Sunday, October 18, 2009

scam alert with Domain Service Notice

Attention: Important Notice
DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Complete and return by fax to: 1-646-385-7542
47-47 36th Street #16452 Long Island City, NY 11101United States of America

Just wanted to let everyone know that this is not the domain registration service that I used and this notice doesn't make any sense. Don't fall for this.. It is misleading.

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Beward Skype automatically renews

I had used Skype quite happily while I was in Taiwan. However after three months of paid service, the account automatically renewed for another three months by Skype. This was something that I didn't know. Perhaps it was in the fine print. I'm in the process of trying to get a refund. So far it looks like I got a cancellation in the repeat billing, but I may be out the 3 months (I would classify this as an unfair practice if I don't get refunded)



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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Google Local Business Center reviews disappeared

I have been searching Google for Google Local Business Center problems with reviews disappearing, but I haven't found any websites addressing this problem. This has just happened to me. It's not a huge ordeal but I thought it was strange that my listing for Plastic Surgery Modesto in the Google Local Business Listings had dropped from 23 reviews down to just 6 reviews for plastic surgery in Modesto.

Perhaps this is just a temporary problem with a new protocol at Google. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Five facets of running a medical Private Practice

I've been running a private practice medical office for about 3-4 years now, along with my wife, Dr. Tammy Wu, Plastic Surgeon. I've come to realize that there are five main categories of the jobs that we take on as physician/business owners. They are:

The five facets of running a medical private practice:

1. Clinical
2. Customer Interfacing
3. Maintenance
4. Efficiency Improvement
5. Marketing


Expanding on the above:

Clinical includes:
a) surgeries
b) consultations
c) writing prescriptions
d) checking lab results
e) patient education
f) sales of medical products to the patients
g) exploring new fields and ideas in medicine
h) continuing medical education


Customer interfacing includes:
a) Front desk duties with the patients as they walk in.
b) Reminders of appointments for the patients
c) Scheduling the patients
d) Rebooking patients for appointments if necessary


Maintenance includes
a) Finances (such as going to the bank, paying taxes)
b) Cleaning of physical space
c) Cleaning of medical equipment
d) plant care
e) Inventory of medical supplies
f) Inventory of products for sale
g) Replenishing office supplies (paper, towels, paper plates)
h) Laundry
i) Hiring replacement employees
j) getting rid of spider webs
k) getting rid of old magazines, and getting new ones
l) renewing repair contracts
m) updating software
n) paying bills


Efficiency Improvement includes
a) updating patient forms
b) keeping up with latest trends
c) speeding up all other processes in the office by working smarter, not necessarily harder.
d) updating equipment (faster printers, faster scanners)
e) training employees, testing employees
f) hiring additional new employees with new roles


Marketing includes
a) website
b) newspaper advertising
c) email newsletter
d) open houses
e) community service
f) giving lectures
g) patient referral programs
h) meeting with reps from companies
i) internal marketing
j) Surgery Tracker
k) Coupons, specials


Running this practice requires that we wear many different hats. Sometimes we are working "in" the business and sometimes we're working "on" the business. The business is the Private Practice of Surgical Artistry - Our practice in Modesto, California specializing in Veins, Acupuncture, and Plastic Surgery.

I consider the "in the business" tasks to be:
- Clinical
- Maintenance
- Customer Interfacing


I consider the "on the business" tasks to be:
- Efficiency Improvement
- Marketing

The listing above has also helped me think about what's different about having a private practice from what it would be like to work at a larger corporation such as Kaiser. I would not spend as much time as an employee of a group like Kaiser on:

- Maintenance
- Customer Interfacing
- Marketing

Those three tasks would be somewhat missing in a large group. Although there would of course be some involvement in all those three items as a doctor working anywhere, but it wouldn't be as much as if one were running their own private practice.

Above are just some thoughts that I had, as I try to organize my daily activities.... I felt compelled to put this in writing - I think this categorization may be worth something to me in the future.

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Search engine races - what percentage does Google have?

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10354394-75.html

I saw an article form September 2009 about Bing - the Microsoft search engine - which is relatively new.

They report that Bing has grabbed 10% of the search market.

