Archive for December, 2008

Atlanta tour

Friday, December 26th, 2008

GY will be visiting Atlanta and we think the best places to go would be:

  • Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

Monday-Saturday: 9:30am–5pm
Sunday: Noon–5pm

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults – $12.00
Seniors (65 and older) – $9.00
Students (13 and older) – $9.00
Children aged 4-12 – $5.00
Free – Margaret Mitchell House Members & Children under 4 years old
Groups of ten or more are eligible for discounted rates.

The Margaret Mitchell House
& Museum
990 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Going south on I-75/I-85 (from the north, Marietta, Buckhead, Norcross) take the 249D exit, the North Avenue exit. Take a left off the exit onto North Avenue . You will travel through one stop light before you reach West Peachtree Street. Take a left onto West Peachtree Street. (This is a one-way street going north.) Follow West Peachtree Street until you reach 10th Street. Take a right onto 10th Street. Crescent Avenue is your next right before you reach the next traffic light. You will see the house ahead of you once you turn onto 10th Street. Turn right onto Crescent Avenue and you will see our complimentary parking lot on the right .

From downtown Atlanta, head north on Peachtree Street. The house is on the corner of 10th and Peachtree Street. Take a left at the corner of 10th and Peachtree. Take your first left, Crescent Avenue, which is directly behind the house. You will see our complimentary parking lot on your right.

By public transportation:
The Margaret Mitchell House is one block east of the Midtown Marta Station. When you leave the Marta Station by the Peachtree Place exit, turn left and walk up the sidewalk to the light at Peachtree Street. You will see our entrance sign on the sidewalk.

Free Parking:
Free parking is available adjacent to the property.

  • Martin Luther King Center: Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Fees & Reservations

Admission and parking are FREE.

Admission: Free

Vehicle Parking: Free parking is available on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue between Jackson Street and Boulevard.

No special arrangements are needed since most of the park is self-guided. However, you will need to register to tour the Birth Home of Dr. King. Reservations for touring the Birth Home are handled on a first-come first-serve basis the day of your tour, in person. No advance reservations can be made. Register at the Visitor Center Information Desk.

Martin Luther King Center
449 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta

  • Stone mountain park

Christmas time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM Peak; Christmas event 2:00PM - 9:00PM

For more about history of Atlanta, this is the great web site:

A car repair shop I’d like to praise…

Friday, December 19th, 2008

I researched this shop at Kudzu before hand and personally went there once for a major repair months ago. The service is as expected and I am happy with the shop so far.

Lanier Tire and Wheel
664 Atlanta Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(770) 889-0081

峄山刻石 Stone Carving at Yi Mountain

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

High Museum 展出的峄山刻石篆文到底写了些什么?

If you have had the chance to visit terracotta army at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, you would have seen a big wall full of huge characters. Those characters are in the Zhuan form of Chinese characters which are the standradized Chinese characters under China’s first Emperor Qin Shihuang, as shown below:

yashan keshi

yishan keshi


It is actually a poem with 222 characters, with four characters per line:


讨伐乱逆,威动四极,武义直 方。





追念乱世,分土建邦, 以开争理。




黔首康定,利泽长久。群臣诵略,刻此 乐石,以著经纪。

HOA site posts

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Today I posted my first post at our HOA site:

Web site enhancements: Need your input

The next board meeting will be held on December 18. One of the agenda items is to discuss ways to enhance our web site. Your inputs are much appreciated. Here is the wish list for our web site I can think of:

  • Resident surveys/polls
  • “Contact Us” fill-in forms which will direct to Property Manager’s email automatically.
  • Resident self-posted classified ads/activities (do we need something like a forum)
  • Coventry photo gallery hosting all activity pics, preferably residents can self-post.
  • Each registered user has his/her own personalized profile/info so residents can know each other better.
  • Ability to post ads within certain periods, and can rotate the ad placements on the site.

You may provide your input by December 17.

I also added a Wordpress page titled “Coventrians Recommended”. Some user commented in my first post that fieldstone has a good web site.

I also posted “any ham radio operators?” and one replied that he is one of them in the community! Internet is really cool stuff, isn’t it?

The Chinese in America

Sunday, December 7th, 2008
The Chinese in America: excellent review by Iris Chang:

A Slap in Our Face: We can’t forget what Richardson did to Wen Ho Lee

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

A Slap in Our Face: We can’t forget what Richardson did to Wen Ho Lee

December 4, 2008

Wen Ho Lee

Wen Ho Lee is as close as it gets in contemporary Asian Pacific American history to a mythic victim of racism in our nation.

Unlike a symbol of injustice like a Rosa Parks, Lee was no activist and did not seek to challenge society. He was merely an ordinary Asian American scientist doing his life’s work. And solely because of his race was he wrongly suspected of being the most heinous kind of criminal to democracy — a spy.

For his ordeal, Lee rarely receives the respect he deserves and now lives in quiet obscurity after being stripped of his livelihood as a nuclear scientist. To add insult to injury, some still don’t think Lee is innocent.

Meanwhile, Bill Richardson, secretary of energy in the late 1990s and the man who fingered Lee and presided over his public flogging, remains in the limelight and is now being honored as President-elect Obama’s new secretary of commerce.

That may be the ultimate injustice to Wen Ho Lee.

Please visit

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Please visit

There is another letter to the Obama-Biden transition team with a specific request for an apology from Bill Richardson.

Click this link to sign the letter!

Bill Richardson: not qualified for Secretary of Commerce

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Obama is proposing the change. But this nomination is not a good sign for Obama’s change - shame on bill’s handling of wee ho lee case and refusal to apologize.

What? What Obama is saying is like this, “I want this guy who ‘lost’ or incapable of protecting the plans for nuclear weapons to now be in charge of our trade agreements.” What a change Obama is going to make by appointing Bill Richardson ???

This guy is proved to be unable to take charge of federal agencies, see below:

Obama, NAFTA And Free Trade

The confirmation battle might be a bruiser. When Richardson was energy secretary, two computer hard drives containing nuclear weapons secrets disappeared from a vault at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, an Energy Department facility. At a Senate hearing on the security breach in 2000, the longest-serving Democrat in the chamber, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, vowed that Richardson would “never again receive the support of the Senate of the United States for any office to which [he] might be appointed.” But with Obama and the Senate Democrats still in the honeymoon phase, it seems unlikely that Byrd would (or could) make good on his eight-and-a-half-year-old threat.

User comment:

So, are we to assume that by appointing Richardson Obama is saying, “I want the man that ‘lost’ the plans for nuclear weapons to now be in charge of our trade agreements.”