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Disruptive technologies

  • 2nd Feb, 2006 at 7:14 PM

What's going on?
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

Normally, on Wednesdays, I noodle around doing creative stuff. Not yesterday at the Markham office. Instead, I went around trying to convince people that they should be happier. This has been my overriding goal when I am here.

Since I have also been talking to people who are considering giving us money, one of my sub-goals is to make them understand that they'll be happier by handing it over, instead of hoarding it. So far, they seem to be quite pleased with this whole happiness thing.

One of the nice things that happened was the drumming. See, some teenagers dressed up as dragons decided to dance around in the front lobby to some drumming. Lots of people left the office to see what the ruckus was all about. Then, they got into the elevator and swung by the office. They even posed for photo-ops! The drummers were pretty loud and disruptive, so I'm sure we'll have good fortune this year.

Ice bucket with tong
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

So after this noon-hour excitement, dwiseman and I decided it would be a good time to go out for lunch. We had organised an expedition to return to Phở Viêt with some co-ops. I managed to convince two out of three to come along, which isn't so bad.

We hopped into the Cadillac and drove two blocks down to Warden and Steeles. As we pulled into the parking lot, we noticed a bunch of shady characters milling about the front door.

I had a large bowl of tasty phở while other people contented themselves with dishes that did not involve soup nor creepy meat. Boy did the miss out. We forgot, however, to order the iced coffee until the end of the meal. So we had to wait for the coffee to drip and what could we possibly do but chat. Once the coffee was done, we dropped ice cubes into it from a $6 ice bucket. With only one tong.

I didn't leave my camera at the restaurant this time.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
3rd Feb, 2006 19:35 (UTC)
Convincing people to be happy is definately a good goal. Strangely enough, I was thinking about similar things this morning. I was in the shower and felt unexpectedly happy. Normally I'm not very happy during my morning routine, for whatever reason, especially when I didn't sleep very well like last night. As I showered, I thought to myself "This is strange. I shouldn't be happy in the morning - I can't be happy all the time, can I?" Then almost immediately: "Well, why not?"
3rd Feb, 2006 20:10 (UTC)
I think you should try to be happy all the time, as long as you don't make other people unhappy. Why wouldn't you?
3rd Feb, 2006 22:25 (UTC)
Yeah, exactly.

I'd even go furthur than that. "as long as you don't make reasonable people unhappy" or something. I'm sure my lifestyle (relatively tame as it is) makes some people unhappy, but that's because they're going out of their way to be offended. Also, I'm sure I make some people (reverse-racists may be the correct term) unhappy simply by existing. Oh well.
3rd Feb, 2006 23:24 (UTC)
I phrased it that particular way, because I believe in making people happy.

And if I can't make unreasonable people happy, then I should make them more reasonable.
4th Feb, 2006 00:57 (UTC)
That sounds reasonable. I'm happy with your explanation.
6th Feb, 2006 02:16 (UTC)
We'll make you happy, whether you want it or not!
6th Feb, 2006 02:29 (UTC)
Happiness is mandatory! :)
6th Feb, 2006 02:30 (UTC)
The computer is your friend! Err...
3rd Feb, 2006 21:43 (UTC)
Wow. I'm really impressed you can write phở correctly. Where'd you learn the Vietnamese alphabet?

(You left out a dot in Việt though, but I'll let that pass.)
3rd Feb, 2006 22:02 (UTC)
I'm only a polyglot when it comes to food!

For instance, my French vocabularly is horrendous, except when it comes to deciphering menus.
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