VOTD: I’ve been training a lot, few good videos…

Posted May 10th, 2016 4:09 am @ Tien-Mu, Taipei, Taiwan – I’ve been weight training again, more serious and consistent this time for 7 weeks already.  I’m using variation of the old school 5×5 program which is 3 times a week.  I also play basketball frequently again 3-4 times a week starting about 10 months now.  I just started going to Bikram hot yoga studio again, just over a week.  I’m working on getting my weight from ~82 kg (180 lbs) back down to ~75kg (165 lbs).  I intend to increase my muscle mass and reduce body fat.  The eventual goal is getting closer to squatting 2x my body weight hoping get back to match my vertical jump PR first then to better it by about 5″.

I’ve watched a lot of training and exercise videos are here are a few that stands out so I decided to share them here.  All three video have solid information without fluff or bullshit.

For those who are curious about my progress I have started a new log in 2016 here.  It gets updated several times a week.  Now that I’ve been squatting and deadlifting more regularly I am much more appreciative about the elite athleticism showed by world class olympic weightlifters.  Look at how effortlessly Lu Xiao-Jun squat 275kg (605 lbs).  That is 3.5x his bodyweight.  Insane.

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VOTD: Honda motorcycles – RC166, RC181, NS500, NSR250, NSR500, RC30, NR750, MC22, Motocompo

Posted 7/11/2014 2:28 am @ Swords, Dublin, Ireland – Today’s VOTD is all about 2 wheel Honda’s.  Old school Honda motorcycles are amazing.  SoichiroHonda was a very special type of guy…


Honda 250 cc 6 cylinder in the 1960’s?!  Enough said.

More classic Honda goodness.

The badasses years…

RC30, my magical dream bike.  I lusted after this bike for years and years…  someday.  25+ years after its release I still think it’s one of the best looking bike ever.  That single sided swing arm OMG I LOVE YOU.

NR750 aka RC40, too big and too expensive but the oval piston was an ingenious interpretation of the rules.  :)

MC22 aka CBR250RR with 20,000 rpm redline is another bike I also dreamed of…  boy it sounds amazing…

Bonus video: the rare Honda Motocompo portable briefcase style motorcycle.  :)  Full of win!!

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Exercise your right! Read this (lot of useful info) and fight your traffic and parking tickets!!

Posted 7/10/2014 9:01 pm @ Swords, Dublin, Ireland – I came across this gem with many tips on how to deal with the bullshit system.  I highly recommend reading through it as it will give you some insights on our rights.  The system is design to get money from you, that’s all.  I agree it is our patriotic duty to always challenge the government!!  Cheers.  I’m not sure how much of this applies to outside of California but it’s still a good read regardless.  I dislike the justice system and the law a great deal, there is just too much BS associated with it.  Common sense and righteousness is my type of thinking…


source: http://nblo.gs/YkcBc

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TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSES

