Oh you’re still here?

Did I actually forget I had a blog? Or maybe it’s just one of those things that sinks into the deep recesses of the mind, letting its words age with the sheen of lost youth.

A friend reminded me that I used to write here and that sent me down the oft-mentioned memory lane.

Nothing better than adding a soundtrack to reminiscence, and an earlier entry showcasing The 6ths made me think of Throwing Muses and their song, “Not Too Soon.” I wonder if it’s the song that holds my personal record for the number of times I listened to it in a row (I had a really long drive to school).

The original is fantastic, but I’ve found their (Tanya Donnelly’s) more recent performances of it. It reminds me of, well, life.

Gone are the sharp angles and edge. Everything softens with time. Still wonderful.


Twitter spelunking

I hadn’t logged into my “locked” Twitter account in years. I remember the fun of the early days, when people really did just spray their stream-of-consciousness thinking online for all to see. Twitter allows you to download your archives. It’s a great trip down the old drunk-tweeting highway.

If only I knew what this was about. May 15, 2009:
“I walked by the 7-11 These 4 guys sitting by the window gave me the thumbs up. You know, it really was a good night.”

It must have been a nice moment of happiness.

San Diego Zoo – The 6ths

I love it when I’m using Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” playlist and it brings up a song that I haven’t heard in years, especially a song that I used to listen to over and over again during school. Funny how something played on repeat hundreds of times can still fade from memory.

Is this the cure for hiccups?

I’ve been plagued all my life by randomly bad hiccups.

Tonight they struck again, but I may have found the solution.

  1. Breathe in2/3 through your nose (approximation) and mouth at the same time for 2 seconds.
  2. Breathe out in a very punchy manner from 90% your mouth and 10% your nose simultaneously – by punchy I mean you exhale quickly so the full breath is expelled in about half a second or less than a second.
  3. Repeat a few times (but less than a minute – say 45 seconds until you feel comfortable)

Boom. If it works like how it worked for me I hope to be awarded with an honorary doctorate somewhere.

People who have been kicked out of clubs for excessive hiccuping will be reborn.

Do you have a project to invest?

Today I got an e-mail:

“Dear Sir

do u sell club ? or have project to invest ?

let me know. we are high interested


It was from Kazakhstan. Amusing; I looked up the company (Kulibayev Conglomerate) and unsurprisingly it was a scam.

A few hours later I had a meeting with an acquaintance. They were excited about a new project which they kept saying had funding from the Middle East. It sounded suspicious; a too good to be true opportunity. Mysterious investors from the almighty Middle East (“Rich people! Oil money!”) willing to fund a brand new business.

I asked to see the e-mail chain; it was clearly a scam. The e-mail says for new projects they’re willing to invest 1 million to 500 million dollars. Most suspicious, there was an abundance of words with capitalization that was unnecessary.

In short: Proper capitalization matters.

The secret of successful entrepreneurs

The ones who make it big are the ones that turn their 4 AM insomnia into results.

Just kidding. I felt like writing one of those lame inspirational sayings that are all over the internet. You know, the “What 3 traits do Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs share?” Type of posts.

(This keyboard for the iPad Pro forced me to capitalize the T in type; I couldn’t figure out how to change it so just left it. That’s the real 4 AM attitude of the brain for you).

The Personal Blog

Sometime within the past few years it looks like the idea of a personal blog changed. The day-to-day recording of life has been shortened into Instagram or Dayre posts while people with blogs seem to do more long-form writing. Wonder why that is. Perhaps it’s the adaptation of society to the short attention span, rapid-fire posting that the current tools of the web force upon us. Constant bursts of posts with little content.

In other topics, isn’t it funny how Instagram Stories came out and Snapchat lost a ton of users? Wonder how that’s going to affect their IPO.

Midnight Diner

Recently I’ve been watching shows like Black Mirror, Westworld, The Walking Dead, and others. All are very engaging, but the world is portrayed as a dark, joyless place.

Last night I was randomly browsing through the Netflix queue, and this show “Midnight Diner” popped up. I’m a sucker for anything that takes place in a restaurant, bar, or late at night, and mix in the displaced feelings that Japan creates, and it’s as if this show was tailored to me.

I watched five episodes in a row before going to bed; it’s the perfect show that gives you a hug and tuck-in so you get a good night’s rest.

Holograms Everywhere

I’m not sure why this article says Microsoft isn’t utilizing a headset but the Hololens certainly seems like something that essentially is a headset.

Anyway, it’s a good read on what’s happening with augmented reality and virtual reality on the Microsoft platform.

How Microsoft plans to win VR without making a VR headset

Especially this concept video:

We are all going to sink

Read an article yesterday about which cities will be affected first from climate change. Singapore is one of the earliest.

I guess this explains the ridiculous humidity and heat that we have been experiencing. Makes one long for cooler climates. Perhaps one day we can pack up and flee.

Read about when you’ll be underwater.