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CatCam Exhibit #1 November 2, 2006

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On the third day, they came out of their hiding place. November 1, 2006

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Finally Titus and Siena stop hiding when I am in the room. Right now, I’m working on my laptop, they are playing by themselves. Even Siena doesn’t get scared by my slightest movement anymore.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Titus and Siena. October 29, 2006

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Today we have two new members in our family, Titus and Siena. This addition to our family is even more important to J.P., because they are the first mammalian pets he has ever had in his life.

Titus and Siena lived in Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary since they were about three months old. Before that, they were two of twenties kittens living on the street at Betlin Ave., a Cupertino neighborhood.

This is their first day at new home. They have been hiding behind the couch ever since they arrived. So we can’t take pictures of them. For now, we only have two pictures of them taken by their foster owner. We will post more soon.

Curious Titus.

Curious Titus

 

Siena

Shy girl Siena’s ID picture. 🙂

Taking a sick day is good, as long as I’m not too sick. October 23, 2006

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Got a really bad cold over the weekend. So I figured that I should give myself a break. Now sitting in backyard, sipping a cup of coffee, while basking in the sun, oh, life is good.Tomorrow I will go back to the office, spending the daylight in a windowless room. Sigh…

Dust settles, and lessons are learned. September 24, 2006

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After several evenings of frantic internet searching, every detail of our hawaii itinerary is finally planned out. We have tried our best to get the best bang for our buck, and learned our lessons and tricks.

Lesson 1:

Do not go to Hawaii in the winter. You would think summer is the peak season for beach resorts. Wrong! The peak season of Hawaii is the time when everywhere else is bitterly cold. Not until we booked our flight and started looking for lodging, did we realize how expensive this trip will be.

Lesson 2:

Do not count on your airline mileage, unless you know there is no blackout date or any other kind of restriction what so ever. We have planned to have two free flight tickets using the 70,000 mile Delta SkyMiles that we have diligently saved. It turned out the 25,000-point SkySaver tickets were so scarce and well booked out a year ago. To have unrestricted SkyChoice tickets, we need to use 50,000 points for each ticket. We end up having only one free ticket and flying separately.

Nevertheless, we also discovered a couple of tricks to squeeze a couple of nichles out of our pockets.

First, it is relatively cheaper to stay in B&B or rental apartment in stead of hotel. Of course it probably be right on the Waikiki beach. But you got to spend the whole day on it, why not have a nicer place to rest during the night. The apartments are usually bigger than hotel rooms and have kichen, which you don’t have to spend money eating out everyday. Plus, you will have a better taste of local flavor. This website is a good place to look for apartment vacation rental around the world. We also use it plan for our Europe trip in next year.

For our stay in Oahu, we really like Paradise Palm B&B ($85/night). Unfortunately it is all booked out. But the hosts kindly recommended several other places: ALI’I BLUFFS , BEACH LANE B&B , J & B’S HAVEN, THE MANOA VALLEY INN, MANU MELE B&B, MARIANNE’S B&B, and PILLOWS IN PARADISE. We eventually booked at MARIANNE’S B&B, which costs $75 per night. On the Big Island, we will stay in a cozy cottage at Garden Villa in Hilo ($80/night).

We stumble on the second trick when we are looking for rental car. For some reason, if you go to Avis website via the link on Island Air, you may be able score a deep discount. Our 5-day rental on a compact car only cost about $120, while all other websites ask for at least $200. It seems, when you use that particular link, a Avis worldwide discount code “D802300” and a travel agent only ARC/ATIA number “0182383G” are automatically filled into the reservation form. I suspect this is rather a bug on their website, and they probably will fix it once more people know about this secret. So you milage might vary. Use it while it lasts.

A coup in Thailand? Almost amusing? September 19, 2006

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The coup in Bangkok seems almost amusing to me. I can’t imaging a coup in the country where buddhism prevails and people have such mild temper.

In BBC report, it is described as “But overall the mood was amazingly calm, considering that a coup had just taken place to oust the country’s charismatic leader …” To me, the most amusing part is seeing a picture of two Danish tourists smiling to the camera and saying “To see this is a once in lifetime opportunity.“, as if they are in a local festival parade, not a coup.

American policy making. September 15, 2006

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Recently, those proposition 87 ads had caught my eyes. I am not particularly sensitive to political or economic matters. But in the eyes of a foreigner, the progression of the campaigns is quite interesting.

