Wednesday, June 15, 2005


Best yaki-niku ever! I just ate at a Japanese BBQ restaurant in Manhattan, Gyu-kaku. If you love good food this is the place to go with a group of people. First you walk in to a cool, stylish atmosphere, very nyc-like feel, and pretty spacious. Then you have a bbq grill in front of you at every table and cook your own food. These yaki-niku restaurants are everywhere in Japan. I had the gyu-kaku salad, kobe beef (kalbi & rib-eye), vegetables, bibimba, and a taste of goma negi ramen.

The portions I thought are like ones Japan, quite small that is. (Becoming an American. yabai...) I should've ordered gohan. That would've helped. The menu has a huge variety which I liked. Everything we ordered was very good. And on the ceilings they have these huge air ducts that get rid of all the smoke from the BBQ (very Japanese minded: thinking about customers), so you don't have that smokey environment like some korean restaurants. I enjoyed gyu-kaku and recommend it everyone and definately would go back.

Gyu-kaku originally started in Japan and they have restaurants all over Japan. The ones in Japan have different menus of course. (Gyu-kaku Japan) If you live in California or Hawaii, you're lucky, they have them there as well.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

So, I finally went to the theatre and saw Star Wars III. I've been wanting to watch it for a long time. Before I saw the movie, I've been hearing about how this one was dark. And that this was the first PG-13 Star Wars.

After finishing the movie, I agree. It was about Anakin Skywalker turning to the dark side and transforming to Darth Vader. Man, was Anakin Skywalker enthusiastic with his lines or what? He always spoke in the same tone.

I was thrilled and glad to see Yoda getting a lot of screen time. He is one of the coolest characters in the movie. I always loved how he is the wise one, had answers to everything, and the strongest Jedi in my point of view. He sure is old, but man can he fight. The part where General Grievous battles with Obi-Wan Kenobi and pulls out four lightsavers was really cool. During the war, I was very disappointed how even the strong Jedis were killed so easily. Also upset to see Mace Windu, a senior member of the Jedi High Council get killed unfairly. That would've been some duel between Mace Windu and Anakin. When I heard Yoda, mention "returned from the netherworld of The Force to train me and promises that Obi-Wan can learn to commune with him, too", I was very surprised and pleased to hear about Qui-Gon Jinn. He, along with Obi-Wan Kenobi, is a very well respected character and is one of my favorite character/actor as well.

Overall, I very much enjoyed the final(?) installment of star wars. Although I thought the movie was one of the best out of the series, I felt something was missing. As to what it was missing I can't say. Anyway, I am a huge star wars fan, and loved the series, this third installment was a good two hours and a half.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

OS X 10.4 Tiger

Awesome! Just upgraded my os to Tiger from Jaguar recently. I have to say, it was well worth it. The upgrade process took about an hour, maybe less. Because I chose to do a clean installation, it took longer of course, compared to an upgrade. Your system will be up and running in about 15 minutes for an upgrade. The significant factor I noticed first was how it ran faster. Before with Jaguar, I hit the power button and it would take a while to boot up. Now, it takes a couple of seconds. NICE! Now I don't know if it's because I did a clean install, or because I upgraded to Tiger, but my mac is just more responsive and fluid.

Another cool feature that comes with Tiger, is the dashboard. By default, you get widgets that give you a weekly weather forecast, a worldwide clock, calendar, dictionary, etc. You can download a whole lot more at the Apple website. I downloaded a widget that shows you any open/encrypted wireless networks. I've used konfabulator before and I kind of miss how the widgets just sits on your desktop at all times. I guess I'll adapt to the new way of how I hit F12 to open dashboard and hit it again to make it go away.

A second feature I like is Spotlight. It searches your entire hard drive for any type of file you're looking for within seconds. I've been using it, and I was surprised how fast it was.

The new Safari is pretty too. They put in new features like built-in RSS feeds. It's convenient how they added exporting/importing bookmark feature. They definitely caught up with Firefox. I don't use Firefox any more since there's all the features I need with Safari. I still love Firefox and still use it on my windows computer.

Quicktime is another upgraded app with a new video codec called H.264. I checked out video clips on the apple website and they look awesome. I have a Powerbook G4 w/1.25Ghz and I was able to run the videos of 480p and 720p but my mac couldn't handle the 1080p. You'll need the Powermacs or the Imac G5 maybe to run those. LOL. As I mentioned upgrade to Tiger was worth it, any apple computer I think is one heck of a machine. Occasionally you get errors but that goes for any computer. Macs are very stable and everything just works. If you do plan on buying a new computer, go with a mac. You won't regret it.