Actually glad that I don’t have much of a life that would involve me getting out of the house, not even on weekends.
It seems like I’ve gotten a new work ethic, which is to work excessively; and, as a by-product, guilt trip people into helping me in the near future. It might be sharpshooting on my part, but I’ve earned the co-operation of at least 3 people known to be problematic.
As per my confession more than a year ago, I was one who didn’t know Magikarp evolved into Gyarados. But my circles always had an ample number of relatively hardcore Pokémon geeks. I will also never forget the Saturday mornings in my childhood, turning on the TV at 10am, only to be dragged away to learn Mandarin vocab with my Gramps.
All hail Lord Helix, or perhaps just the Hype Cycle. The relatively quick progress on the first few days seemed to be helped by a certain obscurity, while the somewhat recognisable progress today was perhaps due to the fatigue of trolls. Either way, I must congratulate everybody involved, especially the stream creator, for giving the world this wonderful social experiment.
In other news, the Redmi is pretty nice.
Things were lost and things were found this week.
I lost my ability to use “I want to work damnit” as an excuse to skip the boring parts of coyline activities (like first parade and last parade) by taking off but sticking around in camp. Well, I only did it once so far, and that was really a crunch (which doesn’t mean it isn’t now).
I found myself one of the lucky few to be able to get the RedMi, even though I woke up at 9 that morning and decided to get it on a whim. It’s not the greatest or latest or cheapest, but I was quite intrigued by their router so I thought I might as well get something from them.
And those were just 2 out of probably a dozen.
Despite my lack of sleep this week and having other things that would have warranted more attention, this is shit that I need to get out of my system.
Punctuality of public transport seems to be something that sticks in peoples’ heads easily, no thanks to our busy schedules and occasionally harsh environment. However, one other gripe people have is how some bus drivers are not exactly the most caring; the most egregious offence is driving off without waiting for a person whom is very obviously trying to catch the bus.
There is no punchline.
I’m never really on any side of an argument, because life isn’t a debating championship. Our public transport, in terms of scheduling and reliability, certainly isn’t good, but the people aren’t doing any better. Blocking the exits, causing trains to be held up at the stations which nullify the increased frequencies. In fact, the frequency increased so much that I couldn’t enjoy my view of the peak hour traffic jam because the opposite trains kept coming.
Anytime a local netizen does up an image macro with the text along the lines of “Why never give chance?”, I’ll give a short chortle and move on. Recent (and ancient, probably dating back at least 5 years) events have shown which group of people are the worst at it, which is every single person on this island. Blaming the G for not giving chance many times, but when someone mis-steps we somehow manage to drive them out of the country. Yay for progress.
Stuffing a lot of information into a tiny cranium does have some minor side-effects, and I think mine is that my chunking heuristic goes on overdrive. Chunking does cause people to “commonly misplace items they are grouping”. However, it seems like I misplace and mis-group way too often.
Faces and words are where most of my egregious mistakes appear. Anything that can be vaguely coagulated by my memory, I will. Classmates with local artistes? Check. “Matinée” and “Manatee”? Check. Relatives? The only thing I remember is which branch they belong to. And the latest addition to this madness is “Burj Khalifa” and “Franz Kafka”.
Walking moderately long distances is my not-so-secret embarrassing hobby. My reasons are mostly related to public transport, be it getting off at the wrong stop or being too cheap to ride for just 3 stops. The urge to get a unicycle and just get my bloody ass to ride one is certainly there, but I’m afraid I’ll consume too much resources yet again.
It’s never easy playing with new toys. I would honestly call them investments, but it would probably take some effort to convince one that a mini projector or a Kindle is a worthy investment for the future.
I’m just taking what comes along.
Having some plans cancelled by improper attire thanks to a severe lack of planning and getting carried away without looking at the time. But there was actually something else going on near home, so maybe my subconscious wanted me to go there instead. No regrets.
Setting everything right is going to be a pain
Back to work soon. I’m probably the only one rejoicing.
And work means I have to manage all my small projects on the side. 4 Raspberry Pi* Model A boards alongside 2 camera modules and an experimental one without the IR filter; future acquisition a GoPro HERO3; my Kindle. Too many things on my plate. And hey, I still haven’t considered whatever things my company has yet to throw me.
*I’ve heard the side that says the Raspberry Pi is not exactly a good purveyor of education and openness, but in this case I can honestly say I don’t give a bollocks because it is a cheap standard I can fall back on.
I’d say some nice things to kick off the year, but I don’t really think that’s going to be necessary for now.
Just have to keep up with the tech as it comes.
It’s been a while since I caught up on animu, and I guess I will have ample opportunities to do so over the next year. The only benefit of leaving so much behind is that whole series can be chomped off without much waiting, and the only limit is how many episodes my phone can hold at one go.
While I’m usually eager to bring joy to people by showing cool stuff, recently I’ve been getting the feeling that it looks more and more like my cool stuff. Apologies.
Apparently, much of it went well. I thank my double-ended audio cable for saving the day, because the alternatives in the control room were a cable that was somehow a band-pass filter and a cable that the techie hates with certain gusto. Putting a 16:9 video into a 4:3 project so that the black bars act as space to put subs wasn’t the best idea but it was sufficient.
I can probably outdo what I’ve done over the past year, but without the tools at hand it will still be quite a challenge. For the record, that video was done in one week, and not every single day in that week was available.
No goals, no resolutions.
And the next 15 days or so shall pass, and I be none the wiser.
Definitely biting off more than I can chew, and I’m no stranger to it. Most of my philosophy involves me being extremely lazy, but the part that involves me being a control freak and perfectionist occasionally wins.
Gotten quite tired of hearing advice that turns out to be equivalent to what I’ve figured out over the last 18 years of my life. Some things really cannot be doled out as just pieces of advice, because they don’t make sense until you’ve been through the situations without said advice.
All I can wish for you people is accelerated learning.
Perhaps, in school, I have never really excelled in what they wanted us to excel in. Never saw a point, really, except to quell the displeasure of non-immediate family members. I joined the bunch that had less than stellar grades, less than 20 CIP and scraped a pass for NAFPA until it actually mattered. Even so, I must clarify that I am indeed privileged enough not to end up on the lower end of the bell curve and merely out of the top 10%. But in that sort of environment, it might as well have been.
Back in my primary school, there was a point when those who got selected for GEP had to choose to stay or leave because we didn’t offer the programme. It was then I learnt the Chinese saying: “In a mountain without tigers, the monkeys become king”. However, if I had any “rule” at all, it was short lived; HCL came a little while later and I totally did not know how to write essays to save my sorry little ass from being kicked out of the top. And I pretty much stagnated ever since.
What I did pursue were my own little interests, which led up to who I am today. And I wouldn’t have managed to do so without some support from the school and my family, because I’ve heard many people who want to chase their dreams but are held back.
And I can only hope this is actually happening now.
Saw this little quote: “Done is better than Perfect”.
Which quite definitely doesn’t describe the way I want to work. Usually, I stick with archaic solutions to certain problems while I seek the Holy Grail. Why settle for something midway when you can use the extreme imperfection to push yourself and develop something wonderful? It’s like the lack of save points in older games; you want to keep playing because you would lose your progress if you just stopped there.
Google Glass seems to be one of those midway save points that isn’t too great to be at, but somehow stops you from trying. I haven’t had a hands on with it (for reasons I am too troubled to mull over), but it is probably not anywhere near the holographic fidelity of Tony Stark’s displays.