I first noticed this proposition when on night I came across a TV ad, a yes-to-87 ad, saying how big oil companies pay billions of drilling fees to Texas, but not to California. And it also stated how 87 will benefit the search for alternative energe. It reminds me that when I was in China, I have never seen a TV ad, an ad on any media for that matter, that promotes a goverment policy.

Of course this is not the end of the story. Those no-to-87 folks don’t just sit around. Soon, they brought out an ad showing a mid-age woman, kind of regular house wife image, pumping gas at a gas station. And she says “So now they want to increase oil taxes, really a four billion dollar state tax increase on oil, ouch”.

I have to say, compared to the narrative yes-to-87 ad, this on is much better. I guest the housewife image is more persuasive to regular people. I almost concluded that 87 is bad before I did my own reading and research.

The yes-to-87 camp must felt the threat, because today they released a new ad, in which, they are calling everyone’s attention to the fine print on the no-to-87 ad. The fine print shows that the no-to-87 ad is sponsored by Chevron.

The whole thing makes me laugh. It looks like two kids telling on each other in front of the teacher. What’s more, it makes me wonder if we have this kind of transparency on policy making in China. I am not sure that the american way is the correct way, but it seems reasonable. And at least I know what is going on. Althougth what I know is limited and might not be the truth.

Miscellaneous. September 13, 2006

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“Like I always say, there’s no ‘I’ in TEAM. There’s a ‘me’ though, if you jumble it up”

“There is not a thin line between love and hate! There is in fact a Great Wall of China with armed sentries posted every twenty feet between love and hate. “

Dr. Cameron: Who (thinks he’s sick)?
House: His wife.
Dr. Cameron: The woman you used to live with.
House: That’s her Indian name. On her driver’s license it’s “Stacy.”

Dr. Cuddy: I want to run something by you.
House: I will not have sex with you! Not again! It was miserable the first time – your desperate administrative need!

Dr. Cameron: Foreman! Are you going to contribute, or are you too tired from stealing cars? (everyone stares) I’m being House. It’s funny.
Dr. Foreman: I know. You made milk come out my nose.

Cameron: Men should grow up.
House: And dogs should stop licking themselves, but it isn’t gonna happen.

“Hello, sick people and their loved ones! In the interest of saving time and avoiding a lot of boring chitchat later, I’m Doctor Gregory House; you can call me “Greg.” I’m one of three doctors staffing this clinic this morning. This ray of sunshine is Doctor Lisa Cuddy. Doctor Cuddy runs this whole hospital, so unfortunately she’s much too busy to deal with you. I am a board certified diagnostician with a double specialty of infectious disease and nephrology. I am also the only doctor currently employed at this hospital who is forced to be here against his will. That is true, isn’t it? But not to worry, because for most of you, this job could be done by a monkey with a bottle of Motrin. Speaking of which, if you’re particularly annoying, you may see me reach for this: this is Vicodin. It’s mine! You can’t have any! And no, I do not have a pain management problem, I have a pain problem… but who knows? Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m too stoned to tell. So, who wants me? “

“Who the man? I the man! .. I always suspected …”

House: So, we’ve got pride, anger, envy, gluttony….That’s four out of seven deadly sins in two minutes. Do you people keep records of these things? Is there a Cathlympics?
Eucharist: They say you have a gift.
House: They like to talk.
Eucharist: You hide behind your intelligence.
House: Yeah, that’s pretty stupid.
Eucharist: And you make jokes because you’re afraid to take anything seriously. Because if you take things seriously, they matter, and if they matter –
House: And when things go wrong, I get hurt. I’m not tough, I’m vulnerable.
Eucharist: I barely know you, and I don’t know if I’m right. I just hope I am. Because the alternative is, you really are as miserable as you seem to be. [pause]
House: You know, from the way you’re looking at me right now, I’d say you just hit number five: lust.

Season 3 from official site. September 13, 2006

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“Is this an intervention? You’re a little late, since I’m not using drugs anymore. I am, however, still hooked on phonics.”
– Cane and Able

“The kid is having nightmares. Only happen at night. It’s right there in the name.”
– Cane and Able

“She was being metaphorical. She was trying to sound like me. I have no idea what you meant, but I could smell what the Rock was cooking.”
– Cane and Able

“Why don’t I have high-def in my office? I’m a department head.”
-Cane and Able

Cuddy: “Why did you…”
House: “Why does a dog lick its workplace-acceptable euphemism for testicles?”
– Meaning

“Oh, I stuck that primo! How rad am I?”
– Meaning

Cameron: “You’re lucky he didn’t die.”
House: “I’m lucky? He’s the one who didn’t die.”
– Meaning

