are not fully organized in their language skills.

Many public signs (examples below) erected are full of errors. Unfortunately, the world is in China now. Any attempt to remove these misleading signs now would bring more embarrassment. Since we don’t complain without giving solutions, we would suggest that English speaking visitors over there should help to correct or graffitize the errors, especially if you are from South Bronx like me.

Happy Olympic!

“We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves. ” —John Locke

PART 1: Is China Olympic Game Grammatically Ready?

PART 2: Is China Olympic Game Grammatically Ready?


Why Didn’t We Think of this Invention

20 06 2008

An in-law asked me “why didn’t we think of this?” while sending me some images of new inventions created by regular folks like you and I. Therefore, I think it’s a good idea to talk about ideas.

Inventions and creativity seem elusive to many people. But they don’t have to be like that. Most human inventions are not anywhere near the realm of geeky lab coat-wearing scientists or engineering physicists. Ideas that lead to invention come in various shades and forms, most of which are no space-rocket science. Nevertheless, what come to most people mind when they hear the word “invention” are great geniuses like Al Einstein, Con Edison, and Henry Ford; whereas an unlikely or ordinary person may have inventor-abilities if given necessarily tools and motivation.

Many non-living things we see around us were created as a result of average people’s concept – i.e. common Joes and Janes. You might be one of those people who knock themselves on the head for not acting when they had that eureka!! after you see the same thought-of concept implemented by a go-getter. Then all you can say is: “I should have [could have, would have] done that.” Yes, we have such regret sometimes because we never follow our gut feelings, or we simply let some non-thinking loser(s) discourage us that it is not possible.

Contrary to popular beliefs, you don’t actually have to produce any product to make money out of your creativity. According to Harvey Reese, the author of the book “How To License Your Million Dollar Idea,” there are ways in which one could execute ideas without putting his or her hard-earned money into them. Reese indicates: let the deep pocket manufacturers spent their money to make your licensed idea into fruition. In other words, you make a percentage on each of your idea-product sold. And he warns to stay away from the so-called “invention companies.”

Personally, I can relate to invention companies scam. How I wish I had his book before forking about $1000 to a company called InventHelp on W 34th St, NYC. This company never live to his name-slogan. The only thing I got for my buck is a glossy hard-cover invention presentation, which is now gathering dust on my book shelf.

So if you have cool ideas you want to turn into inventions. You might want to do some research at the following links:

These could save you money instead of rushing to a patent lawyer. In the meantime, you can also save money by filing for a “provisional” [temporary] patent while you research the viability of your idea. Provisional patent can be filed with the Patent Office. Browsing these links would be a good starting point for would-be inventors. The site provide important information and hints on inventions. It is always imperative peruse independent sources, less you fall victim of unscrupulous invention companies which advertise in the media.

The images below are inventions of individuals who are proactive enough to take their concepts to the next level.


“Ideas are everywhere. It’s execution of good ideas – not the ideas themselves – that makes for successful businesses.” —— Kelly Spors

Invention Facts and Myths –

Mr. Gizmo

Will They Buy It

60 Seconds with Tony Robbins

McCain-Condoleezza: A Ticket Made In Heaven

28 03 2008

It is obvious that John McCain is being swept under the media waves by Obama’s éclat, to the extent that some Americans and people overseas don’t even know who John McCain is. So, what can the poor American war hero do catch up with high-flying Obama? A sensation. mccain_story1.jpgcondoleezza-rice-newarticle1.jpgAccording to this morning CBS Radio report, John McCain might be considering Condoleezza Rice as a running mate. This looks like a smart idea because Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been so hyped on the apriorism of making history – to be the first black president and first woman president respectively. McCain is at disadvantage of these Democrats’ history-making brouhahas. It is time for him to turn the table. Choosing Condi as a potential vice president is like killing “two birds with one stone.” Condi can help the republicans deflate the excitements surrounding Obama and Clinton. Condi is black and a woman. And she could be the first of both as a Vice President. Americans could be bought on campaign that would let McCain rule for fours years and then have the first black and woman president.

The two democratic contenders, while still trading jabs, need to watch out for McCain-Rice combo which can be very strategic. This could erase the democratic lead over the repuplicans’ as McCain’s surly attitude could be overlooked with Condi on his side. Condi is well-liked globally. Her professional resume is longer than Obama’s and Clinton’s combined; and she is the most educated official in the Bush Administration, if not in the whole Republican Party. To mention just a few, she rocks with the world leaders. Who can beat her records in Washington DC? Arguably none!  

Moreover, black folks could express to Condi the same emotions they have for Obama. And the feminists could be as excited to flock to Condi’s ticket as they are toward Hillary. If McCain eventually pull the stunt, it could be a major media sensation that could kill both Obamaniac and Clintoniac crazes. And the caveat? McCain-Rice would keep U.S. Troops in Iraq, at least, for the next decade(s).


“My parents had me absolutely convinced that you may not be able to have a hamburger at Woolworth’s, but you can be President of the United States”   – Condoleezza Rice.