Published On July 10, 2014 | By CopBlock | Articles
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This site rocks! I always surf it, and have noticed some complaints about citizens issued phone infraction and parking tickets.
I wanted to offer some expertise on some rather diabolical traffic ticket and other defense strategies that are California specific that I have used. Please couch this with the understanding that the traffic court is an utterly corrupt, criminal system specifically designed to punish you for daring to exercise any of your Constitutional and Statutory rights to defend yourself. Also, traffic judges rarely follow the law in their bloodlust zeal to shake you down and extort you for revenue.
As an example, the promise to appear date on a ticket used to be the date and time you would also have an opportunity to enter a plea of not guilty. Well, too many people were exercising their rights, so they changed the crooked system so when you initially appear, they then tell you to come back AGAIN for arraignment an average of 7 months later, with the plan that you will forget, then they will demand even more bribe money for a claimed failure to appear.
As to specific strategies, I NEVER EVER post a bribe, er, bail! It is not a crime to not have money, nor can they deny you your Constitutional rights to trial just because you have no bribe fees.
What I have done repeatedly in the past is say, “Your honor, I enter a plea of not guilty, and request an O.R. release. I met my promise to appear today, and I will do so again. I don’t believe I will be convicted, and if wrongfully convicted, I have no monies and would have to ask for community service after exhausting all appeal remedies.” Now frankly, I stopped asking for an O.R. release as it got granted once. I really don’t want them to grant it. The best way to accomplish that is to not ask for an O.R. release, so I no longer ask for it.
What happens next is with or without a ruling, they tell you to go see the cashier. Now if the commissioner actually grants an O.R. release as happened one time, the tactic no longer works. If they either deny your O.R. release request, or better yet, you don’t ask for it at all, then the cashier demands a bribe, er, bail money, and with my cell phone recorder going, I tell them I am indigent and can’t afford bail. They don’t give you a trial date but rather give this form that says something to the effect that if you fail to come up with bail money by (typically 30 days) a warrant may be issued for your arrest. Right! But it goes on to say, if you can’t come up with the bail money by the due date, you may have to see the judge again. BINGO!
On that date, I appear again, at which point they schedule ANOTHER return visit before a judge who does not have time to hold some evidentiary hearing on whether you have money or not. Off to the cashier they send me again, and this time they finally give a trial date when I still have not posted bail.
Now remember how I said at arraignment I entered a plea of not guilty? When you don’t post bail, unless an O.R. release was granted, they refuse to give you a trial date at the cashier’s window at arraignment. When you return at 30 days or whatever the form specifies you must post bail by, they just give you another court date to see the judge, ostensibly to hold a finances hearing, which has never been discussed all the times I appeared for that type of hearing.
Because of my vigorous tactics and the court/cashier imposed delays, by the time they get me to trial, an average time of 90 days elapses…which just happens to be past the 45 days speedy trial California mandatory statute. At trial, I don’t even let it commence, I move to dismiss via a Penal Code Section 1382 Motion to Dismiss on the grounds of a lack of prosecution. I keep a four page Declaration, Points and Authorities document on the computer and just change the dates and times and names.
Remember, if you plan on using this tactic, NEVER sign any papers, especially ones waiving your rights. And be careful, the Cal Vehicle Code has some sneaky, slimy hidden section that furtively claims if you plea/post bail via mail, you may be waiving your speedy trial rights. I can’t tell you how many crooked clerk have demanded I sign their forms to get a trial, and hidden within the language is a waiver of your rights. I have varied from videotaping them demanding I sign a right waiver form as a condition of trial, to just crossing off the parts I don’t agree with and not letting them know I did so.  Total waste of time based upon a lost wages to fine ratio analysis?  You bet! That’s how its deliberately rigged.
I also frequently demand the County seat at the time of the ticket being issued when I am in a city other than the main one. As an example, the City of Long Beach, Santa Monica, Manhattan beach, Redondo, etc., these are not County seats, so upon your motion at arraignment AFTER you entered your not guilty plea, they must transfer it, where it will get delayed some more, and usually past the 45 days Statutory time.
I learned the basics via a totally righteous book called Fight Your Ticket By David Brown via Nolo Press. That became the foundation for these advanced tactics not referenced in the book.
Another diabolical tactic I have used with 100% success is to ignore summonses/bench warrants, then after 12 months, filing a Serna Motion. People v Serna says that if the police fail to take you into custody and bring you before a magistrate within 12 months of the issue of a warrant, the delay is unfairly prejudicial against your ability to defend yourself, you needn’t prove prejudice, and unless your whereabouts could not be determined by a routine investigation, not only must the warrant be dismissed, but must the charges it arose from! EPIC!
These are just a few of the tactics I developed, everything from demanding a stenographer paid for at the expense of the state (In re Armstrong Motion, also see March v Muni Court, Mayer v City of Chicago), to formally subpoenaing a cop, so that when he does not appear, you can move the court to find sufficient cause to hold the cop in contempt of court for disobedience to a lawful subpoena, then demand a bench warrant be issued for his arrest. (Courts don’t formally subpoena traffic cops.) I have not lost in 10 years.
Now of course the trial lawyers will require I advise you to not rely upon any of my experiences and to tell you this is not legal advice to be relied upon, and to consult with an attorney, blah blah. Good luck, and give them hell, it’s your PATRIOTIC DUTY to ALWAYS challenge the government.
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VOTD: various Adventure Time videos

Posted 7/4/2014 11:48pm @ Seatown, Dublin, Ireland – I still love watching cartoons I have always enjoy them since I was a kid. I have never outgrew them at all. Some of my happy worry free days was enjoying the afternoon cartoon with my little sister. She is 7 years younger than I am and we spent countless hours watching all kinds of cartoons.


I enjoy watching Adventure Time with my nephew and nieces. But it would be nice to see it from the beginning. The AT world is quite elaborate and I just love many of the characters.