Here's their analysis of the search engines:

Google 64.6%
Yahoo 16.0%
Bing 10.7%
Aol 3.1%

Google remains on top of the search engine world for now. I think Bing has a long way to go. We'll see what happens in the future.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Canonical Link Element for duplicated web content - useful for SEO

This is something that Yahoo and Google have agreed to to do to help sort out duplicated content including websites with www or without the "www" - this may be spackle that helps to fix the cracks in the web wall, but I think it is a step in the right direction... you can here it directly from Matt Cutts of Google:



My side hobby is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) - this is exciting! Site maps are also covered briefly in this video about "breaking ties" - or giving Google hints.


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Friday, September 18, 2009

I'm going to start Obagi - nu derm skin care

Time to take the plunge. I did my Visia skin care analysis today at my office. And I'm going to start my OBAGI skin care regimen today. I'm going to use 0.1% tretinoin - I think... I better as our plastic surgeon for a little advice. I need major help with my skin.

Wish me luck!

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cirque Du Soleil Facts - For ZAIA

I saw the Cirque Du Soleil in Macua, China. It's the Zaia show. I saw it in August, 2009 while I was there playing a violin solo with the Macau Youth Symphony. Here are some facts about this performance that I found in the brochure:

  • The Venetian is the only theater in the world where you can see ZAIA
  • It took 3 years and US $150 million to build.
  • 25 feet diameter sphere moves on 3 axes and weights 4000 lbs.
  • Every performance takes 115 technicians and 75 performers from 17 nationalities to stage.
  • Artists do their own makeup.
  • Most songs are sung in an imaginary language inspired by Hindi phonemes
  • To produce the effect of a choir, the two live singers are digitally mixed during the performance to sound like a chorus of over sixty voices
  • The troupe includes dancers from the United States, Argentina, Canada, China, Romania, France, Hungary and Germany.
  • The backdrop of the theater, the "star drop", uses 3,000 fiber optic stars to recreate the night sky of Macau.

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/zaia/en/intro/intro.asp







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How long does it take to fly from Taiwan to America?

I flew EVA airlines from Taipei (Tauyuan international airport), Taiwan to San Francisco, USA (United States). It took about 11:00 hours or perhaps it was 11:30 hours. Regardless this should give you an idea of how long it takes to fly from Taiwan to the USA. You have to add additional flight time if you are transfering or flying across the US.

Hope this helps.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

EVA Airlines back to America

I'm back. Flew EVA Airlines, flew directly to San Francsico, USA. Took about 11 - 12 hours. I had an Aisle seat and there was no one next to me! The video/TV was broken, so I moved my seat next to someone else - it was important that I watch a few movies on the way back! Then we fought traffice from San Francisco to Modesto took about 2 hours. And now I'm here at my computer typing away.

I purposely left my camera behind in Taiwan. Hopefully we might see more pictures of Taiwan from that camera.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

New Surgical Artistry Ad


This one is to go into the Gallo Center for the Arts program. Designed by Becky Li and Calvin Lee


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California Fires 2009 (August - September 2009)

Info from AP Saturday, August 29, 2009.
Wildifre in the mountains above Los Angeles
Threat and danger to 10,000 homes
tripled in size on Saturday
So far 3 people burned, and at least three homes destroyed
Evacuation of 1000 homes
Evacuations in effect in Altadena, Glendale, Pasadena, La Crescenta and Big Tujunga Canyon
There are several other smaller fires burning in California. Including in Yosemite National park. This one is the largest.
















About the fire: videos below


AP press August 30, 2009, Wildfires rip through southern California



AP press August 28, 2009, Los Angeles Wildfires



California Wildfires Burn LA Suburb: (no voice/commentary)


Fire in the La Canada Flintridge area:





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Southern California Wildfire

Seems like fires happen every year in California.

Info from AP Saturday, August 29, 2009.

  • Wildifre in the mountains above Los Angeles
  • Threat and danger to 10,000 homes
  • tripled in size on Saturday
  • So far 3 people burned, and at least three homes destroyed
  • Evacuation of 1000 homes
  • Evacuations in effect in Altadena, Glendale, Pasadena, La Crescenta and Big Tujunga Canyon
  • There are several other smaller fires burning in California. Including in Yosemite National park. This one is the largest.

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/DC-10-jet-dumps-chemical-fire-retardant-order-slow-advance-Station/photo//090830/480/6a4277bf66ec418da31fb28b973a5887//s:/ap/20090830/ap_on_re_us/us_california_wildfires

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Random emails that I get

I just wanted to write a quick something to say that I made it back from Hong Kong and Macau - playing violin soloes in those cities....

Randomly, I got an email suggesting that I should rank higher in the category of " Modesto Doctors " - they would try to help me get there. I'm thinking that it's a good idea. but I'm not sure what site to rank higher with Modesto Doctors.

