I turned twenty a little over a week ago… I can’t believe it. I’m still in denial to an extent, like I still think of myself as a teenager despite technically not being one anymore. It’s just so weird to think about how old I’m getting. I used to want to grow up as fast as possible when I was younger, but I regret that now. Having personally experienced it, I have to agree with the age-old notion of “don’t try to grow up too fast.” I should have enjoyed my younger years more, but I more or less wasted them. Not much I can do now but lament the wasted years and hope to make the coming years a lot more productive and interesting. Continue reading
Yearly Archives: 2012
Now that smartphones have become nearly ubiquitous in the US (and many other developed countries), it’s time to discuss what people are doing wrong with them. From what I’ve seen, a lot of people that own smartphones tend to be rather… dumb about using them (ha!). Here’s what I’ve seen over the course of a year or two. Keep in mind that while I use Android, this can apply to Blackberry, iOS, Symbian, Windows Phone, etc. Continue reading
Smartphones are everywhere now, every other person has one (whether it’s iOS or Android), and they are reaching new levels of performance, size, and affordability. What bothers me is the recent lack of variation in smartphone form factors. Every new phone coming out nowadays usually follows the same formula: large screen (usually over 4 inches), several buttons under the screen, camera on the back, volume buttons on the side. While this is a time-tested design that caters to most people, I feel like the major smartphone manufacturers have all but forgotten physical QWERTY keyboards. Continue reading
Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been taking steps to better myself, like not eating so excessively, going to the gym regularly, and continuing to abstain from any sort of alcohol/smoking/drugs. All of that has worked out pretty well so far, and I feel great!
Now, my next step is to better myself in terms of language. I’ve been constantly looking up new words, whenever I hear a word I don’t quite know the meaning of, I look it up on my smartphone. Being born in America, I already speak English pretty well, but I want to go beyond the average speaker; I desire to have a thorough grasp of the finer nuances of this now-ubiquitous language. Along with expanding my vocabulary, I’m cutting out some words too. No more pointless swearing, all it does is make me sound like a crass, unsophisticated idiot. Anything can be said just as effectively (or more effectively) without using those words, it’s really unnecessary to casually swear if you think about it. I don’t find anything wrong with dropping a swear if the situation _really_ calls for it (let’s say you drop a 50-pound weight on your foot), in fact studies even show that swearing helps you deal with pain faster. What I’m referring to is the casual use of these words in every day conversation, there’s no need for me to drop f-bombs every other word. And I’ve noticed myself doing that more and more lately, both online and in real life. So I’m proactively making a change, before my mouth becomes my enemy.
Ladies and gentlemen, we might just have the next new thing here. The Myspace of old is completely gone, fully redesigned and repurposed. Imagine the best bits of Facebook, Last.fm, Grooveshark, and Pinterest combined into one slick entity. Gone is the ugly web 1.0 design, replaced by clean sans-serifs, large images, and a super clever side-scrolling design. Preview it after the jump. Continue reading
I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since that tragic day in September 2001. I still remember it like it was yesterday… I was beginning fourth grade at the time, and I remember not knowing what had happened for a while. Around 11am that day, kids started going home from school in large numbers. I initially thought there was some bug going around, but then I got taken home as well. Nobody told us what happened, I’m guessing because they didn’t really know what was going on at the time, and they probably didn’t want us to panic. Continue reading