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DIY Chinese Visa Photo

Here is a How-to guide to DIY Chinese Visa Photo.

The requirement of it is 33mm x 48mm, a little bit smaller than 2 inches.

Here is a sample picture from official China embass website.


So just take a picture by yourself and use any photo editing tool you like.

1) Make it 300dpi.

2) Crop the pic per above

3) Change the image size to 470 pixel width,  600 pixel height.

4) Prepare all pictures of your family.

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DNA Tree


It is a tree. Just based on XY sex chromosomes.


Think about X and Y only. They determinate the sex of the human.  The rest of chromosomes, 22 paires autosome, are not in the picture.

How close between them?

Re: Wikipedia
XY sex-determination system


Electric Cars Charge into the Future

It is a new  infographic guide to the world of Electric Cars. As a consumer, we are always thinking about total cost of ownership, including price of car, cost of insurance, cost of gas consumption or electric usage.

This new guide tell us something new about it.



Order parts of Chest form IKEA Canada for FREE

It is totally free to get parts from IKEA, if you have one or two broken parts which is belonging to the furniture bought in IKEA.

Last week, I went to parts or return department of IKEA Coquitlam store. Because I have a chest bought many years ago. It is a three drawer chest. The sliding track for drawer is broken. The metal balls came out and it is hard to open and close it.

It is not the first time. One year ago, I went to IKEA and asked for the track, they gave me a pair of track. I replaced the broken one.

Now, another draw sliding tracks have same problem. I went to IKEA, they told me this product is discontinued and they do not have stock of these kind of track any more. But, they can order it from SWEDEN. And it is totally FREE.

I gave them my mailing address and name. They said, it may takes 5 days to my front door. It is May 21, 2014


Today, I heard the door bell. The postman gave me the parcel looks like below.


It is inside of a plastic bag. The bag is from Canada Post. There are a notes in the back of it.


This apology from Canada Post is said that the mail item is damaged. They found it in this condition in the mailstream.

I don’t understand what is mailstream. I am not sure who is responsible to it.

Anyway, I opened the plastic bag and saw the damage.


So the so called damage is the envelope is broken because the content inside is heavy and hard. I think the metal parts is OK.


At last IKEA sent me six sliding tracks. I can replace all three draws’ tracks.

Today is May 28, 2014. It exactly took FIVE business days. It is FREE.

I am very comfortable to shop in IKEA. They provide high quality of service.

Look at our Home from Space – The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

This is an amazing tool for any normal people like me. I can watch the real time earth view from the out space.

Real Time

Black Scenes = Night side of the Earth; Gray Scenes = Switching to the next camera, or the communications downlink from the ISS in not available at the moment.

The live video feed from HDEV will occasionally be unavailable due to loss of Ku-band transmission from the International Space Station. Please check the site again in approximately 30 minutes.


Natural Gas rate increases in BC Lower Mainland

Here is a notice from FortisBC, the natural gas provider in BC.

The title of the sheet is Natural gas rate changes. With a chart, showing 53% decrease in six years.


But when I have a closer look at the Rates explained part, it tells the truth of rate increasing.


It said the commodity rates increased by $1.368 per GJ. It means increased by 41.80%. It is a huge increase.

When I look at the back of this paper. It said, “BCUC approves FortisBC common rates, Over the next three years, FortisBC will take steps to offer more stable rates throughout our service areas.”

Does it mean the rate increased will stay on the high level and lasting for three years?

The answer is YES. Look at what they posted on their web site:

Lower Mainland, Columbia and Inland
Typical Lower Mainland, Columbia and Inland residential customers will see a one-time increase of approximately $45-54 to their annual bill. However, FortisBC is proposing to mitigate this rate increase for three years so that typical Lower Mainland, Inland and Columbia residential customers only experience an increase of $28-34 to their annual bill starting in 2014. In 2017, these customers would see a second increase bringing them up to the $45-54 annual bill increase amount.”

vi commonrates

If you living in the Lower Mainland BC, check your April gas bill.


I have G.E.R.D.

Last week, I saw the doctor Janzen. I described my problem, and he gave me a piece of paper. There are four letter, G.E.R.D. He said I may have this. And at the same time, he gave me two bottles of pills. One pill each day, for two weeks. He said if I get back normal in two weeks, that means it is.

Now, today morning, I took the first pill and the whole day is good.

I checked Wikipedia, it said:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is a chronic symptom of mucosal damage caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus.


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Cloud Storage or Online Archiving places

I am thinking about put my digital pictures archives in cloud. It will be my second backup for these digital life records. The first backup is on my NAS at home. The original one is on my Desktop.

I need a remote backup, just in case. My previous solution is to burn these files into small DVD-Rs, which is 1.4GB capacity. I put them into safe box in TD Bank. The photos are back to 2001. I took by my first digital camera, Finepix2400.


It is old way. now it is time to move them to online archiving or cloud storage.

There are so many options right now. I am only consider the free storage.

Dropbox has 2GB free storage.

Microsoft OneDrive has 7GB free storage

Google Drive has 15GB free storage

Box has 10GB free storage


For me, I have more than above default new user limits. Because I refer some new user to them or I am a loyalty user.

Dropbox, I have 16GB

Microsoft OneDrive, I have 25GB

Google Drive, I have 15GB, I have 50GB


So, my decision is to put my photo archives in 50GB is enough for now.



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