Well that's the random thought for now. I'm doing well. Got a small little get together concert outdoors tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned :)
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Credit Alerts from Chase ID Protection ID fraud

I had called chase ID protection about 1.5 weeks ago to see what I could do because I saw a bunch of credit checks that appeared on my account from Children's Place and Radio Shack and another unidentified location/service. Children's Place and Radioshack both seem to be from Sioux Falls in SD. Chase ID protection told me not to worry about it because it's probably a different "Cavin Lee" that they were checking on. They said that if I was worried about it, I could google their telephone numbers and call them to explain the situation to them.

I was hoping for more help from Chase ID protection. But because I was busy, I didn't do much.

Then I got a flurry of more credit alerts to look at..

the last three were actually new accounts that were open.

because I am in Taipei, the time zone difference is a problem for me to call right now because Chase Id protection is closed. I did check a recent credit report and it does appear that "children's place" has an account open with a credit limit of $1500, and it had been charged to it's limit already.

I'll call Chase ID protection tonight to see what they recommend. They have limited hours which are even shorter than what they list on their website right now. I think the shortened hours are due to the "bad economy" - and their attempts to tighted their belts - which is understandable.

stay tuned for ID fraud updates.


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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Funny Yoga Video Skit


I saw this over 1 year ago, and have been looking for this on YouTube ever since. And somehow, today I found it. I don't want to lose sight of it so, I'm embedding it here.

There's a funny reference to acupuncture here.

Enjoy.

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Video Games - improve dexterity and surgical skills?

Believe it or not. I wrote a webpage about Video Games for Surgeons.

I basically wrote the page so that I had easy access to video games (ie Pac man, simon) that I played with a lot when I was a child growing up in the United States.

I'm currently visiting Taipei, Taiwan, and I was having this discussion about video games with other surgeons here. Consensus - is that video games aren't bad at all unless they take up all your time and you're left addicted to the game. So once in a while, one might say that video games are good for developing dexterity / surgical skills. See the webpage for more information about video games for surgeons. Yep, it's an article written by surgeons.

There are other articles about this topic.

Here's one from USA Today

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fire in East Bay, California - Summer 2009

Fire in California (again).

This time (August 14, 2009):

Vegetation Fire buring along the Alameda - San Joaquin county line.

As of now the fire is about 3000 acres and 10 % of it is contained according to an Alameda county fire spokes-person.


Article on the Fire

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Asian pop stars coming to America

I read this article in April 2009 in People Magazine. (I get this Magazine in our Modesto Plastic Surgery Office for free). I thought it was interesting, so I'll repeat some of the key points here:

4 leading Asian pops stars ready to come to the US.

UTADA
  • Female Pop Star
  • Born in NY
  • Japanese
  • Released "This is the One", her second US album
  • She is 26 years old. Her first album First Love in Japan is ranked as the best selling album of all time in Japan.

Se7en

  • Male Pop Star
  • 24 year old
  • Released his first U.S. single "Girls" featuring Lil' Kim
  • Sounds like: Asian answer to Justin Timberlake
  • From South Korea

BOA

  • 12 #1 albums in Asia
  • 22 year old, female
  • South Korean
  • Has an album named "Boa" in the US
  • Called the "Britney Spears of Asia"

Wonder Girls

  • southern Korean quintet
  • "Nobody" will be their first U.S. Album.
  • Sounds like a younger versino of the Spice Girls
  • They are all under 21 years old.
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Internet Speed Test - how fast is my internet connection?

Copying the info below from a informal speed test that I performed from my previous post: Why does facebook run so slow?

As for internet speed.Using http://www.Speedtest.net, the global broadband speed test,My server for the test is hosted by Tunghai University www.thu.edu.tw My ISP is CHTD - Chunghwa Telecom. My distance to server performing this test is about 100 miles.The results are 9.48MB/s download and 1.88 MB/s upload. Ping is 33ms (I'm not sure what that means)

On my second test: I got 9.43 MBPS for download and 1.88 MBPS for upload.If I shift my server that tests the speed to Hong Kong, I get 9.44 MBPS for download and 1.66 MBPS for upload.This is just to show the speed at which that I'm connected.

Now for a really cool test, I'm going to test the connection with San Francisco (Near Modesto, CA where I live in the USA - I'm currently in Taipei, Taiwan)I get a download speed of 7.71 MBPS and an upload speed of 1.74 MBPS. Not too shabby!