Season 1 from official site. September 13, 2006

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Stacy:”He’s scared of you.”
House: “Sure. The ex boy toy. It makes sense.”
– Honeymoon

“We should do things. Throw a ball around or something. Guy stuff.”
– Honeymoon

Cameron: “Previous tests revealed nothing that could’ve caused the abdominal pain or the mood swings.”
House: “Then we’re done. Ball game? Zoo? I don’t care, I just want to hang with you guys.”
– Honeymoon

Cuddy:”Dr. Reilly is throwing up. He obviously can’t lecture.”
House:”You witness the spew? Or you just have his word for it? I think I’m coming down with a little bit of the clap. May have to go home for a few days.”
– Three Stories

“On average, drug addicts are stupid.”
– Three Stories

“The great thing about telling somebody they’re dying is it tends to focus their priorities. You find out what matters to them. What they’re willing to die for. What they’re willing to lie for.”
– Three Stories

“Keep talking. I’ll finish your exam with a prostate check.”
– Love Hurts

“Ramona, you naughty girl. Either you’ve got yourself an 18-year old boyfriend or an 80-year old with little blue pills.”
– Love Hurts

Foreman:”Hey, I’ve been on the scene more than you recently.”
House:”Way ahead of you. I got a case of malt liquor stashed in the trunk, Mr. Marvin Gaye on the CD. We are going to get all the way down.”
– Love Hurts

Cuddy:”Dr. House! Need you here.”
House:”No thanks. Lotta sick people. I might catch something.”
– Kids

Cuddy:”You. In the lobby. Now.”
House:”I hurt my leg. I have a note.”
– Kids

Cuddy:”I’m working. I got hot. Stop acting like a thirteen year old.”
House:”Sorry. It’s just you don’t usually see breasts like that on Deans of Medicine.
– Kids

House:”Sorry. Up late. Internet porn.”
Chase:”Why aren’t you in your office?”
House:”There’s a computer in my office. If I log on, romance will ensue. My wrist might fall off.”
– Babies & Bathwater

“She has gone from the 25 th weight percentile to the 3 rd in one month. I’m not a baby expert, but I’m pretty sure they’re not supposed to shrink.”
– Babies & Bathwater

“Did you make a pass at Cuddy? I told you, she’s only got thighs for me.”
– Babies & Bathwater

Chase:”House never gives speeches.”

House:”But when I really believe in something, gosh dang it, I gotta chance to make a difference here.”

– Role Model

“By rush, I meant fast. Stat’s the word you doctors use, right?

– Role Model

“Are you comparing me to God? I mean, it’s great, but so you know, I’ve never made a tree.”
– Role Model

“You are the most naïve atheist I’ve ever met.”
– Role Model

Cuddy:”In the Senator’s condition, a spleen biopsy could easily cause sepsis and kill him.”
House:”Why do you do this to me? Now if I kill him, I can’t tell the judge I had no idea of the risks involved.”
– Role Model

“Have you ever seen an infected pierced scrotum?”
– Heavy

Wilson :”The ultrasound and biopsy confirmed our worry. The tumor’s extremely large. At least thirty pounds.”
House:”It’s actually a personal record for this clinic.”
– Heavy

Mrs. Hernandez:”I’ll have a huge scar. I won’t be able to wear a bikini.”
House:”You wear a bikini now?”
Mrs. Hernandez:”Yeah, you have a problem with that?”
House:”No, but I’ve never gone swimming with you.”
– Heavy

House to Cuddy:”Jail. You’d like that. No more naughty schoolgirl. Conjugal visit — that’s her new fantasy.”
– Mob Rules

Bill:”His name’s Joey. He’s my only brother.”
House:”He’s important to you. Got it. No placebos for him. We’ll use the real medicine.”
– Mob Rules

“He’s a 30-year old mobster. He doesn’t have a job that results in accidental exposure to toxins. He has a job that results in intentional exposure to toxins. Someone’s poisoned him.”
– Mob Rules

Chase:”You can trust me.”
House:”The problem is, if I can’t trust you, I can’t trust your statement that I can trust you. But thanks, you’ve been a big help.”
– Mob Rules

“Your brother has Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency. You want me to write it down? Good, because it takes awhile.

