Breakfast at Q

Since we live within walking distance of Haigh-Ashbury, we haven’t tried any breakfast places outside of our neighborhood (dimsum excluded). For dinner, we frequent Clement Street for its asian cuisines.

Then there is Q, on Clement, between 3rd and 4th Avenue.

It looks like an happening place during dinner time, but we are rarely in the mood for American food at dinner time. The weekend when we went to get our new cellphones from the Chinese run cellphone store on Clement, we walked by Q. It is serving breakfast, too!

So we checked out Q’s breakfast the next day, armed with our newly acquired cellphones.

The decor was cute and fun. I especially liked their various designed tables. The portion was huge! We thought Pork Store Cafe had large portions. This place’s entry could feed a cow. I didn’t feel slightest hunger until 7 or 8pm that day. I liked my breakfast burrito. ZM liked his omelet. But unfortunately they don’t seem to serve ZM’s favorite breakfast item: sausage. 🙁 So i’m afraid we won’t be coming back any time soon.

Q
225 Clement St (@3rd Avenue)
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 752-2298
Hours
* Mon-Fri 11am-11pm
* Sat 10am-11pm
* Sun 10am-10pm

More cellphone photos at Q: Picasa Album

Stranger Than Fiction

The appearance of this trailer has been so frequent, on TV, and in movie theatre, that I’m completely desensitized by the time this movie actually came out.

But Gui really wanted to see it, over Borat. So we went and i liked it. 🙂 It just shows the importance of having friends who are wiser than you.

Luckily, there are enough little cute filming techniques and details in the movie that were NOT shown in the trailer to keep me interested. The acting of both Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson are excellent. Will’s Harold Crick, the IRS agent lives in solitude, is so understated, and yet even more funny than his usual over-the-top type of roles. Emma’s Kay Eiffel, the crazy and gifted author, is superb that (in Gui’s words) “you forget it is Emma Thompson the moment you lay eyes on her.” She is able to act out all the little quirky ways unique of an author, the things you would never imagined an author will do for a book, but when you see it acted out by Emma, you’d think, yeah, that rings true. That’s exactly how an author would act/thing/imagine/react. Dustin Hoffman did a good job, too. Although obviously pales under comparison, when standing along side Emma Thompson.

It is a fun little movie. A perfect date movie, with intelligence, for once. 🙂

What is BGP?

Geek Alert.

When I was in my first job, I worked with a bunch of networking nuts. This is the real network that wires computers together, not those virtual ones where you go look for a date. I was more into software and web dev than networking, but they tolerated me and let me tag along. One of them, R, a well-respected mgr, once had a chat with me and said that most of the areas in today’s tech world are somehow connected. All you need is to know one area really well, then you pretty much can branch out anywhere, and won’t have much trouble understanding them quickly. He himself started with networking the OSI seven layers, and haven’t had any trouble since.

I remembered that. Now I think i started to feel the benefit finally.

Was talking to one of the network guys at my current company the other day, and he mentioned “BGP”. I had to stop him in mid-sentence to ask, “What is BGP?” He was a little shocked at my ignorance, “Border Gateway Protocol, it is how we announce our route to the rest of the net.” “Ah! I see.” The truth is I did understand. But i don’t think he believed me.

I later looked it up on Google anyway just to confirm what i think i understood was correct. Border Gateway Protocol. Then i found something else that’s interesting. There is a firefox plugin, called Blogger Web Comments for Firefox. Every page you go to, on the lower right corner you will see a little icon indicating whether any blogger has commented on this page. I haven’t been using it much, but today i got curious. Which kind of geek will comment on “BGP”?

There turned out to be a lot of them. One of them is particularly intersting. It’s title is “Geek’s Secret Life”,
http://secretgeek.wordpress.com/2006/01/17/efficency-of-large-corporations/

In this article, he said, “…My personal opinion is of course that it’s too difficult for H. (who probably doesn’t even know what bgp is or stands for).” heehee. I’m glad at least now I’m slightly more geeky than this H.

Babel


According to the stories of the Bible, the Tower of Babel was a tower built by a united humanity to reach into the heavens. Yet they were only seeking to make a name for themselves instead of worshipping the God who created them. Because of this open defiance, God stopped their efforts by confusing languages so that no man could understand another. As a result, they could no longer communicate and work was halted. The builders were then scattered to different corners of the Earth. This story is used to explain the existence of many different languages and races. The tower of Babel was never finished.
– via gorillasushi.com

The name of the movie is thus Babel. A movie that Film Critic at the New Yorker, David Denby didn’t like.

I liked the trailer and was disappointed to learn that the New Yorker hasn’t approved this movie. and if on movie db, you see a 3 star next to the title. To see or not to see this movie?

My dilemma was easily solved, because ZM was eager to see it. I told him the review wasn’t great. The New Yorker apparently doesn’t have the same convincing grip on ZM as it did on me. So off we went, on this Friday evening. It is also our excuse to check out the new theatre in the Bloomingdale mall, the new Century Theatre, half a block away from Metreon.

I’m so glad I went.

I really liked the movie.

The director artfully captured the authenticity of these three places: Morocco, Tokyo, and Mexico (or rather the border of US and Mexico). There was a strong sense of place for each location. The acting was excellent (except Cate Blanchett. Her superb acting had no where to go. That was a waste. Anyone can play a neurotic American tourist, not sure why he picked Cate).

The story tied together nicely, too. Even though the story lines were so diverse, and all happened in such different locations in today’s world. I didn’t feel the movie being too long. It was a good two and half hours. I enjoyed every minute of it.

It is amazing he could hold audiences attention while spinning the globe, and keep us interested in every story, with such drastic difference of their backgrounds, from the dusty poverty struck rural villages of Morocco, to the ultra modern metropolitan of Tokyo, to the racial tension in Mexican border. I’m thoroughly amazed at the director’s ease, gliding from scene to scene, without breaking our interests.

A master who truly understands his craft.

It is a feast to the eyes.

The undercurrent of the theme identified by the trailer: “the confusion of speeches. a.k.a. Babel” quietly surfaces among this “babel” from time to time, with the help of some beautiful music. Like how Chieko(the deaf girl) was in a disco, how Brad Pitt trying to make himself understood among the villagers, how Amela, the illegal Mexican nanny trying to explain to the border control why she had the kids…

then there is the big fuss about America versus Morocco, the terrorist link, the diplomatic tension. The stopping of the ambulance, the innocent kids with a rifle.

There was also the humour. Don’t know what David Derby’s problem is. Maybe it is not as a cliche? Not as predictable? I didn’t mind the fatalism in the movie. I didn’t mind the randomness of the events. How close things are to catastrope, and all for nothing. No grand scheme here. But isn’t that what the world is? The real life?

The movie captured life so well. Iñárritu didn’t try to polish it up, it is no MTV, nothing like Syriana, which had flashy montage and the fast drum beat of modern high drama. This movie has all the details of daily life of the people in their land.

Fascinating.

David Denby said:

… (Alejandro González Iñárritu) he creates savagely beautiful and heartbreaking images; he gets fearless performances out of his actors; he edits with the sharpest razor in any computer in Hollywood; and he abuses his audience with a humorless fatalism and a piling up of calamities that borders on the ludicrous.

Funny that I didn’t feel fatalism, nor did i think anything there is ludicrous. I certainly didn’t feel abused, and i find plenty of humour in the movie. Things illustrated in the movie could be happening right now around the world. David Denby probably needs to get out more. :p