equivocality — Jeff Ngan's collection of thoughts, experiences, and projects, inspired by pretty much everything
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So excited to be cut­ting my teeth on revi­sion con­trol sys­tems tonight. Using my pub­lic WordPress theme as a test bed.

4 years, 11 months ago
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This was a pretty bad day. But I haven’t had one in a long time so I was prob­a­bly overdue.

4 years, 11 months ago
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Every time I’m too exhausted to go to Tai Chi class and end up forc­ing myself to go, I find out I would have missed some­thing important.

4 years, 11 months ago
30 Jul 09

A Letter To The Officer Who Made Me Drive Into A Ditch

(If you haven’t seen the pic­ture.)

Maybe we have a few things in com­mon. We were both dri­ving back to the office at the end of the day (me to drop off the cases I had picked up, you to do more paper­work). Both five years at our jobs. Both with­out prior acci­dents. But I’m actu­ally in mar­ket­ing, not deliv­ery, and if it wasn’t for the fact that our so many of our dri­vers had called in sick, I wouldn’t have been on the road at this par­tic­u­lar time on this par­tic­u­lar day.

It was actu­ally a few fac­tors that led to my dri­ving into the dirt shoul­der, and even­tu­ally, set­tling in a ditch fac­ing the wrong way in the grassy median. You drove from the onramp directly into the pass­ing lane — where I was — with­out check­ing your blind spot. Or sig­nal­ing. I didn’t real­ize you were com­ing into my lane and about to hit me until it was too late. I didn’t have time to brake, so I had to drive half onto the shoul­der. As I steered back onto the cement road, it caused a dif­fer­ence in trac­tion between my left and right tires. It made me veer left, and I tried to cor­rect it by steer­ing right. Then the same thing hap­pened in the oppo­site direction.

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29 Jul 09

on the left side of the road, facing the wrong way

on the left side of the road, facing the wrong way

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Finally home. A lit­tle shaken but more hun­gry than anything.

4 years, 12 months ago
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I just got cut off by a cop, which made me swerve into a ditch. At least he’s admit­ting that it’s his fault. Pictures to follow.

4 years, 12 months ago
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RAID strip­ping my boot drive with two 10000 RPM disks. And an erec­tion, obviously.

4 years, 12 months ago
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Just spent four hours deliv­er­ing cases for work. Saw lots of nice places and land­scapes but now I’m thor­oughly exhausted.

4 years, 12 months ago
28 Jul 09

Not-so-hidden masonic lodge

Not-so-hidden masonic lodge

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It’s here it’s here IT’S HERE!!! Can I go home now?

4 years, 12 months ago
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Does a rabbi worry about eat­ing non-kosher food if he can just bless it himself?

4 years, 12 months ago
27 Jul 09

The Appreciation Paradox

Often, when some­one thanks me, I find myself say­ing “Don’t men­tion it” or “No need to thank me”. Yet when some­one doesn’t thank me for a favour, I feel like I’m being taken advan­tage of.

It’s a funny thing that I feel like a thank-you is unnec­es­sary only after some­one has said it. Maybe it’s because as long as the per­son appre­ci­ates the favour, that’s all that matters.

It’s sim­i­lar to the way Pat once offered to let me stay with him and Jen if I ever find myself with­out a job and a house. I’d prob­a­bly never take him up on the offer because I never want to be a bur­den any­one. At the same time, he knows this and doesn’t expect me to take him up on it, but he offered any­way because he knows I wouldn’t take it for granted, and would still be happy to take me in if the sit­u­a­tion war­ranted it.

Perhaps such acts become more of an acknowl­edg­ment than a prac­ti­cal ges­ture. As long as I know that some­one is appre­cia­tive and rec­og­nizes a favour, that’s all that mat­ters. But really, isn’t that what a thank you is — an acknowl­edg­ment through thanks? At the same time, with­out a thank you, how would we know that some­one is appre­cia­tive?

It’s like the act itself is simul­ta­ne­ously nec­es­sary and unnecessary.

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Quite impressed with the Vegetarian Extreme pizza from Gabriel’s too (yeah, you heard me). And one slice could feed an army.

4 years, 12 months ago
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So glad I have left­over sushi from yes­ter­days pre-party, cause I’m about own it.

4 years, 12 months ago