An Auto Shop Advanture

One break down: my car won’t start Thursday night after gym (Jan. 10, 2008). Battery was fine, jump start didn’t work.

Two Auto Shops Reviews came out of this little episode of mine:

– One bad. Belmont 76 Auto Service Center (Ralston & 6th Ave.). Highway robbery. Claiming the entire Electric systems must be replaced. $1200! or minimum work requires a change of distributor, $880.
PLUS $120 investigation fee. i.e. $120 paid for a white lie.

– One good. APS Enterprise, San Mateo
$202 total, replaced broken electric igniter coil. No investigation fee.

My Acura Integra’s past auto shop advanture:
Cracked Radiator: Nov. 2003, repaired at Kaloci & Son, Sunnyvale
– A broken fan, Jan 2006, repaired at The Garage, San Francisco.

Greener Grass…

Google releases Knol, Wikipedia releases Wikia Search. Everyone seems to be interested in the food in the other’s bowl. Or is it just a natural tendency of empire building? Like local family organic farm prefer to grow into a giant industrial not-so-organic-farm? Does all little dog dream of becoming a big dog?

What’s wrong with staying as a small dog?

2006 Movies and Books

As time gets closer to when douban was born, the tracking was no longer accurate. Because many books i’ve read earlier was recommended to me during the first couple of years of douban (2005/2006, or maybe the recommendation feature gained more momentum in 2006 after douban gained more users?)and i marked them as read in 2006 and 2005, but that didn’t mean i read them then. So i had to manually edit out some books from the final result returned by the api. Seems to mainly happen to Books. Probably because Book was the first category existed when douban arrived.

Google Chart API is such a niffy thing! Didn’t realize how easy it is to use when it came out a month ago.

Based on the movie charts for both 2007 and 2006, the first half of each year always looks like a a movie drought. Summer blockbuster and last Quarter of each year are the heavy moving going times. If someday douban decides to expose the rating information of its user data, then we probably can draw another interesting charts to show, statistically speaking, which month tends to have the BEST movies coming out. My bet is December. 🙂

2006 Books (total of 26):

2006 Movies (total of 77):


2007 Movies and Books announced their API right before end of 2007. A doubaner promptly created this little app to aggregate douban users books, movies, and music of 2007! 🙂

Movies I’ve watched in 2007 (total of 59)

Bookes i’ve read in 2007 (total of 25, less than half of movies!)

Looking through douban API’s reference guide. Wow! It is based on GData and Atom! Sweet! going to see if i can expand this guy’s tool to include 2005 and 2006 data as well. 🙂 First project of the new year.