– Mob Rules

“She’s the CEO of Sonyo Cosmetics. Had three assistants and fifteen VPs check out who should be treating her. Who the man? I the man. I always suspected.”
– Control

Cuddy:”I need you to wear your lab coat.”
House:”I need two days of outrageous sex with someone obscenely younger than you. Like half your age.”
– Control

Wilson :”And a very bad omen for you. There’s not much money in curing African sleeping sickness.”
House:”No, I have seen every scary movie ever made. Six-year old twins in front of an elevator of blood, boys choirs, those are bad omens. This is much more mundane — a billionaire who wants to get laid.”
– Control

Wilson :”She was uncomfortable doing any more tests. I had to convince her just to do that one.”
House:”You get that often? Women who’d rather die than get naked with you?”
– Control

House:”Haven’t done the MUGA.”
Wilson :”Then how do you know she needs a heart transplant?”
House:”Got my aura read today. Said someone close to me had a broken heart.”
– Control

Cuddy:”Twelve year old male, spiking fever, congested chest, coughing up green sputum, shortness of breath, pain in breathing…”
House:”Baffling. Though I vaguely recall a disease called moonomia..noo-mania…?”
– Cursed

“A secret club. What’s the secret, they’re all morons?”
– Cursed

Chase:”How would you feel if I interfered in your personal life?” House:”I’d hate it. That’s why I cleverly have no personal life.”
– Cursed

Cameron:”If it’s cancer, he can’t pitch again. If this was a regular guy who broke his arm lifting a box you’d pack him up and send him home.”
House:”My God, you’re right. I lost my head. All life is equally sacred. And I promise you, the next knitting injury that comes in, we’re on it like stink on cheese.”
– Sports Medicine

“Foreman, how are you fixed for cash? Steal any cars lately?”
– Sports Medicine

Lola:”Even if real human contact is something you don’t have, or even want, or need, you should at least be able to see it in other people.

House:”Right. True love. That’s just how we match organs these days. There’s a couple in France, high school sweethearts, they’re trading brains.”
– Sports Medicine

“Let me talk to shipping. I speak their language. Foul.”
– Detox

Cuddy:”You know, there are other ways to manage pain.”
House:”Like what? Laughter? Meditation? You got a guy that can fix my third chakra?”
– Detox

“You always trust me. It’s a big mistake.”
– Detox

House to Foreman: “Go check out the ‘hood, dog.”
– Histories

Foreman:”A tuberculoma doesn’t give you a temperature of 105.”
Chase:”Then it’s a tuberculoma and something else.”
Wilson :”The ‘something else’ is going to melt her brain.”
House:”Poach. Better metaphor.”
– Histories

Foreman:”You assaulted that man!”
House:”Fine. I’ll never do it again.”
Foreman:”Yes you will.”
House:”All the more reason this debate is pointless.”
– DNR

House:”That paralysis thing. Guy can’t walk for two years, nobody knows why. It seems mildly interesting.”
Cuddy:”Forget his paralysis.”
House:”Tell that to the rest of his bowling team.”
– DNR

“Like I always say, there’s no ‘I’ in team. There’s a ‘me,’ though, if you jumble it up.”
– DNR

“I’m extremely disappointed. I send you out for exciting new designer drugs, you come back with tomato sauce.”
– Poison

Dr. House – “I assume ‘minimal at best’ is your stiff upper lip British way of saying ‘no chance in hell.'”
Chase:”Actually, I’m Australian.”
Dr. House:”You put the Queen on your money, you’re British.”
– Poison

Patient’s mother:”Who are you?”
Dr. House:”I’m the doctor who’s trying to save your son. You’re the mom who’s letting him die. Clarification. It’s a beautiful thing.”
– Poison

Dr. House:”Mr. Adams, would you step outside for a moment?”
Adams :”Why?”
Dr. House:”Because you irritate me.”
– Poison

“Candy canes? Are you trying to mock me?”
– Damned If You Do

“Don’t worry. Many women learn to live with this parasite. My own mother, for example. Forty-five years and she only complains about it now from time to time.”
– Maternity

Dr. House:”How are we doing on cotton swabs today? If there’s a critical shortage, I could run home.”
Dr. Cuddy:”No you couldn’t.”
Dr. House:”Nice.”
– Occam’s Razor

“Her leg hurts after running six miles. Who knows? Could be anything.”
– Occam’s Razor

Dr. House:”Unfortunately, you have a deeper problem. Your wife is having an affair.”
Patient:”What?!”
Dr. House:”You’re orange, you moron. And it’s one thing for you not to notice, but if your wife hasn’t picked up on the fact that her husband has changed colors, she’s just not paying attention.”
– Pilot

“Treating illness is why we became doctors. Treating patients is actually what makes most doctors miserable.”
– Pilot