Using: http://us.mcafee.com/root/speedometer/test_1500.asp

I get a result of over 2 MBPS. I guess this wasn't configured to run any faster than that.


Then I tried http://www.bandwidthplace.com/ - it just froze with my vista computer system and I tried it again, and couldn't get it to work.

Next test: http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
It was nice, it told me that my IP address was: 114.45.184.149

I picked San Francisco as a server to perform the test from: it gave me these results:
7311 kbps download / 1831 kbps upload - a little slower than the similar setup from speedtest.net, but for all purposes the same results.

For even more fun, I decided to remote desktop into my server in Modesto, CA and test out the speed there.

Using http://www.Speedtest.net:

It identified my server as coming from the California area, because on this website it automatically shifts a map to where you are located. They recommended trying San Jose as the testing server site. I'm not entirely sure what happens if I used remote desktop and then perform the test. This might skew the speed results somehow. But maybe not if the speed test report right back to the actual computer that I was controlling. As I'm doing the test from Taipei, Taiwan, it was a bit painfully slow to watch - I even thought "great, I crashed my computer." But it's actually wiggling a bit on the graphics right now as I type this... So I take this to be a good sign. Well, the results aren't that good:

I got Download internet speed of 0.30 mbps
and Upload internet speed of 0.09 mbps
Ping of 42 ms.

I think the results are skewed by the remote desktop connection.

It was worth a try anyway - for fun. Things to do while avoiding the typhoon in Taiwan.

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Why does facebook run so slow?

I sometimes act as tech support for some of my friends. I get this question a lot:
How come my facebook runs so slow?

I've had the luxury of having tried many different computers and found that there are two things that make facebook slow. Any of these things can be the "bottleneck" that causes slowness for facebook.

1. Amount of memory in your computer
2. Speed of internet connection.

And of course it would also matter what speed processor you have.

I've had great luck running FaceBook from Taiwan - but I have 4 gigs of memory and a fast internet connection which happens to be wired.

When I open up task manager to see how much memory each item takes up. I'm using internet explorer (iexplore.exe).

I get:

Google (Taiwan): 45,180K
Blogger (Chinese): 48,040K (without logging in)
Facebook (after logging into my account): 68,576K

Facebook on internet explorer is now on the top of my list as a memory "hog" - it's not the worst memory hog that I've seen. But it shows that having enough memory is one of the reasons for keeping Facebook running at an efficient speed. Efficiency is important in being able to spend time talking to our friends on Facebook.

As for internet speed.
Using Speedtest.net, the global broadband speed test,
My server for the test is hosted by Tunghai University www.thu.edu.tw My ISP is CHTD - Chunghwa Telecom. My distance to server performing this test is about 100 miles.

The results are 9.48MB/s download and 1.88 MB/s upload. Ping is 33ms (I'm not sure what that means)

On my second test: I got 9.43 MBPS for download and 1.88 MBPS for upload.

If I shift my server that tests the speed to Hong Kong, I get 9.44 MBPS for download and 1.66 MBPS for upload.

This is just to show the speed at which that I'm connected.

Now for a really cool test, I'm going to test the connection with San Francisco (Near Modesto, CA where I live in the USA - I'm currently in Taipei, Taiwan)

I get a download speed of 7.71 MBPS and an upload speed of 1.74 MBPS. Not too shabby!

Overall, I'm happy with facebook speed. I think of course it could be faster, but many of the other limiting factors for speed are due to things out of our control such as the server that Facebook uses.

Just writing what is on my mind.




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Monday, August 10, 2009

How does one become a plastic surgeon?


How does one become a Plastic Surgeon? Here's a plastic surgeon's (Dr. Tammy Wu) story of her childhood and growing up in a medical family. Her essay is entitled - Medicine is the language we speak at home. Part of a series of essays aimed at the topic "So, you want to be a doctor?" All the links above point to the same essay by Dr. Tammy Wu.

This was what I was working on all day.

I even have pictures of Dr. Wu placed on this web page when she was a child. And I have listed many of her relatives (with website links!) who are currently practicing medicine in Taiwan or in the United States.

The website also has pictures of Dr. Tammy Wu's father operating in the 1970's.
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Started a new blog: for Violin!!

http://surgeonviolinist.blogspot.com/

Because of the Typhoon and raining weather. We postponed our trip to southern Taiwan. Instead, I practiced some violin and started a new blog: a Violin Blog ! Just started it today.

