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I am definitely a cat person, if you can't tell from my icon. :)
I grew up with three cats and one dog, and all of my cats were much smarter than the dog.
Cats are also generally quieter and cleaner than dogs, and they can be left alone for longer periods of time. And if you find a cat that loves you, it'll want to hang around you just as much as a dog does. At least my cat does.

Of course, cats can't bark a warning like dogs can, and they generally can't fetch or do tricks (there are some exceptions, though not with my cat). Still, for a furry companion, it's hard to beat the tidbits of affection (kitty rubs everything in sight, thereby labeling those objects as his/hers), the soothing purring, and the occasional playing. :)
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Heh, you want irony? I'm a dog. No, really.
You'd think I'd have been born in the Year of the Tiger, given my affinity for felines. :D
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It's hard for me to pick out a single song as my favorite. Here are four... :)

  • "The Prayer" -- Ho'okena ft Maila Gibson. Gets a lot of airplay during the holidays, even though it isn't a holiday song per se.


  • "Merry Christmas Darling" -- The Carpenters. Sang this song in chorus when I was in 5th and 6th grade, then later played in orchestra in 10th grade through 12th grade.


  • "You" (holiday version) -- Jim Brickman ft Jane Krakowski. The holiday version of Jim Brickman's song, which was very elusive to get until it was released as a free download last year.


  • "It's Christmas Once Again in Honolulu" -- Barry De Vorzon. This version gets radio airplay but as far as I know has never been publicly released.
    Link here (embedding disabled)
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    As a previous (and current) Apple product user, my opinion is probably biased, but here goes:

    I applaud Steve Jobs as a visionary and innovator. But like any other human being out there, he had his flaws, and he would make decisions that would leave me scratching my head going "wtf"? (Case in point: not allowing Flash on iOS units, which ended up breaking a bunch of websites. At least he left well enough alone with OSX.)

    My experience with Apple products has been a mixed bag. Back in 1993, when I was going to UCLA as a grad student, I bought a PowerBook 180c running System 7.1, mainly so I could share files with one of the professors who was also a Mac user (this was before PowerPoint became way popular). That PB 180c ended up consuming a sizable amount of my budget because it kept crashing and was unstable...not to mention that I spilled soda on it a couple of times. I switched to a Windows desktop sometime in 1996 or so and never looked back... or so I thought.

    Fast foward to 2005 or so, when I got a MacBook Air and then later a MacBook Pro, the latter of which I'm using right now (I gave the former to my sister). Both systems run OSX fairly well, with relatively few issues (I won't lie, there are still a few issues, such as a tendency to overheat when viewing videos), but OSX is significantly better than System 7.1.

    The upshot of all of this is that I think that Steve Jobs wanted to find ways to improve things even if they weren't always orthodox or by-the-book. Innovators always find ways to think outside the box, which in my book is always a plus. Of course, that runs the risks of doing stuff that may have people wondering what you were thinking, but then again Wayne Gretzky put it best when he said that "you miss 100% of the shots you never take."
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    "This tale grew in the telling..."
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    I have a bachelor's degree in meteorology and a master's in atmospheric sciences, and work full-time as a satellite analyst at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. So yeah, I've pretty much used my degrees.
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    I took Japanese through level 5 in high school and up to level 302 in college... meaning I can speak and read enough to get by. Hiragana and katakana are easy... kanji always throws me for a loop.

    Oh, and if you count Hawaiian pidgin, I'm pretty fluent in that. ;)

    Other languages that I'd like to learn are Arabic/Farsi, Korean and Chinese, mostly because it's possible to get additional pay for knowing those languages (don't know how well it would apply to me necessarily). You don't necessarily have to be fluent... The extra amount you get depends on how much you know.
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    Since Lani's an indoor cat and likes to hang out with me nearly all the time when I'm home, I'd say I would be first on her speed dial. (Though who knows what goes on in the minds of cats...)
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    I was a cartoon junkie as a teenager (and still am today, though my taste has migrated to stuff that's a bit more mature -- think FOX Animation Domination Sundays). That said, I think I'd pick Henry Bigg from "The Littles" (1983-85). I think Henry's only supposed to be about 11-12 years old in the series, yet he often seemed to act older.

