The "official" xanghe blog

Well, I guess I'm official. Triết posted a shout-out to me on his blog. I hear once someone links to your blog, you all the sudden become noticeable to Google. I guess the old-school meta tag contents doesn't cut it anymore. Anyway, a big thanks to Triết, and I think he'd be pleased to know that the first blog I ever remember reading was actually his, while he was in Vietnam. I had a question about something, and he referred me to one of his blog posts.

UPDATE: I just checked my web stats and yes, I have become noticed. I got a hit from Hanoi yesterday. I hope I'm not black-listed now because I've posted one article about labor protests in Vietnam. No kidding, I know of sites (which are run by people I associate and even hang out with) that are filtered by the government and can not be accessed in Vietnam.

Also, along the lines of being noticed, my friend from UCI told me that she was searching the library catalog and came upon my name. I guess my senior thesis is now available in the library. It even has a call number, which is cool even though they spelled my name wrong in the title. Oh well, it's not the first time. I look back at it and realize that it's not that great, I can't believe I spend a whole year on that thing.

If you're interested in what I do for work, we had an interesting day in regards to the recount in Nguyễn vs Nguyễn, which was filmed and later posted on YouTube. Everyone is pretty wowed at the electoral process in our office, but it's pretty much run-of-the-mill. Take a look here (IE users, please hold a moment while the video loads):

Click here for more (many more) video clips.

1 comment:

Triet said...

Thanks for the recognition back! Your thoughts are true--you don't truly enter the blogosphere (and the google universe) until someone posts ABOUT you. Here's to many more!

And the black listing...get used to it. I'm blacklisted in parts of Vietnam, and I'm generally favorable to the government. Why, you ask? Because Vietnamese ISPs use a general block on domain names. Therefore, unless your blog is big and powerful (which we aren't...yet)you usually get blocked when you get swept up in the mass "blogspot.com" block.

Typical to all things Vietnam (communist with a free market), some ISPs are very block-friendly while you can walk a block to another internet cafe and somehow have nothing whatsoever blocked. I've found no problems at all in Saigon or even Hue (which can be worse than Hanoi in areas), and have personally not had issues in hanoi, though my friends have.

All in all, the vibe I get from Vietnam is much less worrying about political commentary by American bloggers than porn sites and the such. Oh, and Vietnam uses a word filter too (at least for emails). So if you don't want to get blocked, use euphemisms (or don't talk about that subject).

travel log
  • 02.13.08 - to the temple with Luan and his mom, good to be back
  • 02.14.08 - Mẫu's alive! and staying for the weekend
  • 02.15.08 - floor hockey and Thái food makes for some strange dreams
  • 02.17.08 - frisbee and swamp monster at the park: fun but I'm pooped!
  • 02.19.08 - just read Triết's response to my last post - game on!
  • 02.20.08 - raining and expected to continue through Sunday - thank goodness!
  • 02.21.08 - 3-hour nap is a bad idea right before bed
  • 02.23.08 - to the beach to watch kites, a baptism @ 5pm, and homemade bulgogi - what a day!
  • 02.25.08 - just gave myself a haircut - woo, cold head!
  • 02.26.08 - 75° and spring cleaning - couldn't feel better
  • 02.27.08 - fed the elders bún đậu tonight - think it's their first time
  • 03.01.08 - working on new background...
  • 03.02.08 - finalized javascript to change background without muffing up my other scripts
  • 03.03.08 - fhe: "In his strength I can do all things" (Alma 26:12)
  • 03.07.08 - some decisions are harder than others, but some are downright excruciating
  • 03.08.08 - there is life after work... i almost forgot
  • 03.11.08 - the distance between good and bad is much shorter than between better and best
  • 03.12.08 - conversion is sometimes a gradual process, so much so that we don't even notice
  • 03.14.08 - for some reason everything was a little harder today, looking forward for bed!
  • 03.15.08 - last night after blog reading, I missed OnlyBlue, today I find she's back
  • 03.16.08 - best day of my life!
  • 03.19.08 - "Pray for the answer that they've been looking for"
release notes v1.0 - FINALLY DONE!
  • 12.07 - first thought of starting a new blog
  • 01.08 - busy with election stuff but blog design still on back burner
  • 01.13.08 - first idea to imitate jk rowling with the "desk" theme
  • 01.28.08 - start sketching current design, breaking down development into phases
  • 02.02.08 - election only days away but still drafting final plans
  • 02.04.08 - v0.6 LAUNCH
    • main components (blog body, sidebar, header, etc) designed and implemented
    • styling for font, links, drop caps, etc. finished
  • 02.07.08 - v0.8 LAUNCH
    • image style to imitate polariod
    • moveability - post-it notes and static clings can be repositioned by drag and drop
    • release notes styled and written
  • 02.16.08 - travel log (beta) added in hopes of catching the mundane
  • 02.22.08 - lightbox 2.03 reinstalled and working fine (hopefully - let me know otherwise)
  • 02.26.08 - v0.9 LAUNCH
    • travel log seems to be working, so I'll keep it
    • lightbox also seems to have passed the test, so it's a keeper
    • some credits/info added to bottom (will expand)
    • keeping old Viet terms in archive for future viewing
  • 03.18.08 - v1.0 LAUNCH
    • installation and testing of time-sensitive background completed (for now)