Couple of Things

Tonight’s soundtrack is Herbie Hancock’s Takin’ Off (Grooveshark is awesome if you want to have a listen), served with a small dollop of plum wine drowned in water because tomorrow’s a work day.

My short story “The Likeness of God” has been accepted for publication in Philippine Speculative Fiction 7! A snippet from the email from Kate Osias, who’s editing the anthology with her husband Alex:

There is something brutal and honest in this piece of work; it made Alex and I uncomfortable, at times disgusted. But it is because you were able to make us feel this way that the story succeeds.  Not all stories could be about love, or longing, or bitterness. Yours was a different journey, and all the unpleasant emotions we felt along the way led us to think about our humanity.

Thanks, Kate! This year’s PSF will be published digitally for the first time to reach a wider audience.

I’ve also gotten an account in LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/crystalkoo. Because it seems to be the professional-looking thing to do. And you can look up old acquaintances without the politics of Facebook.

I’ve also signed up with InterNations, the biggest networking site for expats from all over le world, where you can find info and advice about your city and connect with others expats. Membership is invitation-only and its founder, Philipp von Plato, emailed me an invitation after he bumped into my blog while looking for information about Hong Kong. They have around 5000 members of 89 nationalities in the HK community alone,  which is pretty sizable. I’ve still to fully check out all its functions but it’s been looking really interesting so far.

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A Faster Firefox

I know this is a really old piece of advice, but if you’re using Firefox and a broadband connection, here’s a really simple way of making Firefox load pages faster by allowing it to pipeline.

1. Load the about:config page in Firefox.

2. Alter the following entries:

network.http.pipelining to “true”

network.http.proxy.pipelining to “true”

network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to a higher number (or if you have any mercy on the bandwidth limit of web sites in general, wouldn’t recommend going beyond 16. Or so I’ve heard.)

3. Right-click anywhere to create a new integer string. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set the value to “0.” This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

Here’s why Mozilla didn’t set the pipeline by default.

Been very busy lately with university work and more. However, beefing up Firefox with extensions and tweaks has been quite distracting.