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2018 November

  • Some things I've been watching lately, aside from the usual TV shows I follow: For some reason, I watched two biopics this month. The first one is Hidden Figures, about three black women who were instrumental during the early days of NASA leading up to the Friendship 7 mission piloted by John Glenn. The movie is fairly interesting if you are even remotely interested in either the challenges faced in black history or math and science or the early days of the space program competition between the USA and Russia. It feels even more appropriate to have watched this since

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  • These days the only real exercise I get comes in the form of daily walks. When I took a work hiatus in 2016, it was one of the daily habits I promised myself I would pick up. During that time, I wanted to hit the often-recommended daily target of 10,000 steps per day. (Tangent: I found out while writing this post that this number may have no scientific basis after all) Back then, all I had to track my steps was the dinky Samsung health app that came with my Galaxy phone. It was good enough, at least at first.

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    Wed, Nov. 28, 2018, 10:06 a.m. / / blog / #walking / Syndicated: twitter / 706 words
  • The aforementioned quote is attributed to Theodore Roosevelt. I've been thinking about this lately as I try to plan for what's ahead and what I want. I think one has to be able to decide what one wants independently of what other people are doing. As a concrete example, it's easy to fall into the trap of "Oh, this other person in my field did X and now they are making so much money, should I take that path as well?" In a situation like this it's helpful to ask yourself if "more money" is really what you want. Sure,

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  • During the past few years, I've started following more artists (mostly comic-book related) on social media. Seeing the occasional art post wander across my feeds is often a welcome respite from the terrible news in the world today. I thought I'd share some of my favorites! Jim Lee is a comic book icon and for me his very detailed and elaborate pencils epitomize 90s comic art and his style still heavily influences many newer artists today. He often posts his drawings on his instagram and he also has a Twitch channel where he occasionally livestreams himself drawing. I'm watching the

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    Mon, Nov. 26, 2018, 10 a.m. / / blog / #pop-culture / Syndicated: twitter / 580 words
  • Sat, Nov. 24, 2018, 10 a.m. / / blog / #tech-life / Syndicated: twitter / 1171 words
  • Fri, Nov. 23, 2018, 10:06 a.m. / / blog / #gaming / Syndicated: twitter / 958 words
  • With the rise of social media, we get to see a lot of things our friends are doing or buying or places they're going to, and this has led to the rise of the phenomenon called FOMO or Fear of Missing Out. It's a type of envy of other people's lives and as a type of envy it's also a form of regret for our own life choices. FOMO is rightly called a fear, and like all irrational fears, it should be dismissed as soon as one recognizes it. I had the draft of the first part of this post

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    Thu, Nov. 22, 2018, 10:06 a.m. / / blog / #regret / Syndicated: twitter / 258 words
  • Aside from my hobbyist readings (keeping up with gaming and comics news, etc), my usual reading diet used to consist of current events and tech news, primarily through apps like Flipboard and Feedly, secondarily through social media like Reddit and Twitter. Recently though I've started following more sources and blogs that are focused on more... "cultural" affairs. When I started doing #sketchdaily a couple of years ago, I started following more artists. During the past few months, as a sort of counterbalance to the prevalently negative current events and tech industry news, I've also begun following a few more people

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  • "The price for being the best is always... having to be the best." Terry Pratchet, Lords and Ladies This is one of my favorite quotes. For context: in the story, one of the characters has a special talent that he can shoe anything anyone gives him (like when you put horseshoes on a horse). And Granny Weatherwax tells him that the price he pays for that talent is that when someone brings him something to shoe, no matter how wild or ridiculous the request, he has to do it. In real life of course, the literal interpretation is ridiculous. You

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  • I remember a conversation I often had with a friend, the first team lead I ever worked with. Many times she would be putting in extra hours for days at a time and I would say to her "Put that off until tomorrow, it's time to go home." and she would reply along the lines of "But I still have so much work to do." and my usual rejoinder would be "Are you expecting to finish all of that work tonight?" The modern working world is full of problems, issues, tasks and other work that needs to be resolved, and

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  • When making difficult or life-changing decisions, there are two levels of decision making we go through. One level is the rational, conscious mind. The mind is the part that considers all the options, weighs the pros and cons, and compares the metrics against your personal goals. The second level is subconscious and instinctive, sometimes called the human heart (not to be confused with the organ that pumps blood). The heart makes decisions using instincts and biases honed from your own life experiences and baser needs such as fear, anger, or self-preservation. When you find yourself hesitating or unsure or conflicted

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  • The most efficient way to find something you like is to identify it, figure out where to find it, then go find it. This is why we have search engines and indexes and maps. This is why bookstores and groceries and department stores try to sort their wares into logical arrangements, to facilitate this efficient search. Not everything needs to be efficient however. There's something to be said for exploration - browsing, meandering, walking down new paths, and so on. Browsing and exploration are a means of discovery - a means of finding things which you wouldn't have known to

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    Fri, Nov. 16, 2018, 10 a.m. / / blog / / Syndicated: twitter / 265 words
  • It's been a while since I took one of those internet quizzes that categorize you and try to describe your personality. I ran into this one called Sparketypes recently. Here's my result: Your Primary Sparketype reveals the essential nature or "driver" of the work you're here to do (whether it's the work you get paid to do, or not). When you do the work of your Primary Sparketype, you come alive with purpose and, fully-expressed in a healthy way, deepen into meaning, flow, connection and joy. As a Maven, fascination is your call. You latch onto a topic, field or

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    Thu, Nov. 15, 2018, 10 a.m. / / blog / #myself / Syndicated: twitter / 💬 5 / 786 words
  • The larger the audience, the more careful you have to be with your words. When you're hanging out with a small group of close friends, you can say anything ridiculous and irresponsible and it's fine, your friends can call you out on it. When you're a commencement speaker you need to be more careful with what you say, even jokingly. Since you're talking to a large number of impressionable youths, there's a good chance someone will misinterpret what you say. When you're the head of a company, you have to be more careful with what you say, even jokingly. Your

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  • Had a slightly confusing conversation a couple of weeks ago with my mom which went something like: Me: "Oh, the bar exam starts next weekend, <my cousin> is in Manila a week early." Ma: "No, it's this weekend." Me: "That's what I said, next weekend." Ma: "No, this weekend, on the 4th." Me: "That's what next weekend means!" Ma: "No, next weekend is the 11th." "Next weekend" is definitely confusing, so I should avoid using it in the future for the much clearer and more definitive "this weekend" which is unambiguous when used on a weekday. Or to avoid any

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