December 18, 2004

Catching Up on Work

POST #    1474

I'm sitting here at work, all by myself, while it's a beautiful day out. Boo. On the plus side, I've plugged in the iPod,cranked up my music and can probably get a good few hours of work done. Microsoft Excel, you are my friend for the next few hours. Oh, don't worry copy machine, you won't be neglected either.

Fun times, fun times.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 1:00 PM



October 6, 2004

Getting a Tad Dark Out

POST #    1331

Mental note to self: no more 12 hour days at work. Especially if it's going to start looking like this and be cold. That was the scene last night when I left work. WTF?!? Where are all the people commuting home? And would it hurt to put some street lights up in this industrial area?


Posted by tien mao in Work at 7:51 AM



June 12, 2004

Nothing Quite Like a BBQ at Work

POST #    1100

Yesterday afternoon, we grilled some meat at work. There is nothing quite like trying to feed 120 or so people with copious amounts of food, 120 beers, and a fire that is way too hot. Some of the few hairs I had on my right hand are now singed. I'm surprised that my hair didn't get burned by the wild flames. The event turned out well, despite some uncooked meats, which I was not in charge of. Next time, no more grilling for me. Note the warped grill surface and the discoloration of the grill from the heat.

And can I just say that propane grills are so much better than charcoal. Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Work at 11:06 AM



June 6, 2004

Farewell to Sharon

POST #    1086

I've been at my job for more than 3 years at this point, and people come and people go, but Friday was the last day of someone else who has also been there for more than 3 years. My coworker Sharon decided to move on and help the family business. After work , everyone went out to dinner to bid her adieu and for a little celebration.

Dinner was at a Chinese barbecue place on Northern Boulevard and was followed by some karaoke next door. I can't say that I'm usually a big fan of karaoke, but I had a surprising amount of fun. I even sang a couple of songs. First, I sang Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. That went well, considering I know the lyrics to the song and I know the timing of the song. A drink or two later, I did a William Hung-like rendition of She Bangs. That did not go so well. I knew none of the words or timing, but I still think I sounded better than Hung, who I absolutely hate.

Anyway, it's sad that Sharon's switching jobs and leaving the NYC area, but it's been a fun time working with her for the last 3 years.

Posted by tien mao in Friends/Family, Work at 6:02 PM



February 9, 2004

Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart? I DO!!!!

POST #    755

Hello BP!! Located on Vandervoort between Grand and Metropolitan. many chips.

Halley pointing out one of the fine Tostitos dips.

Lactose intolerance my ass!

Never have I been so happy to see a gas station open. I don't have a car, yet the opening of a BP Amoco across the street from work is a godsend. It is an oasis in the urban jungle that is the "East Williamsburg Industrial Park." This area is devoid of all stores and decent eateries. That means no snacks, no drinks, no nothing. That all changed this afternoon. They have everything I could possibly want, bread, milk, chips, candy, ice cream, beer, smokes (wait, I don't smoke), and windshield wiper fluid (wait, I don't have a car).

I am a happy, happy man. Yes, it takes very little to make me happy, I am easy to please, and pleased I am. Today is a new day, a day when I start snacking my ass off and my ass grows to heights never before seen, today is a good day, maybe the best day I've had here in three years. Sad, I know.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Work at 4:37 PM



January 7, 2004

A Great Day to Return to Work

POST #    686

Yesterday, I was out sick with some sort of virus. Maybe not the flu since I'm better now, but maybe a stomach virus or something like that. It wasn't pretty. In a 24-hour period, I went through a whole roll of toilet paper, making life very uncomfortable for certain parts of my body. I think during that same period, I actually peed twice. Needless to say, Gatorade will be my friend today.

Today, I return to work, with frigid temperatures outside and an office without heat. Because of that, I'm sitting in another office (with heat, thankfully), using a laptop and feeling somewhat out of place. I should have just stayed home for the rest of the week.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 10:06 AM



December 1, 2003

I Might Need to Dress-Up More

POST #    604

I'm a pretty casual guy when it comes to many things, including the way I dress. The "dress code" in my office is pretty casual, so I take advantage of it, wearing sneakers all the time. But might I be too casual if people ask me what I'm doing if I'm wearing business casual clothes? Granted, my co-workers know that I don't get dressy unless I have a reason to dress-up, so their questions are warranted, but maybe I should just start dressing more professionally.

On the other hand, my laziness and desire for comfort will probably win out in the long run. I mean, who wants to iron every night and wear shoes every day if they don't have to? I guess some people like doing that, but right now, I'm just going to stick with my casual dress unless I change jobs or I need to dress nice for something. Laziness and comfort prevail! Nothing like a train of thought ending after about a minute.

Now what about that haircut? Nah, laziness prevails again!

Posted by tien mao in Work at 5:15 PM



November 20, 2003

Notary Gone Wild

POST #    578

About a month ago, I was told that I passed the test to become a Notary Public - quite a shocker since I thought I failed the test. As of October 27th, I was a licensed notary. Today, I have my stamp and am stamping like crazy. I notarized a few things before getting the stamp, but writing "Notary Public - State of New York, Certified in New York County, My Commission expires Oct. 27, 2007," my name and license number was kind of tiring, so things are much better now. By the end of the day, I will have notarized about 16 items. Craziness. Good thing I like the sound of my stamp.

