Sep 5, 2009  •  In Books, Home, Personal

Neil Gaiman’s Personal Library

I have been a long-time fan of Neil Gaiman, whom I consider the contemporary master of fantasy literature. So today, when Boing Boing featured a picture of his personal library, I couldn’t help but sit up straight and pay extra attention.


photo by Shelfari

I stared. I drooled.

It was exactly how I pictured his bookshelves.

And it’s how I envision my future personal library – in a place and point where I have the space, time, and monetary funds to build something so magnificent.

Because you see; I’d read my way out of a mountain of books, if I could.

Sep 3, 2009  •  In Korean, Personal, Pregnancy

Conception Dreams

My mother recently asked me if I had any strange or memorable dreams when I became pregnant.

I then recalled that Koreans believe a woman begins her pregnancy with a 태몽 (tae-mong), or a dream about the conception of the child.

(I thought this was unique to the Korean culture but apparently not – J just confirmed that the Chinese believe the same thing!)

When my mother first became pregnant with me, she dreamt that she was caught in a terrible thunderstorm. To escape the rain, she sought shelter in a dilapidated building. She looked up at the ceiling and was horrified to see a great number of snakes writhing and squirming on the roof beams. While most of them were a dull brown/tan color, there was one snake that was larger than others, and it was bright green. Then, without warning, the other snakes bowed to this great green serpent.

My father also had a tae-mong (dreams by fathers are rare, but not unheard of). He dreamt that he was hiking up the largest mountain in Korea. After much turmoil, he reached the top, where the current president of the nation was waiting for him. The president presented him with a box and told him, “You will never go hungry again.”

…no wonder my parents have such expectations of me!

As for my little sister, there were also two dreams – but this time they were both by my mother. Right before finding out about the pregnancy, my mother dreamt that she was walking down a familiar street when a dog bit her leg and wouldn’t let go. The funny thing is, my sister was born in the year of the dog!

In the other dream, my mother was looking into a tub full of beautiful koi. Fluid, lively, and bright with extraordinarily vibrant colors, she could not keep her eyes off of them. Dreaming of fish is usually associated with pregnancy in Korean culture, but what made this tae-mong unique is that when my sister was born, her eyes were so clear, bright, and vibrant that my mother couldn’t help but be reminded of this dream.

As for me, I am sad to say that I cannot recall any dreams that could be counted as a tae-mong. My pregnancy came as a surprise and I can barely remember last night’s dream, let alone one from 7 weeks ago!

Do you know if your parents experienced any conception dreams? If you’re pregnant or have children, have you been blessed with any tae-mong‘s?

Sep 3, 2009  •  In Art/Design, Geek, Web

Can Bloated Code Be Beautiful?

The answer is YES.

Last month, I saw a screenshot of the Fujinon Binoculars website source code. Filled with seemingly endless <FONT> tags, I couldn’t help but laugh.  

A snippet of the code. Take a look at the original to get the full effect.

THIS is the reason I never use an HTML editor, I chuckled as I scrolled down the overly bloated code.

But alas! Today I found out that there was a reason behind this madness!

According to b3ta.com, this is what you get when you zoom out and flip the code on its side:

It almost looks like a landscape, doesn’t it?

Now, when we travel – via Google Earth – to the top of Fujinon’s corporate headquarters in Saitama and face Mount Fuji, we get this view:

Let’s try laying the code over the landscape:

A.MAZING.

Those darned kewl Japanese! What will they think of next??!

Via Geeks Are Sexy.

Sep 2, 2009  •  In Blogging, Personal

Tagline Contest Extended!

Wow, I am such an idiot. Would you believe I forgot about my own contest?

MY. OWN. CONTEST.

Granted, things have been a bit hectic lately but that is no excuse. I announced the contest last week, tweeted about it ONCE, and….forgot about it.

Way to publize it, huh?

Due to my own ineptitude, I have decided to extend the contest to the end of the week. The Geek in Heels Tagline Contest is now extended to Sunday, September 6th, at 11:59pm.

The winner of the contest will receive:

  1. Not one, but FOUR packages of Kodak Premium Photo Paper, 4 x 6 Inches, Gloss, 100 sheets.
  2. A DVD of My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  3. My eternal love and gratification.

You can enter the contest in three different ways:

  1. Leave a comment below with your tagline entry.
  2. Email me at jenny (at) geekinheels [dot] com with your entry.
  3. Tweet your entry to @geekinheels

You do not need to enter again if you’ve already done so.

Thank you!!!