Yearly Archives: 2012

Five Years.

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I can’t believe this blog has been around for five years already, the years just flew by. Countless redesigns, two hosting changes, and 300+ posts later, this blog is still around. I’m surprised at myself for keeping it up for this long. Granted, there have been months-long lapses in posting, but in the end I always come back to this place and post some more. I guess it’s just nice to have my own private little space on the internet, a place that’s not owned by anybody. Fully managed, designed, and maintained by me. A bit like a private garden. I can write as much as I want, or as little as I want. No limitations, just pure writing. I attribute this blog to keeping my spelling and grammar skills sharp even after all my primary schooling has passed; I definitely don’t want to fall into using text-speak all the time like most of my peers.

So here’s to many more years of tl;dr-style blogging!

DZine-Studios, keeping proper American English alive and well (I should make that my tagline haha).

The Wonders Of Uncertainty

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As technology advances, it gets more precise and more accurate. This precision can be life-saving, in the case of medical technology. It can make time-keeping far more advanced, as in the case of atomic clocks. But this surgical level of precision is not needed everywhere. In a lot of cases it just ends up causing more harm than good. Take smartphone battery levels for example. Continue reading

Pros And Cons of Owning A DSLR

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I’ve had my Nikon D70S for many years now, and it’s gone to so many different places with me. I haven’t gone on a single vacation without it. Despite being outdated (it came out in 2005), it still takes amazing pictures. I usually run it in manual mode which helps too. And over the years I’ve noticed the pros and cons of having a DSLR. Continue reading

Small But Great Update

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Updating software can often be a chore, and sometimes brings less-than-desired results. But often an update will bring small UI tweaks, and those are the kind of updates I enjoy seeing the most. Today, I updated Chrome (my browser of choice) and initially it appeared to be the same thing, so I assumed it had under-the-hood updates. But then I went to go close a tab and saw this wonderful little gem:

Chrome Close Tab Button

I don’t design as much as I used to, but I can still appreciate little UI tweaks like these. Before this update, the close button would just have a gray circle upon hovering. I feel like changing the hover color to red definitely reinforces the fact that it’s a close button. I can’t say I’ve tested this scientifically, but I feel like I’ve closed less tabs accidentally because the red color is a bit more noticeable than the existing gray color. And they even included a little drop shadow on the X, lovely. Almost makes me want to design again…

Another Four Years

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A few days ago, Election Day happened, and Obama won re-election and will run a second term… Not too happy about that. Mitt Romney seemed like the genuinely better candidate in the race, but people voted based on little unimportant policy bits rather than on economic/foreign policy (where Mitt was clearly more experienced). What’s even more annoying are the people who voted for Obama based solely on his skin color, without knowing a single word of his policies. Ignorant voting like that has to be stopped somehow, otherwise it becomes just a racial thing rather than based on actual qualifications.

There are two small bits of good news though: 1. This is Obama’s second and last term. Even if he tries to get rid of the term limit, he would never be able to gain Congressional approval to do it. 2. The House Of Representatives still has a solid Republican majority, so hopefully they can help prevent dreadful pieces of legislation (like Obamacare) from passing. Obama won’t get anything done in the coming four years, but that’s still far better than allowing him to get things done. Because Obama getting things done means destroying the USA with his idiotic reforms.

I can’t wait for the 2016 election already, I want to see this clown leave office for good. In fact, why should campaigning wait until 2015/2016 to start? I think it’d be a great advantage to start the primaries now, so that the candidates can thoroughly cover every state instead of just the handful of swing states. I think that’s definitely part of why Mitt lost, he didn’t campaign enough in certain states like Pennsylvania which could have shifted the balance in his favor. Maybe he should’ve passed through New York too, because this election was extremely close unlike previous ones where New York was always a landslide liberal victory.

But hey, in the meantime Obama can make us all equal. *Equally unemployed, that is.*

Sandy.

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Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the NYC area sometime later today (Monday), but quite a few people are dismissing it, citing last year’s over-hyped Hurricane Irene as a reason not to worry. However, this time around the circumstances are quite different. There’s the Tropical Storm/Category 1 Hurricane hitting + a Nor’Easter + high tides, which is no laughing matter. The water levels will surely rise even higher because of the high tide; this is essentially a perfect storm, the likes of which haven’t been seen in decades here. The low-lying areas will almost certainly get some flooding unless there’s some miraculous turn of events (like the storm taking a different direction or prematurely dying down). My house is in Zone B here, meaning it’s not at immediate risk of flooding. However, high winds are still a risk, so the cars have all been parked away from trees, the garbage cans stored inside the garage, etc. With plenty of food and enough candles to last several weeks, I’d like to think I’m fairly prepared for this. Let’s see what happens. I’ll update this as it progresses.

*Update Monday 10/11/12 8:20pm:* The entire MTA subway/bus/commuter rail transit system is shut down today and tomorrow, and possibly for more, depending on the conditions. The New York Stock Exchange is closed today and tomorrow as well. All bridges and tunnels are closed as of now. Widespread power outages are being reported. My house has a partial outage for now, no power in the kitchen or living room. The internet has stayed mostly on, but the lights are flickering constantly. Thankfully all the computers, router, and modem are on a backup battery, so quick flickers aren’t too much of a problem. Not sure if the power will stay on all night though.

*Update Thursday 11/1/12 10:00am:* Funny how in the previous update I said the power was still on, it went out literally ten minutes after I posted that. And it only came back on today at around 7am. I played a _lot_ of Monopoly, Scrabble, and Mariokart DS these past couple days. Didn’t know how to play Monopoly or Scrabble before, so yay I guess I’ve still accomplished something. Hurricane Sandy hit NYC pretty hard though, some subway lines are still closed, tunnels are still flooded, and there are still many homes without power, and loads of trees laying around blocking roads and such.

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