Typhoon Videos from YouTube Morakot

Typhoon videos from YouTube regarding Typhoon Morakot. Placed here on early August 10, 2009

For the video of the collapsing hotel due to Typhoon Morakot, click the link.

Dam problems:





Video Typhoon Morakot batters Taiwan

From Al Jazeera English on Saturday Aug 7, 2009 regarding Typhoon Morakot and Taiwan:




This was reported on Saturday Aug 7, 2009. The typhoon took about 2 days to get across Taiwan. My map of Typhoon Morakot as it swept through Taipei. I labeled Taipei with "Calvin". Map.

Al Jazeera English is the same TV Channel that had interviewed me while I was playing violin in the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall - interviewing me as the only surgeon in the YouTube Symphony April 2009. click this link for that video which has nothing to do with the Typhoon.

Our prayers and sympathy to those who have been devastated by this storm. We hope for a quick recovery.

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Video: Typhoon collapses Hotel in Taiwan

We were planning on taking a trip to southern Taiwan, but at the last minute decided not to. We remained in Taipei instead. Good thing because there has been quite a lot of chaos going on in Southern Taiwan due to the Typhoon Morakot.

The video above is what we saw on the news today in Taiwan TV. We watched from the safety of the house we were staying in in Taipei. The only problem we had was a broken/fallen out window from this Typhoon. All things considered, we were pretty safe.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have suffered from the Typhoon.

More about the video above:

The Hotel Chin Shuai lay collapsed in floodwater during typhoon Morakot in Chihpen, southeastern Taiwan, on Sunday.

In southeastern Taiwain’s Taitung County, a six-story hotel collapsed into a neighboring river after torrential rains eroded its foundation, but officials said all 300 guests had been safely evacuated.

Authorities said the Taiwan flooding was the worst in a half-century. More than 170,000 persons remained without power on Monday the government said.

"Morakot", means emerald in Thai

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Taiwan cockroach - picture


I managed to take a picture of a Cockroach here in Taiwan. I left it alone, although I was tempted to squish it. I'm suprised that it didn't move through two flashes (two pictures). I thought they were supposed to be afraid of light. The autofocus light went at it twice also - but it didn't budge at all.


I have heard that some folks can get asthma / allergic reactions from a cockroach.
And I've also heard that the feces of a cockroach has the pheromones that attracts the opposite sex (go figure!)
You can click on the picture above for a larger version. In the larger version, you'll see more of the "fuzzy" legs on the critter.
Enjoy.
蟑螂

Before and After Plastic Surgery Pictures

Plastic Surgery Before and After pictures - Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck, etc.

Do Plastic Surgery consumers actually look at the before and after pictures or is it other plastic surgeons that look at other plastic surgeon's before and after pictures (photo gallery).

I was wondering this question myself. I work in a plastic surgery environment, and am very interested in websites.

I have seen some marketing websites say that before and after plastic surgery pictures are one of the most important things in a plastic surgeon's website.

At this point, our plastic surgery website doesn't have before and after pictures because we are protecting the privacy of our patients. However, our patients have indicated that it's ok to show before and after pictures. We have before and after pictures in our office in specially bound books for breast augmentation, breast reduction, tummy tuck, liposuction, etc.

I thought I would include here links to before and after pictures of some of our very respected colleagues in Plastic Surgery. (They went to the same educational process / schools as Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgeon)

Disclaimer: These are not our pictures. They belong to other Plastic Surgeons who worked with Dr. Tammy Wu in the past. This is a very informal collection of links - just wanted to ask the question whether people are looking at these pictures or colleagues of plastic surgeons. We respect our colleagues a huge amount, and that is why we have chosen to put links their before and after pictures. There are many other plastic surgery colleagues whom we have left out - not intentionally - this was just due to lack of time and the vastness of the web (ie. we didn't stumble upon your before and after pictures). We are also linking to our colleagues because we know that it will elevate their page ranking in search engines because of external links which are very important in this world of Search Engine Optimization. Some pictures may contain nudity which is not appropriate for all viewers.

Collection of Plastic Surgery Before and After Pictures

Dr. Parungao Breast Augmentation Before and After (112 photos)
Dr. Parungao Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Before and After (10 photos)
Dr. Parungao Mommy Makeover Before and After Photos (8 photos)

Dr. Haws and Gingrass Botox Before and After
Dr. Haws and Gingrass Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
Dr. Haws and Gingrass Breast Lift Before and After Photos
Dr. Haws and Gingrass Tummy Tuck Before and After
Dr. Haws and Gingrass Breast Reduction Before and After Photos





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Friday, August 7, 2009

What is a Typhoon

A tropical cyclone occurring in the western Pacific or Indian oceans (East Asia).

