through sewell's eyes

Friday, October 29, 2004

The Notorious MSG

I'm still scratching my head about this one. You just have to see it through your own eyes.

The Notorious MSG

Music Video -- Straight out of Canton

Wednesday, October 27, 2004


I know it is a bit of old news, but I want to comment on the being worth 100 million dollars. It generates $50+ million in revenue and is profitable. I would never have guessed that a classmate listing site would actually would generate that kind of revnue. Maybe the networking sites like LinkedIn are on to something.

Ideas like a listing site, Craig's List and Chinatown buses (see below) seem to follow the K.I.S.S principle [Keep it Simple Stupid]. That might be the way to go in terms of finding an idea for a business.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Chinatown Bus

Took a Chinatown Bus from NY to DC Sunday night. It wasn't too bad. While on the bus, I over heard the bus driver and the ticket collector talk about the load factor between NYC and DC and cost of fuel and such. They were discussing that on average they get about 20 people per trip, and that they add exactly 150 dollar worth of gas in the tank for the round trip between NY and DC.

So we have 20 people * $20 per ticket (forget the $35 dollar round trip discount) - $75 gas - 25 dollars in tolls (est.) = 300 dollars or about 600 dollars for a round trip. This is before the bus driver cost, insurance (if they actually carry any), bus maintance, lodging fee if the bus driver stays over night. Lets say they clear 250 a trip, and they run 4 round trips a day, $1000 a day, $7000 a week, $3000 a month , $365,000 a year. Hmmm, it isn't a bad business at all. It seems to be a better business model than opening a bubble teashop.

Anyway, the bus driver drops us off at K and 14th street around 11pm. It isn't even close to Chinatown as I find out later . I noticed there is another Dragon Coach bus that has been parked there. I guess the lodging place they use is near by. I get off the bus and assume that Chinatown is on H and 14th that start walking that direction. [Chinatown is actually located at H and 7th] Anyway, to make the long story short, I get lost for a bit looking for the closest Metro station, found out where you can pick up prostitutes (J and 13 in front of the PWC building) and found people suspicious of you when you try to ask them a question around midnight. I did finally find a Metro station at McPherson Square.

Two links below, IvyMedia gives you the schedule of all the Chinatown buses for both the East and West Coast. It quite usefully. There buses that run to/from Rockville. I'll probably start taking those instead going all the way into DC Chinatown. The other is a Chinatown Bus Blog. Found it funny that bus company has a blog.


Chinatown Bus Blog

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

One way to try to pass the driver's test.

Monday, October 18, 2004


Instead of dialing 911, just turn on your TV

Interesting article about street racers around the DC area.

But, your Honor, I have a law degree

This reminds me of the FedEx commerical where the guy keeps saying that he has an MBA degree and the secretary presses on and shows him how to use

Lawyer's fax blunder costs EC €100m

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Interesting couple of links...

Liz and I had a great time at Sandals. It is probably be very festive now that they open itself same sex-couples.

I always wondered about the tax implications about the home improvement shows. Here is an article about it.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Ah, the wonderful world of Cable.

Got my cable installed yesterday by the wonderful people at Comcast. It took 3 people to run two coax cables --one to the tv, the other to the computer-- and troubleshoot an easy problem with the cable serving my apartment. No wonder they wanted installation fees. [Note: You can haggle with them on the installation fees]

Anyway, I started playing with the cable service. I got DTV, so I get extra channels and the on-demand thing. I definitely have more channels/selections than what I had with TimeWarner - I had DTV there as well-, but the Comcast interface is just completely horrible.
  • The guide system loads each page quite slowly.
  • It is cumbersome to see when shows end, and what are going to be shown in the coming hours.
  • Advertisements on the screen -- don't we pay enough for the service?

I miss my Time Warner cable.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Better check the meaning before you get it tattooed....

I came across this blog, hanzi smatter. It is "Dedicated to the misuse of Chinese characters (Han Zi; or 汉字) in Western culture." Enjoy.