Ice King sings a cool song…

The Chinese version is actually pretty awesome, it’s mostly in Mandarin with a little bit of Taiwanese mixed it.

Cute song Marceline sings to the Ice King.

A pretty cute cover of the Ohh Bubblegum song.🙂

Funky song.

Yummy.

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VOTD: octopus trick, deepstaria, Mg battery, e-bike tricks, cycling robot, Falklands Islands war, 鄭南榕 memorical

Posted 6/29/2014 3:35 pm @ La Courneuve, Paris, France – few more great videos that I’m booking marking VOTD style.


Sooooo trick.  Remember the thermoptics camouflage suit from Ghost In The Shell’s Major Motoko Kusanagi?  Nature does it better.  I❤ nature.

Amazing mother nature.  In 2013 that weird creature found in deep oil rig is this creature according to the trusty marine biologists at Monterey Aquarium.  :-)

I saw this on Luke’s google+ and the presentation is excellent.  However Luke also cautioned that “Molten Mg can be held by just about nothing that can conduct electricity without undergoing very rapid corrosion. UNLESS! They dare to do a molten flourine based salt, and had some continous feed of sacrificial anode pellets or something that sinks in the Mg salt, conducts well, is cheap, has a oxidation product that is easy to transport out (like its so low density it floats on the molten Mg), and can serve as a stronger affinity anode to be continuously corroded as its operational. At least that’s my $0.02.”

Very cool video showing a dude riding a e-motorcycle doing tricks at an embassy.

Mini robot riding a bicycle is able to balance by himself.  How cute.  :)

I have memories of this war from childhood UK vs. Argentina…  exposing my age ha ha, but whatever.  Now as an adult it’s interesting to learn more about the conflict.  The image of the vertical take off plane left a strong impression…

Mr. SHI De-Jian, probably my favorite monk from Shao-Lin Temple.  To my untrained eyes he has put a lot of work into his kung-fu and thus, has deep understanding and mastery of it.  I’m a big fan.

鄭南榕殉難廿五周年紀念

Although personally I am against Taiwan independence because it is unrealistic, I admire Mr. Zheng a great deal for his courage and love of Taiwan.  He is a do-er not just a mere say-er.  25 years ago in 1989 he set himself on fire to make a statement advocating for 100% freedom of speech in Taiwan.  For some 40+ years Taiwan was ruled under martial law and freedom of speech was not a given right.  Many people were imprisoned and murdered for their political beliefs. I have the utmost respect for people who are willing to die for them dreams especially when the dream is not for selfish reasons but for better of others.  That is true unselfishness.  Many others have sacrificed so much for Taiwan to enjoy its current freedom.  Lets not forget…

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VOTD: R34/CRV, Smart wheelie, rally Enzo, 288 GTO, rally legends, Higgins @ Isle of Man

Posted 6/28/2014 6:14 am @ La Courneuve, Paris, France – today’s videos.  :)


So wrong and so right.  Turbo B18C AWD CRX with R34 Skyline front end.  What do you guys think?

Nice wheelie!!

Drive it like you stole it.  Uhhh…  I saw this few years but still love it.

Whoa, Ferrari 288 GTO Group-B Spec!!  This is the daddy of Ferrari F40 in case you guys didn’t know.

Historic rally cars can still do their thing!  These are some sweet old school legendary machines I love them all.

At last but not check this out. I love how it has Mark Higgin’s bio stats on screen!

Bonus video: it’s seexxxxy time!!

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VOTD: 2 for 1 today! Le Mans, R35 GTR GT3, Time Attack Italy, MotoGP, siiick kid.

Posted 6/26/2014 12:52 pm @ Palaiseau, Paris, France – Okay guys, I saw so many cool videos today that are worth sharing this is the first time I’ve done two VOTD in one day.  The first one was about random videos but this one is all about my number one passion motorsports.  :)


Battle of Le Mans, a great introduction to the 2014 race!!

Full race coverage starting at #1.  Watch all 11 if you have time to kill.  :-)  It’s epic as usual.

MotoGP’s 65 history!!

Nismo/JRM R35 GTR is pure bad ass.  I love it.

This is a very well done video covering Time Attack in Italy.  I love the variety of cars!!  Props to the two CRX in there.  The white one sounds bad ass.

NatGeo Mega Factories coverage of production Nissan Skyline GT-R R35.  Chinese subtitled too.