    Another cartoon character I'd pick would be Rick Hunter from the Robotech Macross series.

    For the most part, I'd say I've outgrown those characters that are more cutesy and campy, but not so much the more serious ones.
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    I have a cat. That said, and as I'm sure many of those who have cats know, you never, ever "own" a cat. If anything, kitty owns you. So whether or not I'm a cat owner or cat guardian is kinda moot. But I suppose saying that I'm owned by a cat kinda gives me a sense of humility.
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    Bridge to Terabithia was a book I remember reading for school that came out as a movie a couple of years ago. I didn't remember much about the book but when I heard about the movie I had really wanted to see it. As far as I can tell, the movie pretty much lived up to my expectations, though it was interesting to see how some of the scenes were done since I don't remember reading them in the book (though it had been quite some time between when I read the book and when the movie came out).

    I hope that schools that require this book for reading will encourage their students to also see the movie at some point. It's one thing to read words on a page and another to see the words actually come to life on the screen.
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    I think I'd enjoy the company at first, but I'd probably soon be wishing that Lani would just meow at me instead of speaking her mind all the time. Sometimes I get the feeling it would be better not to know exactly what your pet wants or is trying to tell you.
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    It generally depends on what's more readily available. Usually I'll go check the 'net if I have ready access. If not, then I go to radio or TV. During the tsunami warning we had near the end of February, I was actually checking both the net and radio for updates. The tsunami warning came out first on the net, but additional information, such as when Civil Defense sirens would first sound, was mentioned on the radio first.
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    I think I'd like to have a gryphon as a pet. I think it'd also be cool if it had the ability to breathe fire... maybe a gryphon-dragon of sorts?
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    This sounds so apropos given the recent bill that Congress passed (but I digress).
    Stuff I'd take with me would more than likely include both my laptops, my server and my cat. Other material items can be replaced, but lives and memories, most of which I store electronically nowadays, can't.
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    I'm actually kinda torn on this one. I was born in Hawaii, and I enjoy living here. But the actions of our state and federal governments have, at times, made me ashamed to admit that I'm an American.

    My second choice? Probably Canada.
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    I'm definitely a cat person. I think it has to do with the fact that I grew up with 3 cats and 1 dog, and the dog was dumb as a box of rocks compared to the cats.

    Add to that that cats are low-maintenance compared to dogs (give them food, water, and a clean litterbox, and they're pretty much set), plus there's something therapeutic about a purring cat.

    And for the record, I'm currently owned by a rather affectionate (and playful) feline.
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    Hoo boy, I think I'm gonna open a can of worms with this one.

    In short, yes. It hasn't been as much avoiding going out with friends as it has been not being able to attend family events, such as weddings or funerals. It's harder for me to attend now that both my parents are deceased, especially since I'm not married. The handy-dandy excuse I use most often is work. Since I work shift, I'm often not available on weekends, which is when most of the events occur.

    With friends, it's a different story. I don't mind going out for the most part, but there are times I'd rather not go out depending on my mood and the potential drama involved. Because nowadays we don't go out as much, I'm less likely to turn down an offer to go out.
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    • R. Lee Ermey (did an appearance at an auto show here in Honolulu)
    • Stan Sakai (part of a series of scheduled library appearances in Honolulu)
    • Rob Paulsen (a few times at different Warner Bros. stores in California while promoting "Animaniacs" and "Pinky and the Brain", and also at Anthrocon 2007)
    • Maurice LaMarche (met at Warner Bros. store in California during a "Pinky and the Brain" promotion)
    • Tress MacNeille (met at Warner Bros. store in California during an "Animaniacs" promotion)
    • Jess Harnell (met at Warner Bros. store in California during an "Animaniacs" promotion)
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    Simple... "wx" comes from my profession (I'm a meteorologist) and "kat" comes from one of my favorite cartoons (SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron).
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