Weird Phone Issue

Yesterday I encountered a weird issue with my phone.  For some inexplicable reason, the phone wouldn’t charge despite the “charging” message at the bottom of a connected phone.  After a quick Google search, I went through the motions of a phone reboot, and two factory resets.  By the time the phone reached below 15%,  I chatted with Google support and they decided to RMA the phone since the phone was still under warranty.  I was a bit disappointed that I’d be getting a refurbished phone.  Over the rest of the day, the phone ended up dying (no more battery).

When I got back home, I plugged it back in and somehow, my phone started charging again!  I don’t know what happened or why but the phone seemed to have just reset itself?!?  I contacted Google support again to see what I can do to cancel the RMA order.  And they apparently shipped it out already within 12 hours!?  That was an extremely fast order processing!

Although I’m glad to not have to replace my phone, because of the factory reset, I have to re-download the apps, reconnect my accounts and re-customize all my settings is a pain.  As of this morning, I have most of the critical apps downloaded.  I left off some apps I don’t use frequently so I suppose it’s a small blessing in disguise.  I finished reconnecting all the different accounts.  I think most of my settings have been re-customized now.  I do have to say it is annoying trying to find all the different settings and then remembering what they do.  Aside from specific WiFi connections, re-pairing Bluetooth devices, and adding music files back to my phone, I think my phone is back up and running for typical daily usage.

Airline Attendants

April has been a pretty crazy month.  A personal trip followed almost immediately by a quick work trip.  With all the travel, I noticed the flight attendants of different airline companies vary significantly.

On the personal trip, all the flight attendants except for maybe the head attendant were all young females… probably all less than 30 years in age.  They wore matching uniforms with matching hairstyles.  They also had a very similar look irrespective.  Most spoke at least 2 or 3 languages fluently enough at a conversational level.  Many smiled at the interaction with the customer before speaking.

In contrast, on the work trip, none of the flight attendants were young nor all female.  Their uniforms varied to signify the different “jobs” each uniform performed.  From what I can tell, one uniform interacted with the customers solely as a “busboy and kitchen microwave” role while the ones wearing the more traditional flight attendant uniform interacted with the customers handing them food and dealing with issues.  Regardless of their roles, not all the attendants smiled when they interacted with the customer.

I think the difference is ultimately the type of culture that’s trained by the airline company.

Docent Coffee

When I saw this bag picture, the first thought I had was… “damn this looks like Madoka art when witches.”  Anyways I am extremely behind on coffee posts.  Previous coffees and a two week trip (where I also picked up more coffee) will have me super caffeinated in the following months to come.

This “month’s” post (and I use that term VERY loosely) comes from Docent Coffee.  The beans are from Ethiopia’s Guji region.  I’ve had these beans from the region before.


When I make my latte, the flavors are uniquely different.  I get this sweet honey flavor mixed in with super ripe and sweet pineapple.  That pineapple flavor actually reminds me of the sweetness from Taiwanese pineapple.  After the first sip, the latte morphs into a delicious milk chocolate.  Strangely enough, the colder this latte (by adding cold milk),  the more delicious it actually is

Jet Lag….

I find jet lag to be a pretty funny biological circadian anomaly.  For me, it feels like it generally takes up to two weeks to fully adapt to the “normal” circadian rhythm of the timezone.  Just coming back from a trip across the Pacific, I’m getting my normal 6 hours of sleep yet still waking up at ~4am.


High End Stereo System

As a music junky who enjoys alot of different musical genres, listening to a proper high end music setup is a pretty unique experience. Unfortunately the music selection is pretty sparse. The CD I was listening to was a “Greatest Hits of Andre Bocelli.”

The inside speaker system (Focal) were the only ones hooked up. I don’t know why there’s a second outer one. But the Focal speakers handles the mid and upper ranges pretty well. The notes were crisp and clear. Con te partiro with Sarah Brightman really brought out the musical range. The bass ranges were not pushed enough for a good assessment.

I should bring some CDs next time with more of a musical emphasis… Hamilton anyone?

Overselling HSR Tix

How do you frustrate travelers? By overselling non-reserved tickets.

As background the Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) mirrors the Japanese Shinkansen. The trains speed through the Taiwanese country-side from north to south in about 2 hours. That’s approximately 400 km. Each train line contains 12 cars of which cars 1-7 for patrons who reserve seats. Cars 8-12 are non-reserved, first come first serve seating.

Because of a National Holiday, the HSR was packed full of travelers. And as it turns out, they over sold the non-reserve seating so much that to compensate for the overflow, the HSR authorities opened up the reserve cars to non-reserved with a small caveat…. Non-reserved ticket holders can only stand.

For a traveler after crossing the Pacific, having to stand for 2hrs is an annoyance. But to oversell something is just gross stupidity in my opinion.