The word typhoon comes from the Chinese term tai-fung, meaning great wind.

Typhoons feature heavy rains and winds that maintain speeds equal to or greater than 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour. Similar storms that occur in other parts of the world are called tropical cyclones or hurricanes.

Cyclones are huge revolving storms caused by winds blowing around a central area of low atmospheric pressure. In the northern hemisphere, cyclones are called hurricanes or typhoons and their winds blow in an anti-clockwise circle. In the southern hemisphere, these tropical storms are known as cyclones, whose winds blow in a clockwise circle.

Typhoon Morakot is going through Taipei, Taiwan at the moment.

Typhoon Morakot

The path that Typhoon Morakot will take in the next 24 hours.

"For Friday August 7th & Saturday August 8th (Father's Day 8/8 - Ba, Ba) all of Taiwan will be under a Torrential Rainfall Warning: 200mm - 349mm+ of rainfall within 24 hours.
By the afternoon of Sunday August 9th as the storm moves across to China rains for Central & Southern Taiwan may actually increase over current levels.
Localized flooding is possible. If your car or scooter is in a basement you may want to get it to street level or higher for the weekend."
Above excerted from:
We had a window fall out of the property that we're staying in. But that got promptly replaced (glass, frame and labor) for $40 - all done on the spot within a few hours of asking for it to be done.
The label "Calvin" was used above to locate Taipei, Taiwan.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Twitter for Plastic Surgery Modesto - Surgical Artistry, Inc

T. Tammy Wu, MD and Calvin Lee, MD have announced today their twitter account for their plastic surgery modesto practice:

http://twitter.com/wplasticsurgery

We're still new to Twitter and social media so bear with us.

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Help ID'ing this tropical fruit

The fruit that I'm trying to get the English name/equivalent is the fruit on the lower left hand corner of this photo next to the dragon fruit (other side of bananas).

picture of yellow dragon fruit


I came across a picture of dragon fruit that is yellow on the outside.
My previuos picture dragon fruit cut open (red on outside)


This is the webpage link:


cut open picture of Dragon Fruit





Apparently the Dragon fruit comes in a variety where it is red on the inside!! I've only had the one that is white on the inside. It is quite a refreshing fruit to eat - with a texture and consistency of a kiwi but without the sourness. A bit more on the bland taste palette.
Pitaya Fruit, Pitahaya Fruit are other names for the dragon fruit.

Dragon Fruit = strawberry pear

Dragon Fruit / Strawberry Pear
I had this fruit in Taiwan, just a few weeks ago, for the first time.


When you cut it open, it looks like a the inside of a "white" kiwi - it has lots of edible little seeds.

It also has the texture of the kiwi, but doesn't taste as acid.
I'm searching for this very very sweet fruit that I just had which is green on the outside with lots of irregular bumps on it and white on the inside with the taste of a super super sweet ripe banana with a hint of cantalope - it has septations which are easily separated with a dark black inedible seed in the middle of each section.
I'll keep searching, maybe I'll find this fruit online. Meanwhile, I was happy to come across this dragon fruit which comes from a cactus. So it's a cactus fruit! They now grow these in Taiwan - before it used to be imported only.

My facebook badge, not working - fixed!

I found a way to fix our facebook badges:

For a few months now, my facebook badge on my webpage:

Calvin Lee

wasn't working. But now I got it to work by changing the image source from:

http://badge.facebook.com/badge/547494649.1007.1136334917.png

to:

http://www.facebook.com/badge/547494649.1007.1136334917.png


Calvin Lee's Profile
Create Your Badge

Calvin Lee's Facebook profile



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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Swine Flu H1N1 still a problem

I first about Swine Flu around March-April 2009. Here in Taipei, I personally have met doctors who still treat swine flu (H1N1) and see it routinely now (it is now 8/6/09). I guess it's also prevalent in Hong Kong which is where I am to travel next. About 1-2 months ago, I wrote a "How to prevent swine flu" website - at least it is about how to decrease transmission of flu bugs. I was hoping that this was a problem that would somehow disappear.

Apparently it's still marching on.

England's Swine flu page
USA Swine flu page (CDC)

Our attempt at reducing the spread of swine flu:

How to prevent Swine Flu



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