New About Me

I decided to finally deprecate my old, dated about page and replaced it with a new one.

I messaged my sisters a few hours ago for suggestions on what to wear and they’ve yet to reply. So useless. What’s the point of having these siblings around when they ignore my very simple requests?

I mean, I even go out of my way to keep Oriana updated on the latest Tay Tay news.

Olivia’s very likeness holds a highly honorable location in my house, greeting everyone as they walk through the front door.

Perhaps someday they will not take me for granted.

The neighborhood food scene is exploding a bit! We’ve got Bao’d Up, Halcyon, and Stella as recent additions and not too far away Batch. Sadly, Bribery Bakery closed down and I’ll miss their pink decor, but I hear exciting rumors on what’ll be replacing it…

Teetar Sauce Launched

I finally launched, the site dedicated to Viraj Bhagat! I’ve owned the domain name for a while with changing intentions, but finally decided to put something together and get it live this weekend.

Teetar Sauce - Viraj Bhagat

My sleep schedule has been kind of messed up this past week initially due to jet-lag, but I didn’t do a whole lot to fix it. I’ve been falling asleep at around 5PM with the intention of waking up in an hour or two, but I keep on sleeping through my alarms and waking up in the 3AM-5AM range. However, with some help of some HoN play time, I managed to stay up until midnight last night so hopefully my schedule will have righted itself for this coming week.

It’s also my mom’s birthday today. Happy birthday, mother!

I'm back!

Yes, I’m back in the US now. I’ll post more later but I just wanted to say happy 2011!

Here’s a wordle image of blog posts for 2010.

Am I going to get in trouble because “Sam” is mentioned more times than “Melissa?” Uh ohhhhhh…

You can see last year’s for reference.

Old Posts

So I got bored and I went back and found archives of my “blog” posts from 1999-2004. Back then, there weren’t many (if any) blog platforms, so I was using some funky “news” posting software. Apparently it stored all the posts in a text file with delimiters of “x”…

Anyways, I whipped up a quick script to convert it into an XML format WordPress could import and… tada! I wouldn’t be surprised if links were broken, by the way…

It’s kind of crazy to see over ten years worth of blogging on the right sidebar now…

The District 9 one

I did a lot of bumming around and playing WoW this weekend. I started leveling up my gnome rogue on Illidan, Powderpuff, again… went from 55 to 57. Then, I did a few other random WoW stuff. On Saturday, met up with some of the BV folk to wish farewell to Rebecca as she heads off to our UK office, then I went to see District 9 at the South Lamar Drafthouse. I found it pretty enjoyable though I wish the climax would have been a bit more exhilarating.

I stayed up pretty late on Saturday starting the migration of from Dreamhost to a slice at Slicehost. If you’re reading this, all went well. =) I’m waiting for the NS changes to propagate still, but alas, 1and1 is terrible and it takes forever, so I’m transferring away from them. In the mean time, I’ve created A records at Dreamhost to point to my slice’s IP. Next up, OliverWEB and a few other misc sites…

Sunday was a good deal of bumming too, but I biked over to Chancy’s place and had dinner with them and Chad’s family. Now, I am going to drink a coke. Tata!

Google Juice

I will occasionally Google myself to see how much Google juice I’ve got. Particularly since moving domain names from to, I’ve been curious how that impacts my rank. Looking at my analytics data, it seems like a frequent path from Google to my site is querying for “bazaarvoice oliver wong“ which isn’t too surprising to me. An even better search to find e-Oliver is for “owiber.”

However, I saw that a few of the top results were to pages I didn’t particularly own or care about, so I decided to make an About Oliver Wong page with an SEO friendly URL and all that jazz. I don’t mean to seem self-indulgent, but I figured I should probably have such a page to compete with the other pages out there on the internet “about me.” It was fun just brain dumping a bunch about myself. =p

Weekend’s about over with now, which included:

  • Contractors redoing house, knocking out a wall, adding a door, tiling floor, etc.

  • Diablo II LAN party with Bazaarvoice crew

  • Helped Chancy move into their new house

  • Biked over to Chancy’s (took shortcut under the railroad tracks - ~9min at an easy pace)

  • Dinner with family for belated bday/father’s day

I will now sheepishly declare that I have some Taylor Swift stuck in my head after hearing her at least a few times over the weekend due to reasons I could not control… :-) So now I feel like an adolescent girl trying to rid my crush on the team’s football star. :-(

“Drew looks at me
I fake a smile so he won’t see
What I want and I need
And everything that we should be

I’ll bet she’s beautiful
That girl he talks about
And she’s got everything
That I have to live without” - Taylor Swift


I finally got around to setting up a personal subversion repository on my Slicehost box. I’ve been meaning to do that for a while, but never got around to it. I’m currently in the process of checking in 600MBish of files from OliverWEB… I’m not entirely sure what takes up all that much space, but I guess I’ve accumulated a decent chunk of stuff over the 10ish years I’ve had it around. =) I really wish I still had a copy of my old Geocities account.

I’m going with coworkers to the Video Games Live & Blizzard Live concerts in Houston on the 18th. Anyone else want to come? To prepare for it, Tiff has convinced me to host a Diablo II (I’ve never played) LAN party at my place on the 11th. Should be fun! =)

I can’t make another post without putting up a photo to make use of my flickr code, so here’re some old ones:


Oh, and these are dedicated to my lovely littlest sister who will love me even more after this…

Bulbous Cheeks



Oh yeah, and on a work related note, it’s cool to see Bazaarvoice mentioned in articles alongside Twitter, Facebook, and/or other much hyped sites:

… there also seems to be a trend developing with people getting creative trying to get hired at BV:

“We’re talking away
I don’t know what
I’m to say I’ll say it anyway
Today’s another day to find you
Shying away
I’ll be coming for your love, OK?

Take on me, take me on
I’ll be gone
In a day or two” - A Ha

Heart JQuery

Oh how I love JQuery… it’s made it so easy to do such nifty things! I’ve added a new feature to Now whenever I link to a flickr image in my posts, there will be a little up arrow to the right of it. If you click on it, the page will scroll to the top and load the larger image, and also show a down arrow to go back to where you were (you can actually click almost anywhere in the big image to go back down). I haven’t tested in IE yet (cross fingers) but it seems to work fine in Safari and Firefox. Here’s a sample image of Oink for you to play with it… have fun!

Reedit Oink 2

“I walked along the avenue.
I never thought I’d meet a girl like you;
Meet a girl like you.
With auburn hair and tawny eyes;
The kind of eyes that hypnotize me through;
Hypnotize me through.

And I ran, I ran so far away.
I just ran, I ran all night and day.
I couldn’t get away.” - A Flock Of Seagulls