Bonus video: young guns, this kid is damn good.

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VOTD: .usa/.ca border facts, human trafficking, shock stem, first moon party!!

Posted 6/24/2014 9:20 am @ Palaiseau, Paris, France – As usual I’ve got a good selection of random videos that you guys might enjoy. I know I certainly laughed my ass off about the First Moon Party.


Fun facts about the border between Canada and USA!!  Silly.

Powerful, beautiful, tragic… nice poem. I’m not against prostitution by self choice but if it is against their will is pure evil. Human trafficking and slavery are worst or the worst in my book.

Cool story, the designer is a middle aged mechanical engineering guy, he had a mild stroke and hits mid-crisis a bit. He said to himself, I haven’t really contributed anything to society (all his past ME projects are weapons, missiles, optical radar… etc for the military).So he came up with a shock absorbing stem that will make cycle riding easier!! Pretty ingenious. A potential game changer check it out if you’re into cycling. I have a road bike and I know the numb feeling from the vibrations, this will help a bit I will order one to try.

OMG WTF did i just watch lol. oh well, it’s pretty funny though. addendum: Holy crap it’s a viral marketing video. Job well done I must say ha ha ha.

Girl’s first period is not an easy subject to get into for parents.  It’s nice to see the subjected gets treated in a light hearted way.  Well done.  Bravo.  I would like to see something like this for the more conservative Asia countries.  :)

Bonus video: I posted this few days ago on my FB and this video has grew on my a lot. The English is fobby but the dancing is cute and easy to learn and the song is nice. I like it a lot. I’ve been jamming to it daily. ha ha ha.

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VOTD: cute girl dancing, Sia’s live performance, Vincent Who?, WIRED tech video

Updated 7/6/2014 7:27 am @ Seatown, Dublin, Ireland – added more information to Sia and Maddie’s music video.

Posted 6/24/2014 12:24 pm @ Palaiseau, Paris, France – some of the videos i enjoyed today…


I saw Lina sharing a photo of a cute girl and then the video.  The music is quite nice I like it, but I’m even more impressed with the dancing of the little girl.  She is a pleasure to watch.  I can put this on repeat and watch it over and over again.

Ahh, I googled and found out the dancer is Maddie Ziegler!!  I’ve seen her before in few episodes of Dance Mom’s (yeah yeah it’s my dirty secret lol) which I enjoy the girls facing competition and challenges in learning to dance.  It has the crazy mom’s and Abbey her self can be quite the attitude queen too.

I watch video multiple times a day because I love the dancing by Maddie she is just adorable.  The video is also highly metaphoric and some say it is about he chaotic and violent struggles with the issue of alcoholism. Her dance moves represent stages of alcohol dependency from the first relentless high, to trying to continue day to day routines while struggling through it, to the eventual attempted suicide (the part with the curtains).  The story is told beautifully through Maddie’s dance.

Sia’s live performance of Breathe Me is impressive.

Asian-Americans should all know about Vincent Chen.  I have heard of his name in Chinese (陳果仁) before but his English name didn’t ring any bells.  He tied four years before I moved to USA…  I will dedicate a separate blog entry about him.  But all minorities should find his story interesting as true freedom loving Americans should not tolerate any hate crimes.

A well made video by the guys from WIRED magazine.  Lot of solid information on the state of energy and developing technologies…

Adventure Time is pretty popular in Taiwan.  Now days the translations are quite well done.  Jake and Finn speaking Chinese mandarin!  They chose to use a Cantonese Mandarin accent as Jack the magic dog’s voice.  It works I like it.

Adventure Time season 4 episode 25’s song “I Remember You” with Chinese lyrics…  not bad.

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It Will Take Just 1 Minute to Read This and Change Your Thinking

Posted 6/23/2014 10:37 am @ Palaiseau, Paris, France – This is a lovely little story.  I am very moved just reading the story.  Being able to give unselfishly an inspire someone is a good deed indeed.  It also illustrate the power of the mind.


source: http://expandedconsciousness.com/2014/06/22

It Will Take Just 1 Minute to Read This and Change Your Thinking

It will take just 1 minute to read this and change your thinking:

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation..hospital window. Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene. One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Days, weeks and months passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’ Epilogue: There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy. ‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .’ The origin of this letter is unknown. Source: Truth Seeker Daily via Thinking Humanity

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