If anyone needs my services (wink, wink), let me know.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 2:08 PM



November 10, 2003

I Didn't Sign Up for This

POST #    556

At work today, Halley and I had to sift through 1400 lbs of woven metal before we sent it out to a client. Needless to say, it was not a fun time. He cut his hand up and my back kind of hurts (this might be due to my inactive nature). Not cool. I might be mistaken, but in a metal shop, there are usually people to measure sheets of metal. I did get to work on my tender hands. Now I have manly construction hands.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 9:43 PM



October 7, 2003

"roof like a liquid flung over the plaza."

POST #    437

project in the design phase using CATIA.

i don't mention work too much, but my company is working on this art piece in memphis, tn, that has the longest name ever. internally, we just call it memphis performing arts center (it's actually the cannon center). the artwork, which is nearing completion (we've been saying this for months), was recently featured on a local news program in memphis (slow news day i guess). from the article, you can watch the video of the story. it's pretty cool. some minor details. the name of our company isn't "aluminum design," but UAD Group and i think they mean "hole" and not "whole."

the designer of the piece is vito acconci, who is based in the DUMBO area of brooklyn. locally, he designed the storefront for art and architecture with steven holl, a school in the bronx, and some random stuff here and there, as well as an approved design for the west 8th street subway station on coney island.

acconci studio's rendering of the west 8th st. subway station.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 11:49 AM



July 21, 2003

chugging along

POST #    240

this point of the day is usually where i am groggy and have just woken up from my post lunch nap at my desk. today though, i somehow managed to fight through the desire to sleep. i'm don't know why, but i'm not all that tired right now considering the circumstances. what circumstances you ask? well, my dad and i left the c-house this morning at around 6, which required me to set my alarm for 5:15. not cool. i hope i don't fall asleep today at my GMAT class. i guess my sleeping all the way from pennsylvania to new york helped me a little.

great, now i can't stop yawning.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 3:40 PM



July 20, 2003

crazy architects

POST #    238

i swear that at work last week, we were discussing all the project pitches we were doing for frank gehry (corcoran gallery of art and the princeton library) and if we were actually getting any of those projects. then, i joked about him building a new guggenheim and us just working on that. halley and i then discussed how the guggenheim has no money (keep in mind, this is during a weekly status meeting) to keep their museums open, let alone build more. but today, i read this article (via kottke) that says the guggenheim foundation has designs for a new museum in taichung, taiwan. not only that, but they also mentioned that they have a proposal for another museum in rio de janeiro. the guggenheim is just racking up the famous architects and buildings too: new york - frank lloyd wright, bilbao - frank gehry, jean nouvel - rio, taichung - zaha hadid. the museum at taichung is part of a proposed complex with elements designed by the aforementioned gehry and nouvel as well with the whole project costing about NT$12.4 billion, which translates to about $360 million.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 11:35 AM



July 17, 2003

homer simpson's previous jobs

POST #    230

for those wondering what homer has done for employment, i was watching an episode of "the simpsons" entitled, "poppa's got a brand new badge," where homer recounts all the jobs he has had in the past:

"you know i've had a lot of jobs: boxer, mascot, astronaut, immatation krusty, baby proofer, trucker, hippie, plowdriver, food critic, conceptual artist, grease salesman, carny, mayor, griftor, bodyguard for the mayor, country western manager, garbage comissioner, mountain climer, farmer, inventor, smithers, poochie, celebraty assistant, power plant worker, fortune cookie writer, beer baron, kwik-e-mart clerk, homophobe, and missionary, but protecting springfield, that gives me the best feeling of all."

you can listen to the quote here or for an entry on a random quote generator, read here.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 7:42 PM



June 12, 2003

ahh, desk sweet desk

POST #    42

i'm finally back at my desk. i should clarify that its not that i'm happy to be back at work, but i'm happy to be back sitting and not standing for 7 hours straight. i hate standing. i dont think i mentioned that before, but its true.

my messy desk

Posted by tien mao in Work at 3:02 PM



June 11, 2003


POST #    43

i dont think my feet have ever hurt more than they did today. i think the two days of working a trade show and wearing shoes that whole time have caused the pain in my feet. i think i have weak feet. i should go see a podiatrist or something. tonight, i look forward to lying in bed and resting my feet. maybe some ice cream too. yum.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 8:39 PM



June 10, 2003

trade shows suck

POST #    44

okay, i've determined that trade shows arent that much fun at all. factors that make them worse: being in your hometown, getting 5 hours of sleep to get there 2 hours before the show starts so you can finish setting up, standing around for 7 hours. oh, and day 2 tomorrow. crap.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 5:58 PM



June 9, 2003

javits center, how fun

POST #    47

i get to spend the day at the javits center. we have to set up the booth for our next trade show, buildings ny. so tired. must sleep.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 7:25 AM



May 19, 2003

mention in the times

POST #    182

despite the reputation that the times now has, here is a link on some of the work that we do (here is another interesting article as well). it talks about the architect for the new york city housing authority and the kind of work that he (and then us) does. its kind of interesting.

Posted by tien mao in Work at 3:02 PM


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